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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.

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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.

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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
STEVE HANLON: You don't have to be from suburbs to be an all-star

STEVE HANLON: You don't have to be from suburbs to be an all-star

Kristen Alamillo played softball at Gavit this past spring. Which means one thing. You've never heard of her before.

July 11, 2014 5:45 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Officially, this is not just a black and white issue

STEVE HANLON: Officially, this is not just a black and white issue

I've heard it. You've heard it. We've all heard it for many generations.

July 10, 2014 5:45 pm

STEVE HANLON: Things that need to get blowed up real good

So how was the parade? The picnic? The potato-e salad? (Just like Dan Quayle, I'm from Indiana, too!)

July 04, 2014 5:45 pm
STEVE HANLON: West Side's boys track team is going to church

STEVE HANLON: West Side's boys track team is going to church

In a time where much of the news coming out of Gary isn't cheery, a group of young men at West Side High School did something remarkable. It was off the charts great.

July 03, 2014 5:45 pm
STEVE HANLON: Flick Award goes to the perfect winner

STEVE HANLON: Flick Award goes to the perfect winner

Josh Borst wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Everything he got in life came with great effort after jumping hurdles in his way. Yet, every time the Calumet senior had a challenge, he also had a success story to tell soon after.

June 27, 2014 5:45 pm

STEVE HANLON: The best and worst of the 2013-14 school year

It's been written that life is a vapor. Boy, it sure seems that way. It seemed like yesterday we were putting out our football tab last August. Now, we're planning the next one.

June 26, 2014 6:30 pm
STEVE HANLON: 'The Bench Mob' is Andrean's MVP

STEVE HANLON: 'The Bench Mob' is Andrean's MVP

A 6-1 spanking by Munster late in the baseball season might've been what propelled Andrean into today's Class 3A state championship game in Indianapolis.

June 20, 2014 6:30 pm
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