Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Oilmen fail to execute in opener of MCL playoffs ]]> Lead story image

The Northwest Indiana Oilmen witnessed history Tuesday night but it came at their expense. The DuPage County Hounds won their first postseason game ever by knocking off the visiting Oilmen 3-1 in the opening game of the Midwest Collegiate League semifinals at Benedictine University in Lisle. Patrick Bellinger was masterful for the Hounds (27-14), hurling a 123-pitch complete game to improve to 4-0. He scattered five hits and two walks while striking out 11. “You knew this game was going to be a low-scoring affair and was going to come down to who executed,” Northwest Indiana manager Justin Huisman said. … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:05:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bowling: Portage senior Jackie Rhoda has a bash after winning NWIJTPA opener ]]> Lead story image

Portage High School senior Jackie Rhoda gave herself a nice birthday present. Rhoda turned 18 years old Monday. Two days earlier, she brushed aside any thought of having jet lag and won the season-opener of the Northwest Indiana Junior Touring Players Association at Olympia Lanes in Hammond. The Portage anchor bowler traveled for the Bowling Combine, a four-day event at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, in which youth bowlers got the chance to showcase their skills for and learn from college coaches. Rhoda was on her way back early Saturday morning. “My mom and I woke up at … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:05:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Local bowling league results ]]>

Cressmoor Lanes Thursday Hav-a-Ball: Bob Nikolich 686; Marshall Wesley 683; Johnny Gorches 665 Hobart Lanes Thursday HolzenBalls League: (four games) (M) Jerome Tachik Jr. 774; James Broadway 762; (W) Nedra Mitchell 478; (B) Tyler Sims 715; Mikey Terek 712; (G) Sami Hatagan 554; Megan Kelly 545 Olympia Lanes Monday Seniors: (M) Willie Walker 626; (W) Sallie Rogers 501 Monday Trios: (M) Anthony Pingitore 748; Skip Kobli 721; (W) Kelsy Toth 689; Sandy Postma 575 Tuesday Hav-a-Ball: (M) Charles Smoot III 724; Terrence McQueen 716; (W) Cerryce Cannon 597; Naomi Coleman 538 Wednesday Junior-Adult: (M) Peter Alvarado 703; (W) Carla Funches … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:05:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oilmen head into 3rd MCL playoffs in franchise history ]]> Lead story image

With the third regular season in franchise history now in the books, the Northwest Indiana Oilmen turn their attention to their third Midwest Collegiate League postseason, which begins Tuesday night against the DuPage County Hounds. The Midwest Collegiate League playoffs are a two-round event, with each series being a best-of-3. The Oilmen are the three-seed this year, which means they’ll start the 2014 MCL playoffs on the road at the Hounds’ home stadium of Benedictine University. The Oilmen went 0-4 at Benedictine this year and 2-6 overall against the Hounds in the regular season. “They do a little bit of … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:07:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Little League (9-10): New Albany overpowers Dyer in championship ]]>

LAKES OF THE FOUR SEASONS — The Little League 9-10 year-old State Championship game Monday evening pitted Jacob against Goliath. New Albany stomped through the tournament, winning by a 50-6 margin. Dyer had scratched its way to the final, outscoring its opponents by a total of eight runs. In the end, Goliath bested David, with New Albany winning the state title 10-2. Dyer, though, was New Albany’s only opponent to lose by fewer than 10 runs. Despite the loss, the Dyer players walked off the field with their arms draped over one another’s shoulders, flashing smiles. “That’s how they’ve been … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:04:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Josh May takes Buckley 5-Miler for fifth win of season ]]> Lead story image

LOWELL — To say Josh May is on a roll this running season would be a huge understatement. The Homewood, Illinois, resident notched his fifth win of the year on Saturday, this time a little further south than the previous four as he traversed through a diverse Buckley Homestead course in the 16th annual Buckley 5-Miler. May’s time of 27:10.8 was more than a minute better than runner-up Brian Blaylock of Lowell, while Kankakee Valley High School grad Travis Conley was third and Hobart High grad Alek Seeley was fourth after winning the Running for the Zoo 5K his last … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:00:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ South Central’s Kyleigh Werner edges CP’s Sandy Stefanski at Buckley 5-Miler ]]> Lead story image

LOWELL — The young up-and-coming runner was just too much for the grizzled veteran in the women’s division of the Buckley 5-Miler on Saturday at Buckley Homestead just east of downtown Lowell. South Central High School senior-to-be Kyleigh Werner was behind 52-year-old and previous Buckley winner Sandy Stefanski for most of the five miles. But Werner, who competed in last fall’s IHSAA cross country state finals, caught Stefanski, a Crown Point resident, in the last half mile and defeated her by about 14 seconds with a time of 34:49.7 (17th overall). It’s a change from the previous Saturday’s 4H Hustle … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:00:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Auto Racing: Jeff Gordon wins NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again. Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory. Gordon’s first win came before the celebratory kissing of the Yard of Bricks was en vogue, before he became a household name, while Sprint Cup Series rookies Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon were still in … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:05:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Golf: Taylor Noel edges Damon Jensen in playoff to defend Lake-Porter Classic title ]]> Lead story image

