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?
Al Gore was wearing Speedos in early November. The rest of us have been in ear muffs and arctic boots ever since. Still, the boys of winter really heated up our days, didn't they?
The Times All-Area team will be in Sunday's editions. Here are some other honors worthy of a mention.
The Oh What Could Have Been Award: This goes to West Side's Arnold Wilson. This fine young man had a big game. But a knee injury early in the season ended his prep career, and altered the wins and losses of his Cougars.
Keep your head up good sir. And get healthy. If you are a college coach give this kid a call.
Best Move of the Year: Some would say Hyron Edwards' sickly crossover. Others would say Tyler Wideman's two-handed, rim-dragging dunks. Or Nick Jeffirs' drop-step power in the paint.
All good. All right.
But there is no question the best move in the Region goes to Bowman Academy assistant coach Derrick Robinson. After a T was given to the Eagles bench at Lake Central, Robinson went down to the floor and started doing pushups.
It reminded me of my younger days and why I could never get the President's Physical Fitness badge when a student at South Ward Elementary. Hilarious. Classic. Memorable.
Worst Move of the Year: Pressing a team in the state championship game when they wouldn't be rattled. Layups and wide-open 3s were the result. Park Tudor morphs into Greensburg. Time for some more pushups.
Small school Player of the Year: I give this to Lake Station's Dwayne Haden. With a bench shorter than Gomer Pyle's haircut, Haden played great basketball and his Eagles won. Great job. And I would give your coach, Bob Burke, the small-school Coach of the Year honor.
Keep Your Head Up: This goes to Hanover Central coach Bryon Clouse. After leaving Lake Station for Cedar Lake, his Wildcats went 1-19. They were younger than R. Kelly's little white book. It will get better.
Best Game: Easy. Lake Central vs. Penn. Tyler Wideman. Tip in. I listened to Van Halen driving home from Michigan City.
Best Game II: Munster at Lowell. The Red Devils had a remarkable season. Yet the NCC kings came in and pounded them. Unbelievable.
Today's Best Long-Range Bomber: Lake Central's Matt Meneghetti.
Tomorrow's Best Long-Range Bomber: Crown Point's Grant Gelon.
Worst Free Throw Shooter: It would take up too much space to list them all. Come on fellas, 45 minutes a day in the summer gives you wins in the winter.
Best Dunk: Davon Dillard's alley-oop against Fort Wayne Dwenger in the semistate. It looked like his navel was above the backboard box.
Best Student Section: Like on the floor, Lake Central gets past Munster. The Big Cat T-shirts rocked and you all rolled, all the way to Indy. A lot of fun. You guys raised the temperature in the gyms.
So thank you.
This winter was colder than Jonathan Toews' skates, snowier than a dude in Siberia with dandruff, longer than a Duck Dynasty beard, more miserable than thinking about Al Gore in Speedos and as seemingly never-ending as a speech by Nancy Pelosi.
Thank God we have basketball in Indiana. What else would we all do in winters like this?