Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Volleyball: Highland, Munster advance to sectional semifinals ]]> Lead story image

MUNSTER — Highland coach Matt Clark will get a third chance to answer the question coaches have been asking themselves all season long: “How do you beat Munster?” That’s because his Trojans knocked off West Side 25-8, 25-9, 25-8 in the Class 4A Munster Sectional quarterfinal on Thursday night and will face Munster in a semifinal match. The Mustangs beat Lowell 25-13, 25-17, 25-13 in the night’s first match. Highland senior Jordan Hlinko led the way with eight kills. Hannah Ryzewski had six kills, Paige Stange recorded four aces and eight assists and Taylor Ryckman had four digs and the … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:30:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Volleyball: Hanover Central rallies from Game 1 loss to advance at KV sectional ]]>

WHEATFIELD — Hanover Central senior Savanna Zakman described herself as the “firecracker” on the team, the one that’s responsible for sparking the team if it falls behind early. “I always tell them to build a fire in themselves and let it grow,” she said. “We have to build up this energy so that it’s contagious. And I think that starts with me.” Her services were needed when Hanover dropped Game 1 to Kankakee Valley in their first round sectional matchup. The Wildcats responded, sweeping the next three for a 22-25, 25-13, 25-12, 25-20 win over the sectional host Kougars. “Our … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:42:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Volleyball: LaPorte, Chesterton remain alive with four-game victories in sectional openers ]]>

LAPORTE — When LaPorte coach Erin Parker learned that the Slicers would be playing Michigan City in the first round of the sectional, she immediately became apprehensive about the opening match. The resurgent Wolves (18-12), long-time underdogs in the rivalry between the two LaPorte County schools, gave the Slicers a competitive match for the third time this season, but the Slicers prevailed in four sets. “We get their best every single time we play them,” LaPorte coach Erin Parker said. “It’s that LaPorte vs. Michigan City rivalry. I told them, these girls want to beat us more than any other … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:42:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Soccer Insider: Chesterton’s defense never rests ]]> Lead story image

Adam Whitlow described it as “embarrassing.” Travis Brooks said such an occurrence “kills us inside.” Yep, members of Chesterton’s defense take conceding a goal pretty seriously. “We’re all very competitive,” David Mudd said. “Nobody likes to lose, but when another team scores, we get super into it.” The Trojans have allowed only 11 goals this season in running their record to 20-0, with 10 shutouts heading into Saturday’s semistate. Two goals have come via penalty kicks, one against Lake Central and one against Hobart in a sectional final. And two were scored against substitutes in a 7-2 win over Clark, … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:30:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Soccer: Semistate outlook ]]>

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It’s a very unusual spot for Munster’s boys tennis program this season. The Mustangs are usually competing as a team at the state finals after winning nine straight regional titles and 12 overall semistate titles. But Crown Point ended those streaks by winning the regional almost two weeks ago. So Munster and coach Steve Lopez are relegated to having a doubles team advance to the individual state finals this weekend at Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis. That No. 1 doubles team is Adam Richter and Alex Wisniewski, who defeated Valparaiso’s Andrew Lehnen and Alex Yiankes in three sets in … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:30:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Hunter Hinkel provides deep threat through the air for Wheeler ]]> Lead story image

If there’s a lesson to be learned in maximizing opportunities in football, its case study may very well be Wheeler wide receiver Hunter Hinkel. The Bearcats offense has completed just 41 passes this season, with 17 of them landing in Hinkel’s hands. But on those 17 receptions, Hinkel has racked up 607 yards and seven touchdowns — both team-high marks. On an offense that averages over 250 rushing yards per game, Hinkel provides the big-play ability through the air thanks to his arsenal of physical tools. “While he is fast, I think his best ability is adjusting to the ball … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:32:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football notebook: Optimism abounds as second season kicks off ]]> Lead story image

Hundreds of coaches and players around the state are excited about the start of prep football’s second season. Merrillville coach Zac Wells and his Pirates are no exception — especially following a tough regular season with some difficult losses. The Pirates (4-5) would love nothing more than to rebound from a 7-0 loss to Chesterton and knock off a good Crown Point (8-1) team Friday night. “Optimistically, we’re a little bit better than our record shows,’’ Wells said. “We’ve had some bad luck, inconsistencies, and been on the wrong end of a few scores. The great thing about Indiana football … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:32:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Post-Tribune rankings ]]>

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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 ]]>

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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 … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:39:57 -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 … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:39:46 -0500