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Strong-legged kickers give defenses a big boost in football

Strong-legged kickers give defenses a big boost in football

Matt Childs was an eighth-grader, walking the sandy beaches on vacation. Back home in Munster, two-a-day football practice was just beginning. Childs had always played soccer. Then, a light went on in his head.

September 11, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Whiting's Krzyston is the Oilers' rock on defense

Whiting's Krzyston is the Oilers' rock on defense

WHITING | Kris Krzyston is not your typical Whiting Oiler. He's not a Bears fan. He doesn't score touchdowns at a moment's notice. Yet, he lives and breathes the game that comes alive each fall in the little town on Lake Michigan's shore.

September 11, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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Crown Point's Kukurugya shines bright on the international stage

Crown Point's Kukurugya shines bright on the international stage

CROWN POINT | It started simply enough. It is the kind of story starter that makes you want to shake your head.

September 07, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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Lake Central's Davis and 'D' leads to win at 'The Luke'

Lake Central's Davis and 'D' leads to win at 'The Luke'

INDIANAPOLIS | The day before the first NFL Sunday kicks off, Antwan Davis was in the end zone of Lucas Oil Stadium watching a perfectly spinning ball dart in his direction.

September 06, 2014 6:15 pm Photos

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Offense explodes at prep football changes around the state

Offense explodes at prep football changes around the state

The cool autumn wind enveloped the place. Everyone in town — no, in the county — was there. It was if Bronko Nagurski and Jim Brown were in attendance, wildly applauding old-school football at its finest.

September 04, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Lake Central's Studer pumped to play in Peyton's Place

Lake Central's Studer pumped to play in Peyton's Place

ST. JOHN | There was only one emotion for Colin Studer in March of 2012 when Peyton Manning was cut by the Indianapolis Colts.

September 04, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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Teams prepare for the long conference race run in football

Teams prepare for the long conference race run in football

It's been said winning a sectional championship in football is the most difficult because to take home the hardware you have to be very good for three weeks, three Friday nights.

August 30, 2014 5:45 pm Photos

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Despite court battles from coast to coast, many area football coaches still do pregame prayers

Despite court battles from coast to coast, many area football coaches still do pregame prayers

Jay Novak was obviously nervous last Friday night. The first-year football coach at E.C. Central was going through the pregame checklist before his Cardinals took the field for the season-opener at Hammond.

August 28, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Speedy Echols leads Hammond to the Wildcats opening win

Speedy Echols leads Hammond to the Wildcats opening win

HAMMOND | Midsummer didn't look too good off Calumet Avenue. Hammond's football coach, Eric Schreiber, had left for Clark in the night. His replacement, Roosevelt Moore, was not officially hired until the opening day of practice.

August 28, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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Dillard not going to LaLumiere; Patterson staying at Lake Station

Dillard not going to LaLumiere; Patterson staying at Lake Station

Davon Dillard is not at LaLumiere, the prep school in LaPorte. And the Indiana Junior All-Star, who has been offered by California, Creighton, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Providence and Purdue has never officially left Bowman Academy.

August 26, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Adjustments the key for teams from Week 1 to Week 2

Adjustments the key for teams from Week 1 to Week 2

There's been an adage around prep football for a long time. The biggest improvement a team makes usually comes between Week 1 and Week 2.

August 23, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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Lights still not working at West Side's football facility

Lights still not working at West Side's football facility

Highland's scrimmage at West Side on Aug. 15 was supposed to start at 7 p.m. But the first snap took place at 6 p.m. because of a common issue at the Gary school's football facility.

August 23, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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Richie steps down as Lowell boys basketball coach

Richie steps down as Lowell boys basketball coach

This is not the time for the boys basketball coach at Lowell High School to step down. But that's exactly what Nate Richie did recently, going 46-39 over the last four seasons.

August 22, 2014 6:30 pm
Andrean's Barajas is a one-of-a-kind football player

Andrean's Barajas is a one-of-a-kind football player

MERRILLVILLE | The sidewalk was mostly empty. Almost barren. The cold, wintery wind swept over the hills of Fort Thomas, Ky.

August 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Paliga ready to lead 59ers on another run

Paliga ready to lead 59ers on another run

MERRILLVILLE | It's like Sammy Hagar taking over for David Lee Roth or Andrew Johnson stepping in for Abraham Lincoln. A daunting shadow is there, always, in the background.

August 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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It takes geography, history and a little hatred to make a good rivalry

It takes geography, history and a little hatred to make a good rivalry

Keith Kilmer already knows what he'll see when he takes his Lowell Red Devils onto Bulldog Turf in Crown Point. He chuckles ahead of time.

