Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Boys Soccer: Portage sophomore Josh Gonzalez increases comfort level, role, productivity ]]> Lead story image

As a freshman last season, Josh Gonzalez began by coming off the bench for around 20 minutes a game. Sometimes he would play more in the neighborhood of 40. He kept building, eventually earning a starting role toward the end of the season. And he managed to pace Portage in goals with eight. “It’s all about making the most of the time that you get, and trying to develop as a player in that span of minutes to get better to help the team later,” said Gonzalez, adding he was “very surprised” and “grateful” to have been the team’s top … ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:07:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Notre Dame knows Stanford defense will be tough to crack ]]>

SOUTH BEND — Brian Kelly needed eight words to sum up Stanford’s defense. “Statistically,” he said Tuesday, “best defense right now in the country.” No. 9 Notre Dame will spend this week trying to find cracks in the No. 14 Cardinal defense. Stanford leads the nation in scoring defense, allowing a measly 6.5 points per game. Want to try to attack the Cardinal through the air? Good luck. Stanford is tops in passing defense, surrendering just 74 yards per game. Stanford also is No. 1 in total defense, giving up 198 yards per game. “We have a lot of leadership … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:50:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Volleyball: Boone Grove turns back Hebron ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — The message was loud and clear with more than 100 people inside Boone Grove’s gymnasium wearing tie-dyed T-shirts that read: “No one fights alone.” That’s a huge shout-out to the two Wolves mothers battling cancer reiterating the school and people in the Boone Grove community will always have their backs. It’s the same thing on the court with the players when the team lost starting setter Carrie Kovacik for three weeks after she had her appendix removed. They’ve got one another’s backs. That was on display Tuesday night as the Wolves knocked off Hebron 25-16, 25-9, 25-17 in … ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:07:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Cross Country: Andrean’s Kaycee Crist looks to make postseason noise ]]> Lead story image

Andrean’s Kaycee Crist made the trip to Terre Haute for the state cross country meet three years ago as a freshman. Crist, now a senior, was there only as a spectator — not a participant — watching teammate Becca Conley finish 14th and earn All-State honors. It was an epiphany of sorts for Crist and a defining moment in her career. “It changed me as a runner that day,’’ she said. “Just to be there with Becca and experience it all, was amazing. Ever since then, I’ve been thinking, ‘By my senior year, I’m going to make it to state.’ … ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:07:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Soccer: Munster blanks Andrean ]]>

MERRILLVILLE — Part of Munster’s pregame huddle focused on making sure it had intensity. The Mustangs followed through, scoring a goal less than 30 seconds into the game Tuesday on their way to topping Andrean 3-0. And that score wasn’t indicative of how much they were in control. Munster (11-1-3, 5-0) held the 59ers (6-7-2, 1-5) without a shot, with the Mustangs registering 16. “The girls know that they need to come out and play hard the last two conference games, given what’s on the line,” Munster coach Valerie Pflum said. “They’ve been working hard. “There’s always room for improvement, … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:54:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Tennis Sectional Capsule Previews ]]>

CROWN POINT Schedule: Wednesday: Crown Point vs. Lake Central, 4:15 p.m.; Thursday: Kankakee Valley vs. CP-LC winner, 4:15 p.m.; Rensselaer vs. Lowell, 4:15 p.m.; championship to follow. Players to watch: Bryce Bonin, Anthony Kendall (Crown Point); Jayson Savich, Ben Roesel (Lowell); Keith Crawford, (Lake Central). Outlook: The Bulldogs had some lineup turnover entering the season, but they should still be able to roll to an eighth straight sectional title while looking ahead to another regional matchup vs. Munster. CULVER ACADEMIES Schedule: Wednesday: Rochester vs. Knox, 4:30 p.m.; North Judson vs. Culver Academies, 4:30 p.m.; Thursday: championship, 4:30 p.m. Players to … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Holding pattern with Purdue quarterback situation ]]>

No decision had been made about Purdue’s starting quarterback against Illinois. Nothing would be announced until late in the week, likely not until shortly before game time, with the evaluation process continuing through practice. Boilermakers coach Darrell Hazell mostly played coy when asked about the topic Tuesday during his weekly news conference, though he did say both Danny Etling and Austin Appleby would take No. 1 team reps in workouts. “That’s a situation that we’ll look at again this week,” Hazell said of the quarterback spot. “You don’t want to keep revisiting that situation. But it’s a situation where we’re … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:56:00 -0500