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JIM PETERS: Chesterton trio of teachers to run across Indiana for colleague Dan Paff

When George Mallory climbed Mount Everest in 1924, he was asked why he did it.

April 17, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Region wrestling in dire need of officials

If you're a region wrestling fan and you think you've seen a lot of the same faces officiating matches, you're right.

April 10, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: The Masters -- a tradition unlike any other

JIM PETERS: The Masters -- a tradition unlike any other

It doesn't matter how many times Mike Sakich attends the Masters, how often he drives down Magnolia Lane.

April 09, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: The start of big things at Marquette?

Before we formally tuck away the 2013-14 boys basketball season and put it to bed with our all-area and 'of the year' honors Sunday, let's take a quick peek at what might be in store for the '14-'15 campaign.

April 03, 2014 5:00 pm
Chris Hall

Chris Hall

Lake Central trainer Chris Hall treats Tyler Wideman for a cut dinring Saturday's Class 4A boys basketball state champoionship game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

March 30, 2014 1:29 pm
JIM PETERS: Fazekas shines the brightest on the biggest stage

JIM PETERS: Fazekas shines the brightest on the biggest stage

INDIANAPOLIS | Over the course of the season, Ryan Fazekas willingly shared the spotlight with his Marquette Catholic teammates, bringing a modest 13.4 points per game scoring average into the Class A state championship.

March 29, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: The pieces of the puzzle come together for Marquette

They come from spots on the map in northern Indiana, a four-county area that includes Lake Station, Chesterton, LaPorte, Nappanee and, of course, Michigan City.

March 27, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Popular assistant coach Dix let go at Lake Station

In four years as an assistant baseball coach at Lake Station, Ray Dix made quite an impression.

March 26, 2014 5:30 pm
JIM PETERS: It took an L.C. village to slow Homestead's Swanigan

JIM PETERS: It took an L.C. village to slow Homestead's Swanigan

LAFAYETTE | His line in the box score read 0 for 2 from the field for 0 points with two assists in 17 minutes, 53 seconds.

March 22, 2014 6:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Marquette's Garletts leans on his voices of experience

"I not only use the brains I have, but all the brains I can borrow." -- Woodrow Wilson

March 20, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: LaPorte seniors have enjoyed the journey

It all began for LaPorte's senior class over eight years ago.

March 13, 2014 5:30 pm
Heath, Haluska resign girls basketball coaching positions

Heath, Haluska resign girls basketball coaching positions

Two more Northwest Indiana high school girls basketball coaches have resigned their positions this week.

March 12, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: An Olympic wrestling mystery, over 80 years later

Decades ago, when Frank Fetters wrestled for what was then Thornton Fractional High School, his uncle John Etienne regaled him with tales of his own days on the mat back in the 1920s and 30s.

March 12, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Chesterton boys embracing new identity

JIM PETERS: Chesterton boys embracing new identity

VALPARAISO | It's not easy losing 19.4 points per game.

March 06, 2014 7:30 pm
JIM PETERS: Reitz on track to join ranks of Griffith's wrestling greats

JIM PETERS: Reitz on track to join ranks of Griffith's wrestling greats

You can't win 'em all if you don't win the first one.

February 27, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Old friends stay in touch through friendly all-star game wagers

JIM PETERS: Old friends stay in touch through friendly all-star game wagers

HOBART | It started as a friendly hallway wager between students.

February 26, 2014 5:00 pm
Len Schmidt,Jr., Buzz Underwood

Len Schmidt,Jr., Buzz Underwood

Len Schmidt, Jr., left, accepts two U.S. Steelworker sandwiches from Lincoln Carry Outs owner Buzz Underwood. The men have been making friendly wagers on professional baseball, football and basketball all-star games dating back to 1983, when they were students at Merrillville High School.

