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Mike Hutton

Mike Hutton has been writing a sports column for the Post-Tribune since 1998. He has been honored as a top 10 columnist nationally by the …Read More

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HUTTON: Coaches seemingly always the last to know about transfers

GARY — How do you say goodbye? Those awkward transitional moments from one school to another for star players have turned into a regular part of the sports page. Two weeks ago, Davon Dillard, through his mother, Kaliah Baker, through this newspaper, announced that Dillard …

HUTTON: Plenty of offseason changes for football coaches in NWI

Practice starts Monday. It’s time to get into football mode. Before that happens, it’s time to learn some new faces on the sidelines. It’s hard to not be a restless football coach in Northwest Indiana. Every year there is migration but this offseason has been …

HUTTON: Eron Gordon gets caught in IHSAA snare

Please, no more transfer stories. I understand your son or daughter might be aggrieved by the way he or she was treated when they left (insert imaginary school) for (imaginary school) and were subsequently ruled ineligible. I understand he or she may not have left …

HUTTON: Valparaiso attorney starts American Legion junior squad

Dan Sherman did something novel: He didn’t start a travel league baseball team. Sherman, a Valparaiso attorney with four kids, went retro this summer and formed a junior American Legion team. His motives were purely selfish. Sherman wanted to have some quality time with his …

HUTTON: Finding the right sports track for your kids is a challenge

My 9-year-old son, Ethan, hated baseball the one year he played. He was 5 when I put him in a T-ball league. He was young for his age and it was difficult for him to make contact with the ball, even when it was placed …

HUTTON: Mat Blair Golf Academy going high tech

VALPARAISO — Sadly, I can’t get my pelvic tilt perfect at address, partially because it is layered by about 20 extra pounds of subcutaneous muscle. And, well, because I haven’t done my cat and dog exercises in years (maybe never. I can’t quite remember). This …

  • HUTTON: Froebel could’ve won it all in 1951

    VALPARAISO — Sixty-three years later, Chris Christoff, an even-keeled man with an unconditional, deep love for his native city, still comes a bit undone at the memory of the last game for the 1950-51 Gary Froebel basketball team. Don’t misunderstand. Christoff was touched by the …Read More

  • HUTTON: Hoosiers give student athletes some protections

    Remember Sandi Marcius and Purdue’s refusal to pay for his final summer school class? Marcius, a La Lumiere graduate, did the unthinkable to Boiler Nation last year. He decided to transfer after four years to another school, which turned out to be DePaul. Marcius left …Read More

  • HUTTON: JT Kohut sets record at Innsbrook in drive-by round

    JT Kohut is still a little surprised about the buzz he created Thursday when he shot a 62 from the back tees at Innsbrook Country Club in a match against Nick Grubnich. For low handicappers, Innsbrook, which measures 6,619 yards and is a par 70 …

  • Hutton: Predict the NBA draft? Now that’s just daft

    In Mark Bartelstein, we trust. That’s the philosophy the Drew family adopted in 1998, when Bryce Drew, after vetting a variety of agents, decided to sign with Bartelstein, a Chicago-based agent with an impeccable reputation for delivering for his clients. Bartelstein thoroughly checks his own …Read More

  • HUTTON: Jeff Samardzija holding all cards in negotiation game

    Don’t be fooled by his sentiment for the Cubs. Jeff Samardzija wants to win. He won’t be nearly as disappointed and heartbroken as Cub nation will be if he gets cut loose next month for prospects in this endless rebuilding project on the North Side. …

  • HUTTON: Northwest Indiana’s bevy of basketball talent on display and worth the trip

    LOGANSPORT — Mapquest says it’s 75.2 miles from my house in Valparaiso to 1 Berry Lane, Logansport, Indiana. East on Route 30, cut over on 35 for an unbearably long time, take a left on South 18th Street, go right on Jefferson Street, zig-zag through …Read More

  • HUTTON: Gleason trying to find its groove

    If anybody can cobble together a golf course for her biggest dance of the year, Bob Farag and Donnie Plogh can. They will, too. You’ll see. South Gleason Golf Course, with its age spots and irresistible charm if you squint at her just the right …

    HUTTON: Lake Central graduate clears next hurdle to study at Notre Dame

    ST. JOHN — Don’t let the bastards get you down. That isn’t how Matt Wesley phrases it. He is modest. He would never say something like that out loud, but the thought hangs over his story like an ominous cloud in an otherwise perfectly blue …

    HUTTON: Defending Gary Am champ John Flanagan is a natural on the golf course

    Anybody who has ever swung a golf club wants the John Flanagan gene. Very few people ever get it. Besides the fact he is a scratch golfer, Flanagan really doesn’t get rusty. He can just open up the garage after a long, cold winter and …

    HUTTON: Jay Novak takes over as East Chicago football coach

    Jay Novak already was in the system. He teaches at West Side Middle School, across from East Chicago High School. He had head coaching experience at Clark. And, he had worked for two years as an assistant under Stacy Adams and AJ Rodriguez, both head …

    Hutton: Gary golfer Aaron Mercer chasing his PGA dream

    MERRILLVILLE — There was this moment — when the putts were falling and the shots were coming off Aaron Mercer’s clubs just the way he saw them in his head — when he stood up on the final par-3 on the back nine at Beechwood …