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Girls Volleyball: New Andrean coach sees team bounce back to open season

CEDAR LAKE — A new era has begun at Andrean High School. But the winning tradition still remains for the volleyball program. After three years with former Bishop Noll and Loyola University standout Julie Wiejak at the helm, Hether Lytton takes over a new crop …

 

Boys Soccer: Brad Kurtz gets Crown Point off to winning start

CROWN POINT — Brad Kurtz had only one shot in defending Class 2A state champion Crown Point’s game against Lake Central. The sophomore made sure he made the most of the opportunity. Kurtz took a pass from junior striker Kevin Church and popped a long, …

Boys Soccer: New-look Valparaiso squad makes big impression to open season

LAPORTE — If there is any question as to whether Valparaiso can reload after losing 13 seniors and eight starters to graduation, early signs seem to be pointing to the affirmative. With half of their players making their varsity debuts, the Vikings opened the season …

Girls Golf Insider: Crown Point’s Tiffany Curtis has ‘high expectations’

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If the level of self-criticism from Tiffany Curtis is elevated for a high school golfer, it is for a reason. She wants to be great. And she has had rounds where she was great. She knows what she is capable of and that is the …

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Girls Soccer: Jillian Doan’s two goals lift Lake Central to season-opening win over Crown Point

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ST. JOHN — Lake Central’s Jillian Doan will continue to grab headlines this fall when she rejoins the football team as the kicker. On Tuesday night, though, she reminded everyone that she’s still a pretty good soccer player, too. The senior midfielder scored a pair …

Boys Soccer: Lake Central cruises past Andrean in season opener

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ST. JOHN — After a rare down season that produced five wins a year ago, Lake Central feels that it has something to prove this year. The Indians started that mission on the right foot on Monday, cruising to a 3-0 victory over Andrean in …

Boys Soccer: Brett Kaufmann propels Munster past Portage

MUNSTER — Munster junior Brett Kaufmann had a goal and an assist in Monday’s 4-0 opening win against Portage, but he definitely has extra motivation this year. He lost his father, Matt Kaufmann on July 11 to lung cancer. “Yeah, I feel like he’s always …

Baseball: Former Crown Point standout Mike Kozlowski dies in ATV accident

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Mike Kozlowski always had the right approach at the plate. Take, for example, Crown Point’s 2009 semistate game against Fort Wayne Snider. The home plate umpire, according to Bulldogs’ coach Steve Strayer, called strikes “about eight inches off the plate.” Kozlowski adjusted. “He just climbed …

Girls Soccer: 2014 Season Preview

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5 Teams to Watch 1. Crown Point The Bulldogs were sorting out their lineup, but there’s no doubting their ability, including senior center midfielder Lauren O’Keefe, senior goalkeeper Meghan Morasan, junior center mid Malorie Henderlong (former forward), sophomore forward Delaney Benich, versatile junior Katrina Ornelas …

Girls Soccer: Versatile senior Jessica Flores shines as third sister to play for Munster

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Jessica Flores was never on the same Munster team as her sisters. The senior, a center midfielder for the vast majority of her career with the Mustangs, has played a different position from Danielle, an outside midfielder who graduated in 2007, and Kaitlyn, a defender …

Girls Golf: Andrean’s Lexi Prasco spent her childhood at Innsbrook

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MERRILLVILLE — Sitting on the patio just off the 18th hole at the Innsbrook Country Club, Andrean senior Lexi Prasco’s face lit up every time she talked about the course that’s been her second home. “I grew up on this course; I love this course,” …

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Boys Soccer: Erik Eksten seizes leadership role for new-look state champ Crown Point

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Fully aware of the situation, Erik Eksten didn’t waste any time embracing the responsibility. Crown Point graduated six starters from its Class 2A state champion, a talented and accomplished class that included all of the Bulldogs’ designated captains, leaving Eksten as the lone returning senior …

Boys Soccer: 2014 Season Preview

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5 Teams to Watch 1. Crown Point Two state titles in three seasons is pretty eye-catching. The Bulldogs graduated six starters — including Bay Kurtz, Carmelo Morales and Spase Dorsuleski — but don’t write them off just yet, with players such as senior defender Erik …

Football: Defense dominates for Bowman, Roosevelt

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GARY — So who had the best performance in Saturday’s Roosevelt-Bowman scrimmage? The Bowman defense, at least in the first half, would get a few votes, as would the Panthers defense in the second half. Roosevelt wide receiver Richard Gordon merits mention, fighting an ankle …