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MIKE NIETO: Midway to playoffs or halfway to going home

The first four weeks have been anything but status quo in the prep football season.

September 25, 2014 7:00 pm

JIM PETERS: The tortoise has become the hare at Rensselaer

Back in 2009, Rensselaer put together a 24-play scoring drive that covered the entire third quarter and one snap of the fourth in a 21-18 sectional championship win over Wheeler.

September 25, 2014 5:15 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

MIKE NIETO: A 'Thorn' is a thorn

Former NFL player and Thornridge grad Reggie Hayward didn't hide his displeasure in a phone conversation Thursday morning.

September 18, 2014 7:00 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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MIKE NIETO: Week 3 is a crucial one

It's hard to believe that one-third of the football season will be done after this weekend, weather permitting.

September 11, 2014 7:00 pm
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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MIKE NIETO: St. Francis de Sales should drop football

Unfortunately, the numbers are not there and may never be for the St. Francis de Sales football program.

September 04, 2014 7:00 pm

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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MIKE NIETO: Here's to another exciting season

Fans are counting down the hours and minutes,  and hoping for better weather than last year's first scheduled day of season openers.

August 28, 2014 7:00 pm
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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MIKE NIETO: A battle over this scrimmage

While next weekend is an early enough start for the prep football regular season to start, there is nothing wrong with a controlled scrimmage against another opponent that could be taking place tonight or Saturday.

August 21, 2014 7:00 pm
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.

August 14, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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MIKE NIETO: T.F. South football reunion should be a good one

MIKE NIETO: T.F. South football reunion should be a good one

Circle Sept. 5 on your calendar.

August 14, 2014 7:00 pm
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

MIKE NIETO: Some things to watch for in 2014

As the final days of summer wind down, people are talking about the upcoming football season, which gets underway with Monday's first official practice.

August 07, 2014 4:45 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

MIKE NIETO: This is for a good purpose

Somehow, you almost expect him to be waiting for everyone at the 19th hole with a cold drink in hand and asking you how you putted.

July 31, 2014 4:45 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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MIKE NIETO: Jennings brings confidence to Thornridge football

MIKE NIETO: Jennings brings confidence to Thornridge football

DOLTON | What many think is a most difficult task doesn't phase new Thornridge football coach Pat Jennings.

July 24, 2014 4:45 pm
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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MIKE NIETO: T.F. North's Price knows Shriner's Game more than a contest

MIKE NIETO: T.F. North's Price knows Shriner's Game more than a contest

A.J. Price knows college scouts will be in the crowd at Tucci Stadium on Saturday night at the 40th annual Illinois High School Shrine Game on the Illinois Wesleyan University campus.

July 10, 2014 7:00 pm
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
MIKE NIETO: Metcalfe excited to be back at head coach

MIKE NIETO: Metcalfe excited to be back at head coach

Liz Metcalfe said she was a little nervous when her Illiana Christian girls basketball team took the floor at the Shepard summer league.

July 03, 2014 7:00 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

MIKE NIETO: Does this have legs this time?

Will the kitchen sink be thrown in next?

June 26, 2014 5:00 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

MIKE NIETO: Another interesting prep season comes to an end

It's time to take a break, bring out the fishing poles, relax and reminisce about the 2013-14 prep season.

June 19, 2014 8:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: Something bigger than all of those games

STEVE HANLON: Something bigger than all of those games

It was December 1999. These shoes were standing inside the Hammond Civic Center taking in The Times Region Roundball Rumble. It was a thrilling game in front of a packed house.

June 19, 2014 6:30 pm
STEVE HANLON: What it means to don the threads

STEVE HANLON: What it means to don the threads

COLUMBUS | The gym was thinning out Wednesday night at Columbus North. A talented Indiana All-Star team just finished a sweep of the Junior All-Stars.

June 13, 2014 6:30 pm

MIKE NIETO: Giannantonio a true Warrior

After 35 years of teaching and coaching, Sue Giannantonio doesn't know what her plans are for retirement.

June 12, 2014 8:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: The kid in the candy store

STEVE HANLON: The kid in the candy store

COLUMBUS | The legends lined up on the bleachers for a photograph, the younger ones wearing the historic white jersey with the coveted blue letters that read what they have since 1940.

June 12, 2014 7:30 pm
STEVE HANLON: It doesn't get much better than this

STEVE HANLON: It doesn't get much better than this

BLOOMINGTON | Brad Lambert had to have a little chat with his daughter, Brooke, this week. At first it will seem like a story that Hallmark would never – ever – do a card on.

June 06, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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MIKE NIETO: Someone will be watching the Falk brothers

Evan Falk has "DP" engraved on the heel of his mitt.

June 05, 2014 8:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: What's going on down by the River?

STEVE HANLON: What's going on down by the River?

Just when you think you can't take any more nonsense, you hear a knock on your door. Thud. Thud.

June 05, 2014 7:30 pm
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