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STEVE HANLON: Character is more important than anything, folks

STEVE HANLON: Character is more important than anything, folks

HAMMOND | Jarrett Dickey is a stud. A rock star with a football in his hands. The Morton senior wide receiver makes a strong case for being the No. 1 skill player in Northwest Indiana.

October 23, 2014 10:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: These picks are as good as gold

STEVE HANLON: These picks are as good as gold

For the 42nd year in a row, it seems, yours truly -- the humble, balding sports scribbler -- will tell you who is going to win our local football sectionals and what teams will raise the hardware at Lucas Oil Stadium.

October 23, 2014 6:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: How 'The James Gang' got started

STEVE HANLON: How 'The James Gang' got started

MERRILLVILLE | Surprisingly, the backbone of the 2014 Lowell Red Devils had a start far away from the corn and Indiana Route 2. It began at 5959 Broadway back in the 1990s.

October 17, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: So just what is a really big game?

STEVE HANLON: So just what is a really big game?

OK, class. Time for a pop quiz.

October 16, 2014 5:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: Rensselaer lives the tale of region past

STEVE HANLON: Rensselaer lives the tale of region past

RENSSELAER | The afternoon started in Hobart. Got stuck downtown by the Brickies' homecoming parade. This stuff is still cool to me. Made a sign of the cross when I drove by the Brickie Bowl.

October 10, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Is the DAC really RIP?

STEVE HANLON: Is the DAC really RIP?

Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever has the gap between the best team and the worst team in the Duneland Athletic Conference been so narrow. Never.

October 09, 2014 6:45 pm
STEVE HANLON: Broadway runs all the way to Wheatfield

STEVE HANLON: Broadway runs all the way to Wheatfield

WHEATFIELD | There have been whispers and rumors running up and down the streets of Northwest Indiana this autumn. I've heard them. You've heard them. Heck, some of you have likely said the same things.

October 03, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: He has fought the good fight, he has finished the course

STEVE HANLON: He has fought the good fight, he has finished the course

NEW CHICAGO | Before every River Forest cross country meet, junior Christopher Ramos gathers the nine Ingots on the small-school team, they lock arms and bow their heads.

October 02, 2014 7:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: Munster football happily jumping through hoops

STEVE HANLON: Munster football happily jumping through hoops

MUNSTER | Region sports crazies have had a misconception about athletics at Munster in recent years. This thought error generally dribbles around the following thought.

September 19, 2014 10:00 pm
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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