Steve Hanlon Column
MICHIGAN CITY | It would've been easy to start dancing. A few chest bumps and pointing to the crowd, also would've been appropriate.
CEDAR LAKE | Not that this is common (insert joke here) but on Thursday night I was reaching for some more mashed potatoes when some major news broke. Right in front me when I wasn't even looking.
OK, so this is never going to happen. Still, why can't we dream?
HAMMOND | So how do you beat the champion? Short jabs? Quick stomach blows followed by a rope-a-dope hoping to win the bout on points?
EAST CHICAGO | Frank Kollintzas used to stand in the southeast corner of the Baratto Center's gym. E.C. Central was a state power. The bleachers were always full.
HAMMOND | It's winners week in Indiana. We've been doing this for 104 years. Ain't it fun?
HAMMOND | Griffith coach Gary Hayes had a smile on his face after Wednesday night's opening win over Hammond, 49-41, in the Class 3A sectional.
Predicting title winners has been a tradition for sports scribblers. So it's time for your above-the-rim Nostradamus to slip on his Air Jordans, comb the cookie crumbs out of the beard and let you know who will win our local sectionals and the state championships.
CROWN POINT | If Rory Gard ever starts a business, buy the stock of the Lake Central senior. If you do, it could end up being like one of those nameless folks in California in the '70s who purchased Apple shares.
What if Mike Hepp had coached at Andrean? Or Lake Central? Or Crown Point? Would the records or scoreboards changed much at those tradition-rich football schools?
HOBART | If you think a jam-packed, Motley Crue-loud Hobart gymnasium on a sectional Saturday night had LaPorte's Nicole Konieczny nervous, think again.
LOWELL | There was one singular reason to drive to Lowell on Friday night. It was to take in the West Side-Lake Central Class 4A sectional semifinal showdown.
HAMMOND | This sports scribbler had a decision to make back on Feb. 22, 1980. It was a teenage decision which meant, unless I listened to my parents, it was likely to be wrong.
MUNSTER | It's before lunch. The fingers started dialing the number. Gary Hayes answered. The raging pulse could be felt on Friday morning.
CALUMET TWP. | Imagine Barack Obama in a black-and-white striped shirt, a whistle around his neck, running up and down the basketball court. Imagine the crowd reaction when our hoops-crazed President made a call.
LOWELL | Region hoops fans have been talking about this since the middle of November. On paper, it seemed, Lowell's Red Devils had a shot to end Munster's freak-show streak in the Northwest Crossroads Conference boys basketball.
CARMEL | I wish I had a dollar for every time I saw it happen. If so I could retire to the warming sun of the south. Wheatfield is nice this time of year I hear.
So it's Tournament Week in “Da Region.” There is an extra thrill in the air as two small-school conferences host a basketball party.
In March 1997 there was a loud refrain across the state, from Angola to Zionsville. You can still hear it at the truck stop in Lebanon.
CROWN POINT | For a few minutes I was starting to feel bad for Merrillville's junior varsity. They stood behind the varsity waiting for the first basket against Crown Point on Friday night.
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