Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Hutton: Huge strides for Lake Central’s Wilburn ]]> Lead story image

The Post-Tribune Boys Basketball Player of the Year was a two-person race between two point guards: Lake Central’s Tye Wilburn and LaPorte’s Josh Fleming. It was remarkable that Wilburn even was in contention, given where he was at the beginning of the season. Wilburn didn’t shoot the ball well last season and seemed to struggle with the departure of Glenn Robinson III and Taylor Lenhert, two players who helped the Indians to a sectional title in 2012. It looked like a step backward. This season, Wilburn was the certifiable soul of the team. He shot 59 percent from two-point range. … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:11:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hutton: Pay for play: Hard concept for players to grasp ]]> Lead story image

For all the chest-thumping and high-fiving the College Athletes Players Association has done the past 10 days, in the wake of the ruling that allows Northwestern football players to vote on unionization, there is one seemingly quiet but important faction that has largely been ignored. The current players. They don’t know what to think. Many seem uninterested. They would rather just play. They aren’t activists. They are football players. Typical kids. Dave Helding understands the sentiment. He was there, pulling down ball carriers from his defensive tackle position in the late 1980s. He didn’t have a care in the world … ]]> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 23:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Bowman laying low for state title ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — Bowman has heard it all. The renegade team from Gary? It is out there. So what. Deal with the Eagles. Marvin Rea has been able to collect kids from all over the city because they are starved to play basketball for a great program. The program recruits itself now. With a public school system that is falling apart day-by-day, Bowman represents hope. Faced with a $9 million deficit, it’s likely that Lew Wallace will shut down next year, leaving West Side as the only high school in the Gary Community Public School system left. Athletics in Gary has … ]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 02:02:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Tye Wilburn makes the call as Lake Central heads to state ]]> Lead story image

LAFAYETTE — Tye Wilburn had the most skin in the game Saturday. Wilburn had guaranteed a trip to the state finals on the first day of workouts. “I called it,” he said, looking straight ahead, his chin up and his chest out while relaxing in the bleachers. He told his dad. He told his teammates. He told his friends. He even told his coach Dave Milausnic, a cautious sort, who generally likes to keep those kinds of feelings wrapped in the recesses of his brain. Milausnic doesn’t do Twitter. He’s not on Facebook. He likes to lay low, coach his … ]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:10:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Austin Richie riding with Broncos to Tournament ]]> Lead story image

Austin Richie, gun slinger. That’s how Richie, the quintessential Indiana jump shooter, son of a basketball coach, left Lowell three years ago. He scored 50 points in a game once. He averaged 33.2 ppg. his senior year. He shot 95 percent from the free-throw line his senior year. His sophomore year, he made an eye popping 48 percent of his 3-point shots. Richie’s game has changed and he couldn’t be happier. He’s a pure point guard for Western Michigan. He distributes and handles the ball. He defers to David Brown and Shayne Whittington, two redshirt seniors who lead the team … ]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 02:04:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hutton: Lake Central rides ‘Scooter’ to first regional title since 1984 ]]> Lead story image

Yes, it’s going to take Lake Central fans, players and coaches time to get used to being the 2014 Michigan City Regional Champions. To get used to dotting their I’s and crossing their T’s properly. They are going to have ]]> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 02:09:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Area recruits would help Matt Painter restore Purdue’s luster ]]> Lead story image

I like Matt Painter, so I’m going to offer some free advice. Advice I’d never just give away to Tom Crean ’cause everyone around knows Indiana isn’t really serious about recruiting this corner of the state. When is the last time they were really interested in a Region kid? Matt Nover back in 1988. Dan Dakich before that 1981. Those were just a couple of phone calls. They weren’t must gets. They were players that fit Bobby Knight’s system. He didn’t have to leave his office to recruit them. Here is what I have to say to you, Matt. Spend … ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 06:20:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Deciphering the boys hoops sectional maze ]]> Lead story image

It’s sectional time. That means readers get the opportunity to crucify me after I incorrectly pick the winners and losers of every sectional game in every bracket. I’ve been picking winners — some would mostly say losers — for years now. I no longer feel pain when I get pelted with e-mails or when, like a few years ago, Bowman fans brought newspaper copies of my picks to the Wheeler final and held them in my face after the game. I had picked Noll. Bowman won. I was wrong, wrong, wrong and they were happy, happy, happy. Fire away with … ]]> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 06:31:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hutton: Perfect ending for Glenn Robinson III in emotional win ]]> Lead story image

WEST LAFAYETTE — Well, that was just perfect, wasn’t it? The school that orphaned Glenn Robinson III. The school that turned its back on one of its own — the week after the Boilers honored his father, Glenn Robinson, for being one of the greatest players in the history of Purdue — was burned by the younger Robinson, who got to dance out of Mackey Arena, bumping shoulders with teammate Spike Albrecht. Robinson, a Lake Central graduate, got to embrace his father in the tunnel of Mackey Arena after his twisting, leaping buzzer-beater rolled through the basket, giving Michigan a … ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:04:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Sportsmanship banquet celebrates its 60th birthday ]]> Lead story image

