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Cooler heads prevail

Cooler heads prevail

Valparaiso University freshman Jacob Schoon gets his head shaved by Ruthie Boyd during the annual St. Baldrick's Foundation event April 12 at VU.

April 18, 2014 5:00 pm
Reality checkers

Reality checkers

Illiana Derby Dames coach Samantha Judge, far right, presides over a skating drill during a Dames roller derby practice at the Lynwood Roller Rink.

April 18, 2014 5:00 pm
Priceless practice time

Priceless practice time

Michael Gunn, 12, of Chicago, gets ready to attempt a one-pin spare during youth bowling league action at Castaways Bowl in Calumet City. Michael plans to take advantage of the Kids Bowl Free program Castaways through the spring and summer.

April 11, 2014 10:00 pm
All-Out All-Stars

All-Out All-Stars

The inaugural North vs. South All-Star Game tips off at Dunbar-Pulaski Academic and Career Academy. The game featured some of the finest elementary school basketball players in Gary.

April 04, 2014 5:00 pm
All-out all-stars

All-out all-stars

Members of the North All-Star Team line up for photos after defeating the South All-Star Team 56-27 at Dunbar-Pulaski Academic and Career Academy.

April 04, 2014 5:00 pm
Extending the south-side season

Extending the south-side season

Burnham, foreground, takes on St. Agnes during Seton Academy League grade 5-6 match at Seton Academy High School. Burnham won all three games in the match.

April 04, 2014 5:00 pm
Strength in numbers

Strength in numbers

The Valparaiso Swim Club placed 11th at the Indiana Age Group State Championships, and placed first in the Girls 10-and-Under age group. Some of the key contributors include, front row from left, Hannah Letany, Karlye Gatlin and Shannon McCall; middle row, Nicole Cespedes, Meg Calumpang, Sar…

March 28, 2014 10:00 pm
Hoping for a late-inning rally

Hoping for a late-inning rally

Ross Township Girls Softball League president Mark Magiera hopes when all the snow melts and the water recedes that his league will boast bigger numbers this year.

March 21, 2014 10:00 pm
Special effort

Special effort

Branden Lorek, head coach for the Crown Point Bulldogs special needs basketball team, instructs his team during the second half of the Samuel J. Balicki Memorial Tournament championship game against the Porter County Boilermakers.

March 21, 2014 10:00 pm
Special effort

Special effort

The Porter County Boilermakers finished strong to defeat the Crown Point Bulldogs 36-29 in the championship game of the Samuel J. Balicki Memorial Basketball Tournament.

March 21, 2014 10:00 pm
Scoring machine

Scoring machine

Evan Torbica scored 103 goals in just 26 games with the Midwest Blackbirds Pee Wee 2 team this past NWHL season. In a span of five season, Evan has scored 315 goals.

March 13, 2014 10:00 pm
Hammond HOF

Hammond HOF

Former Whiting and Indiana State athlete and Hammond-based coach Thomas L. Kujawa speaks to the crown during his induction into the Hammond Sports Hall of Fame at the Hammond Civic Center on Tuesday.

March 11, 2014 9:13 pm
Hammond HOF

Hammond HOF

Former Bishop Noll and Indiana State track and baseball star Michael Strabavy speaks to the crowd during his induction speech at the Hammond Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner at the Hammmond Civic Center.

March 11, 2014 9:08 pm
LCCHEER3

LCCHEER3

Members of the Lake Central varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads fine tune their routines in preparation for an upcoming boys basketball game.

March 07, 2014 5:00 pm
Coming back in black

Coming back in black

Lansing Lions running back Jonathan Nelson, left, and Lansing Lions president Terry Earp show off the youth program's new uniform and logo before a pep rally at Memorial Junior High School.

March 07, 2014 5:00 pm
High Roller

High Roller

Portage junior Jackie Rhoda was named "Female Bowler of the Year" by Indiana High School Bowling.

March 03, 2014 10:00 pm
Membership drive stays on course

Membership drive stays on course

From left, Youche Country Club president Craig Slosson, Eloise and James Bloede, and Youche membership coordinator Al Braccolino pose for a photo in Youche's clubhouse to celebrate the Bloedes becoming the club's 200th new member since Braccolino became coordinator in 2011. Not pictured: You…

March 01, 2014 10:00 pm
Grizzlies top Cougars in OT for Roundball Classic title

Grizzlies top Cougars in OT for Roundball Classic title

Oak Glen jumped out to an early lead and then went on an 8-1 surge in overtime to defeated Coolidge, 22-15, in the championship game of the Lansing Roundball Classic.

