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T.F. SOUTH VS BOGAN IN BOYS BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

  • 8 photos
  • CALUMET CITY | After a win early this season over another of the top teams in the metropolitan area, Bogan's LuWane Pipkins declared himself "the best guard in the city." After Pipkins went off for a school-record 40 points Sunday in a 76-50 win over T.F. South in the Coaches Against Cancer Basketball Tournament at T.F. North, Bengals coach Arthur Goodwin expanded the geography slightly, and disagreed.
  • 1/12/2014
  • Album ID: 1753512
  • Photos by John Smierciak

HIGHLAND VS HOBART GIRLS BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • HIGHLAND | Alyssa Kikalos can admit it now. She was not committed to returning for her senior season at Highland, and her absence from every spring and summer workout proved she was serious. Then a week before tryouts, she changed her stance and told coach Tracie Mezera she was interested in playing basketball. Mezera told her it’s all out or all in, no more waffling. Stay or go. All parties involved are happy she stayed. The leading scorer for the Trojans scored 14 points and buried three huge 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as Times No. 9 Highland beat No. 8 Hobart 59-55 to hand the Brickies their first loss in Northwest Crossroads Conference action.
  • 1/11/2014
  • Album ID: 1753239
  • Photos by John Smierciak

Whiting fire

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  • Whiting and East Chicago firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a home at 1938 Indianapolis Blvd. in Whiting.
  • 1/7/2014
  • Album ID: 1751935
  • Photos by Jonathan Miano

ANDREAN VS HANOVER CENTRAL BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CEDAR LAKE | School is still a few days away from being back in session, but two young teams with a cadre of inexperienced players learned plenty of lessons Friday night. And in a game that featured a grand total of three seniors between the two rosters, a sophomore from Andrean made sure the 59ers started the new calendar year without a slip-up. Just as Hanover Central closed to within one possession of the lead, Andrean woke up behind sophomore Colin Flowers and went on to win 62-43. It was Andrean’s fourth consecutive victory
  • 1/3/2014
  • Album ID: 1750469
  • Photos by John Smierciak

MARIAN CATHOLIC VS JOLIET CENTRAL IN THE MCDIPPER TOURNAMENT BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • RICHTON PARK | Thornton's boys basketball team had one wish for Christmas. "The guys really want to play Marian," coach Troy Jackson said. "They may beat the brakes off us, but the guys want to play them." The Wildcats will get their chance to play the Times' top-ranked team by virtue of a 71-67 win Saturday over Bolingbrook in the semifinals of the McDipper, coupled with Marian's 63-43 win over Joliet Central. Thus, the McDipper's defending champion Spartans (9-1) will meet the region's most successful entrant in Rich South's 41-year-old holiday tourney.
  • 12/28/2013
  • Album ID: 1748398
  • Photos by John Smierciak

THORNTON VS KING IN THE MCDIPPER TOURNAMENT BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • RICHTON PARK | Justin Taylor and Jamani Pierce knew they and their Thornton teammates were starting to let the game get away from them. A smaller King team was outhustling and outrebounding the Wildcats. They said that was when they got going and never stopped as Thornton beat King 59-45 in one quarterfinal Friday at the McDipper XLI. With the win, the Wildcats (6-3) will face Bolingbrook, a 66-59 winner over Rich South, at 7 p.m. today in one semifinal. Marian Catholic made short work of Rich East with an 81-63 win in the nightcap.
  • 12/27/2013
  • Album ID: 1748117
  • Photos by John Smierciak

CRETE-MONEE VS BOLINGBROOK IN THE MCDIPPER TOURNAMENT BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

  • 10 photos
  • RICHTON PARK | Crete-Monee couldn't contain Bolingbrook's inside game and in the first half, it couldn't control the basketball. The Warriors stumbled out of the gate in falling 81-63 to the Raiders in a first-round game of the McDipper XLI. Times No. 1 Marian Catholic, the defending McDipper champions, and Thornton got off to good starts as both won first-round games handily. Crete-Monee (7-3) committed 10 first-half turnovers and could not keep the bigger Raiders off the boards.
  • 12/26/2013
  • Album ID: 1747657
  • Photos by John Smierciak

T.F. NORTH VS RICHARDS IN BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CALUMET CITY | Despite being a young team, there are no moral victories for the T.F. North boys basketball team. The Meteors fell 61-56 to Richards in overtime in a South Suburban Conference crossover game Friday night at T.F. North. The Meteors battled back from a 10-point deficit at the half, but the young Meteors, who feature only two seniors on the varsity roster, were unable to control the ball in overtime. The Meteors lost 18 turnovers in the game and trailed the entire overtime.
  • 12/20/2013
  • Album ID: 1746147
  • Photos by John Smierciak

LOWELL VS WEST SIDE BOYS BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • LOWELL | It's hard to keep a good man down. It's even harder to keep a great player down. On Saturday night inside The Pit, Lowell proved it is hard to keep a good team getting better down, beating West Side 67-61 in what is believed to be the program's first win over the Cougars. “I could go 0-for-20 and if we win I'd be happy,” Lowell senior Zach VanHook said after scoring 30 points. He only scored eight against Valparaiso earlier in the week. Times No. 9 Lowell (3-1) was 22-of-31 from the field (71 percent) and 21-of-27 from the line (78 percent). “We'll take it,” Lowell coach Nate Richie said. “We hadn't shot well our first three games. I'm not sure if we've ever beaten them before. No one now remembers the last time.'
  • 12/14/2013
  • Album ID: 1743524
  • Photos by John Smierciak

BOWMAN VS LAKE CENTRAL BOYS BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

  • 14 photos
  • 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
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