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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.

April 18, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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MIKE NIETO: Beecher serves those who served our country

MIKE NIETO: Beecher serves those who served our country

Eugene Goers walked with pride, cane in his right hand and his granddaughter Sarah Goers holding his left arm.

April 17, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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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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MIKE NIETO: QB or not QB? Lynch just wants to play

MIKE NIETO: QB or not QB? Lynch just wants to play

This is not a scene from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

April 10, 2014 6:00 pm
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.

April 10, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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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

MIKE NIETO: The recruiting class of 2014 is in a class by itself

CHICAGO | You look at the names of those who played in the McDonald's All-American Games, both boys and girls and you see a lot of names who either are in the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments or are stars in the NBA.

April 03, 2014 6:00 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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MIKE NIETO: A change of scenery and seasons for Illiana Christian?

What is next for Illiana Christian athletics?

March 27, 2014 6:00 pm
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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MIKE NIETO: March Madness or Hoosier Hysteria?

Will Illiana Christian High School athletics start a new tradition and move from March Madness to Hoosier Hysteria?

March 20, 2014 6:00 pm

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

MIKE NIETO: Marian Catholic's Parham shows what he is made of in finale

NORMAL | Terrone Parham just had the game of his life.

March 18, 2014 10:30 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
MIKE NIETO: A good old neighborhood battle until the end

MIKE NIETO: A good old neighborhood battle until the end

HARVEY | The Homewood-Flossmoor boys basketball team had one more ounce of fight left in it Friday night in the Class 4A Thornton Sectional final.

March 14, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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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

MIKE NIETO: A look back at the girls basketball season

As we look back at the 2013-14 girls basketball season, it was a little different, to say the least.

March 13, 2014 7:45 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

MIKE NIETO: A pure Kentucky thoroughbred

HARVEY | Tyler Ulis has done just about everything to take over a game in the fourth quarter and swing it in favor of Marian Catholic.

March 11, 2014 10:30 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

MIKE NIETO: This is what March Madness is about

NEW LENOX | A packed gym, with both sides screaming to the hilt and it coming down to the final seconds.

March 07, 2014 11:00 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

MIKE NIETO: 'Thoughts?' and 'Go get some oxygen'

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The first official day of girls basketball practice saw the defending Class 4A state girls basketball champion Marian Catholic Spartans  carrying a binder into practice.

March 06, 2014 7:00 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?

March 06, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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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

MIKE NIETO: Maybe a compliance person would be a good idea

Have you seen the commercial about where Leroy falls out of his deer stand and someone asks what happened?

February 27, 2014 9:00 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

MIKE NIETO: Nobody wins this court case

What might have been the beginning of a run to a Class 4A state title was an empty gym with empty seats that the Homewood-Flossmoor girls basketball team would have occupied for their scheduled Class 4A T.F. North Regional.

February 20, 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?

February 20, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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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

MIKE NIETO: Thornwood getting it done as a team

SOUTH HOLLAND | Maybe the guy who is most impressed with how the Thornwood boys basketball team has performed without its star is the star.

February 14, 2014 11:15 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.

February 14, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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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

MIKE NIETO: Let the February Frenzy begin

It's hard to believe we are in the middle of February and the start of the proverbial second season starts Monday for Class 3A and 4A girls basketball programs.

February 13, 2014 8:00 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
MIKE NIETO: Dumezich will prove his worth

MIKE NIETO: Dumezich will prove his worth

In an era where a lot of kids expect everything and think all is owed to them, Mount Carmel senior lineman Steve Dumezich is a breath of fresh air.

February 06, 2014 8:00 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

MIKE NIETO: Kelly honored to be honored at Marian

Dennis Kelly is more excited about tonight's Marist at Marian Catholic boys basketball game than he is about the big pre-game ceremony.

January 30, 2014 8:00 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

MIKE NIETO: Time for T.F. North to get it going

The losses do not bother T.F. North boys basketball coach Tim Bankston as much as how his team has lost.

January 23, 2014 8:00 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
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