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It seems like only yesterday that it was 100 degrees and we were walking from one grid to another taking mug shots for our 2013 football preview edition. The season's over already? Dang.
INDIANAPOLIS | Things looked bleak in 2009. The IHSAA was looking to move the state football championships potentially outside of Indianapolis. Or, outside. How would Andrean fans think of that today in Indianapolis.
FORT WAYNE | Nearby, the Fort Wayne Dwenger Saints were jumping up and down, screaming about advancing to the Class 4A state championship game.
In another time some genius came up with the idea of New Coke, red dye No. 2 and the Edsel. Thankfully, they disappeared like a Cubs fan at a Happy Convention.
There are two things Andrean quarterback Matt DeSomer won't do tonight. But Niner Nation can relax. Neither have anything to do with football.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAST CHICAGO | Last Friday night Denzel Thruston had a slice of pizza. The E.C. Central offensive tackle was celebrating his Cardinals' 46-44 win over West Side in the Class 4A Sectional 17 championship game, the first sectional title in school history.
In two years Lake Central will have a new football complex, with the ever-so-popular turf surface that's all the rage with big schools in Indiana.
ST. JOHN | When a mother talks about her daughter in a loving way, it will cause the average person to need a hanky. If they have a soul anyway.
This is an American story, even though it's a little different than in past times. It's a reflection of a well-known region football family.
EAST CHICAGO | In the middle of September an old buddy called and laughed about The Times Football Preview Section. The guy said we had it all wrong.
Back in the day, Roz Howell used to love to talk about Hobart football. The wife of Hall of Fame coach Don Howell didn't talk much about the 19 consecutive sectional titles, the 11 trips to Indianapolis or the four state championships the Brickies won.
So can you believe the regular season has flew by this quickly? Did you have fun watching great region football on Friday night?
Like waiting for the federal government to finally reopen again, or hoping that it stays shut down for the next 100 years like some are pulling for, region football fans were still waiting for word from the IHSAA on Thursday night.
ST. JOHN | It hasn't been a piano. It's been a continent of pianos that has been on the back of Lake Central's football program.
ST. JOHN | It's something any high school football player in Indiana would love to do. To run out onto the football field in front of a standing-room-only crowd with a conference title on the line is what dreams are made of.
GARY | Ten minutes before the biggest game on West Side's schedule, Cougars coach Jason Johnson wasn't preparing for Morton's offense. Or defense. Or special teams.
We're about to head into our sixth year of "Hope and Change." Here's hoping we all have more than just change in our seven-year-old ripped Wranglers in the near future.
WHEATFIELD | Don't know what was stranger Friday night in Wheatfield, seeing Kirk Kennedy and Brad Stewart on different sides of the field in contrasting colors?
If one looks at the spiraling downward attendance numbers of Indiana's basketball tournaments, it is beyond shocking. Does anyone remember when they called it Hoosier Hysteria?
HOBART | At 8:01 p.m. Friday in Hobart, we moved into the second half of the 2013 prep football season.
It was June of 1998. The tension of the state softball tournament had subsided for a moment. Andrean had just won the semistate semifinal.
ST. JOHN | The game was in hand. Really, it was all but over 90 minutes earlier.
HOBART | It happened to Elvis. Then, to Pee Wee Herman. And even folks like Leonardo DiCaprio.
GRIFFITH | The kid came in like a ghost. There were whispers and chats about him. But nothing definitive. Then, he disappeared. Poof.
I've seen this about 50 times. An exciting basketball game ends. Team showers. They come out of the locker room not saying a word. Twelve phones are in front of each face.
HAMMOND | America rightfully celebrated the half-century anniversary of one of the greatest speeches of all time on Wednesday.
I stopped at a gas station Tuesday and 11 guys were waiting in line and talking about playing some football that weekend. One joked, "Why don't we play Lew Wallace? They're looking for some games?"
LOWELL | The excitement of opening night is timeless. Generational. Fans with big dreams pack stadiums throughout Indiana, just like they did at The Inferno in Lowell.
EAST CHICAGO | It was Oct. 5 of last football season. Martayveus Carter was in Gary playing Bowman Academy. He did what he's done like clockwork since putting on the E.C. Central football uniform.
CROWN POINT | A high school football team without a good quarterback is like a country with a good president. Please enter your own punchline here.
It would be like Joe Biden giving up saying stupid things and walking out the door. Or Lindsay Lohan vowing to never drink another ounce of liquor.
Jay Cutler is the Honey Boo Boo of Chicago sports. Bears' fans loved him at first and couldn't wait to watch another episode. Then, after time, some started looking at him like he was Mama June in a bikini.
In 10 days, Hanover Central will conduct its first official high school football practice. The buzz around the Cedar Lake community is causing bubbles to fly out of the blue-green water.
CROWN POINT | Consistent. Steady. Reliable.
Man, you blink your eyes and it's over.
If you looked at the resume of Derrick Milenkoff and heard he was leaving the Whiting boys basketball program as it was announced on Friday you might shrug your shoulders and say, "So what?"
When Keith Hauber was a lad, he spent a lot of time on the softball diamonds with his father, Richard. First, Keith was a bat boy. Then, he kept score at the fields in Michigan City.
FRANKLIN | Don't you get tired of turning on ESPN's SportsCenter a lot? The same old police blotter updates from spoiled, overpaid athletes who treat the average Joe like dirt and belittle those in the stands.
INDIANAPOLIS | It was January. It was cold outside. It was even frostier inside the home of Portage's Lauren Murray. Deep pain and doubts about the future were one thing.
PORTAGE | In looking at the 2013 state softball media package, there is something different, trending among the eight programs that will fight for state championships today.
CEDAR LAKE | Larry McMillen is like the absent-minded professor of region softball. His resume is like bin Laden, hard to find, perhaps hidden in some cave somewhere.
Lonnie Johnson had a tough decision in middle school. He felt like his future hung in the balance. His choice could determine it all.
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.
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