King of the Pro Picks

Week 14 of the NFL schedule proved to be another tough one for contestants in The News-Dispatch Pro Picks game as only four players finished with a record better than 9-4. Three of those finished 10-3 and only one got 11 of the 13 games correct – Ruth King of Michigan City. She wins the $50 prize for the week. Play Pro Picks every week by clipping the form in The News-Dispatch Sports section and returning it to the office by 4 p.m. Friday.

SC whips WT

South Central used a 25-5 second-quarter run to take control against Washington Township on its way to a 69-46 Porter County Conference girls basketball victory Thursday. Faith Biggs topped five Satellites in double figures with 17 points. She and Delanie Gale (13 points) each hit three 3-pointers. Olivia Marks (12), Amber Wolf (11) and Abbie Tomblin (10) rounded out the balanced attack for S.C. (8-2, 2-1).

Cougars grapplers now a stellar 7-1

New Prairie's wrestling team improved its record to 7-1 after drubbing South Bend Washington 64-15 Thursday. Wrestler of the night was the Cougars' Josh Brewer. NP heads back to Washington at 8 a.m. Saturday for its Blood, Sweat and Tears Super Dual looking to defend its title.

Marquette girls hoops time change

Due to Victory Christian Academy not having a girls JV basketball team, Marquette Catholic's girls varsity basketball home game on Tuesday will be varsity only and tip off at 6 p.m., not the originally scheduled 7 p.m.

Blazers boys hoops game moved

Due to a service retreat, Marquette Catholic’s boys basketball game Jan. 24 at Mishawaka Marian has been moved to Feb. 6. Tip time is 6:30 p.m.

Making Christmas Merry

If your high school, middle school, grade school or youth sports team is doing something to make Christmas happier for someone else, The News-Dispatch and Herald-Argus would like to know so we can let other people know about the good things that are happening in La Porte County during the holidays. Please give us a heads up by emailing Jim Peters at

Former Bear Butler at Old-Timers banquet

The Gary Old Timers Athletic Association’s 74th annual banquet is set for Jan. 8. Guest speaker is Kevin Butler, the kicker on the 1985 NFL Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. This year’s honoree is Dave Hanaway who has selflessly invested his time in the youth of Northwest Indiana for the past six decades coaching baseball and basketball youth sports in Gary and Crown Point. The banquet’s Master of Ceremonies is Jeff Blanzy, a college basketball analyst and NBC channel 5 sports anchor. Dinner tickets are available for $40 per person. For information, contact Tom Kayes (219) 736-5269.

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