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About Mike Nieto

About Mike Nieto

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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MIKE NIETO: QB or not QB? Lynch just wants to play

MIKE NIETO: QB or not QB? Lynch just wants to play

This is not a scene from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

April 10, 2014 6:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: The recruiting class of 2014 is in a class by itself

CHICAGO | You look at the names of those who played in the McDonald's All-American Games, both boys and girls and you see a lot of names who either are in the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments or are stars in the NBA.

April 03, 2014 6:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: A change of scenery and seasons for Illiana Christian?

What is next for Illiana Christian athletics?

March 27, 2014 6:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: March Madness or Hoosier Hysteria?

Will Illiana Christian High School athletics start a new tradition and move from March Madness to Hoosier Hysteria?

March 20, 2014 6:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Marian Catholic's Parham shows what he is made of in finale

NORMAL | Terrone Parham just had the game of his life.

March 18, 2014 10:30 pm

MIKE NIETO: A good old neighborhood battle until the end

MIKE NIETO: A good old neighborhood battle until the end

HARVEY | The Homewood-Flossmoor boys basketball team had one more ounce of fight left in it Friday night in the Class 4A Thornton Sectional final.

March 14, 2014 10:30 pm Photos


MIKE NIETO: A look back at the girls basketball season

As we look back at the 2013-14 girls basketball season, it was a little different, to say the least.

March 13, 2014 7:45 pm

MIKE NIETO: A pure Kentucky thoroughbred

HARVEY | Tyler Ulis has done just about everything to take over a game in the fourth quarter and swing it in favor of Marian Catholic.

March 11, 2014 10:30 pm

MIKE NIETO: This is what March Madness is about

NEW LENOX | A packed gym, with both sides screaming to the hilt and it coming down to the final seconds.

March 07, 2014 11:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: 'Thoughts?' and 'Go get some oxygen'

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The first official day of girls basketball practice saw the defending Class 4A state girls basketball champion Marian Catholic Spartans  carrying a binder into practice.

March 06, 2014 7:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Maybe a compliance person would be a good idea

Have you seen the commercial about where Leroy falls out of his deer stand and someone asks what happened?

February 27, 2014 9:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Nobody wins this court case

What might have been the beginning of a run to a Class 4A state title was an empty gym with empty seats that the Homewood-Flossmoor girls basketball team would have occupied for their scheduled Class 4A T.F. North Regional.

February 20, 2014 9:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Thornwood getting it done as a team

SOUTH HOLLAND | Maybe the guy who is most impressed with how the Thornwood boys basketball team has performed without its star is the star.

February 14, 2014 11:15 pm

MIKE NIETO: Let the February Frenzy begin

It's hard to believe we are in the middle of February and the start of the proverbial second season starts Monday for Class 3A and 4A girls basketball programs.

February 13, 2014 8:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Dumezich will prove his worth

MIKE NIETO: Dumezich will prove his worth

In an era where a lot of kids expect everything and think all is owed to them, Mount Carmel senior lineman Steve Dumezich is a breath of fresh air.

February 06, 2014 8:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Kelly honored to be honored at Marian

Dennis Kelly is more excited about tonight's Marist at Marian Catholic boys basketball game than he is about the big pre-game ceremony.

January 30, 2014 8:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Time for T.F. North to get it going

The losses do not bother T.F. North boys basketball coach Tim Bankston as much as how his team has lost.

January 23, 2014 8:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Newquist, Bloom Twp. girls team weather the storm

You want to see a walking example of frustration, you need not look further than Bloom Township girls basketball coach Ron Newquist and his team.

January 16, 2014 6:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Shootout represents something worth fighting for

You will get two days of good basketball and entertainment with a chance to pitch in for a good cause.

January 09, 2014 6:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: T.F. South girls have the right chemistry

LANSING | Perhaps the only selfishness on the T.F. South girls basketball team is when coach Steve Breshock brings out the two big boxes of doughnuts from a local bakery.

January 03, 2014 10:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: What does 2014 bring?

You would have to say your stocking was stuffed with some good basketball with all the holiday tournaments.

January 02, 2014 6:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: It's a second strike for Seton

Two different scenarios, two different coaches, two different parts of the state.

December 26, 2013 6:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: McDipper still going strong

The best gift card you might give someone is a day pass to the McDipper XLI basketball tournament, which begins Thursday at Rich South High School.

December 19, 2013 6:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Maybe this is what T.F. North needed

CALUMET CITY | Just when the T.F. North boys basketball team thought it was cruising Friday night, it was almost pushed off the road and into a ditch by its own doings.

December 13, 2013 11:15 pm

MIKE NIETO: Lynch deserves to be in Big Apple

Jordan Lynch will be on the big stage in the Big Apple on Saturday evening.

December 12, 2013 6:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Marian to play on the big stage

Marian Catholic boys basketball coach Mike Taylor knows his team cherishes opportunities to play in a premier event.

December 05, 2013 6:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Ring up another for the defense

MIKE NIETO: Ring up another for the defense

DEKALB | The challenge has been laid down for next year's Mount Carmel football team.

November 30, 2013 8:30 pm Photos


MIKE NIETO: Is this ridiculous?

As Mount Carmel prepares to play in its 17th state title game Saturday, there is one number that jumps out at you.

November 28, 2013 6:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: What's next for T.F. North's football program?

When you look back on Artie Rogers' five years as head football coach at T.F. North, he impacted the kids he coached.

November 21, 2013 6:00 pm
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