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Merrillville v. Valparaiso Football

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  • Merrillville v. Valparaiso football at Merrillville High School.
  • 10/3/2014
  • Album ID: 1859252
  • Photos by Jeff Nicholls

Merrillville v. Crown Point football

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  • Merrillville v. Crown Point football at Merrillville High School.
  • 9/6/2014
  • Album ID: 1842236
  • Photos by Jeff Nicholls

Merrillville v. Andrean football

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  • Merrillville v. Andrean football at Merrillville High School.
  • 8/28/2014
  • Album ID: 1841284
  • Photos by Jeff Nicholls

Valparaiso vs Merrillville, Gymnastics

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  • Valparaiso vs Merrillville, Gymnastics
  • 2/20/2014
  • Album ID: 1769118
  • Photos by John Luke

Merrillville vs Chesterton, Hobart Girls Basketball Sectional

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  • Merrillville vs Chesterton, Hobart Girls Basketball Sectional
  • 2/14/2014
  • Album ID: 1766777
  • Photos by John Luke

LAKE CENTRAL VS MERRILLVILLE GIRLS BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • ST. JOHN | By halftime, Gina Rubino had set a personal mark for 3-pointers in a game and had the support of her Lake Central girls basketball teammates to keep shooting. In the other locker room, Merrillville's defense was hearing an earful for letting the Indians' best shooter stay wide open for the entire first half. Rubino had 24 first-half points and finished with a game-high 29 and she led Times No. 3 Lake Central to a 66-57 win over No. 1 Merrillville on Friday. The Pirates were ranked 15th in the state by the IBCA single-class poll, and the Indians were 20th.
  • 12/6/2013
  • Album ID: 1740202
  • Photos by John Smierciak

LAKE CENTRAL DEFEATS MERRILLVILLE IN 6A SECTIONAL 1 CHAMPIONSHIP BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • ST. JOHN | Gelen Robinson rightfully has no recollection of the last time Lake Central won a sectional because it was in 1999. His memory of 2002 isn’t much better, but that was the last time Lake Central beat Merrillville. After that sectional victory, the Indians went on to lose to the Pirates 16 times in a row. Robinson does, however, have a sharp recall of a play from the last time Merrillville and Lake Central met in the postseason. Two years ago Robinson picked up a fumble at midfield at Merrillville in the sectional opener and was running unimpeded toward the end zone when the whistle blew and the officials said the Pirates player was down before the fumble. Merrillville won that game 30-24. For an athlete that seldom takes a loss in any of his three sports, the loss stung. "That hurt real bad, it hurt for a long time," Robinson said. Now the hurt is gone. Robinson had two sacks and recovered two of Merrillville’s five lost fumbles, and Lake Central ended its Merrillville misery and sectional famine all at once with an emphatic 31-0 victory over the visiting Pirates Friday night in the Class 6A Sectional 1 final at the Burial Grounds. The Indians (9-2) host Penn (11-0) next week in the regional. "It doesn't hurt anymore,” Robinson said. “I can't put into words what this means, what this feels like. Our team won this championship and it's the greatest feeling in the world." The cold and rain played into Lake Central’s favor because it slowed Merrillville’s vaunted speed-based offense and allowed Lake Central’s defense to stymie the out-of-sorts Pirates and hold them to 42 net yards rushing and 71 passing “I didn’t want to go my senior year without beating Merrillville, and that would have been the 17th loss to Merrillville, consecutively, so we definitely did not want to go out on that note, and we didn’t,” Robinson said.
  • 11/1/2013
  • Album ID: 1726200
  • Photos by John Smierciak

Merrillville v. Lafayette Jeff Sectional Football

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  • Merrillville v. Lafayette Jeff sectional game at Merrillville.
  • 10/25/2013
  • Album ID: 1723247
  • Photos by Jeff Nicholls

