Sports and Outdoors

Monday, November 30, 2009

High School Sports Calendar

Monday, Nov. 30
BOYS FRESHMAN BASKETBALL: Canterbury at Bluffton, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 1
SWIMMING: Bluffton at Jay County, 6 p.m.; Carroll at Norwell, 5:30 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Jay County, 6 p.m.; Mississinewa at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; Norwell at FW Wayne, 6:15 p.m.
BOYS FRESHMAN BASKETBALL: Blackhawk Christian at Bluffton, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 2
BOYS FRESHMAN BASKETBALL: Huntington North at Norwell, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 3
SWIMMING: Muncie Southside at Bluffton, 5:30 p.m.; Marion at Norwell, 5:30 p.m.
WRESTLING: Bluffton at Woodlan, 6:30 p.m.; Norwell at New Haven, 6:30 p.m.; Southern Wells at Heritage, postponed, TBD.

Friday, Dec. 4
BOYS BASKETBALL: South Adams at Bluffton, 6 p.m. (Freshman, 5 p.m.); Southern Wells at Adams Central, 6 p.m.; Whitko at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 5
SWIMMING: Bluffton at Marion Relays, 9 a.m.
JV WRESTLING: Southern Wells at FW Bishop Dwenger, 8:30 a.m.; Norwell at Columbia City Invitational, 9 a.m.
WRESTLING: Norwell at Huntington North Invitational, 9 a.m.; Southern Wells at Frankton 6-way, 9 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Homestead at Norwell, noon; Southern Wells at Bluffton, 6 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Devin Leas helps in Trine loss
Southern Wells graduate Devin Leas scored a touchdown for Trine on Saturday in a 34-17 loss to Wittenberg in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs at Springfield, Ohio.
The one-yard run by the Trine freshman tied the game at 7-7 early in the second quarter, but Wittenberg pulled away with three touchdown passes before halftime. Leas led the Thunder (10-2) with 48 yards rushing on 10 carries.
Wittenberg (12-0) will play No. 2 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday. Wisconsin-Whitewater was the 2008 national runner-up.
Norwell graduate Paul Frank is a member of the Wittenberg scout team. Frank, a sophomore defense tackle, will help keep the varsity sharp in practice but will not make the trip, because NCAA Div. III rules limit teams to 52 players.

Meghan Prible nets 15 points
University of Saint Francis freshman guard Meghan Prible scored 15 points Saturday, but the Cougars’ women’s basketball team lost 76-61 to Southern Indiana in the Metro Medical Solutions Thanksgiving Classic at Louisville, Ky.
The 2009 Southern Wells graduate was 4 of 9 from field-goal range, including 1 of 4 from three-point territory, and 6 of 6 at the free-throw line.

Rainbow 5K records broken
Three runners broke the course record for the Rainbow Lake 5K on Saturday at Geneva.
Nicholas Johnson, 22, of Huntington won the 5,000-meter race in 15:18, breaking the previous record of 15:53 set by Ian Thomas. Elias Rojas, 23, of Ligonier was second in 15:35 and Drake Sterling of Noblesville was third in 15:51. Thomas was fourth, once again finishing in 15:53.
Lauren Johnson, 22, of Huntington was one of five women who broke the women’s record of 21:18 set by Jill Roughia. Johnson was eighth overall in 17:37.
Elizabeth Herndon of Fort Wayne was 10th in 17:53, Sue Nickel of Hanover 20th in 20:04, Denise Conrad of Decatur 21st in 20:15, and Nichole Emmert of Ligonier 24th in 20:38.
Ed Reinhard of Poneto was 23rd overall in 20:37 and was first in the men’s 50-and-over division.

BSU invited to Great Alaska Shootout
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Ball State men’s basketball team has received an invitation to the 2010 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage. The Cardinals with be part of an eight-team field that includes Alaska-Anchorage, Arizona State, Drake, Houston Baptist, St. John’s, Southeast Louisiana and Southern Utah.
The 2010 tournament will run Nov. 24-27 and will return to its traditional 8-team bracket format for the 33rd season. Ball State will be making its second trip to Alaska as the Cardinals took part in the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks during the 2002-03 season in which they posted a 2-1 record.

Outdoor Indiana in Holiday from the Parks gift pack

Indiana DNR Release:

Avoid the malls and give a friend or family member a unique outdoor gift by ordering the Holiday from the Parks package deal from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. But hurry if you want to meet holiday mailing deadlines.

The $99 package deal includes a subscription to the state's premier outdoor magazine, Outdoor Indiana. OI is a bi-monthly, full-color publication featuring stories, photographs and news from all corners of the Hoosier state.

Also included in the deal is a 2010 annual resident state park entrance permit, a $50 state park inns gift certificate and DVD copy of the just-released documentary "Indiana State Parks: Treasures in Your Own Backyard."

The package deal is a $20 savings over purchasing the items individually.

Orders received by Dec. 14 will ship by Dec. 21. The offer expires Dec. 31, 2009. The package deal is available online at www.innsgifts.com or by calling (317) 233-3046 or (317) 233-2347.

Saturday at the Raiderdome

News-Banner Sports Editor Paul Beitler attended the Southern Wells vs. Adams Central game on Saturday at the Raiderdome and brought back a couple cool videos.

Check them out:

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Barker recognized

Bluffton-Harrison Schools Superintendent Wayne Barker was recognized for his outstanding coaching achievements during the Snider-Bluffton game on Saturday.

