Mike Nieto is The Times' Illinois Prep Coordinator. He has been with the paper a total eight years.
He was W.I.N. Magazine's 2001 National Wrestling Writer of the year and has won Indiana wrestling writer of the year twice, and was the South Suburban Wrestling Coaches' Newsman of the Year in 2008 and 2009.
He writes a Prep Beat column and always tries to give the readers their money's worth by giving insight into a game or event.
The Gary native is an Andrean High School and Marquette University graduate.
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DEKALB | The challenge has been laid down for next year's Mount Carmel football team.
As Mount Carmel prepares to play in its 17th state title game Saturday, there is one number that jumps out at you.
When you look back on Artie Rogers' five years as head football coach at T.F. North, he impacted the kids he coached.
DOWNERS GROVE | It seemed as if the game was played in black-and-white and in the mud instead of artificial turf.
If you could sell Tim Zasada's energy and passion for coaching to a power company, it would make a lot of money.
CHICAGO | The packed house at Gately Stadium Friday night spent most of the game on its feet.
The Illiana Christian boys cross country team has a chance to do what no other team in school history has done — win a team state title.
FLOSSMOOR | Homewood-Flossmoor's high-octane offense, particularly Vashon Nutt, was in high gear Friday night in the Vikings 49-14 win over Sandburg in a Class 8A first-round playoff game on Friday.
Every year when the IHSA football playoff pairings come out, there is always the talk of a bad matchup or that someone really had it taken to them.
LANSING | The T.F. South football team played Friday night like it should have the first eight weeks.
LANSING | The celebration Tuesday night was a mixed one.
LANSING | It was a classic. It was close like you would expect a T.F. North-T.F. South game to be.
Amidst the red for T.F. South and the purple for T.F. North, you may see a lot of blue at tonight's football game.
It is No. 2 vs. No. 3 in Class 8A.
It is hard to believe we are past the midway point of the prep football season and this means report card time. Note: This does not include extra credit or giving the teacher an apple.
You may have noticed the number "76" on the back of the T.F. North football helmets.
St. Francis de Sales' decision Monday to cancel its varsity football season might be met with mixed feelings.
Maybe the International Olympic Committee's decision in February to eliminate wrestling from their event was just what the sport needed to get its act together.
CALUMET CITY | You would think Calumet City is still a 24-hour town if you were at Friday's Thornridge at T.F. North football game.
Beecher boys soccer coach Dawn Compton is hoping some pink will turn into a lot of green.
LANSING | Crete-Monee linebacker Nyles Morgan paced with his teammates Friday night in the foyer that separates the two gyms at T.F. South High School.
It all begins tonight.
If you had a chance to be at the Lansing Sports Complex on Aug. 8, you saw what being a true pro athlete is all about.
Optimism is high in DeKalb and why not?
Current speculation is that New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez could be banned for life from Major League Baseball for his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.
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