ST. JOHN — On the 17th and 18th hole of Sunday’s Championship round of the Lake-Porter Golf Classic, defending champion Taylor Noel and newcomer Damon Jensen were in a deadlock tie and actually in a losing battle. Both golfers had bogeyed the final two holes — mostly due to the result of horrendous winds — that resulted in sudden-death. But Noel rose to the occasion on the first hole of the playoff, scoring a birdie thanks to a near-perfect drive that dropped just two feet away from the cup, and captured his second consecutive Championship Division title. Both Noel and … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:43:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Golf: Sharp-shooting Roger Cole paces Senior Division at Lake-Porter Classic ]]>

ST. JOHN — Some big shots at big moments secured the senior title of the Lake-Porter Classic for Munster’s Roger Cole. Tied with Greg Wolff at 73 to start the day, Cole shot a 34 on the front nine and 39 on the back nine for a tournament-best 148 to edge last year’s senior champion by three strokes. Big shots on 12 and 14 kept Cole in control. “I had a nice shot on 12,” Cole said. “The wheels could have fallen off on really bad shot on 14, but I was able to recover and put a nice shot … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lake-Porter Golf Classic results ]]>

Editor’s note: Jim Weidenfeller’s name was inadvertently omitted from the list of scores that ran in Monday’s Post-Tribune. A corrected list is below. Sunday’s Results At Palmira Golf Course, par 71 Championship Flight Taylor Noel 75-75—150 Damon Jense 75-75—150 Ronnie Prestamer 76-82—158 Jesse Hudson 80-78—158 Logan Bertalan 80-79—159 Dan Vidimos 73-87—160 Tony Rubino 75-87—163 Matt Meneghetti 76-87—163 Kevin Cunningham 80-83—163 AJ Gauthier 77-87—164 Vince Barker 79-85—164 A Flight Ed Mackowiak 82-86—167 Leo Govert 78-89—168 Matt Barenie 83-86—169 John Christofanchi 83-86—169 Mike Calamino 80-91—171 Rex Roenick 85-86—171 Matt Sexton 87-84—171 Rich Gamboa 84-89—173 Garry Ruvoli 85-92—177 Trent Sajdyk 87-92—179 Senior Flight … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:53:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dyer advances to 9-10 year-old Little League state championship game ]]>

LAKES OF THE FOUR SEASONS — Dyer advanced to the championship game of the 9-10 year-old Little League State Championship tournament with an 8-4 win over St. Joseph Sunday afternoon. Dyer will face New Albany Monday at 6:30 p.m. for the title. New Albany comes into the final having cruised through the tournament. After beating Franklin 15-2 in Sunday’s semifinal, New Albany has outscored their four opponents 50-6, winning the first three games by a mercy rule. Dyer has been down a more challenging road, downing their three opponents 23-15. Sunday’s semifinal was a rematch of the winner’s bracket Friday … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:05:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Auto Racing: Cannon dominates in late-model battle ]]> Lead story image

SCHERERVILLE, Ind. — In their last two meetings, it was close but no cigar for Jeff Cannon in side-by-side late-model feature battles with Anthony Danta at Illiana Speedway. On Saturday, he smoked him. The dynamic duo were 1-2 for the third week running, but this time it was Cannon who prevailed by a dominant 2.514 seconds. The win was the third of the season for Cannon, who went into the night with a slim points lead over Eddie Hoffman. “Oh, man, for once,” Cannon said with a smile. “This thing’s awesome on the outside, huh. Maybe it was my turn.” … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:04:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Summer Pairings ]]> Lead story image

Baseball Little League (9-10) Indiana state tournament At Lakes of the Four Seasons Thursday’s late results Frankfort 13, Terre Haute North 11 Franklin 7, Brownsburg 3 Friday’s games Terre Haute North 10, Brownsburg 9 New Castle 12, South Bend Southeast 3 Dyer 11, St. Joseph Central 9 New Albany 10, Highland (Evansville) 0 Game 19 — Wabash vs. Frankfort, late Game 20 — Valparaiso National vs. Franklin, late Saturday’s games Game 21 — St. Joseph Central vs. Winner Game 19, 3:30 p.m. Game 22 — Highland (Evansville) vs. Winner Game 20, 6 p.m. Sunday’s games Game 23 — Dyer vs. … ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:05:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dustin Crenshaw one of five RailCats players headed to All-Star game ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Dustin Crenshaw first heard he was an American Association All-Star in a text from Bill Stalhandske, the host dad of teammate Drew Muren. “Congratulations, All-Star,” Crenshaw said the message read. “I went online and checked it and was like ‘all right.’ It felt pretty good,” Crenshaw said. “I was excited. I’m happy to represent the club.” Crenshaw is one of five RailCats selected for the event, which is Tuesday in Winnipeg. “It shows I’ve been throwing well this year,” he said. “I’m kind of taking it all in. It’s going to be fun up there. I’m excited to … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:06:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ RailCats’ fast start not enough in loss to Winnipeg ]]>

GARY — The RailCats have been good enough this summer to stay comfortably atop their division in the American Association. They’ve stayed away from any kind of slump and if fact, have lost only one series since mid-June. But they also haven’t gotten on the roll of solid play that manager Greg Tagert would like to see. Gary grabbed a three-run lead in its first at-bat, but fell behind soon after and wound up losing 6-5 to the Winnipeg Goldeyes Saturday night before a Steel Yard crowd of 3,548. The Goldeyes won despite having their starting pitcher, Nick Hernandez, abruptly … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:05:50 -0500