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When Kayla Bishton was 13, she played town ball softball. No bells and whistles. No neon.
FRANKLIN | Valparaiso's Kyle Meihofer birdied No. 9 after eight pars to shoot a 4-under 68 and tie for the individual lead at the state golf meet Tuesday.
FRANKLIN | The morning of the IHSAA boys golf regional, Crown Point coach Jon Haas came down for breakfast at the hotel and saw what he thought was a strawberry smoothie machine. So he grabbed a cup and took a big drink.
MUNSTER | It's been going on for quite a while, 75 years to be exact, although the forms and mode of this coveted communique have certainly changed.
PORTAGE | When Portage plays Franklin Central Saturday for the Class 4A state softball championship, Indians fans might be pulling for Alexis Johnson to strike out.
The Franklin Central Flashes have at least one similarity with the Portage Indians.
MONTICELLO | For five innings Ashley Yoways was unhittable. The junior pitcher for Hanover Central had a no-hitter and a 3-0 lead in the semifinal of the Class 3A Twin Lakes Semistate.
Hanover Central will have first-basemen Kori Davis in the lineup for Saturday's Class 3A Twin Lakes Semistate game against Fairfield.
CEDAR LAKE | Ivy Dawson owns a bird. His name is Horatio. She brings it to every Hanover Central softball game.
CEDAR LAKE | Unchecked anger is a big problem on this planet. It causes a lot of bad things.
CEDAR LAKE | So far so good for the Hanover Central Wildcats. And junior pitcher Ashley Yoways.
Tuesday could've been a day of mourning and sadness at 5959 Broadway. Surely, there were some sparks of those emotions at Andrean High School.
MUNSTER | In March, when it was cold and rainy, Munster's softball team gathered with a lot of high hopes. Coach Beth Thornburg knew her Mustangs had a shot to make a good run this spring.
Sammi Adams is like Red Auerbach. Winning isn't a thing. It is the only thing.
David Nelson has been with Bowman Academy football from the very beginning. He was always one of the guys in the background doing good work that many didn’t notice.
CEDAR LAKE | People shouldn't be surprised when they see Melissa Balkema on the center of the stage. The sophomore from Hanover Central has been there for much of her life.
CROWN POINT | It was in the bag. Over. Kaput.
CROWN POINT | Most of the time you can't hit what you can't see. Or what you haven't seen much of.
North Newton has picked Aaron Sauter to be its next football coach, pending school board approval on Tuesday.
CROWN POINT | The world was spinning quicker. The heart should've been pounding. But Hobart pitcher Dana Claussen's mind was somewhere else.
MERRILLVILLE | Carson Cunningham knows his future will now have his beloved region pizza frozen and sent to him via the U.S. Postal service.
CROWN POINT | Miranda Elish and her teammates didn't hear it once or twice or three times.
The courtship lasted awhile, but the date with destiny for West Side wide receiver Lonnie Johnson and Ohio State was confirmed.
HOBART | Hannah Wilson is not alone. The sophomore softball player at Hobart is like roughly half the kids in America, whose parents have gone through the emotional roller coaster of a divorce.
HIGHLAND | Depth is a great asset in boys track sectionals. Insane speed is right there with the large numbers when trophies are being handed out.
HAMMOND | Bishop Noll lost a lot of talent from its softball team last year. At the top of the list was hard-throwing pitcher Vanessa Hartzell, a powerful strikeout waiting to happen.
Bishop Noll boys basketball coach Drew Trost is looking forward to returning home to Salt Lake City, where he accepted the coaching position at Juan Diego Catholic High School, making the announcement on Thursday afternoon.
The IHSAA blind draw tournament is as traditional in Indiana as corn and dirty flannel shirts. Sometimes it gives good results. Sometimes it doesn't.
HAMMOND | The biggest drama took place on Tuesday night when Times No. 6 Bishop Noll scored five runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh inning to beat No. 10 Whiting to win the Greater South Shore Conference championship.
Carson Cunningham led Andrean to the Class 3A Northern Semistate in March. After the 68-63 overtime loss to Fort Wayne Concordia and the coming loss of nine seniors, the Purdue grad was asked if he would return as the 59ers coach.
HAMMOND | Many old-timers say today's youth just don't listen to their elders anymore. Too busy with social media and other silly nonsense, it's been suggested.
CROWN POINT | She's like Elvis at a county fair in the mid 1950s. Or the Beatles playing in front of a German crowd before Ed Sullivan.
GRIFFITH | You would think that Carly Murphy would've taken her little sister, Tegan, out for dinner on Thursday night. And paid for it, too. At a place that doesn't serve grub in a bag.
WHEATFIELD | Diane Cavinder gingerly walked to the softball diamond at Kankakee Valley on Wednesday before the Times No. 8 Kougars took on No. 4 Griffith.
When Calumet Christian School volleyball coach Melinda Carr learned the Indiana High School Athletic Association adopted a bylaw to allow home-schooled students to participate in IHSAA-sanctioned sports, Carr said two words.
The IHSAA's Board of Directors were busy on Monday. The new sectional alignments for all sports were released for the next two school seasons, and the IHSAA approved home-school students to participate in athletics in the school district where they live.
CROWN POINT | One of the oldest and most time-tested adages in softball is simple: "Don't give up. Don't ever give up."
Alyssa Matson was your typical 10-year-old. She didn't really know what she wanted to do so she did everything.
ST. JOHN | If it was by design, Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson won't admit it. If it was planned out, it was brilliant and allowed The Times No. 1 Trojans to win an insane game at Lake Central on Thursday.
MERRILLVILLE | Maybe it was the freezing wind blowing straight into her face. Or maybe one of her Andrean 59ers cracked a joke when she was in the middle of the circle.
LOWELL | It was a Yin and Yang kind of afternoon. It had a little good, a little bad and a little ugly.
HARVEY | Tim Zasada looked at the rosters and knew it was a little slanted. The 1990 Hammond grad's premonition proved true Saturday afternoon at Thornton High School.
ST. JOHN | Lily Del Toro was an interesting young lady. There were highs and lows as she started her love of physical activity.
LOWELL | Pete Iussig heard a noise last summer. He looked out the window and saw nothing. No car. No tractor. No cows.
Michael Schlotman led Munster to an undefeated regular season, the No. 1 ranking in the state in every poll and a sectional championship.
CEDAR LAKE | The Hanover Community School Board hired its first football coach in more than four decades on Tuesday night, voting 5-0 in favor of hiring Robert Harrison.
ST. JOHN | It wasn't a "must win" game as "must win" games go, but it wasn't too far away.
Across Northwest Indiana on Saturday night, sports fans cheered loudly for their favorite team in the NCAA tournament's semifinals. Pubs and sports bars were packed.
Several years ago Mitch McGary grabbed a rebound in a summer AAU tournament game. His coach started barking the same thing over and over again.
CEDAR LAKE | Sometimes being nice isn't the best way to go. At least in a wild and crazy high school softball game played on a cold field with gale force winds blowing at hurricane speed.
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