Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Cross Country Insider: Duo of Theo Burgwald and Tyler Keslin help Munster return to state meet ]]> Lead story image

They started changing earlier this week. The signs at Munster businesses such as Arnie’s Dog House on Calumet Avenue or The Commander and Howard and Sons on Ridge Road now offer wishes of good luck to the Munster’s boys’ cross country team as it prepares to make its second straight appearance at the state meet this Saturday. Top runner Ryan Kritzer has been a big factor for the Mustangs, but following last Saturday’s semistate, coach Aaron Brown attributed a lot of his team’s success this fall to the development of junior duo Theo Burgwald and Tyler Keslin. “It’s all a … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:08:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cross Country Insider: Lake Central’s Jenny Crague, teammates, seek strong finish at state ]]> Lead story image

Her performance this season gives Jenny Crague plenty to brag about, but that’s not the Lake Central star’s style. Even though she’s come so far and accomplished so much since last season, the team’s No. 1 runner — the leader of the Indians pack — really doesn’t like talking about her success. The reason is rather simple: Crague gives the word modesty a whole new meaning. The talented sophomore answers nearly every single question with the words we or us, instead of myself or I. As far as Crague’s concerned, her success just absolutely wouldn’t be possible without teammates Sarah … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:08:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cross Country: State meet outlook ]]>

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Ranbir Singh has come a long way in his football career. He admitted that he didn’t know anything about football when he first joined a team in seventh grade, and spent that fall learning the sport’s basic fundamentals. He didn’t see much playing time until the following year. There’s a perfect explanation for Singh’s lack of football knowledge entering middle school. He was born in India and moved to the United States with his family soon after birth. While growing up, football just wasn’t part of his life. “I grew up with cricket and soccer, not really football,” Singh said. … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:07:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Sectional semifinal games to watch ]]> Lead story image

Class 6A Sectional 1 Lake Central (9-1)  at Merrillville (5-5) When: 7 p.m. Friday Last meeting: Lake Central 28, Merrillville 7 on Oct. 10. Last week: Lake Central 41, Lafayette Jefferson 6; Merrillville 45, Crown Point 42. Key players: Lake Central – QB Ethan Darter, WR Antwan Davis, RB Brandon Scott. Merrillville – WR Jonathan Robinson, RB Isaiah Thornton, QB DJ Wilkins. Outlook: After an opening loss to Munster, Lake Central has been rolling, though there have been close calls along the way against Portage (14-6), LaPorte (20-13) and Chesterton (6-0). Only twice all season have the Indians given up … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:07:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Volleyball: Valparaiso beats defending champ Munster, wins first regional title in 23 years ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — The Vikings are going to celebrate like it is 1991. That was the only time in school history Valparaiso walked away with the regional championship until Tuesday night, when it took down defending champ Munster 25-22, 25-14, 25-18. It was sweet redemption for senior Kate Bontrager too as she walked off the court with happy tears in her eyes after losing to Lake Central her sophomore year in 2012. “I think we were too comfortable then just like we were a little too comfortable with LaPorte on Saturday,” said Bontrager, who helped her team win sectionals Saturday with … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:08:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Volleyball: Gavit can’t overcome New Prairie’s height in regional loss ]]>

NEW CARLISLE — The tears streaming down the faces of the Gavit players spoke louder than words Tuesday. A three-game regional loss to New Prairie ended the careers of 10 Gladiators seniors. Over half of the players in uniform participated in their final high school match. “They’re all friends off the court,” Gavit coach Amy Osorio said. “There are always inside jokes. There’s always the weirdness that comes with close girlfriends. It’s going to be a tough group to lose.” The Cougars utilized a distinct height advantage and roster filled with postseason experience to cruise to the 25-12, 25-5, 25-10 … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:08:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Merrillville RB Isaiah Thornton peaking at right time after injury ]]> Lead story image

In preseason camp, Isaiah Thornton suffered a pulled hamstring. When he tried to come back, not quite recovered, he tweaked it. And then again. Eventually, as badly as the Merrillville junior running back wanted to play, and as badly as the Pirates wanted him to play, all involved realized that extended rest was necessary. Thornton sat out the first three games of the season. “That was hard,” he said. And, realistically, it wasn’t until last week that Thornton was 100 percent, or at least very close to it. His performance against Crown Point — 173 yards and four touchdowns on … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:08:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bowling Insider: Following surgery last month, Portage senior Jackie Rhoda has high goals ]]> Lead story image

