The son of former basketball star Glenn Robinson has made a name for himself in the same sport as his father. From 2005-2009, Kerns was a part of two Final Four teams and won a national championship during her senior season when the Huskies went 39-0.

A 2009 Developmental League All-Star with the Mad Ants, he was acquired by the Golden State Warriors and remained there through the season. Harmon told The Times in a 2013 interview. He also played the 2010 season for the Edmonton Capitals of the Golden Baseball League in Canada. "Both of those things, we had been working on for years," Illiana Christian boys athletic director Darren DeBoer said. Bubas was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1975, the first of three such honors for the Gary native, now 88. Moore holds program records with most minutes played (4,517), 3-point field goals made (243), games won (107), games played (140) and starts (137). His 40 points in the semifinals tied the standing record for scoring in the state finals. The 6-foot-1 Wheeler graduate was The Times Player of the Year and an Indiana All-Star in 2007, finishing second runner-up for Miss Basketball. A three-time first-team All Big Ten selection, Moore was chosen in the second round (55th overall) of the NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. You can find instructions at At Andrean, Pishkur got Manaea onto Team Indiana, where a couple scouts tabbed him as a potential college reliever. {{start_at_rate}} {{format_dollars}} {{start_price}} {{format_cents}} {{term}}, {{promotional_format_dollars}}{{promotional_price}}{{promotional_format_cents}} {{term}}, Phelan M. Ebenhack, file, Associated Press. The 6-foot-5 star scored a combined 68 points in the final two games to lead E.C.W. Click the Accept Cookie Policy button below to accept the use of cookies on your browser. Harmon married actress Elyse Knox in 1944, and they had three children: Kristin Nelson, Kelly Harmon and Mark Harmon.

He played basketball for four seasons at the academy, where he was team captain and leading scorer his senior year. The 44th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Short went from five sacks combined over his first two seasons to an eye-popping 11 in 2105-16 a team record for defensive tackles before the NFL championship game.

It was too late to sign with Detroit, so Trgovich had to wait until the next season, since the Pistons still owned his draft rights.

The questions surrounding his death led some officials to question whether he should be inducted into the Indiana Sports Hall of Fame. Harry Szulborski poses with a picture of him back from his coaching days at Emerson High School.

The future MLB player and manager learned baseball fundamentals at an early age and was a member of a history-making Gary Little League team.

Kittle told The Times when his father died in 1994 that his dad was his "biggest fan and hardest critic.". Please enable JavaScript if possible.

At one point during his time at the Air Force Academy, Popovich reportedly considered a career with the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a proud native of Romeoville, Illinois. This 1975 photo shows the broadcasting team for the ABC television network's 'NFL Monday Night Football' series and features, left to right, Alex Karras, Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford. He earned his heavy nickname because he was known to hit hard, thus, putting the hammer on other players. He registered a strikeout for the final out of the game, a Yankee win. She gives our team a little bit of an eclectic look. Im just out here doing what Im doing and trying to help this team win. His father was a Greek immigrant and doctor; his mother a nurse. "The postseason is such a boost for the kids, the coaches and the families," Kamp said. "Not everybody has the ability to get a four-year degree or an advanced degree but you can become a plumber or electrician and be successful," Bridgeman said. Its sincere and coming from the heart, he said by phone prior to the game. Normally, it would take four years for a new school to be able to participate in the IHSAA postseason. We are East Chicago Super Bowl 50. He recorded the most triples (17) of any professional baseball player on any level while playing for Houstons AAA team in Tucson, and then being brought up to the majors in 1991. "We had a good group of coaches all over the city," Szulborski said. After an up-and-down start to his career with the Oakland Athletics, Wanatah native Sean Manaea has become a regular in his second season with the big league club.

Williamson has played the tough guy, has taken on action roles and has even shown off comedic chops over the years. He was born Anthony Florian Zaleski on May 29, 1913, when Gary was in its infancy as a city. Tomich sat out the 1992 season and was red-shirted for the 1993 season. Before there was Coach K at Duke, there was Coach B. Vic Bubas, a 1944 graduate of Lew Wallace High School, attended the University of Illinois for a year before transferring to North Carolina State.

The next year, Finely began a fire-sale of championship team before his stars declared free agency.

That was pretty high praise, Pishkur said.

