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Steve T. Gorches

Steve T. Gorches has been writing for the Post-Tribune since 1999, covering everything from basketball to football to NASCAR to being a national award-winning bowling …Read More

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GORCHES: Is LaVonte Dority best Valparaiso guard since Bryce Drew?

As time was running down in the first half at UIC on Saturday afternoon, Valparaiso senior guard LaVonte Dority was holding the ball, with his team up 10 points. He was setting up a play, but the way he was shooting, he decided to go …

  • GORCHES: Something to suit all types of fans at Valpo

    A week ago I wrote that I kind of feel sorry for Bruce Lindner, who wore No. 24 for Valparaiso University’s men’s basketball program 24 years before Bryce Drew wore the same number. You see, both will be honored Wednesday night when Valparaiso retires the …Read More

  • GORCHES: Team first for Valpo freshman Jubril Adekoya

    College basketball recruiting has become more complicated in recent years. It’s not just about going to a few high school games on a Friday or Saturday night and watching players, taking notes and talking to the player, his coach and/or parents. In fact, high school …

    Gorches: Turnovers the key to Horizon 3-peat for Valpo

    Several college basketball coaches call the non-conference part of the season the “preseason,” but it’s not really like that period of time before the regular season in pro sports. For Valparaiso’s mens team, it definitely was a needed learning experience with so many new players …

    Gorches: State titles galore for NWI in 2013

    All good things must come to an end, though it’s a matter of opinion whether or not 2013 was a good year. But from a Northwest Indiana high school sports standpoint, it was a great year — maybe the best ever based on success on …

  • GORCHES: Hello and goodbye, Duneland tournaments

    Hello, Duneland Conference holiday tournaments. You were a nice change of pace this weekend from the old double round-robin that no one liked and hurt competitive balance in the conference. It was also nice to have more region holiday basketball events after some long-running tourneys …Read More

  • GORCHES: Adding Keith Carter boosts Valpo’s rotation options

    There’s nothing like getting a boost to the rotation midway through the season. It doesn’t happen often in college athletics. Not like there’s a trade deadline, as in professional sports, when teams can add to their depth. But once in a while, a transfer can …Read More

  • GORCHES: Adversity makes Alec Peters stronger for Crusaders

    Anyone who went to college knows how freshman year can be tumultuous and stressful. It’s a culture shock. You’re getting used to being on your own — whether it’s miles away from your family or just down the road — and having to be more …Read More

  • Gorches: Young Crusaders can learn from good losses

    For those Valparaiso University basketball fans distraught over a tough 67-65 loss to St. Louis on Saturday, here’s my advice to you: Don’t be. If there’s any such thing as a good loss, it was that one. The Crusaders had no business being in the …

    GORCHES: Why would Bryce Drew ever leave Valpo?

    It’s a question that’s been asked of me several times so far this season in regards to the Valparaiso men’s basketball team. Whether I’m covering a game at the Athletics-Recreation Center or out and about — someone actually recognized me in a grocery store and …

    GORCHES: QB Hooker makes the difference for Tipton

    TIPTON — One player makes a world of difference, especially when he’s the quarterback of a football team. Just ask numerous NFL squads what it’s like after their franchise QB goes down with an injury (i.e. Green Bay Packers). So when Tipton was missing its …

    GORCHES: How ironic: East Chicago defeats Russ Radtke for regional title

    EAST CHICAGO — Over the years, I’ve been a part of multiple discussions on the definition of irony. For the record, the 1996 song “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette is almost completely wrong — very few, if any, of her examples in the song are really …

    GORCHES: West Side, Bowman make Gary football ‘relevant’

    HIGHLAND — Who said football is dead in the city of Gary? Sure, there are a couple schools that treat the sport like a second-class citizen. Heck, maybe even third-class. But there are two Gary football teams that will be playing for a sectional title …

  • GORCHES: VU will be better than predicted

    Call me sentimental, call me a homer, call me an idiot — I’m used to it. But I just don’t think this year’s version of the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will be as bad as most people seem to think. The Crusaders opened the …Read More

  • GORCHES: O’Sheas hoping for a family road trip to state

    For the second straight year, the O’Shea siblings will be running in the New Prairie Semistate on Saturday. This time they would love to be headed to the state finals in Terre Haute together as competitors. Last year, Joel O’Shea finished 14th at New Prairie …

    Gorches: This game was about much more than football

    Anyone who witnessed the 15 minutes after Friday night’s football game at Merrillville had a hard time holding back tears. Hey, I’m man enough to admit I was crying. Once the final seconds ticked off the clock in Merrillville’s 34-13 victory over LaPorte, four Pirates …

    Timeout Football: Game of the Week — Hobart at Andrean

    Tradition. It’s something the two football programs facing off at 5959 Broadway on Friday night know a lot about. One of the schools has been trying to get its program back to the winning tradition its fans knew — some might think those fans are …