Sports and Outdoors

Friday, January 29, 2010

More great diving video!

News-Banner Sports Editor Paul Beitler shot some great video of Bluffton and Norwell divers at the recent county swim meet. We posted a couple shots, now here's the rest. Enjoy!



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High School Sports Calendar

Friday, Jan. 29
BOYS BASKETBALL: Garrett at Bluffton, 6 p.m. (Freshman, 5 p.m.); Southern Wells at South Adams, 6 p.m.; Norwell at East Noble, 6:15 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 30
WRESTLING: IHSAA Sectional at Jay County, 8:30 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Leo at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Southern Wells at Woodlan, 6 p.m.; East Noble at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 1
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at FW Blackhawk Christian, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 2
BOYS SWIMMING: Norwell at Blackford, 6 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Norwell at Adams Central, 6 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Wabash at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Southern Wells at Southwood, 6:15 p.m.; Heritage at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 3
BOYS SWIMMING: Oak Hill at Bluffton, 5:30 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: FW Canterbury at Bluffton, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 4
GIRLS SWIMMING: IHSAA Sectional at Jay County, 5:30 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

MS Tigers advance to finals
The Bluffton 7th- and 8th-grade boy’s basketball teams will be playing for Allen County Athletic Conference middle school tournament championships Saturday at the Southern Wells Raiderdome. Both teams will be facing the Leo Lions.
On Wednesday night, the 8th-grade Tigers advanced by defeating Adams Central 43-37. Meanwhile, the 7th-grade Tigers eliminated Southern Wells 39-35.
Mike Pearson led the 8th-grade Tigers with 20 points. Josh Streveler added nine points, Jake Garrett eight, Austin Brigner four and Malcolm Marshall two.
Kevin Moser scored 12 points to lead the 7th-grade Tigers over the Raiders. Kohl Buskirk added nine points, Javon Morgan eight, Noah Antrim six and Ethan Kitt four.

Zach Green leads Raider JV matmen
Zach Green pinned two of his opponents and finished with three victories in the 130-pound division Wednesday night to lead the Southern Wells Raiders’ wrestlers at the Northfield Invitational at Speicherville.
Cory Haviland also had two pins to finish 2-1 at 119 pounds. Jacob Alford was 1-2 with a pin at 130 and Michael McLain was 1-2 with a pin at 135. Sam Wagner was 1-1 at 171 pounds.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Wednesday, Jan. 27
JV WRESTLING: Norwell Triple Dual, 5:30 p.m.; Southern Wells at Northfield Invitational, 5:30 p.m.
FRESHMAN BASKETBALL: Blackford at Norwell, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 28
SWIMMING: Bellmont at Bluffton, 5:30 p.m.; Norwell at FW Concordia Lutheran, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 29
BOYS BASKETBALL: Garrett at Bluffton, 6 p.m. (Freshman, 5 p.m.); Southern Wells at South Adams, 6 p.m.; Norwell at East Noble, 6:15 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 30
WRESTLING: IHSAA Sectional at Jay County, 8:30 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Leo at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Southern Wells at Woodlan, 6 p.m.; East Noble at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

8th-grade Crusaders advance
David Vogel scored 22 points and Brent Bales 12 to help the Norwell 8th-grade boys’ basketball team advance to the second round in the Northeast Hoosier Middle Level Conference tournament.
The Crusaders defeated Woodside 50-39 at Norwell. However, the 7th-grade Crusaders were eliminated by Woodside 36-35.
The 8th-grade Crusaders also got six points each from Cal Clouser and Drew Shively. Jonah Patten and Brett Wilson both added two points.
The 7th-grade Crusaders were led by Brandon Burch with 12. Piercen Harnish added eight, Adam Nahrwold seven, Andrew Oakes six and Reggie Hayes two.

Bluffton MS needs coaches
The Bluffton Athletic Department is seeking candidates and taking applications for middle school track coaching positions. Interested applicants, who are qualified, should contact Steve Thompson, athletic director, at sthompson@bhmsd.k12.us or 824-3724 as soon as possible.

