Sports and Outdoors

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Tuesday, Nov. 30
SWIMMING: Jay County at Bluffton, 5:30 p.m.; Norwell at Carroll, 5:30 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Mississinewa, 6 p.m.; FW Wayne at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 2
SWIMMING: Bluffton at Muncie Southside, 5:30 p.m.; Norwell at Marion, 5:30 p.m.
WRESTLING: Woodlan at Bluffton, 6:30 p.m.; Heritage at Southern Wells, 6:30 p.m.; New Haven at Norwell, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 3
BOYS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at South Adams, 6 p.m.; Adams Central at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; Norwell at Whitko, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4
SWIMMING: Bluffton at Marion Relays, 9 a.m.
WRESTLING: Southern Wells at Frankton 6-way, 9 a.m.; Norwell at Huntington North Invitational, 9 a.m.
JV WRESTLING: Southern Wells at FW Bishop Dwenger Invitational, 8:30 a.m.; Norwell at DeKalb C-Team Invitational, 9:30 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Southern Wells, noon; Norwell at Homestead, noon.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Jay County at Bluffton, 6 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Bluffton freshmen sink Canterbury
The Bluffton Tigers’ freshman boys’ basketball team defeated Fort Wayne Canterbury 33-30 on Monday night at Fort Wayne.
Jake Garrett led the Tigers with 9 points and Josh Streveler followed with 8. Kaben Kinsey and Austin Brigner each pumped in 6 points. Colton Ames contributed 3 and Malcolm Marshall 1.

Rupright earns state recognition
Norwell junior Jessica Rupright was selected as one of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/Pacers-Fever Players of the Week for Nov. 22-27.
Rupright just missed a school record when she scored 33 points in the Knights’ 65-55 victory over Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran last week. The 6-2 junior center made 10 of 14 shots and 12 of 16 free throws for the Class 3A No. 1-ranked girls’ team. The Miami of Ohio recruit also had eight rebounds.

Bluffton girls top South Adams
The Bluffton Middle School girls’ basketball teams swept South Adams in two games Monday. The 7th-grade Tigers beat the Starfires 22-7 and the 8th-graders came away with a 21-20 victory.
Whitney Green and Shannon Penrod each had 6 points for the 7th-grade Tigers. Kendall Mechling, Sydney Longenberger, Caitlin Krider and Katie Geimer each had 2 points. Kaytlin Hart and Branda Bywater each had 1.
Erin McKinley netted 7 points to pace the 8th-grade Tigers (5-1, 2-0 Allen County Athletic Conference). Emma Thompson tallied 6 and Janean Steffen 4. Kaitlyn Schriver and Lauren Brinneman each had 2 points.

Bluffton boys run over Starfires
Bluffton Middle School’s boys’ basketball teams routed the South Adams Starfires Monday. The 7th-grade Tigers won 47-17, while the 8th-graders won 49-28.
Garrett Walburn had 7 points for the 7th-grade Tigers. Desmond Carter added 4, Trae Jojola 11, Grant Prible 6, Kenny Patterson 6, Aaron Sturgeon 4, Dakota Flowers 2 and Jacob Ehle 7.
Ethan Mygrant had 4 points for the 8th-grade Tigers. Kobie Lucabaugh had 10, Ethan Kitt 2, Jacob Wenger 6, James Spera 6, Noah Antrim 6, Dane Hoffman 2, Javon Morgan 8, Kohl Buskirk 4 and Andrew Hunter 1.

Bluffton football banquet scheduled
The Bluffton football program invites players, parents and friends to its 2010 Iron Man football banquet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the high school cafetorium. The main dish, beverages and table service will be provided. Carry-in food assignments are as follows: freshman – appetizers; sophomores – salads; juniors – side dishes; seniors – desserts. Dress casual, but all team members must wear a collared shirt and khaki dress pants.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Prible, Wilson assist Cougars
Former Wells County basketball rivals Megan Prible and Jenelle Wilson helped the University of Saint Francis women’s cagers defeat Bellarmine 74-68 to win the University of Southern Indiana Thanksgiving Classic in Evansville.
Prible, a Southern Wells graduate, scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds for the Cougars (7-1). Wilson, a 2010 Norwell product, netted 5 points.
The Cougars were led by Kayla Mullins with 25 points, while Amanda Pedro added 12 and Julie Seiss 11.

