Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) http://posttrib.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/posttrib.gif Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Pop Warner on the defensive ]]> Lead story image

John Madden recently delivered a devastating blow to youth football (Pop Warner). Sometimes, the truth is painful. Madden’s KO came in the form of a head-on tackle about the necessity for full-pad tackle football for young kids. Read Pop Warner. He did it on a panel in which NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was participating for the NFL Network. Madden said: “I’m a firm believer that there’s no way that a 6-year old should have a helmet and learn a tackling drill. There’s no way. Or a 7-year-old or an 8-year-old. They’re not ready for it. Take the helmets off kids. … ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:06:15 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/29202695-556/hutton-pop-warner-on-the-defensive.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/29202695-556/hutton-pop-warner-on-the-defensive.html <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Small 3A schools could feel squeeze with new IHSAA playoff proposal ]]> Lead story image

Some thoughts about the latest Indiana High School Athletic Association proposal for the new class formats for basketball: At least it’s something. I’d hate to be a small 3A school with the new deal. They really got the bad part of the lollipop and the small schools still have the hammer when it involves changing the tournament. You know what they say: Fairness is in the eye of the beholder. The new proposal doesn’t make the journey much different for the small schools (Class A and 2A) and the large schools (4A). It makes it better for East Chicago Central … ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 02:05:44 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/29161756-556/hutton-small-3a-schools-could-feel-squeeze-with-new-ihsaa-playoff-proposal.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/29161756-556/hutton-small-3a-schools-could-feel-squeeze-with-new-ihsaa-playoff-proposal.html <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Ted White getting dirty at North Judson ]]> Lead story image

NORTH JUDSON — Ted White still would be happy as Russ Radtke’s main assistant. Really. He loves to get in the ready position and demonstrate the handoff between the quarterback and running back in the wishbone. Or not. It’s the stuff that great assistants do. It’s called the mesh, and it drives opposing coaches bonkers. The quarterback holds the ball in the belly of the fullback as long as possible while running up the backside of the center. He can run forever, while defenders bounce off either player, trying to figure out which one has the ball. “We used to … ]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 02:05:42 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/29060508-556/hutton-ted-white-getting-dirty-at-north-judson.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/29060508-556/hutton-ted-white-getting-dirty-at-north-judson.html <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Coaches seemingly always the last to know about transfers ]]> Lead story image

GARY — How do you say goodbye? Those awkward transitional moments from one school to another for star players have turned into a regular part of the sports page. Two weeks ago, Davon Dillard, through his mother, Kaliah Baker, through this newspaper, announced that Dillard was leaving Bowman for La Lumiere. She hadn’t talked with Bowman coach Marvin Rea. Rea, obviously hurt by the snub, sarcastically, I presume, told the other local paper that he believed the announcement of him leaving “would come on ESPN” and that he “thought he would take his talents to South Beach but he ended … ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 02:05:20 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/29020422-556/hutton-coaches-seemingly-always-the-last-to-know-about-transfers.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/29020422-556/hutton-coaches-seemingly-always-the-last-to-know-about-transfers.html <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Plenty of offseason changes for football coaches in NWI ]]> Lead story image

Practice starts Monday. It’s time to get into football mode. Before that happens, it’s time to learn some new faces on the sidelines. It’s hard to not be a restless football coach in Northwest Indiana. Every year there is migration but this offseason has been particularly transitory for the coaching crew. I’ll start from the beginning and work forward for the latest coaching map. It’s always good to get a refresher on who’s in and who’s out before the season gets going. Universal, blanket statements about why there is so much job hopping are useless. Coaching is a profession in … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:06:26 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28926535-556/hutton-plenty-of-offseason-changes-for-football-coaches-in-nwi.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28926535-556/hutton-plenty-of-offseason-changes-for-football-coaches-in-nwi.html <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Eron Gordon gets caught in IHSAA snare ]]> Lead story image

Please, no more transfer stories. I understand your son or daughter might be aggrieved by the way he or she was treated when they left (insert imaginary school) for (imaginary school) and were subsequently ruled ineligible. I understand he or she may not have left for athletic purposes. I understand you are upset about losing your eligibility for a year. I understand the long reach of the IHSAA has left you mystified and angry. But that, folks, is just the way it is. If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years about high school athletes jumping from one … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:09:05 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28886599-556/hutton-eron-gordon-gets-caught-in-ihsaa-snare.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28886599-556/hutton-eron-gordon-gets-caught-in-ihsaa-snare.html <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Valparaiso attorney starts American Legion junior squad ]]> Lead story image

