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Michal Miller, Michigan City

Michal Miller, Michigan City

Michigan City's Michal Miller, center, listens during a timeout Monday during the Indiana All-Stars vs. Junior All-Stars game at Logansport.

June 09, 2014 8:06 pm
Brian Blaylock, Lowell

Brian Blaylock, Lowell

Lowell senior Brian Blaylock will compete in the 3,200 meters and 3,200 relay at Saturday's IHSAA state championship at Indiana University. The heralded standout is happy to get to Bloomington but also sad that his high school career is almost over.

June 04, 2014 9:38 pm
Brian Blaylock, Jake Rakoczy, Lowell

Brian Blaylock, Jake Rakoczy, Lowell

Lowell boys track coach Jake Rakoczy stands with Brian Blaylock. Blaylock will compete in Saturday's IHSAA state track championships in the 3,200 meters and 3,200 relay.

June 04, 2014 9:41 pm
Pete Iussig, Lowell

Pete Iussig, Lowell

Lowell softball coach Pete Iussig talks to his Red Devils after their 10-0 win against West Side in the opener of the Class 4A Highland Sectional on Monday. The Devils advance to play E.C. Central in Tuesday's second round.

May 26, 2014 11:44 am
Andrew Huff, Calumet

Andrew Huff, Calumet

Calumet senior Andrew Huff committed to run cross country and track at Chicago State on Wednesday. He is believed to be the first student at his school to get a D-I scholarship in running events. He is the heart and soul of his team and an icon for the younger students at the school.

May 20, 2014 8:55 pm
Andrew Huff, Calumet

Andrew Huff, Calumet

Calumet senior Andrew Huff committed to run cross country and track at Chicago State on Wednesday.

May 20, 2014 8:54 pm
Andrean's Richard Thiel

Andrean's Richard Thiel

Andrean's Richard Thiel went to the school to play football since his hometown school, Hanover Central, didn't have football two years ago. After two tough injuries, the junior has put all of his emphasis on running the hurdles.

May 20, 2014 7:03 pm
Andrean's Richard Thiel placed

Andrean's Richard Thiel placed

Andrean's Richard Thiel placed second in the 110 high hurdles and first in the 300 hurdles at last week's Northwest Crossroads Conference meet.

May 20, 2014 7:05 pm
Andrean's Richard Thiel was eighth

Andrean's Richard Thiel was eighth

Andrean's Richard Thiel was eighth in the 110-meter high hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles at last year's sectional.

May 20, 2014 7:01 pm
Valerie Ruiz, Clark

Valerie Ruiz, Clark

Clark junior pitcher Valarie Ruiz, center, has teammates, from left, Sara Kruszynski, Caitlyn Towner, Celeste Martinez and Oshuntique Woods behind her at the Hammond school. Like Larry Bird when he was at Indiana State in the 1970s, Ruiz is the area's "Secret Weapon" in area softball.

May 14, 2014 6:40 pm
Kankakee Valley senior Derick Tesh won the 110-meter hurdles at Tuesday's Northwest Crossroads Conference meet. The avid outdoorsman also competes in the 300 hurdles and high jump.

Kankakee Valley senior Derick Tesh won the 110-meter hurdles at Tuesday's Northwest Crossroads Conference meet. The avid outdoorsman also competes in the 300 hurdles and high jump.

Kankakee Valley senior Derick Tesh won the 110-meter hurdles at Tuesday's Northwest Crossroads Conference meet. The avid outdoorsman also competes in the 300 hurdles and high jump.

May 13, 2014 8:48 pm
Kankakee Valley senior Derick Tesh talks with a teammate on Tuesday night after he won the 110 hurdles at the Northwest Crossroads Conference meet.

Kankakee Valley senior Derick Tesh talks with a teammate on Tuesday night after he won the 110 hurdles at the Northwest Crossroads Conference meet.

Kankakee Valley senior Derick Tesh talks with a teammate on Tuesday night after he won the 110 hurdles at the Northwest Crossroads Conference meet.

May 13, 2014 8:47 pm
Kankakee Valley senior Derick Tesh won the 110-meter high hurdles at the Northwest Crossroads Conference meet.