Tri-Star Basketball Contest scheduled
The Bluffton Optimist Club Tri-Star Basketball Contest for all Wells County boys and girls, ages 8-13 (as of March 15), is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Bluffton City Gym, 128 E. Market St. Registration and warm up begins at 3:30 p.m. and the contest starts at 4 p.m. Sign-up forms will be at the door. First-place finishers advance to regional competition to be announced. For more information call Larry Tschannen at 824-4713 or Doug Cale at 824-5650.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bluffton and Norwell at county swim meet

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Hunter Cunningham, Bluffton High School, and Leah Huggins, Norwell High School, were among the many swimmers and divers competing at the county meet on Tuesday. Look for Sports Editor Paul Beitler's story for complete results, in today's News-Banner.

Norwell girls Vs. Bishop Luers

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Managing Editor Glen Werling was there when the 3A No. 1 Norwell girls basketball team defeated Bishop Luers, 58-42.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Tuesday, Jan. 26
SWIMMING: Norwell at Bluffton, 5:30 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Wabash at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Norwell at FW Bishop Luers, 6 p.m. (Freshman, 5 p.m.); Southwood at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 27
JV WRESTLING: Norwell Triple Dual, 5:30 p.m.; Southern Wells at Northfield Invitational, 5:30 p.m.
FRESHMAN BASKETBALL: Blackford at Norwell, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 28
SWIMMING: Bellmont at Bluffton, 5:30 p.m.; Norwell at FW Concordia Lutheran, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 29
BOYS BASKETBALL: Garrett at Bluffton, 6 p.m. (Freshman, 5 p.m.); Southern Wells at South Adams, 6 p.m.; Norwell at East Noble, 6:15 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 30
WRESTLING: IHSAA Sectional at Jay County, 8:30 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Leo at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Southern Wells at Woodlan, 6 p.m.; East Noble at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

Monday, January 25, 2010

BHS Boys' Freshman win tournament


Bluffton High School Boys' Freshman win tournament out of Adams Central, Canterbury, and South Adams High Schools Saturday, January 23, 2010

Top left to right: Coach Kyle Bricker, #54 Brock Pace, #44 Jackson Lambert, #30 Seth Thompson, #34 Ian Betz

Bottom left to right: #10 Chandler Prible, #32 Trey Mettler, #20 Matthew Sturgeon, #22 Dalton Cunningham

(Photo by Marci Mettler)

Roush Lake Full Moon Event, Jan. 30

Indiana DNR Release:

Enjoy an evening on the moon-focusing on the moon, that is. From 4 - 8 p.m., learn fun facts about the Earth’s only natural satellite from members of the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society during an indoor presentation, and eat a “moon” meal in the warmth of the heated building.

Then, head outside to view the night sky through telescopes belonging to society members while listening to stories around a bonfire. Finally, take part in a property-wide scavenger hunt from the comfort of your car.

There is a $5 program fee per participant. Registration is required by calling Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at (260) 468-2127.

There is no gate fee at this time.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Experimental February goose season to be continued

Indiana DNR Release:

The final year of a three-year experimental hunting season aimed at controlling breeding populations of resident Canada geese around urban areas of Indiana has been authorized for selected counties.

Season dates are Feb. 1-15 in the following counties: Adams, Allen, Boone, Clay, DeKalb, Elkhart, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Huntington, Johnson, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Noble, Parke, Shelby, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo, Wells and Whitley.

To participate, hunters must have a valid hunting license, Indiana waterfowl stamp, signed federal duck stamp, a Harvest Information Program (HIP) number, and a free permit from the DNR. The free permit is available at www.IN.gov/dnr/fishwild/, by phone (317-232-4200), or at any state fish and wildlife area, field office, or reservoir during regular business hours in January.

Ordering online allows the customer to print a permit at the time of order and saves postage costs. Hunters can minimize time online by not waiting until the last minute to apply.

DNR waterfowl biologist Adam Phelps said overall response from hunters remains positive, and that adding an online permit application last year helped, as did adding several check stations.

Phelps said nearly 3,000 of the 4,000 hunters who registered for the 2009 special season participated and reported taking an estimated 6,300 Canada geese. The two-year total for the February season is more than 11,000 geese.

Hunters must report all harvested geese to a check station. Geese must have the head, a fully feathered wing, and reproductive parts still attached when the bird is checked. Check station staff will age and identify the sex of each bird, and will remove and keep the head of all adult birds checked.

