Self-aware: Virtual Cyberslug knows how to fight for survival

Erik Alcantar Medill Reports “Cyberslug,” a virtual ocean predator, sets itself apart from other artificial intelligence creations with one distinct quality – simple self-awareness. Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign report  online in the journal eNeuro that this artificially intelligent virtual slug behaves very similarly to the living creature it is designed to mimic – the sea […]

Lake Central wins sectional championship and defends home court

Erik Alcantar Medill Reports Lake Central High School (St. John) defeated Oliver P. Morton High School (Hammond) 75-46 to claim the school’s 11th Sectional Championship in Northwest Indiana. For the Indians, it was the realization of a goal they set when they first took the court back in November. “It’s just amazing,” said Lake Central’s […]

Lake Central and Munster victorious in first round and face off Friday night

Erik Alcantar Medill Reports Lake Central High School (St. John) defeated Crown Point High School (Crown Point) 42-29 in the first sectional game Wednesday night, while Munster High School (Munster) erased a 12 point deficit to defeat Lowell Senior High School (Lowell) 56-49. Day two of the Lake Central Sectional reduced the field down from […]

Teams face a wide open tournament in the Lake Central Sectional

By Erik Alcantar Medill Reports The 2018 Lake Central Sectional is one of the most wide open sectional tournaments in recent memory. The field features only two teams with winning records, one school with an even record, and four teams that finished under .500. Of course, once Oliver P. Morton High School (9-14) and Highland […]

Sophomore Hobbs plays key role on offense heading into sectionals

Erik Alcantar Medill Reports The Lake Central High School boys basketball team features  experienced players who have been working together both on and off the court for years. But in that roster of  upperclassmen,  sophomore Derek Hobbs is entrusted with the keys to the offense as the starting point guard. At first glance, the 5-foot-11 guard […]

Penn defeats Lake Central in defensive battle for Indiana’s 4A Regional Championship

Erik Alcantar Medill Reports Despite leading 15-3 in the second quarter, Lake Central High School fell to Penn High School’s Kingsmen 43-41 in the final game of Indiana’s LaPorte 4A Regional Championship. Penn captured its eighth regional girl’s  basketball championship in the program’s 43-year history. Penn  will take on Zionsville Community High School on Saturday  in the Semi-State round, and stands two […]

Carpentersville’s Cinderella skater readies for Winter Olympics

Tennell Prepares for Olympics

By Erik Alcantar Medill Reports Olympic figure skater Bradie Tennell of Carpentersville could have easily decided to move her training to any number of facilities, including the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with fellow Team USA figure skater Mirai Nagasu. Instead, she chose to stay home to prepare for Pyeongchang Games.