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INDIANAPOLIS | Dave Pishkur got to the parking lot just south of Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday morning. There were about 25 people in red and gold standing about.
MERRILLVILLE | Donovan Chandler saw as much of the field his first three seasons at Andrean as the press box announcer. It wasn't fun.
MERRILLVILLE | The pressure was everywhere. You could cut it with a knife.
MERRILLVILLE | All eyes will be on Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend as six state football champions will be crowned.
MERRILLVILLE | Phil Mason stood outside the end zone on Nov. 5, 2004. He saw the ball cut through the cold night air. He saw the catch that cemented a legacy.
MERRILLVILLE | Jamie Johnson thought about the game of football as a lad. He wondered what it would be like to play the game. But his experience with the game was like a kid at a candy store, looking in from the storefront window.
INDIANAPOLIS | Phil Mason was talking about finding a bucket. Mic Roessler was talking about trying to kick “the bucket.”
GARY | The arms were raised. Smiles were everywhere. The long bus rides to nowhere in previous winters had finally reached their meaning.
EAST CHICAGO | The weight of the world, his new world, hung flatly on his shoulders, like a semi-truck full of continents and refrigerators.
MERRILLVILLE | For three years Matt O'Brien spent his Friday nights on the sidelines, mostly. He cheered for his Andrean teammates and did everything he could to help the program.
MERRILLVILLE | The date of Nov. 16, 2010 is one that will live in prep football infamy. Especially at 5959 Broadway.
EAST CHICAGO | It's kind of like being Scottie Pippen. Or Kevin McHale. Or John Lennon.
In late November of 2010, Fort Wayne Dwenger arrived at Morton for the Class 4A Northern Semistate championship. The rosters, though, had to be extended, in order to fit the Saints' assistant coaches names.
Fort Wayne Dwenger won its 18th regional championship last Friday night with a 42-7 whipping of New Haven in the Class 4A regional.
The game was all but over. The fat lady was clearing her throat.
EAST CHICAGO | TreQuan Burnett has hands of gold. His legs and the speed they generate is also in that priceless category.
One of the top football players in Indiana has decommitted from Ohio State, the No. 3 team in the nation.
The phone rang in the summer of 2012. Antonio Poole picked it up. The budding basketball superstar's life was about to change. Dramatically.
CROWN POINT | It was 1980. The hair was long, the shirts polyester and the mustaches danced to a Bee Gees beat.
GARY | Dana Evans, in one way, is your typical high school freshman. A little shy. Probably got lost trying to find the algebra classroom after leaving the history classroom. Traditional stuff.
ST. JOHN | Most of the players in last Friday's Class 6A Sectional 1 championship game between Merrillville and Lake Central could hardly stand upright.
Christian Guerrero could have been a statistic. But thankfully something got in the way of the 6-foot-7, 315-pound E.C. Central senior.
GARY | It wasn't just bad. It was Gawd awful. Pathetic with a capital P.
GARY | A tear formed in the eye of West Side football coach Jason Johnson Tuesday as he spoke, but it was difficult to tell if it was shed out of happiness or sadness.
Andrean's football tradition is deep and rich. The names and plays and games stretch decades back.
IHSAA assistant commissioner Robert Faulkens walked around West Side's football facility on Sunday and took pictures. He has the final call about whether West Side will be allowed to host Friday's Class 4A Sectional 17 championship game against E.C. Central.
It's been said that early childhood helps prepare a man for the rest of his life. This truth has been relevant for Bowman Academy junior linebacker Malcolm Gibbs.
IHSAA assistant commissioner Robert Faulkens toured West Side's football field Oct. 15 and gave a thumbs down to the decaying conditions for sectional play. Consequently, the Cougars' home game against Lowell was moved to E.C. Central.
When Kyle Wilkinson arrived at Munster four years ago, he didn't have a ton of nerves about playing football for coach Leroy Marsh.
If you're a side actor in a National Lampoon film, having the nickname of "Meatball" is probably a good thing. Something to build a wacky career with.
He was down on all fours. His eyes were rolling around in his head like a marble in an earthquake. He then got up and the drama increased.
AJ Veloz considers himself a classic small-town kid. A young man who everyone knows in his community of Whiting. He loves his role in life.
CROWN POINT | Bob Dylan sang about serving somebody back in the late 1970s. His crooning was unique and some would say awful.
EAST CHICAGO | It was power vs. speed. Blue-collar vs. speed. Lunch buckets vs. speed.
Rich Sobilo is known for hockey, both as a coach and player. Things are about to change. The Whiting resident was named Bishop Noll's new softball coach Thursday night.
The football fortunes at Crown Point appear to be deja vu all over again. If you put a mirror up to the 2012 season it would reflect closely to the 2013 campaign.
In this instant communication era where brain cells are attacked every moment with never-ending white-noise information, Kankakee Valley senior Matt Myers is older than old school.
The footsteps can be heard down the hallway, coming closer to the door. E.C. Central coach Stacy Adams and his senior middle linebacker Patrick Shaw look outside.
The pain was intense, consuming and long-lasting. It didn't last a day or two. It carried over from Oct. 26 of last autumn to today.
When you're in the valley and the surrounding mountain tops are so high they can hardly be seen, it isn't easy. Not easy at all.
HAMMOND | It wasn't a once in awhile kind of thing. It was every day. All summer. No matter how hot and humid it was, Clark's Maurice Dawkins was working hard to make his Pioneers better.
Indiana High School Athletic Association Assistant Commissioner Robert Faulkens toured the football facility at West Side on Wednesday, looking to see if the grounds were fit to host a sectional game.
The Indiana High School Athletic Association will come to Gary today to check West Side's football field, to see if it is in shape to host the Class 4A Sectional 17 game against Lowell on Oct. 25.
Will it be deja vu all over again, or will it be the same ol' same ol'?
Leroy Marsh began coaching at Munster in 1973, when the IHSAA state football tournament was in its infancy. There were three classes and 12 teams in the entire tournament.
LOWELL | Sometimes when a youngster gets pushed around by the older kids on the block, it causes great pain and sorry. Or maybe an appearance on The Jerry Springer Show.
WHITING | Handing out uniform numbers to freshmen is like the yard-sale director handing out leftover stained, knit potholders after a 12-hour, mad-rush day.
Seldom does one advance from elementary 3-on-3 basketball supervisor for one year to varsity head coach, but that's what happened at Kankakee Valley last week.
Munster's Mike Hackett and Wheeler's Tom Johnson were there, but neither can talk about the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association's hybrid tournament plan that is being circulated among members right now.
HAMMOND | Morton was scrimmaging Lake Central this summer. The Indians were in a short-yardage situation. So they brought in Gelen Robinson at fullback.
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