Sports Editor Paul Beitler captured the event on video...
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Friday, November 27, 2009

High School Sports Calendar

Friday, Nov. 27
GIRLS BASKETBALL: South Adams at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Norwell at Jay County, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Adams Central at Southern Wells, noon.
BOYS FRESHMAN BASKETBALL: FW Snider at Bluffton, 5 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Northfield, postponed to Dec. 14; FW Snider at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Norwell at Adams Central, 6 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Crusaders
down Raiders
The Norwell Crusaders defeated Southern Wells in boys’ middle school basketball on Tuesday at the Raiderdome.
Norwell won the 8th-grade game 45-15 and the 7th-grade Crusaders won 50-26.
Brent Bales led the 8th-grade Crusaders with 10 points and Dakota Miller added nine. Drew Shively had seven, Justice Reed five, Jonah Patten four, Logan Dettmer four, Cal Clouser two, Brett Wilson two and Jordan Dickey two.
Piercen Harnish netted 14 points and Nathan Allison 10 to pace the 7th-grade Crusaders. Garrett Mohler and Brandon Burch each had six points, Reggie Hayes five, Andrew Oakes three, Joseph Friend three, Chandler Shady two and Anthony Richard one.
Southern Wells did not report results.

Register for
Little Squires
Northern Wells Community School district boys and girls in grades K-2 may still register for the Norwell Little Squires Basketball League by Monday, Nov. 30.
Registration forms have been distributed to all schools. The league begins Dec. 3, with sessions running from 6-7:15 p.m. in the Norwell auxiliary gym. Cost is $25 for the five-week league. Players will work on skills for 30 minutes and then play a 32-minute game on 8-foot goals with no score being kept. Teams will be coached by Norwell varsity players.
For further information, please call 543-2213 for boys’ varsity coach Randy Hawkins (ext. 7319) or girls’ varsity coach Eric Thornton (ext. 7233).

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Let's Get Ready to Wrestle!

News-Banner Sports Editor Paul Beitler captured some great wrestling footage of the Norwell vs Bluffton wrestling match on Tuesday.

Both teams did very well. Check out Paul's story in today's News-Banner.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Record buck?


Although it is probably impossible to verify, Nottingham Township resident Jeff Gordon has been told he took what may be a record buck in Wells County. Gordon harvested what he calls a "Buck of dreams" during the early archery season in Wells County on Oct. 30. It is a nontypical 22 point buck with a 21-inch spread. He reports that it unofficially nets a "Boone and Crockett Green Score" of 191. (Photo submitted)

High School Sports Calendar

Tuesday, Nov. 24
SWIMMING: Columbia City at Norwell, 5:30 p.m.; Bluffton at Oak Hill (Girls only), 6 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: FW Wayne at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; Norwell at FW Concordia Lutheran, 6:15 p.m.
WRESTLING: Norwell at Bluffton, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 25
BOYS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Eastbrook, postponed to Dec. 22; Norwell at Fremont, 6:15 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 26
HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY

Friday, Nov. 27
GIRLS BASKETBALL: South Adams at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Norwell at Jay County, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Adams Central at Southern Wells, noon.
BOYS FRESHMAN BASKETBALL: FW Snider at Bluffton, 5 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Northfield, postponed to Dec. 14; FW Snider at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Norwell at Adams Central, 6 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Jr. High Raider girls sweep SA
The Southern Wells Junior High School girls’ basketball teams swept South Adams on Monday. The 8th-grade Raiders won 32-7 and the 7th-grade Raiders won 21-10.
Meghan Yencer, Brooke Penrod and Lela Knowles each scored four points to lead the 7th-grade Raiders. Savannah Deakyne added three. Kiarra Leas, Jordan Sills and Megan Lefebvre each had two points.
Carissa Carter and Ashton Prible both netted 12 points to lead the 8th-grade Raiders. Olivia Mossburg added six and Hillary Paxson two.

Bluffton MS boys beat Jets
The Bluffton Middle School boys’ basketball teams downed the Adams Central Jets Monday. The 7th-grade Tigers won 45-27 and the 8th-grade Tigers won 32-30.
Kevin Moser scored 11 points and Noah Antrim 10 to lead the 7th-grade Tigers. Kohl Buskirk added nine, Ethan Kitt four and Dane Hoffman three. Collin Mechling, Josh Moriarity, Drew Hunter and James Spera all added two points.
Mike Pearson led the 8th-graders with 12. Josh Streveler and Austin Brigner each added six. Jake Garrett tossed in five and Darren Gillum three.

MS Tiger girls split at AC
The Bluffton Middle School 7th-grade girls’ basketball team defeated Adams Central 37-16 at Monroe, while Adams Central won the 8th-grade game 28-18.
Erin McKinley led the 7th-grade Tigers (2-0) with 11 points. Emma Thompson added eight. Kennedy Johnson and Lauren Brinneman each had four points. Hannah Vandentop, Morgan Corle, Catie Neuenschwander, Lauren Stauffer and Mackenzie Park all added two points.
Taeler Meadows and Laura Stroud each had six points for the 8th-grade Tigers (1-1). Sierra Steffen added four and Mandy Davis two.

