Sports and Outdoors

Thursday, September 30, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Thursday, Sept. 30
BOYS SOCCER: Blackford at Norwell (Varsity), 6:30 p.m.
BOYS TENNIS: IHSAA Sectional at Norwell, Bellmont vs. South Adams, Bluffton vs. Huntington North, 4:30 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Bluffton at Leo, 6 p.m.; Woodlan at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; Norwell at New Haven, 6 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 1
BOYS TENNIS: IHSAA Sectional at Norwell, Adams Central vs. Bellmont/South Adams winner, Norwell vs. Bluffton/Huntington North winner, 4:30 p.m.
FOOTBALL: Heritage at Bluffton, 7 p.m.; Southern Wells at Adams Central, 7 p.m.; DeKalb at Norwell, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 2
BOYS TENNIS: IHSAA Sectional at Norwell, championship, 10 a.m.
CROSS COUNTRY: NHC Championships at IPFW (Plex), 9 a.m.; Bluffton, Southern Wells at South Adams Invitational, Noon.
GIRLS SOCCER: FW North Side at Norwell, 10 a.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Crusader girls second in CC meet
The Norwell Crusaders’ girls cross country team were edged out of winning a four-team meet on Wednesday at Fort Wayne. Carroll beat the Crusaders 37-40, while New Haven was third with 67 points and East Noble collected 100 points.
New Haven’s Sydney Willis won the 3,000-meter race in 11:55. Norwell’s Sarah Bauemeister was second in 12:00. Sara DeVoe was fifth for the Crusaders in 12:35. Heather Phillips was 10th in 13:15, Hannah Aschliman 11th in 13:18, Monica Frauhiger 12th in 13:19, Abby Springer 14th in 13:22 and Halley Edington 19th in 13:54.

Crusader boys second in CC meet
The Norwell Middle School boys’ cross country team placed second in a four-team meet in Fort Wayne on Wednesday night.
Nathan Garver finished first for Norwell in the 3,000-meter race in 11:13. Austin Boucher was fifth in 11:43, Duke Wang 11th in 12:19, Noah Steffen 12th in 12:24, Seth Cole 17th in 12:45 and Cody Shively 19th in 12:51.

8th-grade Crusaders sustain losses
The Norwell 8th-grade volleyball team suffered two recent losses. Indian Springs won in three games 21-25, 25-23, 15-13 and Bellmont won in three 25-19, 25-17, 14-15.
Liara Isnogle had seven aces and four kills against Indian Springs. Hallie McMillan had two aces and five kills. Ari Cruz had two digs and three kills. Chloie Williams had two aces and 14 assists. Rylee Werling had one ace and one dig. Erika Thornton had two kills and one assist. Jordyn Shaffer had one and one kill.
Cruz had two kills and one ace against Bellmont . Thornton had one kill and Isnogle two aces. Erin Dunn had one ace and Werling had one ace and three digs. Williams had three assists. Shaffer and McMillan each added one ace and one dig.

7th-grade Crusaders gain split
The Norwell 7th-grade volleyball team recently split two matches. The Crusaders defeated Indian Springs 25-6, 25-7 and lost to Bellmont 21-25, 25-24, 15-6.
Against Indian Springs, Stephanie Stronczek had 11 aces and one assist. Jessica VandenBoom had one ace. Quinn Shelton had 10 aces. Mackenzie Sawyer had three aces. Kassidy Beckstein had one ace and one kill.
In the match against Bellmont, Shelton had two aces and three kills. Maggie Jutte had one ace. Stronczek had five assists and two aces. VandenBoom had one ace. Sawyer had four aces. Beckstein had two digs and two kills. Makayla Tipton had two aces.

Norwell tailgate party slated
All Norwell football fans are invited to tail gate before Friday’s home football game against DeKalb from 5:30-6:30. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Meat and table service will be provided. Those attending should bring a dish to share. Monetary donations are appreciated.

Bluffton boosters to host tailgate party
The Bluffton Tigers’ Booster Club will have a tailgate party Friday before the football game with Heritage from 5:45 p.m. to game time which is 7 p.m. A red tent will be located in the parking lot near the practice field. Meat and table service will be provided. Those attending should bring a dish to share.

Deer hunters could see another big year

Hunters and non-hunters can help feed hungry Hoosiers

Back-to-back record years for Indiana deer hunters and the fact regulations are unchanged give DNR deer management biologist Chad Stewart reason to believe hunters are in for another banner year in 2010.

“I’m anticipating another top-five all-time harvest,” Stewart said. “I would not be surprised if we exceeded 130,000 total deer or achieved a new record.”

In 2009, hunters bagged a record 132,752 deer – 3,000 more than the previous high mark set in 2008.

Although hunters have had the opportunity to pursue deer in the urban zone season since Sept. 15, and during the youth two-day season Sept. 25 and 26, deer hunting begins in earnest when the early archery season opens statewide on Friday (Oct. 1).

“I’m anticipating a successful early archery season due to the early corn harvest,” Stewart said.

The early archery season accounted for 21 percent of the total harvest in 2009, or 27,818 deer.

The early archery season extends through Nov. 28. During this season, a hunter can take two deer – either an antlered and antlerless deer, or two antlerless deer – but a separate license is required for each deer taken.

Archery hunters also can purchase bonus antlerless permits designed to target female deer as a fundamental approach to controlling white-tailed deer populations. In addition to the basic bag limits, hunters can use bonus permits in any county. There is no statewide limit, but quotas are assigned to each county ranging from A to 8. Go to www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/files/fw-Bonus_Antlerless_Map.pdf to find a map showing bonus antlerless quotas by county.

Bonus antlerless licenses may not be used in an “A” county prior to Nov. 25.

Many Indiana DNR properties (e.g., fish and wildlife areas, state forests, recreation areas, reservoirs, etc.) do not allow use of bonus antlerless licenses because they receive sufficient hunting pressure to keep deer populations in check and do not require additional harvest of deer. Contact the property manager where you plan to hunt for information.

Feeding Indiana’s hungry

Nearly 118,000 Hoosiers receive emergency food assistance each week from a food pantry, soup kitchen, or other agency served by the member food banks of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Inc., the state food bank association.

Hunters and non-hunters can do something about it by supporting the Sportsman’s Benevolence Fund.

State legislators established the DNR-managed Sportsman’s Benevolence Fund in 2008 as a way of providing financial support to meat processors who accept hunter-donated deer that are packaged as ground venison and distributed to food banks around the state.

Hunters donated 1,100 deer last year to affiliated programs like Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (fhfh.org) for an estimated 55,000 pounds of venison, or enough for 220,000 quarter-pound servings of high-protein, low fat meat.

FHFH has organized nearly 50 participating meat processors this year. A list can be found at www.IN.gov/dnr/fishwild/6205.htm.

There are three ways to contribute to the SBF:

n Donate online at www.sbf.IN.gov
n Purchase a $5 Sportsman’s Benevolence Fund commemorative pin (for a limited time, purchase of a 2010 pin includes a 2009 pin at no extra charge)
n Make a voluntary $1 contribution when purchasing fishing, hunting or trapping licenses.

ESPN’s BracketBusters to Feature Largest Pool in History

114 Teams Eligible for One of 11 Telecasts Feb. 18-20; Matchups set to be Announced Jan. 31

The ninth annual BracketBusters, a three-day men’s college basketball event pitting potential NCAA Tournament hopefuls against each other Feb. 18-20, will feature 11 nationally televised games – on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU -- selected from a pool of 114 teams, the largest BracketBusters pool in the event’s history.

For the sixth straight year, ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, will feature five BracketBusters games, while ESPN or ESPN2 will televise up to six contests. The 11 BracketBusters matchups will be announced Jan. 31.

BracketBusters, named because of the success of the teams in NCAA Tournament play, will provide the 22 televised teams an opportunity to play other top non-conference opponents three weeks before Selection Sunday. The 92 teams not selected forBracketBusters will compete against each other through the same three days.

The 114-team field will feature teams from 15 conferences as well as one independent: 12 from the Mid-American Conference and Colonial Athletic; 10 from the Ohio Valley Conference, Missouri Valley and Metro Atlantic Athletic; nine from Big Sky, Big South, Big West and Western Athletic; eight from the Horizon League; five from America East and Southern; two from the MEAC and West Coast; and one from the Summit League, as well as independent Seattle.

As part of the agreement, all 11 of the BracketBusters home teams in televised games, as well as the remaining 46 home squads, will play a “return” game at the home facility of their opponent in November or December of the 2012-13 season.

BracketBusters is part of ESPN’s college basketball franchise programming, along with Rivalry Week Presented by Cisco, Feast Week presented by Lowe’s, Holiday Hoops Presented by Kay Jewelers, Judgment Week and Championship Week Presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Teams participating this season in BracketBusters have produced 74 appearances in the last five NCAA Tournaments.

BracketBusters in NCAA Tournament play from 2006-10:
2010 NCAA Tournament: 11 berths – Morgan State, Murray State, New Mexico State, Northern Iowa, Ohio, Old Dominion, Siena, Utah State, UC-Santa Barbara, Vermont, Winthrop. Five wins overall: Murray State defeated Vanderbilt; Northern Iowa defeated UNLV and Kansas; Ohio defeated Georgetown; and Old Dominion defeated Notre Dame.

2009 NCAA Tournament: 12 berths – Akron, Butler, Cal State Northridge, Cleveland State, Morehead State, Morgan State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Portland State, Siena, Utah State, and Virginia Commonwealth. Three wins overall: Cleveland State defeated Wake Forest; Morehead State defeated Alabama State and Siena beat Ohio State.

2008 NCAA Tournament: 15 Berths - Austin Peay, Boise State, Butler, Cal State-Fullerton, Davidson, Drake, George Mason, Kent State, Oral Roberts, Portland State, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, Siena, UMBC and Winthrop. Six wins overall: Davidson defeated Gonzaga, Georgetown and Wisconsin to reach the Elite Eight; Butler defeated South Alabama; Siena defeated Vanderbilt; and San Diego defeated Connecticut.

2007 NCAA Tournament: 17 Berths - Albany, Butler, Creighton, Davidson, Eastern Kentucky, Holy Cross, Long Beach State, Miami (Ohio), Nevada, New Mexico State, Niagara, Old Dominion, Oral Roberts, Southern Illinois, Virginia Commonwealth, Winthrop and Wright State. Seven wins overall: Butler defeated Old Dominion and Maryland to reach the Sweet Sixteen; Southern Illinois defeated Holy Cross and Virginia Tech to reach the Sweet Sixteen; Nevada defeated Creighton; Virginia Commonwealth defeated Duke; and Winthrop defeated Notre Dame.

