Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Bowling Insider: Shaun Ciesielski taking his talents to Valparaiso ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — Shaun Ciesielski calls it a “better business opportunity to support my family.” Frank Kotlarz calls it “the piece we need.” “It” is Ciesielski’s move from Stardust Bowl III in Dyer to Inman’s Bowling and Fun Center in Valparaiso as the new general manager after being a manager at Stardust for more than seven years. It’s not an ordinary personnel decision at a local bowling center. It’s a sign of change that will make many longtime area bowlers take notice. Inman’s Facebook site welcomed Ciesielski as if a king was arriving. “We are under new management! Change is here! … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:07:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rec Roundup: St. Mary to host annual golf outing ]]> Lead story image

St. Mary Catholic Community School’s Home and School Association will host its annual golf outing at Youche Country Club on Sept. 6. Coordinators encourage golfers to “round up their friends” to support the Crown Point school. Starting at noon at the region’s “premier golf club” (2301 W. 129th Pl., Crown Point) the event will include 18 holes of golf with refreshments and a lunch served. The $100 registration fee per player includes the chance to win prizes. To register or become a hole sponsor, call Chris Wickard at 629-5566. For a registration form, visit Basketball lessons and leagues for … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:08:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ RailCats dominate regular-season home finale ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Until someone mentioned it to him, Zac Mitchell didn’t even realize Sunday was the RailCats’ last home game of the regular season. He and his teammates have the mentality that they will be playing again at the Steel Yard in 2014, in the playoffs. Still, for all of their consternation about their performance at home this season, the RailCats certainly closed that portion of their schedule in emphatic fashion. They routed Kansas City 18-3, setting a season high for runs scored in a game, eclipsing the 15-0 win at Wichita on May 31. They also collected 19 hits, … ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:07:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jackie Robinson West falls to South Korea 8-4 in title game ]]> Lead story image

Jackie Robinson West lost a game Sunday but won over a country. The South Siders fell 8-4 to South Korea in the Little League World Series championship. Shortly after, they were reminded of what they had accomplished during their 11-day stay in South Williamsport, Pa. ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 23:41:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jackie Robinson West on to Little League championship ]]> Lead story image

Jackie Robinson West’s second game against Mountain Ridge started exactly the same way as the first, but the finish was quite different. Similar to their loss to the Las Vegas squad last Sunday, Jackie Robinson West found itself in a first-inning hole. But twice the boys from the South Side rallied to take leads, beating Mountain Ridge 7-5 to win the United States Championship. They will play South Korea in the Little League World Series Championship on Sunday. ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:38:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ RailCats Insider: Dennis Pelfrey trying to become next Tagert disciple to manage ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Dennis Pelfrey and Greg Tagert have known each other for almost 15 years. Tagert could not regard Pelfrey more highly as a player or as a coach. But their relationship began somewhat awkwardly. In 2001, Tagert took over as manager of Dubois County in the Frontier League, moving from Evansville. Pelfrey had played the previous season for Dubois and, despite other offers, wanted to return. On the last day of spring training, Tagert cut Pelfrey. But Pelfrey stuck around, working out on his own. And when an injury occurred about a week into the season, Tagert signed him. … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:06:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Henry Wrigley’s debut a success as RailCats beat Kansas City ]]>

GARY — Henry Wrigley had a long but productive day Saturday. After being traded by the St. Paul Saints, Wrigley was up early to catch a flight from Lincoln, Nebraska to Chicago. Hours later, he was in the RailCats’ lineup as the designated hitter and cleanup hitter. Wrigley’s Gary debut was a successful one as he was 3-for-4 with three RBI in a 9-2 win over the Kansas City T-Bones before an announced crowd of 3,657 at the Steel Yard. The win kept the RailCats (49-43) alone atop the American Association’s Central Division with eight games left in the regular … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:06:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fishermen angling for run of kings ]]> Lead story image

Some hope builds for fishermen on the lakefront and the Lake Michigan tributaries. “A few early kings are nosing up into tributaries,’’ emailed assistant Lake Michigan fisheries biologist Ben Dickinson. He said by Wednesday they had passed half a dozen Chinook through the lamprey barrier on Trail Creek. One weighed 19 pounds and another topped 20 pounds. No coho have been passed yet, but plenty of steelhead still are coming in. It’s been one of the best steelhead runs in years. And the bonus has been some brown trout. The wild card in this comes with the storms this week … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:07:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Briefs: RailCats split with Kansas City ]]>

Ryan Babineau went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI Friday night as the RailCats beat the Kansas City T-Bones 11-4 in the first game of a doubleheader at the Steel Yard. The T-Bones won the nightcap 5-2. Ryan Brockett was 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI in Game 1 for Gary, while Drew Martinez was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Morgan Coombs (7-9) allowed four runs (all earned) over five innings for the win. Brockett was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in the nightcap. Nick McCully (1-2), acquired in a trade earlier in the day, took … ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:04:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rec Insider: With pro motocross card in pocket, racer seeks sponsorship ]]> Lead story image