Crusaders top East Jay
The Norwell Crusaders boys’ basketball teams defeated East Jay Monday night at Portland. The 8th-grade Crusaders won 39-37 and the 7th-graders won 40-24.
Jonah Patten scored 13 points to lead the 8th-grade Crusaders. David Vogel added eight. Brent Bales, Cal Clouser and Brett Wilson each scored six.
Andrew Oakes led the 7th-grade Crusaders with 11 points. Brandon Burch had nine and Piercen Harnish eight. Adam Nahrwold added four, Reggie Hayes three, Nathan Allison two, Chandler Shady two and Ashton McCune one.

Register for Norwell Little Squires
Northern Wells Community School district boys and girls in grades K-2 may still register for the Norwell Little Squires Basketball League by Monday, Nov. 30.
Registration forms have been distributed to all schools. The league begins Dec. 3, with sessions running from 6-7:15 p.m. in the Norwell Auxiliary Gym. Cost is $25 for the five-week league. Players will work on skills for 30 minutes and then play a 32-minute game on 8-foot goals with no score being kept. Teams will be coached by Norwell varsity players. For further information, please call 543-2213 for boys’ varsity coach Randy Hawkins (ext. 7319) or girls’ varsity coach Eric Thornton (ext. 7233).

Database is source for outdoor fun, fitness and learning

Indiana DNR Release:

A new database makes it easier to find convenient, fun ways to improve children's mental and physical well by enjoying a park or natural area near your home or travel destination.

The Web site, www.nps.gov/ChildrenInNature/BestPractices, contains a searchable database of approximately 450 outdoor activities compiled from hundreds of national, state, and local parks and program offices, many of them in Indiana.

The database is the result of a new partnership of the National Park Service, the National Association of State Park Directors, and the National Recreation and Park Association, which was recently formed to develop and promote programs and policies in parks and
other areas that connect children with nature.

“There are a number of studies that have concluded that time spent outdoors promotes not only physical health in children, but mental health and social development as well,” said Ginger Murphy, assistant director for stewardship for Indiana state parks and reservoirs. “Nature is a great classroom for all of us, and the programs listed on this Web site provide educators, parents and group leaders with some great ideas for spending time outdoors with youngsters.”

Leaders of the three conservation organizations signed a partnership declaration that contains an action plan to increase public awareness of local and national natural resources. Dan Bortner, director of Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs is an active participant in the National Association of State Park Directors. “We are excited to be a part of this partnership,” he said.

In Indiana, interpretive naturalists are available at many state parks and reservoirs to facilitate outdoor learning and fun. “Our interpretive naturalists are nationally recognized leaders in outdoor education and programming who have contact with over a million adults and children annually,” Bortner said. “They are always available for advice on places to hike and play outdoors at our state parks and reservoirs.”

For more information about outdoor activities and events at Indiana state parks and reservoirs visit www.interpretiveservices.IN.gov.

Southern Wells Lady Raiders practice

We just happened to be at Southern Wells Monday and caught a few minutes of the Lady Raiders hard at work on the basketball court.

Check it out:
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Pokagon SP is hot for cold winter fun

Indiana DNR Release:

Pokagon State Park provides many outdoor recreation opportunities during winter. If you’ve never ridden Indiana’s only refrigerated toboggan run, this is your year. If you already have, you're welcome back.

The toboggan run opens Friday, Nov. 27, and is open every weekend through the end of February. Special daily holiday hours occur during the Christmas and New Year’s season. Visit www.tobogganrun.com for more. For the first time, toboggan run gift certificates are available and can be ordered at (260) 833-2012, www.tobogganrun.com, or at the park office from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors are invited to enjoy a variety of side hills on their own sleds, tubes and toboggans between trips down the park’s toboggan run. Picnic sites remain open during winter months. Park goers are encouraged to grill and enjoy campfires.

Pokagon also has 15 miles of cross-country skiing trails, and the ski rental shop is ready to go. Once there is a 6-inch base of snow, a special track setter will groom several miles of trails for a variety of skill levels. Pokagon’s ski shop is open weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ski rentals cease at 4 p.m.

When conditions permit, frozen Lake James and Lake Lonidaw provide ice fishing, ice skating, and hockey. Visitors must supply their own equipment for these activities.

Warm indoor activities include special weekday and weekend programs. The Nature Center is open weekdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pokagon’s historic Potawatomi Inn provides a variety of guest rooms ranging from rustic to suites. The inn provides two restaurants, an indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, crafts room, activities department, a quaint library, and a lounge featuring a wood-burning fireplace. December through April, visitors may stay two consecutive nights for the price of one, Sunday through Thursday.

One of Pokagon’s five campgrounds remains open throughout the winter. Sites are plowed of snow. Water and electricity are available, and a modern, heated restroom with flush toilets and hot showers remains open.

Park entrance fees of $5 per vehicle for Indiana residents and $7 per vehicle for non-residents apply.

Bass fingerlings to boost Fort Wayne fishing

Indiana DNR Release:

FORT WAYNE – The Indiana Department of Natural Resources continued efforts to improve fishing opportunities in Fort Wayne by recently stocking 780 largemouth bass into the ponds at Lakeside Park.

The stocking is part of the “Fishin’ in the Fort” program initiated in 2008 with the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department. The program aims to evaluate local fish populations, improve fishing around the city, and encourage youth to participate in outdoor activities.

The bass, approximately one to three inches long, were surplus fingerlings from this year’s state hatchery production and were stocked to prey on small sunfish.