2006 NCAA Tournament: 19 Berths - Albany, Bradley, Bucknell, George Mason, Iona, Kent State, Montana, Murray State, Nevada, UNC-Wilmington, Northern Iowa, Northwestern State, Pacific, Oral Roberts, Utah State, Southern Illinois, UW-Milwaukee, Winthrop and Wichita State. Twelve wins overall: Bradley defeated Kansas and Pittsburgh to reach the Sweet Sixteen; Bucknell defeated Arkansas; George Mason defeated Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State and Connecticut to reach the Final Four; Montana defeated Nevada; Northwestern State defeated Iowa; UW-Milwaukee defeated Oklahoma; and Wichita State defeated Seton Hall and Tennessee to reach the Sweet Sixteen.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Thursday, Sept. 30
BOYS SOCCER: Blackford at Norwell (Varsity only), 6:30 p.m.
BOYS TENNIS: IHSAA Sectional at Norwell, Bellmont vs. South Adams, Bluffton vs. Huntington North, 4:30 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Bluffton at Leo, 6 p.m.; Woodlan at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; Norwell at New Haven, 6 p.m.
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Friday, Oct. 1
BOYS TENNIS: IHSAA Sectional at Norwell, Adams Central vs. Bellmont/South Adams winner, Norwell vs. Bluffton/Huntington North winner, 4:30 p.m.
FOOTBALL: Heritage at Bluffton, 7 p.m.; Southern Wells at Adams Central, 7 p.m.; DeKalb at Norwell, 7 p.m.
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Saturday, Oct. 2
BOYS TENNIS: IHSAA Sectional at Norwell, championship, 10 a.m.
CROSS COUNTRY: NHC Championships at IPFW (Plex), 9 a.m.; Bluffton, Southern Wells at South Adams Invitational, Noon.
GIRLS SOCCER: FW North Side at Norwell, 10 a.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Knights learn pairings for
IHSAA soccer sectionals
The IHSAA conducted the draw for its boys’ and girls’ soccer tournaments on Tuesday and released the sectional pairings.
The Norwell Knights’ boys’ team will be playing in the Bellmont Sectional on Oct. 7 against Heritage in the second match at Decatur. Bellmont and South Adams will play in the first match. The championship match is set for Oct. 9.
Norwell’s girls’ team will play in the Marion Sectional, which starts Oct. 11 at Ballard Field in Marion. The other dates of the sectional are Oct. 12, 14 and 16.
South Adams drew Huntington North in the first match. Jay County and Norwell will face off in the second match, followed by Eastern (Greentown) against Blackford and Oak Hill against Marion. Winners of the first two matches will play next, followed by winners of the third and fourth matches.

Kayle Imel on winning golf team
Kaylee Imel, a 2009 Norwell graduate, helped the Western Michigan Broncos’ women’s golf team win the Ball State Cardinal Classic at The Players’ Club golf course in Yorktown.
Imel tied for 25th place individually with an 11-over-par 155 (79-76).

Heritage tops Bluffton spikers
Heritage defeated Bluffton 3-1 in Allen County Athletic Conference volleyball action Tuesday night at Bluffton, winning in four games 25-22, 25-22, 24-26, 25-7.
Bluffton is 7-17 overall and 1-5 in the ACAC after the match.
Kara Fiechter led Bluffton with six aces, five kills, nine assists and five digs. Her aces helped break the school record for aces in a season, which she set last year. She currently has 43 with six matches left in the season.
Gina Eisenhut, Hannah Gilliam and Shelby Taylor each had three kills for the Tigers. Felicia Prible and Maggie Garrett each had two kills. Megan Evans had five assists, one ace and two digs. Garrett had four aces and four digs. Gilliam and Eisenhut each had five digs. Prible and Eisenhut each had 1.5 blocks.
Abby Saalfrank led the Patriots with 14 kills. Erica Frank had seven, Alisha Gerardot six and Sarah Sorg six.

Squaws down Norwell spikers
The Bellmont Squaws’ volleyball team rolled over the Norwell Knights 3-0 on Tuesday night in Northeast Hoosier Conference action at Norwell by scores of 25-8, 25-9, 25-8.
The Class 3A No. 4 Squaws (20-4) are 4-0 in the NHC. Norwell (16-10) dipped to 0-4 in loop play.
Alex Fuelling led the Squaws with 14 kills out of 21 total hitting attempts. Payton Schultz had eight kills, while Holly Hankenson and Madison Schultz each had seven kills.
Bellmont defeated Bluffton on Monday in three games, 25-7, 25-14, 25-18.
Garrett spikers top Southern Wells
Garrett defeated Southern Wells in Allen County Athletic Conference volleyball action Tuesday night, winning in three games 25-12, 25-12, 25-17. Garrett won the junior varsity match 25-11, 25-18.

8th-grade Crusaders
beat Indian Springs in football
The Norwell 8th-grade football team defeated Indian Springs 14-8 on Tuesday at Columbia City.
Piercen Harnish ran for touchdowns of 62 and four yards for the Crusaders. Jeremy Davis finished out the scoring with a point-after-touchdown conversion kick.
The Crusaders (4-1) insured their victory on the last play of the game. Harnish knocked the ball loose from an Indian Springs’ receiver and Brandon Norman recovered the fumble to insure the victory.
Earlier in the fourth quarter, Harnish picked off a pass and returned it 45 yards to the Indian Springs 10-yard line. Reggie Hayes had a first-half interception, while Adam Nahrwold recovered the opening kickoff. Other big defenders were Anthony Richard, Ashton McCune, Nathaniel Mayer, Joey Wilson and Davis.
Hayes connected with Davis, Nahrwold and Harnish with some nice passes. Jay-Ar Kobryn carried the ball for positive yardage. The offensive line of Chandler Shady, Dalton Cochran, Jace Geiger, Nahrwold and Norman helped lead the way.

Gilliom, Grove lead senior golfers
Bob Gilliom and Bob Grove were the best individual golfers Tuesday morning for the Green Valley Golf Course Senior Golf League.
Gilliom had the low gross score of 41 and Grove had the low net score of 30. Jim Smith was the closest-to-the-pin winner and Jerry Moss made the longest putt.
Members of the winning team were Allen Penrod, Richard Hamilton, Tom Moser and Jim Smith.

Southern Wells girls, Bluffton boys
win in MS cross country meet
The Southern Wells girls’ cross country team defeated Bluffton 16-43 on Tuesday to capture the Allen County Athletic Conference season championship with a 6-0 mark.
Bluffton won the boys’ meet with 23 points. The Raidders did not have a complete team of five runners.
GIRLS FINISHERS: 1. Sam Ramseyer (SW) 12:13; 2. Meghan Yencer (SW) 12:42; 3. Chloe Maddox (SW) 12:50; 4. Autumn Stevens (SW) 12:51; 5. Ashley Smith (B) 13:26; 6. Shelby Skidmore (SW) 13:32; 7. Timber Tucker (SW) 13:35; 8. Brooke Penrod (SW) 14:02; 9. Chloe Elam (SW) 14:16; 10. Morgan Huffman (B) 14:52; 11. Brynn Yonker (B) 14:53; 12. Tori Wiese (SW) 15:12; 13. Jordan Sills (SW) 15:52; 14. Kennedy Rhodes (SW) 16:24; 15. Haley Craig (B) 17:55; 16. Danielle Lambert (B) 18:01; 17. Mikayla Oswalt (SW) 19:20; 18. Chelsea Dove (B) 20:27; 19. Ashley Devine (B) 21:28.
BOYS FINISHERS: 1. Jared Reckard (B) 11:36; 2. Paul Renner (SW) 11:58; 3. Wyatt Maddox (SW) 12:15; 4. Colton Anderson (B) 12:48; 5. Eli Kitt (B) 12:50; 6. Tad Makowski (B) 13:08; 7. Chance Anderson (B) 13:13; 8. Kevin Moser (B) 13:23; 9. Nick Childers (SW) 14:03; 10. Kobie Lucabaugh (B) 15:11; 11. Ian Klowetter (SW) no time; 12. Keaton Redick (B) 15:58; 13. Gavin Michelbrink (B) 18:01.

8th-grade Tigers spike Heritage
The Bluffton 8th-grade volleyball team defeated Heritage 25-24, 25-10 on Tuesday in Allen County Athletic Conference action. The 7th-grade team lost 25-21, 25-18.
Morgan Corle had three aces and Emma Thompson two kills to lead the 8th-grade team. Erin McKinley had one kill and one ace. Lauren Stauffer had two aces. Siera Gregg and Kennedy Johnson each had one ace.
Kendall Mechling, Danielle Biberstein and Sydney Longenberger each had one ace for the 7th-graders. Caroline Mettler had one kill.

High School Sports Calendar

Thursday, Sept. 30
BOYS SOCCER: Blackford at Norwell (Varsity only), 6:30 p.m.
BOYS TENNIS: IHSAA Sectional at Norwell, Bellmont vs. South Adams, Bluffton vs. Huntington North, 4:30 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Bluffton at Leo, 6 p.m.; Woodlan at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; Norwell at New Haven, 6 p.m.
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Friday, Oct. 1
BOYS TENNIS: IHSAA Sectional at Norwell, Adams Central vs. Bellmont/South Adams winner, Norwell vs. Bluffton/Huntington North winner, 4:30 p.m.
FOOTBALL: Heritage at Bluffton, 7 p.m.; Southern Wells at Adams Central, 7 p.m.; DeKalb at Norwell, 7 p.m.
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Saturday, Oct. 2
BOYS TENNIS: IHSAA Sectional at Norwell, championship, 10 a.m.
CROSS COUNTRY: NHC Championships at IPFW (Plex), 9 a.m.; Bluffton, Southern Wells at South Adams Invitational, Noon.
GIRLS SOCCER: FW North Side at Norwell, 10 a.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Boys’ tennis sectional pairings set
The Bluffton Tigers are scheduled to play in the first round of the Norwell IHSAA boys’ tennis sectional on Thursday, while the host Norwell Knights drew a semifinal bye in the pairings that were drawn Monday night by the IHSAA.
Bluffton will meet Huntington North at 4:30 p.m., while Bellmont and South Adams will square off concurrently in the other match.
The winner of the Bluffton-Huntington North match will advance to play Norwell (12-4) at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The Knights are the defending champions.
The other semifinal match will pit Adams Central (12-4) against either Bellmont or South Adams on Friday at 4:30.
Semifinal winners are slated to collide in the championship match on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Baker leads Norwell jayvees over EN
Grant Baker ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead the Norwell junior varsity football team to a 41-0 victory over the visiting East Noble Knights on Monday.
Baker had touchdown runs of 20 and 8 yards and connected with Austin Dettmer on a 46-yard TD pass.
Robbie Ritter also had touchdown runs of 11 and 56 yards and added a two-point conversion.
Andrew Brinson scored on a 60-yard run and Kaleb Ahrens kicked two extra points.
The offensive line of Drew Giltner, Cam Dohrman, Brian Bigelow, Blake Wyatt and Jordan Retherford was credited with an outstanding performance.
On defense, Ahrens also had an interception. Giltner also had two tackles for loss, Ritter one tackle for loss and Max Morgan added a fumble recovery.

Homestead girls shut out Knights
The Homestead Spartans blanked Norwell 8-0 in Northeast Hoosier Conference girls’ soccer action Monday at Fort Wayne.
Homestead improved to 7-0-1, while the Knights fell to 3-8-2 for the season.
Kelsey Wendlandt netted two first-half goals for the Spartans. Brie Herbst scored the winning goal, while Alexis Stine, Ari Nelson, Teresa Busse, Ashley Steiner and Emily Bley each scored one goal. Megan Romelfanger recorded the shutout in goal for Homestead.

