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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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 Mo…
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.
All good things must come to an end, a famous philosopher once said. And rightly so, I must add.
INDIANAPOLIS | It's not like the complaints and harsh words about Bowman Academy's boys basketball program have been stated in a vacuum.
GARY | It's like Michelangelo doing graffiti on an old wall at a Gary gas station that went out of business six years ago. Or Bob Dylan singing a remake of a Katy Perry ditty.
HUNTINGTON | It's a question that's been asked for the past 103 years. Philosophy and Hoosier Hysteria have gone hand-in-hand since the high school tournament began.
There's something special, even loveable, about Hoosier Hysteria. This craziness has been selling tickets for 103 years. Many people have timed their lives by this tourney.
MICHIGAN CITY | It was a bold statement. The kind coaches in Indiana don't like their kids to say. Especially at 2 p.m. on a regional Saturday.
It shouldn't be a shock that there is a strong connection between the best basketball players in Northwest Indiana. Summer hoops has been bringing people together for a long time.
UNION TWP. | It's been going on for 103 years. A century-plus of the same thing.
GARY | The legacy of high school basketball in Gary doesn't have a close second.
KOUTS | Here's hoping my GPS is right on this one.
HAMMOND | The tears were forming, but they never fell down the cheek. Not in the following conversation anyway.
HAMMOND | This one was sold out. But it was also souled out.
VALPARAISO | It wasn't a ho-hum kind of injury. The kind where a bag of ice and a few minutes on the bench is the healer.
MERRILLVILLE | What if Pete Best would've stayed with the Beatles? What if David Lee Roth never would've left Van Halen?
PORTAGE | Mike Megyese spoke directly with some passion on Jan. 25, a few minutes after his Michigan City Wolves had snapped Merrillville's 39-game regular season winning streak with a 60-57 win.
CEDAR LAKE | There have been a lot of rumors about Hanover Central guard Blayr Poston this winter. I wish I had a dime for every question or email I've gotten about her injury and missed games.
MUNSTER | It isn't just how you finish. Hardly. Winners come in many shapes and sizes. And they are not always on the “right” side of the scoreboard.
NEW CHICAGO | This week the stories and photographs will all be about Indiana's girls, the young ladies competing in the IHSAA's 38th annual girls basketball state championships.
NEW CHICAGO | Robert Burke had been here before. Well, sort of.
MICHIGAN CITY | Region football fans used to praise, glorify and pump up the old Andrean-Griffith rivalry. Even though it was vicious. Hateful. And certainly not politically correct.
CROWN POINT | Larry Bird is there. So is Oscar Robertson. John Wooden, too.
HAMMOND | Jason Quigg is the kind of guy you'd want your son to play basketball for. If you had any brains, anyway.
HAMMOND | Some things never change.
HAMMOND | The Region Roundball Rumble has a 14-year history of bringing the best available talent in Indiana to Northwest Indiana.
GARY | This used to be a crown jewel of Hoosier Hysteria. A bright fire burning on cold winter nights.
INDIANAPOLIS | This is the most cherished time of the year, when simple one-line sayings on a card can become a life's mantra.
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