February 28, 2014 10:00 pm
Rapid water

Rapid water

Lake Central's new aquatics center does not only cater to high school and age-group swimmer, but the whole community as well.

February 23, 2014 5:00 pm
Armed and ready

Armed and ready

Bill Bryk, left, overlooks the pitching form of Connor Manous during the Professional Scout Showcase, Feb. 9 at the Morris Baseball and Softball Center in Schererville.

February 17, 2014 10:00 pm
Prevented maintenance

Prevented maintenance

John Coddington, left, works with Blake Schulte, 11, of Portage, during an "Essentials of Throwing" session at Bases Loaded in Valparaiso.

February 14, 2014 10:00 pm
Spearheading the charge

Spearheading the charge

Michaela Spears led Team Indiana to a first-place finish at the most recent Mid-States Swimming Championships with five individual wins. Her performance at the previous Mid-States Championships earned her Prince, a Pomeranian, after winning a bet with her father.

February 03, 2014 10:00 pm
Cancer can't keep him down

Cancer can't keep him down

Tom Bainbridge overlooks a drill during a Region Rockers indoor practice at Merrillville Intermediate School.

February 02, 2014 5:00 pm
RICKBARRY.jpg

RICKBARRY.jpg

NBA and ABA great Rick Barry signs some basketballs for Brenda Bonewits during an appearance Wednesday night at Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar.

January 24, 2014 10:00 pm
Blackbirds return to the ice

Blackbirds return to the ice

Nathan Aloisio (front) of the Illiana Blackbirds battles for position during Sunday's game against the Tri City Icehawks at Midwest Training and Ice Center. The Blackbirds lost 4-1 and went 1-2 during the weekend series after winning the first game in overtime.

January 24, 2014 10:00 pm
Back to School

Back to School

Major league all-star centerfielder Curtis Granderson takes questions during a Thursday morning appearance at Nathan Hale Elementary School. Granderson earlier appeared at Heritage Middle School -- he was a former student at both schools.

January 24, 2014 10:00 pm
Retirement Pool Party

Retirement Pool Party

Lake Central swimming alumni take one final dip in the pool before it's drained in demolished.

January 24, 2014 10:00 pm
Retirement Pool Party

Retirement Pool Party

Bryon Angerman, left, and Mike Blaze, both members of Lake Central's 1987 state champion swim team, made competitive comebacks while helping retire the school's 37-year-old swimming pool.

January 24, 2014 10:00 pm
Pull play

Pull play

Michelle Smart, left, gains the upper hand against Tamara Mitts as referee Bill Collins looks on during the Ultimate Armwrestling League lightweight women's championship match, Jan. 11 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino. Smart won the title with a 5-0 sweep over Mitts.

January 17, 2014 10:00 pm
Switch hitting

Switch hitting

Karen Balich and Jeff Austgen, respective vice-president and president of the Cedar Lake Youth Baseball League, can't wait for the snow to melt and the start of the 2014 season when the league will be part of Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth.

January 17, 2014 10:00 pm
New world to conquer

New world to conquer

Ilian Perez, who was the 2011 U.S national badminton men's singles champion, gets ready to serve as he and his doubles partner, Renee Olson, take on Moldova national champion Alex Nagornov and Irina Slavina, of Russia, during the Carlton Cup, Dec. 28 at T.F. South High School.

January 13, 2014 10:00 pm
Cold Feet

Cold Feet

Runners brave the cold during a "No Boundaries, No Excuses" 10K and 10-mile training program hosted by Fleet Feet in Schererville.

January 09, 2014 5:00 pm
Fire continues to spread

Fire continues to spread

Former professional soccer player Novi Marojevic is the president and director of coaching for the Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana soccer program.

January 06, 2014 10:00 pm
MSC hosts annual Candy Cane Meet

MSC hosts annual Candy Cane Meet

Members from the Munster Swim Club, the Lansing Swim Organization and Irish Aquatics from South Bend show off the items they donated for Toys for Tots before the start of the annual Candy Cane Swim Meet at Munster High School.