Kankakee Valley senior Derick Tesh won the 110-meter high hurdles at the Northwest Crossroads Conference meet.

Kankakee Valley senior Derick Tesh won the 110-meter high hurdles at the Northwest Crossroads Conference meet. He was second in the 300 hurdles.

May 13, 2014 8:46 pm
Munster's Straight A boys track stars

Munster's Straight A boys track stars

From left to right, Munster track athletes Tommy Bolanowski, Eashan Kumar, Saam Mojtahed and Calvin Sanders are not only talented athletes but extreme students. The four said time management is the key to being great in both parts of school.

May 08, 2014 7:57 pm
Munster's Straight A boys track stars

Munster's Straight A boys track stars

From left to right, Munster track athletes Tommy Bolanowski, Eashan Kumar, Saam Mojtahed and Calvin Sanders are not only talented athletes but extreme students. The four said time management is the key to being great in both parts of school.

May 08, 2014 7:55 pm
Garrett Ferrell, Merrillville

Garrett Ferrell, Merrillville

Merrillville's Garrett Ferrell, right, is following in the footsteps of his brother, Byron Farrell, competing in the pole vault for the Pirates. Garrett has the area's best jump so far at 14 feet, 6 inches. The junior's top goal is to make it to the state meet. Ferrell stands with Merrillvil…

May 07, 2014 8:39 am
Garrett Ferrell, Merrillville

Garrett Ferrell, Merrillville

Merrillville's Garrett Ferrell is following in the footsteps of his brother, Byron Farrell, competing in the pole vault for the Pirates. Garrett has the area's best jump so far at 14-6. The junior's top goal is to make it to the state meet.

May 07, 2014 8:37 am
Garrett Ferrell, Merrillville

Garrett Ferrell, Merrillville

Merrillville's Garrett Ferrell is following in the footsteps of his brother, Byron Farrell, competing in the pole vault for the Pirates. Garrett has the area's best jump so far at 14-6. The junior's top goal is to make it to the state meet.

May 07, 2014 8:31 am
John Petroskey, Hobart

John Petroskey, Hobart

Hobart senior John Petroskey warms up before Tuesday's track meet. After winning the 1,600 meters and 3,200 at Saturday's Little 5 meet, Petroskey is off to his best start in his career.

April 23, 2014 1:36 pm
John Petroskey, Hobart

John Petroskey, Hobart

Hobart senior John Petroskey warms up before Tuesday's track meet. He is off to his best start in his career.

April 23, 2014 1:34 pm
John Petroskey, Hobart

John Petroskey, Hobart

Hobart senior John Petroskey warms up before Tuesday's track meet.

April 23, 2014 1:30 pm
John Petroskey, Hobart

John Petroskey, Hobart

After winning the 1,600 meters and 3,200 at Saturday's Little 5 meet, Hobart's John Petroskey is off to his best start in his career.

April 23, 2014 1:32 pm
Mitchell Kessler, Crown Point

Mitchell Kessler, Crown Point

Crown Point junior Mitchell Kessler shocked many last season by beating Lake Central's Gelen Robinson in the shot put at sectionals. Three scratches at regionals ended Kessler's season, but he is motivated to go much deeper this spring.

April 16, 2014 6:08 pm
Mitchell Kessler, Crown Point

Mitchell Kessler, Crown Point

Crown Point junior Mitchell Kessler advanced to regional in the shot put last season.

April 16, 2014 6:09 pm
Mitchell Kessler, Crown Point

Mitchell Kessler, Crown Point

Crown Point junior Mitchell Kessler shocked many last season by beating Lake Central's Gelen Robinson in the shot put at sectionals.

