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La PORTE — It took La Porte Post 83 Hamon Gray a mere one inning to seize the momentum.

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In the 2011 film Moneyball, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt, asked Peter Brand, the assistant general manager, played by Jonah Hill, a rhetorical question while watching a clip of a player hitting a home run for the first time in his life.

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La PORTE — After roughly four months on the job, Jeremy Lowery has already checked off a bevy of to-do items.

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WANATAH — So how do you recruit your son?

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NEW CARLISLE — A sophomore at New Prairie High School when he first decided to throw a little wiffle ball tournament together as part of New Carlisle's new Hometown Days festival, Koby Keck had no inkling it would become the huge event that it is 14 years later.

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A baseball diamond and a football field have been homes away from home for the Schellinger family for four decades.

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MICHIGAN CITY — When Will Walker retired from professional basketball and returned home to Michigan City from Sweden late in 2017, the former Wolves and Bethel star still had a hoops fix to feed.

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The gruff, gravely pipes belied the kind spirit of Ron Lemon, a football coach who understood the big picture beyond the Xs and Os.

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La PORTE — Coming off four straight losses, La Porte Post 83 Hamon Gray needed a stopper to step up.

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Heading into the second round of the boys golf state tournament at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel on Wednesday morning, Michigan City's Nick Gushrowski knew a strong start could be the key to shooting an even lower score than the 6-over-par 78 he posted Tuesday that put him eight shots bac…

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La PORTE — There's no substitute for experience.

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GARY — At the age of 17, Robbie Coursel was throwing a baseball 90 miles per hour and snapping off knee-buckling curveballs.

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Not many players came off the final greens on the ninth and 18th holes at Prairie View Golf Club during the boys golf state tournament a year ago as frustrated as Michigan City's Nick Gushrowski, who carded an opening-round 87 before bouncing back to post a much cleaner 77 on the final day.

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Early in his basketball coaching career, Mike Hackett spent 10 years on the bench next to Jim East at Merrillville, a decade that would later serve as the foundation for the Elston graduate’s successful tenure at Munster.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Hannah Noveroske did basically everything but call her shot like George Herman Ruth in the 1932 World Series, but the Michigan City star wanted a victory in Saturday's rematch with Kentucky's all-star bunch back home again in Indiana more than most.

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DEMOTTE -- Experience is always the best teacher.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It was clear on the faces of La Porte and Michigan City stars Riley Ott and Hannah Noveroske that they weren't happy with Friday night's 79-75 loss in the first of two games this weekend against the Kentucky All-Stars.

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Three years ago, when Michigan City finished second in the boys track state finals, Wolves coach Lucas Snyder was asked to be a part of the Indiana All-Star staff for the annual Midwest Meet of Champions.

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DEMOTTE — His coach knew it, his parents knew it, the growing crowd following his final few holes knew it.

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La Porte High School’s Allison Varda and Alaina Majors will play college tennis next year at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and at Indiana University South Bend, respectively. Varda went 23-2 at No. 3 singles and broke the combined all-time wins record at La Porte with 79…

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Led by a 20-point performance from Central Noble sharpshooter Sydney Freeman (Ball State), the Indiana Senior All-Stars demolished the Indiana Junior All-Stars on Wednesday evening at New Castle High School in a friendly exhibition, 97-58.

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La PORTE -- As Romeo Bui toted his golf bag around Briar Leaf during a practice round Tuesday, it was clear the Marquette sophomore was carrying more than clubs.

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When Mark Schellinger called Hunter Robinson a few days ago with the news that he had been named to the North All-Star team, the New Prairie baseball coach had a little more joy to share with his standout pitcher-third baseman.

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When Andy Samuelson found out Wednesday afternoon that he had been drafted by the Atlanta Braves, the La Porte graduate wasn't even the first in his family to know.

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When Ryan Kruszka came up from Elwood, Illinois, to South Central to interview for the baseball coaching job back in 2012, he didn't know much about the small La Porte County school.

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When Riley Ott was in the fourth grade, she was at the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star basketball games with her father, Al Ott, when he proceeded to tell her, 'This is something to strive for, maybe one day you could be here.'

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If the Indiana High School Athletic Association is going to take a hard line with runners walking out of races like it did with New Prairie and Jacob Corbett at Friday's boys state track finals, they better start by tightening up their rule book.

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Indiana All-Star girls basketball players Hannah Noveroske and Riley Ott learned something about themselves on Monday night that confirmed they made the proper decision to play basketball growing up.

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La PORTE — When the pressure ratchets up, that's when Jack Schable thrives.