Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Girls Soccer Insider: Return of club players Tarah Hamby, Alisha Donovan aids Lake Central’s semistate run ]]> Lead story image

Tarah Hamby turned to Alisha Donovan, smiled and quipped, “Great minds think alike.” Independent of each other, the Lake Central seniors had arrived at the same conclusion: After playing club ball in the fall as juniors, they had to return to the Indians for their final year of high school. “I wanted to enjoy it,” Hamby said. “I knew all these seniors were going to be special, I missed not playing with them last year. We’re all like a family. We’ve known each other forever.” Indeed, including Hamby and Donovan, Lake Central’s roster includes nine seniors. Donovan initially was less … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:06:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Soccer: Semistate outlook ]]>

… ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:06:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bowling Insider: Highland eyeing state return ]]> Lead story image

Highland seniors Tyler Trombetta and Adam Batliner experienced the highs — and lows — of the Indiana High School Bowling finals this past season when the Trojans reached the state championship game and finished second. Having tasted that experience, the two seniors — who have known each other and bowled together since the age of six — along with senior Jonathan Payne, are excited about this season and the challenge of developing a team that is aiming to return to the finals. “I really think we can definitely make another run at state,” Trombetta said. “This team has to mesh; … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:06:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bowling: Season outlook ]]>

5 Teams to Watch 1. Highland A year ago, the Trojans were blessed with a strong nucleus of seven strong bowlers who jelled together and finished second in the State. Only time will tell if the current team can jel the same. 2. Lake Central Last year’s Indians squad shocked many by qualifying for state and finishing sixth. And guess what? Coaches Greg Schmeid and Rick Young return the entire lineup from that group. The element of surprise might be gone, but don’t be surprised if this group returns to the finals. 3. Portage Also state qualifiers from last season, … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:07:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Cross Country: Hanover trio making footprints to semistate ]]> Lead story image

Joy and accomplishment surrounded the disappointment experienced by Hanover Central’s girls cross country team at the Crown Point Regional. While the Wildcats didn’t qualify as a team for Saturday’s New Prairie Semistate, a trio of runners — juniors Lindsey Kolanowski and Olivia Umlauf and freshman Emily Sarna — qualified as individuals. Kolanowski and Umlauf have been there before — both setting personal records at semistate a year ago — while Sarna’s qualification was a pleasant and welcome surprise. “We’re a little disappointed we didn’t make it out as a team, but that’s life,’’ Wildcats coach Steve Foulds said. “There’s disappointment … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:54:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Volleyball: Freshmen making big impact as Andrean advances to sectional semifinals ]]> Lead story image

WHEATFIELD — First-year Andrean coach Hether Lytton has been waiting for her team to hit their peak. They couldn’t have picked a better time to start that surge. The 59ers defeated Wheeler, 25-14, 25-18, 23-25, 25-12 in the Class 3A Kankakee Valley Sectional Class 18 opener Tuesday night with strong serving and aggressive net play. Andrean moves on to play Knox at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. A win in the semifinals will put them in the 4 p.m. championship match. The complete effort Tuesday is something Lytton hasn’t seen all season. “We came out much more on top of our … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Charles Salary leads LaPorte into sectional after big regular season ]]> Lead story image

Charles Salary has a simple approach when he gets a handoff. “Don’t get tackled,” Salary said during a phone interview Tuesday. The LaPorte running back has been doing a pretty good job of accomplishing that feat. Salary is approaching a single-season school record for rushing yards. “I look for seams and get what I can get,” he said. The Slicers are off this weekend, but are starting to get ready for an Oct. 31 5A sectional game against Michigan City. Salary has 1,985 rushing yards. He needs 56 yards to set the single-season school rushing record, held by Airrence Shark, … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:08:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Sectional pairings ]]>

… ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:54:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Cross Country: River Forest’s Christopher Ramos making run at history ]]> Lead story image

River Forest’s Christopher Ramos didn’t need to say much before practice on Monday. The wide grin on his face was a pretty good indicator of how his weekend went. The junior accomplished something no other River Forest runner had done in 25 years: He reached the semistate round as an individual qualifier. After his sophomore season ended in the regional round in 2013, Ramos extended his season by another week this fall with a time of 17 minutes, 46 seconds at Saturday’s Crown Point Regional, placing him 17th overall and earning the first of the 10 individual qualifier positions. “He … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:04:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Volleyball Sectional Previews ]]> Lead story image