February 26, 2014 12:44 am
JIM PETERS: State titles remain special to Chesterton's Davison, 25 years later

JIM PETERS: State titles remain special to Chesterton's Davison, 25 years later

Every now and then, one of Keith Davison's sons will pull their dad's heavily-adorned Chesterton letterman's jacket out of the closet, put it on and post pictures of themselves on Twitter.

February 20, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Fowlers snare Calumet wrestling record

JIM PETERS: Fowlers snare Calumet wrestling record

Prep wrestling in the region has a multitude of family lineages whose roots run deep in the sport.

February 13, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: South Central's Tucker gets her senior moment

JIM PETERS: South Central's Tucker gets her senior moment

Senior night is a special occasion for athletes, an opportunity to commemorate their playing careers.

February 12, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: The wrestling show must go on, weather or not

When the email from Indiana High School Athletic Association Assistant Commissioner Robert Faulkens arrived in Jim Wadkins' inbox before last week's sectional, the contents came as a surprise to Calumet's wrestling coach.

February 06, 2014 5:00 pm
Portage hoopster Jordan Collazo adjusts to life as a teen parent

Portage hoopster Jordan Collazo adjusts to life as a teen parent

It was a typical Sunday for Jordan Collazo, hanging out at home, watching the NBA All-Star Game.

January 30, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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JIM PETERS: The line between childhood and adulthood isn't black and white

Most of the time, when we write profiles on prep athletes, we can bring you a quick glimpse of them in their sporting realm, the constraints of time and space precluding us from delving deeper.

January 30, 2014 5:00 pm
Chase Braden, Morgan Township basketball

Chase Braden, Morgan Township basketball

Morgan Township junior Chase Braden is a three-year starter for the Cherokees. He is averaging 14.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game this season.

January 29, 2014 7:05 pm
Chase Braden, Morgan Township basketball

Chase Braden, Morgan Township basketball

Chase Braden sits in front of his basketball locker at Morgan Township High School. Already a three-year varsity starter, the Cherokees junior averages 14.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

January 29, 2014 7:02 pm
JIM PETERS: Age is just a number to PNC's new baseball coach

JIM PETERS: Age is just a number to PNC's new baseball coach

Baseball is a game of numbers and for Shane Prance, age is just another statistic.

January 29, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Special Olympics Polar Plunge is freezin' for a good reason

With temperatures in single digits and wind chills below zero, simply being outside can be an unpleasant experience.

January 23, 2014 5:00 pm
Ryan Gough, Wheeler

Ryan Gough, Wheeler

Wheeler's Ryan Gough does a pull-up Monday in the team practice room. The Bearcats senior won the Greater South Shore Conference title at 152 pounds, become the school's first conference champion in the sport.

January 20, 2014 7:00 pm
Ryan Gough, Wheeler

Ryan Gough, Wheeler

Wheeler senior Ryan Gough is 18-1 and won the Greater South Shore Conference title at 152 pounds, the school's first conference championship in the sport.

January 20, 2014 7:02 pm
Ryan Gough, Wheeler

Ryan Gough, Wheeler

Wheeler's Ryan Gough does a conditioning drill using ropes Monday at the school. The Bearcats senior became the school's first conference champion in the sport, winning the Greater South Shore Conference tournament at 152 pounds.

January 20, 2014 6:55 pm
JIM PETERS: Hebron High School helping fill empty bowls

JIM PETERS: Hebron High School helping fill empty bowls

With well-stocked cupboards and refrigerators, most of us don't know what real hunger is.

January 16, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Conner TenHove, Valparaiso

Conner TenHove, Valparaiso

Sophomore Conner TenHove has been a force in the paint for Valparaiso. The 6-foot-7 center averages 10.9 points and 6.3 rebunds per game, while shooting 57 percent from the field.

January 16, 2014 1:26 pm
Conner TenHove, Valpo

Conner TenHove, Valpo

Conner TenHove has made a big impact for Valparaiso as a sophomore, averaging 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting at a 57 percent clip.