Data collected from these heads are used to help determine if the late season will continue in future years. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guidelines require that at least 80 percent of the geese harvested during the three-year experimental period must be the giant subspecies of Canada goose – the goose that commonly breeds in Indiana and surrounding states.

“If we remain over 80 percent giants across all three years, we will ask the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to grant operational status to the season,” Phelps said. “This means that birds would no longer need to be checked and no permit would be needed to hunt.”

Even if Indiana meets federal guidelines that qualify for extension, the season may be closed in future years if local Canada goose populations are reduced too much.

The bag limit for the experimental season is five Canada geese per day, with a possession limit of 10. Shooting hours are from a half-hour before sunrise to sunset.

The temporary rule that establishes the late Canada goose season also authorizes a special late season for two light goose species – Ross’ and snow. During the last 30 years, populations of both species have nearly quadrupled, resulting in severe degradation of their breeding grounds. Hunters do not need a Federal duck stamp or HIP number to take snow or Ross’ geese in this special season.

Federal regulations prohibit the Late Canada Goose and Light Goose special seasons being open at the same time.

As a result, the Light Goose season will be Feb. 16 to March 31 in the 30 counties designated for the Late Canada Goose season, and Feb. 1 to March 31 in all other counties.

High School Sports Calendar

Friday, Jan. 22
BOYS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Adams Central, 6 p.m.; Leo at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Norwell at New Haven, 6:15 p.m. (Freshman at 5 p.m.)

Saturday, Jan. 23
BOYS FRESHMAN BASKETBALL: Adams-Wells Bi-Country Tournament at Bluffton, 9 a.m.
WRESTLING: ACAC Tournament at Garrett, 9 a.m.; NHC Tournament at New Haven, 10 a.m.
SWIMMING: Bluffton at South Adams (rescheduled), 10 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Garrett at Southern Wells, JV at 5 p.m., Varsity at 6:30 p.m.; Bluffton at Heritage, 6 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: New Haven at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.; Garrett at Southern Wells, JV at 5 p.m.; Varsity at 8 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

7th-grade Tiger girls beat Bellmont
The Bluffton 7th-grade girls’ basketball team defeated Bellmont 34-14 on Thursday night at Bluffton. Bellmont won the 8th-grade contest 35-22.
Emma Thompson scored 15 points to lead the Bluffton 7th-graders (12-4). Erin McKinley added eight points, Morgan Corle four, Lauren Stauffer two, Lauren Brinneman two, Mackenzie Park two and Kennedy Johnson one.
The 8th-grade Tigers (3-13) were led by Taeler Meadows and Sierra Steffen with eight points apiece. Laura Stroud, Cassidy McKinney and Kayla Holland each added two points.

Norwell girls sweep Bluffton cagers
The Norwell Middle School girls’ basketball teams defeated Bluffton on Wednesday night at Norwell. The 8th-grade Crusaders won 44-9 and the 7th-graders won 21-13.
Kendal Beckstein led the 8th-grade Crusaders with 12 points. Laken Chaney added eight, Olivia Geiger seven, Kelsey Beer six, Caitlin Link four, Alicia Coleman three, Britany Barger two and Kylee Byerly two.
The 8th-grade Tigers (3-12) were led by Taeler Meadows with four points. Laura Stroud added three and Kayelynn Baublet two.
Liara Isnogle scored eight points and had four steals to lead the Norwell 7th-graders. Hanna Smith added seven points and two steals. Arianna Cruz and Halie McMillan each had two points, Erika Thornton one and Sarah Bauermeister one.
Erin McKinley led the Bluffton 7th-graders (11-4) with nine points. Morgan Corle had four, Catie Neuenschwander two and Lauren Stauffer two.

Solomon rolls first 300 of season
Josh Solomon bowled a 300 perfect game on Jan. 11 at The Bowling Center in Bluffton. Competing in the Monday Morning Mixed League, Solomon accomplished the feat in his first game and followed that with games of 257 and 204 for a 761 series. Over the last three weeks, Solomon has recorded series of 786, 761 and 777 for a nine-game average of 258.

Bluffton MS needs coaches
The Bluffton Athletic Department is seeking candidates and taking applications for middle school track coaching positions. Interested applicants, who are qualified, should contact Steve Thompson, athletic director, at sthompson@bhmsd.k12.us or 824-3724 as soon as possible.

