Jim Peters was keeping standings on his little chalkboard from the time he could print and keeping kickball stats in grade school at St. Bridget's.
He graduated from Andrean (Class of 1981) and Purdue (1985), where he met and worked with current Porter County Assistant Sports Editor Greg Smith. He spent the first 10 or so years of his professional career at a chain of Northwest Indiana weeklies that covered Merrillville, Andrean, Hobart, Portage, Lake Station and River Forest before catching on at the Times in the summer of 1998.
He's a big fan of all things Purdue (his dog is named Painter) and most of Chicago, being a member of the long-suffering Cubs fandom. He says his current hairstyle (or lack thereof) is a result of a promise made to a youth basketball team several years ago for making the championship games.
He loves sports and working with kids and if school didn't start so darn early, he might have been a teacher/coach (leaving that to his wife, Anita, the principal at Queen of All Saints School in Michigan City, who has allowed him to live his passion).
"I am eternally indebted to her for that," Peters said.
Peters' daughter Carolyn and son CJ are students at Purdue North Central and his son Cameron is at Portage High School. They are all into sports. Like they had a choice!
Reach Jim Peters at (219) 548-4363 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last season, when LaPorte went through the tragedy of losing player Jake West, the phrase, "Count on Me," became a Slicers' team motto.
Whether she's running, swimming or biking, Marina Ahner prefers to go the extra distance.
With five sectional titles in a decade, Portage was the region's benchmark program from the mid 1990s into the early 21st century.
After spending all of his adult life in football, Rob Hanson retired following the 2012 season, his 17th as an assistant coach at Valparaiso University.
When Dean Hill went to his first Little League World Series, he was a wide-eyed 9-year-old.
It was 1994, Craig Buzea's first season as Portage's head football coach.
There are days when Julie Schroeder would like to keep the drapes closed, curl up on the couch and just be alone with her pain.
It's here. Well, almost.
So much to do, so little time.
When travel baseball began to proliferate in the region several years, it appeared to be a death knell to Little League.
Kyle Bishop readily admits it.
At nine months, Samantha Yaros attended her first high school football game, 'watching' her brother Steven play for Valparaiso.
It seems I've been reading or writing about how the interest level in soccer is rising and ready to take off in the United States since the days I still used a comb.
As we celebrate the United States' independence today, Duneland Athletic Conference cross country teams will soon be reveling in their freedom from dual meets, a victory in a battle that dates back almost to its inception in 1970.
Golf is an important part of Alyssa Harvey's life – she's been playing since was 3 – but it's not the center of the Crown Point senior's existence.
There was a time when being a Division I recruit made a player a shoe-in to make our first-team list of all-area players.
Wrestling and fishing. Six minutes on a mat or six hours in a boat.
After Tori Bliss uncorked a couple big throws early in the season, the Portage graduate got in touch with her mom and told her to book a flight for Eugene, Ore., in June.
You don't just replace a cross country coach with the prolonged success that Mike Prow maintained over 24 years.
The spotlight was something Rhonda Walker never sought in her 15 years as Hebron Athletic Director.
Minutes after Monday's Class 4A Chesterton Sectional final ended, a box of T-shirts proclaiming Hobart as champions was brought onto the field.
It's the best of times and the worst of times.
Warm weather seems to have finally arrived, just in time for the baseball postseason.
College in and of itself is difficult, let alone juggling academics and athletics.
When Emilier DeJesus moved to Chesterton from Puerto Rico in sixth grade, he still wasn't too far from a beach. He just didn't think there would be any more serious volleyball in his future.
Autism is a mysterious disorder, symbolized by pieces of a puzzle.
As Kelly Komara looked out the window of a West Lafayette hotel room Monday night, she took a deep breath and soaked in the moment.
It hasn't been quite a year since Matt Holba pulled up his Chesterton roots and moved with his family to central Indiana. It just doesn't seem that way.
Motivational speakers tell us that people fall into one of two categories. There are those who are settlers and there are those who are reachers.
When Robbie Hummel started his first NBA season with Minnesota back on Oct. 30, he was known largely as a 3-point shooter.
When George Mallory climbed Mount Everest in 1924, he was asked why he did it.
If you're a region wrestling fan and you think you've seen a lot of the same faces officiating matches, you're right.
It doesn't matter how many times Mike Sakich attends the Masters, how often he drives down Magnolia Lane.
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