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GARY | It’s called living up to the hype.
GARY | Dick Barnett skipped the prom during his senior year at Roosevelt. As classmates in tuxedos passed on their way to the dance, he was outside playing basketball alone, practicing his fade-away jump shot.
CEDAR LAKE | There’s the scorer’s mentality that encourages its user to shoot and shoot, because eventually they’ll drop.
CEDAR LAKE | Up until Wednesday night there was a “Help Wanted” sign for the Lowell girls basketball team’s frontcourt.
ST. JOHN | All traditions die eventually.
MERRILLVILLE | Holding the opponent to 13 positive plays in its first 28 is pretty ominous.
MERRILLVILLE | Merrillville girls basketball coach Amy Govert didn’t compile a 145-38 record entering Saturday’s season opener by being lax about personnel decisions.
MERRILLVILLE | On Thursday nights, Andrean football players practice, fine-tune the game plan, then head to the school cafeteria for a pasta meal prepared by loving moms.
GRIFFITH | Lake Central has many weapons in its basketball arsenal.
ST. JOHN | True champions accept blame, acknowledge flaws and learn from mistakes.
The drive from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Harvey lasts about seven hours.
HUNTINGTON | The motto on the warm-up T-shirts all year was #FEARLESS.
ST. JOHN | Gelen Robinson rightfully has no recollection of the last time Lake Central won a sectional because it was in 1999.
MUNSTER | Antonia DalleCarbonare’s great-grandfather came to America from Italy and eventually enlisted in the Army.
Living on a horse farm in Hebron helped Brittany DeWell learn to rise early, work hard and stay late long before she ever shot a basketball.
There’s a tattoo that pretty much says it all about Kaspars Brencans.
GRIFFITH | Six-time state champion coach Troy Campbell was impressed by Griffith’s attacking skills as his two-loss New Prairie team faced the host Panthers in Tuesday night’s Class 3A regional.
WHITING | First off, it’s Citlali. C-I-T-L-A-L-I.
CROWN POINT | Visions and reality often prove incongruent.
CROWN POINT | Losing generates a hunger, either to taste revenge or serve it chilled.
GARY | It’s been a tumultuous week for the West Side football team, with the IHSAA probing its facilities and ruling it unfit for hosting a sectional game.
HAMMOND | The entrance to Maury Zlotnik Field greeted entrants to Friday’s game with a message that read, “Welcome to Our Magic Kingdom.”
MERRILLVILLE | Outdoor sports are often truncated, postponed or canceled by occurrences such as rain, snow or darkness.
HAMMOND | Squirrels darted in the background, geese honked in the distance and dogs scratched and sniffed along the course.
ST. JOHN | Throw out the records in an all-inclusive tournament.
DEMOTTE | With about a minute to go, the Andrean boys soccer team’s starters, long after being pulled from the game, gave 24th-year head coach Pete Reist an early bath.
DEMOTTE | Boone Grove has taken its girls soccer fans on a roller-coaster ride this season, and the biggest loops and twists came Saturday when the Wolves' faithful burned plenty of calories standing, anticipating and slapping thighs in frustration over a miss.
ST. JOHN | An intimidating, big-band, senior-night atmosphere with the right to the driver’s seat in the conference race did not deter DJ Wilkins or his teammates.
HOBART | They run the same paths but have on different shoes.
CROWN POINT | The only question left after Thursday’s semifinal round of the Class 2A Crown Point Sectional was: which team wears all red for Saturday’s championship?
HAMMOND | Runners from near and far, regardless of background, are creatures of habit.
UNION TWP. | Kelly O’Shea didn’t break stride to pump her fist, hold up four fingers or even acknowledge her older sister Maggie, who was working at the finish line.
HOBART | At the first big invitational of the season, one of Ryan Kritzer’s family members was upset about previous misspellings of ‘Kritzer’ and wanted to be sure there’d be no more mistakes.
MERRILLVILLE | Perhaps it was a simple matter of hydration.
CROWN POINT | It’s been a special season in Crown Point for boys tennis.
MERRILLVILLE | Senior nights take on a whole new meaning when they also mark the final home match for a coach who has been at the same place since long before his 17 seniors were born.
HAMMOND | Whether they’re home-schooled or on-campus students, the Calumet Christian volleyball players are reserved, respectful and relentless.
HIGHLAND | The course for the 46th annual Highland Invitational, as usual, finished on the high school track, familiar terrain for first-year cross country runner Isabella Pradhan of Andrean.
MERRILLVILLE | Football is a game that teaches young men resilience, strength and perseverance.
MUNSTER | No matter where she goes to college, Emily McNicholas is majoring in history.
MERRILLVILLE | Rain canceled the Kankakee Valley girls soccer team’s senior night last Thursday.
UNION TWP. | No red cards, or even yellow cards, were distributed Monday night, but Wheeler still had a lopsided advantage.
GRIFFITH | Although Hanover Central has a history of winning regular-season and league tournament titles in the Porter County Conference, Savanna Zakman has not found rousing amounts of respect in the team’s first season outside of the PCC.
HOBART | Trevor Berg doesn’t always say a lot, but his coach could tell by the junior’s demeanor that there was angst in his game.
ST. JOHN | Hang around enough gyms and the routine cheers become white noise like elevator music.
ST. JOHN | A tall, almost totally vertical rainbow to the east of U.S. 41 shined its many hues to refract the setting sun to the west.
CROWN POINT | During a timeout in the third set, Crown Point senior Caley Rainford grabbed a stat-taking clipboard and began furiously fanning classmate Abby Kvachkoff half-jokingly.
LOWELL | As the target, the mark, the rabbit, the frontrunner, LaPorte’s Elena Lancioni doesn’t have runners in front of her driving her to hasten the pace.
ST. JOHN | It might not register on a tape measure, yardstick or scale, but Colin Studer grew Friday night.
LOWELL | Sarah Wieser is a helpful person, quick to console someone or offer constructive criticism.
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