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Indiana Prep Notes: Morton football's Coleman signs with Graceland

2014-04-24T19:00:00Z 2014-04-24T22:09:13Z Indiana Prep Notes: Morton football's Coleman signs with GracelandTimes Staff nwitimes.com
April 24, 2014 7:00 pm  • 

Kenneth Coleman had a remarkable senior season for Morton's football team. He had 71 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles on the defensive side of the ball.

He also rushed for 599 yards and nine touchdowns for the Governors.

On Wednesday, Coleman signed his national letter of intent to play football at Graceland College. His mother, Annie Hillard, was at the school in Hessville for the signing. Coleman will join 2013 Morton grad Curtis Freeman at the school. -- Steve Hanlon

All in the family: Hobart senior Ernie Ray had been getting some help in the discus. His father, Ernie Ray, and his uncle, Chris Ray, both had the Brickies discus school record back in the day.

The record is 170-1. Ray's top throw this year is 166-8.

"He's getting closer," Hobart boys track coach Ty Artherhults said on Tuesday.

Chris Ray threw at Purdue. He sent a text to Ernie on Tuesday with three simple numbers: "184." Artherhults believes the record will fall this spring.

"Ernie's done a great job this year," he said. "He's getting better and stronger. I believe he's going to do it."

The Brickies coach said Ray is getting a lot of competition in purple. Sophomore Brad Potts, senior Matt Potts and junior Malik Crane are all doing well in the field events. And freshman Nick Ray, Ernie's little brother, is expected to make some noise in the coming years. -- Steve Hanlon

Help on the way: Merrillville High School's call out meeting for prospective wrestling officials drew 15 people with another six to eight interested individuals unable to attend but planning to participate in training sessions. "So hopefully about 20 that will follow through and get their license," Merrillville assistant athletic director Amy Beckham said via email. Beckham coordinated the meeting with veteran mat officials Chuck Barnett and Tom Lambert. -- Jim Peters

Interested in knees: Portage's Taylor Sebben was about 13 when he first heard his dad Tony's knee pop while they were playing catch in the yard. The elder Sebben, an basketball and football standout for the Indians, tore his ACL in his high school in the late 80s, back when the injury largely signaled the end of an athlete's career. Taylor was oddly intrigued by the sight of his dad's 'nasty' knee to the point that he now wants to go into sports medicine, possibly as an orthopedic surgeon. "Something helping people interests me. I'd really like to do knees specifically," Sebben said. "Luckily, I've never been hurt. Hopefully, it keeps going." -- Jim Peters

They're baaack!: Rough starts to the baseball season for Crown Point and Lake Central had the region balance of power out of whack recently, but both rebounded in the last week to restore order. The Bulldogs registered wins over Michigan City and Portage to take the early lead in the Duneland Athletic Conference.

Wheeler has coaching vacancies: Wheeler High School is looking for junior varsity boys and girls soccer coaches. Interested candidates may contact Randy Stelter at Wheeler High School, 587 W 300 N, Valparaiso, IN 46385, or call (219) 759-2561, ext. 2237.

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