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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On Saturday, the RailCats participated in an exhibition game that drew more national attention than any other before the start of the American Association season begins.
HAMMOND | In an age of shrinking athletic budgets with every dollar being stretched to the limit, Gavit is doing something wild with Tuesday's sports revenue: the Gladiators are giving it away.
CROWN POINT | Bobby Morgan told his mother, Kathy, that he'd be honored on the baseball field before the Lake Central game on April 9 for selecting a college.
The first movie about Jackie Robinson, aptly titled "The Jackie Robinson Story," was released in 1950 and didn't tell the whole story.
WEST LAFAYETTE | A mere eight months after Purdue baseball won its first Big Ten title in 93 years and hosted an NCAA Regional, the graduation toll on the Boilermakers has started to show.
Last week, the RailCats announced their annual tryout will be May 2, with fingers crossed the weather holds out.
Oh to remember when March was much warmer and the snow had forgotten to fall.
Greg Tagert quickly changed roles, from one of an observer at the Texas Winter League to a manager of one of the teams.
By April, high school sports fans are going to be well-versed in the term "tradition factor."
The girls basketball season brought with it ends, beginnings and the start of something new.
CROWN POINT | The Class 3A girls basketball teams at Saturday's Crown Point semistate weren't in attendance of the region's boys basketball sportsmanship banquet last week.
The Hammond Civic Center was the last host of a semistate basketball tournament in the region.
Sunday's newspaper ran names of seven local schools whose girls basketball season will run another week: Lake Central, Merrillville, Rensselaer, Griffith, Whiting, Boone Grove and Morgan Township.
The RailCats front office staff has spent the last four Februarys preparing to welcome baseball fans in from the cold.
When the postseason is all that matters, isn't it OK to enter the playoffs with a record that doesn't suggest a winning season?
At a high school basketball game in Chicago last week, there was enough pushing and shoving in the postgame handshake line to force suspensions for the next game.
This week's prep hoops tournaments, starting with today's Porter County Conference schedule of games, have prompted columns in the past about how every other conference should follow suit.
The Roman, modern calendar opened its new year last week, bringing with it all kinds of resolutions.
GARY | When Sharon Houston was young, she said she'd bounce a basketball up and down the street, dreaming of her professional career.
EAST CHICAGO | Denitra Brown wakes up every morning, thanks God for the day and says 'hello' to her mother.
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