He led Tennessee State to three consecutive NAIA National Championships. You had to be ready to play every week. His first home run came four days later, a game-tying two-run shot in the seventh against Arizona. He was not ashamed to tell me 'This is the only reason I'm here.'". During the visit, he reminisced about time spent with his mother while she worked at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, where a memorial garden grows in her memory. Bob Kuechenberg played offensive and defensive line at the University of Notre Dame, and was a member of the 1966 championship team. Invite your friends and pack your bag! We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. "He told me what he was doing he was in the illegal drug business," Bridgeman recalled. Mac has a reputation as a hot head on the field (a label he dismisses) but back home in the region, he is a dedicated philanthropist who in the off season conducts local youth baseball camps with police officers assisting as instructors in an effort to improve relationships between police and young people and donates turkeys to the needy at the holidays.

Washington graduate is the only athlete with championship rings for the World Series and the NCAA basketball tournament. After two years at Central Arizona Junior College, she went to the University of Florida, where she graduated from in 1993 with all of the schools 3-point field goal records, including most in a game (eight). Check your spam folder if you do not receive it. Most employers might shake their head regretfully and walk away. Charles Oscar Finley, along with former Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns and White Sox owner Bill Veeck, saw baseball's reserve clause could create free agency, which it did. Actor and producer Fred Williamson talks about his friendship with the late Gary Mayor Rudy Clay at a ceremony to renameU.S. 20 --known in Gary as Fifth Avenue,the Mayor Rudolph "Rudy" Clay Memorial Highway. He pitched in the 1979 World Series with Baltimore, winning game four and becoming the first player to drive in a run in his first World Series at-bat. Central and middle school football players watched the 2016 Super Bowl in the high schools mini-theater, with a pre-game video message delivered by Kawann Short. As kids, ETwaun Moore and Short often stopped at Columbus Drive Gyros for a quick bite after school. Please subscribe to keep reading. Valparaiso High School graduate Cassie Kerns with the UConn Huskies. His 26 saves in 1980 stood as the Orioles' team record until 1986. Tomich returned to Northwest Indiana to make his home with his family. Instead, the Vikings waited to build their reputation among other member schools, while also establishing a foothold in the Region. The power forward was a member of tyhe Roosevelt "Rough Riders" state champs in 1970 which won the title game 28-0. Kawann loved it and ended up sharing it (on social media). She was a part of four sectional titles and three 20-plus win seasons for coach Greg Kirbys Vikings. Chevigny left his coaching job to become deputy attorney general in Texas, then worked in the oil industry.

Region residents have watched Jeff Samardzija's rise to athletic stardom since his days at Valparaiso High School. Please try enabling cookies. During his career, Moore returned to Gary to host football camps, and he has returned since then to speak with young people. In 1994, Morris was hitting .358 with 120 hits at the All-Star break, but was not selected to the team. When he arrived in Minnesota, he worked out of the bullpen, becoming the team leader in in the smallest number of earned runs allowed in 2002. Among his teammates were Pete Trgovich and Junior Bridgeman, who went on to play for UCLA and Louisville, respectively. Between 2002 and 2013, Raines was in 180 races. LaTroy Hawkins has enjoyed more than two decades in professional baseball, a career that began when the Minnesota Twins chose him in the seventh round of the amateur draft after he graduated from Gary West Side High School in 1991. As a non-profit, Camp Illiana relies on your generosity. If you continue to use this site, you consent to use all cookies. After two years of competing as an independent, DeBoer and Illiana Christian girls athletic director Deb Kamp said their school presented the IHSAA with a proposal to amend one of its bylaws, which would accelerate the Vikings' postseason eligibility. Born in Gary on Oct. 14, 1947, Kuechenberg grew up in Hobart.

You had all these monitors. Moore was born in Gary on June 3, 1980. Of course, that was just the beginning for the Valpo High grad and son of longtime Crusaders coach Homer Drew. Basketball was the ticket to success and fortune for "The Big Dog," who grew up the son of an unmarried teenage mother in Gary. He left Purdue as its all-time leading rusher with 2,476 yards, a record that stood until Otis Armstrong broke it in 1972. East Chicago you guys have been behind my back 100 percent. We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. His .319 average at Riverfront Stadium was the highest by any Reds player in the history of the stadium, quite a feat considering the likes of Pete Rose, Joe Morgan and Johnny Bench played there. On September 8, 2014, Moore signed a contract to return home to Chicago to play for the Bulls. Bryce was chosen in the first round of the NBA Draft a few months later by the Houston Rockets and spent six season in the Association, finishing with 1,081 career points and 524 assists. Szulborski not only coached football, but started the school's wrestling program, coached golf for six years and baseball for 10, and was an assistant track coach for 10 years. Harmon was the first person ever to win the McDonald's All-American Game slam dunk contest in 1987 and saw Michael Jordan in the locker room afterward. The West Side High School and University of Michigan graduate became the director of player personnel for coach John Beilein at his college alma mater in Sept. 2014. Before entering the NASCAR circuit, Raines competed in the now defunct American Speed Association. Major League Baseball retired the number for all teams in 1997 in Robinson's memory. Bigbie was recruited by and signed with the Ball State University Cardinals where he excelled as an outfielder. Harmon was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954. Weatherford went undrafted after completing his college career, but his college special teams coach, then on the New Orleans Saints' staff, talked the team into signing him. At Horace Mann High School, Harmon was a track, baseball and football star. Check out our rentals. Samardzija returned home to Valpo in May 2015 to hand out 7,500 White Sox ticket vouchers to every elementary school student in Valparaiso Community Schools.

