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Boys Soccer Sectional Final at Valparaiso

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  • Chesterton vs. Portage in the championship game of the Valparaiso sectional.
  • 10/12/2013
  • Album ID: 1717652
  • Photos by Andy Lavalley

Andrean v. Griffith football

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  • Andrean v. Griffith football at Andrean High School.
  • 10/11/2013
  • Album ID: 1717180
  • Photos by Jeff Nicholls


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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

Valparaiso vs. Portage High School Football

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  • Valparaiso Vikings travel to Portage Friday Oct. 11, 2013.
  • 10/11/2013
  • Album ID: 1717383
  • Photos by Andy Lavalley


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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

State Golf

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  • 10/5/2013
  • Album ID: 1715537
  • Photos by Danny Shelton

LaPorte at Crown Point

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  • 10/4/2013
  • Album ID: 1714023
  • Photos by Kyle Telechan

Andrean v. Kankakee Valley Football

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  • Andrean v. Kankakee Valley football at Andrean High School.
  • 10/4/2013
  • Album ID: 1714082
  • Photos by Jeff Nicholls

Bishop Noll plays River Forest, Football

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  • Bishop Noll plays River Forest, Football
  • 10/4/2013
  • Album ID: 1714087
  • Photos by John Luke
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