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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: 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

  • 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 …Read More

  • 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 …Read More

  • 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 …Read More

  • 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 …

  • HUTTON: New basketball tournament format not a done deal

    I’m thinking of my service provider for Internet, television and my telephone. The one that I have a hate-hate relationship with. I don’t really like the customer service, the Internet is only intermittently good for the price and I don’t need the landline anymore. I …Read More

  • HUTTON: Fuzzy Zoeller celebrates 15 years of First Tee

    VALPARAISO — Wynne Aldrich wanted the duck head cover. “I liked it as soon as I saw it,” she said. Fuzzy Zoeller, just the kind of golfer who would give you the head cover from his club, took it off his driver and tossed it …

    HUTTON: Fuzzy Zoeller to celebrate 15 years of First Tee at Creekside

    When I called Fuzzy Zoeller last week, I expected the usual celebrity wait time before I’d actually get to do an interview with the most accomplished professional golfer from Indiana. Typically, it goes like this... Leave a message with an assistant (or if you are …

    HUTTON: Magic Johnson wants Clippers owner out of NBA for racial comments

    GARY — It’s hard to fire an NBA owner. Donald Sterling has been an awful proprietor of the Clippers for years. His teams have had six winning seasons in his 33 years of ownership. Aside from a show of respectability over the last few years, …

    Hutton: Mitch McGary’s long, winding road could lead to NBA

    Mike Hutton looks at the saga surrounding Chesterton graduate Mitch McGary, who has declared for the NBA Draft.

    HUTTON: Hoosier state throws up bricks in college hoops

    It officially was an awful year for the state’s big three — Notre Dame, Indiana and Purdue — in college basketball. It was the first time since 2005 that none of those teams made the NCAA. Throw in Butler, which finished 14-17 and also failed …