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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
MERRILLVILLE | Maybe “Da Region” should just cancel Week 2 of prep football. We haven't been on a good streak of late, remember?
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.
CEDAR LAKE | The drive from Graham, Kentucky is long when Cedar Lake, Indiana is the ultimate destination. Five-plus hours of visual boredom.
CEDAR LAKE | They've heard about it. Like some tasty spice from the Orient that fires up a plate.
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.
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.
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.
Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin were there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It ain't like it used to be — government, taxes, music, clothes or my hairline.
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.
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.
Kristen Alamillo played softball at Gavit this past spring. Which means one thing. You've never heard of her before.
I've heard it. You've heard it. We've all heard it for many generations.
So how was the parade? The picnic? The potato-e salad? (Just like Dan Quayle, I'm from Indiana, too!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just when you think you can't take any more nonsense, you hear a knock on your door. Thud. Thud.
This is a breathless time of year for high school sports. Championships of all kinds are being decided around Indiana in several spring sports.
When Mike Hackett started his career as a teacher and boys basketball coach 20-plus years ago, the landscape of Hoosier Hysteria was much different. It was like an old movie with Gene Hackman.
Michael Leyendecker nervously waited in the press box Thursday night. The final results of the Crown Point Sectional in boys track and field were being compiled.
Calumet High School has been on double-secret academic probation, judged on a scale put together by Tony Bennett, Indiana's former czar of public education. We all know where that led.
Just when you thought it was fixed, a tire goes flat and the muffler falls off. Again. And then someone steals the fuzzy dice hanging from the rear-view mirror.
HAMMOND | It doesn't happen like this at other places, where high school softball is a much bigger deal. Towns where names and games are always in the newspaper.
You hear about star athletes flunking off teams time and time again. Or you hear rumors of a star athlete getting a grade "changed" in order to keep him or her eligible, which is a crime.
The basketball news the IHSAA released this week was good. It was positive for the players, awesome for the schools and getting much closer to giving Hoosier Hysteria the lift it needs.
HIGHLAND | It was deja vu all over again at Highland High School on Friday night. The gym was packed and Chris Huppenthal was back home coaching a girls basketball game.
For a long while, Northwest Indiana had a local all-star game for boys and girls basketball. Then, like that, it vanished.
It was summer of 1977, I believe. This young baller who is now an old baller put on his canvas Chuck Taylor's and dribbled a ball toward Crown Point High School.
If the basic tenants of capitalism are true – supply and demand sets prices in a "free" market – then gas prices in San Pierre, Ind., should be 88 cents a gallon this week.
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.
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.
I met Diane Cavinder on May 26, 2010. It was awful. Horrific. Words cannot be used to fully express the emotions of that day.
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.
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?
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.
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