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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.

19 hours ago

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
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
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
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
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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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
STEVE HANLON: It is time for some summer fun

STEVE HANLON: It is time for some summer fun

This is a breathless time of year for high school sports. Championships of all kinds are being decided around Indiana in several spring sports.

May 30, 2014 7:30 pm

STEVE HANLON: It ain't like it used to be

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.

May 29, 2014 7:30 pm
STEVE HANLON: The real Rocky of Ridge Road

STEVE HANLON: The real Rocky of Ridge Road

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.

May 22, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Notes on the little guys of track, etc.

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.

May 22, 2014 5:00 pm

STEVE HANLON: The gift that just keeps on giving

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.

May 16, 2014 5:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: The Larry Bird of city softball

STEVE HANLON: The Larry Bird of city softball

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.

May 15, 2014 5:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: There is an 'A' in Munster, plenty of 'em

STEVE HANLON: There is an 'A' in Munster, plenty of 'em

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.

May 09, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: IHSAA dribbles the ball in the right direction

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.

May 08, 2014 5:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: The dollars and sense of prep politics

STEVE HANLON: The dollars and sense of prep politics

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.

May 02, 2014 9:55 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: All-Star game happy to be a McHoosier

STEVE HANLON: All-Star game happy to be a McHoosier

For a long while, Northwest Indiana had a local all-star game for boys and girls basketball. Then, like that, it vanished.

May 01, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: I finally get to meet Virgil Sweet, again

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.

April 25, 2014 5:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: Gas prices going down in San Pierre

STEVE HANLON: Gas prices going down in San Pierre

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.

April 24, 2014 5:00 pm
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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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.

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
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?

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

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?

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
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
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
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