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 email@example.com
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On his five-minute walk from the Fordham campus to his student apartment, Jake Dixon blends in with the metropolitan hustle and bustle that is the Bronx, New York.
Indiana's first high school football state finals organized into six classes and using success factor kick off this morning at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and if you didn't know better, you might not even notice a difference.
TIPTON | Apparently, Rensselaer's going to have to keep pounding on the semistate door before the Bombers can knock it down.
You'll find his name on Rensselaer's football roster. He's listed as No. 3, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound senior running back-defensive back.
As bus rides go, there are no short trips in the Hoosier Conference for Rensselaer, ranging from a 45-minute hike to Twin Lakes to a two-hour trek to Tipton.
RENSSELAER | There's no truth to the rumor that Bremen's massive offensive line had to stop at a weigh station on the way to Emory Harrison Field for Friday's Class 2A Regional.
On the football field, success is measured by yards and points kept track of on scoreboards by people like Steve Roberts.
EAST CHICAGO | After Dalton Souders blocked not one, but two punts on the same play in Rensselaer's game against Lafayette Central Catholic on Oct. 11, the feat gained national acclaim that's yet to fade.
After all these years of trekking to Terre Haute for the state cross country meet, you'd think I'd know the trip like the back of my hand.
Student-athletes often find that the field of competition is an extension of the classroom.
Three runners, one lineup spot.
Back in 1974, when Jere Kunkel and Jim Martz climbed out of the Trumble Field stands to fill in as the chain crew at a Portage football game, they never imagined it would become a full-time gig.
It was 1945. World War II had recently ended. The Cubs were in the World Series, and 13-year-old John Stiles was at Wrigley Field with his dad for Games 4 and 5 against the Detroit Tigers.
You find out who your true friends are when you need them the most.
When the Boone Grove football program was born in 2009, an enthusiastic group of men, most with little or no background in the sport, was chosen to comprise the coaching staff.
When you do what you love, you never work a day in your life.
Until Ian Suttles opened his first letter from his elementary school pen pal, the Valparaiso junior had no idea what impact he had on children as a member of the high school football team.
On a shelf in John Palyok's West Los Angeles home sits an old Gatorade bottle filled with dirt.
More than any other sport, football is about preparation.
I'm going to a wake today.
Situated roughly halfway between Northwest Indiana and Lafayette, Rensselaer doesn't draw great attention from either media market.
Valparaiso has one of the top high school athletics programs in the area.
I met John Kappes more than two decades ago.
A bum knee won't let Roger Vukobratovich toe the start line for the second annual John Willems Memorial Run, but the proverbial wild horses couldn't keep the former Hanover Central wrestler away from Cedar Lake on Sept. 14.
The road to a sectional title has become one game shorter for teams in Class 5A and the newly-minted 6A, but the path of least resistance in the region may actually be in 2A.
It starts tonight.
Each fall, over 100 schools from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois descend upon New Carlisle for the New Prairie Cross Country Invitational.
Fresh out of Portage High School, Wally McCormack started his football coaching career as a 19-year old at Fegely Middle School, brought on board by his own coach, Bob Mattix.
For somebody who never ran distance in high school or college, Rudy Skorupa sure developed an affinity for cross country.
Words can hurt. They don't leave marks, but they can do emotional harm.
When Al Hanaway heard that a home run derby would be a part of Hebron's inaugural Fan Fest, the former Hawks baseball player went out to do a little shopping.
INDIANAPOLIS | The outcome, for the third year in a row, wasn't what the North All-Stars were hoping for, but in the grand scheme, it doesn't matter all that much.
Winning is an attitude. So is losing.
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