Steve Hanlon Column
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.
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.
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.
OK, class. Time for a pop quiz.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MUNSTER | Region sports crazies have had a misconception about athletics at Munster in recent years. This thought error generally dribbles around the following thought.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
MERRILLVILLE | Maybe “Da Region” should just cancel Week 2 of prep football. We haven't been on a good streak of late, remember?
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.
CEDAR LAKE | The drive from Graham, Kentucky is long when Cedar Lake, Indiana is the ultimate destination. Five-plus hours of visual boredom.
CEDAR LAKE | They've heard about it. Like some tasty spice from the Orient that fires up a plate.
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.
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.
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