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Cross Country Insider: Duo of Theo Burgwald and Tyler Keslin help Munster return to state meet

They started changing earlier this week. The signs at Munster businesses such as Arnie’s Dog House on Calumet Avenue or The Commander and Howard and Sons on Ridge Road now offer wishes of good luck to the Munster’s boys’ cross country team as it prepares …


Cross Country Insider: Lake Central’s Jenny Crague, teammates, seek strong finish at state


Her performance this season gives Jenny Crague plenty to brag about, but that’s not the Lake Central star’s style. Even though she’s come so far and accomplished so much since last season, the team’s No. 1 runner — the leader of the Indians pack — …

Cross Country: State meet outlook

Football Insider: From humble beginnings, Ranbir Singh has become a fixture on Chesterton’s defense


Ranbir Singh has come a long way in his football career. He admitted that he didn’t know anything about football when he first joined a team in seventh grade, and spent that fall learning the sport’s basic fundamentals. He didn’t see much playing time until …

Football: Sectional semifinal games to watch


Class 6A Sectional 1 Lake Central (9-1)  at Merrillville (5-5) When: 7 p.m. Friday Last meeting: Lake Central 28, Merrillville 7 on Oct. 10. Last week: Lake Central 41, Lafayette Jefferson 6; Merrillville 45, Crown Point 42. Key players: Lake Central – QB Ethan Darter, …

Girls Volleyball: Valparaiso beats defending champ Munster, wins first regional title in 23 years


VALPARAISO — The Vikings are going to celebrate like it is 1991. That was the only time in school history Valparaiso walked away with the regional championship until Tuesday night, when it took down defending champ Munster 25-22, 25-14, 25-18. It was sweet redemption for …

Volleyball: Gavit can’t overcome New Prairie’s height in regional loss

NEW CARLISLE — The tears streaming down the faces of the Gavit players spoke louder than words Tuesday. A three-game regional loss to New Prairie ended the careers of 10 Gladiators seniors. Over half of the players in uniform participated in their final high school …

Football: Merrillville RB Isaiah Thornton peaking at right time after injury


In preseason camp, Isaiah Thornton suffered a pulled hamstring. When he tried to come back, not quite recovered, he tweaked it. And then again. Eventually, as badly as the Merrillville junior running back wanted to play, and as badly as the Pirates wanted him to …

Bowling Insider: Following surgery last month, Portage senior Jackie Rhoda has high goals


It’s going to take more than gallbladder removal surgery to stop Jackie Rhoda from a triumphant senior year. After a great individual season in which she averaged 205, won sectional and semistate singles titles and earned Indiana High School Bowling girls bowler of the year, …

Girls Bowling: Season outlook


5 TEAMS TO WATCH 1. HIGHLAND The Trojans got off to a good start by winning the Preseason Bowl-O-Rama after reaching the state finals for the second time last season. They should be even better this year. 2. LAKE CENTRAL Losing three seniors doesn’t faze …

Girls Basketball: Sophomore Dana Evans wants to get West Side over the hump


GARY — West Side’s Dana Evans and her teammates haven’t forgotten last season’s Penn Regional title game. The host Kingsmen beat the Cougars 57-43 and went on to finish as the Class 4A state runner-up. You might say there’s some unfinished business for Evans — …

Football: Ryan Bereda takes on several different roles for Lake Central offense


One phrase that Ryan Bereda repeated several times during an interview after Monday’s practice at Lake Central gave a pretty good indication of how he ended up in his role as the football equivalent of a utility player. “Wherever the coaches put me, I’ll play …

Girls Volleyball: Amber Earl has helped lead Gavit to first regional match in four years


Gavit senior Amber Earl played club volleyball in middle school hoping that it would eventually get her on the varsity team. Earl turned heads right away on the JV and found her way on the varsity playing libero in her freshman year. “She is my …

Boys Basketball: Coaches, IHSAA at odds over tourney format


Wheeler basketball coach Tom Johnson isn’t sure why he tried to climb the tournament classification mountain. Someday, when he’s in a rocking chair, looking back at his years in coaching, it might make sense. Right now, he’s steamed. “I spent a lot of days over …

Boys Cross Country: Munster still can’t get past West Lafayette as Devils claim team, individual titles


NEW CARLISLE — The story lines for the individual and team competitions at Saturday’s New Prairie semistate followed a similar theme: Munster battling with meet favorite West Lafayette. The favorites would win out in the end, however, with Cooper Williams surpassing Munster’s Ryan Kritzer for …

Saturday’s Prep Scoreboard


Prep Scoreboard

Sectional football pairings

Class 6A

Sectional 1

Friday’s results

Merrillville 45, Crown Point 42

Lake Central 41, Lafayette Jeff 6

Friday, Oct. 31

Lake Central at Merrillville

Sectional 2

Friday’s results

Penn 43, Portage 7

Chesterton 17, Valparaiso 7

Friday, Oct. 31

Penn …