Bluffton MS runners record
some positives on gloomy day
Under rainy conditions, the Bluffton Middle School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams each defeated Hartford City on Monday at Bluffton.
The Bluffton girls won 23-34 and the boys won 19-40. However against Crestview, the girls lost 15-75 and the boys lost 19-46. Crestview beat Hartford City’s girls 15-65 and boys 15-55.
Individually for the Bluffton girls in the 3,000-meter race, Ashley Smith (14:19), Brynn Yonker (14:43), Morgan Huffman (14:45), Krysten Mossburg (14:52), Danielle Lambert (17:42) and Chelsea Dove (19:46) had personal-best times. Haley Craig finished in 17:39 and Ashley Devine in 23:45.
For the Bluffton boys, Jared Reckard finished in 11:50 and Chance Anderson in 12:52. Personal bests were recorded by Kevin Moser (13:05), Tad Makowski (13:13) and Keaton Redick (15:31). Eli Kitt finished in 13:06, Colton Anderson 13:39, Kobie Lucabaugh 15:21 and Gavin Michelbrink 19:35.

8th-grade Tigers spike Crestview
The 8th-grade Bluffton volleyball team pulled out a victory over Crestview on Monday at Bluffton, winning in three games 14-25, 25-22, 15-14.
Crestview beat the 7th-grade Tigers 25-14, 25-19.
Lauren Stauffer had two kills and three aces for the 8th-grade Tigers. Kennedy Johnson had two kills and one ace. Siera Gregg had one kill and two aces. Emma Thompson, Ashton Perry and Erin McKinley each had one kill.

Monday, September 27, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Monday, Sept. 27
BOYS SOCCER: Homestead at Norwell, 5 p.m.
GIRLS SOCCER: Norwell at Homestead, 5 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Bellmont at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Adams Central at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.
JV FOOTBALL: Southern Wells at Bluffton, 6:30 p.m.
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Tuesday, Sept. 28
CROSS COUNTRY: Southern Wells at Bluffton, 5 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Heritage at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Southern Wells at Garrett, 6 p.m.; Bellmont at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.
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Thursday, Sept. 30
BOYS SOCCER: Blackford at Norwell (Varsity only), 6:30 p.m.
BOYS TENNIS: IHSAA Sectional at Norwell, 4:30 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Bluffton at Leo, 6 p.m.; Woodlan at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; Norwell at New Haven, 6 p.m.

Get ready for fall events in Upper Wabash area

Indiana DNR Release:

Fall will be full of activities in the Upper Wabash area this season.

Upper Wabash Interpretive Services offers two autumn camping weekends at Mississinewa Reservoir, Oct. 1-3 and 9-10. The related special events are open to day visitors, too.

The first weekend offers mock medieval battles, a Swamp Stomp obstacle course through the Land of Far, Far Away, crafts, hands-on percussion music for the kids, pellet rifle shooting, canoeing, lumberjack and pioneer activities, and more. Program fee is $2 per person.

The second weekend offers a movie, family games and a pumpkin decorating contest. Program fee is $1 per person.

Both weekends feature a fully decorated campground, trick-or-treating, a band, and kettle popcorn. Campsites are fully reserved at Missisinewa, but Salamonie Reservoir, only 30 minutes away, has campsites available. Visit www.in.gov/dnr/uwis for more information.

Salamonie features a fall camping event of its own Oct.15 -17. Hayrides, a hot dog roast, s’mores, a campsite decorating contest and trick-or-treating will be offered.

Wrap up the month of October at Ouabache State Park‘s fall festival, Oct. 29 and 30.

Visit the campfire story, learn about owls, make suet for birds, learn about bats, enter the decorated pumpkin contest, trick-or-treat, join the pot luck dinner, take a hayride, and play games. Register by calling (260) 468-2127 or (260) 824-0926.

The standard entrance fee ($5/in-state-plated car; $7/car for out-of-state license plates) will be in effect when the gatehouses are open.

Harvest program for preschoolers, Oct. 13 and 14, at Salamonie

Indiana DNR Release:

Children ages 2 to 5 are invited to celebrate the harvest season Oct. 13 and 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Salamonie Interpretive Center.

This program includes indoor and outdoor activities focusing on the harvest by animals and people in autumn. Participants will make a craft, hike and spend time outdoors. The same program is offered once each day to accommodate more children.

Participants are welcome to arrive early to enjoy the exhibit area and gift shop, and may bring a lunch to eat together after the event.

Caregivers must remain with their child throughout the program. There is a $2 fee per child. Gate fees are waived at this time.

The Salamonie interpretive center and Otter Run Tradin’ Post is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It is located in Lost Bridge West Recreation Area on Highway 105 in western Huntington County.

Visit the Upper Wabash Reservoirs Interpretive Services (UWIS) website, www.dnr.IN.gov/uwis. Register by calling (260) 468-2127 or visit the Salamonie Interpretive Center, 3691 S. New Holland Road, Andrews, 46702.

Seniors lunch on prehistoric Indiana, Oct. 4

Indiana DNR Release:

Guest speaker Pat Mooney will bring primitive tools and discuss people who lived in Indiana before contact with Europeans during the seniors lunch at the Salamonie interpretive center on Oct. 4.

Individuals age 50 or older are invited and may bring artifacts such as arrowheads for identification.

The program kicks off with the meal at 12:30 p.m. The meat dish will be provided by Upper Wabash Interpretive Services (UWIS). Seniors should bring a dish to pass, their own table service and $1 donation to help defray the cost of the provided meat dish.

Those interested should register by 5 p.m. on Sept. 31 by calling UWIS, (260) 468-2127, or visiting the interpretive center, 3691 S. New Holland Rd., Andrews, 46702.

The interpretive center and gift shop’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. This barrier-free building features exhibits, floor-to-ceiling windows in the wildlife viewing area, and staff to answer questions.

The center is in Lost Bridge West Recreation Area, Highway 105, western Huntington County.

The standard gate fee ($5/ in-state plated car; $7/car for out-of-state license) will be in effect if the gatehouse is open.

For more information on other UWIS programs, see www.dnr.IN.gov/uwis.

Applications available for Canada goose reductions at several state parks

Indiana DNR RElease:

Having attempted various non-lethal methods of managing the Canada goose populations at several state parks with little success, the DNR will conduct controlled goose reductions in coming months. Similar reductions have occurred since 2007.

Large amounts of goose waste at park beaches, picnic areas and bank-fishing locations have raised health concerns, adversely affected visitor enjoyment, increased erosion and resulted in increased operating costs.

The dates chosen coincide with hunting seasons to optimize effectiveness. Other factors considered in determining dates included state and federal law, local flight patterns of geese and goose behavior.

On their hunt days, Potato Creek and Whitewater Memorial state parks will limit public access—certain areas will be open only to participating hunters. On the Ouabache, Chain O’Lakes, Shakamak and Lincoln hunt days, those state parks will be accessible to drawn participants only.

Park
Dates
Access
Potato Creek
Nov. 8/9 & 22/23
Restricted
Ouabache
Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 17
Closed
Chain O'Lakes
Nov. 18/19 & Dec. 1/2
Closed
Whitewater Memorial
Nov. 24, 27, Dec. 1, 4, 8, 15
Restricted
Shakamak
Dec. 11/12, 18/19, Jan. 8/9, Feb. 5/6, 12/13
Closed
Lincoln
Jan. 10/11 & 24/25
Closed

Successfully drawn hunters can participate in multiple two-day reduction hunts at Potato Creek, Chain O’Lakes, Shakamak, and Lincoln state parks or single, one-day reductions at Ouabache and Whitewater Memorial state parks.

Participation will be determined by a drawing similar to other DNR waterfowl draws. Successful applicants can bring up to three individuals along to hunt if they wish. These individuals do not have to be on the applicant’s application and must be Indiana residents who will be 18 years of age by Nov. 8.

Groups will be assigned to specific reduction areas. Shooting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. A public standby drawing for eligible participants will occur each morning, 90 minutes before local sunrise, to fill spots not claimed by successful applicants by that time. Standby spots are often available—such participants greatly increase the success of the reductions. Questions regarding the standby drawing should be directed to the park of interest.

Hunters who want to participate in the reductions must register for the reserved hunts by completing an online application between Sept. 27 and Oct. 10 at www.IndianaOutdoor.IN.gov. Individuals can apply for any park or set of dates so long as dates do not coincide.

Applicants and standby participants must be Indiana residents and 18 years of age by Nov. 8, and should have their hunting license number ready to enter in the application. Hunters must present a state waterfowl stamp, HIP number, and federal duck stamp on site on the day of the reduction, but do not need them to apply. Apprentice licenses are not applicable. Though Canada geese are the only harvest permitted, all state and federal laws pertaining to waterfowl hunting apply.


For more information, see these related websites:

www.dnr.IN.gov/parklake/files/sp-GooseReductions.pdf
www.dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/2996.htm

Landowners can partner with hunters to control deer

Indiana DNR Release:

Landowners experiencing deer damage to crops, forest regeneration or landscaping can get assistance from hunters in protecting their property through the DNR’s Hunters Helping Farmers program.

In order to minimize such damage, the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife recommends that such landowners start a hunting program during the regular deer hunting seasons, which are quickly approaching. Archery season begins Oct. 1 and firearms season begins Nov.13.

Each district DNR wildlife biologist maintains a list, by county, of deer hunters who want to participate in the program. Landowners having difficulty finding hunters may contact their district’s biologist for a copy. Contact information for district biologists is at www.wildlife.IN.gov/2716.htm.

A helpful Hunting Permission Form for landowners to use is available at http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2343.htm by scrolling to General Hunting Regulations and clicking on “Trespassing” at the bottom of the page.

To be effective, such hunting programs should provide, at a minimum, one antlerless firearm hunter-effort day during the firearms season for every 5 acres of permanent deer cover on the landowner’s property. Five antlerless archery hunter-effort days may be substituted for each antlerless firearms hunter-effort day during the archery season.

Antlerless hunter-effort days are defined as the number of days a hunter or a number of hunters spend hunting for antlerless deer. For example, two hunters, each hunting three days specifically for antlerless deer, equals six antlerless hunter-effort days. Four hunters, each hunting two days specifically for antlerless deer on the property, equals eight antlerless hunter-effort days.

In another example, suppose a landowner has 40 acres of permanent deer cover. The landowner should have at least eight antlerless firearms hunter-effort days on the property during firearms season.

Landowners also may want to encourage hunting during archery season. By providing five antlerless archery hunter-effort days during that season, a landowner could reduce the number of antlerless firearms hunter-effort days from eight to seven.

Participating landowners should adjust future antlerless hunting according to the degree of deer damage observed. Success rates of hunters should average one antlerless deer per five antlerless hunting efforts to maintain a desired deer density. If success rates exceed one antlerless deer per five antlerless hunting efforts, the landowner should increase antlerless hunting efforts in future seasons to reduce the deer density to a more acceptable level. The landowner should also adjust antlerless hunting efforts during the regular deer hunting seasons to respond to the degree of deer damage observed during growing season.

The following statistics will help landowners determine how many hunters and hunter-effort days they should used on their property. On average, only about 50 percent of hunters harvest one deer. Only 10 percent of hunters typically harvest two deer, and only about 7 percent harvest more than two deer during hunting season.

Participating landowners should consider sharing these recommendations with neighbors and encourage them to consider a similar program.

Obviously, the amount of hunting pressure on lands surrounding a property will affect the degree to which these recommendations reduce future damage. Further information on managing deer damage is at: wildlife.IN.gov/2781.htm.

PACERS SINGLE-GAME TICKETS FOR FIRST HALF OF SEASON ON SALE TUESDAY

INDIANAPOLIS – Tickets for the first half of the home portion of the Indiana Pacers’ 2010-11 National Basketball Association’s home schedule will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office, Pacers.com and ticketmaster.com.