January 16, 2014 1:24 pm
Conner TenHove, Valpo

Conner TenHove, Valpo

Sophomore Conner TenHove is averaging 10.9 points and 6.3 rebunds per game for Valparaiso. He leads the team in shooting accuracy at 57 percent.

January 16, 2014 1:22 pm
JIM PETERS: Wayne finds a home for his fitness passion

JIM PETERS: Wayne finds a home for his fitness passion

It's mid-January. If you're not a hard-core workout warrior, chances are the buzz of your New Year's resolution to get in better shape is already waning.

January 15, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Nick Wayne

Nick Wayne

Former Portage football and baseball standout Nick Wayne and his wife Ava have opened Hybrid Athletics and Fitness in Portage.

January 13, 2014 11:21 pm
Nick Wayne

Nick Wayne

Former Portage High School football and baseball standout Nick Wayne and his wife Ava have opened Hybrid Athletics and Fitness in Portage.

January 13, 2014 11:19 pm

JIM PETERS: Basketball coaches, teams adjust to weather-shortened week

Talk about your short work weeks.

January 09, 2014 5:00 pm
Jacob Bearss, Portage basketball

Jacob Bearss, Portage basketball

Portage senior Jacob Bearss increased his scoring from 4.4 points per game to 7.5 with a breakout performance at the Bob Wettig tournament, where the Indians won three of four games.

January 09, 2014 3:48 pm
Jacob Bearss, Portage basketball

Jacob Bearss, Portage basketball

Jacob Bearss helped Portage finish 3-1 at the Bob Wetting tournament in Richmond with 51 points in four games, including a career-high 21 against Greenfield-Central.

January 09, 2014 3:45 pm
Jacob Bearss, Portage basketball

Jacob Bearss, Portage basketball

Portage senior Jacob Bearss had an offensive breakout at the Bob Wettig tournament, scoring 51 points in four games after having scored 31 over the Indians' first seven games.

January 09, 2014 3:41 pm
JIM PETERS: LaPorte enjoying a boys basketball revival

JIM PETERS: LaPorte enjoying a boys basketball revival

When Tom Wells took the LaPorte boys basketball coaching job in 2002, it figured to be a career-defining move.

January 02, 2014 5:00 pm
JIM PETERS: Crawford in for long haul at Kouts

JIM PETERS: Crawford in for long haul at Kouts

HAMMOND |When Matt Crawford took over at Kouts, he knew what he was getting into.

January 01, 2014 9:30 pm

JIM PETERS: The prep year in review from a different view

The Times sports department will publish its lists for stories of the year Sunday before the calendar turns.

December 26, 2013 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Cool is the new rule for LaPorte girls basketball

Cool is the new rule with LaPorte girls basketball.

December 19, 2013 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: As expected, it's Bowman, L.C. and plenty of boys hoops parity

We're not too far into the boys basketball season and some of the conference races haven't even tipped off, but there have been enough games played already to glean a few observations on what's happened and what might happen as we march through winter.

December 18, 2013 5:00 pm
Jordan Giacomin, Hebron wrestling

Jordan Giacomin, Hebron wrestling

Hebron's Jordan Giacomin is 11-1 this season. The sophomore 113-pounder's only loss came when he wrestled up a weight at 120.

December 16, 2013 9:48 pm
Jordan Giacomin, Hebron wrestling

Jordan Giacomin, Hebron wrestling

Hebron sophomore Jordan Giacomin is 11-1 this season. His only loss came when the 113-pounder wrestled up a weight at 120.

December 16, 2013 9:50 pm

JIM PETERS: More local Bowman basketball games is good for everybody

Most of us know Marvin Rea as the boys basketball coach at Bowman Academy, sometimes forgetting that he wears another hat, that of athletic director.

December 12, 2013 5:00 pm
Cody Nelson, Jake Bekelya, Kouts

Cody Nelson, Jake Bekelya, Kouts

Cody Nelson, left, and Jake Bekelya have sparked Kouts' 4-0 start, averaging a combined 35.5 points per game.

December 11, 2013 10:38 pm
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