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  • The Family Arts Festival at the Theatre at the Center in Munster, IN.
  • 6/22/2014
  • Album ID: 1816641
  • Photos by John Smierciak


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  • ST. JOHN | Sam Bell didn't want to give the ball up. Munster baseball coach Bob Shinkan didn't have too many words to say to Bell when he went to the mound with the bases loaded and one out as the Mustangs clung to a 7-4 lead in the fifth inning of Tuesday's game against Lake Central. "He wasn't saying much," Bell said. "'Do whatever you can, buckle down.' He's real superstitious. 'You got it?' he said. 'I know you're tired, but it's OK.'" Bell struck out the next two batters, both pinch hitters meant to ruffle the senior righty as The Times' No. 3 Mustangs topped No. 5 Lake Central 8-4 in the showdown. "(Shinkan) always gives me a chance," Bell said. "I'm at a loss for words right now, this is a great feeling. This is the first time I've beaten Lake Central on varsity. We beat them in football this year and now we beat them in baseball. Hopefully we can keep the streak going in sectionals." Bell struck out six in five innings and his offense spotted him a 6-0 lead after the first. "Sam Bell did an extraordinary job on the mound," Shinkan said. "I know he's a senior and he's one of our main guys. I told him this is a situation he might be put in if he's ever made a closer and to do your best. He wanted to stay out there, that's the kind of kid he is."
  • 4/8/2014
  • Album ID: 1786227
  • Photos by John Smierciak


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  • MUNSTER | It’s no secret to fans of Indiana high school swimming that Munster’s tradition of success in sectional competition dates back a long time -- well before any of the Seahorses swimmers were born. Therefore, it’s no surprise the Seahorses will head into Saturday’s Munster Sectional finals the favorite to win their 29th consecutive championship after earning No. 1 seeds in five of 11 events in Thursday’s preliminaries. “We saw some really great swims pretty much throughout,” Munster coach Matt Pavlovich said. “I’m really pleased with the way they swam. We’re set up to have some nice races (Saturday). It’s going to be tough to repeat those times again.”
  • 2/20/2014
  • Album ID: 1769274
  • Photos by John Smierciak


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  • MUNSTER | Mike Hackett doesn't buy all that talk about a "good loss" to get teams back on track. In fact, it makes him cringe. "Me, personally, I don't like to lose," the Munster coach said. "Every coach, after you lose, hopes the team learns from it and gets better. "But I believe you can win games and still learn lessons." Hackett came into Tuesday's game with Chesterton having the same approach he's had in 14 seasons and a 267-61 record: Execute, work the ball, defend and don't beat yourself. Saturday's loss at Valparaiso, which snapped Munster's 11-game win streak, had more to do with the Vikings playing great ball. "The last decade, we seem to get everybody's best game," Hackett said before his team's nervous 65-59 win.
  • 2/18/2014
  • Album ID: 1768098
  • Photos by John Smierciak


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  • MUNSTER | Blaire Barnett and her Munster teammates never look past an opponent. However, Wednesday's Munster Sectional opener against Morton gave the Mustangs a chance to fine tune their games as the postseason unfolds. Munster received a dominant performance out of Barnett, a junior setter, in a 25-5, 25-4, 25-13 win over the Governors. "Blaire has an awesome sidespin serve that not a lot of players in the area have," Munster coach Tracy Summers said. "She can mix it up as well, which is nice. When she's on, it's pretty tough to stop." Barnett was certainly tough to stop. She led Munster with seven aces and the Mustangs compiled 21 as a team, catching Morton out of position several times on serves. "I always try hard to mix it up a little," Barnett said. "Tonight, it was fun to be able to try different things. I like serving because it's your own personal thing and you don't have to rely on other people." Morton gave Munster (31-3) a much tougher third set, but the Mustangs limited Morton's attacking overall. Amanda Colvin led the Governors with three kills and five digs, while three other players had two kills. Shannon Farrel had 10 digs and six aces for Munster, while Morgan Switalla led the Mustangs with 17 assists. "Tonight's match, we used to work on some things we need to get better at," Summers said. "I think that we are a really strong team." Munster advances to play Lake Central at 10 a.m. Saturday in one semifinal match. The last time the Mustangs and Indians met on Aug. 27, it was an instant classic, as Munster battled to a five-set win. "Every year it's a nail-biter, a great game to watch," Summers said. "We've been working the whole season for Saturday. I feel a lot of confidence going in. It's coming in with that game face and playing fearless, which has been our motto all year."
  • 10/23/2013
  • Album ID: 1722303
  • Photos by John Smierciak

The Crown Point cross country regionals - boys and girls

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  • The Crown Point cross country regionals at Lemon Lake County Park in Crown Point.
  • 10/19/2013
  • Album ID: 1720576
  • Photos by Jonathan Miano

Munster at Andrean girls volleyball

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  • Munster at Andrean girls volleyball
  • 10/16/2013
  • Album ID: 1719327
  • Photos by Jonathan Miano

Lowell Red Devils at Munster Mustangs

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  • Lowell Red Devils play the Munster Mustangs in boys prep football. Northwest Crossroads Conference
  • 10/11/2013
  • Album ID: 1717187
  • Photos by Steven Blazevich


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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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  • MUNSTER | Talk about your pressure situation. With Crown Point and Munster tied 2-2 and the right to advance to the Munster Regional championship on the line, it all came down to Munster's Arlo Detmer and Patrick Toth, who were facing off against Crown Point's Dominic Peretin and Carson Hoogeworf in No. 1 doubles. Already down one set after a 7-5 loss, the Munster duo rebounded to post 6-4, 6-1 wins over their opponents and give Munster the 3-2 win over the Bulldogs. Munster will face Merrillville, 3-2 winners over Morton, in today's championship. Detmer and Toth faced a 3-2 deficit in the second set, but fired back as the pressure grew thick. "We knew we had the talent to win that set," Detmer said of the second set. "Three to two, that's close. We just hung in there and started playing better." "We did it for the team, we did it for coach (Steve Lopez)," Toth said. "He came back for us. We can't let him down, getting so close and collapsing before the finish line." Detmer and Toth were well aware of the circumstances at hand. With the support of a large Munster crowd, Detmer used it as fuel for the fire. "In that third set, with that kind of fan support, I knew we were going to win it 6-1," Detmer said. "It gets me so pumped up. I love it. Some players will crumble (under pressure). We certainly did not." One striking difference between this match and Crown Point's 4-1 win on Sept. 30 was that the Mustangs (16-4) didn't lose confidence.
  • 10/8/2013
  • Album ID: 1715714
  • Photos by John Smierciak
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