The on-sale includes three preseason games and all regular season games through the New Year’s Eve game at Conseco Fieldhouse against Washington. Tickets for the remainder of the season will go on sale Friday, Nov. 26, in the Pacers’ annual “Black Friday” sale.



Games in the first half of the home schedule include opening night when Philadelphia visits (8:00 p.m.); the only visits of the season from Denver (Nov. 9), Houston (Nov. 12), the Los Angeles Clippers (Nov. 18), Oklahoma City (Nov. 26), the Los Angeles Lakers (Dec. 15), New Orleans (Dec. 20 and Memphis (Dec. 28). Eastern Conference powers Orlando (Nov. 20) and Boston (Dec. 28) each make one trip to the fieldhouse in the first half of the season.



New this season will be select “Theme Nights” for single-game purchases. Some of the new theme nights include:



IMCU 2-for-1 Tuesdays - pick up a voucher at any IMCU location for a special 2 for 1 ticket offer (All Tuesday games).
Pacers College Night - show your student ID and get ticket and gift for $10 (All Wednesday games).
Kroger Plus Card Nights - Show your Kroger Plus Card at the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office and get $10 off select ticket prices (All Wednesday games).
Family Nights - Nov 20th, Dec 17, Jan 14, Feb 27, Mar 25, Apr 8.
Boomer Sunday Fun Games – Kids ticket (12 and under) is 1/2 price. Every Sunday will include fun concourse activites for the whole family. (All Sunday games).
Military Nights - For select games, all active Military personal with an active government issued ID will receive Lower Level tickets for $25, Krieg DeVault Club Level tickets for $15 and Balcony tickets for $8. Oct. 30, Nov. 12, Dec. 6, Dec. 20, Jan. 26, Jan. 31, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, Mar. 1, Mar. 25, Apr. 1, Apr. 6. Tickets only available for purchase the day of game.


Season tickets, including full, half and mini packages are available by calling (317) 917-2500. Included in the mini packages is a Sixth Man Special where fans get 11 games for the price of seven and a Starting Five Flex plan that allows fans to pick six games to go with five predetermined games including Miami’s one visit to Conseco Fieldhouse.





For additional information, contact Pacers Sports & Entertainment’s Public Information Department at (317) 917-2500.

Pacers.com

Friday, September 24, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Friday, Sept. 24
BOYS TENNIS: ACAC at Adams Central, 5 p.m.
FOOTBALL: Norwell at East Noble, 7 p.m.
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Saturday, Sept. 25
BOYS TENNIS: ACAC at Adams Central, 9 a.m.
GIRLS GOLF: Norwell at IHSAA Regional (Cobblestone-Kendallville).
CROSS COUNTRY: Norwell, Southern Wells at New Haven Classic at IPFW (Plex), 9 a.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Norwell at Harding Invitational, 9 a.m.
FOOTBALL: Southern Wells vs. Bluffton at Ball State, 10 a.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Carroll netmen clip Knights
The Carroll Chargers pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Norwell Knights in Northeast Hoosier Conference boys’ tennis action Thursday at Norwell.
Norwell junior Reid Imel won the No. 1 singles match in two sets and the Knights’ No. 1 doubles team of Ross Mathews and Kyle Fillman won 6-1, 6-0.
The Knights’ season record fell to 12-4 overall and its NHC record finished up at 4-3.
Carroll won the junior varsity match 8-1. The Norwell JV record is 14-3.

CARROLL 3, NORWELL 2
At Norwell
VARSITY SINGLES: Reid Imel (N) d. Billy Finger 6-1, 6-2; Luke Garrison (C) d. Kyle Isch 6-1, 7-6 (9-7); Ross Marano (C) d. Tanner Bowen 6-3, 6-4.
VARSITY DOUBLES: Ross Mathews/Kyle Fillman (N) d. Cody Chase/Austin Porter 6-1, 6-0; Noah Norris/Taylor Turney d. Tanner Mathews/Brandon Taylor (N) 6-3, 6-3.
CARROLL 8, NORWELL 1
JV SINGLES: Scott Campbell (C) d. Mitchell Wilson 8-4; Dillon Fernando (C) d. Tyler Smith 8-4; Cam Daffner (C) d. Jake Price 8-2; Dan Quade (C) d. Wilson 6-4; Richard Quade (C) d. Smith 6-2.
JV DOUBLES: David Salway/Brian Banister (C) d. Luke Hunter/Damon Gerber 8-4; Tyler Goetz/Ryan Thompson (C) d. Drew Shively/Jordan Dickey 8-1; Robert Fox/Reis Lehman (C) d. Hunter/Gerber 6-4; Shively/Dickey (N) d. Logan McLay/Brad Mason 6-2.

Knights lose to DeKalb in volleyball
The Norwell Knights’ volleyball team suffered a disappointing 3-2 loss Thursday night against the DeKalb Barons in a Northeast Hoosier Conference match at Waterloo.
Norwell (13-8) dipped to 0-3 in NHC action in the marathon match. DeKalb won the first game 25-23 and Norwell took the next two games 26-24 and 27-25. The Barons finished up by winning the last two games 25-19, 15-13.
Jessica Louison led the Knights with 17 kills. Amanda McAfee had 16 and Lauren Klansek 15. Victoria Rundquist had six block assists, Catrina Zepke five, Klansek four, McAfee two and Louison one.
Laken Chaney had 48 assists. Elizabeth Ault had 23 digs and two aces. McAfee had 16 digs, Louison 14 and Klansek 10.

Special volleyball night at BHS
The Bluffton high school and middle school volleyball program invites fans to a special evening of matches Monday at the Tiger Den, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Following two middle school matches, the high school teams will host Bellmont. The special admission price will be $3 for the entire evening. All fans and spectators are encouraged to park in the north lot and enter through Door 5.
Bluffton 7th-graders will play Crestview at 4:30, followed by the 8th-grade match, the Bluffton high school junior varsity match and the varsity match.

Sign up now for Future Tigers
Registrations are being taken for the Bluffton Future Tigers basketball program for boys in grades 3-6. Forms are available in the Bluffton High School office and must be returned by Oct. 1. Cost is $25, which includes a shirt. The league runs on Saturdays from Oct. 23 to Dec. 18. For more information, call coach Kevin Leising at 824-3724.

Sign up for Squires Basketball League
Any girl or boy in grades 3-6 in the Northern Wells Community School district may register for the Norwell Squires Basketball League by Friday, Oct. 1. Registration forms have been distributed to all schools. Games will be held on Saturdays in the Norwell High School auxiliary gym beginning Oct. 30. For further information, please call girls’ varsity basketball coach Eric Thornton at 543-2213 (ext. 7233) or boys’ varsity basketball coach Randy Hawkins (ext. 7235).

SW girls, Norwell boys
win in Wells County CC meet
Southern Wells won the Wells County middle school girls’ cross country meet Thursday with 26 points. Norwell had 29 points and Bluffton 83.
Norwell won the boys’ meet with 19 points. Bluffton had 38 and Southern Wells did not have a complete team.
Norwell’s Sarah Bauermeister won the girls’ 3,000-meter race in 12:19. Samantha Ramseyer of Southern Wells was second in 12:29.
Norwell’s Austin Boucher won the boys’ race in 11:51. Bluffton’s Jared Reckard was third in 12:13 and Southern Wells’ Paul Renner was fourth in 12:29.

NORWELL GIRLS: 1. Bauermeister 12:19; 3. Sara DeVoe 12:32; 7. Hannah Aschliman 14:00; 8. Monica Frauhiger 14:04; 10. Abby Springer 14:34; 11. Heather Phillips 14:36; 15. Hallie Edington 15:15.
SOUTHERN WELLS GIRLS: 2. Ramseyer 12:29; 4. Meghan Yencer 13:24; 5. Autumn Stevens 13:29; 6. Chloe Maddox 13:51; 9. Shelby Skidmore 14:12; 12. Brooke Penrod 14:39; 14. Timber Tucker 15:14.
BLUFFTON GIRLS: 13. Ashley Smith 15:09; 18. Krysten Mossburg 15:35; 20. Candace Eckert 16:03; 23. Jennalyn Miskin 16:24; 28. Brynn Yonker 17:50; 35. Danielle Lambert 24:20; 36. Ashley Devine 24:23.
NORWELL BOYS: 1. Boucher 11:51; 2. Nathan Garver 12:09; 5. Duke Wang 12:38; 7. Noah Steffen 13:06; 9. Seth Cole 14:00; 12. Hunter Searles 14:37; 13. Cody Shively 14:38.
BLUFFTON BOYS: 3. Reckard 12:13; 8. Eli Kitt 13:52; 10. Colton Anderson 14:27; 11. Kevin Moser 14:36; 15. Tad Makowski 14:54; 16. Chance Anderson 15:56; 17. Kobie Lucabaugh 16:17.
SOUTHERN WELLS BOYS: 4. Renner 12:29; 6. Wyatt Maddox 12:51; 14. Ian Klowetter 14:51.

8th-grade Tigers beat Rebel spikers
The Bluffton Middle School 8th-grade volleyball team beat the Salamonie Rebels 25-23, 25-14 on Thursday, while the 7th-grade Tigers lost 25-17, 14-25, 15-9.
Siera Gregg had six aces and 23 service points to lead the 8th-grade Tigers. Ashton Perry and Emma Thompson each had four points, Morgan Corle two and Kennedy Johnson one.
Danielle Biberstein had two aces for the 7th-graders. BreAnna Kizer, Sara Baumgartner and Caitlin Krider each had one ace.

Bluffton MS boys edge SA runners
The Bluffton Middle School boys’ cross country team edged South Adams 28-29 on Tuesday at Berne. South Adams won the girls’ meet 16-47.
Jared Reckard led the Bluffton boys with a second-place finish. Eli Kitt was 5th, Colton Anderson 6th, Kevin Moser 7th, Tad Makowski 8th, Chance Anderson 9th, Keaton Redick 13th, Kobie Lucabaugh 15th and Gavin Michelbrink 16th.
Ashley Smith placed fifth for Bluffton in a personal best time of 14:25. Morgan Huffman was 9th, Brynn Yonker 10th, Chelsea Dove 14th and Ashley Devine 15th.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Thursday, Sept. 23
BOYS TENNIS: Carroll at Norwell, 4:30 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Bluffton at Eastbrook, 6 p.m.; Norwell at DeKalb, 6:15 p.m.
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Friday, Sept. 24
BOYS TENNIS: ACAC at Adams Central, 5 p.m.
FOOTBALL: Norwell at East Noble, 7 p.m.
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Saturday, Sept. 25
BOYS TENNIS: ACAC at Adams Central, 9 a.m.
GIRLS GOLF: Norwell at IHSAA Regional (Cobblestone-Kendallville).
CROSS COUNTRY: Norwell, Southern Wells at New Haven Classic (IPFW), 9 a.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Norwell at Harding Invitational, 9 a.m.
FOOTBALL: Southern Wells vs. Bluffton at Ball State, 10 a.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Norwell girls win soccer match 1-0
Norwell’s Lauren Johnson and Haley Heller combined to post a 1-0 shutout over the Wayne Generals in girls’ high school soccer on Wednesday afternoon at Norwell.
Johnson netted the Knights’ goal with an assist from Tasia de Leon in the second half. Heller, the Knights’ goalkeeper, stopped 11 shots to blank the Generals. Johnson had 14 shots on goal and de Leon eight. Norwell upped its record to 3-7-2.
Wayne’s goalkeeper Naarah Foster had 20 saves. Autumn Koomler had 10 shots on goal for the Generals.