April 16, 2014 6:07 pm
Marquis Tarver, Bishop Noll

Marquis Tarver, Bishop Noll

Bishop Noll senior Marquis Tarver was on the Warriors' roster in 2011 when the team made it to the Class 2A state championship game. The next two Marches Tarver was on the floor, but Noll lost to Bowman Academy in the sectional final. With the Eagles moving up, the Warriors won the sectional…

March 11, 2014 7:18 pm
Marquis Tarver, Bishop Noll

Marquis Tarver, Bishop Noll

Bishop Noll senior Marquis Tarver was on the Warriors' roster in 2011 when the team made it to the Class 2A state championship game. Tarver was on the floor the two following Marches, but Noll lost to Bowman Academy in the sectional final. The Warriors won the sectional and will play Westvie…

March 11, 2014 7:20 pm
Marquis Tarver, Bishop Noll

Marquis Tarver, Bishop Noll

Bishop Noll senior Marquis Tarver was on the Warriors' roster in 2011 when the team made it to the Class 2A state championship game. Tarver was on the floor the next two Marches, but Noll lost to Bowman Academy in the sectional final. The Warriors won the sectional and will play Westview at …

March 11, 2014 7:21 pm
Marquis Tarver, Bishop Noll

Marquis Tarver, Bishop Noll

Bishop Noll senior Marquis Tarver was on the Warriors' roster in 2011 when the team made it to the Class 2A state championship game.Tarver was on the floor the next two Marches, but Noll lost to Bowman Academy in the sectional final. The Warriors won the sectional and will play Westview at t…

March 11, 2014 7:16 pm
Snow and cold greets softball as season opens on Monday

Snow and cold greets softball as season opens on Monday

Piles of snow surround the softball field at Hanover Central on Monday morning, the day softball practice begins in Indiana. All area schools are dealing with the aftermath of one of the area's harshest winters in decades and will struggle to get their facilities ready for spring sports.

March 10, 2014 8:42 am
STEVE HANLON: It's time to throw softballs, not snow balls

STEVE HANLON: It's time to throw softballs, not snow balls

Piles of snow surround the softball field at Hanover Central on Monday morning, the day softball practice begins in Indiana. Some in Northwest Indiana believe softball would be better served if played in the fall.

March 10, 2014 8:42 am
Spring sports bring difficulties to schools after tough winter

Spring sports bring difficulties to schools after tough winter

The "Wildcats Mountains" are on the edge of Hanover Central's parking lot. As softball practice begins on Monday in Indiana, area schools are dealing with the tough task of getting facilities ready for all spring sports teams after one of the toughest winters in decades.

March 10, 2014 8:33 am
Area spring sports teams face cold preseason

Area spring sports teams face cold preseason

The softball field at Class 3A semistate qualifier Hanover Central is under ice and snow, like most schools in Northwest Indiana. Last spring the Wildcats did not have one full outdoor practice before they played their first softball game. Area schools are facing a similar fate this spring.

March 10, 2014 8:37 am
Harsh winter brings challanges to area schools

Harsh winter brings challanges to area schools

The softball field at Hanover Central is under ice and snow after one of the toughest winters in decades. Softball practice began on Monday and the Wildcats will face the same challanges as other schools as the spring sports season begins in the next week.

March 10, 2014 8:28 am
Civic Center feels the heart beat of sectional basketball

Civic Center feels the heart beat of sectional basketball

A crowd of approximately 2,000 took in Class 3A Hammond Sectional action at the Civic Center on Wednesday night. The games -- Griffith vs. Hammond and Bowman Academy vs. Lighthouse -- brought in a bigger crowd on one night than the entire crowd for last year's sectional in the same location.

March 06, 2014 9:31 am
Good crowd fills Civic Center on Wednesday night

Good crowd fills Civic Center on Wednesday night

A crowd of approximately 2,000 took in Class 3A Hammond Sectional action at the Civic Center on Wednesday night. The games -- Griffith vs. Hammond and Bowman Academy vs. Lighthouse -- brought in a bigger crowd on one night than the entire crowd for last year's sectional in the same location.

March 06, 2014 9:31 am
Dwayne Haden, Lake Station

Dwayne Haden, Lake Station

Lake Station senior point guard Dwayne Haden has changed his game this season, playing the best ball of his career. He will lead the Eagles against rival River Forest in GSSC play.

February 06, 2014 5:48 pm
Dwayne Haden, Lake Station

Dwayne Haden, Lake Station

Lake Station senior point guard Dwayne Haden has saved his best for last. He helped lead the Eagles to the Greater South Shore Conference championship game and will do the same tonight when rival River Forest comes to town.