Dan Sherman did something novel: He didn’t start a travel league baseball team. Sherman, a Valparaiso attorney with four kids, went retro this summer and formed a junior American Legion team. His motives were purely selfish. Sherman wanted to have some quality time with his children, still coach baseball and form a community based league. These are some of the things American Legion doesn’t ask for: a four figure check (fee) and an uncompromising practice commitment from the players. His schedule was modest — just 23 games. And the philosophy is simple. Have fun and try to be competitive. “Our … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:05:18 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28753403-556/hutton-valparaiso-attorney-starts-american-legion-junior-squad.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28753403-556/hutton-valparaiso-attorney-starts-american-legion-junior-squad.html <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Finding the right sports track for your kids is a challenge ]]> Lead story image

My 9-year-old son, Ethan, hated baseball the one year he played. He was 5 when I put him in a T-ball league. He was young for his age and it was difficult for him to make contact with the ball, even when it was placed on the tee. He had no real context with the game other than some time we had spent in the back yard playing catch. Downtime, in center field, with the hot summer sun beating down on him, was a joyless experience. There wasn’t enough action for him. It wasn’t fun. Sorry I couldn’t be romantic … ]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06:28:37 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28668974-556/hutton-finding-the-right-sports-track-for-your-kids-is-a-challenge.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28668974-556/hutton-finding-the-right-sports-track-for-your-kids-is-a-challenge.html <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Mat Blair Golf Academy going high tech ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — Sadly, I can’t get my pelvic tilt perfect at address, partially because it is layered by about 20 extra pounds of subcutaneous muscle. And, well, because I haven’t done my cat and dog exercises in years (maybe never. I can’t quite remember). This is where Chris Wellsand, a PGA professional who is teaching me the value of the K-Vest, breaks the bad news to me. “It’s a waste of time for you to do it independently. You can’t,” he said while I tried to twist myself into the right pose. Wellsand said it’s a matter of coordination and … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:47:56 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28629009-556/hutton-mat-blair-golf-academy-going-high-tech.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28629009-556/hutton-mat-blair-golf-academy-going-high-tech.html <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Froebel could’ve won it all in 1951 ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — Sixty-three years later, Chris Christoff, an even-keeled man with an unconditional, deep love for his native city, still comes a bit undone at the memory of the last game for the 1950-51 Gary Froebel basketball team. Don’t misunderstand. Christoff was touched by the photo and story in Sunday’s paper, with the cutout pictures of all the players and coaches. He loved the team and the players and the school. He has scrapbooks of newspaper stories from his high school days. Old photos. Pictures of the Froebel gym. His graduation program. Christoff saw the mug shot of himself and … ]]> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 06:23:41 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28533701-556/hutton-froebel-couldve-won-it-all-in-1951.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28533701-556/hutton-froebel-couldve-won-it-all-in-1951.html <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Hoosiers give student athletes some protections ]]> Lead story image

Remember Sandi Marcius and Purdue’s refusal to pay for his final summer school class? Marcius, a La Lumiere graduate, did the unthinkable to Boiler Nation last year. He decided to transfer after four years to another school, which turned out to be DePaul. Marcius left for what he thought was a better opportunity. He had a hard decision to make and he made it. The Boilermakers begged him to stay. They liked his hustle and his late-season play. They appreciated his attitude. They needed another big man. Marcius didn’t trust his coaches completely after three years of on-and-off playing time. … ]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:39:31 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28491771-556/hutton-hoosiers-give-student-athletes-some-protections.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28491771-556/hutton-hoosiers-give-student-athletes-some-protections.html <![CDATA[ HUTTON: JT Kohut sets record at Innsbrook in drive-by round ]]> Lead story image

JT Kohut is still a little surprised about the buzz he created Thursday when he shot a 62 from the back tees at Innsbrook Country Club in a match against Nick Grubnich. For low handicappers, Innsbrook, which measures 6,619 yards and is a par 70 from the tips, is a healthy challenge. The course occasionally hosts a local US Amateur qualifying tournament. The unofficial record was 65, though Jim Formas, the pro at Innsbrook wasn’t even sure of that. The course record from the blue tees, which is par 72, is 64. Kohut was unmoved by his score for one … ]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 06:27:33 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28404973-556/hutton-jt-kohut-sets-record-at-innsbrook-in-drive-by-round.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28404973-556/hutton-jt-kohut-sets-record-at-innsbrook-in-drive-by-round.html <![CDATA[ Hutton: Predict the NBA draft? Now that’s just daft ]]> Lead story image

