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In recent years I've made bold, cocky predictions about how the region softball teams would do in the postseason. I've picked three or four teams getting to Indianapolis in the past, and I've been right.
This weekend, while many of us are in long lines looking to purchase chocolate hearts, candied roses and cards written by some stranger in the Philippines, or we stand in line for three hours on Sunday to have an hour-long lunch, Diane and Morgan Cavinder will be doing Mother's Day weekend o…
MUNSTER | I am not a politician. Nor do I play one on television.
In 1977 Lisa Sanchez walked into East Chicago Washington as a semi-lost ninth-grader. The 5-foot-1 youngster had never before dribbled or shot a basketball.
For all you knuckle-draggers crawling out of your caves, here is a sentence for you. And for all you Nike-wearing troglodytes, this applies to you, too.
About 11 or 12 years ago, when I was writing for the Indianapolis Star, I got a call that got my blood boiling.
CROWN POINT | When most in "Da Region" were still sleeping, Spike Albrecht and his grandfather, Frank Brunski, would grace the new dawn with eyes wide open and a collective pulse beating heavily.
All good things must come to an end, a famous philosopher once said. And rightly so, I must add.
INDIANAPOLIS | It's not like the complaints and harsh words about Bowman Academy's boys basketball program have been stated in a vacuum.
HUNTINGTON | It's a question that's been asked for the past 103 years. Philosophy and Hoosier Hysteria have gone hand-in-hand since the high school tournament began.
There's something special, even loveable, about Hoosier Hysteria. This craziness has been selling tickets for 103 years. Many people have timed their lives by this tourney.
MICHIGAN CITY | It was a bold statement. The kind coaches in Indiana don't like their kids to say. Especially at 2 p.m. on a regional Saturday.
It shouldn't be a shock that there is a strong connection between the best basketball players in Northwest Indiana. Summer hoops has been bringing people together for a long time.
UNION TWP. | It's been going on for 103 years. A century-plus of the same thing.
GARY | The legacy of high school basketball in Gary doesn't have a close second.
KOUTS | Here's hoping my GPS is right on this one.
HAMMOND | The tears were forming, but they never fell down the cheek. Not in the following conversation anyway.
HAMMOND | This one was sold out. But it was also souled out.
VALPARAISO | It wasn't a ho-hum kind of injury. The kind where a bag of ice and a few minutes on the bench is the healer.
MERRILLVILLE | What if Pete Best would've stayed with the Beatles? What if David Lee Roth never would've left Van Halen?
PORTAGE | Mike Megyese spoke directly with some passion on Jan. 25, a few minutes after his Michigan City Wolves had snapped Merrillville's 39-game regular season winning streak with a 60-57 win.
CEDAR LAKE | There have been a lot of rumors about Hanover Central guard Blayr Poston this winter. I wish I had a dime for every question or email I've gotten about her injury and missed games.
MUNSTER | It isn't just how you finish. Hardly. Winners come in many shapes and sizes. And they are not always on the “right” side of the scoreboard.
NEW CHICAGO | This week the stories and photographs will all be about Indiana's girls, the young ladies competing in the IHSAA's 38th annual girls basketball state championships.
NEW CHICAGO | Robert Burke had been here before. Well, sort of.
MICHIGAN CITY | Region football fans used to praise, glorify and pump up the old Andrean-Griffith rivalry. Even though it was vicious. Hateful. And certainly not politically correct.
CROWN POINT | Larry Bird is there. So is Oscar Robertson. John Wooden, too.
HAMMOND | Jason Quigg is the kind of guy you'd want your son to play basketball for. If you had any brains, anyway.
HAMMOND | Some things never change.
HAMMOND | The Region Roundball Rumble has a 14-year history of bringing the best available talent in Indiana to Northwest Indiana.
GARY | This used to be a crown jewel of Hoosier Hysteria. A bright fire burning on cold winter nights.
INDIANAPOLIS | This is the most cherished time of the year, when simple one-line sayings on a card can become a life's mantra.
MERRILLVILLE | I was excited all week thinking about Friday night's Duneland Athletic Conference showdown between Lake Central and Merrillville. That's typical when the two defending Class 4A sectional champions meet.
ST. JOHN | The world is going to end on Dec. 21 of this year — or so some have claimed. Whether you believe this or not is your call, but evidence suggests the eternal lights really could go out in less than two weeks:
CEDAR LAKE | It was like looking down at your Powerball ticket, seeing that all six numbers matched and then starting your happy dance.
GARY | It's about as long as Tito Jackson's belt. The streak that we're talking about here, that is.
MERRILLVILLE | With 5:49 left in the fourth quarter, Nick Serrato's hands were clapping thunderously. His voice boomed around Andrean's sideline.
Pop the corn, take off the parka and dance into a hot gymnasium filled with a ton of local talent.
MISHAWAKA | Head down, one knee on the ground, Eleazar Henderson wept at Steele Field in Mishawaka on Friday night.
Like a basketball on an index finger, the earth keeps spinning.
HAMMOND | The scoreboard burned bright in the northern end zone. A cold, crisp wind blew in from the lake over the top of the rectangular that read, “34-0.”
LaRunte Fairley is 5-foot-8, 165 pounds. Not the kind of numbers you expect to see shining under the lights on a Friday.
WHEATFIELD | The ground was soaked. The mud was thick, and slick. The tears that dropped only added to the environ.
EAST CHICAGO | While most of the kids in his neighborhood were dreaming of being the next Michael Jordan, East Chicago's Martayveus Carter had another idea.
GRIFFITH | Whether Big Bird gets defunded or not, one thing remains the same.
ST. JOHN | There is a $1 million question that is yet to be answered. And no, it isn't what tonight's Powerball numbers will be — in advance. And yes, an estimated $40 million would be nice.
Historically, this scribe has never been a cheerleader for the IHSAA.
So here we go again. Red Grange meets Nostradamus. Dick Butkus greets Miss Cleo. Or O.J. Simpson tackles Jimmy the Greek.
GRIFFITH |There was a lot of head scratching going on at halftime at The Boneyard on Friday night.
He almost disappeared. Poof. He was gone.
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