It was a great Monday for the Chicago Bears, Andrean football coach Chris Skinner, and both the Hammond Morton and Chesterton boy's soccer teams who played one another and yet still kept unbeaten streaks going.
Week five of the high school football season features an unbeaten traditional power versus a one loss team that's also used to winning and features the region's best quarterback. You'll hear from both team's coaches right here.
And we'll take a look at some of the other top matchups in the region.
Who is Northwest Indiana's high school football MVP?
That's an interesting question considering we are only four week's into the high school football season, but if we had to vote for one right now, Andreran quaterback Zack Merrill would be a strong candidate.
Merrill has put up some impressive numbers in the past three weeks and will lead the 59ers into Friday's big game versus unbeaten Hobart. We'll get his take on the matchup right here.
The Railcats are one loss away from elimination in the first round of the American Association baseball playoffs. We will talk about how St. Paul held serve in their first two home playoff games against the Cats.
Valparaiso v. Michigan City highlights the fourth week of the high school football season. You'll hear from Wolves coach Phil Mason about his number one concern about the Vikings.
And a legendary girl's basketball coach has been relieved of his duties in Gary.
The last time Michigan City and Valparaiso played high school football,it was last year, and it was a classic.
The Vikings won it with a last second win and you'll hear from Valpo junior quarterback C.J. Opperman about this year's matchup. We'll also talk about how the Railcats baseball playoff opener didn't go very well.
The Railcats' magic number for making the playoffs was one before last night's game against Sioux Falls. A win would put the Cats into the post season for the second straight year.
Meanwhile in high school football, Merrillville and their talented defensive lineman Justin Ramsey have a tough Duneland Conference matchup with Crown Point. Ramsey talks about what should be one of the top games in the region.
The Railcats are now one win away from a playoff spot, thanks to a huge offense performance at Wichita last night and a little help from our friends across state lines.
One of the most interesting back and forth rivalries in prep football is Crown Point and Merrillville. The latest edition of this Duneland Conference duel between the two is Friday and CP running back Scott Mills will give you his take on the match up.
A blown 4-0 lead means the Railcats have company at the top spot in the American Association North Division.
And how about Merrillville's big week one win over Andrean in high school football last Friday. Next up on the Pirate schedule: Penn. Wayne Svetenoff talks about the Bucco's chances against the Kingsmen.
You have a choice as to what to do with your Friday night: you can either go to U.S. Steel Yard to see the Railcats continue their run for the playoffs or you can enjoy week one of the high school football season. And man, do we have some great matchups tonight. The Battle of Broadway is tonight as is the debut of new coaches including at Hobart, West Side, and Munster (we wish the new guy the best at Munster but we miss Leroy Marsh already. And the season hasn't even started yet).
Choices, choices, choices. All good one's if you ask me.
Remember two weeks ago when the biggest question surrounding the Railcats was whether they could replace Daniel Minor who was lights out as the Railcats number one starter before he took his talents to the Mexican League? If the Cats three game set with Winnipeg was any indication, then the answer is yes with just about every Railcat pitcher making major contributions replacing Minor (pun intended).
That would include a four star pitching perofmrnace by Gabe Perez.
We'll also talk high school sports inclding a Griffith boys soccer player who had a huge night.
Let's welcome back the Railcat offense, which had been in a slump the past week, but reintroduced itself Tuesday night against Winnipeg. But after losing five of their last six games, did it mean the Cats reintroducd themselves to the win column?
We also have high school sports scores for you, courtesy of the NWI Times.
The Railcats got another great pitching performance last night in their game with Winnipeg, a performance that included something never done before in American Association history. One problem, though: the Cat offense continues to struggle which put them in position to lose their fifth game in their last six.
In girl's volleyball, it was Crown Point and Andrean dueling yesterday.
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How close the Railcats came to blowing another great pitching performance. But instead of what happened Monday night (a 4-3 loss inspite of a great outing by Jeff McKenzie), an equally awesome eight inning job by Gabe Perez was the springboard to a fantastic finish at U.S. Steel Yard Tuesday night.
And high school sports are officially back (yay!!!!!) with girls prep golf scheduled for today.
The trophy case for the Northwest Indiana Oilmen just got a little more crowded yesterday. Speaking of crowds, the top spots in the American Association North division just got a little more cluttered. The Railcats still own first place, but thanks to an off day for the Cat offense last night, their lead for the top spot in the division just got smaller.
The Oilmen had a chance to punch their ticket to the Midwest Collegiate League baseball finals last night. A win over Southland would give NWI a series sweep. Meanwhile the Railcats were going for their ninth straight win and a chance to run the table in their seven game road trip. The good news is that the Cats got some great pitching. The bad news......(sorry, no spoiler alert).
All is good on the region front in sports. Not so good for Chicago. We'll talk about how the Oilmen are one win away from the Midwest Collegiate League playoff final and how the Railcats messed with Texas again last night. As far as the night for the Cubs and White Sox? Well, it was a mess.