Bluffton football banquet scheduled
The Bluffton football program invites players, parents and friends to its 2010 Iron Man football banquet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the high school cafetorium. The main dish, beverages and table service will be provided. Carry-in food assignments are as follows: freshman – appetizers; sophomores – salads; juniors – side dishes; seniors – desserts. Dress casual, but all team members must wear a collared shirt and khaki dress pants.

High School Sports Calendar

Tuesday, Nov. 30
SWIMMING: Jay County at Bluffton, 5:30 p.m.; Norwell at Carroll, 5:30 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Mississinewa, 6 p.m.; FW Wayne at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 2
SWIMMING: Bluffton at Muncie Southside, 5:30 p.m.; Norwell at Marion, 5:30 p.m.
WRESTLING: Woodlan at Bluffton, 6:30 p.m.; Heritage at Southern Wells, 6:30 p.m.; New Haven at Norwell, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 3
BOYS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at South Adams, 6 p.m.; Adams Central at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; Norwell at Whitko, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4
SWIMMING: Bluffton at Marion Relays, 9 a.m.
WRESTLING: Southern Wells at Frankton 6-way, 9 a.m.; Norwell at Huntington North Invitational, 9 a.m.
JV WRESTLING: Southern Wells at FW Bishop Dwenger Invitational, 8:30 a.m.; Norwell at DeKalb C-Team Invitational, 9:30 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Southern Wells, noon; Norwell at Homestead, noon.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Jay County at Bluffton, 6 p.m.

Rainbow Lake 5K Results

Female
Overall Female: Camille Herron, 28, West Lafayette 17:40.9; Denise Conrad, 49, Decatur 19:46.
14 and under: Maddie Distelrath 21:42, Kara Seffernick 22:54, Hannah Coates 25:04, Aleesha Goodwin 26:08, Sydne Zuber 27:49, Lauren Smith 29:49, Saedie Hawbaker 30:02, Haddie Hawbaker 30:10, Lily Shane 31:14, Olivia Von Gunten 31:59, Chelsea Ford 32:48, Acacia Anderson 33:09, Sammi Dunno 35:17, Whitney Peterson 42:13, Sabrina Wright 53:29.
15-19: Allison Beitler 21:46, Alli Amstutz 23:16, Chelsea Poole 23:28, Karly Prichard 23:33, Kristen Muselman 23:57, Deserae Kirchhofer 25:58, Hannah Moore 26:16, Emily Miller 27:08, Jenna Smith 29:51, Sawyer Shane 29:52, Alexia Sparks 30:12, Tricia Crider 36:09.
20-29: Diana Fox 21:13, Jill Roughia 22:10, Stephanie Schuman 24:38, Rachel Sprunger 24:52, Jana Beitler 26:16, Madison Moore 26:16, Rachel Smith 30:27, Jill Akins 30:27, Mandy Hunley 30:29, Shannon Muselman 36:07, Tricia Schwartz 43:39, Rebecca Schwartz 43:49, Tara Matern 43:49.
30-39: Michelle Yoder 23:46, Lisa Mills 24:34, Kristen Pfeifer 24:40, Danette Von Gunten 25:25, Susie Huser 25:59, Stefanie Dubach 26:13, Cheryl Caffee 26:15, Sara Baker 27:42, Lori Bantz 27:54, Lisa McAfee 29:16, Jennifer Klug 29:56, Misty Saxman 33:35, Kristen Dee 34:35, Angie Mann 37:16, Ayron Oliver 37:56, Barb Kinder 42:45, Lisa Beck 42:48, Molly Anderson 44:14, Jennifer Emery 45:58, Tria Wright 53:29.
40-49: Sabrina Newland 24:42, Anita Lehman 26:48, Kris Blomenberg 28:07, Jolene Wynn 28:22, Joy Dunno 28:27, Rhea Ann Yoder 29:27, Kathy Fisher 29:41, Angie Richert 30:52, Kemper Amstutz 33:52, Shirley Drier 35:23, Tammy Velasco 37:19, Deatra Peterson 42:07.
50 and over: Deb Tumbleson 29:28, Rebecca Pierce 29:59, Coni Mayer 34:43, Connie Moser 35:59, Fran Jones 38:26, Vickie Christen 39:01, Bette Flueckiger 42:14, Cindy Hill 43:35, Jan Krick 45:08, Sandy Fiechter 45:08, Connie Potter 45:49, Ginger Roughia 48:25, Cheryl Hower 55:10.

