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Fantasy Football: Drew Brees the top pick at quarterback to begin the season

September 4 is just around the corner, and that means the National Football League regular season will be upon us. No more meaningless exhibition games. No more debating how good your fantasy football team will be. The truth will present itself soon enough. Starting next …

 

Bowling Insider: Shaun Ciesielski taking his talents to Valparaiso

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VALPARAISO — Shaun Ciesielski calls it a “better business opportunity to support my family.” Frank Kotlarz calls it “the piece we need.” “It” is Ciesielski’s move from Stardust Bowl III in Dyer to Inman’s Bowling and Fun Center in Valparaiso as the new general manager …

Rec Roundup: St. Mary to host annual golf outing

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St. Mary Catholic Community School’s Home and School Association will host its annual golf outing at Youche Country Club on Sept. 6. Coordinators encourage golfers to “round up their friends” to support the Crown Point school. Starting at noon at the region’s “premier golf club” …

RailCats dominate regular-season home finale

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GARY — Until someone mentioned it to him, Zac Mitchell didn’t even realize Sunday was the RailCats’ last home game of the regular season. He and his teammates have the mentality that they will be playing again at the Steel Yard in 2014, in the …

Jackie Robinson West falls to South Korea 8-4 in title game

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Jackie Robinson West lost a game Sunday but won over a country. The South Siders fell 8-4 to South Korea in the Little League World Series championship. Shortly after, they were reminded of what they had accomplished during their 11-day stay in South Williamsport, Pa.

Jackie Robinson West on to Little League championship

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Jackie Robinson West’s second game against Mountain Ridge started exactly the same way as the first, but the finish was quite different. Similar to their loss to the Las Vegas squad last Sunday, Jackie Robinson West found itself in a first-inning hole. But twice the boys from the South Side rallied to take leads, beating Mountain Ridge 7-5 to win the United States Championship. They will play South Korea in the Little League World Series Championship on Sunday.

RailCats Insider: Dennis Pelfrey trying to become next Tagert disciple to manage

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GARY — Dennis Pelfrey and Greg Tagert have known each other for almost 15 years. Tagert could not regard Pelfrey more highly as a player or as a coach. But their relationship began somewhat awkwardly. In 2001, Tagert took over as manager of Dubois County …

Henry Wrigley’s debut a success as RailCats beat Kansas City

GARY — Henry Wrigley had a long but productive day Saturday. After being traded by the St. Paul Saints, Wrigley was up early to catch a flight from Lincoln, Nebraska to Chicago. Hours later, he was in the RailCats’ lineup as the designated hitter and …

Fishermen angling for run of kings

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Some hope builds for fishermen on the lakefront and the Lake Michigan tributaries. “A few early kings are nosing up into tributaries,’’ emailed assistant Lake Michigan fisheries biologist Ben Dickinson. He said by Wednesday they had passed half a dozen Chinook through the lamprey barrier …

Briefs: RailCats split with Kansas City

Ryan Babineau went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI Friday night as the RailCats beat the Kansas City T-Bones 11-4 in the first game of a doubleheader at the Steel Yard. The T-Bones won the nightcap 5-2.

Ryan Brockett was 3-for-4 with three …

Rec Insider: With pro motocross card in pocket, racer seeks sponsorship

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Gaining traction with his pro motocross career, 25-year-old Crown Point resident Josh Struebig is working past an injury and refining his business skills as he looks to gain sponsorship for his “dream” job. Yet true to character, Struebig has no hang-ups with taking a low-key …

Rec Roundup: Courts of NWI to have open house Sunday

Special events, games, raffles, tutoring and tours will all be offered at the Courts of Northwest Indiana’s open house and cookout on Sunday. From noon to 4 p.m., area residents are invited to “check out the state-of-the-art facilities” at the mega gym located at U.S. …

RailCats win consecutive games for first time since late July

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GARY — After putting to rest their lengthy home losing streak, the RailCats now have won back-to-back games for the first time in almost a month. They topped Saint Paul 4-1 on Wednesday night at the Steel Yard, having last posted consecutive wins on July …

Bowling Insider: Former manager returns to reopen Hebron lanes with kids as the focus

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HEBRON — Ever since he was a manager at Hebron Lanes back in the 1980s, Mike Sebben could see himself owning a bowling center — not just Hebron, but any house. It didn’t work out at a different local 16-lane center, so it’s poetic justice …

Bowling: Local League Results

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Cressmoor Lanes Thursday Hav-a-Ball: (M) Nick Coppinger 783; Matt Redmond 754; Jay Kaurich 744; Kevin Payne 730; (W) Lisa Anserello 653 Hobart Lanes Wednesday Foursomes: (M) Mike Fazekas 727; Gene Dukes 681; (W) Sharon Fisher 547 Olympia Lanes Monday Trios: (M) Larry Matovina 800 (297); …

RailCats end nine-game home losing streak

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GARY — The RailCats can exhale. Their nine-game home losing streak is over. The RailCats defeated Saint Paul 4-2 on Tuesday night, securing their first win at the Steel Yard since Aug. 1, 8-5 against Kansas City. “They (the losses) will stay in my mind …