Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Field construction means Lake Central won’t play at home till ’15, but that’s a non-issue ]]> Lead story image

You have questions? I have answers. 1. How will Lake Central  do on the road? The Indians are heavy favorites to win Sectional 1, but they are going to have to play every game on their opponent’s home turf because their field is under reconstruction. The Indians open at Lafayette Jefferson and then play either Merrillville or Crown Point in the second round. My take: Home-field advantage doesn’t mean much for the immediate cluster of games for LC. There are some schools that draw well for big games but they are rural communities such as Lowell, DeMotte and Rensselaer, not … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:37:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Omar Vazquez burned by Westville school board ]]> Lead story image

Omar Vazquez received a painful lesson in the arbitrary and capricious nature of a power-hungry school board. His brief, unofficial stint as the Westville coach ended Tuesday when the school hired Nate Mrozinski as the coach. Vazquez had hoped the last month was a bad nightmare, that he soon would wake up as the Blackhawks boys basketball coach, that the outpouring of support from the community could get him a job he coveted. If you are saying, “Nate who?” don’t feel bad. Lots of people have the same thought. Mrozinski was junior varsity coach at La Lumiere. He may well … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:06:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Time for NFL to change its culture of violence on and off the field ]]> Lead story image

Here is an idea for the NFL. Hire a women commissioner. An independent, strong-willed, women commissioner. I’ll even throw out a name. Condoleezza Rice. She is a big football fan who has dealt with complex world issues. Someone such as that would have the backbone that Roger Goodell by definition doesn’t have. He’s a stooge for the owners and players. That’s how it goes in any professional sport. The commissioner is mostly a function of the owners. The owners get richer when they win. They need their best players on the field, such as Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson, even … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:23:31 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:31:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football Insider: Kankakee Valley hits the ground running ]]> Lead story image

There is a slight giddyup in Brad Stewart’s step. He is borderline excited but in a subdued way. Stewart knows football can be complicated. A year like 2013 always looms. That’s when his top three middle linebackers were lost for the season with injuries. That included Johnny Williams, a 6-foot 215-pound whirling dervish of a player who was so good he led the team in tackles even though he played three games. Williams tore his biceps against Lowell. Stewart can recite the litany of failures like the alphabet. A one-point loss to Hobart. Five turnovers against Rensselaer Central. Eight turnovers … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:35:12 -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 … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:31:45 -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 … ]]> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 06:23:22 -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 … ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 07:42:49 -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 … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:37:42 -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