Tryouts slated for baseball team
Tryouts for an 11-year-old age group baseball travel team will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, from 2-4 p.m. at Bellmont High School in Decatur. Boys must not reach their 12th birthday prior to May 1. The team is affiliated with the Summit City Sluggers. For more information, call Joel Boucher at 260-758-2985, Ken Betterly 260-359-0748 or Brian Chronister 260-728-4423.

Marathon legend Bill Rodgers to speak
Marathon runner Bill Rodgers will be the guest speaker at the Fort Wayne Track Club’s annual banquet on Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Marriott Hotel in Fort Wayne.
“Boston Billy” was one of the main driving forces behind the running boom in the 1970s and was a four-time winner of both the Boston and New York marathons.
The public is invited to the dinner. There is a fee for the event with a discount for members. For more information, go to fwtc.org. Registration deadline is Jan. 27.

Roush Lake Full Moon Event, Jan. 30

Indiana DNR Release:

Enjoy an evening on the moon―focusing on the moon, that is, at J. Edward Roush Lake. On Jan.30, from 4–8 p.m., learn fun facts about the Earth’s only natural satellite from members of the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society during an indoor presentation, and eat a “moon” meal in the warmth of the heated building.

Then, head outside to view the night sky through telescopes belonging to society members while listening to stories around a bonfire. Finally, take part in a property-wide scavenger hunt from the comfort of your car.

There is a $5 program fee per participant. Registration is required by calling Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at (260) 468-2127.

There is no gate fee at this time.

Fort Harrison State Park Inn rooms available this weekend

Indiana DNR Release:

Looking for a room this weekend for the big game?

Fort Harrison State Park Inn, located in Lawrence, close to downtown Indianapolis, the inn has rooms available at a reasonable rate. Customers can choose from suites or three- bedroom houses.

Call (317) 638-6000 or see www.IndianaInns.com

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Wednesday, Jan. 20
WRESTLING: Norwell at Southern Wells, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 21
SWIMMING: Bluffton at Wabash, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 22
BOYS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Adams Central, 6 p.m.; Leo at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Norwell at New Haven, 6:15 p.m. (Freshman at 5 p.m.)

Saturday, Jan. 23
BOYS FRESHMAN BASKETBALL: Adams-Wells Bi-Country Tournament at Bluffton, 9 a.m.
WRESTLING: ACAC Tournament at Garrett, 9 a.m.; NHC Tournament at New Haven, 10 a.m.
SWIMMING: Bluffton at South Adams (rescheduled), 10 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Garrett at Southern Wells, JV at 5 p.m., Varsity at 6:30 p.m.; Bluffton at Heritage, 6 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: New Haven at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.; Garrett at Southern Wells, JV at 5 p.m.; Varsity at 8 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Crusader 8th-grade girls net split
The Norwell 8th-grade girls’ basketball team defeated Woodside 38-34 Tuesday night to gain a split. Woodside won the 7th-grade contest 37-23.
Laken Chaney scored 11 points and Kelsey Beer 10 to lead the 8th-grade Crusaders. Alicia Coleman added nine points, while Olivia Geiger finished with five, Kylee Byerly two and Kendal Beckstein one.
Hanna Smith had eight points for the Crusaders’ 7th-graders. Erika Thornton added five points, three rebounds and two steals. Liara Isnogle had four points and two steals. Caitlin Herndon grabbed four rebounds.

7th-grade Tiger girls post win
The Bluffton Middle School girls’ basketball teams came away with a split Tuesday night at Woodburn.
The 7th-grade Tigers won 23-6 to improve to 11-3 overall and 5-1 in the Allen County Athletic Conference. Emma Thompson had seven points and Erin McKinley six to pace the 7th-graders, while Kennedy Johnson had four. Catie Neuenschwander, Morgan Corle and Jenean Steffen rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.
The 8th-grade Tigers (3-11, 1-5 ACAC) lost 60-19. Taeler Meadows led the 8th-graders with 13 points. Laura Stroud added four and Cassidy McKinney two.