“A fish population survey in 2008 showed that bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish were very abundant and exhibited slow growth rates,” said DNR fisheries biologist Nate Thomas. “Similarly, few bass were captured in the survey, indicating there were not enough predators to control the sunfish population.”

Thomas expects the largemouth bass to have noticeable effects in the next three to four years. Bass stocked this fall may limit sunfish reproduction in the spring by feeding on their fry. With a couple of years, he said the bass will be large enough to prey on adult sunfish. He said the stocking will provide potentially more and bigger bass for anglers and with less sunfish, bluegill fishing also should improve.

“It’s all an effort to create balance among predators and their prey,” Thomas said. “This will help provide better fishing in the future.”

The DNR also stocked surplus largemouth bass in Cemetery Pond near J. Edward Roush Lake, Hominy Ridge pond near Salamonie Reservoir, and Bostwick’s Pond near Missisinewa Reservoir.

The IDNR would like to remind anglers that they may only keep up to five (5) largemouth bass per day and that each must be at least 14" long. Additionally, state fishing regulations are enforced at all waters historically stocked with state-reared or state-purchased fish, including the requirement of anglers 17 years and older to carry a valid annual state fishing license.

Monday, November 23, 2009

High School Sports Calendar

Monday, Nov. 23
BOYS C-TEAM BASKETBALL: Norwell at South Adams, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 24
SWIMMING: Columbia City at Norwell, 5:30 p.m.; Bluffton at Oak Hill (Girls only), 6 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: FW Wayne at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; Norwell at FW Concordia Lutheran, 6:15 p.m.
WRESTLING: Norwell at Bluffton, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 25
BOYS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Eastbrook, postponed to Dec. 22; Norwell at Fremont, 6:15 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 26
HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY

Friday, Nov. 27
GIRLS BASKETBALL: South Adams at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Norwell at Jay County, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Adams Central at Southern Wells, noon.
BOYS FRESHMAN BASKETBALL: FW Snider at Bluffton, 5 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Northfield, postponed to Dec. 14; FW Snider at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Norwell at Adams Central, 6 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Meghan Prible off to good start
The University of Saint Francis women’s basketball team upped its early record to 3-0 with a 90-83 victory over Saint Joseph’s on Saturday at Rensselaer.
Freshman guard Meghan Prible, a 2009 Southern Wells graduate, contributed four points on 2-of-10 shooting from the field and pulled down six rebounds. She also had two assists and five turnovers in 15 minutes of action.
Prible, who has been starting for the Cougars, came into the game ranked 49th in NAIA Division II field goal percentage (.522). After three games, she is averaging 11.3 points per game and now has a .424 field goal percentage.

Alford undefeated for SW jayvee
Jacob Alford, a junior 130-pound wrestler, had a perfect start for the Southern Wells Raiders’ junior varsity matmen Saturday at the West Noble JV Invitational.
Alford pinned three opponents as he won four matches. He opened the tournament with an 11-9 overtime decision.
Blake Banter (145 pounds), Zach Green (135) and Cody Yeiter (215) each finished with 1-3 marks. Green and Yeiter each won by a pin, while Banter scored an 8-0 major decision in his third-round match.
Michael McLain (145) and Cory Haviland (119) ended up with 0-4 records.

Raider Football: The team with heart in abundance! (pt 2)

It cannot be overstated how hard this team played and how well they performed in the face of stiff opposition.
On Friday, the Raiders showed they have what it takes to compete and that they have the character to survive, win or lose....




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Raider Football: The team with heart in abundance!

Southern Wells Raiders may have lost Friday night, but they remain winners in our eyes and in the eyes of the thousands of Wells County residents who turned out to support them....
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Friday, November 20, 2009

High School Sports Calendar

Friday, Nov. 20
FOOTBALL: Class A Semi-State, Lafayette Central Catholic at Southern Wells, 7:30 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Norwell, 6:15 p.m. (Freshman, Huntington North at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 21
JV WRESTLING: Norwell, Southern Wells at West Noble Invitational, 9 a.m.
VARSITY WRESTLING: FW Concordia Lutheran, Fremont, Harding at Bluffton, 9 a.m.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

High School Sports Calendar

Thursday, Nov. 19
GIRLS SWIMMING: Adams Central at Bluffton, 5:30 p.m.; Huntington North at Norwell, 6 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Huntington North at Bluffton scrimmage, 7 p.m.; Southern Wells scrimmage at FW Elmhurst, cancelled.

Friday, Nov. 20
FOOTBALL: Class A Semi-State, Lafayette Central Catholic at Southern Wells, 7:30 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Norwell, 6:15 p.m. (Freshman, Huntington North at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 21
JV WRESTLING: Norwell, Southern Wells at West Noble Invitational, 9 a.m.
VARSITY WRESTLING: FW Concordia Lutheran at Bluffton, 9 a.m.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

High School Sports Calendar

Wednesday, Nov. 18
BOYS BASKETBALL: Garrett at Norwell scrimmage, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 19
GIRLS SWIMMING: Adams Central at Bluffton, 5:30 p.m.; Huntington North at Norwell, 6 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Huntington North at Bluffton scrimmage, 7 p.m.; Southern Wells scrimmage at FW Elmhurst, cancelled.