Class 4A Munster Schedule: Tuesday — Morton vs. East Chicago, 6 p.m. Thursday — Munster vs. Lowell, 6 p.m., West Side vs. Highland, 7:30 p.m. Saturday — Lake Central vs. Morton-East Chicago Central winner, 10 a.m., Munster-Lowell winner vs. West Side-Highland winner, 11:30 a.m., final, 4 p.m. Skinny: Munster brought back the title last season after losing to Lake Central in the 2012 sectional championship match. The Mustangs again will be favored, having the home-court advantage, but the Indians likely will reach the title match and give Munster the fight of its life. The Mustangs edged Lake Central in five … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:04:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Soccer: Undefeated Chesterton tops Munster for first regional title since 2007 ]]> Lead story image

MERRILLVILLE — His face caked with mud on a nasty Saturday, Billy Biehl estimated his health at 85 percent because of a groin injury. He already has been playing with a small crack in his back. A few minutes later, Travis Brooks simply grinned as he looked at his bloody left knee. Neither one of those two seniors was feeling any particular pain after playing key roles in delivering Chesterton its first regional title since 2007. The top-ranked Trojans edged Munster 2-1 in the championship of the Class 2A Merrillville Regional, earning a trip to the Warsaw Semistate semifinals against … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:08:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Soccer: Richie Botts’ penalty kick leads Hebron to regional title ]]>

LAKEVILLE — Richie Botts does everything for Hebron. Well, the senior said he doesn’t play defense. Rensselaer’s Pierce Van Houten might disagree. Hebron defeated Rensselaer 3-2 on penalty kicks Saturday night to win the Class A Regional 9 championship at Newton Park. After ending regulation tied at 2-2 and a scoreless overtime, the Hawks outscored the Rockets 5-4 in the penalty kick shootout. Botts, who scored his 35th goal of the season and assisted Nick Surber on the other regulation goal, was the surprise goalkeeper for the Hawks for the penalty kicks. He knocked away Van Houten’s right-side shot for … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:07:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Soccer: Lake Central takes intense decision against Crown Point for first title since 2008 ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — There was a wide array of emotions displayed during and after Lake Central’s 2-1 win over Crown Point in Saturday night’s Class 2A Valparaiso Regional championship. For the Indians (16-3-1), whose roster includes nine seniors, there was absolute elation, having secured their first title since 2008. “This is what they really wanted,” said Lake Central coach Shawn Thomas, whose team played the final 27:36 down a player after standout senior Alisha Donovan received her second yellow card. “Most of them have been playing varsity together for three years, and this was a hump they couldn’t get over. To … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:01:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Soccer: Megan Kirkland’s penalty kick powers Wheeler past Kouts ]]>

KOUTS — It took 94 minutes and six penalty kicks to thrust Wheeler freshman Megan Kirkland into the spotlight. Kirkland, who is just returning following a concussion, fired her shot low and with power past Tiffany Tratar, the Kouts goalkeeper, to win the Class 1A Kouts Regional championship game 4-3 on penalty kicks. “I feel pretty good right now, actually, I feel very good,” Kirkland said. The Fillies (10-5-1) had one last opportunity to tie the game, but Emmalee Deardurff’s attempt was stopped by Kadie Spoor. The victory sends the Bearcats (17-1-3) back to the Class 1A Argos Semistate next … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:06:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Cross Country: Portage’s Mat Marsh picks up second win of his career at New Prairie ]]> Lead story image

NEW CARLISLE — At the Duneland Athletic Conference championship meet two weeks ago, Portage senior Mat Marsh picked up the first individual victory of his career. On Saturday at the New Prairie regional, he added his second. Marsh’s time of 16 minutes, 26 seconds gave him the win on a cold, rainy day at New Prairie High School. “I don’t know how this is happening. I’m just speechless,” Marsh said. “I’m just giving it my all. It’s awesome.” He got a welcome boost from the runner that followed him across the finish line one second later: teammate Tommy Martin. “(Martin … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:07:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Cross Country: Lesson learned as Valparaiso’s Logan Ferngren wins regional ]]> Lead story image

NEW CARLISLE — For much of the season, Valparaiso freshman Logan Ferngren has been competing with LaPorte junior Kailee Schoof near the end of every race between their two schools. Schoof picked up the victory at both the Duneland Athletic Conference championship and last Saturday’s Chesterton sectional. But Ferngren learned from those defeats and turned that knowledge into a victory at Saturday’s New Prairie regional. “Last week with about 600 (meters) left, (Schoof) pulled a move and I wasn’t expecting it, so I fell behind,” Ferngren said, referring to the Chesterton sectional. “This time, when she made her move, I … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:07:01 -0500