Zale is best remembered for his three bouts over a 21-month period with Rocky Graziano for the middleweight crown. He jumped in velocity real quick, Pishkur said. He spoke about having dreams, a backup plan, specific goals, and the importance of a solid education. On Dec. 12, 1989, Morris was traded to the Reds and helped them win the World Series in 1990. Thus, until Casey McGehee in 2014, Morris was the last player to be leading his league in hits at the All-Star break and not make the team. Morris hit .304 over his career with the Yankees, Reds, Royals and Tigers, and also made it onto a Wheaties cereal box. He was taken 40th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but played sparingly and was waived late in his rookie year. I knew in time he would figure it out.. At Munster, Morris captained the tennis, basketball and baseball teams in his senior season. The small forward went on to play for Purdue University and broke the universitys freshman record for three-point shots and had the highest free throw percentage for a freshman in school history. He was hired as head coach at Duke later that year, ascending the Blue Devils program to national heights. Thats one for the Gipper, Chevigny is said to have yelled as he crossed the goal line. Northwest Indiana baseball great Dan Plesac told The Times Al Hamnik, Kenny had a real good idea of the strike zone. Luke Harangody excelled at sports from his elementary school days at Schererville's St. Michael's in soccer to his high school, collegiate and professional basketball career. As a basketball player, Cassie Kerns reached the mountaintop of collegiate athletics: She was able to call herself a national champion. Dan Hettinger wrote a biography on him called "Welcome to the Big Leagues . Bob Kuechenberg played in the Brickie Bowl and the Super Bowl. The 1999 Merrillville graduate won two rings with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIX. His impact was immediate as Trgovich averaged 23.4 points per game as a freshman, including a high of 47. His son played college football at UCLA and is a longtime actor and star of TV show, "NCIS.". You cant predict how much (faster) a kids going to get, but I didnt see it, not if he stayed at 87.. You have permission to edit this article. The Celtics traded him to Cleveland where he underwent knee surgery. Success on the basketball court has been synonymous with the East Chicago Washington product, dating back to his days as a Senator over 40 years ago.

Illiana Christian becomes eligible for IHSAA postseason, receives approval to join GSSC in 2021-22. Irv made me feel real comfortable.". he led the Big Nine (now the Big Ten) in rushing in 1947 and again in 1948 with 989 yards. Philadelphia claimed Robinson two days after and he finished the season there, making his first professional start in the season finale. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, individually and as part of the Washington team, in 2011. He was a spokesman for King Cobra malt liquor, made a cameo appearance in a Snoop Dogg video and counted the late Gary mayor Rudy Clay among his best friends. 99 uniform and holding the Super Bowl 50 trophy triumphantly in his right hand, an event that was not to be. As quarterback of the Horace Mann football team, Harmon won 14 varsity letters before graduating in 1937. product was ranked No. "We had a lot of fun at Purdue," Szulborski said. She finished third in the voting for Miss Basketball and was an Indiana All-Star. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the fourth round of the 1965 NBA draft. The Vikings will join the Greater South Shore Conference ahead of the 2021-22 school year.

He has started all 25 games he's played in and is averaging a career-high 11.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He was in the Army only a matter of months before receiving an honorable discharge so he could serve in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

Born in East Chicago, ETwaun Moore eventually went on to star for his hometown E.C. "As I stood there and listened to him, I wondered just how did it get to this point? Kerns graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from UConn.

It's just coincidence.". He fought in a variety of events in the Midwest before signing with World Extreme Cagefighting. She has two daughters, who are also talented players. Fast food entrepreneur Junior Bridgeman couldn't believe what he heard while working next to an employee one day, a young man who seemed quiet and distant. Morris compiled a 32-game hitting streak from Aug. 26, 1996 to April 3, 1997, the longest by a first baseman in the modern era of Major League baseball. He also spend big league seasons with the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox. He said he got his start in sportscasting while still in the NFL. He was a two-time All-State selection and, as a senior, was named the Duneland Athletic Conference's defensive player of the year. He then moved on to Valparaiso University, playing ball for the Crusaders and twice earning all conference honors.