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Rec Insider: Patti Komara’s international influence noted in USA Gymnastics 2014 honor

After four decades of gymnastics coaching, managing an international business and mentoring countless studio operators, few surprises are left for Patti Komara. Recently, however, the founder of the Dyer-based Patti’s All-American Gymnastics found herself caught off-guard — at a sports convention and at the supermarket. …

 
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Bowling: Eugene McCune appreciative of GCABA Hall of Fame recognition

In a region filled with prominent and energetic bowlers, it could be argued that Munster’s Eugene McCune more accurately fits that description perhaps more than any other region competitor. Yet, most of McCune’s success over the past 28 years has been experienced as a member …

Local Bowling Scoreboard for Sept. 18, 2014

KING OF THE WEEK 831, Jerry Korleski, Thunderbird Lanes Queen of the Week 748, Jada Mocaby, Inman’s Bowling & Rec WEEKLY 300 CLUB CASEY’S — Matt Rosetto; CRESSMOOR — Cory Smith, John Burke, Dan Komisarcik; RAY’S — Rob Krooswyk; STARDUST III — Chuck Sons Jr., …

Local Golf: Nick Stasil grabs second-round Porter Am lead

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The pins were tucked, the fairways soft but the greens lightning-quick at Sand Creek Country Club for Sunday’s second round of the Porter Amateur. It’s not quite moving day for the Masters Division but it is a day where a player can shoot himself out …

Auto Racing: Campbell takes Bettenhausen Classic in wild finish at Illiana

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SCHERERVILLE — A wild battle that saw the two leaders collide just a few laps from the finish ended with Brian Campbell emerging with his second consecutive Tony Bettenhausen Classic on Saturday night at Illiana Speedway.

Campbell, who was a runaway winner last year, was …

Local Golf: Greg Chrustowski’s 68 tops Master Division at Porter Amateur

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VALPARAISO — The prevailing mood after round one of the Porter Amateur for the Masters’ Division: Glad to get Forest Park out of the way. “You could just feel the tension out there,” Dale Jalovecky, who shot a 72 said. No course among the four …

Fantasy Football: Domestic violence causes a problem for fantasy owners

Let’s preface this Week 2 fantasy football column with a disclaimer: What has happened in the NFL over the last couple weeks related to domestic violence should make any sports fan sick to their stomach.

Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers; Ray McDonald of the …

HUTTON: Porter Amateur going strong at 60

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There is no sane reason anymore to host a local golf tournament.

I know. I run one. Sometimes, you throw your hands up in the air and wonder why.

The answer is simple. Because golfers aren’t normal and the tournaments have a way of taking …

Bowling Insider: Griffith High School coach defeats friend in PBA50 regional

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Bowling against the best of the Professional Bowlers Association senior tour (PBA50) in the national stop at Olympia Lanes in Hammond in August the last few years paid off for Rick Woloszyn. Yes, like with many PBA members, it helped him in regular league play …

Local Bowling League Results

King of the Week 806, Justin Ochall, Cressmoor Lanes Queen of the Week 780, Jackie Graan, Stardust III Weekly 300 Club CRESSMOOR — Justin Ochall; STARDUST III — Bob Witzke Jr. Camelot Bowl Tuesday Mixed: John Allison 683 Wednesday Gary Schools: Lonnie Isabell 692 Thursday …

Rec Roundup: Dunes Volleyball Club to offer training for youths

The Dunes Volleyball Club will serve up weekly Fall Ball training for youths at its Dunes Operations Center at 4744 Oak Knoll in Rolling Prairie.

Fall Ball will roll on Sundays through Oct. 12. Coordinators billed the program as a great opportunity for players to …

Sea of change for barrier on Trail Creek

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A change comes to the Sea Lamprey Barrier on Trail Creek. The hope is that it will be much needed soon. And there are building hopes for the fall salmon run near-shore and up the Lake Michigan tributaries. “Steelhead are still jumping and there has …

Auto Racing: Danta takes race, Cannon clinches title

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SCHERERVILLE, Ind. — What promises to be a great rivalry between Eddie Hoffman and Anthony Danta reached a new height Saturday night at Illiana Speedway, where a side-by-side 35-lap battle ended in a photo finish. Danta was the winner by about a foot, his third …

Wheeler High grad David Goodman wins five-mile Popcorn Panic with ease

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VALPARAISO — With his lanky frame and thick beard, David Goodman looked like Forrest Gump as he crossed the finish line first by a large margin in Saturday’s 36th annual Popcorn Panic five-mile race. And the Wheeler High School graduate’s reason behind competing in the …

Fantasy Football: Eagles’ McCoy, Lions’ Johnson top picks at running back, wide receiver

After looking at quarterbacks, next up are running backs and wide receivers, which are interchangeable more than they used to be. RBs were easily the most important fantasy position for years — look back at the first round of a draft 10-15 years ago and …

Rec Sports: Big-time program makes Munster a ‘football town’

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At a Munster park, 12 Pop Warner football players are just weeks into their football experience. The 5- and 6-year-olds are practicing keeping their mouth guards in place when they start their plays.

Also at the Munster Colts practice is a group of mainly 12-year-old …