Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![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 <![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 … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:06:32 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:07:07 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:06:23 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:05:49 -0500 <![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 <![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 … ]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:15:31 -0500 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Jay Novak takes over as East Chicago football coach ]]> Lead story image

Jay Novak already was in the system. He teaches at West Side Middle School, across from East Chicago High School. He had head coaching experience at Clark. And, he had worked for two years as an assistant under Stacy Adams and AJ Rodriguez, both head coaches at East Chicago. The larger question was: What took East Chicago so long to actually hire Novak in the first place? Adams resigned over two months ago. Ah, never mind. It always takes time at a place like EC, where everyone has an idea about who should be the next football or basketball coach. … ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:35:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hutton: Gary golfer Aaron Mercer chasing his PGA dream ]]> Lead story image

MERRILLVILLE — There was this moment — when the putts were falling and the shots were coming off Aaron Mercer’s clubs just the way he saw them in his head — when he stood up on the final par-3 on the back nine at Beechwood Golf Course in LaPorte and thought he could ace the hole. He really believed he could make the shot. It was that good, that magical. Mercer roared home in a qualifying round for the Indiana State Amateur with 5-under 31. After a lousy start, he shot 73. “That’s when I said, ‘Hey, I can play … ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:03:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: New basketball tournament format not a done deal ]]> Lead story image

I’m thinking of my service provider for Internet, television and my telephone. The one that I have a hate-hate relationship with. I don’t really like the customer service, the Internet is only intermittently good for the price and I don’t need the landline anymore. I want to dump it but I’m afraid. I’m not crazy about my options. My previous provider was good to me but the price points for the phone and internet with the new company hooked me in about six or seven years ago. Now the old company has the same products but I don’t want to … ]]> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 06:42:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Fuzzy Zoeller celebrates 15 years of First Tee ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — Wynne Aldrich wanted the duck head cover. “I liked it as soon as I saw it,” she said. Fuzzy Zoeller, just the kind of golfer who would give you the head cover from his club, took it off his driver and tossed it to her. Zoeller had a story to go with the head cover. He picked up a duck head cover in 1975 at the Congressional Clubhouse before the U.S. Open strictly for practical purposes. He needed one. That was before anybody knew who Zoeller was. Before he won the Masters and the Open. He liked the … ]]> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:05:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Fuzzy Zoeller to celebrate 15 years of First Tee at Creekside ]]> Lead story image

When I called Fuzzy Zoeller last week, I expected the usual celebrity wait time before I’d actually get to do an interview with the most accomplished professional golfer from Indiana. Typically, it goes like this... Leave a message with an assistant (or if you are lucky, actually talk to an assistant) who screens your request for an interview. Set up interview after publicist approves request. Be careful to not exceed scheduled interview time set by publicist. Interview time arrives. Try desperately to squeeze one or two interesting quotes out of said subject. Hope for the best. Move on. Instead, this … ]]> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 06:33:54 -0500