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STEVE HANLON: That Hanlon kid from C.P. sure is tough

STEVE HANLON: That Hanlon kid from C.P. sure is tough

CROWN POINT | Nate Hanlon came home from the first summer workout for the Crown Point football team. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound offensive center was pumped. Ecstatic.

September 12, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Is this the Super Bowl or what?

STEVE HANLON: Is this the Super Bowl or what?

On Sept. 13, 2013, something more than a football game took place at Munster High School. It was a side note to what the scoreboard said.

September 11, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Portage does indeed have a Cherry on top

STEVE HANLON: Portage does indeed have a Cherry on top

INDIANAPOLIS | Lake Central coach Brett St. Germain wasn't doing a Lou Holtz impression this week when he told people Portage had a good football team. Yes, Portage were coming off two losses where they allowed 96 points.

September 06, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Like a 'Bridge' over troubled waters

STEVE HANLON: Like a 'Bridge' over troubled waters

HIGHLAND | What do you think it would've been like to be Jesus' little brother? Daunting? How do you live up to that resume? How in the world do try to top those stories?

September 05, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: This 'Region Classic' is not the first

It was 1989. The Crown Point Bulldogs were getting ready for a big game against rival Lake Central. They huddled before running out on the field.

September 04, 2014 6:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: Lightning strikes twice on Week 2

STEVE HANLON: Lightning strikes twice on Week 2

MERRILLVILLE | Maybe “Da Region” should just cancel Week 2 of prep football. We haven't been on a good streak of late, remember?

August 29, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Something we all need to know

STEVE HANLON: Something we all need to know

GARY | America changed on Aug. 9, again. Actually, though, the change occurred on Aug. 10 or 11, when citizens across the nation tuned into the horror that happened in Ferguson, Mo.

August 28, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Joy to the World

STEVE HANLON: Joy to the World

CEDAR LAKE | The drive from Graham, Kentucky is long when Cedar Lake, Indiana is the ultimate destination. Five-plus hours of visual boredom.

August 22, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: There's just something 'bout those Friday night lights

STEVE HANLON: There's just something 'bout those Friday night lights

CEDAR LAKE | They've heard about it. Like some tasty spice from the Orient that fires up a plate.

August 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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STEVE HANLON: From a seat in the stands to a place in his heart

STEVE HANLON: From a seat in the stands to a place in his heart

LAKE STATION | Everything he loved, everything he leaned on, all that was, vanished in an instant for Lake Station senior Kyle Gooch. It stinks. It isn't fair. But it is life, dang it.

August 21, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Do you believe in Majkic?

STEVE HANLON: Do you believe in Majkic?

GARY | Tension, excitement and fear is commonplace on scrimmage night in Indiana. For the first time since summer began, prep football teams had a chance to hit someone in a different color jersey.

August 15, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Oh did Gavit hit a home run with this hire

STEVE HANLON: Oh did Gavit hit a home run with this hire

Mark Barnhizer was a lad when this story was first told. The native of Lapel, after one year of hoops at Purdue, was down in Auburn with his sneakers on. In walked in Indiana transfer Rich Valavicius, a Hammond High grad.

August 14, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Dipping the toes into an Olympic-sized pool

STEVE HANLON: Dipping the toes into an Olympic-sized pool

Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin were there.

August 08, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Possible IHSAA change to hoops coming soon

When Barack Obama was running for President in 2007, he told everyone he was bringing "hope" and "change" to the nation. Now, like Bush before him, most of us only have "change" in our pockets.

August 07, 2014 5:45 pm
STEVE HANLON: Region still looking up at Indy

STEVE HANLON: Region still looking up at Indy

The MaxPreps prep sports stat crew recently released some news that may have shocked much of America, but not the high school football fans in Northwest Indiana.

August 01, 2014 5:45 pm
STEVE HANLON: Hammond's Moores hoping to build a bridge of tradition

STEVE HANLON: Hammond's Moores hoping to build a bridge of tradition

Hammond athletic director Larry Moore Sr. had a historic Hoosier Hysteria moment back in the summer of 1974. The standout basketball player made the Indiana All-Star team, but he didn't get a lot of playing time.

July 31, 2014 5:45 pm

STEVE HANLON: Enjoy it while you can get it

Didn't it seem like yesterday when area teams were competing in baseball, softball and track sectionals? It's like you blink your eyes and the summer's gone.

July 25, 2014 5:45 pm
STEVE HANLON: The changing face of Hoosier Hysteria

STEVE HANLON: The changing face of Hoosier Hysteria

It ain't like it used to be — government, taxes, music, clothes or my hairline.

July 24, 2014 5:45 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: East Chicago hoops finally ready for the big screen

STEVE HANLON: East Chicago hoops finally ready for the big screen

When tiny Milan beat Muncie Central to win the 1954 Indiana state basketball championship, history was made and a movie, "Hoosiers", was eventually made based on the miracle.

July 18, 2014 5:45 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Region football stars having a blast in Indy

STEVE HANLON: Region football stars having a blast in Indy

On Wednesday night, Raqib Cox got dressed up in a dress. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Merrillville then had a bunch of kids throw water on him.

July 17, 2014 5:45 pm
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