Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Bowling: GCABA trying to limit dissention with revamped awards program ]]> Lead story image

When it was announced last year that the United States Bowling Congress was completely revamping its awards program for sanctioned bowlers — revamping could be construed as downsizing — it fell upon local associations to figure out how to prevent bowlers from forming non-sanctioned leagues. That may seem extreme, but it’s definitely been a hot topic among league bowlers this season. Do we stay with the USBC even though we’re getting less for our money? Starting in August, 300 and 800 rings will go to only first-time achievers, as well as 11-in-a-row honors, while minor awards like patches and key … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:10:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Local Bowling League Scores ]]>

King of the Week 827, Herman James III, Olympia Lanes Queen of the Week 815, Kelly Gough, Cressmoor Lanes Weekly 300 Club CASEY’S — John Satoski; CRESSMOOR — Ryan Podunovich; OLYMPIA — Herman James III, Adam Vania; PLAZA — Dru Wischhover, Mark Hajduk Jr., Dave Dudzinski; STARDUST II — Don Woodard, Jerry Alexander Camelot Bowl Monday Seniors: Duke Cominsky 602; Alex Anderson 563; Lou Metzinger 553 Tuesday Mixed: Brian Weaver 663 Wednesday Seniors: (M) Henry Schultz 603; Duke Cominsky 594; (W) Faye Thomas 615; Lynn Anderson 516 Wednesday Gary Schools: Marie Felton 653 Friday Mixed 4s: Jimmie Martin 727; Chris … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:11:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crown Point resident will dedicate this year’s Boston Marathon to last year’s victims ]]> Lead story image

Being a native of Greece, the most emotional marathon Christina Kostouros competed in was in 2011 when she got to run the Athens Marathon, which is recognized as the original marathon course from the original Olympic Games. She got to see her family cheering for her at the finish line in her home country. But Kostouros said Monday’s Boston Marathon will likely top those emotions because of the well-known and not-so-known circumstances. Everyone knows this is the first Boston Marathon since last year’s bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others. What you might not know is … ]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:09:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Outdoors: Perch abound off Gary Light, should return when wind slacks ]]> Lead story image

Mike Buza caught a 20-inch male walleye Saturday in his community pond in Valparaiso. It was the first walleye he had seen in five years of fishing the pond. “It was milking,’’ he said. “Does this mean there is a female in the pond, also? Or can he milk without one?’’ Milking is the common term for males releasing milt around the spawn, which is going on now in many spots. I enjoy quirky questions like that. So I asked District 1 fisheries biologist Tom Bacula. “Once a fish reaches sexual maturity they can produce viable eggs and milt even … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:09:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boxing: Donovan George finally gets back on winning track ]]> Lead story image

HAMMOND — Chicago native Donovan “Don Da Bomb” George was in good spirits after his win over Troy “TNT” Lowry at the Venue inside Horseshoe Casino on Friday night. George, who lost his previous bout in June 2013 against Minnesota’s Caleb Truax (21-1) at the Minneapolis Convention Center, hadn’t won a fight since his first-round knockout of James Cook on Feb. 1 at the UIC Pavilion. A sixth-round knockout against Lowry was the perfect remedy. “It felt great,” said George, who improved to 25-4-2 with 22 knockouts. “I had a terrible taste in my mouth for about a year. I’ve … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:10:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boxing: Jimenez remains unbeaten with unanimous decision ]]> Lead story image

HAMMOND — Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez came into the ring at the Horseshoe Casino inside “The Venue” on Friday night rocking to Kool and the Gang’s 1970s hit “Hollywood Swinging” as the crowd cheered his arrival. He had more for them to cheer about inside the ring, too. Jimenez knocked down Lester “El Cauanito” Gonzalez seconds before the fourth round ended and won four of the six rounds scheduled in earning a unanimous decision and improving his record to 14-0 (10 KOs). “I’m feeling great now that it’s over,” he said. “I’m happy with the outcome. But it was freaking tough. … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:09:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fantasy NASCAR: Darlington race sees increase in scores ]]>

What a difference a week makes. Last week scores were the lowest of the season in the seventh annual Post-Tribune Fantasy NASCAR contest. The top score was 182 and 166 points was good enough for the top 10. This week after NASCAR’s first repeat winner of the season and a star-studded top of the final standings at Darlington, 182 points wasn’t even in the top 50 out of more than 100 entrants. In fact, if you didn’t have 197 points, you don’t get to see your name in the top 10. Thanks to Kevin Harvick winning his second race of … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:13:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crossroads YMCA enhancing, adding facilities ]]> Lead story image

The Crossroads YMCA is on the move. The non-profit organization is in expansion mode and will bring “Y” programs closer to more Region crossroads. Operating currently three YMCA locations — in Crown Point, Griffith and Hammond — the Crossroads association has charted a course for growth. In 2011, the then — separate Crown Point and Hammond facilities joined the partnership. The next year, the Town of Griffith finalized measures with the organization to turn the old Franklin School building into a Y. As the Whiting Community Center undergoes a year-long renovation, plans are being made to open the historic venue … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:10:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Innsbrook to open golf course Saturday ]]>

