Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) http://posttrib.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/posttrib.gif Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Pope: In game of college conference musical chairs, there are winners and losers ]]> Lead story image

July 1 has become moving day in college sports. Last year, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Pittsburgh went from the Big East to the ACC. Tuesday, Maryland and Rutgers officially joined the Big Ten (from the ACC and AAC, respectively) while Louisville entered the ACC. This being sports, there has to be winners and losers. Here’s my early scorecard. Winner: College basketball regular season Louisville spent last season in the AAC. The Cardinals won a share of the regular-season title with Cincinnati, then cruised through the conference tournament. The conference did include Connecticut, the eventual NCAA Tournament champions. But now the … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 02:07:31 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/28423783-452/pope-in-game-of-college-conference-musical-chairs-there-are-winners-and-losers.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/28423783-452/pope-in-game-of-college-conference-musical-chairs-there-are-winners-and-losers.html <![CDATA[ Pope: Andrean’s Class 3A state title a capper on memorable baseball season ]]> Lead story image

The first high school baseball game I covered this season featured a grand slam. It was a clue this would be a special year for the area in the sport. The season wrapped up Saturday, with Andrean celebrating at Victory Field after winning the Class 3A state championship. There was plenty to celebrate for teams throughout the spring. Here are just a few of the games, players, teams and plays I will remember. The aforementioned slam came off the bat of Brenden Seren in Lake Central’s opener at Bishop Noll. Seren and Alec Olund were the leaders of an Indians … ]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 02:05:43 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/28285199-556/pope-andreans-class-3a-state-title-a-capper-on-memorable-baseball-season.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/28285199-556/pope-andreans-class-3a-state-title-a-capper-on-memorable-baseball-season.html <![CDATA[ Pope: Andrean’s forward march ends in celebration ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — The Andrean baseball team gathered in the outfield on May 21 after falling to Munster. The 59ers had just suffered their second loss in three days. The message of the meeting was to the point. “We have to come together as a team and work to move the momentum forward rather than back,” shortstop Nick Podkul recalled. It’s one thing to say it. It’s another thing to do it. And Andrean did it. The 59ers won their final 10 games on the way to the school’s fourth baseball title. Andrean blanked Gibson Southern 6-0 in the Class 3A … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:54:13 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/28227963-556/pope-andreans-forward-march-ends-in-celebration.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/28227963-556/pope-andreans-forward-march-ends-in-celebration.html <![CDATA[ Pope: Simple approach at plate working wonders in Andrean’s run to Class 3A title game ]]> Lead story image

The numbers are astounding. Andrean started its run to the Class 3A title game by beating Hanover Central 10-0 in a sectional quarterfinal. Amazingly, the bats were just getting warmed up. Since then, the 59ers have scored 11, 17, 8, 11 and 18 runs. That’s right. Andrean has reached double digits in runs in five of its six postseason games. The team is averaging 12.5 runs per game. Hitting isn’t easy. The 59ers are just making it look that way. The team, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, goes for its first state title since 2010 when it faces No. … ]]> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:35:38 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/28143400-452/pope-simple-approach-at-plate-working-wonders-in-andreans-run-to-class-3a-title-game.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/28143400-452/pope-simple-approach-at-plate-working-wonders-in-andreans-run-to-class-3a-title-game.html <![CDATA[ POPE: Baseball sectional pairings just the start of excitement ]]> Lead story image

Someone is going to win. And somebody has to lose. That’s the beauty and shame of the postseason. The Indiana High School Athletic Association released the matchups for the baseball sectionals Tuesday. And there are plenty of great opening-round contests up and down the classes for tournaments in the area. The action begins next week. How will it all shake out? Here are some of one person’s early thoughts. Let’s start with 4A, where the Chesterton Sectional is loaded with talent. Crown Point, which wrapped up a share of the DAC title last week, has an intriguing first-round game against … ]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 06:34:41 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/27569672-556/pope-baseball-sectional-pairings-just-the-start-of-excitement.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/27569672-556/pope-baseball-sectional-pairings-just-the-start-of-excitement.html <![CDATA[ POPE: Area teams making a statement ]]> Lead story image

