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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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Cleburne (Texas) and Rafeal Palmiero were in Gary to begin a three game series with the Railcats last night. Could the Cats avoid being starstruck and end their three game losing streak?  Meanwhile, the Oilmen got some good news about one of their players being honored by the Midwest Collegiate League.  All of the above will be spoken here.

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A very familiar face (especially to Cub fans) will play against the Railcats  at US Steel Yard tonight,  the Oilmen's coach has a new gig, and Gary Lighthouse has a new boys basketball coach.  Those are the headlines, details coming up.

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It was Ernie Banks who uttered the now famous line 'let's play two today.'  Well, two region teams took that slogan one step further; they won two Saturday during the high school baseball state finals. 

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The Oilmen got off to a good start in their game with Joliet Thursday. Did it lead to a happy finish?  Can the region pick up two state champiosnhips in high school baseball over the weekend?   NWI Times sportswriter Jim Peters talks about the prep baseball weekend right here.

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The Railcats scored six runs in the top of the ninth inning against Winnipeg. Easy win for the Cats, right?  Wrong.

The Oilmen get a 'w' and it only took them 15 innings to do it.The Railcats were not so fortunate, though.

And you will hear from the young man who's job it is to pitch Andrean to another state high school baseball championship.  All of the above spoken here.

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Andrean has a date with Silver Creek in the Class 3A prep baseball state title game, and after the season 59er pitcher Mike Doolin has had, is there any doubt as to who will start the biggest game of the season?

Boone Grove won their prep baseball game thanks to some clutch hitting down the stretch, Griffith did something to Hanover Central that hasn't been done in five years, and the Railcats used an Sante-Este-BOMB to win their final pre-season home game.

All of the above will be discussed here.

          

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We had some pretty good pitching performances in high school baseball yesterday. We'll talk about that as well as softball finals from yesterday and crown a new champion in the Duneland Conference boys track meet.  By the way, big thank you to the NWI Times for the high school scores.

High school baseball had to share the spotlight with the prep track and field conference meets and the return of the Railcats for their 2018 season.   With the help of the NWI Times with all things high school, let's talk sports.

A Griffith Panther has a two homer day in girls softball,  Andrean picks up a big baseball win, and the Railcats are back (but you may have to call off of work to catch their pre season opener. It's an 11:30 start at U.S.Steel Yard. If you plan on doing so, your secret is safe with us).  In the mean time, here's sports.

The prep baseball sectional pairings came out yesterday and we will give you a quickee look at the draw right here (the whole draw, at least for region teams is on a separate link). 

A score we missed on the sportscast:  in college baseball,  Valparaiso lost to Missouri State 6-2.

Promises made, promises kept. Here are the high school baseball sectional pairings courtesy of the IHSAA.  The tournament begins May 23.                                                                            

CLASS FOUR-A      

AT MUNSTER                                                                                   

1. Lowell v. Highland                                                                              

2. Munster v. EC Central 

Prep scores (thank you NWI Times), NFL first round draft talk, and a double win day for Chicago baseball.  All of the above discussed here.

We have high school baseball and softball finals from yesterday, courtesy of the NW Times.  We have some good news for you, the football fan, who are just hungry for anything involving the sport.  And for you who just won't give LeBron the credit he deserves as an 

all time great (geez guys, the man is winning in Cleveland), last night just ruined your night.  Not as bad as how he ruined the Indiana Pacers night.

We have high school baseball and softball final scores (courtesy of the NWI Times)  and a new football coach at Hanover Central.  Lets talk about it.

Oh yeah, there are some things we didn't get in: Cubs beat Cleveland 10-3, White Sox lose to Seattle 1-0, and the Pacers and Cleveland continue their NBA playoff first round series in Cleveland.  The series is tied at two games apiece.

Today we talk about Emily Glover having an all-around A-game for Valparaiso in girls softball yesterday while Mason Diaz had a red hot bat for Wheeler in their baseball game.

And you will hear from Oakland A's pitcher/Andrean grad Sean Manaea (pictured) who was richly rewarded for his no hit masterpiece against Boston Saturday night.

Ah, the beauty of Facebook.

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).

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