Innsbrook Country Club officials announced plans for their opening day and the start of the men’s golf league. The 18-hole Merrillville golf course will open at 9 a.m. Saturday. An ABCD scramble (with teams computer-generated to handicaps), an omelet breakfast bar and cart costs will be combined for a $70 event fee. More than 100 players have signed up for the men’s league, which is set to kick off on May 7 and 8. Officials said they hope the course will be in good shape despite the “rough week” the weather presented them. For more information about the golf league, … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:10:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Extra Frame: More additions to summer leagues ]]> Lead story image

The fall/winter league season is running down with most leagues having their final night in the next couple of weeks. That means summer leagues are right around the corner — some of them starting in a month or less — and there’s plenty of options to choose from across the region. A pair of 16-lane centers just a couple miles apart will be trying new leagues this year. Ray’s Lanes in Lake Station will have its usual Wednesday Cleve’s mixed league (which has a hav-a-ball option) and Thursday Youth-Adult league. But new this summer is the Tuesday night LGBT (lesbian, … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:08:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Local Bowling League Scores ]]>

King of the Week 827, Justin Tennant, Hobart Lanes Queen of the Week 724, Brenda Lullenberg, Casey’s Lanes Weekly 300 Club CASEY’S — Jerry Keppen, James Metcalf; CITY LANES — James Freeman, Kerry Lyles; CRESSMOOR — Travis Pitchford; HOBART — Justin Tennant; OLYMPIA — Jesse Lane, Phillip Baker, Chris Lloyd, Sonny Santana, John Haney, Rodney Walker; PLAZA — Dusty Payne, Doug Sheets, Erick Howard, Gary Bullard; RAY’S — Mark Garzella Jr., Brian Oliver; STARDUST II — Ryan Allender; STARDUST III — Scott Verhoeve, Dave DeRolf Camelot Bowl Monday Seniors: Chuck Crowder 571; Duke Cominsky 562 Wednesday Seniors: (M) Bill Hemminger … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:08:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Outdoors: Young angler bags 2-pound perch at Calumet Harbor ]]> Lead story image

Jacob Fiorio is at it again. One of Indiana’s top young fishermen — he’s already had Fish of the Year in his 15 years — caught a two-pound yellow perch on Sunday at Calumet Harbor after trolling for salmon and trout with his dad Steve and Tony Spicker, his dad’s buddy. “We were trolling around catching browns and cohos when he saw some nice marks on the finder,’’ his dad Steve Fiorio messaged. “He jumps over to mark this spot with a waypoint. I said, ‘What are you doing?’ He said, ‘Dad I’m going to hit that spot later.’ My … ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:08:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Devin Clark, Leo Frey ring in spring with titles ]]>

It only seems like the annual Ringing in Spring — which ran its 20th installment last Saturday in Valparaiso — gets bigger every year. Last year was a record turnout at 1,472 combined in the 5K and 10K races, but this year’s turnout was slightly less at 1,452. It’s still the largest single event in Northwest Indiana running with young and old competing in numerous age divisions. Two runners of note are James Johnson of Crown Point and Tom Magill. At 82 years old, Johnson finished the 10K in 1 hour, 42 minutes, 31.1 seconds. Magill — three years older … ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:09:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Porter County facility adds space, programs for growing clientele ]]> Lead story image

The Courts of Northwest Indiana, located between Chesterton and Valparaiso near the intersection of U.S. 6 and Indiana 49, is as big as they come at 60,000 square feet. Among multi-use facilities and mega gyms under one expansive roof, it is the largest in the region. But that’s only half the story. The Courts has modified its focus and expanded on the offerings that debuted when the venue was built in 2007. The sports complex continues to draw scores of athletes and family and friends, mainly on evenings and weekends. A long, cold winter had boosted interest in the climate-controlled … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:02:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fantasy NASCAR: Same story: Another different winner ]]>

Make it seven straight weeks in the NASCAR season with a different winner. The new Chase format is looking more precarious by the week. This time it was Joey Logano. He passed Jeff Gordon on the final lap to take the checkered flag. Even if Gordon would have won, it still was going to be a seventh straight different winner. The overall theme from a P-T Fantasy NASCAR contest standpoint is unpredictability rules. Brian Vickers and Kyle Larson earned top-five finishes in Texas. Only a small handful of readers chose either of those two. The top survivors this week were … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:08:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crown Point St. Mary holds 3-on-3 tourneys ]]> Lead story image

A March Madness of the middle school kind rolled into St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point on March 14 when 15 basketball teams squared off in their annual tournament. Two divisions — fifth- and sixth-graders, and seventh- and eighth-graders — played in highly competitive co-ed, 3-on-3 games in the double-elimination tournament. The tournament was coordinated by St. Mary’s physical education teacher Ken Florek and principal Tom Ruiz, as well as St. Mary alumni Jake Brown, Chris Krutz and Tommy Sanborn, who also served as referees. Fifth- and sixth-grade winners were Enrique Barajas, A.J. Rogers, Andrew VanDerWay and Adam … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:02:58 -0500