Steve Hanlon is a 1981 graduate of Crown Point and earned a history degree at Evangel University.
He started working at The Times in 1991 as a correspondent and was hired full-time in 1994. In 2000 he went to work at the Indianapolis Star, where he stayed until 2004.
Missing Region pizza, family and watching the Chicago Cubs every day in the summer brought him back to his home area.
Hanlon was the Prep Beat writer from 1995 through 2000. Upon returning to The Times, where he covered Valparaiso University for one season, he took back the Prep Beat beat in 2005.
Hanlon's wife's name is Karen and he has two daughters -- Marley and Gracie. He is grateful that both of his girls have their mother's looks. And so are they.
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MERRILLVILLE | Surprisingly, the backbone of the 2014 Lowell Red Devils had a start far away from the corn and Indiana Route 2. It began at 5959 Broadway back in the 1990s.
OK, class. Time for a pop quiz.
RENSSELAER | The afternoon started in Hobart. Got stuck downtown by the Brickies' homecoming parade. This stuff is still cool to me. Made a sign of the cross when I drove by the Brickie Bowl.
Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever has the gap between the best team and the worst team in the Duneland Athletic Conference been so narrow. Never.
WHEATFIELD | There have been whispers and rumors running up and down the streets of Northwest Indiana this autumn. I've heard them. You've heard them. Heck, some of you have likely said the same things.
NEW CHICAGO | Before every River Forest cross country meet, junior Christopher Ramos gathers the nine Ingots on the small-school team, they lock arms and bow their heads.
LOWELL | We've all heard this tale time and time again, in different schools and in different programs and different decades. Over and over again.
Football is under attack in America — like a blitzing defensive back from the blindside.
MUNSTER | Region sports crazies have had a misconception about athletics at Munster in recent years. This thought error generally dribbles around the following thought.
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.
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