7th-grade Crusaders top Bellmont
The Norwell Crusaders’ 7th-grade football team beat rival Bellmont 16-6 on Tuesday night at the Courtyard.
Cody More returned a punt 66 yards Norwell’s first touchdown. Later in the first half, Trevor Eichler stepped in front of a Bellmont pass and raced 48 yards to the end zone. Hunter Ingle added two extra point kicks. The Crusaders improved their record to 3-1.
The offense was lead by Zack Kintz, Brody Myers, Jaron Stoppenhagen and Eichler. Stoppenhagen paced the defense with three tackles for loss. Austin Miller, Austin Bishop, Chandler Schoeff and Eichler also added tackles for loss. Jacob Meekin had an interception.

Volleyball special Monday at BHS
The Bluffton high school and middle school volleyball program invites fans to a special evening of matches Monday at the Tiger Den, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Following two middle school matches, the high school teams will host Bellmont. The special admission price will be $3 for the entire evening. All fans and spectators are encouraged to park in the north lot and enter through Door 5.
Bluffton 7th-graders will play Crestview at 4:30, followed by the 8th-grade match, the Bluffton high school junior varsity match and the varsity match.

Sign up now for Future Tigers
Registrations are being taken for the Bluffton Future Tigers basketball program for boys in grades 3-6. Forms are available in the Bluffton High School office and must be returned by Oct. 1. Cost is $25, which includes a shirt. The league runs on Saturdays from Oct. 23 to Dec. 18. For more information, call coach Kevin Leising at 824-3724.

Fan appreciation night at Montpelier
Montpelier Motor Speedway will be hosting fan appreciation night on Saturday. General admission tickets will be $5 each. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

8th-grade Crusaders
lose two volleyball matches
Maple Creek defeated the Norwell 8th-grade Crusaders’ volleyball team 25-19, 25-20 on Tuesday.
Halie McMillen had eight kills and two digs for the Crusaders. Ari Cruz had three kills and Chloie Williams had one ace and 12 assists. Liara Isnogle had one ace and one assist. Jordyn Shaffer had one kill, three aces and one dig. Arissa Moser had one kill. Rylee Werling had one ace and one dig.
On Monday, Adams Central downed the Crusaders 25-15, 25-21. Williams had two assists. Werling had one ace and three digs. Isnogle had one kill and five aces. McMillen had two aces and one dig. Shaffer had one kill.

North Carolina players suspended
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA suspended North Carolina defensive back Kendric Burney six games and safety Deunta Williams four games for receiving improper benefits.
Both players must also repay benefits to become eligible, though the school plans to appeal the length of the suspensions.
The NCAA said Burney received $1,333 in benefits while Williams received $1,426. The school said Burney must repay $575.19 and Williams must repay $450.67 to charities of their choice.
Both players have sat out the first two games for the winless Tar Heels (0-2), which count toward their suspensions. The status of 10 other players remains in question as North Carolina prepares to travel to Rutgers. Among those players are NFL prospects Marvin Austin — who has been suspended indefinitely for breaking team rules — and Robert Quinn on defense, top receiver Greg Little and tailback Ryan Houston.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Wednesday, Sept. 22
GIRLS SOCCER: Norwell at FW Wayne, 5 p.m.
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Thursday, Sept. 23
BOYS TENNIS: Carroll at Norwell, 4:30 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Bluffton at Eastbrook, 6 p.m.; Norwell at DeKalb, 6:15 p.m.
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Friday, Sept. 24
BOYS TENNIS: ACAC at Adams Central, 5 p.m.
FOOTBALL: Norwell at East Noble, 7 p.m.
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Saturday, Sept. 25
BOYS TENNIS: ACAC at Adams Central, 9 a.m.
GIRLS GOLF: Norwell at IHSAA Regional (Cobblestone-Kendallville).
CROSS COUNTRY: Norwell, Southern Wells at New Haven Classic (IPFW), 9 a.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Norwell at Harding Invitational, 9 a.m.
FOOTBALL: Southern Wells vs. Bluffton at Ball State, 10 a.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Norwell boys tie Heritage in soccer
The Norwell boys’ soccer team tied the Heritage Patriots 2-2 on Tuesday at Monroeville.
Luke Batdorff and Brandon Johnson scored first-half goals to lead the Knights (5-7-1). Drew Burch assisted on Batdorff’s opening goal against Heritage goalkeeper Bryan Shuler.
Heritage gained the tie with a goal by Carson White in the second half against Norwell goalkeeper Justin Eberle.
Norwell won the junior varsity match 1-0.

Knights fall to Homestead netmen
Norwell’s Ross Mathews and Kyle Fillman kept their undefeated No. 1 doubles record intact Tuesday night, but the Knights fell to the Homestead Spartans 4-1 in Northeast Hoosier Conference boys’ tennis at Fort Wayne.
Mathews and Fillman defeated Zach Vessels and David Libbing 6-2, 6-0. As a team, the Knights are 12-3 overall and 4-2 in NHC matches.
Norwell won the junior varsity match 6-4 to remain 6-0 in NHC play. The Knights are 14-2 overall.

HOMESTEAD 4, NORWELL 1
At Fort Wayne
VARSITY SINGLES: Connor Andrews (H) d. Reid Imel 6-1, 6-1; Austin Overlander (H) d. Kyle Isch 6-1, 6-1; Michael Thompson (H) d. Tanner Bowen 6-1, 6-4.
VARSITY DOUBLES: Ross Mathews/Kyle Fillman (N) d. Zach Vessels/David Libbing 6-2, 6-0; Alex Shin/Tanner Crandall (H) d. Tanner Mathews/Brandon Taylor 6-2, 6-1.
NORWELL 6, HOMESTEAD 4
JV SINGLES: Michael Peters (H) d. Mitchell Wilson 8-2; Michael Haffner (H) d. Tyler Smith 8-3; Drew Shively (N) d. Emmett Elizondo 8-7 (7-3), Jake Price (N) d. Ryan Stephens 6-1; Damon Gerber (N) d. Drew Zimmerman 6-1; Luke Hunter (N) d. Christian Meintel 6-3.
JV DOUBLES: Mitch Gray/Joey Shin (H) d. Price/Gerber 8-2; Andy Stumpf/Steven Cookley (H) d. Hunter/Jordan Dickey 8-6; Wilson/Smith (N) d. Ross Johnson/Alec Cunningham 6-0; Shively/Dickey (N) d. Jacob Yankosky/Habib Hussain 6-1.

Eagles sweep Norwell spikers
Columbia City defeated the Norwell Knights 3-0 in volleyball on Tuesday at Columbia City.
The Eagles won the Northeast Hoosier Conference match in games of 25-23, 25-21, 25-21. The Knights’ record slipped to 13-7 overall and 0-2 in NHC action.
Lauren Klansek led the Knights with 18 kills, one ace, 12 digs and two blocks. Olivia Geiger added five kills, Jessica Louison four, Amanda McAfee three and Catrina Zepke one. Elizabeth Ault and McAfee each had two aces. Laken Chaney had 23 assists. Chaney and Geiger each had one ace. Ault also had 15 digs.

Jets strike down Bluffton spikers
Adams Central topped Bluffton 3-0 in Allen County Athletic Conference volleyball action Tuesday night at Monroe.
The Jets (10-5), who are 4-1 in the ACAC, won the games 25-16, 27-25, 25-17.
Bluffton’s Maggie Garrett had eight kills, two assists, one ace and four digs. Kara Fiechter had four kills, eight assists, one ace and four digs. Natasha Patterson had three kills, eight digs and 1.5 blocks. Felicia Prible and Gina Eisenhut each had two kills. Eisenhut also had one block and two digs. Megan Evans had seven assists. Shelby Taylor had one kill, one assist and one dig. Sammy Gilliam had four digs.
Adams Central won the junior varsity match 25-15, 25-4.

8th-grade Crusaders dump Bellmont
The Norwell 8th-grade football team defeated Bellmont 30-6 Tuesday night at the Courtyard to push its season record to 3-1.
Jake Aschliman scampered 48 yards on the opening drive to put the Crusaders ahead for good. Reggie Hayes found Jeremy Davis for a 13-yard touchdown pass later in the quarter.
Piercen Harnish bulldozed for a 22-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. In the third quarter, Hayes found Davis again with a 19-yard TD pass. Nathan Allison converted on two PAT kicks, while Davis made another PAT conversion kick later in the game.
Other outstanding plays on offense came from Chandler Shady who caught two Jace Geiger passes. Geiger also connected with Ashton McCune for a 27-yard pass play. Other nice runs on offense came from Andrew Oakes, Anthony Richard, Adam Nahrwold and Jay-Ar Kobryn. The offensive line, consisting of Michael Barnes, Caleb Hartman, Hunter Lazarek, Dalton Cochran and Brandon Norman, also were praised by the coaches.
Oakes was the big hitter on defense as he recovered a fumble and recorded a quarterback sack. Other QB sacks were posted by Nahrwold and Davis. Additional big hitters on defense were Nathaniel Mayer, Geiger, McCune, Allison, Richard and Harnish.

Crusader spikers lose two matches
Maple Creek defeated the 7th-grade Crusaders’ volleyball team 25-18, 25-20 on Tuesday.
Quinn Shelton had one ace and one kill. Jessica VandenBoom had one assist. Stephanie Stronczek had two aces and a dig. Mackenzie Sawyer had an ace.
On Monday, the Crusaders lost to Adams Central 25-9, 25-15. Makayla Tipton and Stronczek each had two aces.

Ramseyer leads SW Jr. High girls
The Southern Wells Junior High School girls’ cross country team scored a double victory Tuesday over Garrett and Woodlan at Woodburn. The Raiders beat Woodlan 15-50 and Garrett 17-48.
Sam Ramseyer led the Raiders by winning the girls’ 3,000-meter race in 12:23. Other finishers for the Raiders were: 2. Meghan Yencer; 3. Chloe Maddox; 4. Autumn Stevens; 7. Shelby Skidmore; 8. Timber Tucker; 9. Brooke Penrod; 11. Chloe Elam; 12. Jordan Sills; 13. Tori Wiese; 16 Kennedy Rhodes; 21. Mikayla Oswalt.
Paul Renner was second for the Southern Wells’ boys in 11:55. Wyatt Maddox was third and Ian Klowetter 10th.

Sign up now for Future Tigers
Registrations are being taken for the Bluffton Future Tigers basketball program for boys in grades 3-6. Forms are available in the Bluffton High School office and must be returned by Oct. 1. Cost is $25, which includes a shirt. The league runs on Saturdays from Oct. 23 to Dec. 18. For more information, call coach Kevin Leising at 824-3724.

Fan appreciation at Montpelier track
Montpelier Motor Speedway will be hosting fan appreciation night on Saturday. General admission tickets will be $5 each. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Moss, Gerbers lead senior golfers
Jerry Moss and Dennis Gerbers were the low individual scorers for the Tuesday Men’s Senior Golf League at Green Valley Golf Course in Bluffton.
Moss had the low gross score of 38 and Gerbers the low net score of 29. Paul Perry, Bob Trussel, Jack Decker, Bill Amburn and Gerbers were members of the winning team. Joe Gilbert was closest-to-the-pin winner and Joe Baur made the longest putt.

