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First-year Marquette boys basketball coach Fred Mooney doesn’t come across as a masochist. But if you look at the Blazers’ schedule this season, you might think he likes pain.

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No, a movie with Ebenezer Scrooge in it will not appear on my best or worst five Christmas movie lists. But when you reach my five least favorites, it may sound like I want to say “Bah Humbug” or that my name is Grinch.

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Time for you to roll your eyes while sitting down for breakfast in the morning and opening the paper to The News-Dispatch sports section, and yelling to your significant other, “Hey, Gorches is ranting about Michigan City and Marquette boys basketball again!”

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With all the success the La Porte High School football team has had over the years — especially in the last decade — you would think the La Porte Pop Warner football program would have garnered more accolades in the process.

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It was a long walk from the wet football field to Michigan City’s designated locker room at Kokomo High School last Friday after the Wolves’ 21-14 loss in the Class 5A semistate.

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It may not quite be like Forrest Gump and his future wife: “Me and Jenny go together like peas and carrots.” But you can definitely use a metaphor about Michigan City head coach Phil Mason and assistant Roydon Richards being married to football.

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On Friday night when the News-Dispatch contingent (myself, Adam Parkhouse and photographer Robb Quinn) arrived early, Concord athletic director David Preheim quipped, “Welcome to the 1990s” in answer to a question about whether there was WiFi on the premises.

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After last Friday’s 38-10 victory over La Porte in the Class 5A Sectional 9 championship game, Phil Mason admitted his wife told him two years ago that if he was ‘as good as you think you are, you’ll get it done,’ in reference to Mason deciding to take the Wolves’ head coaching job.

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Back in the spring when the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) released the new football sectional alignment, La Porte head football coach Dave Sharpe had a premonition that this hype-filled, fervor-filled week would arrive.

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The smile on Kyle Schmack’s face almost looked like it helped dry the tears after the postgame huddle in which the junior quarterback and his South Central teammates lamented their 28-20 loss at Winamac on Friday night in the first round of Class A Sectional 41.

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Two weeks ago, after Michigan City’s 56-14 victory over Lake Central, head coach Phil Mason had a humorous diatribe in the third person that I saved for a rainy day.

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For those of you who compete in fantasy leagues, whether it’s baseball or football or even basketball, don’t you love that feeling when you see a notice at the top of your team page saying you have a stat correction … and it’s in your favor.

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Far be it from me to criticize an official’s call in any sport, but a couple penalties and the result had me baffled the last couple weeks while covering Michigan City football — and the one last week could have impacted the game.

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MICHIGAN CITY — As I finished the question to Mason Kaletha, the Michigan City defensive back displayed a devious smile, as if he got away with stealing snacks from the proverbial cookie jar.

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I still recall the days of covering Craig Buzea when he was the head coach at Michigan City, and Portage before that.

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“No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.” — excerpt from little known third verse of The Star Spangled Banner

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Most Indiana high school football schedules are composed the same way. The first two weeks are non-conference games, while the other seven weeks are conference tilts.

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It’s not nearly as iconic of a father-son photo as a small John F. Kennedy Jr. hiding under his dad’s desk in the Oval Office when JFK was President in the early 1960s, but it could be part of a feel-good NASCAR moment on Sunday when the Brickyard 400 takes place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Last year (2015-16) was a banner year for La Porte High School athletics with seven sectional titles and a pair of regional trophies in cross country. That tied for the most sectional crowns in a single high school season for the Slicers, matching 1996-97 and 1998-99.

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The Thursday before the second half of the Major League Baseball season is supposed to be the slowest sports day of the calendar year, though Wimbledon being moved a week later this year changes that a little.

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So you’re 11 years old, getting ready to play some basketball in a national contest, making your first trip to the greatest city in the world — well, New York City is the greatest if you ask a New Yorker — on your first airplane ride.

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It’s seemingly been a perennial occurrence when it comes to the Chicago Blackhawks, at least over the last seven years.

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