Former News-Dispatch sports editor Steve T. Gorches, fresh off a recent exodus to the Sunshine state, is providing a guest column after attending the PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla.
Saying goodbye is hard to do in most situations. After living in Northwest Indiana for 46 of my 47 years on this Earth, I can honestly say some tears rolled down my cheek as I wrote this — my final Gorch on the Porch column.
First-year Marquette boys basketball coach Fred Mooney doesn’t come across as a masochist. But if you look at the Blazers’ schedule this season, you might think he likes pain.
No, a movie with Ebenezer Scrooge in it will not appear on my best or worst five Christmas movie lists. But when you reach my five least favorites, it may sound like I want to say “Bah Humbug” or that my name is Grinch.
Apologies are in order for you, my loyal column readers who send me emails and voice mails or tell me in person how much you love my rants and opinions.
Time for you to roll your eyes while sitting down for breakfast in the morning and opening the paper to The News-Dispatch sports section, and yelling to your significant other, “Hey, Gorches is ranting about Michigan City and Marquette boys basketball again!”
With all the success the La Porte High School football team has had over the years — especially in the last decade — you would think the La Porte Pop Warner football program would have garnered more accolades in the process.
It was a long walk from the wet football field to Michigan City’s designated locker room at Kokomo High School last Friday after the Wolves’ 21-14 loss in the Class 5A semistate.
It may not quite be like Forrest Gump and his future wife: “Me and Jenny go together like peas and carrots.” But you can definitely use a metaphor about Michigan City head coach Phil Mason and assistant Roydon Richards being married to football.
On Friday night when the News-Dispatch contingent (myself, Adam Parkhouse and photographer Robb Quinn) arrived early, Concord athletic director David Preheim quipped, “Welcome to the 1990s” in answer to a question about whether there was WiFi on the premises.
After last Friday’s 38-10 victory over La Porte in the Class 5A Sectional 9 championship game, Phil Mason admitted his wife told him two years ago that if he was ‘as good as you think you are, you’ll get it done,’ in reference to Mason deciding to take the Wolves’ head coaching job.
It’s not quite as hard to believe as the words, “The Cubs won the World Series” when they were uttered for the first time almost exactly a year ago to the day.
MICHIGAN CITY — The seeds leading to the hoisting of a sectional championship trophy for the first time in Michigan City High School football program history were planted in 2012 more than 1,100 miles away.
Back in the spring when the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) released the new football sectional alignment, La Porte head football coach Dave Sharpe had a premonition that this hype-filled, fervor-filled week would arrive.
On Friday night in Michigan City’s 28-14 victory at Munster in the Class 5A Sectional 9 semifinal, the host Mustangs had just two plays of 20 yards or more.
The smile on Kyle Schmack’s face almost looked like it helped dry the tears after the postgame huddle in which the junior quarterback and his South Central teammates lamented their 28-20 loss at Winamac on Friday night in the first round of Class A Sectional 41.
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.
Earlier this week — on Sunday night at 10:17 p.m., to be exact — there was a screen shot posted showing an Indiana high school football poll after last Friday’s games.
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.
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.
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.
“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
My voice mail has been cleared out and I’m ready for messages from you Chicago Bears fans who just love to hate your former quarterback, Jay Cutler.
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.
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.
It wasn’t hard to hear it in the voice on La Porte High School athletic director Ed Gilliland when I talked to him on the phone last week about the hiring of new boys basketball coach Kyle Benge.
Just as the regular NASCAR season is heating up, another News-Dispatch Fantasy NASCAR campaign comes to an end this week as the annual Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway arrives this weekend.
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.
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.
Well, Libby Heath and two of her former fellow Michigan City High School athletes were sort of like celebrities, thanks to an Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) banner promoting Special Olympics and unified track and field.
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.