Raider girls split against Leo
The Southern Wells 8th-grade girls’ basketball team recorded a narrow 20-18 victory over Leo Tuesday night to give the Raiders a split in their Allen County Athletic Conference games. Leo won the 7th-grade game 29-20.
Carissa Carter scored six points to lead the 8th-grade Raiders, while Ashton Prible and Hilary Paxson each netted five points. Olivia Mossburg had four.
Meghan Yencer tallied eight points to lead the 7th-grade Raiders. Kiara Leas added six. Megan Lefebvre, Timber Tucker and Alison Blevins each had two to complete the scoring.

Spring training for runners, walkers
The Ouabache River Runners, YMCA and Bluffton Regional Medical Center will be offering a training program for those looking to increase their fitness level with a goal of completing a spring race. This is a 12-week program, starting Tuesday, Feb. 9, and will include weekly informational meetings and group runs/walks.
The first meeting will be held in Room 401 at Bluffton Regional Medical Center at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20 and payment may be made on the first night. However, registration is required before. For registration information, please contact Lisa at lisa.beck@blufftonregional.com

Bluffton MS needs coaches
The Bluffton Athletic Department is seeking candidates and taking applications for middle school track coaching positions. Interested applicants, who are qualified, should contact Steve Thompson, athletic director, at sthompson@bhmsd.k12.us or 824-3724 as soon as possible.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Tuesday, Jan. 19
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Wes-Del at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Canterbury at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.
SWIMMING: Norwell at Homestead, 5 p.m.; FW Northrop at Bluffton, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 20
WRESTLING: Norwell at Southern Wells, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 21
SWIMMING: Bluffton at Wabash, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 22
BOYS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Adams Central, 6 p.m.; Leo at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Norwell at New Haven, 6:15 p.m. (Freshman at 5 p.m.)

Saturday, Jan. 23
BOYS FRESHMAN BASKETBALL: Adams-Wells Bi-Country Tournament at Bluffton, 9 a.m.
WRESTLING: ACAC Tournament at Garrett, 9 a.m.; NHC Tournament at New Haven, 10 a.m.
SWIMMING: Bluffton at South Adams (rescheduled), 10 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Garrett at Southern Wells, JV at 5 p.m., Varsity at 6:30 p.m.; Bluffton at Heritage, 6 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: New Haven at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.; Garrett at Southern Wells, JV at 5 p.m.; Varsity at 8 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Andrea Vogel making
news at Urbana
URBANA, Ohio — Andrea Vogel, a 2009 Norwell graduate, was named Student-Athlete of the Week at Urbana University after the Blue Knights’ women’s basketball freshman averaged 14.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and five blocked shots a game.
The 6-2 center has helped Urbana win 10 of its last 11 games.
Vogel has become a regular in the starting lineup, averaging 11.9 points per game on 62 percent shooting.
Last Saturday, Vogel etched her name into the Blue Knights’ record book with a 17-rebound game against Marygrove, tying Hall of Famers Cindy Frere and Sarita Brown for the sixth most rebounds in a single game.
On Tuesday night, Vogel one-upped herself by setting the all-time Blue Knights’ single-game record for blocked shots, swatting away seven Central State attempts in an 80-70 Urbana win. After 16 games, Vogel is tied for the 12th most blocked shots in a single season at Urbana with 26.
Vogel also acheived her first career double-double, scoring 11 points along with 17 boards against Marygrove. She also scored a career-high 18 points in the win over Central State.
With her string of six straight games in double figures, Vogel vaulted into second in scoring (9.4 points per game). She currently leads the Blue Knights in field goal percentage (.561).

Spring training for
runners, walkers
The Ouabache River Runners, YMCA and Bluffton Regional Medical Center will be offering a training program for those looking to increase their fitness level with a goal of completing a spring race. This is a 12-week program, starting Tuesday, Feb. 9, and will include weekly informational meetings and group runs/walks.
The first meeting will be held in Room 401 at Bluffton Regional Medical Center at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20 and payment may be made on the first night. However, registration is required before. For registration information, please contact Lisa at lisa.beck@blufftonregional.com

Killingbeck helps Trine
post conference win
ALMA, Mich. — Trine University freshman Haley Killingbeck, a 2009 Southern Wells graduate, stole the basketball in the final five seconds, drew a foul and promptly hit a pair of free throws to preserve a 62-59 victory for the Thunder against Alma on Saturday in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women’s basketball.