I.U. to play Franklin in exhibition
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana will play Franklin College in a men’s basketball exhibition game Nov. 3.
The Hoosiers have not played Franklin since 1935-36, but coach Tom Crean said in a statement Tuesday that he thought it was important to schedule games with nearby schools.
It will the first time the Grizzlies play an exhibition game against a modern-day Division I program, and the game will be streamed on the Internet at Bigtennetwork.com.
The Hoosiers are scheduled to play another in-state school, Evansville, on Nov. 21. They open the season Nov. 12 against Florida Gulf Coast.

BHS Volleyball











News-Banner Intern Marci Mettler captured some great shots at the recent Bluffton High School girls' volleyball game.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bluffton High School Tennis
















News-banner Intern Marci Mettler shot some awesome photos of the Bluffton Boys Tennis players match. There is a complete photo album posted on our News-Banner fan page and a few more here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Monday, Sept. 20
BOYS TENNIS: Bluffton at Adams Central, 4:30 p.m.
BOYS SOCCER: Norwell at DeKalb, 5 p.m.
GIRLS SOCCER: DeKalb at Norwell, 5 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Lakewood Park Christian at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.
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Tuesday, Sept. 21
BOYS TENNIS: Norwell at Homestead, 4:30 p.m.
CROSS COUNTRY: Bluffton at South Adams, 5 p.m.; Southern Wells at Woodlan, 5 p.m.
BOYS SOCCER: Norwell at Heritage, 5 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Bluffton at Adams Central, 6 p.m.; Leo at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; Norwell at Columbia City, 6:15 p.m.
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Wednesday, Sept. 22
GIRLS SOCCER: Norwell at FW Wayne, 5 p.m.
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Thursday, Sept. 23
BOYS TENNIS: Carroll at Norwell, 4:30 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Bluffton at Eastbrook, 6 p.m.; Norwell at DeKalb, 6:15 p.m.
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Friday, Sept. 24
BOYS TENNIS: ACAC at Adams Central, 5 p.m.
FOOTBALL: Norwell at East Noble, 7 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Norwell spikers
split matches
The Norwell girls’ volleyball team split a pair of matches Saturday at the Tippecanoe Valley Tournament at Akron.
The Knights (13-6) defeated Kankakee Valley 25-11, 25-17 and lost to Knox 25-15, 25-19.
Amanda McAfee had seven kills to lead Norwell’s hitting against Kankakee Valley. Lauren Klansek had four and Jessica Louison three. Klansek also had four digs and two block assists. Louison had six digs and one block assist. Laken Chaney had 11 set assists and seven digs. Elizabeth Ault also had four digs.
Klansek had five kills against Knox, while McAfee had three and Louison two. Klansek also had two solo blocks. Olivia Geiger and Ault each had eight digs. McAfee had four digs and Louison two. Chaney had 12 assists and three digs.

Trine’s Thunder
improves to 3-0
RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Trine scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to defeat Wisconsin-River Falls 35-14 Saturday in NCAA Div. III college football.
JaVontae Hence had four receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns for the No. 17 Thunder (3-0). He also ran 10 times for 107 yards.
Eric Watt, a 2010 Gagliardi Trophy candidate, connected on 11 of 17 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 89 yards on 14 carries.
The Thunder compiled 515 yards of total offense, including 313 yards rushing. Wisconsin-River Falls (0-3) tallied 270 yards of offense.
Aaron Selking, who graduated from Adams Central, led the Thunder with 11 tackles and broke up one pass play.

Sign up for Squires Basketball League
Any girl or boy in grades 3-6 in the Northern Wells Community School district may register for the Norwell Squires Basketball League by Friday, Oct. 1. Registration forms have been distributed to all schools. Games will be held on Saturdays in the Norwell High School auxiliary gym beginning Oct. 30. For further information, please call girls’ varsity basketball coach Eric Thornton at 543-2213 (ext. 7233) or boys’ varsity basketball coach Randy Hawkins (ext. 7235).

Middle school Tigers
run at Bellmont
The Bluffton Middle School girls’ cross country team was second last Thursday in a meet at Decatur.
Bellmont beat the Tigers 15-50, while Adams Central had an incomplete score because it did not have enough competitors.
Ashley Smith was eighth in the 3,000-meter race for Bluffton in 14:35. Morgan Huffman was 11th in 15:07, Krysten Mossburg 12th in 15:15 and Brynn Yonker 14th in 15:41. Haley Craig was clocked in 18:08, Danielle Lambert in 19:10 and Chelsea Dove in 19:47.
In the boys’ meet, Bellmont was first with 29 points. Adams Central had 32 points and Bluffton 66.
Jared Reckard was sixth for Bluffton in 11:56. Eli Kitt was 11th in 13:03 and Colton Anderson 14th in 13:13.

CCC reunion at McCormick’s Creek SP, Oct. 9

Indiana DNR Release:

Veterans of the Civilian Conservation Corps will be honored at McCormick’s Creek State Park, Oct. 9, with an Indiana statewide reunion.

The day’s events will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the park’s nature center and the Beech Grove shelter house.

CCC veterans and their families are invited for all activities at the park’s nature center. A picnic lunch will be served at noon at the Beechgrove shelter house, followed by a reunion photograph. CCC veterans will receive a free lunch; family member cost is $5 per person. Reservations for the lunch must be made by Sept. 29.

For information on the reunion, or to register a CCC veteran for the event, contact Vicki Basman, chief of interpretation, at (317) 690-6566 or vbasman@dnr.IN.gov.

Attendance is free; however, the usual state park daily weekend gate fee of $5 per in-state vehicle or $7 for out-of-state vehicle applies.

Indiana receives federal grant to assess prehistoric earthworks

Indiana DNR Release:

The State of Indiana has received a federal matching grant of $180,454 to compile existing information from numerous sources on more than 1,000 prehistoric mound and earthwork archaeological sites throughout the state.

These earthen structures were constructed for ritual and ceremonial purposes by indigenous peoples roughly from 4000 B.C. to 1650 A.D. Despite their size, they are very fragile and highly endangered cultural resources that have been diminished, damaged, and even destroyed by erosion, agricultural practices, looting and development.

Earthworks take a variety of forms, most notably “mounds” that are piles of earth and “enclosures” that are often round or rectangular mounded banks enclosing a large central space. Many enclosures range from 100 to 400 feet across. Earthworks may exist in close proximity to each other in groupings or “complexes,” such as at Angel Mounds State Historic Site near Evansville, or they may appear as solitary features on the landscape.

Earthworks were the first type of archaeological site recognized in Indiana, and they have been studied for nearly 200 years. Information about Indiana’s prehistoric earthworks exists in a variety of forms, including historic sketches, maps, and notes by avocational archaeologists, historic photographs, geological surveys, books, newspaper clippings, aerial photographs, and site forms and technical reports resulting from formal archaeological surveys and investigations.

These records reside in a wide variety of locations, including with various State agencies, libraries and archives, university repositories, and avocational archaeology groups. The main goal of this grant project is to compile as much information as possible about Indiana’s mounds and earthworks in a central research database maintained by the DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. The research database will be available to qualified professional archaeologists.

“Gathering this vast body of archaeological information in one place will aid the study of prehistoric earthworks, increase our understanding and enhance our ability to protect and preserve these irreplaceable cultural resources,” said Robert E. Carter Jr., Indiana’s state historic preservation officer and director of the DNR.

After compiling the information into a database, researchers will prepare a technical report that summarizes the extent of earthworks in each county, prioritizes recommendations for further study, and identifies sites that may be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Researchers will also create a website to educate the public about these resources. The website will promote earthworks on public lands that the public can visit, such as Mounds State Park near Anderson.

This grant from the Preserve America Program was provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

Friday, September 17, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Friday, Sept. 17
FOOTBALL: Garrett at Bluffton, 7 p.m.; New Haven at Norwell, 7 p.m.; Southern Wells at Wes-Del, 7 p.m.
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Saturday, Sept. 18
GIRLS GOLF: IHSAA Sectional at Norwell (Timber Ridge), 9 a.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Bluffton, Southern Wells at Canterbury Tournament, 9 a.m.; Norwell at Tippecanoe Valley 4-way, 10 a.m.
CROSS COUNTRY: Norwell at Yorktown Invitational, 9 a.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Knights down Starfire golfers
Kristen Springer matched her score from Wednesday to lead the Norwell girls’ golf team to victory over South Adams at Timber Ridge Golf Club in Bluffton on Thursday afternoon.
Springer shot a 4-over-par 40 on the front nine and the Knights beat the Starfires 180-232. Hannah Porrata added a 44, while Megan Evans shot a 46. Cassie Herndon finished with a 50 and Kristine Morgan posted a 54.
Abbie Fisher topped the Starfires with a 52. Kristal All added a 56, Kristen Lehman a 58 and Sam Swartz a 66. Adrienne Pursley had a 74.
Norwell hosts the IHSAA sectional Saturday at 9 a.m. at Timber Ridge.

Norwell golfers win three-way meet
Kristen Springer and her Norwell teammates had a good tuneup for the girls’ golf sectional on Wednesday at Timber Ridge Golf Club.
Springer shot a 40 to lead the Knights to victory over Fort Wayne Bishop Luers and Fort Wayne North Side. Norwell finished with a team score of 182. Bishop Luers was next with 208 and North Side finished with a 232.
Megan Evans and Hannah Porrata each posted a 45 and Cassie Herndon shot a 52. Kristine Morgan also had a 58.
Bishop Luers was led by Alex Eagleson and Lexy Hamel each with a 49. Ashlyn Adams had a 51 for North Side.

Bluffton netmen tripped by SA
South Adams tripped the Bluffton Tigers 3-2 in Allen County Athletic Conference boys’ varsity tennis on Thursday.
Jackson Bates was a winner at No. 2 singles for the Tigers, while Chandler Okey and Michael Vanderkolk won at No. 1 doubles. Bluffton won the junior varsity match 6-4.

SOUTH ADAMS 3, BLUFFTON 2
At Bluffton
VARSITY SINGLES: Alex Huber (SA) d. Damon Kuhlenbeck 6-1, 6-2; Jackson Bates (B) d. Scott Hoeppner 6-4, 6-1; Mark Muselman (SA) d. Brendan Baumgartner 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4).
VARSITY DOUBLES: Chandler Okey/Michael Vanderkolk (B) d. Kegan Sprunger/Reid Zurcher 6-1, 6-2; Ian Frank/Derek Schwartz (SA) def. Zach Mezera/Alex Penrod 6-4, 6-4.
BLUFFTON 6, SOUTH ADAMS 4
JV SINGLES: Jon Steffen (SA) d. Nathaniel Clark 6-2; Matt Dann (B) d. Landon Lehman 6-3; Brayden Myers (SA) d. Alex Miller 6-0; Jake Garrett (B) d. Jon Steffen 6-1; Jackson Lambert (B) d. Landon Lehman 6-1; Trey Mettler (B) d. Brayden Myers 6-0.
JV DOUBLES: JD Tarr/Jared Rife (SA) d. Austin Okey/Carson Addington 6-4; Dylan Pierce/William Hicks (SA) d. Keith Cochran/Pavlos Panagiotidis 6-0; Luke Bertsch/Josh Buckland (B) d. Tarr/Rife 6-1; Jacob Antrim/Stephen Vanderkolk (B) d. Pierce/Hicks 6-4.

