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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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Football: West Side reseeded field, added regulation goal posts and cleaned up locker room

GARY — Say this about the dose of bad publicity West Side received last year after its facilities were deemed unplayable for a sectional game against Lowell: It was a call to action that was answered. Close to $20,000 was spent on upgrading the stadium. …

Football Insider: Kankakee Valley hits the ground running

There is a slight giddyup in Brad Stewart’s step. He is borderline excited but in a subdued way. Stewart knows football can be complicated. A year like 2013 always looms. That’s when his top three middle linebackers were lost for the season with injuries. That …

HUTTON: Porter Amateur going strong at 60

There is no sane reason anymore to host a local golf tournament. I know. I run one. Sometimes, you throw your hands up in the air and wonder why. The answer is simple. Because golfers aren’t normal and the tournaments have a way of taking …

HUTTON: High school football movie worth the price of admission

My Friday night coverage of the Morton-Griffith game started with the 2 p.m. showing of “When the Game Stands Tall.” I wanted to be inspired for the long season ahead. The football movie, based on the true story of De La Salle’s 151-game winning streak, …

HUTTON: Notre Dame football players thrown under the bus

Freshman year in high school, Mrs. Hall’s Honor’s algebra class. Sam Allen was sitting one row over, one seat in front of me. He was left-handed. I was overwhelmed by the time the first test arrived. There was no placement exam for entrance into the …

HUTTON: Pop Warner on the defensive

John Madden recently delivered a devastating blow to youth football (Pop Warner). Sometimes, the truth is painful. Madden’s KO came in the form of a head-on tackle about the necessity for full-pad tackle football for young kids. Read Pop Warner. He did it on a …

Hutton: Extend girls golf season, change some bad rules

It’s time for my annual semi-annual rant on how girls high school golf could easily be improved in Indiana. Please listen up. Indiana golf movers and shakers. These suggestions wouldn’t be hard to implement. And they would help to grow a game that hurts itself …

HUTTON: Small 3A schools could feel squeeze with new IHSAA playoff proposal

Some thoughts about the latest Indiana High School Athletic Association proposal for the new class formats for basketball: At least it’s something. I’d hate to be a small 3A school with the new deal. They really got the bad part of the lollipop and the …

  • HUTTON: Ted White getting dirty at North Judson

    NORTH JUDSON — Ted White still would be happy as Russ Radtke’s main assistant. Really. He loves to get in the ready position and demonstrate the handoff between the quarterback and running back in the wishbone. Or not. It’s the stuff that great assistants do. …Read More

  • Hutton: The Delahuntys, of Valparaiso, make taking part in triathlons a family affair

    Kevin and Dawn Delahunty bonded over triathlons 30 years ago. Then they got married, and dragged their whole family into the sport. Some families eat and drink to celebrate time together. The Delahuntys compete and exercise. It will be a family celebration this weekend, when …Read More

  • 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 …Read More

  • 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 …Read More

  • 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 …