Gaining traction with his pro motocross career, 25-year-old Crown Point resident Josh Struebig is working past an injury and refining his business skills as he looks to gain sponsorship for his “dream” job. Yet true to character, Struebig has no hang-ups with taking a low-key approach. Though he pilots a custom motorhome and associates with often showy pros, he is happy to focus on swapping parts on his 250 and 450 Class A bikes, doing sweaty summertime cardio training, conforming to restrictive diets, and generally helping his parents — Phil and Joi Struebig — around their spacious Crown Point home. … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:09:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rec Roundup: Courts of NWI to have open house Sunday ]]>

Special events, games, raffles, tutoring and tours will all be offered at the Courts of Northwest Indiana’s open house and cookout on Sunday. From noon to 4 p.m., area residents are invited to “check out the state-of-the-art facilities” at the mega gym located at U.S. 6 and Indiana 49 in Porter County. Complimentary offerings will include a 10-and-under tennis demo, free-throw and three-point contests, TCA cheer stunt and tumbling demos and a Pickleball drop-in group. Fees are required for participation in basketball and cornhole/bags tournaments. Participants must pre-register for all paid events. A 10 percent discount offer will apply to … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:09:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ RailCats win consecutive games for first time since late July ]]> Lead story image

GARY — After putting to rest their lengthy home losing streak, the RailCats now have won back-to-back games for the first time in almost a month. They topped Saint Paul 4-1 on Wednesday night at the Steel Yard, having last posted consecutive wins on July 21 and 22 at Sioux City. The RailCats (47-42) broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the seventh inning, batting around, and Stephen Bougher turned in an excellent start. “We’re just trying to stick to the plan and not pay attention to what anyone else is doing,” Drew Martinez said. “We’re just trying to … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:09:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bowling Insider: Former manager returns to reopen Hebron lanes with kids as the focus ]]> Lead story image

HEBRON — Ever since he was a manager at Hebron Lanes back in the 1980s, Mike Sebben could see himself owning a bowling center — not just Hebron, but any house. It didn’t work out at a different local 16-lane center, so it’s poetic justice that his opportunity came a few months ago in the form of … Hebron Lanes. Sebben and his wife, Tammy, saw that the 16-lane center on Indiana 2 was for sale in the spring, and Mike thought he could bring it back to life. After all, he’s an admitted workaholic who has found some youthful … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:08:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bowling: Local League Results ]]> Lead story image

Cressmoor Lanes Thursday Hav-a-Ball: (M) Nick Coppinger 783; Matt Redmond 754; Jay Kaurich 744; Kevin Payne 730; (W) Lisa Anserello 653 Hobart Lanes Wednesday Foursomes: (M) Mike Fazekas 727; Gene Dukes 681; (W) Sharon Fisher 547 Olympia Lanes Monday Trios: (M) Larry Matovina 800 (297); Edwin Walker 671; (W) Sandy Postma 634; Kelsy Toth 553 Tuesday Hav-a-Ball: (M) Phillip Beck 674; (W) Jacqueline Nelson 559 Friday Hav-a-Ball: (M) Luis Alcantar 731; Dave Ontiveros 704; (W) Lorena Gilbert 572 Plaza Lanes Monday Roll N’Bowl: (M) Brian Casillas Sr. 686; (W) Faye Thomas 573 Tuesday Triathlon: (two games) (M) Bill Harmon 473; … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:08:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ RailCats end nine-game home losing streak ]]> Lead story image

GARY — The RailCats can exhale. Their nine-game home losing streak is over. The RailCats defeated Saint Paul 4-2 on Tuesday night, securing their first win at the Steel Yard since Aug. 1, 8-5 against Kansas City. “They (the losses) will stay in my mind for the rest of my career, so I’m going to do everything I can to make sure it never happens again,” RailCats manager Greg Tagert said. Said winning pitcher Stephen Hiscock: “It’s huge. I think I stopped a long winning streak earlier in the year, so it’s nice to give the guys a chance to … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:06:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ RailCats can’t hold late lead, suffer ninth straight home loss ]]>

GARY — So much for the RailCats carrying over any sort of effect from Sunday’s dramatic win at Kansas City. They lost 9-6 to what had been a reeling Saint Paul on Monday night at the Steel Yard. The Saints (45-40), who had lost a franchise-record nine straight games, scored six runs in the eighth inning to turn a 6-3 deficit into a 9-6 lead, sending the RailCats (45-42) to their ninth straight home loss. “It continues to be as dismal a stretch at home that I’ve ever experienced, not only with the RailCats, but ever, with any one of … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:05:43 -0500