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Highly successful softball coach McMillen says he'll step down after next season

Highly successful softball coach McMillen says he'll step down after next season

In typical Larry McMillen form, when asked when he started the Hanover Central softball program he had a quip.

July 10, 2014 5:00 pm

Baseball teams can use video for coaching purposes

They say old-time managers like Casey Stengel managed by the seat of his pants.

July 08, 2014 8:00 pm

T.F. South's Ashtyn Kapovich is The Times Illinois Female Athlete of the Year

T.F. South's Ashtyn Kapovich is The Times Illinois Female Athlete of the Year

In considering Ashtyn Kapovich’s four varsity softball seasons at T.F. South, Rebels coach Jamie Arundel had no problem arriving at a favorite tale.

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An all-area softball team published Saturday omitted two honorable mention players from Whiting High School. Catcher Michaela Brown hit .312 w…

July 01, 2014 5:32 pm

K.V.’s Cavinder gets two hits for North in all-star doubleheader

K.V.’s Cavinder gets two hits for North in all-star doubleheader

CARMEL | A weaker kid wouldn’t have lasted four years. But Morgan Cavinder isn’t a weak kid.

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Lowell's Iussig named ICGSA Coach of the Year

Lowell's Iussig named ICGSA Coach of the Year

CARMEL | In between the two games Saturday at the ICGSA North-South All-Star Games, state awards were announced, and a Northwest Indiana perso…

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Crown Point's Elish is the Times Softball Player of the Year

Crown Point's Elish is the Times Softball Player of the Year

As the 2014 high school softball season began in March, one thing still haunted Crown Point pitcher Miranda Elish: The last game of last season.

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Noll's Sobilo is The Times Softball Coach of the Year

Noll's Sobilo is The Times Softball Coach of the Year

He may have been only a first-year head coach, but Richard Sobilo knew plenty about Bishop Noll softball, thanks to his daughter, Elena, being…

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The Times 2014 All-Area Softball Team

First Team

June 27, 2014 4:30 pm

Yoways leads area into North-South softball all-star game

Yoways leads area into North-South softball all-star game

Hanover Central softball coach Larry McMillen summed up the North-South All-Star game in a perfect way.

June 26, 2014 6:00 pm

Beecher's Sarah Crews is Times softball player of the year

Beecher's Sarah Crews is Times softball player of the year

BEECHER | One afternoon, you're playing in the Class 2A state third-place softball game.

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Beecher's Kevin Hayhurst is Times softball coach of the year

Beecher's Kevin Hayhurst is Times softball coach of the year

BEECHER | In his 12 years as Beecher's softball coach, Kevin Hayhurst has been named Times Illinois Coach of the Year after four seasons, incl…

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Monticello tops Beecher for third place

Monticello tops Beecher for third place

EAST PEORIA | The only tears on the Beecher players' faces Saturday at EastSide Centre were from the raindrops that pelted them after their 6-…

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Beecher has plenty to build off of

EAST PEORIA | Despite coming up short of winning the program's third state softball title, Beecher has a good team coming back next year.

June 07, 2014 9:00 pm

Huntington North sends Crown Point girls home with first loss

WEST LAFAYETTE | Even in the top of the seventh inning of a game in which Crown Point had not scored a run against Huntington North, hope was …

June 07, 2014 6:00 pm

Leo eliminates Hanover Central softball team at semistate

MONTICELLO | Hanover Central players silently filed out of dugout, fighting back their tears.

June 07, 2014 6:00 pm

Southmont ends Bishop Noll softball postseason run

GREENTOWN | Bishop Noll coach Rich Sobilo knew Southmont pitcher McKenzie Jordan was going to be very tough to score runs against.

June 07, 2014 6:00 pm

Teutopolis rallies to beat Beecher in softball semistate

Teutopolis rallies to beat Beecher in softball semistate

EAST PEORIA | In a blink of an eye, the Beecher softball team’s aspirations of a Class 2A Illinois state title disappeared.

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Semifinal features legendary coaching matchup

EAST PEORIA | It was quite the coaching matchup in the second Class 2A softball semifinal on Friday at EastSide Centre.

June 06, 2014 9:00 pm

Less home runs is better for Hanover in this trip to semistate

Less home runs is better for Hanover in this trip to semistate

CEDAR LAKE | Hanover Central coach Larry McMillen could be considered softball’s version of Yoda with as long as he’s been involved in the sport.

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Scouting local softball semistates

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June 06, 2014 5:00 pm

Scouting the Class 2A softball state finals

Where: Eastside Centre, East Peoria

June 05, 2014 9:00 pm

It's a different trip to state for Beecher

It's a different trip to state for Beecher

Six seasons, six state championships, have come and gone since Beecher last reached the tournament's final weekend.

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Chesterton boys swimmers pick up national hardware

Chesterton boys swimmers pick up national hardware

Chesterton's boys swimming team picked up their second straight state title this winter, and they recently received more hardware.

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Fremouw shakes off rust, leads Noll to first regional title since 2006

Fremouw shakes off rust, leads Noll to first regional title since 2006

HAMMOND | It had been a while since senior Andie Fremouw had pitched for Bishop Noll – 13 days to be exact, which was about a week before sectionals.

