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Jim Peters

Jim Peters

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 james.peters@nwi.com

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JIM PETERS: Football teams on byes tweak practice schedules

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JIM PETERS: Valpo's Crossin thriving at IMG Academy

JIM PETERS: Valpo's Crossin thriving at IMG Academy

Around Thanksgiving last year, when Brad Crossin received an email about his son Brody from IMG Academy defensive coordinator Joe Sturdivant, the private school in Bradenton, Fla., had just finished its first season of prep football.

October 22, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Breast cancer awareness is personal to Valpo girls cross country team

JIM PETERS: Breast cancer awareness is personal to Valpo girls cross country team

Less than a decade ago, Ann Nellessen was diagnosed with breast cancer.

October 16, 2014 6:45 pm

JIM PETERS: During difficult season, Valpo still winning off the field

With one win in seven games, there hasn't been very much to smile about on the football field this season at Valparaiso.

October 09, 2014 6:45 pm

JIM PETERS: James has 'best seat in the house' with the Colts

JIM PETERS: James has 'best seat in the house' with the Colts

You've probably seen Kyle James on the sidelines while watching a Colts game.

October 09, 2014 5:15 pm

JIM PETERS: When it's Lake Station-River Forest, nothing else matters

For Rich Lunsford, River Forest week started last Saturday morning.

October 02, 2014 7:15 pm

JIM PETERS: The tortoise has become the hare at Rensselaer

Back in 2009, Rensselaer put together a 24-play scoring drive that covered the entire third quarter and one snap of the fourth in a 21-18 sectional championship win over Wheeler.

September 25, 2014 5:15 pm

JIM PETERS: Portage runner Marsh finally reaping his reward

JIM PETERS: Portage runner Marsh finally reaping his reward

For every single one of the thousand-plus runners at the New Prairie Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, there was a story of how he or she got to where each is in a high school career.

September 24, 2014 6:15 pm

JIM PETERS: Strong bond, strong start at Calumet

JIM PETERS: Strong bond, strong start at Calumet

Last month, after Calumet's season-opening win over Gavit, some students approached Warriors coach Ivan Zimmer at school about joining the team.

September 18, 2014 5:15 pm

JIM PETERS: Lowell draws strength from football in time of tragedy

JIM PETERS: Lowell draws strength from football in time of tragedy

"Friday night football is a religion here in Lowell."

September 11, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: 13 years later, the sports world still remembers

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing?

September 10, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: One door closes, another one opens for Boone Grove's Morris

JIM PETERS: One door closes, another one opens for Boone Grove's Morris

Boone Grove was going through its paces Wednesday, preparing for its Greater South Shore Conference debut with Whiting on Saturday.

September 04, 2014 7:15 pm

JIM PETERS: There's a sense of renewal at LaPorte

JIM PETERS: There's a sense of renewal at LaPorte

Last season, when LaPorte went through the tragedy of losing player Jake West, the phrase, "Count on Me," became a Slicers' team motto.

August 28, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

Photos

Hobart's Ahner a triathlon veteran at the age of 15

Hobart's Ahner a triathlon veteran at the age of 15

Whether she's running, swimming or biking, Marina Ahner prefers to go the extra distance.

August 27, 2014 6:45 pm

JIM PETERS: McCormack will succeed at Portage because it's personal

JIM PETERS: McCormack will succeed at Portage because it's personal

With five sectional titles in a decade, Portage was the region's benchmark program from the mid 1990s into the early 21st century.

August 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

Photos

JIM PETERS: River Forest's Hanson prefers coaching to couching

JIM PETERS: River Forest's Hanson prefers coaching to couching

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.

August 21, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Williamsport a bucket list item for baseball purists

When Dean Hill went to his first Little League World Series, he was a wide-eyed 9-year-old.

August 14, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Portage to celebrate '94 state runner-up football team

It was 1994, Craig Buzea's first season as Portage's head football coach.

August 13, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Mother of Jake West finds solace in sadness with foundation

JIM PETERS: Mother of Jake West finds solace in sadness with foundation

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.

August 07, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

Photos

JIM PETERS: 10 things to watch for with prep football around the corner

It's here. Well, almost.

July 31, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Time constraints will put a premium on football practice efficiency

So much to do, so little time.

July 30, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Little League baseball still holding its own

When travel baseball began to proliferate in the region several years, it appeared to be a death knell to Little League.

July 24, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Brain Sentry sensors aid in concussion diagnosis

Kyle Bishop readily admits it.

July 17, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Valpo High football manager Yaros an all-star behind the scenes

JIM PETERS: Valpo High football manager Yaros an all-star behind the scenes

At nine months, Samantha Yaros attended her first high school football game, 'watching' her brother Steven play for Valparaiso.

July 16, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: U.S. soccer progressing, but not going to change overnight

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.

July 10, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: DAC cross country celebrates independence from dual meets

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.

July 03, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Crown Point golfer Harvey strikes a balance

JIM PETERS: Crown Point golfer Harvey strikes a balance

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.

July 02, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

Photos

JIM PETERS: Region baseball talent crop continues to grow

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.

June 26, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Wrestlers eyeing the big catch at state high school fishing tournament

JIM PETERS: Wrestlers eyeing the big catch at state high school fishing tournament

Wrestling and fishing. Six minutes on a mat or six hours in a boat.

June 19, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Portage grad Bliss taking it to the next level at LSU

JIM PETERS: Portage grad Bliss taking it to the next level at LSU

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.

June 18, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

Photos

JIM PETERS: Crague seems like a no-brainer for Valpo boys cross country hire

You don't just replace a cross country coach with the prolonged success that Mike Prow maintained over 24 years.

June 12, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Hebron's Walker a professional with a personal touch

The spotlight was something Rhonda Walker never sought in her 15 years as Hebron Athletic Director.

June 05, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: Hobart baseball team backs up the talk

Minutes after Monday's Class 4A Chesterton Sectional final ended, a box of T-shirts proclaiming Hobart as champions was brought onto the field.

June 04, 2014 5:00 pm

JIM PETERS: What do you do when the sports are over?

It's the best of times and the worst of times.

May 29, 2014 5:45 pm
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