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BEECHER VS ILLINOIS LUTHERAN BOYS BASEBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • BEECHER | Beecher's Justin Roggemann was waiting for the fastball, and Roggemann got the fastball. Roggemann scored the winning run on a passed ball to give the Bobcats a 2-1 win over River Valley Conference rival and Times No. 3 Illinois Lutheran. In a 1-1 game, Roggemann started the bottom of the seventh with a lead off double before coming in to score after a Jared Buzan pitch sailed high on Chargers catcher Dylan Gould. With the win, Beecher remained undefeated at 6-0 overall and 4-0 in RVC play. "Coach (Brandon DuBois) told me to be ready for a bad pitch," Roggemann said. "I just saw the chance and took it." Beecher (6-0, 4-0) started the scoring with one run in the bottom of the first. Beecher lead off hitter Cameron Morgan walked to start the bottom of the first then later came around to score on a Dallas Saddler sacrifice. Illinois Lutheran (5-1, 1-1) answered with one run in the third on a Gould RBI single that scored Evan Henschel.
  • 4/8/2014
  • Album ID: 1785859
  • Photos by John Smierciak

MUNSTER VS LAKE CENTRAL IN BASEBALL 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

SLUGFEST FUNDRAISER FOR THE MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • HAMMOND | They held a boxing card at the Hammond Civic Center Saturday night and a love-in broke out. Nearly 3,000 fight enthusiasts, friends and family members filed into the old barn at 5825 South Sohl to cheer the inaugural 9-1-1 Slugfest which pitted region firemen against policemen in three one-minute rounds. Proceeds went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Porter County Sheriff David Lane got the crowd pumped and ready to rumble with his stirring rendition of the National Anthem. Fire wore red, police blue. And rumble they did. It should be noted these were not chubbies who couldn't touch their toes or throw a punch without a chiropractor present. Firemen and cops are in great shape. The lives of others depend on that. They all fought as if they hated each other but afterward, exchanged hugs and handshakes that came from the heart. I think.
  • 4/6/2014
  • Album ID: 1785328
  • Photos by John Smierciak

HAMMOND BOYS BASKETBALL SECTIONAL SEMIFINALS BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • HAMMOND | Bowman Academy has speed, athleticism and quickness that can't be duplicated. Just ask Gary Hayes. The Griffith coach thought his team was prepared to play the Eagles in Friday's sectional semifinals. Then the Panthers turned the ball over 26 times in the first half and went 6 of 14 from the free-throw line. Bowman, who used 12 players with 11 of them scoring, will face Lew Wallace for the Class 3A Clark Sectional title at 7 p.m. today at the Hammond Civic Center. The Eagles beat Griffith 80-44 and Wallace topped Gavit 66-58.
  • 3/7/2014
  • Album ID: 1775265
  • Photos by John Smierciak

BISHOP NOLL VS ANDREAN IN BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • MERRILLVILLE | Although he’s not planning to play basketball in college, Larry Crisler still has the clutch gene deep in his DNA. Tough times don’t last and tough people do, and Crisler proved Friday night that in any given scenario, he’s probably going to be the toughest dog. Crisler took over the game at both ends of the floor in the fourth quarter and scored the winning basket with 22 seconds remaining as Times No. 4 Bishop Noll beat Andrean 50-48. It was Noll’s first win in the parochial matchup, which on this night included a pre-game prayer by Bishop Dale Melczek, since Crisler’s freshman season and the regular-season finale for both teams.
  • 2/28/2014
  • Album ID: 1772597
  • Photos by John Smierciak

TF NORTH VS BREMEN IN BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • MIDLOTHIAN | Not that an exclamation point was needed for T.F. North's first quarter against Bremen on Thursday night, but Sadiq Salisu provided one anyway. His banked-in 55-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Meteors a 10-point lead and reinforced the idea that it would be his team's night. T.F. North romped to a 59-23 victory over the Braves, and it was that close only because Meteors coach Tim Bankston took it easy on his South Suburban Blue lodge brothers after scooting to a 39-8 halftime lead.
  • 2/27/2014
  • Album ID: 1772345
  • Photos by John Smierciak

MARIAN CATHOLIC VS LINCOLN-WAY EAST IN CLASS 4A BASKETBALL SECTIONAL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The sequence might have gone unnoticed by many, but not by Marian Catholic's Spartans. The Times' No. 2 squad, playing a team it had beaten by 30 to open the season, trailed Lincoln-Way East after the first quarter of their Bloom Township Class 4A Sectional semifinal. After finally knotting the score at 26 with 3:12 to play in the half, Marian's defense then frustrated the Griffins for 58 seconds, denying their outside shooters and sealing off the lane, until East turned the ball over on a traveling call. "That's the best feeling in the world," Spartans guard Gabby Cooper said. "It was a big momentum boost," Marian coach Dan Murray said. "To be honest, Lincoln-Way outplayed us most of the first half. That enabled us to take a lead into halftime. That was huge." Eventually, Marian (25-4) posted a 61-51 win to advance to Thursday's title game opposite Oak Lawn (28-1), a 61-56 winner over Marist. Marian will play for its 10th sectional crown in 13 years, Oak Lawn for its first in school history.
  • 2/25/2014
  • Album ID: 1771315
  • Photos by John Smierciak

NWI COMIC CON BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • SCHERERVILLE | Stormtroopers roamed the Villa Cesare on Sunday alongside the grim reaper, princesses and a man donning a Spider-Man Snuggie. Organizers for the first NWI Comic Con transformed the banquet hall hidden behind Schererville's strip malls into a community where fantasy and role-playing were encouraged. Artists filled tables with their comics and sketches as local filmmakers showed previews of their movies during a panel discussion. Vendors sold action figures and players of Heroclix battled each other. The event was described as a dream for Brian Grabinski, who organized NWI Comic Con with his wife, Kelly Grabinski, and 25 volunteers. Grabinski, of Schererville, said he has been a fan of comic books since he was 12. Now as an adult, he travels with his children to comic cons around Chicago and is friends with many local comic book owners. "I just wanted to bring a family-friendly event to Northwest Indiana," he said. Grabinski said about 200 people bought tickets in advance, but he expected 500 to 1,000 people to show up.
  • 2/23/2014
  • Album ID: 1770159
  • Photos by John Smierciak

LAKE CENTRAL VS CROWN POINT IN DUNELAND CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CROWN POINT | As he prepared to exit the game and sit with the rest of his deep senior class, Lake Central point guard Tye Wilburn smiled and motioned to the press table to make sure the statisticians from his school knew he had assisted on the latest bucket. His sixth and final helper of the game was not a major bookkeeping point because by that point in the fourth quarter the Indians had firmly secured a lopsided 77-43 win over host Crown Point and their second Duneland Athletic Conference championship in the last three seasons.
  • 2/21/2014
  • Album ID: 1769653
  • Photos by John Smierciak

MUNSTER SWIM SECTIONALS PRELIMS 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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