February 06, 2014 5:46 pm
David Uran, Crown Point mayor

David Uran, Crown Point mayor

Crown Point mayor David Uran has returned to his boyhood love, high school basketball. The former Hanover Central player and head coach is officiating basketball games this winter, along with running the Lake County seat.

February 05, 2014 3:26 pm
David Uran, Crown Point mayor

David Uran, Crown Point mayor

Crown Point mayor David Uran has returned to his boyhood love, high school basketball. The former Hanover Central player and head coach is officiating basketball games this winter, along with running the Lake County seat.

February 05, 2014 3:27 pm
Javonta Whitehead, Calumet

Javonta Whitehead, Calumet

Calumet senior Javonta Whitehead has led the Warriors to a 7-1 start heading into tonight's game at Lake Station. He had a tough break when his mother passed away and he almost quit basketball and everything else. But he's come back strong, just like his program.

January 16, 2014 9:57 pm
Javonta Whitehead, Calumet

Javonta Whitehead, Calumet

Calumet senior Javonta Whitehead speaks with Warriors coach Matt Justin after Wednesday's practice. After winning just eight games in Justin's first two years at the school, the Warriors are 7-1 heading into tonight's game at Lake Station.

January 16, 2014 6:00 pm
Javonta Whitehead, Calumet

Javonta Whitehead, Calumet

Calumet senior Javonta Whitehead has helped lead his Warriors to a 7-1 start. The senior all but gave up on basketball and school when his mother died after a heart transplant surgery, but he is back on top of both things in memory of her.

January 16, 2014 6:00 pm
Javonta Whitehead, Calumet

Javonta Whitehead, Calumet

Calumet senior Javonta Whitehead has led Warriors to a 7-1 start after two below-par seasons. The honor roll student gave up on basketball and academics after his mother died after undergoing a heart transplant operation. But he has shown he is a come-back kid with a heart of gold.

January 15, 2014 6:00 pm
Angel Argandona, Whiting

Angel Argandona, Whiting

Whiting seventh-grade three-sport athlete Angel Argandona stands in front of his Christmas Around the World project on the country of Estonia. A big cross-cultural celebration of the season took place at the school Wednesday.

December 18, 2013 3:10 pm
Eric Lakomek, Hanover Central

Eric Lakomek, Hanover Central

Hanover Central freshman boys basketball player Eric Lakomek has created "The Red Shoe Foundation," which collects used athletic equipment for underprivileged students. Lakomek is honoring his grandmother, who recently passed away. For Christmas, she used to buy him red baseball shoes.

December 12, 2013 11:23 am
Eric Lakomek, Hanover Central

Eric Lakomek, Hanover Central

Hanover Central freshman boys basketball player Eric Lakomek has created "The Red Shoe Foundation," which collects used athletic equipment for underprivileged students. Lakomek is honoring his grandmother, who recently passed away. For Christmas, she used to buy him red baseball shoes.

December 12, 2013 11:22 am
Zack VanHook, Lowell

Zack VanHook, Lowell

Zack VanHookSchool LowellGrade:Sr.Height:6-5Stats: 24.8 ppg., 5.2 rpg.Position: G/FColleges recruiting me: Application State, Valparaiso, Idaho, Lipscomb, California-Davis, Eastern MichiganMy favorite basketball player, why: LeBron James, because he will be the greatest player ever when its …

November 23, 2013 12:00 am
Daniel Flores, E.C. Central

Daniel Flores, E.C. Central

E.C. Central senior Daniel Flores works at his aunt's El Taco Real restaurant in Hammond. He moved from Mexico City three years ago without knowing a word of English. But now he is on the National Honor Society and he kicked the game-winning extra point in the Cardinals 38-37 overtime win ov…

November 20, 2013 9:39 pm
Daniel Flores and family

Daniel Flores and family

Left to right, Beto Hernadez, Vanessa Hernandez and Raquel Hernandez sit in front of Daniel Flores at El Taco Real in Hammond, where Flores works along with his aunt, Raquel. Flores moved from Mexico City three years ago and is living the American dream. He kicked the game-winning extra poin…

November 20, 2013 9:36 pm
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