Sports and Outdoors

Friday, February 20, 2015

Ossian Conservation Club's March events

Ossian Conservation Club Inc., a not for profit corporation, located at 9950 N. 100 E., Ossian, Indiana, has announced the following March 2015 events, for more information call 622-4712 or 622-6810 or click here.

March 7 - Nelson’s Port-A-Pit Chicken, Pork Chops and Ribs at Walgreen’s in Bluffton, 11 a.m. until gone. No pre-sold tickets, $6 for half a chicken, $6 for a pork chop, and $8 for a half slab of ribs. Weather permitting try Our Old Style Sugar Corn made in a cast iron kettle, $2 and $4 a bag. Proceeds will to go to the club building fund.

March 22 - Ouabache Archers at Ossian Conservation Club – first meet of the year.
Several new Rinehart 3-D Targets! 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All are welcome.

March 29 - the Ossian Conservation Club Shotgun Shooter’s informal Shotgun Shoot. Come and shoot regular clays over the club’s new automatic thrower. 12 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Bring the whole Family. Public is welcome.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Ball State’s Franko House Named MAC West Player of the Week

Sophomore forward helped Cardinals to 2-0 start to MAC play
MUNCIE, Ind. – Sophomore forward Franko House of the Ball State men’s basketball team has been selected as the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week.

House averaged 13.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last week in helping Ball State knock off a pair of 11-win teams to open conference play.

The Elkhart, Ind., product has been at his best in the biggest moments lately. He scored eight of his 14 points in the final five minutes of regulation and overtime in Wednesday’s win at Eastern Michigan, all while playing with four fouls. He played a role in the Cardinals’ final seven points in overtime, scoring four of them and assisting on Sean Sellers’ game-winning 3-pointer.

Three days later, House went for 13 points and five rebounds as Ball State defeated a Central Michigan team that entered the game at No. 88 in the NCAA RPI.

House was efficient for the week, knocking down 13 of 19 shots from the floor (68.4 percent) to help the Cardinals to their first 2-0 MAC start since the 2011-12 season. Bowling Green is the only other undefeated team in MAC play.

House is the second Ball State player to earn MAC West Player of the Week honors this season, joining Sean Sellers who received the award in the season’s opening week.

Ball State returns to action Wednesday at Western Michigan with a 7 p.m. tipoff in Kalamazoo, Mich. The game will be televised by the Ball State Sports Network and will also air on ESPN3.

For the most up-to-date news on Ball State men’s basketball, follow @BallStateSports, @BallStateMBB and @coachjwhit on Twitter.

Ball State Announces $5 for 5-0 Deal

The Ball State men’s and women’s basketball teams are a combined 5-0 in the early going of the Mid-American Conference portion of the season, prompting Pepsi and Ball State Athletics to offer a special deal for Cardinals fans.

Through Wednesday, fans will be able to purchase general admission tickets to any upcoming men’s and women’s basketball game at the special price of just $5, limit four (4). Both teams will be back in action Wednesday – the men play at Western Michigan while the women host Kent State – and if either team wins, those fans will receive a Ball State ball cap courtesy of Pepsi. Again, this offer expires Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Fans can take advantage of this offer by calling 888-BSU-TICKET or visiting the Worthen Arena ticket office during regular business hours or before/during the women’s game Wednesday versus Kent State with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Friday, December 5, 2014

N-B Video: Bluffton loses on the chin on the mat to Woodlan

The Bluffton Tigers hosted the Woodlan Warriors Thursday evening. Watch BHS senior Noah Studebaker compete with Woodlan sophomore Mason Berry in the 182-pound class. Bluffton lost the Allen County Athletic Conference dual meet, 47-33. Learn more in the Friday, Dec. 5, News-Banner. (Video by Paul Beitler)