August 21, 2014 6:00 pm Video Photos

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Gavit picks Barnhizer as new athletic director and boys hoops coach

Gavit picks Barnhizer as new athletic director and boys hoops coach

Mark Barnhizer has been hired as Gavit's new athletic director. And the 2003 Indiana All-Star coach will also take over the Gladiators boys basketball program.

August 12, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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Crown Point's Barclay commits to play hoops at SE Louisiana

Crown Point's Barclay commits to play hoops at SE Louisiana

The dream seemed to be over. Crown Point senior forward Bret Barclay ended his final prep basketball season with the Bulldogs in March. The future seemed unclear.

August 12, 2014 6:52 pm Photos

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Hammond stays in house in picking Wildcats new football coach

Hammond stays in house in picking Wildcats new football coach

HAMMOND | Bernie Krueger coached football at Hammond High School from 1955 through 1972. Stability was the key in that other era when the Wildcats were winning mythical state championships.

August 04, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Hanover Central starts varsity football, will not get in IHSAA tourney early

Hanover Central starts varsity football, will not get in IHSAA tourney early

Robert Harrison and his football staff can feel the inertia around the Hanover Central community. It's bubbling over.

August 03, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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Former Hammond greats return for Wildcats Forever Club dinner

Former Hammond greats return for Wildcats Forever Club dinner

HAMMOND | Rich Hudson asked the crowd if they knew who was in the picture on the screen. The older heads nodded in agreement. The younger eyes just looked on, trying to make a guess.

August 02, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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E.C. Washington's John Cousins happy to be going in the Hall of Fame

E.C. Washington's John Cousins happy to be going in the Hall of Fame

Growing up in "The Harbor" section of East Chicago, John Cousins picked up a nickname in his Sunnyside neighborhood back in the 1960s. In that era, nicknames and fame were big in the hoops crazy city.

August 01, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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West Side's Atkins headed to Merrillville

West Side's Atkins headed to Merrillville

The state's leading returning passer is changing schools just a few days before the opening of the 2014 prep football season.

July 29, 2014 6:41 pm
Area football community happy with NCAA agreement in head-injury lawsuit

Area football community happy with NCAA agreement in head-injury lawsuit

Roy Richards played high school football at Rich East and college ball at Northeast Missouri State. It was a great time. So he started coaching high school ball and is in his 16th season at Morton and 21st overall.

July 29, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Westville picks Vazquez as new boys basketball coach

Westville picks Vazquez as new boys basketball coach

It's like going from "Hoop Dreams" to "Hoosiers" in one quick, strange trip.

July 23, 2014 5:45 pm
Crown Point's Andras taking in All-Star experience

Crown Point's Andras taking in All-Star experience

Connor Andras was walking down the hall at Crown Point High School toward the weight room. His Bulldogs football season was over and the 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker was preparing for college ball at Butler.

July 17, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Indiana All-Star status wearing well on E.C. Central's Patrick Shaw

Indiana All-Star status wearing well on E.C. Central's Patrick Shaw

Patrick Shaw wore a Crown Point jersey on Wednesday at the University of Indianapolis' football facility. Such a fashion move seems strange for a young man from East Chicago.

July 16, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Hobart's Berris is a local example of 'The Blind Side' story

Hobart's Berris is a local example of 'The Blind Side' story

He didn't know his father. He didn't have a home. In one school year he was kicked off of three different high school teams, which is almost mathematically impossible.

July 12, 2014 8:32 pm
Klimczak steps down as football coach at South Central

Klimczak steps down as football coach at South Central

Dan Klimczak knew this day was coming for the past year and a half.

July 10, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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Highly successful softball coach McMillen says he'll step down after next season

Highly successful softball coach McMillen says he'll step down after next season

In typical Larry McMillen form, when asked when he started the Hanover Central softball program he had a quip.

July 10, 2014 5:00 pm
River Forest picks Quigg as new athletic director

River Forest picks Quigg as new athletic director

Jason Quigg probably got a high-five from Mickey Mouse on Tuesday night, after the world-famous rodent heard the good news for Quigg.

July 08, 2014 9:00 pm
Lake Central's Gelen Robinson earns Tim Bishop Memorial Times Athlete of the Year honor again

Lake Central's Gelen Robinson earns Tim Bishop Memorial Times Athlete of the Year honor again

There were no bright lights, no stands packed with avid sports fans, no reporters or college scouts. Still, Gelen Robinson was there.

July 05, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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River Forest picks Hanson as new football coach

River Forest picks Hanson as new football coach

Rob Hanson has been approved as the new River Forest football coach, replacing Jeff Bean, whose teaching position was lost due to budget cuts in the district.

