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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

BOWMAN VS LAKE CENTRAL BOYS BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • ST. JOHN | It lived up to the hype. Times No. 1 Bowman topped No. 2 Lake Central on Friday night in an instant classic in which both teams controlled parts of the game before the Eagles came out on top 63-58. "It was a good game. I loved it," Bowman coach Marvin Rea said. "It was good for the fans, good for the region." Bowman came into the game ranked No. 9 in the state coaches poll, while L.C. was No. 12. The Bowman defense was the difference down the stretch. The Eagles forced 32 turnovers in the contest. "I told my guys, we've got 13 starters. Most teams don't have 13 starters, so we're going to keep the pressure on," Rea said. "Thirty-two minutes of hell is what we're going to give anybody." The Indians (3-1) jumped in front early and led 17-6 after the first quarter. Bowman clawed back in the second quarter, even leading in the final minute, but a Wideman steal and breakaway dunk and a Matt Meneghetti 3-pointer put L.C. up 33-23 at the break. "We played the worst first half of basketball we could ever play," Rea said. "I told them to just stay together, play together, remain disciplined and stick to what we do well, and sooner or later they'll break." The Eagles hit their free throws when they had to in the final minutes. Arthur Haggard made two with 9.4 left on the clock to close out the victory.
  • 12/13/2013
  • Album ID: 1743160
  • Photos by John Smierciak

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

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

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

LAKE CENTRAL VS MICHIGAN CITY FOOTBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • ST. JOHN | It was time for Lake Central’s offense to do what it does best -- move the first down sticks. With the Times No. 3 Indians guarding a 17-10 lead over Michigan City, the defense did its job by forcing Michigan City to turn it over on downs at the L.C. 13-yard line with 10:54 left in Friday’s Duneland Athletic Conference battle. Third-string sophomore quarterback Ethan Darter engineered a time-consuming drive with running back Brandon Scott carrying the bulk of the load. Scott carried the final yard to give the Indians (4-1, 4-0 DAC) the TD with 2:08 left and the eventual 24-10 victory. Scott said the offense had the mindset that kept the offense rolling. “We needed to run out the clock, we needed to get yards, and we needed to keep our defense off the field because they’ve been doing a great job for us,” he said. “When we step up, they perform better so we just knew we had to march down the field.” Darter, in his first start, completed 17 of 22 passes for 165 yards. “I only got touched twice,” he said. “The line was doing an outstanding job. I had more time than I needed to get the ball out, and our receivers made great catches, great plays.” L.C. coach Brett St. Germain also credited the line. “We’ve been telling them all year long there are going to come moments in big games where you’re going to have to take over and win the game,” he said. “Kudos to our offensive line.”
  • 9/27/2013
  • Album ID: 1710827
  • Photos by John Smierciak

Lake Central vs. LaPorte

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  • Lake Central Indians travels to LaPorte for a DAC football matchup.
  • 9/20/2013
  • Album ID: 1707745
  • Photos by Andy Lavalley

LAKE CENTRAL VS CROWN POINT FOOTBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • ST. JOHN | It might not register on a tape measure, yardstick or scale, but Colin Studer grew Friday night. While the Lake Central defense continued a dominant three-week run, Studer’s increased efficiency on offense was a huge part of Times No. 7 Lake Central’s 23-0 shutout of No. 4 Crown Point on Friday night in Duneland Athletic Conference action. The sophomore quarterback, who was the backup coming out of camp, went 11-for-24 for 112 yards and two touchdowns passing and ran for 54 yards, mostly in a 20-point first half, to help the Indians (3-1, 2-0) overcome a stout Crown Point defense and win their third straight game. “He’s making strides, and when we have a young quarterback, that’s what you want to see,” Lake Central coach Brett St. Germain said. The Indians held tough on defense, and Studer helped them take advantage of Crown Point turnovers and penalties. The 20-0 score at halftime represented Lake Central’s biggest half of offense thus far this season.
  • 9/13/2013
  • Album ID: 1704997
  • Photos by John Smierciak
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