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Gils Cross Country: Griffith’s Trinity Austin looks to carve her own niche

Griffith freshman Trinity Austin would love to uphold family tradition, yet still leave her own footprints in school and region cross country history. The younger sister of former Panthers cross country star Taylor Austin (Indiana State) makes it clear she’s her own person. “I’m not …


Girls Soccer: Chesterton knocks Lake Central from unbeaten ranks


ST. JOHN — Lake Central hadn’t lost a game all season. Chesterton took care of that mark Tuesday night.

The Indians had allowed a total of two goals all season. The Trojans’ Kaylee Lindahl eclipsed that number by herself.

In a matchup of the area’s …

Boys Soccer: Jorge Garcia shining again in Clark’s familiar environment


Clark coach Stefen Hutchins describes Jorge Garcia as “a game-changer.” So when the talented sophomore wanted to return to the Pioneers just days before games were slated to begin this season, after a stint with the Chicago Fire Academy, Hutchins was more than receptive to …

Girls Volleyball: Andrean sweeps past Hobart

HOBART — The Northwest Crossroads Conference title always is a goal for Andrean at the beginning of the season. A Sept. 9 loss to Munster made that harder to achieve, but not impossible to accomplish. Tuesday night, the 59ers took a step toward that Oct. …

Boys Cross Country: Sam Miller setting the pace for LaPorte


Growing up in LaPorte, Sam Miller played a wide range of sports. However, something that would happen during basketball or baseball practices led Miller to believe that his future likely was in running. “When we would get punished for something, I actually enjoyed the running …

Girls Volleyball: The Bontragers, Kate and Rachel, aiming to take Valparaiso to the top


Valparaiso volleyball stars Kate and Rachel Bontrager think the world of their mom, Lynn. Not only is she somebody they respect, but a woman they want to emulate. Lynn (Malocha) Bontrager’s volleyball accomplishments alone are incredible. She was named team MVP her senior season at …

Girls Golf: Duneland Athletic Conference titles go to Crown Point (tourney) and Lake Central (regular season)



It took a little longer than expected Monday, but it’s official: Crown Point won the Duneland Athletic Conference Tournament with a score of 323 at the Brassie Golf Club.

Additionally, Lake Central nipped Chesterton for the regular-season DAC crown. The Indians shot …

Boys Tennis: Baseball players form cohesive tennis unit for red-hot Morton


HAMMOND — Baseball and tennis may not seem connected to the average fan, but they’re turning out to be a potent combination at Morton. At the high school level, both are sports in which you are out on your own for the most part in …

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Boys Cross Country: Munster’s Tyler Keslin edges Wheeler’s Joel O’Shea at Bob Thomas Invite


LOWELL — Both runners said they knew they were in for a battle heading into Saturday’s Bob Thomas Invitational at Lowell High School, which featured 21 teams. That main event became a duel between Munster junior Tyler Keslin and Wheeler junior Joel O’Shea. After spending …

Girls Cross Country: Josie Polaski’s finish gives LC title; Slicers’ Kailee Schoof wins Invite race


LOWELL — Josie Polaski reached deep within her soul and found a little something extra with 600 meters left in Saturday’s Bob Thomas Invitational. The Lake Central senior passed seven runners — including four from Portage — to place 13th overall and lead the Indians …

Football: Lake Central scores 14 unanswered points in fourth quarter to get past Crown Point


CROWN POINT — Crown Point has been making a habit of winning games in the late stages. But it was Lake Central that came up with the necessary plays down the stretch on Friday night. The Indians topped the Bulldogs 27-13, scoring 14 unanswered points …

Football: Andrean pulls away in fourth quarter to beat Munster


MERRILLVILLE — A Brian Kelly appearance almost couldn’t save Andrean. The Notre Dame football coach arrived at Father Eckert Field Friday night about 30 minutes before the start of the game to watch his star recruit — linebacker Josh Barajas. Barajas was good enough on …

Football: LaPorte’s Charles Salary rushes for 200-plus yards, but Chesterton survives


LAPORTE — LaPorte’s Charles Salary rushed for more than 200 yards in the first half of Friday’s game against Chesterton. The Trojans found the best way to slow him down in the second half by keeping the LaPorte back on the sideline. Chesterton chewed up …

Football: Merrillville holds on to defeat Portage


PORTAGE — The Merrillville offense is not yet where coach Zac Wells wants it to be, but the defense stepped up when it counted on Friday night. The Pirates caused Portage’s final drive to stall as Merrillville — after leading by as many as 18 …

Football: Griffith can’t tame Isaac James as Lowell rolls to romp

GRIFFITH — It didn’t take long for Lowell’s Isaac James to erase the memory of three straight losses to start the season.

James busted an 87-yard touchdown run off the left side on the Red Devils’ fourth play from scrimmage. A few minutes later, James …