STEVE HANLON: The best and worst of the 2013-14 school year

2014-06-26T18:30:00Z 2014-09-09T23:09:16Z STEVE HANLON: The best and worst of the 2013-14 school yearSteve Hanlon Prep Beat
June 26, 2014 6:30 pm  • 

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.

Poof. There it goes. There it went.

Before I write the final page of the 2013-2014 athletic season, this old baller would like to send out the best and worst of this past athletic season. From these eyes only, of course.

Best football turnaround: Simple, E.C. Central. The Cards made it to the Class 4A semistate for the first time in school history. West Side's meteoric climb was a close second.

Worst administrative move: Letting Stacy Adams leave E.C. for an athletic director's position at South Bend Washington. How this was allowed to happen only Jerry Lewis knows. West Side's handling of "Field Gate" was a close second.

It's June. Would someone please see if the lights are working?

The best finish: This goes to Valparaiso's Harley Dubsky, who survived a bogey and double bogey on the last two holes to claim the IHSAA state golf title with a 144. It's been said it isn't how you start but how you finish. But to win something like this you have to start well and finish well. Dubsky did enough for the hardware.

The worst finish: This one goes to Bowman Academy's boys basketball team. The Eagles made history by getting to the Class 3A state title game a year after winning the 2A crown. But in the 89-76 loss to Greensburg, Bowman was dominated in all parts of the game.

The exclamation mark to the season was when senior Justin King didn't go to Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 workout, likely costing him a spot on the Indiana All-Star team. Come on, fellas, you're better than that.

The best team: There is an "A" in both of these. Andrean's football team won the Class 3A state title and the 59ers did the same in baseball, with many names being the same. Matt DeSomer was a catalyst for both.

The worst team: This goes to South Bend Career Academy's boys basketball team, which lost 99-13 to Roosevelt in the Winter "Classic." But at least the toilets flushed at the school when this miserable excuse for a hoopla took place. It's June. Plan for a Gary Holiday Tournament before it's too late.

The best story: Lake Central's Indians making it to the Class 4A state title game and the play of Tyler Wideman both there and with the Indiana All-Stars.

The worst story: Jeff Bean being RIF-ed at River Forest. This guy can coach football. If you're looking, give him a call. You won't regret it.

Here's hoping the coming school year will be better than the past. And please, in the name of Dean Martin, slow down.

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