East Noble nips Norwell netmen
East Noble edged Norwell 3-2 in Northeast Hoosier Conference boys’ tennis Thursday at Kendallville to give Norwell its first conference loss.
Ross Mathews and Kyle Fillman remained undefeated at No. 1 doubles for Norwell. Tanner Bowen was a No. 3 singles winner for Norwell.
Norwell (12-2) is 4-1 in league matches. Norwell won the junior varsity match 5-0 to improve to 13-2.

EAST NOBLE 3, NORWELL 2
At Kendallville
VARSITY SINGLES: Kyle Johnson (EN) d. Reid Imel 7-5, 6-2; Matt Stallman (EN) d. Kyle Isch 6-2, 6-2; Tanner Bowen (N) d. Devin Wolf 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-0.
VARSITY DOUBLES: Ross Mathews/Kyle Fillman (N) d. Jeremy Mertz/Quinton Howell 6-3, 6-1; Chris Doyle/Grant Manon (EN) d. Tanner Mathews/Brandon Taylor 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
NORWELL 5, EAST NOBLE 0
JV SINGLES: Mitchell Wilson (N) d. Nathan Gerardot 8-6; Tyler Smith (N) d. Carl Kramer 8-3; Drew Shively (N) d. Aaron Dills 8-3.
JV DOUBLES: Jake Price/Damon Gerber (N) d. Ethan Wyatt/Nathan Manns 8-5; Luke Hunter/Jordan Dickey (N) d. David Mazzola/Josh Toles 8-3.

Carroll beats Norwell spikers
The Carroll Chargers defeated Norwell 3-0 in Northeast Hoosier Conference girls’ volleyball at Fort Wayne.
Carroll won the games 25-17, 25-14, 25-21. Lauren Prachar and Bree Anderson led the Chargers with 11 and 9 kills, respectively. Jenna Spadafora had 16 assists and Copeleigh Ortiz 12.
Jessica Louison had five kills and Olivia Geiger four. Amanda McAfee and Lauren Klansek each had three kills. Laken Chaney had 10 assists and Elizabeth Ault eight digs.
Carroll is 14-2 and 1-0 in the NHC. Norwell is 11-5 and 0-1.

Norwell falls in girls’ soccer
Bishop Luers defeated the Norwell girls’ soccer team 5-0 on Thursday at Norwell.
Mayson Whitman led Bishop Luers with two goals. Annie Whitman, Anna McNamara and Jennifer Lee each had one goal.
Norwell’s record slipped to 2-6-2.

Tailgate party before Bluffton game
Bluffton football fans are invited to a tailgate party before Friday’s game against Garrett at Fred F. Park Field. The party will be located in the parking lot near the practice field, starting at 5:45 p.m. Meat and table service will be provided. Fans should bring a dish to share.

Norwell tailgate party slated
Norwell football fans are invited to tailgate before Friday’s Homecoming game against New Haven from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Meat and table service will be provided. Money donations will be accepted. Please bring a dish to share.

8th-grade Crusaders lose 38-14
The Norwell 8th-grade football team lost 38-14 to Maple Creek on Tuesday at the Courtyard.
The Crusaders (2-1) got touchdowns from Jake Aschliman and Adam Nahrwold, while Jeremy Davis converted a PAT kick. Reggie Hayes completed eight passes to Piercen Harnish to spark the offense. Harnish also threw a 40-yard pass to Davis.
On defense, Nahrwold recovered a big fumble in the first half. Other outstanding plays on defense came from Nathan Allison, Anthony Richard, Andrew Oakes, Ashton McCune, Jace Geiger, Davis and Harnish.

Tigers, Raiders split in MS volleyball
Bluffton and Southern Wells split their volleyball matches Thursday. The Southern Wells 7th-graders won in three games 21-25, 25-21, 15-5, while the Bluffton 8th-graders won in three 25-13, 21-25, 15-13.
Morgan Corle and Emma Thompson each had two kills for the 8th-grade Tigers. Erin McKinley, Lauren Stauffer and Autumn Kelgone each had one kill. Corle also had three aces. Ashton Perry had two aces, while Thompson and Stauffer each had one ace.
Kaytlin Hart had two aces for the Bluffton 7th-graders. Sydney Longenberger had one ace and Sara Baumgartner had one kill.

Middle School Cross Country
BOYS
3,000 Meters
ADAMS CENTRAL 19, BLUFFTON 39, WOODLAN Incomplete
1. Gavin Kaehr (AC) 10:56; 2. Jared Reckard (B) 11:47; 3. Calvin Isch (AC) 11:52; 4. Tucker Miller (AC) 12:22; 5. Andy Oliver (AC) 12:39; 6. Aaron Kaehr (AC) 12:47; 7. Chance Anderson (B) 12:50; 8. Austin Roemer (W) 13:08; 9. Kevin Moser (B) 13:23; 10. Tad Makowski (B) 13:25; 11. Eli Kitt (B) 13:49; 12. Colton Anderson (B) 13:57; 13. Logan Hanni (AC) 14:17; 14. Bailey Coyne (AC) 14:42; 15. Justin Chamberlin (AC) 15:01; 16. Tyler Kitson (W) 16:25.

GIRLS
3,000 Meters
BLUFFTON 25, ADAMS CENTRAL Incomplete, WOODLAN Incomplete
1. Ashley Smith (B) 15:07; 2. Morgan Huffman (B) 15:22; 3. Baily Liter (AC) 15:32; 4. Brynn Yonker (B) 15:41; 5. Olivia Funk (W) 16:12; 6. Josie Jeannotti (W) 16:14; 7. Randi Bebout (AC) 17:01; 8. Haley Craig (B) 17:06; 9. McKenzie Barger (AC) 17:58; 10. Danielle Lambert (B) 21:00; 11. Zoe Lowden (W) 21:28; 12. Madie McSwain (AC) 22:53; 13. Chelsea Dove (B) 23:43; 14. Kayla Reidenbach (W) 24:42.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Thursday, Sept. 16
BOYS TENNIS: South Adams at Bluffton, 4:30 p.m.; Norwell at East Noble, 5 p.m.
GIRLS GOLF: Southern Wells at Bellmont, 4:30 p.m.; South Adams at Norwell, 4:30 p.m.
GIRLS SOCCER: FW Bishop Luers at Norwell, 5 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Bluffton at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; Norwell at Carroll, 6:15 p.m.
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Friday, Sept. 17
FOOTBALL: Garrett at Bluffton, 7 p.m.; New Haven at Norwell, 7 p.m.; Southern Wells at Wes-Del, 7 p.m.
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Saturday, Sept. 18
GIRLS TENNIS: IHSAA Sectional at Norwell (Timber Ridge), 9 a.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Bluffton, Southern Wells at Canterbury Tournament, 9 a.m.; Norwell at Tippecanoe Valley 4-way, 10 a.m.
CROSS COUNTRY: Norwell at Yorktown Invitational, 9 a.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Leo, South Adams win ACAC
cross country meets at SW
The Leo girls’ cross country team defeated Southern Wells and South Adams on Tuesday at Southern Wells.
Leo beat South Adams 21-38 and the Raiders 17-45. South Adams defeated the Raiders 19-39 in the Allen County Athletic Conference double dual meet.
The South Adams boys’ team scored a double victory. The Starfires downed the Raiders 15-48 and Leo 18-39. Leo beat the Raiders 19-42.
Leo’s Lauren Hamilton won the girls’ 5,000-meter race in 20:47. Samantha Rhodes was sixth for Southern Wells in 22:00. Ivy Maddox was next for the Raiders, placing 12th in 23:18. Josie Rhodes was 16th in 24:57, Kaylie McCammon 17th in 25:24 and Carissa Carter 18th in 25:36. Jenna Smith was third for South Adams in 21:40.
South Adams’ Eric Isch won the boys’ 5K in 17:33, followed by teammate Evan Liechty in 18:06. Leo’s John Daymeyer was third in 18:08. Clayton Hamilton was 8th for the Raiders in 19:37. Taylor Thompson was 13th in 19:50, Kyle Penrod 19th in 20:55, Matt Taylor 22nd in 21:08, Gage Minniear 26th in 21:46, Lance Oswalt 29th in 22:45 and Zach Green 30th in 22:50.

Bruins beat Knights in boys’ soccer
Pone Xayyachack scored two goals to lead the Northrop Bruins to a 3-1 victory over Norwell in boys’ soccer on Wednesday at Norwell.
Jaron Moser scored a second-half goal for Norwell (5-6). Justin Eberle was Norwell’s goalkeeper.

Summit edges Woodside runners
Sarah Bauermeister and Sara DeVoe led the Norwell Crusaders Wednesday in a middle school girls’ cross country meet at Norwell. Bauermeister was fifth in the 3,000-meter race in 13:02 and DeVoe sixth in 13:08.
Summit and Woodside battled to a tie with 36 points, but Summit broke the tie by the finish of its sixth runner. Norwell tallied 54 points.
Other Norwell finishers were: 11. Hannah Aschliman 13:29; 14. Heather Phillips 13:45; 18. Monica Frauhiger 13:56; 19. Abby Springer 13:58; 20. Halley Edington 14:21.

Norwell 7th-graders come up short
Maple Creek defeated the Norwell 7th-grade football team 36-20 on Tuesday.
Norwell’s Hunter Ingle scored on a 77-yard pass play from Bray Wilson. Cody More returned a kickoff 75 yards. Danny Bullock scored on a four-yard pass from Carson Gerber.
Other offensive standouts were Zach Kintz, Austin Miller, Brody Myers, Conner Nash, Avery Taylor and Kieran Vieth. The defense was led by Trevor Eichler, Jaron Stoppenhagen, Kaleb Johnson, Chase McGrew and Chandler Schoeff.

Tailgate party before Bluffton game
Bluffton football fans are invited to a tailgate party before Friday’s game against Garrett at Fred F. Park Field. The party will be located in the parking lot near the practice field, starting at 5:45 p.m. Meat and table service will be provided. Fans should bring a dish to share.

Norwell tailgate party slated
Norwell football fans are invited to tailgate before Friday’s Homecoming game against New Haven from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Meat and table service will be provided. Money donations will be accepted. Please bring a dish to share.

Buy Bluffton-SW tickets Friday
Tickets for the Bluffton football game against Southern Wells at Ball State on Sept. 25 will be on sale Friday night at the Tigers’ Fall Festival at Fred F. Park Field.
The tickets will be sold for a special discount price of $8 at the merchandise tent at the ticket entrance. Game time at Muncie is 10 a.m.
Friday’s game begins at 7 p.m. and the king and queen will be crowned at halftime.
New Bluffton merchandise, such as long sleeve T-shirts, hoodies and caps, will be available at the tent.

Sign up for Squires Basketball League
Any girl or boy in grades 3-6 in the Northern Wells Community School district may register for the Norwell Squires Basketball League by Friday, Oct. 1. Registration forms have been distributed to all schools. Games will be held on Saturdays in the Norwell High School auxiliary gym beginning Oct. 30. For further information, call girls’ varsity basketball coach Eric Thornton at 543-2213 (ext. 7233) or boys’ varsity basketball coach Randy Hawkins (ext. 7235).

NIU transfer eligible to play for ISU
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State says transfer Darion Anderson has been granted a waiver by the NCAA to play his final season with the Cyclones.
Anderson, a 6-foot-2 guard, played three seasons after redshirting for Northern Illinois and scored 1,152 points.
Anderson graduated from Northern Illinois and is enrolled in graduate school at Iowa State.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Shoot at Hoosier Outdoor Experience, Sept. 18-19

Take a shot at a potential new hobby at the Hoosier Outdoor Experience.

