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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

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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

Boys Tennis Insider: Alex Wisniewski, Adam Richter shine in first season together at doubles for Munster

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It’s a very unusual spot for Munster’s boys tennis program this season. The Mustangs are usually competing as a team at the state finals after winning nine straight regional titles and 12 overall semistate titles. But Crown Point ended those streaks by winning the regional …

Football: Hunter Hinkel provides deep threat through the air for Wheeler

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If there’s a lesson to be learned in maximizing opportunities in football, its case study may very well be Wheeler wide receiver Hunter Hinkel. The Bearcats offense has completed just 41 passes this season, with 17 of them landing in Hinkel’s hands. But on those …

Football notebook: Optimism abounds as second season kicks off

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Hundreds of coaches and players around the state are excited about the start of prep football’s second season. Merrillville coach Zac Wells and his Pirates are no exception — especially following a tough regular season with some difficult losses. The Pirates (4-5) would love nothing …

Football: Post-Tribune rankings

Football: Sectional pairings

Girls Soccer Insider: Return of club players Tarah Hamby, Alisha Donovan aids Lake Central’s semistate run

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Tarah Hamby turned to Alisha Donovan, smiled and quipped, “Great minds think alike.” Independent of each other, the Lake Central seniors had arrived at the same conclusion: After playing club ball in the fall as juniors, they had to return to the Indians for their …

Girls Soccer: Semistate outlook

Bowling Insider: Highland eyeing state return

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Highland seniors Tyler Trombetta and Adam Batliner experienced the highs — and lows — of the Indiana High School Bowling finals this past season when the Trojans reached the state championship game and finished second. Having tasted that experience, the two seniors — who have …

Bowling: Season outlook

5 Teams to Watch 1. Highland A year ago, the Trojans were blessed with a strong nucleus of seven strong bowlers who jelled together and finished second in the State. Only time will tell if the current team can jel the same. 2. Lake Central …

Girls Cross Country: Hanover trio making footprints to semistate

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Joy and accomplishment surrounded the disappointment experienced by Hanover Central’s girls cross country team at the Crown Point Regional. While the Wildcats didn’t qualify as a team for Saturday’s New Prairie Semistate, a trio of runners — juniors Lindsey Kolanowski and Olivia Umlauf and freshman …

Girls Volleyball: Freshmen making big impact as Andrean advances to sectional semifinals

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WHEATFIELD — First-year Andrean coach Hether Lytton has been waiting for her team to hit their peak. They couldn’t have picked a better time to start that surge. The 59ers defeated Wheeler, 25-14, 25-18, 23-25, 25-12 in the Class 3A Kankakee Valley Sectional Class 18 …