January 03, 2014 10:00 pm
Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

Matt Mosak, left, Spase Dorsuleski and Jared Smolar perform a drill under the watchful eye of Travis Smith at the Fast Center in Crown Point.

January 03, 2014 10:00 pm
Home for the holidays

Home for the holidays

Trainer Travis Smith works with Dallas Milligan, of Chesterton, during a Fast Center session.

January 03, 2014 10:00 pm
First-year impressions

First-year impressions

Merrillville graduate Zoran Talley stretches out while the rest of his team scrimmages during a Midwest Elite Prep practice at Campagna Academy.

December 27, 2013 10:00 pm
Black Darts

Black Darts

Nick Kalwinski takes aim during a practice session for the Black Wednesday Dart Tournament Nov. 27 at Flat Rock Tap in Hammond.

December 23, 2013 5:00 pm
For the love of the game

For the love of the game

Former Morton and semipro football player John Irving conducts a drill with Mary Ellen Six during an Illiana Ravens women's tackle football team tryout Saturday at Ho-Chunk Sports and Expo Center.

December 15, 2013 5:00 pm
For the love of the game

For the love of the game

From left, Illiana Ravens veteran defensive backs Erin Buteau and Candace Griffin, Ravens general manager Konesha Rhea, former player and consultant Tashaundra Shumpert, and offensive line coach "Snoopy" Shuster are ready for some women's tackle football.

December 15, 2013 5:00 pm
Bringing their own Thunder

Bringing their own Thunder

Deandre Robinson gets ready to split a pair at the free-throw line on the way to helping Thornwood's Special Olympics Blue Team defeat Rich Township 34-27.

December 13, 2013 5:00 pm
Only women can apply

Only women can apply

Bob Crowder and Konesha Rhea are looking for a few good women as respective head coach and general manager of the Illiana Ravens, a new addition to the Women's Football Alliance.

December 09, 2013 10:00 pm
Pace setters

Pace setters

Though his greyhound "Boston" is built for speed, Jeff Mescal is built more for endurance and recovery as the Hebron man just completed a run of seven sub-three-hour marathons in seven consecutive weeks.

December 06, 2013 7:00 pm
Taking care of business

Taking care of business

The Michigan City Wolves defeated the Hoffman Estates Hawks 25-7 in the Division II Pee Wee championship of the Mid-America Pop Warner Regional, Friday at Ames Field. The win advances Michigan City to the Pop Warner National Championships, Dec. 7-14 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex i…

December 02, 2013 10:00 pm
If the shirt fits ...

If the shirt fits ...

Brett Brechner, 41, of Chesterton, approaches the finish line during the Highland Parks and Recreation's Pumpkin Plod 10K race held Thanksgiving morning. Brechner is wearing a shirt from the Plod's 1978 race, which his father Ron "Hawk" Brechner participated in.

December 02, 2013 10:00 pm
Indians revival

Indians revival

Former Portage High School soccer star Will Fortenberry is the director for Portage Parks and Recreations Indoor Soccer Academy.

November 25, 2013 10:00 pm
House-warming tourney

House-warming tourney

Deon Tolliver, left, and Rose Marie Joiner are getting things ready for the inaugural Northwest Indiana Basketball Challenge, Dec. 7 at John Will Anderson Boys and Girls Club. Tolliver's DT Sports Group, LLC is putting the boys and girls varsity and jayvee multisport tourney together; Joiner…

November 25, 2013 10:00 pm
Faster, stronger, longer

Faster, stronger, longer

Former professional baseball player Bobby Morris works with Connor Misch at Morris Baseball and Softball Center at Omni Health and Fitness in Schererville.

November 25, 2013 10:00 pm
All in the Family

All in the Family

From left, Brian, Josh and Lisa Kazmierski will be going to Florida next month with the Tri Town Raiders Mitey Mite football team, which is playing in Pop Warner National Championships. Josh is a two-way lineman and Brian, who nealy died from brain injuries last spring, is one of the assista…

November 18, 2013 10:00 pm
ACE of the organization

ACE of the organization

From left, White Sox manager of youth baseball initiatives Kevin Cole, Simeon sophomore Tyler Gordon and baseball instructor Ro Coleman remain busy during the offseason with Amateur City Elite indoor training at Ho-Chunk Sports and Expo Center.

November 15, 2013 10:00 pm
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