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STEVE HANLON: '4M' is forever in the Terry family

STEVE HANLON: '4M' is forever in the Terry family

MERRILLVILLE | The Easter weekend is celebrated all over the planet. Families and individuals gather to give thanks, embrace and remember the key tenants of their faith.

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STEVE HANLON: A Christmas story region hoopsters should read again

STEVE HANLON: A Christmas story region hoopsters should read again

Keith Christmas went along for the ride in April of 2002. The senior basketball player at West Side never received an invitation to the Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 workout.

April 17, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Living through the power of prayer

STEVE HANLON: Living through the power of prayer

I met Diane Cavinder on May 26, 2010. It was awful. Horrific. Words cannot be used to fully express the emotions of that day.

April 11, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: 'How bad do you want to live?'

STEVE HANLON: 'How bad do you want to live?'

Fred Mooney walked into Anthony & Dziadowicz Funeral Home in Munster on March 7. A lot was on the mind and heart of the assistant boys basketball coach at Marquette.

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STEVE HANLON: Brushing the ice off a snowy boys hoops notebook

Wow. Didn't it seem like it was yesterday when the whistles blew for the first boys basketball practice in Indiana? Time flies, don't it?

April 04, 2014 5:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: Some Leftovertures from last Saturday night

STEVE HANLON: Some Leftovertures from last Saturday night

INDIANAPOLIS | Early deadlines and three area teams in the state finals left some key points in the notebook last Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. So it's time to empty them out here.

April 03, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: 'Keep your head up'

INDIANAPOLIS | There was an interesting conversation on a school bus on January 25 in Central Indiana. Bowman Academy boys basketball coach Marvin Rea was speaking to some of his assistant coaches on the drive down to Carmel.

March 29, 2014 8:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: Like father, like son in Milausnic family tree

STEVE HANLON: Like father, like son in Milausnic family tree

ST. JOHN | Michael Phillips was a lad in East Chicago in the early 1970s. He suffered from psoriasis on his feet. So when his middle school gym class jumped in the pool, he could not take part.

March 28, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: We are ... L.C., We are ... L.C. ...

STEVE HANLON: We are ... L.C., We are ... L.C. ...

ST. JOHN | The pep band was jamming, filling Lake Central's gymnasium with pulse-pounding music. These kids are good. Real good.

March 27, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: A phone call from the neighborhood

STEVE HANLON: A phone call from the neighborhood

HUNTINGTON | Two weeks earlier, Justin King sat on the front bleacher inside the Hammond Civic Center. His Bowman Academy Eagles had just won the sectional championship, the school's first in Class 3A.

March 22, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: 'The Game' that set up these games

STEVE HANLON: 'The Game' that set up these games

ST. JOHN | The gym was rafter packed. Couldn't move. Or breath.

March 21, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Goodbye wave from Illiana doesn't mean hello waive from IHSAA

On Monday history could be made in Lansing. Illiana Christian High School will take a vote to see if its history and geography will change.

March 20, 2014 5:00 pm

STEVE HANLON: George Orwell wears blue tonight

MICHIGAN CITY | It would've been easy to start dancing. A few chest bumps and pointing to the crowd, also would've been appropriate.

March 15, 2014 9:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: Petrov stepping down but still 'Hanover Tough'

STEVE HANLON: Petrov stepping down but still 'Hanover Tough'

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.

March 14, 2014 5:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: Time to throw softballs and not snowballs

STEVE HANLON: Time to throw softballs and not snowballs

OK, so this is never going to happen. Still, why can't we dream?

March 13, 2014 5:00 pm

STEVE HANLON: Wallace gives all despite what scoreboard said

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?

March 08, 2014 9:30 pm

STEVE HANLON: Why has good basketball at E.C. become a foreign concept?

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.

March 07, 2014 9:30 pm
STEVE HANLON: Raise a glass to the champions, especially Clark

STEVE HANLON: Raise a glass to the champions, especially Clark

HAMMOND | It's winners week in Indiana. We've been doing this for 104 years. Ain't it fun?

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STEVE HANLON: Any way you look at it, sectionals should be blind

HEBRON | Hebron boys basketball coach John Steinhilber had an official speak with him before his Hawks took on Boone Grove on Tuesday night.

March 04, 2014 9:30 pm

STEVE HANLON: You must believe in the power of the beard

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.

February 27, 2014 5:00 pm

STEVE HANLON: Big Cat and the clothing market

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.

February 21, 2014 9:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: Mike Hepp did fly like an Eagle

STEVE HANLON: Mike Hepp did fly like an Eagle

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?

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STEVE HANL0N PREP BEAT: This No. 3 will be No. 1 some day

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.

February 15, 2014 9:30 pm
STEVE HANL0N: This is why we play the games

STEVE HANL0N: This is why we play the games

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.

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STEVE HANLON: Sorry Kilgore, but miracles smell way better than napalm

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.

February 13, 2014 9:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: What it means to be a hero

STEVE HANLON: What it means to be a hero

CEDAR LAKE | Donald Nelson walked to the middle of the gym floor on Jan. 11 and sat directly in the middle of the two cheering sections.

February 11, 2014 9:30 pm

STEVE HANLON PREP BEAT: You could see it in their eyes

MUNSTER | It's before lunch. The fingers started dialing the number. Gary Hayes answered. The raging pulse could be felt on Friday morning.