This is what you call bouncing back. A year ago, the high school baseball season in the area came to an end at regional. Seven teams up, seven teams down. This year, area teams are alive in three of the four classes at semistate. Lake Central, Andrean and Washington Township are each still vying for state championships. Lake Central and Andrean have games Saturday at Plymouth, against Noblesville and Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, respectively. Washington Township is competing at semistate for the first time since 2007. The Senators face Rockville in Kokomo. “Most of the times, Northwest Indiana baseball has … ]]> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 06:37:49 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/28000714-556/pope-area-teams-making-a-statement.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/28000714-556/pope-area-teams-making-a-statement.html <![CDATA[ POPE: Drafted Notre Dame players will make impact ]]> Lead story image

Dallas could have made the pick that would have crashed Twitter. Instead, the Cowboys went in a direction that will be beneficial for a long time. Quarterback Johnny Manziel — perhaps the most talked about player in the draft and a legend in the state for his play at Texas A&M — was still available. But Dallas selected former Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin with the No. 16 overall pick. Dallas won’t regret it. Martin will be a great fit for the Cowboys. He’s not the only former Notre Dame player to land at an ideal destination. Eight Notre … ]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:11:22 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/27449069-556/pope-drafted-notre-dame-players-will-make-impact.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/27449069-556/pope-drafted-notre-dame-players-will-make-impact.html <![CDATA[ Pope: Big Ten turns back on fans, tradition with men’s basketball tourney move to D.C. ]]> Lead story image

Go East. And take tradition with you. The Big Ten officially announced that its 2017 men’s basketball tournament will take place in Washington, D.C. It will be the first time the tournament will be held outside of Chicago or Indianapolis. There have been plenty of signs for the change leading up to the announcement. The conference has stressed the importance of making Rutgers and Maryland feel welcome as its newest members. And the Big Ten wants to make its presence felt in that area. But this move is at the expense of some of the conference’s Midwest roots. And a … ]]> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 06:39:30 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/27278101-556/pope-big-ten-turns-back-on-fans-tradition-with-mens-basketball-tourney-move-to-dc.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/27278101-556/pope-big-ten-turns-back-on-fans-tradition-with-mens-basketball-tourney-move-to-dc.html <![CDATA[ Pope: Resumption rule good for high school baseball ]]> Lead story image

April showers bring havoc to spring sports. Isn’t that how the expression goes? This year, though, the DAC has cleared a cloud for suspended baseball games. The new ruling came into play last week when Crown Point visited Lake Central. The Bulldogs began the April 21 contest with a double, two singles, a home run and another double. Crown Point led 4-0 in the top of the first. Then came the rain. Soon after that, the game was halted. In the past in the DAC, the rain would have washed out the entire game. The teams would have had to … ]]> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 06:42:04 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/27138663-556/pope-resumption-rule-good-for-high-school-baseball.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/27138663-556/pope-resumption-rule-good-for-high-school-baseball.html <![CDATA[ POPE: Notre Dame men’s basketball primed to bounce back ]]> Lead story image

Mike Brey isn’t moving to the West Coast. Never even gave it a serious thought. But I believe Notre Dame will be moving up the ACC standings in 2014-15. Brey swatted away rumors tying him to California after the Irish held their team award ceremony Monday. The Golden Bears announced the hiring of Cuonzo Martin on Tuesday. But before that, California reportedly had interest in discussing the position with Brey. But why would Brey have any interest in Cal (I write while there is snow on the ground on April 15)? He didn’t. “It’s so ridiculous. It’s ridiculous,” Brey said, … ]]> Sat, 17 May 2014 06:45:09 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/26870432-556/pope-notre-dame-mens-basketball-primed-to-bounce-back.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/26870432-556/pope-notre-dame-mens-basketball-primed-to-bounce-back.html <![CDATA[ Pope: Irish gearing up for Blue-Gold game ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock has a wish list for Saturday’s Blue-Gold game. He wants to see quarterbacks Everett Golson and Malik Zaire make good decisions with the football. He wants running backs Cam McDaniel, Tarean Folston and Greg Bryant to know when to make the best out of a bad situation, if such a case arises. He wants to see the receivers aggressively playing the football in the air when they have the opportunity to make a catch. “I’m looking for an attacking style of offense and these guys carrying the fight to the defense … ]]> Sat, 10 May 2014 06:38:11 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/26722485-556/pope-irish-gearing-up-for-blue-gold-game.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/26722485-556/pope-irish-gearing-up-for-blue-gold-game.html <![CDATA[ POPE: Notre Dame will benefit from QB battle ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — This is the time of the year for crazy predictions. The time you fill out a bracket and pick a No. 15 seed to topple No. 2 seed. The time of year you still believe the Cubs have a chance at winning it all. Well, here’s a sports prediction that is not off the wall. This isn’t exactly going out on a limb, but barring an injury, I’d be surprised if Everett Golson isn’t the quarterback when Notre Dame opens the season Aug. 30 against Rice. Much has been made of the competition at the position this … ]]> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 06:34:12 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/26440775-556/pope-notre-dame-will-benefit-from-qb-battle.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/26440775-556/pope-notre-dame-will-benefit-from-qb-battle.html <![CDATA[ POPE: Brian VanGorder’s experience will benefit Irish ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — It was 2005 and Brian VanGorder had just started the transition from Georgia to the NFL as the linebackers coach at Jacksonville. He stood near a group of players, clapped his hands and said “let’s go.” Mike Peterson, a middle linebacker for the Jaguars, had a message for VanGorder. “And he said, ‘hey, rookie, this is a marathon,’ ” VanGorder said Tuesday. “And literally that’s how the NFL players saw, it was this 16‑game schedule and the four preseason games and he was going, ‘hey, it’s a long way before we get there.’ So he kind of … ]]> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 06:41:12 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/24962170-556/pope-brian-vangorders-experience-will-benefit-irish.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/24962170-556/pope-brian-vangorders-experience-will-benefit-irish.html <![CDATA[ POPE: Irish prepared for changes on defense ]]> Lead story image

