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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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Throughout the month I've spent working on-and-off writing this column, I've been thinking a lot about something I saw on the internet.

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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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Since 1994, as far back as the website of the incomparable John Harrell keeps this stat, football teams coached by Russ Radtke have won at least 11 games in a season on seven occasions.

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In the span of 40 minutes Saturday evening, just outside the Michigan City Lighthouse, an unassuming, two-inch Rapala caught a sheepshead, a jumbo perch, a brown trout and a chinook.

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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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Some time between the end of the school year and now, Katie and Brad Collignon began their second season as the athletic director and assistant at Marquette.

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Wasn't intending to fish bluegills on Monday, but stormy weather curtailed perch plans and the excessive rain muddied steelhead hopes.

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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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The last time Marquette athletic director/girls basketball coach Katie Collignon and I had discussed her team, it was while sitting at the bar of Shoreline Brewery in Michigan City.

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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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A busy Saturday for me was on the horizon when I got home from a long night working my second job. And as I put my wallet and rosary (yes, this old school Catholic always carries a rosary — it came in handy a couple weeks ago when anxiously flying in an airplane for the first time in 18 year…

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In case you haven’t been paying attention to national sports news, the University of Louisville might be the first college basketball national champion to have a title vacated.

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Not that there hasn’t been enough coaching change issues going around this year, from a state championship coach at Marquette leaving for Green(er)castle pastures to a coach at La Crosse getting a raw deal to La Porte's situation this week that has high-profile basketball pundits from Michig…

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La PORTE — Far be it from me to supersede the words of someone as important and accomplished as La Porte High School Athletic Director Ed Gilliland when it comes to the non-renewal of Slicers’ boys basketball coach Tom Wells that was made official on Monday night at a packed, standing-room-o…

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