Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Football: West Side reseeded field, added regulation goal posts and cleaned up locker room ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Say this about the dose of bad publicity West Side received last year after its facilities were deemed unplayable for a sectional game against Lowell: It was a call to action that was answered. Close to $20,000 was spent on upgrading the stadium. That included fixing the lights, adding a 25-second clock and new regulation goal posts as well as cleaning up the locker rooms and fixing the bathrooms. West Side was blindsided by the request from Lowell to move the sectional game because the Red Devils had deemed the facility subpar. The move, which took advantage of … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:07:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Porter Amateur going strong at 60 ]]> Lead story image

There is no sane reason anymore to host a local golf tournament. I know. I run one. Sometimes, you throw your hands up in the air and wonder why. The answer is simple. Because golfers aren’t normal and the tournaments have a way of taking on a curious life of their own. In 1955, Dr. R.E. Harvey won the first Porter Amateur. It was an 18-hole event, held at Forest Park, a nine-hole course then. The local newspaper, the Vidette-Messenger, sponsored the tournament, which was for the best players — all men — from Valparaiso. The tournament has gone on … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:06:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: High school football movie worth the price of admission ]]> Lead story image

My Friday night coverage of the Morton-Griffith game started with the 2 p.m. showing of “When the Game Stands Tall.” I wanted to be inspired for the long season ahead. The football movie, based on the true story of De La Salle’s 151-game winning streak, was highly personal. I worked with the author of the book with the same title, Neil Hayes, while he was a sports reporter at the Sun-Times. We both covered Notre Dame. The book and movie revolve around the once-in-a-millennium personality of head coach Bob Ladouceur, a Phil Jackson-like figure, who emphasized personal responsibility, intense preparation … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:08:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Notre Dame football players thrown under the bus ]]> Lead story image

Freshman year in high school, Mrs. Hall’s Honor’s algebra class. Sam Allen was sitting one row over, one seat in front of me. He was left-handed. I was overwhelmed by the time the first test arrived. There was no placement exam for entrance into the class, only a teacher’s recommendation. I was impossibly behind. I was in the wrong place. I cheated. I copied equations from Allen’s paper. Mrs. Hall, a decent, supportive low-key teacher, figured it out. Of course, she did. I had the same wrong answers as him. I was sitting behind him, on his right, in position … ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:24:51 -0500 <![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. … ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 06:27:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hutton: Extend girls golf season, change some bad rules ]]> Lead story image

It’s time for my annual semi-annual rant on how girls high school golf could easily be improved in Indiana. Please listen up. Indiana golf movers and shakers. These suggestions wouldn’t be hard to implement. And they would help to grow a game that hurts itself because of its stodginess and stupid rules. It’s particularly evident with girls, where only a little more than half the schools in Northwest Indiana field a team. 1. Move the state finals for the girls back at least a week Two weeks later would be better. There is no other way to say this: The … ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 02:06:41 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:52:42 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Sat, 06 Sep 2014 06:25:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hutton: The Delahuntys, of Valparaiso, make taking part in triathlons a family affair ]]> Lead story image

Kevin and Dawn Delahunty bonded over triathlons 30 years ago. Then they got married, and dragged their whole family into the sport. Some families eat and drink to celebrate time together. The Delahuntys compete and exercise. It will be a family celebration this weekend, when the Delahunty family, a fitness-crazed bunch from Valparaiso, line up for the Chicago Triathlon. Kevin, Dawn and Erin, the latter a senior at Valparaiso High School, will all participate in the Sprint Tri, which starts at Montrose Beach with a quarter-mile swim in Lake Michigan. Gracie, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Thomas Jefferson, is going to … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:06:43 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:54:22 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:24:10 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:58:49 -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 … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:05:18 -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 … ]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06:28:37 -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 … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:47:56 -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 … ]]> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 06:23:41 -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 … ]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 06:27:33 -0500