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Football: Merrillville tops Crown Point in thriller

CROWN POINT — Crown Point and Merrillville played an overtime thriller in the regular season. Round two was just as entertaining. DJ Wilkins completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Grayson on a fourth-down play with 3:12 remaining to lead the Pirates to a 45-42 …


Football: Morton rolls past Gavit in sectional opener

HAMMOND — You have to feel bad for Gavit. Fresh off a 54-7 drubbing at home by Morton last week, the Gladiators had to face the Governors again this week in the sectional opener. And the results this time weren’t that much different. Morton scored …

Football: West Side fends off EC in overtime

EAST CHICAGO — What a difference a year makes. Last season West Side and East Chicago played for a Class 4A sectional title and combined for 90 points offensively in a Cardinal 2-point win. For Friday night’s rematch, the two teams had to go to …

Football: Andrean coasts to easy win over Hammond

MERRILLVILLE — Andrean scored early and often and in just about every imaginable way Friday night in routing Hammond 61-7 in the opening round of the Class 3A sectional. The 59ers scored on three touchdown runs, a touchdown pass, three fumble recoveries and an interception …

Football: Interception of screen pass sparks Chesterton past Valparaiso in 6A


VALPARAISO — Ranbir Singh, a finely chiseled 235-pound defensive lineman for Chesterton, called it a no-fly zone. Valparaiso, an offensively challenged team this season, was not going to beat the Trojans in the air.And defense has carried the Trojans all year. On Friday against the …

Football: Lowell jumps to 34-0 halftime lead, cruises to 4A victory over Griffith


GRIFFITH — Before Friday’s game against Griffifth, Lowell coach Keith Kilmer talked about playing to a level worthy of a team dubbed one of the favorites in Class 4A Sectional 17. His Red Devils team did just that with a dominant first half in a …

Football: Portage ends 1-9, but McCormack will return as coach


PORTAGE — It’s a speech that Portage coach Wally McCormack has given for 25 years, but addressing his seniors after the final game of their high school careers never gets any easier. This year’s senior huddle came following a 43-7 loss to Penn in the …

Football: Ethan Darter, Antwan Davis pace Lake Central past Lafayette Jefferson


LAFAYETTE — Lake Central coach Brett St. Germain didn’t like the seven penalities his team committed in the first half. A turnover on the Indians’ second drive of the game sure didn’t put a smile on his face, either, nor did watching one of his …

Boys Tennis: Munster doubles team advances to state semifinals

INDIANAPOLIS — They wanted to be early but had no plans on being the very first team to arrive for the IHSAA Tennis State Finals. Munster’s doubles team of Adam Richter and Alex Wisniewski made the most of that extra time. They were able to …

Football: Friday’s local sectional results

Friday’s Prep Scoreboard



Friday’s Scores

First Round


Sectional 1

Merrillville 45, Crown Point 42

Lake Central 41, Lafayette Jeff 6

Sectional 2

Penn 43, Portage 7

Chesterton 17, Valparaiso 7

Sectional 3

Homestead 56, Ft. Wayne Northrop 21

Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 40, Warsaw 3 …

Volleyball: Highland, Munster advance to sectional semifinals


MUNSTER — Highland coach Matt Clark will get a third chance to answer the question coaches have been asking themselves all season long: “How do you beat Munster?” That’s because his Trojans knocked off West Side 25-8, 25-9, 25-8 in the Class 4A Munster Sectional …

Volleyball: Hanover Central rallies from Game 1 loss to advance at KV sectional

WHEATFIELD — Hanover Central senior Savanna Zakman described herself as the “firecracker” on the team, the one that’s responsible for sparking the team if it falls behind early. “I always tell them to build a fire in themselves and let it grow,” she said. “We …

Volleyball: LaPorte, Chesterton remain alive with four-game victories in sectional openers

LAPORTE — When LaPorte coach Erin Parker learned that the Slicers would be playing Michigan City in the first round of the sectional, she immediately became apprehensive about the opening match. The resurgent Wolves (18-12), long-time underdogs in the rivalry between the two LaPorte County …

Boys Soccer Insider: Chesterton’s defense never rests


Adam Whitlow described it as “embarrassing.” Travis Brooks said such an occurrence “kills us inside.” Yep, members of Chesterton’s defense take conceding a goal pretty seriously. “We’re all very competitive,” David Mudd said. “Nobody likes to lose, but when another team scores, we get super …

Boys Soccer: Semistate outlook