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LaMond Pope

LaMond Pope is the Post-Tribune’s beat writer for Notre Dame athletics. He’s been a voter in the AP men’s basketball poll since 2008. He previously …Read More

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Pope: Andrean’s Class 3A state title a capper on memorable baseball season

The first high school baseball game I covered this season featured a grand slam. It was a clue this would be a special year for the area in the sport. The season wrapped up Saturday, with Andrean celebrating at Victory Field after winning the Class …

Pope: Andrean’s forward march ends in celebration

INDIANAPOLIS — The Andrean baseball team gathered in the outfield on May 21 after falling to Munster. The 59ers had just suffered their second loss in three days. The message of the meeting was to the point. “We have to come together as a team …

Pope: Simple approach at plate working wonders in Andrean’s run to Class 3A title game

The numbers are astounding. Andrean started its run to the Class 3A title game by beating Hanover Central 10-0 in a sectional quarterfinal. Amazingly, the bats were just getting warmed up. Since then, the 59ers have scored 11, 17, 8, 11 and 18 runs. That’s …

POPE: Baseball sectional pairings just the start of excitement

Someone is going to win. And somebody has to lose. That’s the beauty and shame of the postseason. The Indiana High School Athletic Association released the matchups for the baseball sectionals Tuesday. And there are plenty of great opening-round contests up and down the classes …

POPE: Area teams making a statement

This is what you call bouncing back. A year ago, the high school baseball season in the area came to an end at regional. Seven teams up, seven teams down. This year, area teams are alive in three of the four classes at semistate. Lake …

POPE: Drafted Notre Dame players will make impact

Dallas could have made the pick that would have crashed Twitter. Instead, the Cowboys went in a direction that will be beneficial for a long time. Quarterback Johnny Manziel — perhaps the most talked about player in the draft and a legend in the state …

Pope: Big Ten turns back on fans, tradition with men’s basketball tourney move to D.C.

Go East. And take tradition with you. The Big Ten officially announced that its 2017 men’s basketball tournament will take place in Washington, D.C. It will be the first time the tournament will be held outside of Chicago or Indianapolis. There have been plenty of …

Pope: Resumption rule good for high school baseball

April showers bring havoc to spring sports. Isn’t that how the expression goes? This year, though, the DAC has cleared a cloud for suspended baseball games. The new ruling came into play last week when Crown Point visited Lake Central. The Bulldogs began the April …

POPE: Notre Dame men’s basketball primed to bounce back

Mike Brey isn’t moving to the West Coast. Never even gave it a serious thought. But I believe Notre Dame will be moving up the ACC standings in 2014-15. Brey swatted away rumors tying him to California after the Irish held their team award ceremony …

Pope: Irish gearing up for Blue-Gold game

SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock has a wish list for Saturday’s Blue-Gold game. He wants to see quarterbacks Everett Golson and Malik Zaire make good decisions with the football. He wants running backs Cam McDaniel, Tarean Folston and Greg Bryant to …

POPE: Notre Dame will benefit from QB battle

SOUTH BEND — This is the time of the year for crazy predictions. The time you fill out a bracket and pick a No. 15 seed to topple No. 2 seed. The time of year you still believe the Cubs have a chance at winning …

POPE: Brian VanGorder’s experience will benefit Irish

SOUTH BEND — It was 2005 and Brian VanGorder had just started the transition from Georgia to the NFL as the linebackers coach at Jacksonville. He stood near a group of players, clapped his hands and said “let’s go.” Mike Peterson, a middle linebacker for …

POPE: Irish prepared for changes on defense

Oct. 18 just got a little more interesting. That’s when Notre Dame travels to Tallahassee, Fla., to take on Florida State. The game was already going to be one of the highlights of the Irish’s 2014 schedule. Now, it’s a contest against the final BCS …

POPE: Notre Dame season filled with naughty, nice moments

It certainly has been an up and down 2013 season for Notre Dame. That’s been reflected off the field, first with Everett Golson’s suspension to the recent news of his return. And on the field, with victories against Michigan State and Arizona Sate and a …

POPE: ND’s Everett Golson has opportunity to lead in return

Notre Dame has one football game left in 2103. And while the Pinstripe Bowl will serve in part as a swan song for the seniors, the lead up to the game gives the Irish a jump on 2014. Coach Brian Kelly and his staff get …

POPE: ND’s Brian Kelly wants ‘tough gentlemen’ on his team

SOUTH BEND — Brian Kelly noticed something hours before Notre Dame’s game against BYU. “Never was the weather a factor or a consideration,” the Notre Dame coach said during his Tuesday news conference. “When we walked out of the hotel — the cozy, warm confines …

POPE: ND’s ‘unique’ senior class set for home finale

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