It’s going to take more than gallbladder removal surgery to stop Jackie Rhoda from a triumphant senior year. After a great individual season in which she averaged 205, won sectional and semistate singles titles and earned Indiana High School Bowling girls bowler of the year, Portage senior Jackie Rhoda had a slight scare by finding out she needed to have her gallbladder removed. So she was going to have it done right away so the high school bowling season wasn’t affected. “The doctor told me, ‘No lifting 15 pounds and above (most competitive bowlers throw 15- or 16-pound balls) and … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:32:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Bowling: Season outlook ]]> Lead story image

5 TEAMS TO WATCH 1. HIGHLAND The Trojans got off to a good start by winning the Preseason Bowl-O-Rama after reaching the state finals for the second time last season. They should be even better this year. 2. LAKE CENTRAL Losing three seniors doesn’t faze a program like the Indians. They thrive on depth. LC has three seniors and four talented sophomores ready to return to the state finals. 3. PORTAGE The Indians might have been the best team in the area last season before a disappointing show in the regional. Individual state finalist Jackie Rhoda leads the way at … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:32:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Basketball: Sophomore Dana Evans wants to get West Side over the hump ]]> Lead story image

GARY — West Side’s Dana Evans and her teammates haven’t forgotten last season’s Penn Regional title game. The host Kingsmen beat the Cougars 57-43 and went on to finish as the Class 4A state runner-up. You might say there’s some unfinished business for Evans — the Post-Tribune’s Player of the Year as a freshman last year — and her teammates to attend to. “We have to make sure we get over that hump this year,’’ Evans said Monday as teams throughout the state opened practice for the 2014-15 girls basketball season. “My goal is to make sure the seniors and … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:08:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Ryan Bereda takes on several different roles for Lake Central offense ]]> Lead story image

One phrase that Ryan Bereda repeated several times during an interview after Monday’s practice at Lake Central gave a pretty good indication of how he ended up in his role as the football equivalent of a utility player. “Wherever the coaches put me, I’ll play there,” the 6-4, 200-pound junior said. That mantra has led Bereda all over the field and all over the depth chart for Lake Central (9-1) as the Indians prepare for Friday’s sectional semifinal matchup with Duneland Athletic Conference rival Merrillville (5-5). “He’s the kind of kid you love to have because he does everything right … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:06:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Volleyball: Amber Earl has helped lead Gavit to first regional match in four years ]]> Lead story image

Gavit senior Amber Earl played club volleyball in middle school hoping that it would eventually get her on the varsity team. Earl turned heads right away on the JV and found her way on the varsity playing libero in her freshman year. “She is my captain and she is the only girl that’s been on varsity for four years,” Gavit coach Amy Osorio said. “As a freshman, she had a great attitude and did what I needed her to do and it’s carried on; she’s played every single position for me.” All those different positions for the Gladiators finally paid … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:06:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Basketball: Coaches, IHSAA at odds over tourney format ]]> Lead story image

Wheeler basketball coach Tom Johnson isn’t sure why he tried to climb the tournament classification mountain. Someday, when he’s in a rocking chair, looking back at his years in coaching, it might make sense. Right now, he’s steamed. “I spent a lot of days over the course of the last 18 months working on this,” Johnson said. “I don’t think the IHSAA gave it much of an ear. Our effort was disregarded. There is certainly a high level of personal dissatisfaction for me.” Johnson was part of a committee that was formed by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association to revamp … ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:29:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Cross Country: Munster still can’t get past West Lafayette as Devils claim team, individual titles ]]> Lead story image

NEW CARLISLE — The story lines for the individual and team competitions at Saturday’s New Prairie semistate followed a similar theme: Munster battling with meet favorite West Lafayette. The favorites would win out in the end, however, with Cooper Williams surpassing Munster’s Ryan Kritzer for the individual title and the Devils from West Lafayette putting together a team score of 35 that beat Munster’s 51. “We came in wanting to compete and to try and catch West Lafayette,” Munster coach Aaron Brown said after his team posted the best semistate finish in school history, surpassing the third-place finish by the … ]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:03:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Saturday’s Prep Scoreboard ]]> Lead story image

Prep Scoreboard Sectional football pairings Class 6A Sectional 1 Friday’s results Merrillville 45, Crown Point 42 Lake Central 41, Lafayette Jeff 6 Friday, Oct. 31 Lake Central at Merrillville Sectional 2 Friday’s results Penn 43, Portage 7 Chesterton 17, Valparaiso 7 Friday, Oct. 31 Penn at Chesterton Class 5A Sectional 9 Friday’s results Mishawaka 45, South Bend Adams 15 Friday, Oct. 31 Munster at Mishawaka LaPorte at Michigan City Class 4A Sectional 17 Friday’s results Lowell 48, Griffith 7 West Side 18, East Chicago Central 12, 2 OT Morton 42, Gavit 0 Highland 47, Clark 16 Friday, Oct. 31 Lowell … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:20:00 -0500