Male
Overall Male: Ian Thomas, 24, Pennville 15:36.7; Thomas Crum, 23, Fort Wayne 16:42.6.
14 and under: Nathan Garver 19:57, Cole Litwiller 28:00, Kadin Gerber 28:34, Noah Obringer 29:21, Colin Mills 30:52, Boyd Mills 32:27, Jonathan Schwartz 33:01, Zacariah Obringer 33:11, Race Anderson 44:13.
15-19: Chansler Poole 17:06, Chase Poole 17:15, Eric Isch 18:02, Sam Heckard 18:30, Evan Liechty 18:59, Joel Hawbaker 19:56, Brett Affolder 20:48, Tim Lehman 22:36, Cody Sprunger 23:01, Aaron Swygart 25:31, Andrew Steffen 27:08, Corey Seffernick 29:25, Mark Smith 31:15, Derek Fox 35:51, Daniel Heckard 36:09, Marshall Hull 43:40.
20-29: Mitchell Thomas 16:51, Lance Yoder 18:55, Nic Hawbaker 19:53, Scott Steiner 23:00, Ryan Schmidt 24:10, Evan Flueckiger 24:24, John Flueckiger 25:35, Michael Sprunger 39:48.
30-39: Jake Krider 18:09, Brian Baker 19:50, Ben Frey 20:29, Winston Samara 20:36, Scott Colclasure 20:46, Derek Kratzer 22:24, Chris Hawbaker 22:58, Jeremie Pollard 23:37, Tony Oliver 24:22, Dale Howell 24:42, Tony Heiser 24:57, Kris Burkhart 24:59, Ron Gephart 25:46, Mark Klug 25:54, Landon Smith 30:30, William Saxman 31:00, Joe Caffee 31:50, Doug Schwartz 33:01, Kent Wright 53:30.
40-49: Rory Helms 18:14, Kent Liechty 18:34, Greg Krider 18:41, Jim Stockman 19:07, Jeff Steinberg 19:26, Kyle Velasco 20:43, Joe Dee 20:53, John Schnieders 21:48, Chris Colpaert 22:38, Joe Obringer 23:15, David Poole 23:55, Dary Hirschy 23:59, Stan Kauffman 24:01, Matt Miller 24:08, Gino Fisher 25:16, Scott Litwiller 25:28, Troy Kirchhofer 25:34, Chad Poole 25:50, Kent Hart 26:18, Andy Vogel 32:23, Dave Hull 43:40.
50 and over: Paul Shaffer 19:35, Jerry Pierce 22:01, Roger Tullis 24:00, Dale Englehardt 24:57, Rick Jones 25:29, Brent Lehman 26:39, Barry Humble 26:41, Dudley Duncan 27:29, Steve Haines 27:56, Rick Sprunger 28:51, Marv Drier 29:38, Michael Howell 33:24, Robert Loomis 35:12, Dave Bowden 36:55, Jerry Hower 46:52, Art Hill 47:41, Jon Roughia 48:25.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Bluffton officials set seating rules
During Bluffton High School boys’ basketball games at the Tiger Den, students in grades 7-8 are asked to sit in the lower arena in section M or the upper arena in section MM. Students in elementary grades K-6 will be required to sit with their parents or an adult.

Bluffton football banquet scheduled
The Bluffton football program invites players, parents and friends to its 2010 Iron Man football banquet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the high school cafetorium. The main dish, beverages and table service will be provided. Carry-in food assignments are as follows: freshman – appetizers; sophomores – salads; juniors – side dishes; seniors – desserts. Dress casual, but all team members must wear a collared shirt and khaki dress pants.