The second-annual free hands-on event is Sept. 18-19, at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.

One of the six areas offered for guest participation is shooting sports.

The activity is sponsored in part by a $10,000 grant to the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation from the Indiana Friends of the National Rifle Association. This is the second consecutive year the group has underwritten the shooting-sports area. Participants will be able to shoot a .22-caliber rifle and a shotgun at targets.

Last year, 5,100 children and adults learned gun safety and shot a pellet gun or shotgun under expert supervision. Many were shooting for the first time. Overall, 13,300 children and adults participated in the Hoosier Outdoor Experience.

“Rarely have I seen such enthusiasm for a program from our members,” said John Crone, former NRA field representative for Indiana. “We cannot wait to provide the opportunity for thousands to learn about firearm safety and target shooting again this year.”

Steve Teutsch, current NRA field representative for Indiana, said he anticipates similar results.

“I’m looking forward to working Indiana with programs like this that introduce firearms and safety to kids from all walks of life,” Teutsch said.

Other opportunities to take aim include archery and bowfishing, which is just what it sounds like, fishing with a bow and arrow. At the Experience, bowfishers will shoot at an artificial target. They will be able to reel in their “catch” or the arrow with the reel provided on the bow.

The shooting-sports area is one of many free Outdoor Experiences at this family-friendly event. The other areas are aquatics, cultural, equestrian, outdoors and wildlife. Shuttles will take participants from area to area.

Parking, admission, activities, demonstrations and seminars at the Hoosier Outdoor Experience are free to the public, but online advance registration is requested to assist with planning/staffing. To register or learn more, go to hoosieroutdoorexperience.IN.gov and click on the orange registration icon. Watch for event updates there or on Facebook at Facebook.com/HoosierOutdoorExperience

The Hoosier Outdoor Experience is presented by the DNR and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation. The goal is to introduce people to outdoor activities they may have never tried.

Friends of the NRA is a grassroots, fund-raising program organized by local volunteers. Since the program’s inception in 1993, it has funded thousands of local projects that include youth education efforts, firearms training, and conservation projects.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Bluffton netters down Leo
The Bluffton Tigers won two singles matches and both doubles matches Tuesday to defeat the Leo Lions 4-1 in Allen County Athletic Conference boys’ varsity tennis at Leo-Cedarville.
In the junior varsity action, the Tigers won 5-0.

BLUFFTON 4, LEO 1
At Leo-Cedarville
VARSITY SINGLES: Damon Kuhlenbeck (B) def. Justin Piniero 6-1, 6-4; Jackson Bates (B) def. Mason Heller 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4; Nick San Giucomo (L) def. Brendan Baumgartner 6-0, 6-2.
VARSITY DOUBLES: Chandler Okey/Michael Vanderkolk (B) def. Kyle Dillon/James Hevel 6-1, 7-6 (7-0); Zach Mezera/Alex Penrod (B) def. Alex Busse/Chase Ringwood 6-2, 6-0.
BLUFFTON 5, LEO 0
JUNIOR VARSITY SINGLES: Jake Garrett def. Clayton Westerman 8-3; Jackson Lambert def. John Fenker 8-0; Trey Mettler def. Matt DeWeese 8-6.
JUNIOR VARSITY DOUBLES: Josh Buckland/Dillon Myers def. Derek Marks/Riley Stuart 8-2; Jacob Antrim/Stephen Vanderkolk def. Clayton Westerman/Andy Wilder 8-1.

Norwell netmen
defeat Bulldogs
Norwell’s tennis doubles teams kept their undefeated records intact Tuesday as the Knights defeated the New Haven Bulldogs 4-1 in a Northeast Hoosier Conference match at Norwell.
The Knights (12-1) also picked up wins at No. 1 and No. 3 singles to up their NHC record to 4-0. The junior varsity Knights (12-2) whipped the Bulldogs 10-0.

NORWELL 4, NEW HAVEN 1
At Norwell
VARSITY SINGLES: Reid Imel (N) d. Zach Shultz 6-0, 6-0; Logan Ramsey (NH) d. Kyle Isch 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; Tanner Bowen (N) d. Tyler Purvis 6-2, 6-3.
VARSITY DOUBLES: Ross Mathews/Kyle Fillman (N) d. Landon Flory/Drew Sauer 6-0, 6-0; Tanner Mathews/Brandon Taylor (N) d. Reeves Shumaker/Luke Shoemaker 6-1, 6-1.
NORWELL 10, NEW HAVEN 0
JV SINGLES: Mitchell Wilson (N) 8-2; Tyler Smith (N) 8-3; Jake Price (N) 8-3; Damon Gerber (N) 6-0, Jordan Dickey (N) 6-2, Luke Hunter (N) 6-2.
JV DOUBLES: Hunter/Shively (N) 8-6; Gerber/Dickey (N) 8-3; Wilson/Price (N) 6-0; Smith/Shively (N) 6-1.

Woodlan spikers top Tigers
Stephanie Oberlin and Burgundy Price helped the Woodlan Warriors defeat the Bluffton Tigers 3-0 in Allen County Athletic Conference volleyball action Tuesday at Bluffton.
The Warriors (8-2) won the games 25-8, 25-22, 25-10. Woodlan raised its ACAC mark to 3-0.
Oberlin and Price each had six kills. Amy Potter added four kills and Tori Bontrager three. Oberlin also had six service aces and Price also had three aces. Tricia Sieger added 13 assists and two aces. Price also had eight digs. Rachel Sowles added seven digs and Amy Potter six digs.

Sign up for Squires Basketball League
Any girl or boy in grades 3-6 in the Northern Wells Community School district may register for the Norwell Squires Basketball League by Friday, Oct. 1. Registration forms have been distributed to all schools. Games will be held on Saturdays in the Norwell High School auxiliary gym beginning Oct. 30. For further information, please call girls’ varsity basketball coach Eric Thornton at 543-2213 (ext. 7233) or boys’ varsity basketball coach Randy Hawkins (ext. 7235).

Tailgate party before Bluffton game
Bluffton football fans are invited to a tailgate party before Friday’s game against Garrett at Fred F. Park Field. The party will be located in the parking lot near the practice field, starting at 5:45 p.m. Meat and table service will be provided. Fans should bring a dish to share.

Norwell tailgate party slated
Norwell football fans are invited to tailgate before Friday’s Homecoming game against New Haven from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Meat and table service will be provided. Money donations will be accepted. Please bring a dish to share. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Southern Wells girls
race to ACAC victories
The Southern Wells Junior High School girls’ cross country team posted two Allen County Athletic Conference victories Tuesday night on their home course.
The Raiders beat Leo 21-38 and South Adams 20-39.
Sam Ramseyer led the Raiders by winning the 3,000-meter girls’ race in 12:42. Meghan Yencer was second, Chloe Maddox fifth, Autumn Stevens seventh and Shelby Skidmore 11th. Timber Tucker was 12th, Brooke Penrod 13th, Chloe Elam 17th, Tori Wiese 19th, Jordan Sills 21st and Kennedy Rhodes 23rd.
The Raiders’ boys team only had four runners and lost to Leo and South Adams. However, Paul Renner won the 3K race for the Raiders in 12:07 and Wyatt Maddox was second. Ian Klowetter placed 13th and Ian Abney 20th.

8th-grade Tigers
turn back Woodlan spikers
The Bluffton 8th-grade volleyball team defeated Woodlan 25-23, 25-8 on Tuesday. Erin McKinley had two kills for the Tigers. Kennedy Johnson, Morgan Corle, Ashton Perry and Lauren Stauffer each had one kill. Johnson, Corle and Siera Gregg each had two service aces. Emma Thompson and Perry each had one ace.

Leo spikes 8th-grade Tigers
Leo defeated the Bluffton 8th-graders 25-11, 25-24 in volleyball. Lauren Stauffer and Erin McKinley each had three kills for the Bluffton Tigers. Kennedy Johnson had two kills and one ace. Morgan Corle had one kill and Ashton Perry each had one ace.

Riverview runs past Tigers
Riverview defeated the Bluffton Middle School cross country teams Monday at Bluffton. Riverview won the boys’ meet 22-35 and the girls’ meet 21-41. Bluffton’s Jared Reckard was second in the boys’ 3,000-meter race in 12:01. Chance Anderson was sixth in 13:15, Colton Anderson seventh in 13:21 and Eli Kitt eighth in 13:22. In the girls’ race, Ashley Smith was third in 14:52 and Krysten Mossburg fourth in 14:54.

High School Sports Calendar

Wednesday, Sept. 15
GIRLS GOLF: Norwell 3-way, 4:30 p.m.
BOYS SOCCER: FW Northrop at Norwell, 5 p.m.
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Thursday, Sept. 16
BOYS TENNIS: South Adams at Bluffton, 4:30 p.m.; Norwell at East Noble, 5 p.m.
GIRLS GOLF: Southern Wells at Bellmont, 4:30 p.m.; South Adams at Norwell, 4:30 p.m.
GIRLS SOCCER: FW Bishop Luers at Norwell, 5 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Bluffton at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; Norwell at Carroll, 6:15 p.m.
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Friday, Sept. 17
FOOTBALL: Garrett at Bluffton, 7 p.m.; New Haven at Norwell, 7 p.m.; Southern Wells at Wes-Del, 7 p.m.
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Saturday, Sept. 18
GIRLS TENNIS: IHSAA Sectional at Norwell (Timber Ridge), 9 a.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Bluffton, Southern Wells at Canterbury Tournament, 9 a.m.; Norwell at Tippecanoe Valley 4-way, 10 a.m.
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Environmental Assessment for Indiana land exchange available for public comment

Indiana DNR Release:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Park Service (NPS), in coordination with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Military Department of Indiana (MDI), are seeking comments from the public on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for an exchange that would transfer 1,250 acres at Atterbury Fish and Wildlife area from the IDNR to the MDI. To compensate the IDNR as required by the Pittman-Robertson Act and other Federal laws, the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) would transfer 1,990 acres near Putnamville to IDNR as replacement.

The FWS and NPS have determined that the Putnamville land has equal or better recreational, wildlife and appraised value; therefore the exchange could be approved after all compliance documents have been received and the public has had an opportunity to review the EA. The draft EA evaluates the proposed action and a “no action” alternative as required under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Under the preferred alternative, the IDOC would transfer 1,990 acres of land to IDNR to replace the 1,250 acres at Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area that IDNR would transfer to MDI. MDI will use the area for barracks and office buildings. The IDNR management buildings would continue to be used by IDNR for management at Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area until they are replaced with equal facilities using funding other than sport license fees and federal grants under the Pittman-Robertson Act. The 1,990 acres in Putnam County would be named Deer Creek Fish and Wildlife Area and be open to the public for hunting, fishing and other wildlife dependent activities in late 2010 or early 2011.

Print and compact disk (CD) copies of the EA may be obtained from Abbey Kucera, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1 Federal Drive, Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building, Fort Snelling MN 55111, or by calling 612-713-5150, or emailing R3FedAid@fws.gov. An electronic copy may be downloaded at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/News/release.cfm?rid=278.

Written comments on the EA may be submitted to Abbey Kucera by mail or email at the above addresses during the public review period from September 13 to 28, 2010.

For more information on the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program visit www.fws.gov/midwest/FederalAid/.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.