SCHERERVILLE — Back in the day, before Twitter and Facebook, before a 24-hour news cycle and before kids had their own personal platforms to self promote, they had issues with sportsmanship. It’s a universal theme, especially in the region where basketball is hugely popular and particularly intense this time of year. In 1955, the year after an incident at the Hammond Sectional when Frank Radovich was undercut in a game and some fans got into it outside the Hammond Civic Center, some business leaders from the community decided to create a yearly forum. It was specific to those schools and … ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:26:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Kirk Kennedy on the move again after a year at North Judson ]]> Lead story image

And the seasons they go round and round And the painted ponies go up and down We’re captive on the carousel of time We can’t return we can only look Behind from where we came And go round and round and round In the circle game — Joni Mitchell “The Circle Game” Did you feel sadness, anger, empathy, relief, sympathy and disappointment upon hearing the news that Kirk Kennedy is leaving after one season as the North Judson football coach? Two weeks after he told his players it was over, if you are experiencing the noxious mixture of all five … ]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 06:42:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Teenage athletes need to know it’s OK to be gay ]]> Lead story image

Sam Provenzano plays tennis and basketball these days with an unbridled, competitive, insatiable ferociousness that might seem out of place for a grown man. He is making up for a lost opportunity. He was an excellent basketball player through grade and middle school. Lanky and tall, the son of an athlete, he had all right genes to be a star. Except the gay gene. Being gay is difficult for a teenager to deal with, particularly in the machismo world of sports. Provenzano, with no guidance except the little voice in his head that said he wouldn’t feel comfortable in a … ]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 06:34:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Northwestern’s move to unionize is step in right direction ]]> Lead story image

The visceral, immediate reaction for Tony Karras at the thought of the football team at his alma mater, Northwestern, applying for union representation, wasn’t at all positive. His brothers on the football team were ingrates, he thought, who haven’t had enough time to value the $200,000 in scholarship money they received. In his world view, the college experience was priceless. College football is a take-it-or-leave-it proposition. No one has to play football. For those players, in that time, it was just a fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They felt privileged. Their life would change in ways they could never have imagined. Karras, … ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:59:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hutton: Bad weather turning hoops season upside down ]]> Lead story image

Come settle around the fire, boys and girls, and let me tell what it was like when I went to school. They didn’t have two-hour delays. If the temperatures were subzero outside, bundling up in an Eskimo coat and wearing long underwear, hats and gloves was recommended. They started the buses early so they’d have plenty of time to warm up. There was no such phrase as it’s a “liability issue” for kids who have to wait outside for the buses. We, um, toughed out the cold because that is what was accepted. Now, it’s different. The subzero temperatures do … ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:27:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Sweet concept: History of the Valpo free throw ]]> Lead story image

Virgil Sweet didn’t set out to write a book called “Specifics of Free Throw Shooting” that would take him around the world to lecture about the fundamentals of shooting free throws. He simply wanted a job. In the summer of 1953, when he landed an interview with Valparaiso High School for its basketball coaching position, the school board required that he demonstrate something about his ability to teach kids a basketball concept. He decided he’d show the board how to shoot a free throw. Sweet didn’t consider himself an expert. In fact, to practice his presentation, he simply went to … ]]> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 06:35:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: College realignment has created new chaos ]]> Lead story image

The shake-up in the college basketball landscape has unintentionally created a new buzz this year. There is a whole new set of games and potential rivalries down the road that were never going to materialize without a nudge from somewhere. Sometimes, greed is good. The Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big Ten, with the addition of Maryland, and the Big East all look completely different now. The movement and chaos has re-energized the early part of the season. Now, at least, the new matchups are fresh and different. In the ACC, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse are in with Louisville coming … ]]> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:02:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hutton: Marc Trestman’s job should be on the line next year ]]> Lead story image

I was continually stupefied by this strange phenomena: The free pass that Bears coach Marc Trestman received this season for what was a pretty mediocre performance. It’s too early in his tenure to ask for his job on a platter, but it wasn’t a great rookie year for the coach. This thought occurred to me as I watched a very average Packers team almost beat the 49ers on Sunday in the playoffs: Something is totally out of whack in the NFL if a 12-4 team needs a field goal on the final play to defeat an 8-7-1 Green Bay squad … ]]> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 08:28:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ HUTTON: Down-and-out Irish score another big upset ]]> Lead story image

SOUTH BEND — These are three clichés that Mike Brey owns: “Let ’er rip,” “I’m the loosest coach in America” and “let’s play like we have nothing to lose.” He wears a sport jacket, with no tie. The top button of his shirt is always unbuttoned. He doesn’t micromanage. He’s a big-picture guy who likes to delegate, preferably to his older players. Nobody speaks the language of a team that looks like an orphan, drifting aimlessly into the harsh abyss of a brutal college basketball season, like Brey. No team has mastered the twisting turns of an unforgiving season and … ]]> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 06:45:59 -0500