Merrillville's B.J. Jenkins and Jake Raspopovich
Portage's Jacob Bearss is sandwiched between Merrillville's B.J. Jenkins and Jake Raspopovich during the regular season. Both Pirates were tough-nosed football players in the fall. Merrillville is one of three region basketball teams playing in semistates today. All three, Andrean and Bowman Academy, have a lunch-bucket blue-collar attitude.