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Top 10 Sports Stories on PortageLife in 2016


We published several hundred sports articles to the PortageLife.com Sports section this year. Articles about local colleges, high schools and more in Northwest Indiana were fair game for good news.

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Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are your Top 10 Sports in Northwest Indiana from 2016!

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Portage Football: New Coach, New Field, New Expectations
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The Portage Indians are accustomed to change. Last year, they adjusted to a triple option offense. This year, they will have to adapt to a new coach and turf field.

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Starting Gymnastics Classes for Children with Special Needs
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At The Courts of NWI, Savannah Hefty is starting a class for children with special needs! Registration night for it is Feb 19th, you can come try out the gym and use the equipment for free that night from 5-6 to see if your child will like it and to explore the gym! The cost is $20 per eight weeks. Official start date is Feb 26th! Any other questions, feel free to contact Savannah Hefty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Classes will be every Friday evening. We are accepting all ages, with all different disabilities, from all different areas! We hope to make an impact on yours and your child's life!

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An Emotional Victory for Portage High School at the D.A.C. Championship
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On October 1st the Portage boys high school cross country team won the Duneland Athletic Conference for the first time since 2004. Ideas in motion media publisher, Chris Mahlmann, caught up with the Coach Tom Erickson, Coach Brian Kim, and a couple of runners to talk about the big

Portage High School Wresting Team Has Impressive Performance at ISHAA State Finals
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Portage Wrestling is coming home with a whole lot of hardware and Region pride after placing 4th in the 2016 IHSAA Wrestling State Finals.

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Challenger League Raises Spirits of Portage Citizens Every Sunday
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Every Sunday night from 5 - 6 p.m., weather permitting, the players of The Challenger League play a game at the Portage Little League fields. The Challenger Division of Little League allow children from age 4 - 18 (22 if the person is still a high school student) with physical, mental and/or developmental challenges to enjoy playing baseball. Each player has a "buddy" to encourage them and assist as necessary" each player gets to bat and play in the infield or outfield; each player gets to score. Each player plays with enthusiasm and to the best of his or her ability. It is amazing to watch these youngsters and their buddies work together.

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Portage Homecoming Parade Brings Community Together to Celebrate Football, Clubs
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Excitement levels were high as Portage football players, cheerleaders, students, teachers, and residents gathered Thursday evening for the annual Portage High School homecoming parade. In anticipation for the big game Friday night against Michigan City, everyone attending was in high spirits, gleaming with Portage Pride.

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Portage HS Cheer Wins Big, Builds Friendships at Recent Camp
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Every year, The Portage High School Cheerleading Team attends a cheer camp during the summer. On June 22, the team returned from the four-day camp with awards and All-American cheerleaders.

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Portage High School Holds 2016 Winter Sports Awards Banquet
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On Thursday, March 17th, the Winter Sports athletes of Portage High School gathered in the East Auditorium for their annual awards ceremony. Coaches, family, and friends cheered as their student was awarded a 4th year letter or an MVP recognition. Afterward, each sports division retreated to its own break out area for a more personal, specific ceremony.

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Portage’s Nebel Commits to RedHawk Volleyball
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Cara Nebel from Portage, Indiana has committed to be a RedHawk for the 2016 Volleyball Season. Cara has been playing volleyball since the 7th grade; “at the time I joined it was to learn a new sport, but now it is something I really enjoy playing volleyball because of the fast pace.”

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The Forest and the Trees: How Do the Chicago Bulls Look After the Derrick Rose Trade?
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Today, Bulls fans were in one collective glass case of emotion after Yahoo!’s The Vertical reported the Chicago Bulls trading star guard Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks in exchange for center Robin Lopez, along with guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant.


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Brett Fuller is the Managing Editor and Operations Manager for the LIFE network and specializes in social media engagement and content development. Visit Brett on , LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.

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