Monday, December 1, 2014

N-B Photos: Raider girls top Jets in ACAC opener

Saturday, the Southern Wells' girls topped Adams Central in Monroe, 49-43. Learn more in the Monday, Dec. 1, News-Banner. (Photos by Paul Beitler)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wisconsin, UNC, Florida, UCLA lead Atlantis field

Wisconsin, UNC, Florida, UCLA lead Atlantis field
Tar Heels to start against Butler

AP Basketball Writer
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams knows a trip to the Bahamas will not in any way resemble a Thanksgiving vacation for his Tar Heels.
He’s not complaining.
And neither are plenty of other teams that are spending the next few days in paradise.
No. 2 Wisconsin (4-0), No. 5 North Carolina (3-0), No. 18 Florida (2-1) and No. 22 UCLA (4-0) headline the eight-team bracket at the Battle 4 Atlantis, which gets underway inside a ballroom-turned-temporary-arena on Wednesday and boasts arguably the most loaded field of any of the early season college basketball tournaments.
Butler (3-0), Oklahoma (2-1), Georgetown (3-0) and Alabama-Birmingham (2-2) are also in the field. Combined record of the eight teams: 23-4.
“It’s a wonderful tournament,” Williams said. “Looking at all the tournament fields, I think it’s the best field of any of the preseason tournaments. It’s a big-time challenge for us.”
For everyone else, too.
“Now we are going to be thrown into the proverbial fire,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said.
That’s exactly the selling point tournament organizers have made to schools, trying to lure them to the Atlantis for a few days of sun, fun, turkey — and no easy games. Connecticut, Duke, Kansas, Louisville, Villanova and Iowa have all been part of the field in recent years, with Syracuse, UConn and Gonzaga among those scheduled to be there next year.
There could be plenty of other intrigue as well, such as the potential of a Butler-Georgetown game — a non-conference matchup against Big East members. Or maybe a Georgetown-UCLA matchup, which would pit Hoyas center Joshua Smith against his former school.
Smith and the Hoyas open against Florida in the last of Wednesday’s four quarterfinal matchups.
“He will probably be the biggest, most physical frontcourt player we’ll play all year long,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said of facing the 6-foot-10, 340-pound Smith. “I don’t think there’s anybody in college basketball like him, so he’s certainly a handful and that will be a challenge for us.”
Butler and North Carolina open things on Wednesday, a rematch of their meeting at the Maui Invitational two years ago.
“Getting ready to play, it’s a different team and I’ve got a different team, but there’s some guys that were around and they beat us by 88 points or something like that the last time we played them,” Williams said. “And I remember that.”
He’s off on one key detail: Butler beat North Carolina 82-71 in that meeting, but the Tar Heels will surely be reminded that beach time isn’t exactly as much fun after losses.
“We’re 3-0 and we’ve done some good things,” Williams said. “We know we’ve got to get a heck of a lot better.”
The Badgers, who open against UAB, have only been ranked as high as No. 2 in one other season, the 2006-07 campaign in which they climbed briefly to No. 1.
Through four games, no opponent has scored more than 60 on Wisconsin, which is holding teams to 34 percent shooting.
“It’s getting better every game,” Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky said of the team’s defense. “We are learning things from previous games that we can take going forward and hopefully we keep building on it.”
Wisconsin has gotten to 4-0 with defense; UCLA, which opens against Oklahoma, has gotten there with offense, scoring 95.3 points per game.
“They looked like the Harlem Globetrotters out there, just toying with us,” Nicholls State coach J.P. Piper said after the Bruins dropped 107 points and 11 3-pointers on his team last week.
If nothing else, the three games everyone gets in the Bahamas this week will be a learning experience, Donovan said.
“Before December 1st, we’re going to know a lot about our team,” Donovan said.
AP Sports Writers Mark Long in Gainesville, Florida, and Joseph White in Washington contributed to this report.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

N-B Slideshow: Wells runners compete in regional races

In our latest slideshow, Wells high school cross country teams compete in regional races. (Photos by Paul Beitler)