July 03, 2014 6:38 pm
Crown Point soldier conveys heartbreak for war-torn Iraq

Crown Point soldier conveys heartbreak for war-torn Iraq

It wasn't just blood and treasure that was spilled on the dusty ground of Iraq by American servicemen over the past decade. Love for the people also was poured out there by many.

July 03, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Closing of Lew Wallace saddens many former Hornet athletes

Closing of Lew Wallace saddens many former Hornet athletes

Dave Templin grew up on the east side of Gary, near the steel mills. Before graduating from Emerson in 1966, a blue-collar lunch-pail district, he would drive south with his pals.

July 01, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Wheatfield's Vukadinovich works Wisconsin basketball camp

Wheatfield's Vukadinovich works Wisconsin basketball camp

In March of 1984, Brian Vukadinovich was just seconds from realizing a life-long dream. Then, like that, a last-second shot by a Warsaw player end it with some drama.

June 29, 2014 5:00 pm
Yoways leads area into North-South softball all-star game

Yoways leads area into North-South softball all-star game

Hanover Central softball coach Larry McMillen summed up the North-South All-Star game in a perfect way.

June 26, 2014 6:00 pm
Kentucky working with Indiana to revive All-Star series in commonwealth

Kentucky working with Indiana to revive All-Star series in commonwealth

Six years ago, Charlie Hall sat down at a table to discuss breathing life back into the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series.

June 18, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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E.C. Central's Carter will not play football at NIU, school spokesman says

E.C. Central's Carter will not play football at NIU, school spokesman says

E.C. Central's Martayveus Carter will not play football at Northern Illinois this fall. After committing to play for the Huskies last summer, the university confirmed that the 2013 Times Defensive Player of the Year will not attend there.

June 17, 2014 10:00 pm

Indiana sweeps Kentucky in all-star series

INDIANAPOLIS | Stepping back into Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Lake Central's Tyler Wideman would be like Ali stepping into the ring against Joe Frazier, the first time.

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Jennings leads Indiana to sweep of Kentucky

INDIANAPOLIS | It was a crowning achievement for one of Indiana's best girls basketball players in state history.

June 14, 2014 8:10 pm
Former L.C. football player overcomes tragedy with a smile on his face

Former L.C. football player overcomes tragedy with a smile on his face

ST. JOHN | It occurred hundreds of times through the years and it still goes on. Football players lined up at practice, running, then taking on a hit in preparation for an upcoming game.

June 13, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Merrillville's Gaines gets respect statewide for Junior All-Stars

Merrillville's Gaines gets respect statewide for Junior All-Stars

COLUMBUS | Kristi Kaniewski knows Victoria Gaines very well. But in the past Kaniewski, the girls basketball coach at Penn, was trying to come up with a way to stop Merrillville's terror in the paint.

June 11, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Dillard not sure if he's returning to Bowman Academy

Dillard not sure if he's returning to Bowman Academy

COLUMBUS | Sometimes the story is on the basketball floor, between the hardwood lines of America's game. Often, though, it is not.

June 11, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Gaines, Miller lead Juniors to win over Indiana All-Stars

Gaines, Miller lead Juniors to win over Indiana All-Stars

LOGANSPORT | A big smile lit up the face of Merrillville's Victoria Gaines on Monday night inside The Berry Bowl. A good, loud summer crowd had filled the high school's gymnasium.

June 09, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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West Side's Christian turns heads at state finals

West Side's Christian turns heads at state finals

BLOOMINGTON | The old saying is simple – “Speed kills.” But at Indiana University's Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex on Friday, the saying was a little different.

June 06, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Hanover's York finishes fourth in discus

Hanover's York finishes fourth in discus

BLOOMINGTON | Sweat and sun was all over the face of Hanover Central junior Kayla York on Friday at the campus of Indiana University. A smile broke through as York considered all that she had accomplished.

June 06, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Lowell's Blaylock happy to be on state's biggest stage

Lowell's Blaylock happy to be on state's biggest stage

LOWELL | Brian Blaylock is a little like Alexander the Great, who wept after all of his blood and success because there were "no more worlds to conquer."

June 05, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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The past of Hobart's Brickie Bowl gives life to the future

The past of Hobart's Brickie Bowl gives life to the future

HOBART | The lines on the face seemed to mirror the cracks in the concrete below. There is an eternal bond between the two.

May 31, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Gavit's Schreiber plans to give it everything he has at track regional

Gavit's Schreiber plans to give it everything he has at track regional

HAMMOND | Zach Schreiber feels a little bit like David on an ancient battlefield.

May 28, 2014 5:30 pm
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