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Girls Cross Country: Hanover trio making footprints to semistate

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 …

Football: Charles Salary leads LaPorte into sectional after big regular season

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Charles Salary has a simple approach when he gets a handoff. “Don’t get tackled,” Salary said during a phone interview Tuesday. The LaPorte running back has been doing a pretty good job of accomplishing that feat. Salary is approaching a single-season school record for rushing …

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Boys Cross Country: River Forest’s Christopher Ramos making run at history

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River Forest’s Christopher Ramos didn’t need to say much before practice on Monday. The wide grin on his face was a pretty good indicator of how his weekend went. The junior accomplished something no other River Forest runner had done in 25 years: He reached …

Girls Volleyball Sectional Previews

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Class 4A Munster Schedule: Tuesday — Morton vs. East Chicago, 6 p.m. Thursday — Munster vs. Lowell, 6 p.m., West Side vs. Highland, 7:30 p.m. Saturday — Lake Central vs. Morton-East Chicago Central winner, 10 a.m., Munster-Lowell winner vs. West Side-Highland winner, 11:30 a.m., final, …

Boys Soccer: Undefeated Chesterton tops Munster for first regional title since 2007

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MERRILLVILLE — His face caked with mud on a nasty Saturday, Billy Biehl estimated his health at 85 percent because of a groin injury. He already has been playing with a small crack in his back. A few minutes later, Travis Brooks simply grinned as …

Boys Soccer: Richie Botts’ penalty kick leads Hebron to regional title

LAKEVILLE — Richie Botts does everything for Hebron. Well, the senior said he doesn’t play defense. Rensselaer’s Pierce Van Houten might disagree. Hebron defeated Rensselaer 3-2 on penalty kicks Saturday night to win the Class A Regional 9 championship at Newton Park. After ending regulation …

Girls Soccer: Lake Central takes intense decision against Crown Point for first title since 2008

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VALPARAISO — There was a wide array of emotions displayed during and after Lake Central’s 2-1 win over Crown Point in Saturday night’s Class 2A Valparaiso Regional championship. For the Indians (16-3-1), whose roster includes nine seniors, there was absolute elation, having secured their first …

Girls Soccer: Megan Kirkland’s penalty kick powers Wheeler past Kouts

KOUTS — It took 94 minutes and six penalty kicks to thrust Wheeler freshman Megan Kirkland into the spotlight. Kirkland, who is just returning following a concussion, fired her shot low and with power past Tiffany Tratar, the Kouts goalkeeper, to win the Class 1A …

Boys Cross Country: Portage’s Mat Marsh picks up second win of his career at New Prairie

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NEW CARLISLE — At the Duneland Athletic Conference championship meet two weeks ago, Portage senior Mat Marsh picked up the first individual victory of his career. On Saturday at the New Prairie regional, he added his second. Marsh’s time of 16 minutes, 26 seconds gave …

Girls Cross Country: Lesson learned as Valparaiso’s Logan Ferngren wins regional

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NEW CARLISLE — For much of the season, Valparaiso freshman Logan Ferngren has been competing with LaPorte junior Kailee Schoof near the end of every race between their two schools. Schoof picked up the victory at both the Duneland Athletic Conference championship and last Saturday’s …

Boys Cross Country: Ryan Kritzer leads Munster to second straight regional title

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CROWN POINT — The weather was perfectly suited for ducks at the Crown Point Regional. The cold, rainy and muddy conditions Saturday at Lemon Lake County Park turned out to be quite beneficial for Munster’s Ryan Kritzer and his Mustangs. “I was thinking, ‘As much …

Girls Cross Country: Lake Central, Crown Point’s Hannah Wylie, cruise to regional titles

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CROWN POINT — Despite winning a sectional title a week ago, Crown Point’s Hannah Wylie didn’t really understand the magnitude of her accomplishment. After winning Saturday’s Crown Point Cross Country Regional, the Bulldogs’ freshman sensation finally realized her achievement. “It’s a little something now, you …

Football: Chesterton hangs on to beat Merrillville

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CHESTERTON — The most important Chesterton first-down rush came from an unlikely source on Friday. A fumbled snap on a punt attempt nearly led to disaster for the Trojans, but punter Nate Needham gained his bearings, running for five yards to move the chains at …

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