Middle school hitting camp slated at Norwell
Registrations are being accepted for the Norwell Knights Middle School Hitting League, which will be held Jan. 26, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 and March 1 in the auxiliary gym from 7-9 p.m. Cost is $40 with a discount if there are multiple entries from one family. For details on the program and more information, contact Kelby Weybright at 260-543-2213, ext. 7124, or 260-273-2396, or e-mail at kelby.weybright@nwcs.k12.in.us. Deadline is Jan. 25.

Bluffton MS needs coaches
The Bluffton Athletic Department is seeking candidates and taking applications for middle school track coaching positions. Interested applicants, who are qualified, should contact Steve Thompson, athletic director, at sthompson@bhmsd.k12.in.us or 824-3724 as soon as possible.

Five gridders earn
state academic honors
Five Wells County high school football players were named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association 2009 Academic All-State Football Team. Norwell placed four student-athletes on the team and Southern Wells one. They are Bryce Biberstein, Klay Fiechter, Brandon Gerber and Jordan Shady of Norwell and Jacob Miller of Southern Wells.

Basketball contest slated
The Bluffton Optimist Club Tri-Star Basketball Contest for all Wells County boys and girls, ages 8-13 (as of March 15), is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Bluffton City Gym, 128 E. Market St. Registration and warm up begins at 3:30 p.m. and the contest starts at 4 p.m. Sign-up forms will be at the door. First-place finishers advance to regional competition to be announced. For more information call Larry Tschannen at 824-4173 or Doug Cale at 824-5650.

Other Tigers place at
Woodlan mat tourney
Five other Bluffton wrestlers placed in the Woodlan Invitational tournament on Saturday at Woodburn.
Isaac Higgins was third at 103 pounds, along with 119-pounder Philip Gerber and 171-pounder Ben Pfister.
Ty Bowman was fifth at 215 pounds and Jon Raugh was sixth at 135 pounds.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Tuesday, Jan. 19
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Wes-Del at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Canterbury at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.
SWIMMING: Norwell at Homestead, 5 p.m.; FW Northrop at Bluffton, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 20
WRESTLING: Norwell at Southern Wells, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 21
SWIMMING: Bluffton at Wabash, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 22
BOYS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Adams Central, 6 p.m.; Leo at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Norwell at New Haven, 6:15 p.m. (Freshman at 5 p.m.)

Saturday, Jan. 23
BOYS FRESHMAN BASKETBALL: Adams-Wells Bi-Country Tournament at Bluffton, 9 a.m.
WRESTLING: ACAC Tournament at Garrett, 9 a.m.; NHC Tournament at New Haven, 10 a.m.
SWIMMING: Bluffton at South Adams (rescheduled), 10 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Garrett at Southern Wells, JV at 5 p.m., Varsity at 6:30 p.m.; Bluffton at Heritage, 6 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: New Haven at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.; Garrett at Southern Wells, JV at 5 p.m.; Varsity at 8 p.m.

Salamonie Bird Club goes eagle watching

Indiana DNR Release:

Watch a bald eagle soar in Indiana skies during the Salamonie Bird Club eagle watching trip, Feb. 20, from 2 to 7 p.m.

Meet at the Interpretive Center for a short talk about eagles, then travel to well-known eagle hang-outs. The event ends at a nearby site where eagles roost for the night.

The trip consists of more than 30 miles, so participants should make sure they have sufficient gas, dress for the weather, and remember their binoculars. Those who need to leave early should drive separately or with a group who plans to do the same.

Advance registration is required by calling (260) 468-2127 or visiting the Salamonie Interpretive Center. There is no fee for the event or property admission at this time.

Monday, January 18, 2010

More ACAC Championship video

Bluffton defeated Garrett 60 to 32 to clinch the ACAC Championship on Saturday. Way to go Tigers!
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Bluffton Tigers take ACAC Championship

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Southern Wells wrestles South Adams

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By FRANK SHANLY
It’s hard to win a wrestling dual meet when you lose five of the first six matches by fall.
The Southern Wells Raiders found themselves in a deep hole early in their ACAC contest at South Adams Friday night, but rallied from 30-4 down, eventually gaining a more respectable 42-26 result...
(Read the rest of Frank's story in Saturday's News-Banner)