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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After Oakland A's pitcher/Andrean grad Sean Manaea threw his no hit masterpiece against Boston Saturday night, I asked my buddies, via Facebook, if Maneae was the first pitcher from Northwest Indiana to throw a major league baseball no hitter.

Today in sports, the Pacers drop one to LaBron and Cleveland in the NBA playoffs,  the Valparaiso college baseball team has a history making weekend, and yes, there is a very special reason why Oakland A's pitcher/Andrean grad Sean Manaea has a bubble gum bucket on his head.

I hate being late with this, especially in congragulating a man who has been good to his players and school from day one.  He was great to the media, too, including me.  Except for one time.

OK, technically I wasn't in the media at the time.  And it was his job not to be nice to me, or the 40 or so people with me, all dressed in black and gold who made a trip to Munster one night.

We offer condolenses to East Chicago/Merrillville born/San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on the passing of his wife Erin last week.  According to reports, she had been suffering for some time with an unknown illness.  The two had been married for four decades. 


Maybe we should have seen this coming the last time Oakland pitcher Sean Manaea took the mound against Seattle early last week.  The Andrean high school grad gave up only two hits in seven innings work which odviously was impressive, but he would out-do himself Saturday night by pitching two more innings than his last outing.

He would also gave up two fewer hits.

Yesterday we showed you some of the big stars who shined during the Circle of Men basketball all star game last weekend and sure enough, we missed one.

Actually, we missed two.  During the "Future Stars" all star game, we were introduced to a young lady who more than held her own being the only female to participate in the game.

The Circle of Men All Star high school basketball games may have made all-star history over the weekend.  How many all star basketball games can brag that their slam dunk contest winner also sang the national anthem. And did both extremely well.

They weren't the biggest team in the region, therefore they were not highly regarded before last season.  But the Hammond boys basketball team got over their lack of bigness to win a Hammond sectional title, led by point guard Malik Miller, who talks about the Wildcat season and his involvement in the Circle of Men all star basketball game April 7 at Calumet high school.

Two of the young ladies who will take part in Saturday's Circle of Men basketball all star game include a player who scored 39 points in one game.  That would be Morton's Shinettine Butler who had that career best against a good East Chicago team.  Her all star game teammate, Hammond's Arial Watts almost quit the game early in life.  Her dad would have nothing of it.  Years later, Watts was captain of the Wildcats last season and of course, has an all star appointment in her future.  We had a chance to talk with both young ladies about their senior years and being an all star.

Bowman Academy basketball stars Langston Stalling and Chinadu Okanu are very impressive young men. Stalling is one of the best student athletes in the state while Okanu always mentions hard work to improve his game at the next level.  Both young men will be front and center stage in the Circle of Men basketball all-star game with region stars squaring off with some of the best from Indianapolis Saturday at Calumet high school.  We talked with both young men about their senior years at Bowman and about taking part in an all star game.

This scenario has played out in hundreds of driveway basketball courts throughout Indiana:  young son takes on dad in one on one hoops (with mom somewhere in the house hoping and praying that dad doesn't wear the poor kid out).

To say that Westville's Cabe Albers had an eventful senior basketball season is an understatement.  Albers set a school record for men's basketball scoring this past season while helping his team win their first ever Porter County Tournament.  He also scored one for sportsmanship during a game in which he had a chance to score 40 points in one game in a blowout Westville win, and decided not to.  Cabe's prep basketball career isn't over yet, though because he will be a part of the Circle of Men prep all star game Saturday at Calumet High School.  Lakeshore Sports 219 had a chance to talk to

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Apr 1, 2018

Did you see the Notre Dame-Mississippi State women's college basketball national championship final Sunday night?  If you did, and especially if you saw the exciting finish...a long jumper by Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale that won the game, we have a question for you.  Did that scenario look familiar to you?  Think 20 years ago when an Indiana school  won a men's tournament game. Unlike the Notre Dame win, the winning bucket was nailed by a region born hoopster (Bryce Drew from Valpo High school). Other than that, there are a few simiarities.  

What do Lacross basketball star Justene Charlesworth and East Chicago's Jenesae Bishop have in common?  Both were excellent prep basketball players who ran into injury problems during their senior seasons.  Both missed a good amount of regular season time but both came back strong to help their teams in the second half of the season.  Today we will talk about the long road back for Charlesworth after suffering an ACL injury early in the season.

Merrillville guard Robert Sanders Jr. admitted that there were some bumps along the way for the Pirates this past boy's basketball season.  He also says he's proud that his Buccos got a share of the Duneland Conference title and made it to a sectional final last month. He's also happy that there will be an all star game in his future next month during the Circle of Men Region v. Indianapolis matchup at Calumet High School April 7.  Sanders talks about his senior season and about his future right here.


Andrean opens their prep baseball season with a win, a birthday girl has a grand time in Lake Central's win over Munster (happy birthday, Riley!!!!!), and a region Fab Five are working it out for a spot on the Indiana All Star team.  All of the above are (a). courtesy of the Northwest Indiana Times and (b.) discussed here.

Northwest Indiana has had its share of high school state titles recently whether it be team wise (Chesterton gymnastics) or individual (Chesterton...again...and Portage in wrestling, Munster in girl's swimming).  Lake Central has a chance to give the area something we haven't gotten this year:  a national championship after winning the Roper Cup two weeks ago.

So, you think the area high school basketball season is over?  In the words of non-basketball guy Lee Corso, not so fast!!!

The Circle of Men organization of Gary, Indiana says they will feature some of the best region basketball stars in action during their all star game April 7 at Calumet high school.

Circle of Men's Leroy Cooper Jr. stopped by to talk about it.  

 While Purdue won't open tournament play until tomorrow morning, the race for the men's college basketball tournament title continues today with games running all day.  So say a prayer for your bracket(s), and let's talk sports, of which we will actually begin with football and a few talented region stars who have an all star game coming up.

The  NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament draw was yesterday and  Notre Dame and Louisville, featuring a former area basketball superstar player both get top seeds.  And Lakeshore TV superman Wayne Svetenoff talks about how this year's girl's gymnastics state champs have a good chance of repeating.  

The men's college basketball draw is out. See how one Indiana based team is in while another has to settle for the NIT.  And we will  talk about a great weekend for an area gymnastics team and a not so good weekend for area high school hoops.  

The Boys High School Basketball playoffs continued last night. We will talk about who is still in the running for a sectional championship.  We'll also talk about a couple of girls senior basketball players who got some good news yesterday.

Last weekend, Portage wrestler's Jacob Moran (106 lbs.) and Kris Rumph (138) won individual state titles in Indianapolis. Listen up as Moran and Rumph tell their stories on life during and after winning a state title. Plus Indians coach Leroy Vega joins us to talk about coaching a state champion (s) for the first time in his career.

Today on Lakeshore Sports 219, we take a look at the Lake Station boys basketball win over Portage last night. Listen in during our post game interview with Eagles coach Bob Burke.