Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Baseball: RailCats bow 8-3 to Kansas City T-Bones ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Stephen Hiscock hadn’t lost a start since June 28 at Kansas City. He continued that unbeaten streak Thursday night against those T-Bones. But the RailCats couldn’t hold a lead for him, as they fell 8-3 at the Steel Yard. Kansas City broke out for six runs in the eighth inning, sending 10 batters to the plate against Kevin Brahney and Barry Fowler, to complete a comeback from a 3-0 deficit. “It was a game we were not in control of, although Stephen definitely was for six innings,” RailCats manager Greg Tagert said. In seven innings, Hiscock had allowed … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:58:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Notre Dame ranked No. 17 in coaches’ poll ]]>

The coaches’ poll has lost a lot of prestige, since it no longer is a component in setting up the matchup for the national title game. But Thursday’s arrival of the preseason poll is another sign that games are right around the corner. For the second straight year, Notre Dame will begin the season in the Top 20. The Irish landed at No. 17 in the preseason poll. Notre Dame is coming off a disappointing 9-4 campaign, one filled with inconsistent play and injuries. And one without Everett Golson. The quarterback missed the 2013 season while serving a suspension tied … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:22:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Oilmen reflect on 2014 season ]]> Lead story image

WHITING — Another summer of Northwest Indiana Oilmen baseball out by the gas fires of the BP Oil Refinery has come to a close. For the third straight season, the Oilmen reached the Midwest Collegiate League playoffs. This time postseason ended abruptly in a semifinal sweep at the hands of the DuPage County Hounds. For a league stocked with college baseball players looking to work on their craft, though, it was another successful summer at Oil City Stadium. “For a lot of these guys, it was their first time getting consistent reps against college players,” Oilmen manager Justin Huisman said. … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Basketball: South Central’s Riley Popplewell a ‘sleeper’ who’ll open some eyes ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — South Central rising junior Riley Popplewell is not a well-known player to most college basketball coaches, despite averaging a double-double last season. A three-sport standout, Popplewell doesn’t play on the AAU basketball circuit. Instead, she spends her summer going through offseason volleyball, basketball and softball workouts with her high school programs. That plan benefits the South Central teams, but causes Popplewell to live with a certain level of anonymity when it comes to basketball recruiting. So participating Wednesday in the IBCA Top 100 Showcase at Ben Davis High School had added significance for Popplewell. About 60 college coaches … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:22:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ NFL: Colts lose guard Donald Thomas to season-ending injury ]]> Lead story image

ANDERSON — The injuries already are piling up in Indianapolis. On Thursday, the Colts put starting left guard Donald Thomas on season-ending injured reserve with a torn right quad, the same diagnosis that ended his 2013 season after just two games. The move comes one day after running back Vick Ballard had season-ending surgery to fix a torn left Achilles’ tendon. And training camp is barely a week old. “Donald worked extremely hard, just like Vick, to get back. We feel awful for Donald, just like Vick,” coach Chuck Pagano said after a morning walkthrough. “Donald will be fine. He … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:33:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fantasy NASCAR: Jeff Gordon’s record show at Indy makes for final fantasy ]]>

For some reason it seems fitting that another season of Post-Tribune Fantasy NASCAR ends with a historic Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Our contest winners, Gary and Tammy Hartkorn, probably weren’t happy that Jeff Gordon won his record fifth Brickyard to tie Formula One driver Michael Schumacher’s five wins at IMS (one of Schumacher’s Indy wins should have an asterisk when Schumacher won the infamous tire debacle U.S. Grand Prix when only eight cars ran the race). However, a large portion of the fans in the grandstands and watching were happy that Gordon showed he’s still the man at … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:08:52 -0500