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CROWN POINT | Meghan Kessler returned home last spring.
The softball doubleheader is over. The scrapes still burn. The muscle fatigue has its own pain. The tiredness in the head is also there.
Tyler Wideman got a phone call, but didn't answer it. Typically, he was in the gym working on his game.
ST. JOHN | If ever a guy deserved an iced lemonade and a lazy hammock it's Lake Central senior Gelen Robinson.
Tyler Wideman was named The Times Player of the Year on Sunday. On Wednesday he was named to the Associated Press' boys basketball All-State second team.
ST. JOHN | It was Ground Zero for Hoosier Hysteria. Lake Central was playing poorly in the state championship game. All the dreams of a lifetime had spun out of control into nightmare mode.
ST. JOHN | Every person in every gym in Indiana had high hopes on Nov. 11, the first official practice day of the 2013-14 boys basketball season.
Andrean junior football player Josh Barajas had some concerns, some misgivings, about playing football at Penn State.
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INDIANAPOLIS | In their first state championship game played outside of breakfast time, the Bowman Academy Eagles needed a wake-up call on Saturday night inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
ST. JOHN | As nerves and excitement filled the hallways of Lake Central on Tuesday, senior guard Tye Wilburn seemed almost nonchalant about tonight's state championship game in Indianapolis.
GARY | It isn't just a game. It isn't just a game plan, a way to slow down Greensburg's Bryant McIntosh and Sean Sellers.
ST. JOHN | On Monday night, a mom and her teenage son sat down to watch a movie.
GARY | This is not Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan. It is something in another time zone. No, universe.
GARY | At Monday's meeting inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Bowman boys basketball coach Marvin Rea was happy with the history his program had made along with the shared history of Northwest Indiana.
ST. JOHN | Cory Dickelman guarded a 6-foot-10 All-American on Jan. 3. On March 7 Dickelman guarded a 6-foot-1 All-American in the making.
INDIANAPOLIS | It's been 30 years and a lifetime for Lake Central's boys basketball and coach Dave Milausnic. On Monday inside of Bankers Life Fieldhouse the mystical dream began to take shape.
INDIANAPOLIS | One might think that Greensburg boys basketball coach Stacy Meyer knows nothing about his opponent on Saturday in the Class 3A state championship game.
If Lake Central shocks the state on Saturday night and beats heavy favorite Indianapolis Tech in the Class 4A state championship game, a secret agreement will unfold in front of Indy eyes.
HUNTINGTON | It could've gone another way. It's happened before. West Side in 1972. Lew Wallace in 2010. And countless other times.
ST. JOHN | What Matt Meneghetti did a few years ago was remarkable.
GARY | The talk was big at Bowman Academy back in November of 2011. Sort of. The Eagles were coming off an embarrassing loss to Morgan Twp. in the Class A sectional championship game.
Zoran Talley had a tough decision to make on March 16 of last year. The 6-foot-6 Merrillville senior had his season end that day in the Class 4A Northern Semistate game against Carmel.
ST. JOHN | If you watched Robert Ryan play basketball the nickname would make sense, Scooter. Low to the ground, quick, chopping feet and lightning-quick hands are his tools of destruction.
The Swan family of Crown Point recently got a new dog. The name is Scout. The breed is a Golden Retriever.
GARY | Neither Anthony Cole and Raynard Perry had ever seen the movie "The Mighty Ducks." It was filmed and hit theaters before they were born.
It shouldn't be a surprise that it took Fort Wayne Dwenger's boys basketball team a little while to get rolling. There was a chill in the air this winter.
When Homestead boys basketball coach Chris Johnson walks into Lafayette Jeff's packed gymnasium on Saturday for the Class 4A Northern Semistate, a lot will be new and fresh.
Had the IHSAA sent Lake Central's boys basketball team to the moon for Saturday's semistate, the Indians would've taken it. Gladly.
ST. JOHN | Everyone knows that Lake Central's offense starts and runs through seniors Tyler Wideman and Tye Wilburn, three-year starters with a ton of talent and experience.
GARY | It is not how you start. It is how you finish.
MERRILLVILLE | Parker Huttel has spent a lot of time in the summer from coast to coast, playing high level travel baseball.
HAMMOND | On paper, it seemed like it would be easier, that Indiana tradition of climbing up ladders in March.
If a new pair of softball spikes were purchased for the start of the start of high school season on Monday, one thing is clear: The footwear can stay in the shoebox for awhile.
HAMMOND | The fans looked on with a sense of shock on Wednesday night. The Civic Center crowd saw Bowman Academy play its first sectional game in Class 3A and the Eagles' top player, Davon Dillard, never left the bench.
HAMMOND | Griffith coach Gary Hayes had a smile on his face after Wednesday night's opening win over Hammond, 49-41, in the Class 3A sectional.
E.C. Central football coach Stacy Adams, who in 2013 took the Cardinals to their best season in school history, is leaving the school he's been at the last four years.
Abe Brown was in his classroom on Friday, Feb. 14. On this cold Valentine's Day, the boys basketball coach at E.C. Central searched the Internet for some local news.
Valparaiso is seventh on Indiana's list of boys basketball programs that have won the most sectional titles. The Vikings have won 51, with 35 coming on their home floor.
GARY | For a while it looked like a game, the kind of high school basketball game that have fans scraping for a rare ticket.
SCHERERVILLE | With the rise of video on social media and the seemingly countless sports television stations, there is a perception that violence in and around basketball games is on the rise.
It has come out this boys basketball season from the mouths of the Bowman Academy Eagles: the Class 2A state champs have a chip on their shoulders.
Clint Swan has been a part of 17 IHSAA boys basketball state tournament draws in his coaching career. Sunday gave the Crown Point coach a new experience with it.
Flint Powell Sr. saw an old high school buddy last week. He laughed and talked about the good old days when both played basketball at E.C. Central. Powell then said this to Abe Brown, the Cardinals' head coach.
HAMMOND | Tyreon Gates was scoreless at halftime of Tuesday night's game between his Times No. 5 Bishop Noll Warriors and No. 7 Griffith.
Amy Govert has been through it. The girls basketball coach at Merrillville represents most of the basketball fans in Indiana. She, like many, believe something has to change in regards to the IHSAA state basketball tournaments.
Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. heard Saturday that the Class 3A Hammond boys basketball sectional had been moved from the Civic Center to Clark High School.
The broken white lines vanished rapidly underneath the bus. Snow and ice were the only breaks from the late-night darkness. An adult in one seat looked again at an illuminated wristwatch. Then, quietly moaned.
HAMMOND | The Class 3A Hammond boys basketball sectional has been moved from the Hammond Civic Center to Clark High School, the IHSAA has confirmed, but the state association has not said why.
MERRILLVILLE | Tony Scheub looked hungry Thursday night, like he needed a couple hours at a buffet.
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