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Boys Tennis Insider: LaPorte’s Michael Varda says new approach has led to marked improvement

Last year or even the year before, Michael Varda might not have been able to laugh off a 6-0, 6-1 loss to someone, let alone Crown Point No. 1 standout Bryce Bonin. But during that loss to Bonin on Thursday, Varda and his coach could …


Boys Cross Country: Ryan Kritzer wins AAA race at New Prairie Invite


NEW CARLISLE — The Class AAA race at Saturday’s New Prairie Invitational started off just like last Saturday’s Bob Thomas Invitational at Lowell High School: with Munster’s Ryan Kritzer and Tyler Keslin leading the pack. Soon after crossing the one-mile marker of Baltes’ Bridge on …

Girls Cross Country: South Central’s Kyleigh Werner caps whirlwind week with three-peat


NEW CARLISLE — It was definitely a hectic and crazy week for South Central cross country star Kyleigh Werner. By the same token, Saturday’s 47th annual New Prairie Invitational turned out to be the usual normal, business-like finish for the consistently successful Satellites senior. Werner …

Football: Rich East beats Roosevelt after only one half


GARY — Two things can ruin homecoming festivities in football. One is inclement weather. The other is an uncooperative road opponent. After most of the first half was played in sunshine, Roosevelt fell victim to both Saturday afternoon, having their homecoming duel with Rich East …

Week 5 Football results


Saturday’s result

Rich East 40, Roosevelt 6

Game called at halftime because of bad weather

Rich East 14 26 — 40

Roosevelt 6 0 — 6

RE — B.J. Stewart 4 run (kick failed)

RE — Stewart 48 run (run failed)

RE— Kendall 25 run (run failed)

RE — …

Girls Golf: Jen Gough, Valparaiso upsets Chesterton for sectional title


VALPARAISO — Never count Valparaiso out at sectionals. The Vikings, the fourth-best team in the Duneland Athletic Conference this year, were clearly unmoved by a middle-of-the-road regular season. Friday, in their own sectional, they shot a 348 at Valparaiso Country Club, beating a struggling Chesterton …

Girls Golf: Crown Point’s Tiffany Curtis repeats as medalist at Lake Central Sectional


ST. JOHN — Tiffany Curtis didn’t feel any added pressure to repeat as medalist at the Lake Central Sectional. “Even if I didn’t do it, I hoped that my team finished well,” the Crown Point junior said Friday. She got the best of both worlds. …

Football: History in the making for Calumet

HAMMOND — Calumet couldn’t have gotten off to a better start against Bishop Noll pushing them back 10 yards on the game’s first three plays on Friday night. The Red Warriors dominated from start to finish — minus a couple blips in between (4 turnovers) …

Football: Boone Grove scratches out first-ever conference win

CEDAR LAKE — It was a night of firsts for both Boone Grove and Hanover Central. The Wolves (2-3, 1-2) recorded their first Greater South Shore Conference win in history, while Hanover Central lost its first football game since Nov. 5, 1971 — a span …

Football: Merrillville extends winning streak against Michigan City to 15 games

MERRILLVILLE — Merrillville football fans may have had their hands near the panic button in the first half of Friday’s game against Michigan City. The Pirates had gained only one yard of total offense in the first quarter. The Wolves held a three-point edge and …

Football: Jake Paliga allows Andrean to slip past Hobart

Jake Paliga powered the ball into the end zone with a quarterback sneak with :09 left for the win.

Football: Ethan Young keeps Whiting unbeaten in romp over Lake Station

LAKE STATION — Whiting coach Jeff Cain did not steal his Oiler’s offensive game plan from 1960s recording artist Bob Dylan, although both gentlemen have the same thought process for success. It was Dylan who wrote the famous song “Forever Young,” a song that has …

Football: Ike James notches 5 more TDs as Lowell charges past Highland

HIGHLAND — The Ike James coming out party continued Friday with Lowell’s 45-7 victory over Highland. The junior Red Devil running back rushed for 188 yards and five touchdowns in the romp. “I had five touchdowns when I was younger, but not recently,” James said. …

Football: Jeff Proctor scores 4 TDs in first half to power Munster past Morton


MUNSTER — No matter how big the play made by the visiting Morton Governors, no matter how many yards they picked up on the play, the Munster Mustangs always had an answer. All those answers added up to a 59-41 Munster victory over the previously …

Football: Lake Central edges LaPorte


ST. JOHN — Lake Central had a huge decision to make. The Indians were tied with LaPorte with less than five minutes remaining Friday. Lake Central faced a fourth-and-2 from the Slicers’ 17. The Indians called a timeout and then decided to go for it. …

Football: Artie Equihua, Crown Point send Portage to first 0-5 start since 1976


CROWN POINT — After Crown Point suffered its first loss of the season last week, it remained to be seen how the Bulldogs would respond on Friday night against winless Portage. And the Indians took an early lead. But Crown Point eventually gained control, topping …