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
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.
Less than a decade ago, Ann Nellessen was diagnosed with breast cancer.
With one win in seven games, there hasn't been very much to smile about on the football field this season at Valparaiso.
You've probably seen Kyle James on the sidelines while watching a Colts game.
For Rich Lunsford, River Forest week started last Saturday morning.
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.
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.
Last month, after Calumet's season-opening win over Gavit, some students approached Warriors coach Ivan Zimmer at school about joining the team.
"Friday night football is a religion here in Lowell."
Do you remember where you were and what you were doing?
Boone Grove was going through its paces Wednesday, preparing for its Greater South Shore Conference debut with Whiting on Saturday.
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.
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