Oct. 18 just got a little more interesting. That’s when Notre Dame travels to Tallahassee, Fla., to take on Florida State. The game was already going to be one of the highlights of the Irish’s 2014 schedule. Now, it’s a contest against the final BCS national champions. A team that will include the Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Jameis Winston. It will be a test for Notre Dame’s defense. A defense that will have some major changes from the 2013 season. Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco is now the head coach at Connecticut. Defensive end Stephon Tuitt, nose guard Louis Nix III, … ]]> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 06:37:47 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/24823324-556/pope-irish-prepared-for-changes-on-defense.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/24823324-556/pope-irish-prepared-for-changes-on-defense.html <![CDATA[ POPE: Notre Dame season filled with naughty, nice moments ]]> Lead story image

It certainly has been an up and down 2013 season for Notre Dame. That’s been reflected off the field, first with Everett Golson’s suspension to the recent news of his return. And on the field, with victories against Michigan State and Arizona Sate and a tough loss at Pittsburgh. The 8-4 Irish close out the season Saturday against Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. With the season coming close to an end, I figured there’s no better time to look at some of the naughty and nice moments of the year. After all, a certain someone in a … ]]> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 06:34:31 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/24581394-556/pope-notre-dame-season-filled-with-naughty-nice-moments.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/24581394-556/pope-notre-dame-season-filled-with-naughty-nice-moments.html <![CDATA[ POPE: ND’s Everett Golson has opportunity to lead in return ]]> Lead story image

Notre Dame has one football game left in 2103. And while the Pinstripe Bowl will serve in part as a swan song for the seniors, the lead up to the game gives the Irish a jump on 2014. Coach Brian Kelly and his staff get a little more time with some of the returning players during practices. A little more time to evaluate the strides the younger players have made. And a little more time to teach. Those are just some of the benefits of qualifying for a bowl. Everett Golson isn’t one of those players practicing. But the quarterback … ]]> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 12:06:18 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/24441514-556/pope-nds-everett-golson-has-opportunity-to-lead-in-return.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/24441514-556/pope-nds-everett-golson-has-opportunity-to-lead-in-return.html <![CDATA[ POPE: ND’s Brian Kelly wants ‘tough gentlemen’ on his team ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — Brian Kelly noticed something hours before Notre Dame’s game against BYU. “Never was the weather a factor or a consideration,” the Notre Dame coach said during his Tuesday news conference. “When we walked out of the hotel — the cozy, warm confines of the hotel — it was cold and it was windy. And I didn’t hear anybody talk about the weather. At no time did I hear anybody talk about ‘well, it’s cold out today.’ They were focused. There was a single-minded focus on playing that game. “… That’s the way we’ve got to play this … ]]> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 06:39:16 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/24020670-556/pope-nds-brian-kelly-wants-tough-gentlemen-on-his-team.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/24020670-556/pope-nds-brian-kelly-wants-tough-gentlemen-on-his-team.html <![CDATA[ POPE: ND’s ‘unique’ senior class set for home finale ]]> Lead story image

35 … ]]> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:32:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/23869166-556/pope-nds-unique-senior-class-set-for-home-finale.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/sports/pope/23869166-556/pope-nds-unique-senior-class-set-for-home-finale.html