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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When the body turns 30 and it's harder to roll out of bed in the morning, and it takes longer to stretch out the muscle kinks, the reminder of bouncing back as an 18-year-old is lived in tales.
GARY | In the business sense, the RailCats improved during the 2014 season in areas the franchise had fallen short in 2013.
If there's an indication of the parity of the American Association, here it is: not since 2010 has the team that won the league championship the year before appeared in the postseason.
GARY | If there's any wonder that the RailCats are all in to keep that American Association Championship trophy in Gary, this weekend's trade deadline moves spoke volumes.
Mike Kozlowski could hit the cover off of a baseball almost as easy as he could blink.
The panic button at U.S. Steel Yard is still under lock and key. For now.
When the Valparaiso marketing department first thought to create a scholarship for its biggest fan, the search began to see if it had ever been done before.
GARY | Longtime RailCats fans could count on two things at U.S. Steel Yard: a foul ball and a long game.
GARY | With Willie Glen's number secured in the outfield at U.S. Steel Yard earlier this month, the next question quickly becomes: who's next?
SCHERERVILLE | Dawn Minch remembers her son, Jordan, looking for Cubs scores in the paper before he could even read.
GARY | The RailCats hit the (almost) midway point of their season with a solid hold on the top of the American Association's Central Division standings and winning record.
In the trial of Ed O'Bannon vs. NCAA, an antitrust lawsuit brought by a former UCLA basketball player, NCAA president Mark Emmert was called to testify.
Thanks to Andrean, the one-year hiatus of the region's appearance at Victory Field in Indianapolis has been eliminated.
PLYMOUTH | After losing in the semistate final to Noblesville, the Lake Central baseball team took a few minutes on the field to talk to each other.
Greg Tagert's specialty as a scout for the Detroit Tigers was to watch for potential in college seniors.
Frank Ruvoli was home on spring break from Wabash College, injured and away from the sport he loved: baseball.
As the region's high school baseball coaches were frantically trying to make up games, reschedule rainouts (and snowouts) and even find new opponents, the reason was simple: right now.
Taylor Watkins will be at Butler University in the fall, studying biology to prepare for a degree in pre med.
When RailCats manager Greg Tagert is watching what his players are doing on the field, he's acutely aware of how they're meshing in spring training clubhouse.
GARY | Greg Tagert's sons joke with him about how easy it has been to open spring training with the RailCats the last few years.
In case you missed it while basking in the sunshine of a spring weekend, the region was well-represented at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame induction weekend.
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