Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![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, … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:40:00 -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 … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:38:08 -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 <![CDATA[ Rec Roundup: Soccer kicks off Valparaiso Parks ]]> Lead story image

A variety of baseball-related offerings highlight the Valparaiso Parks Department spring and summer activities program. But starting this month, soccer kicks off first. Adult coed soccer league rosters are being formed at a team price of $750, plus $12 per non-resident player. Individual players can sign up at a price of $75 for residents and $87 for non-Valparaiso residents. Registration and team lists are due by April 16. Registration for rookie baseball leagues for ages 7 and 8 (age as of May 1, 2014) continue through May 9. Teams will play a 10-game season from June 7 through July 19, … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:06:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Whiting Community Center to get overhaul ]]>

What worked in 1923 may not be as functional in 2014. That’s the case with the Whiting Community Center. The closure to the public and renovation of the landmark city building that began on Jan. 1 is expected to go on for one year and bring the structure and the residents it serves into the 21st century. “From eight in the morning until 10 at night almost every day of the week, the (Community Center) was a well-used building,” said Marty Jakubowski, Whiting superintendent of parks and recreation. With an estimated $3 million price tag defrayed by private donations, grants … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:07:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Extra Frame: Scoring up as NWIJTPA season winds down ]]>

The third season of the Northwest Indiana Junior Touring Players Association ended two weeks ago with some high scores at Plaza Lanes in Highland. At least it was high scoring after the first six games of qualifying. The field of 32 boys combined for just 10 games above 215 out of 192 overall games, with a high of 236 from Chesterton’s Mark Childress. The scoring pace increased once the field was cut to 16, with Dustin Zehner of Penn High School shooting a 257 game. The eventual champion was Jacob Sisk of Rossville. The girls seemed to handle the tougher … ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:05:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Local bowling league scores ]]>

King of the Week 825, Jordan Johnston, City Lanes Queen of the Week 768, Colleen Lidster, Plaza Lanes Weekly 300 Club CAMELOT — Keith Johnson, John Allison; CASEY’S — Mark Latchford, Brian Schwanke; CITY — Jordan Johnston; HOBART — Tony Diaz, Louie Liberto; INMAN’S — Zack Bucy; OLYMPIA — James Edwards; PLAZA — Rick Ward, Mike Harreld, Mike Fazekas, Bryan Miloshoff; STARDUST II — Bob Kammer Jr.; STARDUST III — Ron Brann, Curt Jensen, Scott Verhoeve Camelot Bowl Monday Seniors: (M) Duke Cominsky 603; Wayne Brown 561; (W) Hilda Sulich 531 Tuesday Mixed: Keith Johnson 694 (300) Tuesday Chicks: Missy … ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:05:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Coho has been a solid catch for boaters on southern Lake Michigan ]]> Lead story image

It’s 2014 so it was a barrage of exchanged texts and Facebook blowing up. Early Wednesday morning Capt. Bob Poteshman texted a photo of a cooler loaded with coho and brown trout. “All you want today,’’ Poteshman said. “We want more, we want more,’’ came the immediate response. It’s on. The coho are in on shore of southern Lake Michigan. And some brown trout are bonus catches. Poteshman has been chartering his Confusion Charter out of Hammond Marina and fishing primarily the shipping channel. Capt. Rich Sleziak of Slez’s Bait in Lake Station put it this way, “Coho fishing is … ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:49:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fantasy NASCAR: Double check lineup before engines start ]]>

If there’s any piece of advice that can be given to Post-Tribune Fantasy NASCAR contest entrants, it’s that you should always check the race lineup before submitting your five drivers. And even then, it’s better to wait until a couple of hours before the race to submit your entry in case something changes. Case in point, last weekend’s race at Fontana, where one driver who was picked by a little less than half our entrants did not drive on Sunday. Denny Hamlin was scratched from the race with a sinus infection. His No. 11 Toyota was driven by Nationwide Series … ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:49:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Winter’s record blast results in a seasonal boon at The Dome in Crown Point ]]> Lead story image

At times during the winter’s record snowfall and cold, the Crown Point Dome began to blend in with its surroundings and resemble a giant igloo. The Teflon-covered multiuse venue was buffeted with high winds and snow piled up on its sides. Yet inside the heated dome, more patrons than ever in its five-year history made use of the facility, keeping it a hot commodity. “During the winter it’s not uncommon to see two (hundred), three (hundred) or four hundred people coming in to play — whether it’s soccer, baseball or lacrosse,” said Don Ernst, owner of The Dome and adjacent … ]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:44:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rec Roundup: Local swimmers shine as pool rulers ]]>

Northwest Indiana youths were among the state’s top under-14 swimmers who showcased their speed and strokes March 14 to 16 in Indianapolis. At the 2014 Indiana Age Group State Championships at IUPUI, region teams also cracked the top 10 among state swim clubs. The Duneland Swim Club led area groups with a No. 5 ranking in combined team score (612 points), and Munster came in at No. 9 (514). In the 10U division, accolades went to the Valparaiso Swim Club girls, a squad that earned the team high point mark. Top-10 individual finishes among local girls included, in 10U: No.2, … ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:51:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bowling: Taylor Schwanke up early at Stardust’s King of Hill ]]>

It was a high-scoring start to the sixth annual King of the Hill spring session at Stardust Bowl III in Dyer. Friday, on the 40-foot Highway to Hell Kegel sport shot, it took a 611 series to make the top 32 match play out of 71 entrants. Among the high-game pot winners were Taylor Schwanke and Eugene McCune, who took first and second in the second game with 300 and 278, respectively. It’s fitting those two reached the final game to face off for the title. And it was Schwanke who held off the three-time Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) champion … ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:06:48 -0500