Headlines never tell the full story. It's why we should keep reading the full story.
Such is the case with the Lake Central women's softball trip to the state championship Saturday.
A headline atop game coverage of the monumental Class 4A state championship in Sunday's newspaper read, "Late mistakes cost Lake Central."
But the summation of the team's 5-2 loss to Decatur Central in the championship game surely didn't tell the full story.
A 29-5 season is nothing to lament.
Immeasurable teamwork took the Lake Central lady sluggers to the state's pinnacle game. Hours of practice, grind-it-out regular season performance and heart were the key ingredients.
Our Region should be proud of their efforts. More importantly, the team and its school should be proud.
So should the men's baseball teams at Porter County-based Boone Grove High School and Merrillville-based Andrean.
Hard work by both teams has led to their respective state championships slated for this coming Saturday, Boone Grove in the Class 2A championship, and Andrean in the Class 3A championship.
All three respective teams have brought pride to Northwest Indiana prep athletics.
The Lake Central women deserve the cheers of victors even though they didn't win state.
And the Andrean and Boone Grove baseball teams deserve our collective chants of support.
Win or lose, headlines won't capture the true meaning of what it means, or has meant, to any of these teams to play in a state title game.
Their success can only be measured in soiled uniforms, heart and teamwork — which remain the true and essential purpose of youth sports.
Thanks to all three teams for showing the value and payoff of hard work and dedication.