Friday, Nov. 20
FOOTBALL: Class A Semi-State, Lafayette Central Catholic at Southern Wells, 7:30 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Norwell, 6:15 p.m. (Freshman, Huntington North at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 21
JV WRESTLING: Norwell, Southern Wells at West Noble Invitational, 9 a.m.
VARSITY WRESTLING: FW Concordia Lutheran at Bluffton, 9 a.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Bryce Biberstein receives award
Norwell senior football player Bryce Biberstein was one of 24 Indiana athletes named to the 2009 Indianapolis Colts’ Academic All-State Team.
Biberstein, son of Angela Vachon and Kraig Biberstein, will receive a plaque at halftime of the Colts’ game against the Denver Broncos on Dec. 13. Norwell coach Jeff Miller also will be receiving his Indianapolis Colts’ Coach of the Week award.
Biberstein was a three-year starter for the Knights at cornerback. He will be attending college next fall to become a medical doctor and plans to play football. He will be announcing his college choice in the near future.
He is the second Norwell student to receive this award. Kyle Gilbert received the award in 2002.
Recipients are ranked in the top two percent or better in their senior class.

Norwell 8th-grade girls win in OT
The Norwell 8th-grade girls’ basketball team defeated the East Jay Chiefs 28-23 in overtime Tuesday night at Norwell.
Kelsey Beer led the Crusaders with 12 points. Laken Chaney and Alicia Coleman each added five points. Olivia Geiger had four and Kylee Byerly two.
The 7th-grade Crusaders lost 21-17. Hanna Smith had nine points for Norwell. Madi Stinson had four. Erika Thornton and Liara Isnogle each had two.

Bluffton MS boys sweep Salamonie
The Bluffton Middle School boys’ basketball teams swept the Salamonie Rebels Tuesday night at home. The 7th-grade Tigers won 31-17 and the 8th-graders won 29-22.
Mike Pearson scored 13 points for the 8th-grade Tigers. Josh Streveler added nine points, Jake Garrett five and Malcolm Marshall two.
Kohl Buskirk scored 12 and Kevin Moser 11 for the 7th-grade Tigers. Ethan Kitt had four, James Spera three and Dane Hoffman one.

Bluffton MS girls top Salamonie
The Bluffton Middle School girls’ basketball teams defeated the Salamonie Rebels Tuesday night at Warren.
The 7th-grade Tigers won 32-9 with Erin McKinley scoring 20 points. Morgan Corle and Emma Thompson each had four points. Sierra Perry and Jenean Steffen each added two points.
The 8th-grade Tigers edged Salamonie 27-25. Taeler Meadows led the Tigers with 15 points. Sierra Steffen and Kaylynne Baublet both added four points. Laura Stroud and Mandy Davis each had two.

Parents fight cutting football teams
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters have been unable to change the decision to stop fielding football teams at three Indianapolis high schools.
More than a dozen people asked the Indianapolis Public Schools board Tuesday night to stop the district superintendent from canceling football at Manual, Marshall and Washington high schools.
Superintendent Eugene White says those schools had too few students choosing to play, resulting in teams that weren’t competitive.
Parent Loren Sprowl said the decision sends a bad message and will hurt morale among students at the schools.
White said the three schools had been given extra resources over the last five years to improve turnout for football.

Southern Wells Vs Blackford

Paul Beitler shot some video in Hartford City Tuesday night, during halftime of the girls' varsity basketball game between Southern Wells and host Blackford.

Blackford hosted Indiana Fever forward Ebony Hoffman. The 6-foot-2 forward is from Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. Hoffman helped lead the Fever to the WNBA Eastern Conference championship.

In the second clip Hoffman presents one of her jerseys to student Sydney Taylor.

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Raiders ready for Knights

Paul Beitler shot this video at Southern Wells during their Tuesday evening football practice for Friday's Class A semi-state game against 13-0 Lafayette Central Catholic at Southern Wells.

With rain coming down and a cool breeze coming out of the northeast, the 11-2 Raiders were preparing for the No. 1 Knights.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

High School Sports Calendar

Tuesday, Nov. 17
GIRLS SWIMMING: Norwell, 5:30 p.m.; Huntington North at Bluffton, 6 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Blackford, 6 p.m.; Mississinewa at Bluffton, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 18
BOYS BASKETBALL: Garrett at Norwell scrimmage, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 19
GIRLS SWIMMING: Adams Central at Bluffton, 5:30 p.m.; Huntington North at Norwell, 6 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Huntington North at Bluffton scrimmage, 7 p.m.; Southern Wells scrimmage at FW Elmhurst, cancelled.

Friday, Nov. 20
FOOTBALL: Class A Semi-State, Lafayette Central Catholic at Southern Wells, TBD.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Norwell, 6:15 p.m. (Freshman, Huntington North at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 21
JV WRESTLING: Norwell, Southern Wells at West Noble Invitational, 9 a.m.
VARSITY WRESTLING: FW Concordia Lutheran at Bluffton, 9 a.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Raiders to host semi-state
Lafayette Central Catholic will travel to Southern Wells Friday for a Class A football semi-state game with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
The Knights are ranked No. 1 and Raiders No. 8.
Tickets will go on sale before Friday in the high school office as follows: Wednesday from 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Thursday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $7. There is no charge for preschool children.

