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Tommy Williams talks with region sports personalities, including coaches, athletes, and reporters. Each week (and sometimes daily), Tommy will fill you in on what's happening beyond the courts and fields of Northwest Indiana.

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Calumet finished the last three prep football seasons with a 3-7 record.  With a win over Wheeler Friday, they will finish this season 6-2.  Warrior tight end A.J.Fowler (number 34 with teammates  lineman/running back Joshua Johnson (76) and wide receiver Paris Hernandez (11) talks about the turnaround on today's sports.

And on a sad note, Gary and the region say goodbye to a football legend.

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The  word of the day is CONGRAGULATIONS.

Use it in a sentence, you ask?  OK, no problem.  Congragulations go out to Michigan City football coach Phil Mason,  the Lake Central girl's soccer team, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, the LA Dodgers,  and the Houston Astros.  Let's just say Monday was a scrapbook kind of day for all of the above.

We will explain on today's sports.

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The high school football playoff draw has been announced and we will let you know who the top area teams will play in the first round of the tournament right here.

And our own Wayne Svetenoff will take a look at one of the teams involved in our final game of the week for the regular season.

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Can you believe we have two more Friday's of regular season prep football left before we start the playoffs?

One thing that is believable is that we have another four star game of the week to talk about:  it's Lowell v. Andrean and both coaches, Keith Kilmer of Lowell and Chris Skinner of Andrean will talk about it on today's sports.

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Andrean has a 6-1 record.  So does Lowell. Lowell is unbeaten in the Northwest Crossroads Conference.  So is Andrean.  The 59ers feature one of the top offenses in the state averaging 40 points per game.  The Lowell defense takes a back seat no no one giving up only five points per outing(including three shutouts).

Should make for an interesting Friday night when the two teams play at Andrean. Lowell defensive lineman Blake Jansky will talk about our game of the week on today's sports.

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Talk about a busy night in sports:  Cubs baseball and sectionals in girls and  boys soccer.  We will give you all of the above on today's sports.

It will be a playoff-like atmosphere at Andrean Friday night as Lowell and Andrean face off in a huge Northwest Crossroads Conference high school football duel with the winner guaranteed at least a share of the conference title.

Andrean lineman Evan Sotoski talks about his biggest concern about Lowell right here.

The high school girls volleyball playoff draw is out as well as the prep football coaches rankings.  We'll tell you which area teams made the cut in the football poll including two teams who will play one another come Friday.

Our Wayne Svetenoff will talk about that matchup.

And the boys soccer sectionals began yesterday.  With the help of the Northwest Indiana Times, we'll talk about day one of the soccer playoffs, images

So, what do you have to say about Bear quarterback Mitchell Trubisky now?  His critics will have to take a week off after his outstanding outing against Tampa Bay yesterday.

Whiting coach Jeff Cain will share his thoughts on the Oilers high school football win over Calumet,  Notre Dame moves up in the college football AP poll, and the Cubs play a very important game number 163 this afternoon at Wrigley.  

All of the above will be discussed on today's sports.

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It's week seven of the high school football season and as always, there are some pretty good matchups in the region, including Valparaiso versus Merrillville, with both teams trying to stengthen their case for a Duneland Conference title.

You will hear from Valpo coach Bill Marshall and Merrillville head man Brad Seiss  on today's sports.

And we've crowned new boys tennis sectional champions including Munster (oh boy, what a surprise, we said sarcastically).  All of the above coming your way in sports.  

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One of the best players on Northwest Indiana's best prep football defense joins us on sports today.

Valparaiso's Reece Crossin talks about the transistion from quarterback to becoming an all area candidate at safety. And yes, he will also talk about tomorrow's big duel betwen the Vikings and Merrillville.

The boys's tennis sectionals opened yesterday and we'll talk about who moves on in tournament.  

Stop on in and enjoy.

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Week seven of the high school football season features yet another big game in the region.

This time its Valparaiso heading to Merrillville for a date with a Pirate team that had a one win season last year but have come back this season to challenge for the Duneland Conference title.  You will hear from Pirate offensive lineman Christian Brock about the Pirate turn-around on today's sports.

We'll also check out the prep football coaches poll and talk about a huge soccer outing for Boone Grove's Lexi Darnell.  

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The boys and girl's soccer playoff draw was revealed yesterday.  We will tell you who the ranked teams are playing in the first round.

The Bears are in first place in the NFC North Division.  The Packers lost.  Great time to be a Bears fan, isn't it?

And we will talk about a long time Chicago baseball announcer who ended his career yesterday.

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So, what do you think of the Highland v. Lowell high school football matchup come Friday?  Our Wayne Svetenoff gives his take on it right here.  

One of the best prep basketball players in the region....check that...the state has apparently made his decision as to where he will go to college.

And the boys soccer poll is out and the region has a number one ranked team.


Griffith lineman Andrew Davenport talks about what it will take to beat Boone Grove in the Panthers high school football homecoming matchup with the Wolves on sports today.

We'll also talk about Valparaiso taking a step towards winning the girl's soccer Duneland Conference title outright and a huge scoring afternoon for Hebron's Noah Datillo in boys soccer.  


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. 

We will explain.

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Andrean football coach Chris Skinner talks about the 59ers impressive win over Hobart on today's sports.

We'll also talk about good news for Notre Dame and the Indy Colts and not so good news for the Cubs and the Sox.

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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.

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The Northwest Indiana Oilmen choose one of their old players to be their new manager.

Wayne takes a close look at Merrillville-Michigan City prep football.

And the Milwaukee Brewers just won't go away, won't they?

All of the above spoken here.

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It's just like old times.

Hobart is winning in high school football, thanks to a strong running game and a defense that would make former coach Don Howell proud.  

And the unbeaten Brickies  (4-0 under rookie coach Craig Osika) have homecoming coming up Friday against a familiar foe.  Andrean comes to the Brickyard featuring one of the best offenses in the region.

Hobart's Sal Valle joins us to talk about Friday night's big challenge.

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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.

We've had better sports weekends in the region.

The Railcats gave up one run in two games against St. Paul in their best of five American Asociation playoff series games at home but still were eliminated.

Area Bears fans have yet another reason to NOT like Aaron Rodgers and the White Sox scored as many runs Sunday as the Railcata did Saturday night.  All of the above will be  (painfully) spoken here.

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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.  

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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.

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Talk about a crazy holiday weekend for the Railcats.

Sunday night Gary had a chance to win the Amrican Association North Division title but lost in 16 innings to Kansas City (while leaving a ton of runners on base in the process).

Yesterday the Cats got a second chance to win the division and and as you can see from the photo, faired far batter.


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It's week three of the high school football season beginning tonight with some pretty good matchups in the region (don't we always have good matchups around these parts)?

Crown Point coach Kevin Enright talks about his biggest concern in the Bulldogs matchup with Merrillville plus we'll talk about Purdue's college football season opener last night.

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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.

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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.

Those are the headlines,  details are two clicks away.


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The Railcats began a huge four game set against St. Paul Thursday night. The Cats got off to a slow start but finished pretty strong in the ninth inning. Was it enough to gain a Railcat victory?

And ladies and gentlemen:  high school football is back with scrimmage action tonight.  We'll let you know who's playing who.

And was could might is!!!! We had an Andrew Luck sighting in the Colts pre season game with Seattle.  

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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.


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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).

And pro football returns tonight.

All of the above will be discussed right here.