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Football: Hanover Central has little big man in Dustin Lindley

There’s a small, quick, quiet storm brewing in the backfield at Hanover Central in the form of 5-6, 145-pound running back/defensive back Dustin Lindley. The sophomore captain — that’s right, a sophomore as a captain — doesn’t talk that much, and when he does it …


Week 5 High School Football Capsule Previews


Chesterton (2-2) at Valparaiso (1-3),  7 p.m. Friday Last year: Valparaiso 21, Chesterton 14 Last week: Chesterton 17, LaPorte 13; Michigan City 21, Valparaiso 14 (OT) Key players: Valpraiso: QB JP Kunze, RB Bryce Cook; Chesterton: RB Avery Beeks, K Nate Needham. Outlook: It’s hard …

Girls Golf: Lake Central’s Alexis Miestowski making quite the first (year) impression


It’s not often one of the best players in Northwest Indiana is delivered to the front step of your school, ready to compete at the highest level as a freshman. It happened for Lake Central girls golf coach Chris Rossiano. It was like Christmas in …

Girls Soccer: Wheeler has double dose of leadership in Emily Jackson and Shannon Eden


Emily Jackson and Shannon Eden both are seniors on the girls soccer team at Wheeler. The similarities don’t go far beyond that. Each has been labeled as a leader by coach Bryan Murray, but the manner in which each carries out those leadership roles is …

Boys Soccer: Plenty to celebrate for Chesterton in shootout victory over Lake Central


CHESTERTON — It was quite a day for Jameson Sensibaugh. The Chesterton junior turned 17 on Wednesday. The forward returned to the Trojans lineup after missing five straight games because of a knee injury followed by an illness. And Sensibaugh capped the night by converting …

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 …

Boys Tennis: Extras

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 …