In Mark Bartelstein, we trust. That’s the philosophy the Drew family adopted in 1998, when Bryce Drew, after vetting a variety of agents, decided to sign with Bartelstein, a Chicago-based agent with an impeccable reputation for delivering for his clients. Bartelstein thoroughly checks his own potential players for character flaws and potentially damning skeletons in the closet before signing them. Bartelstein has cornered the market for Northwest Indiana basketball players. E’Twuan Moore, Robbie Hummel, Drew and now Mitch McGary have employed him. Bartelstein has positioned his agency, Priority Sports, as a family shop that dotes equally on all its players, … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:33:47 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28305645-452/hutton-predict-the-nba-draft-now-thats-just-daft.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28305645-452/hutton-predict-the-nba-draft-now-thats-just-daft.html <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Jeff Samardzija holding all cards in negotiation game ]]> Lead story image

Don’t be fooled by his sentiment for the Cubs. Jeff Samardzija wants to win. He won’t be nearly as disappointed and heartbroken as Cub nation will be if he gets cut loose next month for prospects in this endless rebuilding project on the North Side. Samardzija reportedly turned down an five-year, $85 million offer from the Cubs. Publicly, he has shut down negotiations during the season. From a strictly objective and numerical standpoint, the money seems good enough. Samardzija is 19-32 with a 3.58 ERA over the last three seasons. Reds pitcher Homer Bailey (31-25 with a 3.95 ERA) signed … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:26:32 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28264503-556/hutton-jeff-samardzija-holding-all-cards-in-negotiation-game.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/28264503-556/hutton-jeff-samardzija-holding-all-cards-in-negotiation-game.html <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Northwest Indiana’s bevy of basketball talent on display and worth the trip ]]> Lead story image

LOGANSPORT — Mapquest says it’s 75.2 miles from my house in Valparaiso to 1 Berry Lane, Logansport, Indiana. East on Route 30, cut over on 35 for an unbearably long time, take a left on South 18th Street, go right on Jefferson Street, zig-zag through town, past the Eel River and some old boarded up industrial buildings before curling into a subdivision. Logansport High School, home of the Berries, is on your left, a sprawling maze of buildings. The gym wasn’t full for the Indiana Junior-Senior All-Star Game Monday, but there were plenty of people. Probably 1,500. High school basketball, … ]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:24:26 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/27980207-556/hutton-northwest-indianas-bevy-of-basketball-talent-on-display-and-worth-the-trip.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/27980207-556/hutton-northwest-indianas-bevy-of-basketball-talent-on-display-and-worth-the-trip.html <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Gleason trying to find its groove ]]> Lead story image

If anybody can cobble together a golf course for her biggest dance of the year, Bob Farag and Donnie Plogh can. They will, too. You’ll see. South Gleason Golf Course, with its age spots and irresistible charm if you squint at her just the right way, will be ready by 7 a.m. Saturday when Dave Vlasic, two-time winner of the Gary Amateur, kicks off the 87th Gary Amateur. Players have forever groused about greens that were too slow or bumpy, holes that were quirky, with a misplaced tree or a badly manicured fairway. Or as Jack Nicklaus famously once said … ]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 10:04:05 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/27875007-556/hutton-gleason-trying-to-find-its-groove.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/27875007-556/hutton-gleason-trying-to-find-its-groove.html <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Lake Central graduate clears next hurdle to study at Notre Dame ]]> Lead story image

ST. JOHN — Don’t let the bastards get you down. That isn’t how Matt Wesley phrases it. He is modest. He would never say something like that out loud, but the thought hangs over his story like an ominous cloud in an otherwise perfectly blue sky. So, when the LSAT testing company, a mega corporation that reaps millions in profits from its law school entrance exam, refused his request for special accommodations, Wesley went to work. The pro forma denial, spit out by a faceless computer, doesn’t know its applicants. It didn’t know Wesley had spent six months in the … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:59:58 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/27795857-556/hutton-lake-central-graduate-clears-next-hurdle-to-study-at-notre-dame.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/27795857-556/hutton-lake-central-graduate-clears-next-hurdle-to-study-at-notre-dame.html <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Defending Gary Am champ John Flanagan is a natural on the golf course ]]> Lead story image

Anybody who has ever swung a golf club wants the John Flanagan gene. Very few people ever get it. Besides the fact he is a scratch golfer, Flanagan really doesn’t get rusty. He can just open up the garage after a long, cold winter and an equally cold, brutal spring and the ball jumps off his driver like it was preprogrammed. Each tee shot is long and straight. No tree problems. Rough is a foreign country for Flanagan’s ball. His ball almost always camps out in the short stuff. That’s how it went for Flanagan, who just teed it up … ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:48:56 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/27654138-556/hutton-defending-gary-am-champ-john-flanagan-is-a-natural-on-the-golf-course.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/hutton/27654138-556/hutton-defending-gary-am-champ-john-flanagan-is-a-natural-on-the-golf-course.html