Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ MUTKA: St. Joseph’s running back Braxton Shelton shapes up for 1,000-yard repeat ]]> Lead story image

Physically fit? You betcha. St. Joseph’s running back Braxton Shelton has never felt better. “Best shape I’ve been in for three years,” he declared. The fifth-year senior’s offseason approach to conditioning was unorthodox, one that most coaches probably would not embrace. Working out in Kokomo with his high school teammates is conventional enough, but he added a personal touch. “I did a lot of physical work with my dad,” said Shelton. “Installing garage doors.” Now he hopes to duplicate last season’s performance, which would mean back-to-back 1,000-yard achievements. Five straight 100-yard games inspired his 1,057-yard body of work. “We developed … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:06:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Cross Country: Portage’s Kyra Ball ready to set new mark, lead team ]]> Lead story image

Kyra Ball spent time walking with llamas this summer. The talented Portage cross country star plans to spend the fall running with a purpose. “I’m more confident in my running now and set goals,’’ she said. “I hope to really have a strong year. One of my goals is beat my personal record (19:21). I’d also like for us to be highly ranked all season.’’ Even following a strong summer of training, Ball put in extra conditioning work — navigating rugged Colorado terrain on three-hour long llama walks — while vacationing with siblings at her grandparents’ home in Colorado. “The … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:06:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Cross Country: 2014 Season Outlook ]]>

5 Teams to Watch 1. Portage With a trio of All-DAC performers back in Kyra Ball, Rebecca Timm and Haley Orshonsky, don’t be surprised if coach Jay White’s Indians — who return six of their top seven runners — improve on last year’s No. 15 finish at state. 2. Lake Central Senior Megan Zajac and sophomore Sarah Hunsley return from last year’s state-qualifying team, along with sophomores Sara Ramos, Sydney Vandersteeg and Jenny Crague. The Indians return six of their top seven athletes. 3. LaPorte Slicers star Elena Lancioni is at Bowling Green, but don’t feel too bad for coach … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:05:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fantasy Football: Drew Brees the top pick at quarterback to begin the season ]]> Lead story image

September 4 is just around the corner, and that means the National Football League regular season will be upon us. No more meaningless exhibition games. No more debating how good your fantasy football team will be. The truth will present itself soon enough. Starting next week we will take a look at who to play and who to sit, as well as answer your own lineup questions. Leading up to the first game we will rank the top positions starting with quarterback, followed by RBs and WRs. QBs have become more important as offenses have evolved into pass-first. And don’t … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:05:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Notre Dame can’t get caught up in hype vs. Michigan ]]> Lead story image

There’s a ticker on Michigan’s official football website counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the kickoff Saturday against Notre Dame. The buzz has begun. “I don’t get into all of the hype of the game and things like that,’’ Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson said. ‘‘But at the same time, you have to take care of business, and you have to prepare. Michigan’s got a great football team. It’s going to be a tough one, but I’m ready for it.” This will be the last meeting for the foreseeable future between the storied programs. Notre Dame coach … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:52:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Briefs: RailCats eliminated from playoff contention ]]>

The RailCats were officially eliminated from American Association playoff contention with Sunday’s 18-5 road loss to the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Gary began the day one game behind Lincoln with two games and need to sweep both games and have the Saltdogs lose their last two games to stay alive. Stephen Bougher (8-7) took the loss, allowing three runs in one inning. VU women’s soccer ties Northern Arizona: Valparaiso University’s women’s soccer team played to its third straight draw, tying host Northern Arizona 0-0 in overtime. Sydney Galvez-Daley had four saves for her second shutout of the season for VU (0-1-3). Cal … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:04:42 -0500