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ST. JOHN | Some people stumble into things.
LANSING | "Leg it! Leg it! Leg it!"
CHESTERTON | Tom Troy likens his Pop Warner Mitey Mite team to a gigantic sponge.
John Mallee was there when it happened, when a National League pennant was decided at Wrigley Field.
MERRILLVILLE | When Great Britain expatriate Mike Rance came to the United States to coach soccer in Illinois, he was accosted with his share of first-generation players.
ST. JOHN | Diamond Kings Baseball and Softball Training Complex is Eric Blakeley's business.
MUNSTER | It was the first Sunday of the NFL regular season, and all these guys seemed to care about were hoops.
ST. JOHN | The Chicago Blackhawks vs. Illiana Blackbirds alumni game held Sept. 20 at Midwest Training and Ice Center was void of penalties, serious checking and fisticuffs.
LYNWOOD | It's called Desso Turf.
Ask Mike Durkin how one of his recent weekends went, and he'll likely say, "It sucked."
SCHERERVILLE | Some World Series-qualifying youth baseball teams come home to parades and mass adulation.
VALPARAISO | Meg Calumpang swims so fast that she warps time, whether stream-lining ahead two to three years into the future or flip-turning way back to 30 years into past.
CALUMET CITY | Marron Brookes is a girl who just wants to have fun.
Kobe has five rings, Jordan has six and "Shak" has seven.
VALPARAISO | Yoda instructed Luke Skywalker how to use "The Force".
Whenever Adam Breshock flies halfway around the world back to his hometown, he's counting on a lot of people to get him and family there safely.
MERRILLVILLE | The Northwest Indiana Youth Football and Cheer League is a new program, but a good portion of its players, and even several of its cheerleaders, are not rookies.
HAMMOND | They introduced batting helmets in baseball to prevent beaning injuries.
MUNSTER | Matt Lee does see the irony in having his Munster Swim Club travel down to Indianapolis for its Indiana Age-Group State Championships, while the Illinois Age-Group State Championships are held at the Munster High School pool.
Some ships fly under the skull and crossbones.
The Schererville Shock needed to win its final pool-play game Sunday night at the Babe Ruth 15-year-old World Series in Longview, Wash.
The Schererville Shock rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning, and had the tying run at third base, but Torrance, Calif. was able to hold on and win, 6-5, in the second round of pool-play action Friday at the Babe Ruth 15-year-old World Series in Longview, Wash.
DYER | Lake Central Barracudas swimmer Ellen Forjan accomplished a lot at the Indiana Age-Group (Long Course) Summer State Championships, held July 24-27 at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.
Schererville Shock manager Dan Bosold was worried that his team would be rusty when it finally played its first Babe Ruth 15-year-old World Series game nearly four weeks after earning the berth.
WHITING | They play in weather like this; they just don't take to the streets in it.
MERRILLVILLE | When Glen "Red" Heffernan came to Midwest Elite Preparatory Academy last year to coach its post-graduate men's basketball team, he had at least one thing going for him.
SCHERERVILLE | Unlike many other martial art disciplines, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is stingy when it comes to awarding black belts.
HAMMOND | What a difference a year makes.
SCHERERVILLE | Schererville Shock manager Dan Bosold likens his Babe Ruth 15-year-old World Series qualifier to a bowl-bound college football team after the end of the regular season.
HIGHLAND | Lexi Funk appreciates the support she gets from her Laker teammates at Roosevelt University.
In the Cal Ripken Major 50/70 12-year-old division, base runners are allowed to take lead-offs and break before the pitch, just like they do in the big leagues.
For all of his malapropisms and unintended comedic statements, Yogi Berra is credited for these words of wisdom.
CROWN POINT | M&M's can be considered hard candy.
HIGHLAND | It isn't that they had anything against the democratic process, but when Highland Little League decided this season to let its players vote for the all-star teams, coaches were bracing for breakups.
The Indiana Bulldogs know drama.
HAMMOND | Need volunteers for a makeshift grounds crew?
MUNSTER | You may be cut like a Spartan statue and can move more weight than a truck can pull, but step into Quads Gym in Calumet City — the pumping grounds for some of the most formidable bodybuilders and powerlifters in the nation — and your ego may lose its girth.
CROWN POINT | Though it dates back to Biblical times, the term "David vs. Goliath" is not going to get old soon.
Sunday was a beautiful day for baseball, if was being played in Northwest Indiana.
CROWN POINT | Bulldogs manager Chip Pettit described the game in a nutshell to his players.
CROWN POINT | The Highland 8-year-old all-star softball team hasn't ventured too far from Northwest Indiana this summer.
GARY | Maybe when they visit the Bears training camp early next month in Bourbonnais, Gary youngsters will be in better shape than the Bears themselves.
MERRILLVILLE | Say what you will about softball's international tiebreaker format, but it makes far greater sense than "stoppage time" in soccer.
How can you doubt a team that just won a World Series?
HAMMOND | Gregory White wasn't fortunate enough to play travel baseball.
CROWN POINT | At the end of about every high school sports season, Rick Flutka could have collected all the locker room leftovers and started a used sports apparel shop.
CROWN POINT | Crown Point Red manager Scott Angel claims he doesn't have an ace up his sleeve.
It's not quite an annual thing, but it's getting there.
Jeffrey "Scott" Martin was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marines and served three tours of duty in Iraq.
HIGHLAND | The challenge was enticing, but Jake Baranowski is a realist.
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