Tigers’ hoop opener changed
The Bluffton boys’ basketball season opener has been changed. The Tigers will be hosting the Snider Panthers on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m.
The original opener against Eastbrook has been postponed and the games are rescheduled for Dec. 22 at Eastbrook at 6 p.m.
Before the varisty game against Snider, the Tigers will recognize Wayne Barker for his years of service as varsity boys’ basketball coach. A small reception will follow the game in the cafetorium.
The 2009 baseball sectional championship team also will be recognized at halftime of the varsity game.

Tigers to take hygiene items
Bluffton High School will charge a $3 admission to Thursday night’s boys’ basketball scrimmage against Huntington North. Fans also may gain admittance at no charge by donating personal hygiene items, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap and deodorant to the Wells County Food Bank.

Otters record first-place finishes
Logan Brink, Stephanie Bussey, Skyler Ruschhaupt and Dan Scher led the Huntington-Wells Otters swim team on Nov. 7-8 at the PRO Superstar Invitational meet at Penn High School in Mishawaka.
Bussey was first in the girls’ 15-over 100-yard breaststroke in 1:12:51 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:37.96. Brink was first in the girls’ 15-over 100-yard freestyle in 54.15 seconds.
Ruschhaupt was first in the boys’ 15-over 200-yard individual medley in 2:01.40. Scher was first in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.68.
Ruschhaupt, Scher, Tony Carroll and Dominic Vernasco were first in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:44.61. Trevor Carroll joined Tony Carroll, Ruschhaupt and Scher to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:29.83.
Breanna Robinson, Kailin Potter, Sarah Coyne and Brink won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:43.20.
Parker Brandenburg, Chase Carroll, Walter Hacker and Anthony Vernasco won the boys’ 11-12 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:57.40 and the 200-yard medley relay in 2:11.54.

Cheer clinic at Huntington University
The Huntington University cheerleading squad will host a cheer clinic on Saturday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Merillat Complex.
Girls ages 5-14 are invited to participate. Cost is $25. Registration and payment may be made the day of the clinic, but to ensure attendees receive a clinic T-shirt please call cheer coach Candace Cooper at 260-224-0179.
Participants also are invited back to the men’s basketball game at 3 p.m. and will be admitted by wearing their clinic T-shirt. At halftime, the clinic attendees will perform a cheer.
Rachel Batdorff, a 2009 Norwell graduate and former cheerleader, is part of the Foresters’ cheer squad.

Jr. High Raider girls split openers
The Southern Wells Junior High School girls’ basketball teams split their season-opening games against Eastbrook on Monday. The 8th-grade Raiders rolled over the Panthers 49-7, while the 7th-graders lost a squeaker 16-15.
The 8th-grade Raiders were led in scoring by Carissa Carter with 11 points and Olivia Mossburg with 10. Katelyn Kline added eight, Ashton Prible and Megan Thompson six apiece, Breanna Hinshaw four, Hillary Paxson and Kim Captain with two.
Savannah Deakyne scored six points to lead the 7th-graders. Molly Stoffel, Lela Knowles, Brooke Penrod and Megan Lefebvre each netted two points, while Meghan Yencer had one point.

BMS basketball games cancelled
The Bluffton Middle School boys’ basketball games against West Jay on Wednesday have been cancelled.

Monday, November 16, 2009

High School Sports Calendar

Tuesday, Nov. 17
GIRLS SWIMMING: Norwell, 5:30 p.m.; Huntington North at Bluffton, 6 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Blackford, 6 p.m.; Mississinewa at Bluffton, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 18
BOYS BASKETBALL: Garrett at Norwell scrimmage, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 19
GIRLS SWIMMING: Adams Central at Bluffton, 5:30 p.m.; Huntington North at Norwell, 6 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Huntington North at Bluffton scrimmage, 7 p.m.; Southern Wells scrimmage at FW Elmhurst, cancelled.

Friday, Nov. 20
FOOTBALL: Class A Semi-State, Lafayette Central Catholic at Southern Wells, TBD.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Norwell, 6:15 p.m. (Freshman, Huntington North at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 21
JV WRESTLING: Norwell, Southern Wells at West Noble Invitational, 9 a.m.
VARSITY WRESTLING: FW Concordia Lutheran at Bluffton, 9 a.m.

Friday, November 13, 2009

High School Sports Calendar

Friday, Nov. 13
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Manchester, 6:15 p.m.
FOOTBALL: Class A Regional, Southern Wells at Knightstown, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 14
GIRLS SWIMMING: Bluffton at Norwell Invitational, 9 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Eastbrook at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; FW Bishop Dwenger at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Prep swimming polls released

The Indiana High School Swimming Coaches Association (IHSSCA) team rankings are as follows for boys and girls:
BOYS: 1. Munster; 2. Carmel; 3. Fishers; 4. Hamilton Southeastern; 5. Chesterton; 6. Concord; 7. Bloomington South; 8. Yorktown; 9. Seymour; 10. Castle; 11. Michigan City; 12. Northridge; 13. Jeffersonville; 14. Westfield; 15. Terre Haute South; 16. Brownsburg; 17. Delphi; 18. Floyd Central; 20. Guerin Catholic.
GIRLS: 1. Carmel; 2. Hamilton Southeastern; 3. Noblesville; 4. Center Grove; 5. Chesterton; 6. Fishers; 7. Homestead; 8. Zionsville; 9. Fort Wayne Snider; 9. Munster; 11. Munster; 12. Columbus North; 13. Penn; 14. McCutcheon; 15. Wawasee; 16. Indianapolis North Central; 17. Lawrence North; 18. Plymouth; 19. De Kalb; 20. Portage.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

