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.
p>Reach Mike Nieto at (219) 933-3232 or email@example.com
A change early in the year made a big difference for the T.F. South girls volleyball team.
Maybe it was a "here we go again" scenario last week when the Homewood-Flossmoor football team fell behind 14-0 early to Bolingbrook.
Just when you think you've seen it all, Crete-Monee and District 201 provide you with an I-can-top-that moment.
A few years ago, when the Bloom Township football program wasn't winning on a consistent basis, I asked coach Tony Palombi what happens if his team gets over .500 and makes it to the playoffs?
The first four weeks have been anything but status quo in the prep football season.
Former NFL player and Thornridge grad Reggie Hayward didn't hide his displeasure in a phone conversation Thursday morning.
It's hard to believe that one-third of the football season will be done after this weekend, weather permitting.
Unfortunately, the numbers are not there and may never be for the St. Francis de Sales football program.
Fans are counting down the hours and minutes, and hoping for better weather than last year's first scheduled day of season openers.
While next weekend is an early enough start for the prep football regular season to start, there is nothing wrong with a controlled scrimmage against another opponent that could be taking place tonight or Saturday.
Circle Sept. 5 on your calendar.
As the final days of summer wind down, people are talking about the upcoming football season, which gets underway with Monday's first official practice.
Somehow, you almost expect him to be waiting for everyone at the 19th hole with a cold drink in hand and asking you how you putted.
DOLTON | What many think is a most difficult task doesn't phase new Thornridge football coach Pat Jennings.
A.J. Price knows college scouts will be in the crowd at Tucci Stadium on Saturday night at the 40th annual Illinois High School Shrine Game on the Illinois Wesleyan University campus.
Liz Metcalfe said she was a little nervous when her Illiana Christian girls basketball team took the floor at the Shepard summer league.
Will the kitchen sink be thrown in next?
It's time to take a break, bring out the fishing poles, relax and reminisce about the 2013-14 prep season.
After 35 years of teaching and coaching, Sue Giannantonio doesn't know what her plans are for retirement.
Evan Falk has "DP" engraved on the heel of his mitt.
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