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FAMILY ARTS FESTIVAL IN MUNSTER, IN., BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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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

SEVEN ON SEVEN PASSING TOURNAMENT BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • Something about a seven-on-seven passing tournament just doesn't look right when Mount Carmel is taking part. So it wasn't surprising when Caravan coach Frank Lenti had a chance to go against his old defensive coordinator, Bob Padjen of T.F. South, Lenti called something more familiar to Mount Carmel. "I told his brother (T.F. South coach Tom Padjen) that since he's got eight guys in coverage, we're going to run the ball," Lenti said. The Caravan did run the ball to the amusement of spectators and coaches, and the bewilderment of some players. Mount Carmel junior Anthony Thompson, a left-hander, took care of the first team quarterbacking duties for the Caravan at the Richards Passing Tournament on Saturday. Thompson looked sharp and threw a hard, tight spiral all morning. Against Richards in the second round, Thompson threw a deep hitch and go down the left side of the field to connect with the Caravan receiver in the end zone for a 40-yard touchdown. "He's got to quicken his feet up and quicken his release up," Lenti said of Thompson. "The big thing is he's got to get back to throwing the ball on time, but we don't do a whole lot of this. This is the only one-day passing league thing we do all summer." More often than not, many of the defenses featured eight men on the field and forced better reads and passes by the quarterbacks. "I was trying to work on timing today," Thompson said. "Running the option, a lot of teams stack the box against us. It's real important that when we get those passing chances, we capitalize on those opportunities." T.F. South's Jerome Barker intercepted Thompson in the Rebels' round against the Caravan. Barker also had two deflected passes against Mount Carmel. "We've only had three days of camp," Rebels head coach Tom Padjen said. "So for a lot of our young guys, and we're young, it's baptism under fire. There's some tremendous programs here, so it gives our guys a good sense of where we're at, and where we need to be." T.F. South senior quarterback Cody Petrich said he felt great after being banged up in 2013, and that he has greatly benefited from his experience under center. "It's a lot clearer now and easier to see defenses and coverages," Petrich said. "It's good to see these guys out here ready to learn. I'm definitely ready for the season ahead."
  • 6/21/2014
  • Album ID: 1816691
  • Photos by John Smierciak

CROWN POINT'S ANNUAL 5K 2K HUB RUN BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • Annual Crown Point, IN., 5K and 2K Hub Run which starts and ends at the town square. Nearly 2000 runners took part in the race with Valparaiso High School track and cross country runner Jonathan Zygmunt winning the 5K.
  • 6/14/2014
  • Album ID: 1813663
  • Photos by John Smierciak

DAYLEN HUBBARD, BLOOM HIGH SCHOOL HURDLER BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • Daylen Hubbard was right there, going hurdle-for-hurdle with Tifonte Hunt across 110 meters final at the Class 3A Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional. The two seniors were the latest example of the century-old rivalry between Bloom Township and Thornton, and the finish line was looming. It was Hubbard, representing Bloom, at the line. Or was it? The finish-line camera proved it was not. Hunt edged Hubbard by one- hundredth of a second with a winning time of 14.28 seconds in a race so competitive, six of the eight finalists advanced to this weekend’s IHSA championship at Eastern Illinois in Charleston. “I knew what I had to do,” Hubbard said. “I knew there were other state finalists (from last year) in the heat. I wasn’t worried. I was supposed to be a state finalist (in 2013) until I was injured. “When I get in the blocks, I try not to think about it, because I’d be scared. It seems like a hundred hurdles. I’m going to get hit or hit one, so I try not to think about my race. Hubbard thought he was the winner until the announcement that Hunt edged him was made. “I thought he won too,” Hunt said. The consolation for Hubbard was in qualifying again for the 3A battle at O’Brien Field. He was seeded 11th last year, but an injured right hip flexor kept him from running his best time in his heat race. He missed the championship race by a third of a second.
  • 5/27/2014
  • Album ID: 1806483
  • Photos by John Smierciak