High School Sports Calendar

Friday, Nov. 13
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Manchester, 6:15 p.m.
FOOTBALL: Class A Regional, Southern Wells at Knightstown, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 14
GIRLS SWIMMING: Bluffton at Norwell Invitational, 9 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Eastbrook at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; FW Bishop Dwenger at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Ballinger receives league honor
Adam Ballinger, who graduated from Bluffton and Michigan State, has become the second Adelaide 36ers’ player in as many weeks to be named the Australian National Basketball League’s Player of the Week.
Ballinger follows in the footsteps of Sixers teammate John Gilchrist, who was recently named the winner for Round Six.
Ballinger scored 36 points and added 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block to carry the 36ers to a thrilling 80-77 victory over the Gold Coast Blaze on Saturday night. His scoring performance was the second-highest individual tally for the season, behind only Corey Williams’ 37 on Oct. 16 for Townsville.
Ballinger went 15 of 24 from the field, including a perfect 6 of 6 from the three-point line, as he racked up 21 points by halftime. He also scored nine of his team’s 18 final-quarter points as the 36ers fought back from an eight-point deficit.

Kenline takes OVC weekly award
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Tech senior libero Katie Kenline received her second Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week honor on Monday.
Kenline, a marketing major from Norwell High School, led all players in digs in both of the Golden Eagle matches last weekend. She had 19 digs in three sets (6.33 digs/set) against Tennessee State and 30 digs in four sets (7.50 digs/set) against Austin Peay. Kenline extended her streak with 10-or-more digs to 23 matches, and she did not commit a reception error in 52 attempts.
Kenline and the Golden Eagles split its two matches last weekend, winning against Tennessee State before dropping a close, four-set match against Austin Peay on Saturday.
Kenline is the first Golden Eagle to surpass 2,000 career digs and is now just 67 saves away from becoming the all-time OVC leader in digs. Kenline has amassed 2,388 digs so far in her career.
Kenline leads the team this season with 503 digs and a 5.03 digs per set average. She has posted double-digit digs in 24 of 25 matches.

Sign up for Rainbow Lake 5K
Entries are being taken for the second Rainbow Lake 5K at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, in Geneva. The race begins at the Gene Stratton Porter Limberlost Cabin and circles around Rainbow Lake.
Cost is $12 with a shirt before Nov. 18, $15 after Nov. 18, or $8 with no shirt. Post-race amenities are being handled by South Adams Trails. Entry forms are available on the Fort Wayne Track Club Web site race calendar (fwtc.org) and at several locations around the area. For further details or registration information, contact Clint Anderson at 260-589-2101.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three runners in six different age groups. A $100 first-place prize will be presented to the top male and female finishers and a $100 bonus go to the winner of the male or female who breaks the course record.

Time changes for Bluffton schedule
According to Bluffton Athletic Director Steve Thompson, the starting times for girls’ junior varsity games have been changed for the Manchester and Jay County. At Manchester on Friday, tipoff is 6:15 p.m, while at Jay County it is 6:30 p.m.

Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund helps feed the hungry

Indiana DNR Release:

Sportsmen, women and concerned citizens can help feed the hungry through the Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund by purchasing the fund's lapel pins.

The pins are available from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division at a cost of $5 each. Proceeds go to organizations such as Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, helping pay for the processing of deer donated to the program by successful hunters. The venison is given to various food banks across Indiana.

In 2008, more than 75,000 pounds of donated meat to FHFH was processed into 300,216 meals.

To order a 2009 SBF lapel pin, visit sbf.IN.gov.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

High School Sports Calendar

Friday, Nov. 13
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Manchester, 6 p.m.
FOOTBALL: Class A Regional, Southern Wells at Knightstown, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 14
GIRLS SWIMMING: Bluffton at Norwell Invitational, 9 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Eastbrook at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; FW Bishop Dwenger at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

High School Sports Calendar

Tuesday, Nov. 10
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Blackford, 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 13
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Manchester, 6 p.m.
FOOTBALL: Class A Regional, Southern Wells at Knightstown, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 14
GIRLS SWIMMING: Bluffton at Norwell Invitational, 9 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Eastbrook at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; FW Bishop Dwenger at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

SW selling regional tickets (BUY THEM!!)

So. Wells selling regional tickets; directions to Knightstown
Southern Wells’ athletic department will be selling tickets for the Raiders’ Class A regional football game against the Knightstown Panthers on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets will be on sale from 8 a.m. Wednesday through noon Friday. Cost is $6.
Directions to the Knightstown football field are as follows: Take I-69 south to Anderson, take Ind. 109 south, turn left off 109, go six or seven blocks on Morgan St., turn left on to Adams St., continue to where it says do not enter, the lights of the parking lot and field will be visible. The estimated travel time is one hour, 45 minutes.

Natural Resources Commission meeting, Nov. 17

Indiana DNR Release:

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission (NRC) will meet at Fort Harrison State Park, at The Garrison, Nov. 17. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. (EDT). NRC meetings are open to the public.

