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.
Reach Hillary Smith at (219) 933-3323 or email@example.com
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MUNCIE | The Bishop Noll girls volleyball team had no intention of taking the pressure of the region with it when the season started.
MUNSTER | If there was any year for the IHSAA and football coaches to recommend a sixth class in the football postseason, this was it and Munster couldn't have been happier.
Bishop Noll volleyball coach Dave Rodriguez brought several bags of hidden food to practice at the beginning of the season.
In the span of a quick few days last week, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association went from commandment to criticism to control on an issue of sportsmanship.
After saying little in his return to baseball, Alex Rodriguez is showing why.
From college to club, from high school to elementary players, volleyball has embraced October.
The RailCats celebrated their American Association Championship for six days before the 2014 season began.
WICHITA, Kan. | Call him Ishmael.
In years past, the RailCats have celebrated postseason milestones with the ferocity of a championship.
GARY | Releasing Will Krout on July 21 was one of the hardest decisions RailCats manager Greg Tagert made this season.
After two years sitting on the bench for the playoffs, the RailCats goal from Day One of the season has been singular: reach the postseason.
GARY | As the RailCats' push for the postseason hits overdrive, their bats are sitting idle.
Even city of Gary leaders that opposed the then-proposed baseball team 12 years ago see the value that the RailCats bring to the city.
GARY | The RailCats actually measured the distance to the furthest point at U.S. Steel Yard.
In the 20th Century, players were banned from baseball for gambling.
Andrean baseball coach Dave Pishkur is a Cubs fan, so for him to be seen in a skybox at a White Sox game was already a feat unto itself.
Last season, when the RailCats spent the bulk of the year below the .500 mark, changes were made in ebbs and flows.
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