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STEVE HANLON: Munster football happily jumping through hoops

STEVE HANLON: Munster football happily jumping through hoops

MUNSTER | Region sports crazies have had a misconception about athletics at Munster in recent years. This thought error generally dribbles around the following thought.

September 19, 2014 10:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: That Hanlon kid from C.P. sure is tough

STEVE HANLON: That Hanlon kid from C.P. sure is tough

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.

September 12, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Is this the Super Bowl or what?

STEVE HANLON: Is this the Super Bowl or what?

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.

September 11, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Portage does indeed have a Cherry on top

STEVE HANLON: Portage does indeed have a Cherry on top

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.

September 06, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Like a 'Bridge' over troubled waters

STEVE HANLON: Like a 'Bridge' over troubled waters

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?

September 05, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: This 'Region Classic' is not the first

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.

September 04, 2014 6:00 pm
STEVE HANLON: Lightning strikes twice on Week 2

STEVE HANLON: Lightning strikes twice on Week 2

MERRILLVILLE | Maybe “Da Region” should just cancel Week 2 of prep football. We haven't been on a good streak of late, remember?

August 29, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Something we all need to know

STEVE HANLON: Something we all need to know

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.

August 28, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Joy to the World

STEVE HANLON: Joy to the World

CEDAR LAKE | The drive from Graham, Kentucky is long when Cedar Lake, Indiana is the ultimate destination. Five-plus hours of visual boredom.

August 22, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: There's just something 'bout those Friday night lights

STEVE HANLON: There's just something 'bout those Friday night lights

CEDAR LAKE | They've heard about it. Like some tasty spice from the Orient that fires up a plate.

August 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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STEVE HANLON: From a seat in the stands to a place in his heart

STEVE HANLON: From a seat in the stands to a place in his heart

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.

August 21, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Do you believe in Majkic?

STEVE HANLON: Do you believe in Majkic?

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.

August 15, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Oh did Gavit hit a home run with this hire

STEVE HANLON: Oh did Gavit hit a home run with this hire

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.

August 14, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Dipping the toes into an Olympic-sized pool

STEVE HANLON: Dipping the toes into an Olympic-sized pool

Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin were there.

August 08, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Possible IHSAA change to hoops coming soon

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.

August 07, 2014 5:45 pm
STEVE HANLON: Region still looking up at Indy

STEVE HANLON: Region still looking up at Indy

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.

August 01, 2014 5:45 pm
STEVE HANLON: Hammond's Moores hoping to build a bridge of tradition

STEVE HANLON: Hammond's Moores hoping to build a bridge of tradition

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.

July 31, 2014 5:45 pm

STEVE HANLON: Enjoy it while you can get it

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.

July 25, 2014 5:45 pm
STEVE HANLON: The changing face of Hoosier Hysteria

STEVE HANLON: The changing face of Hoosier Hysteria

It ain't like it used to be — government, taxes, music, clothes or my hairline.

July 24, 2014 5:45 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: East Chicago hoops finally ready for the big screen

STEVE HANLON: East Chicago hoops finally ready for the big screen

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.

July 18, 2014 5:45 pm Photos

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STEVE HANLON: Region football stars having a blast in Indy

STEVE HANLON: Region football stars having a blast in Indy

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.

July 17, 2014 5:45 pm
STEVE HANLON: You don't have to be from suburbs to be an all-star

STEVE HANLON: You don't have to be from suburbs to be an all-star

Kristen Alamillo played softball at Gavit this past spring. Which means one thing. You've never heard of her before.

July 11, 2014 5:45 pm Photos

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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.

July 10, 2014 5:45 pm

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: 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 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: 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
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