Some of the topics to be under consideration include:

- Approval of a new non-rule policy document that provides a list of public freshwater lakes in northern Indiana; Administrative Cause No. 08-059W

- Preliminary adoption of amendments to 312 IAC 9 governing the hunting of ruffed grouse and wild turkey; Administrative Cause No. 09-165D

- A recommendation from a DNR Committee formed to consider citizen petitions regarding chasing and hunting of coyotes and foxes with dogs; Administrative Cause Nos. 09-069D, 09-073D, and 09-074D

- Preliminary adoption of amendments to 312 IAC 2-4 governing fishing tournaments and other organized activities on public waters; Administrative Cause No. 08-186P

- Preliminary adoption of proposed new rule section to regulate the placement of fish attractors on waterways within DNR properties; Administrative Cause No. 08-095P

- Preliminary adoption of rules governing procedures for obtaining approval of a project funded in whole or in part by the State that would alter, demolish, or remove a historic site or historic structure owned by the State or a historic site or historic structure that is listed on the National Register or Indiana register; Administrative Cause No. 08-096H

- Consideration for the negotiation of a ground lease for a marina and boat rental operation at the Cutright State Recreation Area, Monroe Lake, with Pleasure Craft Marina

The NRC is an autonomous board that addresses issues pertaining to the DNR. The 12-member board includes seven citizens chosen on a bipartisan basis, three ex officio members from state agencies, and one representative of the Indiana Academy of Science. The Commission meets at least four times annually.

The Garrison is located at 6002 North Post Road, Indianapolis. The complete meeting agenda is available at http://www.in.gov/nrc/.

Hunting safely is no accident

Indiana DNR Release:

With Indiana's deer firearms season opening Saturday, the state's conservation officers remind hunters of these safety tips to prevent hunting accidents.

- Treat every firearm with the same respect due a loaded firearm.

- Control the direction of your firearm’s muzzle. Carry your firearm safely, keeping the safety on until ready to shoot. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

- Identify your target and what’s beyond it. Know the identifying features of the game you hunt.

- Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions and that you have only ammunition of the proper size for the firearms you are carrying.

- Unload firearms when not in use. Leave the actions open. Firearms should be carried unloaded when traveling to and from shooting areas.

- Never point a firearm at anything you do not want to shoot. Avoid all horseplay with a firearm.

- Never climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch or log with a loaded firearm. Never pull a firearm toward you by the muzzle.

- Never shoot a bullet at a flat, hard surface or water. During target practice, be sure your backstop is adequate.

- Store firearms and ammunition separately, beyond the reach of children and careless adults.

- Avoid alcoholic beverages or other mood-altering drugs before and while hunting or shooting.

These tips form a basic foundation for good firearms safety. Following them significantly increases the chances for an accident-free hunt.

In addition, to following the tips about firearms, hunters using elevated tree stands or platforms should use a full-body safety harness to protect themselves in case of a fall. Falling from an elevated stand or platform is the most common hunting accident in Indiana.

During the 2008 hunting season, 24 hunting accidents were reported to conservation officers. Falls from tree stands led to 15 injuries, resulting in two deaths.

For information about taking a Hunter Safety Course go to dnrlaw@dnr.IN.gov

Monday, November 9, 2009

High School Sports Calendar

Tuesday, Nov. 10
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Blackford, 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 13
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Manchester, 6 p.m.
FOOTBALL: Class A Regional, Southern Wells at Knightstown, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 14
GIRLS SWIMMING: Bluffton at Norwell Invitational, 9 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Eastbrook at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; FW Bishop Dwenger at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

4 Otters record first-place finishes
Logan Brink, Skyler Ruschhaupt, Dan Scher and Duke Wang of the Huntington-Wells Otters swim team came away with one first-place finish each in the Fort Wayne Aquatics Fall Classic on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 at the Helen P. Brown Natatorium in Fort Wayne.
Brink won the girls’ 15-and-over age group 200-yard individual medley in 54.95 seconds. Ruschhaupt won the boy’s 15-over age group 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.69.
Scher won the boys’ 15-and-over 50-yard freestyle in 22.45 seconds and Wang won the 11-12 boys’ 200-yard IM in 2:31.29.
Wang also had one second-place finish and six third-place finishes. Brink also recorded a second-place finish. Ruschhaupt also had two seconds. Dani Thomas had two thirds and two fourths. Kate Mahnensmith had a third, two fourths and one fifth. Joe Alleman had a second and Logan Ackley had a fourth.

Top W.O.O.F. finishers reported
Thomas Crum, 22, of Fort Wayne won the W.O.O.F. 15-mile run Saturday at Ouabache State Park, sponsored by the Ouabache River Runners.
Crum finished the race in one hour, 44 minutes and 14.4 seconds. Rustin Nyce, 30, of Goshen, was second in 1:48:22.6. Bluffton’s Bernie Zoll was third in 1:50:50.1.
Eliza Eshelman, 24, of Columbia City, was the first female finisher, placing 9th overall in 2:10:42.3. Bluffton’s Angie Lockwood was 11th overall in 2:13:14.0.
In the men’s 15-mile relay event, the team of Todd Yoder (Berne), Ryan Fiechter (Bluffton) and Brian Myers (Decatur) was first in 2:10:35.1.
In the mixed team relay, the Fort Wayne trio of Ed Fisk, Jeff Steinberg and Katherine Welch was first in 1:55:33.8.

Friday, November 6, 2009

More Southern Wells Sectional 35 Championship video

Congratulations to the Southern Wells Raiders and Coach Mark Lefebvre for their stunning performance during Friday's Sectional 35 Championship win...
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