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Football: Lonnie Johnson, Martayveus Carter find landing spots

Two local football players who originally committed to Division I programs have found schools to play for next year. Lonnie Johnson, who originally committed to Ohio State but then flipped to Western Michigan, has enrolled at San Bernardino Community College in San Bernardino, California, according …

 

Legendary Valparaiso High School football coach Tom Stokes dies at 86

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Tom Stokes hated watching film. The Hall of Fame Valparaiso High School coach would get a reel of film after the Vikings played on Friday, drive to his summer house in Michigan with an assistant or two, never take the film out of the car, …

Girls Basketball: South Central’s Riley Popplewell a ‘sleeper’ who’ll open some eyes

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INDIANAPOLIS — South Central rising junior Riley Popplewell is not a well-known player to most college basketball coaches, despite averaging a double-double last season. A three-sport standout, Popplewell doesn’t play on the AAU basketball circuit. Instead, she spends her summer going through offseason volleyball, basketball …

West Side quarterback Ramone Atkins jumps to Merrillville

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When Ramone Atkins’ name showed up on the Merrillville roster at www.hudl.com, the West Side players were buzzing. The website is place for high school coaches to list video and stats for colleges. They had heard he was possibly looking to leave but no one, …

Football: East Chicago Central ready for new challenges

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Coming off the strongest season in program history, East Chicago Central’s JaDoun Williams knows what lies ahead for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals went 11-3 in 2013, recording the program’s first sectional and regional titles.

The Cardinals will look to first-year coach Jay Novak to take …

Softball: Kate Stake ready to get rolling as Valparaiso coach

In the short time since finding out she’s taking over as Valparaiso softball coach, Kate Stake already has developed a plan for continuing the program’s tradition of success. Stake, who has spent the past eight seasons as an assistant coach at the Division-I level, is …

Football: Merrillville digging its depth

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Merrillville coach Zac Wells looks around at his team and doesn’t see one huge story line to watch or worry about.

He sees depth across the board. He sees position battles developing on offense and defense as the 2014 season nears.

Wells likes what he …

Football: Numbers – and enthusiasm — up at Portage

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Portage’s Nate Cherry is counting the days until Aug. 22.

That’s when the Indians open the 2014 season at Mishawaka, and Cherry, a senior, is raring to go.

Where will he be playing? A little here, a little there — and just about everywhere in …

West Side’s Lonnie Johnson the P-T 2014 Boys Track Athlete of the Year

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One of the biggest races of Lonnie Johnson’s life is one he almost didn’t run.

“Yeah, I didn’t want to run the 4-by-4,” the West Side graduate said. “But my cousin went down. One goes down, somebody has to step up.”

With Jon Vea’ Johnson …

West Side’s Gene Joshnon the P-T 2014 Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year

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Gene Johnson had been part of a state championship program before.

As an assistant on Willie Williams’ staff, he had a ringside seat for five title runs for West Side’s boys track program from 1974 to ’80.

But in a long career at West Side …

Post-Tribune 2014 All-Area Boys Track and Field Team

First team

100 — Jon Vea’ Johnson, sr., West Side

Raves: Took third at state in 10.94 seconds. Also was third at state as a junior.

200 — Jon Vea’ Johnson, sr., West Side

Raves: Runner-up at state in 21.76. Fourth at state as a …

Girls Basketball: Merrillville’s Victoria Gaines likely out for season after tearing ACL

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Victoria Gaines couldn’t wait for her senior year to start. The Merrillville standout must now come to grips with the grim reality her prep basketball career could be finished. The Michigan State recruit tore her right anterior cruciate ligament at the NHSBCA Rising Senior Academy …

Football: Former EC coach Stacy Adams named assistant for North team in IFCA All-Star game

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For Stacy Adams, it’s a nice way to cap 25 years of coaching. It all started as an assistant for Valparaiso University in 1989. It could all end Friday as an assistant for the North team in the Indiana Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star game. …

P-T Golfer of the Year: Andrean’s Jack Musgrave

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Vanquishing the ghost in Jack Musgrave’s regional closet wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. The Andrean 59ers golfer was good enough during the season for three years to play with the very best from Northwest Indiana. He just wasn’t quite good enough to get …

P-T Coach of the Year: Boone Grove’s Bob Lukas

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Boone Grove coach Bob Lukas had one thought about being named the Post-Tribune Coach of the Year. This season was cake for him. “The girls team has seven or eight freshmen on it,” he said. “We have one player with experience back. If I can …

Post-Tribune Boys Golf All-Area Team

first Team Jack Musgrave  Andrean, senior Raves: Made it downstate for first time in his career. By the numbers: Averaged 36.5 for nine holes and 74 for 18. The Post-Tribune Player of the Year. Matt Meneghetti Lake Central, Senior Raves: MVP of the Duneland Athletic Conference. …