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Hanover Central senior Yoways homers, throws two-hitter to eliminate Panthers in regional

Hanover Central senior Yoways homers, throws two-hitter to eliminate Panthers in regional

GRIFFITH | The public address system at the new Griffith softball field experienced some quickly solved issues just before the first pitch of …

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South Central falls in Class A regional final

South Central falls in Class A regional final

UNION MILLS | When South Central escaped a bases-loaded, no outs jam in a three-error fifth inning with just one run allowed, it appeared the …

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Kouts falls in regional title game for third time in four years

KOUTS | The regional title dreams for Kouts came to an end before the Fillies ever got a chance to make them a reality.

June 03, 2014 8:30 pm

C.P. softball wins first regional in 29 years

MUNSTER | Crown Point came into Tuesday's Class 4A regional final against host Munster undefeated, ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 13 in the…

June 03, 2014 8:30 pm

College softball coaches to take the field in Munster

MUNSTER | To play college softball, you need to be talented, determined and peskier than a foraging yellow-jacket.

June 02, 2014 10:00 pm

Ladycats burning up the path to state

Ladycats burning up the path to state

ROSEMONT | With her two-run double in the first inning of Beecher's 18-0 Class 2A Rosemont Stadium Super-Sectional win Monday over Westmont, S…

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Fillies hoping for different outcome in third regional appearance

KOUTS | When Kouts takes the field for Tuesday afternoon’s regional championship game against North Miami, the Fillies will no longer be worri…

June 02, 2014 8:30 pm

Bishop Noll's Monica Martin looks to go out a champion

Bishop Noll's Monica Martin looks to go out a champion

HAMMOND | Bishop Noll senior Monica Martin transferred from softball power Lake Central after her freshman year to a program that hadn’t won a…

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Scouting Local Softball Regionals

Class 4A

June 02, 2014 8:30 pm

Confident Beecher poised for next step

Confident Beecher poised for next step

Beecher softball coach Kevin Hayhurst expected to have a full scouting report on Westmont in his hands within a couple of hours of his team's …

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Bruner resigns from Wheeler softball

Bruner resigns from Wheeler softball

UNION TWP. | Citing the wish to spend more time with his family, Marc Bruner handed in his resignation as the Wheeler softball coach last week.

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Peotone eliminates Marian Catholic from Clas 3A softball tourney

Peotone eliminates Marian Catholic from Clas 3A softball tourney

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | For a team that hasn't had much trouble hitting all season, Marian Catholic's Spartans simply ran into the wrong pitcher on …

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Beecher rocks Reed-Custer for sectional crown

Beecher rocks Reed-Custer for sectional crown

BRAIDWOOD | Whatever Kevin Hayhurst's words of wisdom were, they didn't register with Sarah Crews.

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Yoways no-hitter lifts Hanover to 2nd straight sectional title

Yoways no-hitter lifts Hanover to 2nd straight sectional title

WHEATFIELD | Hanover Central pitcher Ashley Yoways is simply in a zone.

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Munster defends title with win over Lowell

HIGHLAND | Like the many cratered highways in Northwest Indiana this spring, Munster’s road to a repeat sectional championship was not smooth.

May 30, 2014 9:00 pm

Fillies win third sectional title in last four years

WASHINGTON TWP. | Once she was handed the Class A Washington Twp. Sectional trophy, Kouts senior Kylie Bruce kept an iron grip on the Fillies’…

May 30, 2014 8:00 pm

Unbeaten Crown Point dethrones defending state champ Portage in sectional final

Unbeaten Crown Point dethrones defending state champ Portage in sectional final

LAPORTE | All five grandstands at LaPorte’s softball field at Kesling Park were packed. It was a dream matchup in any high school sport: The d…

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Bishop Noll tops Boone Grove for first sectional title since 2006

LAKE STATION | First-year Bishop Noll softball coach Rich Sobilo found himself muttering in the dugout when his team was on defense during Thu…

May 29, 2014 9:00 pm

Andrean, Hanover Central to meet in K.V. softball final

WHEATFIELD | Ashely Yoways has been stellar in the circle recently.

May 29, 2014 8:30 pm

Host Kougars, Wildcats advance to softball sectional semis

WHEATFIELD | Hanover Central’s dominating senior pitcher Ashley Yoways made it three no-hitters in a row in a impressive 3-0 win over New Prai…

May 28, 2014 10:30 pm

Bishop Noll advances to Lake Station softball sectional championship

LAKE STATION | Bishop Noll coach Rich Sobilo adjusted the saying, but "believing is seeing" was the mantra which worked well for the Warriors …

May 28, 2014 8:30 pm

Walter leads South Central Class A softball Sectional title

LACROSSE | Wednesday’s Class A softball sectional title game between South Central and LaCrosse turned into the Madi Walter Show.

May 28, 2014 8:00 pm

Washington Twp. will host Kouts in Friday’s sectional final

WASHINGTON TWP. | Style points go out the window once the postseason begins, and never was that more evident than Wednesday at Washington Township.

May 28, 2014 8:00 pm

Portage, Crown Point will meet in Class 4A LaPorte Sectional final

Portage, Crown Point will meet in Class 4A LaPorte Sectional final

LAPORTE | During the regular season, Chesterton gave undefeated Crown Point its toughest game, losing by just one run and holding a lead late.

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