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Michael Osipoff

Michael Osipoff is the Post-Tribune’s beat writer for the Purdue basketball and football teams, as well as the RailCats. He also covers boys and girls …Read More

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Osipoff: Tyler Wideman delivers eye-opening performance with Indiana All-Stars

His big-time performance with the Indiana All-Stars? Lake Central big man Tyler Wideman mostly shrugged it off. Certainly not out of indifference or disrespect. But he simply wasn’t focused on his individual numbers. The only number that truly mattered to him? Thirteen — as in …

OSIPOFF: Free agent Robbie Hummel looks to build on strong rookie finish

The grind of an NBA season can take a toll on a rookie, even one with more experience than most, even one playing a relatively limited role. But Robbie Hummel wasn’t quite ready for his debut season with the Minnesota Timberwolves to end — and …

  • OSIPOFF: Kelly Komara nets dream job

    During a “whirlwind” several days, Kelly Komara said she barely has had time to “blink.” But she’s been loving every frantic nanosecond of it, because she’s living a dream, having returned to a place she considers home. On Monday, Komara — the Schererville native who …Read More

  • OSIPOFF: One year at a time for RailCats manager Greg Tagert, staff

    It’s not as if Greg Tagert hasn’t operated under a short-term contract during his tenure as manager of the RailCats. But it’s been a while. When he was hired in 2005, his initial deal was for one season. But it didn’t take all that long …Read More

  • OSIPOFF: A.J. Hammons still a Boiler; Matt Painter ready to ‘move on’

    A little more than a month has elapsed since Purdue’s basketball season ended, with the Boilermakers losing seven straight games to finish with a 15-17 record, in last place in the Big Ten. On Wednesday, coach Matt Painter addressed reporters extensively for the first time …Read More

  • OSIPOFF: Chesterton’s Meg Modesto relishing online classes, increased tennis time

    Meg Modesto called it “the best decision of my life.” The rest of her family, a prominent one in the tennis community in the area and beyond, wasn’t quite so sure, especially initially. Bob, her father, needed significant convincing. Julie, her mother, was only slightly …

    OSIPOFF: Weather or not, Steel Yard ready for action

    Words of advice from Michele Pickering? Be careful not to lose a shoe. When the RailCats head groundskeeper and other team personnel first took to the field at the Steel Yard to attempt to get it into playing condition after a brutal run of weather, …

    OSIPOFF: Depleted roster clouds future for last-place Purdue

    Whether you view Ronnie Johnson’s transfer as addition by subtraction or subtraction by subtraction for Purdue, there’s no doubt it dramatically changes the dynamic going into next season. Without their two-year starting point guard, the Boilermakers currently have just one player on their roster at …

    OSIPOFF: Boilers haven’t made much progress since start of season

    What’s that expression? Something about, if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse? That’s the position in which Purdue seemingly exists at the moment. The Boilermakers aren’t necessarily trending downward, but they aren’t trending upward either. They’re just sort of trudging onward. And there’s been …

    Osipoff: Purdue hopes to build momentum as Big Ten play begins

    When last it played, Purdue put together a much-needed win at West Virginia on Dec. 22, its most well-rounded performance of the young season and most solid result from the non-conference portion of its schedule. Was that game indicative of how the Boilermakers (10-3) will …

    OSIPOFF: Inconsistent Boilers need resume-building win

    And then there was one. Purdue has a single game remaining before the start of Big Ten play, at West Virginia on Sunday. The lone road game of its nonconference schedule. It’s not a must-win game for the Boilermakers — not with the entirety of …

    Osipoff: Can it get any worse for Purdue football?

    With the talent level, coaching change and ensuing transition, and daunting schedule, Purdue figured to have a challenging season. Reaching the .500 mark would have been, well, a reach. But could anyone have envisioned Darrell Hazell’s first season with the Boilermakers going this badly for …

  • OSIPOFF: Despite loss, Cardinals still show a lot of pride

    FORT WAYNE — Well after the game had concluded, chants of “We are … EC!!!” still were emanating from Zollner Stadium. That was the sort of pride this East Chicago Central football team engendered. Of course, there were plenty of tears in the aftermath of …Read More

  • OSIPOFF: Hobbled Matt DeSomer, 59ers offense rise to occasion

    MERRILLVILLE — At halftime, Matt DeSomer left the field via cart, after backup quarterback Jake Paliga had taken a kneeldown on the final play of the second quarter. Before the third quarter, DeSomer and Paliga warmed up side-by-side. Moments later, teammates surrounded Paliga, high-fiving him …Read More

  • MICHAEL OSIPOFF: Renewed Boilers should return to roots, NCAA tourney

    This team should return Purdue to its more accustomed levels, after last season’s downturn. The Boilermakers have question marks and unknowns, of course. But they also have the pieces to be significantly improved after going 16-18, missing the NCAA Tournament after six straight trips and …Read More

  • OSIPOFF: Competition for playing time evident in Purdue’s exhibition opener

    WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue’s much-discussed increased depth and competition for playing time was enacted from the outset of its exhibition opener, as freshman Bryson Scott earned the start at point guard over incumbent sophomore Ronnie Johnson. Later, when Scott got into a little foul trouble, …

    OSIPOFF: Boilers will focus on fundamentals on this bye

    Don’t expect Purdue to enact dramatic changes in terms of personnel and scheme this time around. The Boilermakers made those moves — including officially naming Danny Etling as starting quarterback, planning to take three freshman defensive linemen out of redshirt (and following through), and shifting …