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La PORTE — While it wasn't quite the day La Porte's volleyball team was hoping for, a 3-1 record against a stellar field isn't all bad.

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CHESTERTON — Stalwart starts this season had become fairly common for La Porte’s football team.

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LA PORTE — While everyone else was still grinding away on the courts, La Porte's tennis team was relaxing in the shade and enjoying some sweet pulled pork sandwiches.

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NEW CARLISLE — At the beginning of the week, Russ Radtke motivated his team with a large bone from a cow.

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LOWELL — Since fourth grade, it had been all volleyball, all the time for La Porte's Ella Bensz.

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UNION MILLS — Despite an emotionally-charged effort in front of a packed house, South Central fell 29-7 to Wheeler on veterans and first responder’s night Friday.

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NEW CARLISLE — It’s a Monday afternoon just after school gets out, and aside from a small, gray table on the sidelines, the New Prairie football practice fields are completely barren.

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NEW CARLISLE — Given the natural ebbs and flows of a volleyball match, some coaches like to use timeouts to stem the tide of momentum.

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MICHIGAN CITY — Foot fairies, floppers, soft.

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A number of years ago, Valparaiso football player Billy Baldwin pitched the idea to his coaches of honoring the military at a game.

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WESTVILLE — During the school day, Lexy Wade makes the trek from South Central to Westville, where the Satellites senior has a vocational medical class with Blackhawks setter Sarah Henrich.

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NEW CARLISLE — For the sake of a split second, Juliana Kroll would've come out of the car accident unscathed. For the sake of a split second, the New Prairie senior also knows she could've been killed.

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VALPARAISO — Marquette boys soccer had all the momentum in the first 20 minutes of its 2-1 loss to Wheeler Tuesday night, but an accidental mistake proved costly.

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La PORTE — For Imanol Chavez, his first high school goal couldn't have come at a better time.

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MICHIGAN CITY — Committed to staying with sophomore Gio Laurent at quarterback going forward, Michigan City coach Phil Mason is now looking to figure out a way to get former signal caller Michael Bradford more involved in the backfield that is led by Jonathon 'Buster' Flemings with Lovell Sa…

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SOUTH BEND — A bad front nine has always meant a bad back nine for Taylor Skibinski.

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MICHIGAN CITY — His position on Michigan City's defense is called the Wolf, but Marquan Hurt likes to refer to himself in more of a canine context.

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La PORTE — La Porte played a solid first half, moving the ball efficiently with a ground attack, but Valparaiso’s defensive surge at the line of scrimmage and balanced offensive play took its toll as the game wore on.

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NEW CARLISLE — Early in the second quarter and leading by just a touchdown, New Prairie's defense found itself backed up to its own 1 yard line on first and goal. The 59ers were pounding the ball on the ground all drive long, and a touchdown to tie the game seemed imminent.

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NEW CARLISLE — First, first, third, first, first.

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LaCrosse enjoyed baseball success during Eric Snyder's tenure as coach from 2000 to 2004, winning its last sectional title in 2002.

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MICHIGAN CITY — The nickname Aniya Kennedy believes originated in the stands at Slicer Gym last week during the Crown Point match.

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NEW CARLISLE — Brandon Kasinger remembers the exact day it happened.

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MICHIGAN CITY — Unlike her brother Karsen, Ryleigh Grott doesn't have a sandwich named after her on her grandparents' restaurant menu at Holly's restaurant.

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MICHIGAN CITY — In the middle of the huddle stood a hefty, broad-shouldered six-foot-plus Dante Morland, sporting a beard and a brown ponytail flowing out the back of his navy and gold “Play like a champion today” Notre Dame hat.

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MICHIGAN CITY — Mike Tsugawa wasn't expecting a monumental upset of La Porte Tuesday afternoon.

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Loyalty to teammates runs deep in high school football, sometimes even deeper than loyalty to school.

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MICHIGAN CITY — In the 20th minute of Michigan City's 5-0 win over Morgan Township on Saturday afternoon, Olivia Shinn found herself with open space on the left side of the pitch, sprinting toward the goal.

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UNION MILLS — Culver won the battle up front against South Central on Friday, rolling to a 52-22 win.

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Jeremy Lowery lit up the scoreboard running the ball for the Penn High School football team from 1988-90.

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MICHIGAN CITY — The turnovers, penalties and kicking woes that didn't impact the outcome of the game a week ago bit Michigan City in the behind Friday.

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NEW CARLISLE — When asked about New Prairie's biggest concern heading into Friday's matchup with South Bend Clay, associate head coach and offensive coordinator Bill Gumm's response was quick, and simple.

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New Prairie's defense looked like a veteran bunch last week, allowing La Porte's offense across the 50-yard-line just once in the first three quarters of a 48-14 victory.

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La PORTE — Standing 6-foot-3, Lilly Stoddard of Crown Point states the obvious when it comes to her height on a volleyball court.

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As the two schools began counting the numbers and doing the math, both South Central and Westville figured it was a foregone conclusion that their baseball and softball teams would be moving from Class A to AA in the next two-year cycle.

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MICHIGAN CITY — At the tail end of a 13-1 streak to close out the first set of Michigan City’s 3-1 (25-9, 19-25, 25-11, 25-14) win over Portage Tuesday night, the Indians hit a ball to the back center of the court, heading towards no-man’s-land.

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La PORTE — Thanks to Mitchell Gits, the template was already in place for Connor Havens to use.

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La PORTE — A balanced attack in volleyball is like a robust hitting lineup in baseball.

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The challenge for La Porte’s football team truly becomes real now, the buzz that comes with a new coach tempered by a 34-point loss to New Prairie in its opener Friday.

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La PORTE — I jumped into my truck and swapped my soaked shirt from the 13.1-mile run into the commemorative shirt passed out to all participants at packet pick up. I was feeling nice and dry, and just about to leave the parking lot of Stone Lake Beach after yet another miraculous weekend at …

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La PORTE — In a volleyball matchup of powerful front lines like La Porte and New Prairie, sound defense is imperative.