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Summary: South Central took a 10-7 lead in the third quarter on an Andrew Karsten field goal but River Forest (4-3, 2-1) answered with two scored and kept the Satellites (1-6, 1-2) off the board in a 20-10 Greater South Shore Conference win.

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LA PORTE — In less time than it took the two to warm up, New Prairie's Nick Boyd took the first set, 6-1, against Marquette's Sean Bardol in the No. 1 singles bracket in the boys tennis sectionals at the LeRoy Courts in Kesling Park. 

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WESTVILLE — Fifth place wasn't acceptable for La Porte senior cross country runner Conner Havens.

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Saturdays in the late summer and early fall used to be prep football day in the newspaper, then deadline changes came along, putting the kibosh to that great long-standing tradition, at least for the time being. 

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A solid finish with the highlight of an otherwise tough round of golf for Lia Thomas in the girls state finals tournament Friday at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel.

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La PORTE — Ever since La Porte's boys tennis team suffered a gut-wrenching, 3-2 sectional semifinal loss to New Prairie last year, the Slicers have been pointing toward this day.

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NEW CARLISLE — Nearing the latter half of New Prairie's practice Wednesday afternoon, head coach Russ Radtke and his coaching staff were visibly and audibly upset with the effort their football team was putting in.

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Returning to Prairie View Golf Club for Thursday's practice round at the site of the girls golf state finals brought a sense of deja vu for Lia Thomas.

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La PORTE — For the first roughly half an hour on Wednesday, La Porte's boys tennis team duked it out with New Prairie.

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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — The area on a football field inside the 20-yard line is called the red zone.

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NEW CARLISLE — Tied one set apiece and down 17-22 in an all-important third set, the New Prairie girls volleyball team needed to make something happen quick.

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La PORTE — Michigan City's boys tennis lineup had a drastically different look for Wednesday's La Porte Sectional semifinal match with Marquette, so the Wolves' early-season 4-1 win over the Blazers didn't have coach Mike Tsugawa check marking the win column too soon.

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La PORTE — It took a mere matter of moments for La Porte's volleyball team to take control on Tuesday night.

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HAMMOND — As the sun begins to set at Bishop Noll High School, the stadium lights illuminate a silver chainlink fence with a large sign hanging up. It reads, "2018 AA State Champions."

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The email popped up on Noah Scherf's phone as he was leaving Mass on a Saturday night.

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UNION MILLS -- It's easy for Pipar Wade to find motivation on the volleyball court.

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UNION MILLS — For a kicker, Andrew Karsten has a pretty good idea what to do when he gets the football in his hands, too.

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ST. JOHN — As Michigan City quarterback Giovani Laurent threw his fifth interception of the day to effectively dash any hopes the Wolves had of defeating Lake Central Saturday afternoon, a stunned, emotionless group of players slowly walked over to the sideline.

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MERRILLVILLE — Despite facing an undefeated team with a stingy defense on the road, and having to make the hour bus trip twice in about 12 hours, La Porte stood up admirably Saturday.

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La PORTE — For Collin Bergquist, being Nolan Lorenz's brother has been both a blessing and kind of a curse.

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MICHIGAN CITY — Sportsmanship in athletics isn't what it used to be, but it still has a pulse.

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All four area football teams had their games postponed on Friday night due to storms. They all have been rescheduled for Saturday.

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La Porte (1-4, 1-2 Duneland Athletic Conference) at Class 6A No. 7 Merrillville (5-0, 3-0)

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La PORTE — He wasn't even listed on the varsity roster Wednesday night. 

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