February 07, 2014 10:30 pm
STEVE HANLON: The mayor and the game he loves

STEVE HANLON: The mayor and the game he loves

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.

February 06, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: A Red storm blows into Lowell

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.

January 31, 2014 9:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: Carmel's win put substance over style

STEVE HANLON: Carmel's win put substance over style

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.

January 30, 2014 5:00 pm

STEVE HANLON: Lake County hoops tourney -- Why not here? Why not now?

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.

January 24, 2014 10:00 pm

STEVE HANLON: It's broke. Now is the time to fix it

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.

January 23, 2014 4:18 am

STEVE HANLON: Pirates fans, this too will pass

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.

January 17, 2014 10:30 pm
STEVE HANLON: The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Title IX that day

STEVE HANLON: The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Title IX that day

If Lake Central is wrong then so is everybody else, except for Munster. And if Lake Central is right, like most others, it seems that fewer girls in Northwest Indiana will have a chance to play high school softball.

January 16, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Apology raises bar even higher on lake shore

MICHIGAN CITY | What you're about to read almost always happens here, in this place alone.

January 10, 2014 9:30 pm
STEVE HANLON: Andrean's Podkuls are chips off the old block

STEVE HANLON: Andrean's Podkuls are chips off the old block

CEDAR LAKE | It is surprising that even the rims were up at 5959 Broadway when the 2013-14 boys basketball season started.

January 03, 2014 10:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: Bring back the Gary Holiday Tournament

STEVE HANLON: Bring back the Gary Holiday Tournament

GARY | There have been a lot of questions Americans have been asking lately. Like, is there a Santa Claus? Or how many children will I have to sell to afford the new health care law? Or will Miley Cyrus ever learn to close her mouth?

January 02, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: It doesn't take a star to shine

STEVE HANLON: It doesn't take a star to shine

HAMMOND | The lights were on, bright and burning. Some emotion and star-gazing filled the fans at the Hammond Civic Center on Wednesday.

January 01, 2014 8:00 pm

STEVE HANLON: It was fun, but one and done

CROWN POINT | On Friday at Crown Point there were four exciting girls basketball games, capped by Times No. 1 Lake Central's 52-50 win over No. 3 Merrillville.

December 27, 2013 7:32 pm
STEVE HANLON: German finds his place at 21st Century

STEVE HANLON: German finds his place at 21st Century

GARY | Eugene German is the Amelia Earhart of Region boys basketball. But unlike the famous pilot who disappeared somewhere over the Pacific in 1937, German has been found.

December 20, 2013 10:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: Never ever let the dream die

STEVE HANLON: Never ever let the dream die

It would've been real easy for Antonio Smothers to quit.

December 19, 2013 6:00 pm

STEVE HANLON: Bowman's Dillard needs to turn off the hype

ST. JOHN | Marvin Rea felt a little like Marc Trestman on Friday night. He had a star player who hadn't played in awhile. He had a tough decision to make.

December 13, 2013 10:00 pm

STEVE HANLON: The best and the worst of the 2013 season

It seems like only yesterday that it was 100 degrees and we were walking from one grid to another taking mug shots for our 2013 football preview edition. The season's over already? Dang.

December 05, 2013 6:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: Football is indeed Indiana's game now

STEVE HANLON: Football is indeed Indiana's game now

INDIANAPOLIS | Things looked bleak in 2009. The IHSAA was looking to move the state football championships potentially outside of Indianapolis. Or, outside. How would Andrean fans think of that today in Indianapolis.

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STEVE HANLON: Forget the Titans, Remember the Cardinals

STEVE HANLON: Forget the Titans, Remember the Cardinals

FORT WAYNE | Nearby, the Fort Wayne Dwenger Saints were jumping up and down, screaming about advancing to the Class 4A state championship game.

November 22, 2013 10:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Ding Dong the witch is dead

STEVE HANLON: Ding Dong the witch is dead

In another time some genius came up with the idea of New Coke, red dye No. 2 and the Edsel. Thankfully, they disappeared like a Cubs fan at a Happy Convention.

November 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Some semi thoughts on the semistates

STEVE HANLON: Some semi thoughts on the semistates

There are two things Andrean quarterback Matt DeSomer won't do tonight. But Niner Nation can relax. Neither have anything to do with football.

November 21, 2013 6:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: Andrean's Mr. Football has another name: Tough

STEVE HANLON: Andrean's Mr. Football has another name: Tough

This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach him at steve.hanlon@nwi.com.

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STEVE HANLON: E.C.'s Blizzard of Oz

STEVE HANLON: E.C.'s Blizzard of Oz

EAST CHICAGO | Last Friday night Denzel Thruston had a slice of pizza. The E.C. Central offensive tackle was celebrating his Cardinals' 46-44 win over West Side in the Class 4A Sectional 17 championship game, the first sectional title in school history.

November 14, 2013 5:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Facility musical chairs could change playoff picture

STEVE HANLON: Facility musical chairs could change playoff picture

In two years Lake Central will have a new football complex, with the ever-so-popular turf surface that's all the rage with big schools in Indiana.

November 07, 2013 6:00 pm
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