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Hillary Smith

Hillary Smith

Hillary Smith has covered prep, pro and college sports -- and even a Dixie Baseball World Series -- for newspapers north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line since 1995.

An award-winning reporter in Louisiana and Indiana, she has both a bachelor's and a master's degree from Michigan State University and has worked at The Times since 2005.

She covers the RailCats as well as high school girls volleyball, girls basketball and baseball, though has been also been found at NASCAR races, Chicago pro events and college sports during her tenure at The Times.

Prior to a career in journalism, she was a basketball statistician for the Beach Middle School Bullpups and a Lane 6 swimmer for the Chelsea High School Bulldogs.

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Latest News

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats have opportunities for late-spring signees

WANTED: Left-handed pitching.

April 20, 2014 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats ready to introduce new look

Don't be surprised if the RailCats spring training roster looks a little unfamiliar.

April 13, 2014 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Baseball pranks fool some, not all happy

A news release from the Frontier League was loaded with hints if the reader was looking in the right spots.

April 06, 2014 6:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Thanks for the assist

Where do we start the thank yous?

March 30, 2014 7:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: NCAA tournament brings hoops enlightenment

Tarheels, Wolverines, Blue Devils and Spartans.

March 23, 2014 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Baseball, softball stuck in feet of deep freeze

You've waited out the winter with the best of us. That baseball popping up and down in your hand is like a firecracker ready to pop.

March 16, 2014 7:15 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Local semistate good for region, great for teams

The Crown Point High School gym seats approximately 3,800 fans in the top and bottom bowls.

March 02, 2014 6:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Giving girls equal time shouldn't come at price

While the IHSAA proposal to give the girls basketball teams a postseason all their own promotes Title IX advantages, the disadvantage could come at the cost of another girls sport.

February 23, 2014 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Merrillville found its next freshman phenom

HILLARY SMITH: Merrillville found its next freshman phenom

HOBART | As soon as Jasmine Wright was fouled with 20.5 seconds remaining in Saturday's sectional championship game, her Merrillville teammates swarmed and hugged her.

February 16, 2014 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Eagles ready for next season surprise

Before a game last week, a referee approached Lake Station girls basketball coach Kristy Hite-Balboa.

February 09, 2014 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Thank Mother Nature as the playbook is thrown out the window

Some girls basketball teams prefer to ease their way into the postseason.

February 02, 2014 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Super Sunday packs in girls draw

They typical start time for the IHSAA girls basketball sectional draw is 6 p.m. or 5 p.m. Central Standard Time.

January 26, 2014 6:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Trojans lean on each other

Before the Highland and Hobart girls basketball game started on Jan. 10, warm-up was halted and the two teams were ushered off the court.

January 19, 2014 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Pioneers answer the call for help

With senior citizens stuck indoors and feet of snow covering their sidewalks, the Clark football team collected as many shovels as necessary and started working.

January 12, 2014 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: A peek behind the Top 10 curtain

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: sports writers aren't perfect.

January 05, 2014 6:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Creating a list of region's 2014 sports resolutions

As regionites sit down to assess their 2014 goals and hopes, many create a list of New Year's resolutions.

December 29, 2013 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats GM takes 'interim' off, for now

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats GM takes 'interim' off, for now

Pete Laven's new office in Gary is bigger than the old one.

December 22, 2013 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Blame to spread when melee erupts

For the first time in 18 years of covering sports, I was required to write about an on-court scrum at a girls basketball game.

December 15, 2013 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Don't fear the training table

Multiple conversations with high school, college and pro sports certified athletic trainers over the last three weeks has come up with one revelation: no one likes the doctor.

December 08, 2013 9:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Can-Am addition to American Association brings depth

While Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, there was no holiday off day in Canada. So, it seemed a perfect time for the Can-Am League to announce that it had joined its forces with the American Association for a super independ…

December 01, 2013 9:00 pm
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