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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It would've been real easy for Antonio Smothers to quit.
ST. JOHN | Marvin Rea felt a little like Marc Trestman on Friday night. He had a star player who hadn't played in awhile. He had a tough decision to make.
CEDAR LAKE | It was a Christmas many years ago. A great joy from that season wonderfully still lives with us today. Read on.
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.
There are two things Andrean quarterback Matt DeSomer won't do tonight. But Niner Nation can relax. Neither have anything to do with football.
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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 scho…
GARY | Dana Evans, in one way, is your typical high school freshman. A little shy. Probably got lost trying to find the algebra classroom after leaving the history classroom. Traditional stuff.
HAMMOND | Jason Johnson was engulfed in emotion. Sadness. Pride. Everything you'd expect after a breathtaking high school football game.
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 Bri…
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.
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