PURDUE COACHES CARAVAN BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • MERRILLVILLE | Unlike most of the world, Purdue men's basketball coach Matt Painter wants to get old fast. "We need to cultivate that senior and junior leadership like we had in the past," Painter said. "We still don't have any seniors coming back (next season), but we'd like to get old again." At least the Boilermakers are going to get a little grayer at the pivot position. Gary resident A.J. Hammons, who prepped at Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, has agreed to return to West Lafayette for his junior season. "He made the right decision," Painter said of Hammons, who averaged double-figure scoring the last two seasons. "From what we were hearing, he looked to be a late second-rounder, and that usually means time in the (NBA) D-League or being sent overseas. "Coming back gives him a better chance to be NBA ready, but he's got to get his motor running a little more for rebounds. We'd like to see him get at least 10 a game." Painter was one of the featured speakers at the Boilermaker Coaches Caravan, Thursday night at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza. Others included Purdue football coach Darrell Hazell, women's volleyball coach Dave Shondell, and former Purdue basketball star and 12-year NBA veteran Brian Cardinal, who is now the assistant director for the John Purdue Club. Hazell, who is entering his season leading the Boilermaker football program, talked about his first four-star recruit, Lake Central senior Gelen Robinson. "He has been on our radar for a while, and we're glad we were able to get him," Hazell said of Robinson, son of former Purdue All-American basketball player and NBA All-Star Glenn Robinson. Ironically, about the sport the younger Robinson hasn't dominated in high school is basketball. He's also a state-champion wrestler and state runner-up thrower in track and field. "Right now, he's got his mind set on playing football for us ... that's what we'll concentrate on," Harzell said of Robinson, who will fill in at linebacker. "He's a great athlete. If he ever decides to wrestle or do track, we'll cross that bridge when it gets here."
  • 5/15/2014
  • Album ID: 1802023
  • Photos by John Smierciak

SOUTHLAND ATHLETIC CONFERENCE MEET BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS | It came down to the little things for Crete-Monee en route to capturing the Southland Conference boys track title on Wednesday night. Sophomore LaVall McNulty won discus with a throw of 141 feet, 11 inches, his career best by 20 feet. The Warriors grabbed first and third place in each hurdle race. Senior Quinten Nash won the 200 meters barely a half-hour after being nipped at the wire by Bloom Township's James Harriel in the 400 "Any team victory tonight was kind of unexpected," Warriors coach Brian O'Donnell said. "On paper, we were supposed to lose by 50 points. But some of our guys stepped upy. I wasn't expecting to win conference." Crete-Monee beat Bloom 170-160, in a two-team runaway. Rich East (78) was a distant third. Last year, Bloom beat Crete-Monee by 67 points. O'Donnell didn't need to be reminded.
  • 5/14/2014
  • Album ID: 1801415
  • Photos by John Smierciak

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN VS FENTON GIRLS SOCCER BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • SOUTH HOLLAND | After lightning delayed Illinois Christian's 1-1 tie against Fenton midway through the second half, the Vikings' missed chances are stinging that much harder. Just after the start of the second half, Illiana Christian was given chances to score early and often against Fenton, but the Vikings failed to find the goal that could have ended the match. If the Vikings had succeeded in scoring the go-ahead goal, the Metro Suburban Conference game would have been ruled a win. Inclement weather postponed the match with 24:11 remaining in the second half. Now, the teams will resume the match at Paarlberg Park at a future date.
  • 4/29/2014
  • Album ID: 1794421
  • Photos by John Smierciak

4TH ANNUAL TIMES/PEPSI MASTERS CLASSIC BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • HAMMOND | Mike Kubacki sailed through the winner's bracket at the fourth annual Times/Pepsi Masters Classic Sunday at Olympia Lanes. Then he ran into Cornell Ray. Kubacki topped Ray 194-160 to become the first bowler to win both the Times/Pepsi Classic and Times/Pepsi Masters Classic. But it took two chances, as Ray won the first match 202-189 to force another. "Everybody in this area cares about winning the Times Classic and the Masters is what some of us really covet now, because we know how tough the lane conditions is," Kubacki, a three-time Class A Classic champion, said. The Calumet College men's bowling coach qualified fifth with an 828 four-game series. Ray was the 13th qualifier and lost to Kubacki in the second round of match play, but fought his way all the way back to the finals. In the first game, Ray left splits in the third, fifth and seventh frames. That opened things up for Kubacki but he couldn't capitalize, failing to strike in his first five throws. "I made a commitment to play the lanes that way, because that was what had worked (earlier)," Kubacki said. "But I had Plan B, in case it didn't work out and I bowled a pretty good match." Kubacki didn't miss his second chance in Game 2 when Ray left a pair of pins in the third frame. He didn't just enough to win. "We teach our college bowlers on this type of (oil) pattern and it was really fun to come out here and practice what I preach," the Griffith resident said. "I'm always telling them to just be close on every shot, be close on every shot and that's all I did today."
  • 4/27/2014
  • Album ID: 1793495
  • Photos by John Smierciak

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
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