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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.

Reach Hillary Smith at (219) 933-3323 or hillary.smith@nwi.com

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HILLARY SMITH: Game set to resurface glory days

HILLARY SMITH: Game set to resurface glory days

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.

September 14, 2014 5:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats business succeeded in 2014

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats business succeeded in 2014

GARY | In the business sense, the RailCats improved during the 2014 season in areas the franchise had fallen short in 2013.

September 07, 2014 5:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats miscues are in good company

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.

August 31, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats wagering future for present gains

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats wagering future for present gains

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.

August 24, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: CP's 'Koz' gone too soon

HILLARY SMITH: CP's 'Koz' gone too soon

Mike Kozlowski could hit the cover off of a baseball almost as easy as he could blink.

August 17, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: No cause for concern, yet

The panic button at U.S. Steel Yard is still under lock and key. For now.

August 10, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Crusaders put year's tuition on line for biggest fan

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.

August 03, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats need to return to plate patience

HILLARY SMITH: RailCats need to return to plate patience

GARY | Longtime RailCats fans could count on two things at U.S. Steel Yard: a foul ball and a long game.

July 27, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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HILLARY SMITH: Who's next in best of the 'Cats?

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?

July 20, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Jordan Minch was meant to be a Cub

HILLARY SMITH: Jordan Minch was meant to be a Cub

SCHERERVILLE | Dawn Minch remembers her son, Jordan, looking for Cubs scores in the paper before he could even read.

July 13, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Grading the RailCats at midseason

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.

July 06, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Mind your 'minors'

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.

June 29, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Reflecting on the baseball season that was

Thanks to Andrean, the one-year hiatus of the region's appearance at Victory Field in Indianapolis has been eliminated. 

June 22, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Never too old to stop learning

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.

June 15, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Undrafted? No worries, say RailCats

Greg Tagert's specialty as a scout for the Detroit Tigers was to watch for potential in college seniors.

June 08, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: L.C. grad finds a new way to teach catchers

HILLARY SMITH: L.C. grad finds a new way to teach catchers

Frank Ruvoli was home on spring break from Wabash College, injured and away from the sport he loved: baseball.

June 01, 2014 8:30 pm Related

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HILLARY SMITH: Bank on these winners for the region's chance at Victory Field

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.

May 25, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: North Newton has tennis bug

Taylor Watkins will be at Butler University in the fall, studying biology to prepare for a degree in pre med.

May 18, 2014 6:00 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Field finesse only one part of evaluation

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.

May 11, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Hard work at spring training not just for players

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.

May 04, 2014 8:30 pm

HILLARY SMITH: Don't miss what the past has to offer

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.

April 27, 2014 9:00 pm
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