LAKE CENTRAL VS MERRILLVILLE FOOTBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • ST. JOHN | An intimidating, big-band, senior-night atmosphere with the right to the driver’s seat in the conference race did not deter DJ Wilkins or his teammates. In a reverse of the cliche “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” Merrillville started well and made enough plays on defense down the stretch to escape Lake Central with a 20-17 Duneland Athletic Conference win over the Indians. The Times No. 2 Pirates beat the No. 3 Indians for the 16th consecutive time dating back to 2002. They also clinched at least a share of the DAC title. Billed as a potential defensive stalemate, the game had two touchdowns in the first 96 seconds and a third when the game was barely seven minutes old. The huge, vaunted defenses eventually stepped up and made running nearly impossible for both tailbacks, and turnovers and field position created a shaky ground down to the final two minutes when Merrillville was able to kneel the ball comfortably. After the teams came out of halftime tied at 14, Merrillville scored on its first possession of the half, to go up 20-14 following a missed kick. The Pirates (7-1, 6-0) opened the game with a three-play scoring drive capped by a 69-yard bomb from sophomore quarterback DJ Wilkins to Tyrie Fuller. On their third possession the Pirates struck again, with Fuller hitting Jonathan Robinson for a 61-yard touchdown pass and a 14-7 lead. “Had that not happened early in the game, for sure, it would have been a tough thing to come back from,” Merrillville coach Zac Wells said. “(Lake Central had) a good defense, but I think the one thing our offense did was they came off the bus pretty well and ready to play. We just need to maintain the consistency a little bit. We’re getting to the point in the season that that should be the expectation.” Wilkins threw for 289 yards and three scores, the last one to Robinson for the junior’s second of the night and what turned out to be the game-winner with 8:43 to go in the third quarter. Fuller had seven catches for 142 yards and Robinson had three for 89 with the two touchdowns. Neither team eclipsed 80 yards rushing on the night. Lake Central (6-2, 5-1) answered Merrillville’s first score with a nine-yard touchdown from Ethan Darter to John Gbur, but Darter was 17-for-38 passing and misfired on 10 of his final 12 attempts in the clutch before a Hail Mary completion past midfield on the game’s final play. "We had some issues up front with them," Lake Central coach Brett St. Germain said of the Indians forgoing the run in the second half and throwing much more than normal. "(Ethan Darter) will get better from situations like this. When you play in games like this you will learn from it. We're riding with him right now." Alec Olund made some cameos at quarterback. Last year’s starter ran for an 18-yard touchdown with 8:33 to go in the first half to tie the game. Lake Central halved Merrillville’s lead when Jillian Doan kicked a 27-yard field goal with 5:26 to go, but the Indians couldn’t overcome three interceptions and rampant incompletions in the passing game. Merrillville had a chance to increase its lead with 2:24 to go, but a 28-yard field goal attempt went wide left. Four straight incompletions by the Indians gave Merrillville the ball and the victory formation opportunity.
  • 10/11/2013
  • Album ID: 1717256
  • Photos by John Smierciak

MUNSTER VS MERRILLVILLE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • MUNSTER | Munster boys tennis coach Steve Lopez knows his team can play with anybody. That includes ranked teams, as the Mustangs defeated No. 16 Crown Point 3-2 on Tuesday to continue their postseason run. Though Wednesday's Munster Regional championship match against Merrillville wasn't as difficult as Tuesday's semifinal, the Mustangs weren't going to overlook anybody. They came away with a 5-0 win over the Pirates to win their ninth straight regional championship, and continued their own state record with their 31st title as a program. “I still think this was a great regional,” Lopez said. “The way it was represented and how tight all the matches were, I think it speaks volumes for region tennis.” With five varsity players graduating last season from Munster's team, young players like sophomores Trey DeLuna and Arlo Detmer have turned up their games this season. “This year, we knew we had to step it up to keep the tradition alive,” DeLuna said. “It feels really good that we accomplished that.” DeLuna continued the momentum from a 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) win in Tuesday's No. 2 singles match against Crown Point's Lance Noerenberg with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Merrillville's Ayron Williams on Wednesday. “When I played (Noerenberg) in past tournaments and the offseason, he won decisively,” DeLuna said. “I feel like this season, with coach Lopez and my team, I really improved and I feel like I'm at that level where I can compete with the top guys at No. 2 singles. They really encourage me and help me improve to get at a high level at No. 2 singles.” Merrillville (5-14) gave Munster a couple scrappy matches. Nygel Jackson fought hard with Colin Richter at No. 1 singles, but Jackson lost 6-2, 6-1. “We played better at every position than we have all season,” Merrillville coach James Simon said. “Our relationship (with Munster) is so good. One day, we'll be able to give them a run for their money. Until then, we'll just enjoy coming out here.” Munster (17-4) will face No. 1 Carmel (20-1) at Saturday's Culver Academies 1 Semistate. The Mustangs have ran into the Greyhounds brick wall in the last two semistate rounds and have lost with matching 5-0 scores. “We've lost to them, and I think we're just going to go in and do our best,” DeLuna said. “We know we can play well, and hopefully our games rise with better competition.”
  • 10/9/2013
  • Album ID: 1716169
  • Photos by John Smierciak
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