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A week after not being able to field a team for its football game with Whiting, Bishop Noll will be back in action Thursday, hosting Lake Station.

"I don't want to give out numbers," Warriors coach Wayne Racine said. "We still don't have everybody back, but I asked the trainer and we have enough back to play. If somebody goes down, we have at least one kid we can put in at every position."

The team practiced Monday and was informed Tuesday that they would play.

"The kids were excited," Racine said. "I'm happy to be playing again. I'm just concerned about our team. I just pray we don't have a rash of injuries. Like I said last week, it's a week-to-week proposition. I can't foresee the future."

Noll is scheduled to play Roosevelt in the sectional. The Lake Station game was moved to Thursday due to the availability of officials. It will kick off at 6 p.m. — Jim Peters

Girls volleyball

South Bend Clay Sectional: LaPorte advanced at the Class 4A site with a 25-8, 25-13, 25-6 win over the host Colonials.

Reilly Briggs and Kara Cooper each had 11 kills for the Slicers (22-7). LaPorte meets Plymouth at 10 a.m. Saturday in the semifinals.

Soccer

Merrillville boys soccer regional ticket information: The tickets for the boys' soccer regional Saturday will be $7 a session, $10 season. The first game, Goshen vs. Penn, will start at 9:30 a.m. and the second game, Lake Central vs. Crown Point at 11:30 a.m. The championship game begins at 6:30 p.m.

Softball

Crown Point's Byrd makes college choice: Lydia Byrd, an outfielder on Crown Point's Class 4A state championship team, has selected to play college softball at Wisconsin-Parkside.

Byrd is a senior this school year and will play one more spring for coach Pete Iussig. She batted .271 with five RBIs and scored eight runs for the Bulldogs, who beat Avon 2-1 in last June's state final. — Steve Hanlon

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Steve has won awards during two different stints at The Times. In addition to being the Prep Beat columnist, he covers football, boys basketball and boys track. He is a long-suffering Cubs fan.

CJ grew up shadowing his father, Jim, at various prep events and now follows in his footsteps as a sports reporter at The Times. A Purdue University graduate, his allegiances lie with the Boilermakers, Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds.