Lakeshore Sports 219

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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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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.

Railcats baseball

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.

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It was a great Thursday for the Oilmen and for hockey fans throughout the region. We will explain.


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The Stanley Cup made an appearance in three different Northwest Indiana locations yesterday. We caught the festivities at the Midwest Ice Rink in Dyer and had a chance to talk with new Washington Capitals coach Todd Reirdon about how bringing the cup to the region isn't the only hockey related plan Reirdon has for Northwest Indiana.

Railcats baseball

The  Alex-Andy-Randy combination led the Railcats to a huge win over Sioux Falls while the Oilmen, who scored 23 hits on Southland the last time to two teams played, faced some painful  deja veau in the rematch,

All of the above will be spoken here.

nwi oilmen

A Northwest Indiana Oilman had a huge night against Dupage County while the Railcats were the victim of a big individual performance versus Sioux Falls. 

And junior league hockey is coming back to the region.  Click in for more information.

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Hard to believe Railcat fans were shaking their collective heads about their ballclub just a week ago.  Seven days later, the Ralcats are in first place in the American Association North Division (which has Rusty the Railcat with a smile on his face). We'll tell you how they did it and we'll talk about a successful girl's high school basketball coach who will move on the boys basketball as an assistant.  


Thank goodness for the Cubs because it it weren't for them, Thursday night sports would have been crickets.

We'll tell you why plus talk about the Railcats beginning a six game home stand tonight at U.S. Steel Yard.

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Go figure.

In the two weeks before this one, the Railcats struggled against Sioux Falls, Chicago, and Texas, three of the worst teams in the American Association. This past week, the Cats went on the road to play Fargo Morehead and defending league champion Winnipeg, two teams who are comparably better than the three previously named teams. And guess what?  The Cats are 4-1 against Fargo and Winnipeg.  That includes an impressive win over the Redhawks last night.


The Railcats got only five hits in their game with Fargo Morehead last night.  And still won.  We'll tell you how the Cats had the RedHawks under the gunn with some great pitching.

And if you love the long ball....and who doesn't? had to love last night's Major League Baseball all star game.  A Chicago Cub joined in the long ball festivities, but it was a couple of Houston Astros who had a role in the American League making it six all star game wins in a row.

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The Railcats began their three game series with defending champion Winnipeg winning the first two games.  Could the Railcats get the sweep Sunday?  Spoiler alert:  the verdict was in on this one in the second inning.

The Oilmen begin the second half of their season tonight against the best team in the Midwest Collegiate League.

And there was some tragic news involving a former Chicago Blackhawk.

Click in.  We'll dicsus it.


The only question I have for the Northwest Indiana Oilmen after last night's game with Southland in the heck did you guys miss that extra point?  We'll explain.

And the Railcats had some 'splaining to do after a tough two weeks in which the Cats struggled against three of the worst teams in the American Association.  Now they begin a week long road trip against far better competition. Manager Greg Tagert will talk about how important that Wednesday night win over Texas was as the Cats hit the road. 

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The Railcats had a season high of men left on base against Texas yesterday. The Oilmen had problems stopping Joliet from driving in runs.  Did these situations get in the way of a Cat/Oilmen victory?