Rainbow Lake 5K on Saturday
The Rainbow Lake 5K is Saturday at 10 a.m. in Geneva, starting at the Limberlost Cabin. Packet pick up and race-day registration will begin at 8 a.m. in the barn behind the cabin. Race-day entry fee without a shirt is $10. Awards will be presented in the fire station downtown, including a free post-race meal. Cash awards are presented to the top runners with a bonus for setting a new course record. Age group awards also will be given. The race is the last event in the Adams County Community Challenge Run/Walk Series and awards will be presented following the 5K awards.

Township school banners to be presented at Southern Wells
Representatives of the four township schools which consolidated to create Southern Wells Community Schools will be presenting banners to be displayed in the Raiderdome gymnasium on Friday, Dec. 3, before the Adams Central vs. Southern Wells boys’ varsity basketball game at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Anyone who attended Chester Center, Jackson Center, Liberty Center or Petroleum high schools is invited to the event and is encouraged to wear his or hers school colors, letter jackets, senior cords, etc., to help celebrate the presentation.
The four banners will be presented to high school principal Chad Yencer for permanent display in the gymnasium.
A special seating area will be available for alumni to reminisce and watch the activities. This will be a special evening to remember the past while looking forward to the future.
Festivities will begin with a free-will donation chili supper from 4:30-7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria hosted by the Southern Wells Athletic Boosters. Soup and sandwiches will be served. All proceeds will benefit Southern Wells student-athletes.
A C-Team game will begin at 5 p.m. in the Raiderdome, followed by the junior varsity game at approximately 6:15. Admission for the entire evening is $5.
Following the final game, the cheerleaders will be hosting a student dance in the cafeteria.

High School Sports Calendar

Friday, Nov. 26
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at South Adams, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 27
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Adams Central, noon.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Blackford at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Adams Central at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.; Northfield at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 29
BOYS FRESHMAN BASKETBALL: Eastbrook at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; Bluffton at FW Canterbury, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 30
SWIMMING: Jay County at Bluffton, 5:30 p.m.; Norwell at Carroll, 5:30 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Mississinewa, 6 p.m.; FW Wayne at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 2
SWIMMING: Bluffton at Muncie Southside, 5:30 p.m.; Norwell at Marion, 5:30 p.m.
WRESTLING: Woodlan at Bluffton, 6:30 p.m.; Heritage at Southern Wells, 6:30 p.m.; New Haven at Norwell, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 3
BOYS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at South Adams, 6 p.m.; Adams Central at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; Norwell at Whitko, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4
SWIMMING: Bluffton at Marion Relays, 9 a.m.
WRESTLING: Southern Wells at Frankton 6-way, 9 a.m.; Norwell at Huntington North Invitational, 9 a.m.
JV WRESTLING: Southern Wells at FW Bishop Dwenger Invitational, 8:30 a.m.; Norwell at DeKalb C-Team Invitational, 9:30 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at Southern Wells, noon; Norwell at Homestead, noon.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Jay County at Bluffton, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Wednesday, Nov. 24
BOYS BASKETBALL: Eastbrook at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Fremont at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.; Southwood at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 25
Happy Thanksgiving Day

Friday, Nov. 26
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at South Adams, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 27
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Adams Central, noon.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Blackford at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Adams Central at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.; Northfield at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Bluffton MS boys sweep Riverview
The Bluffton Middle School boys’ basketball teams defeated Huntington Riverview on Tuesday night. The 7th-grade Tigers won 44-22 and the 8th-grade Tigers won 42-29.
Garrett Walburn had 5 points for the 7th-graders. Trae Jojola 1, Grant Prible 10, Trey Collins 7, Collin Barker 2, Dwayne Eskridge 7, Aaron Sturgeon 8 and Jacob Ehle 4.
Kevin Moser scored 16 points for the 8th-graders. Noah Antrim had 6, Javon Morgan 6, Kohl Buskirk 8 and Collin Mechling 6.

Bluffton MS girls split with Riverview
The Bluffton Middle School girls’ basketball teams split two games against Huntington Riverview. The 8th-grade Tigers won 33-22, but the 7th-grade Tigers lost 23-16.
Emma Thompson scored 15 points for the 8th-grade Tigers (3-1). Lauren Stauffer had 6, Erin McKinley 5, Janean Steffen 3, Lauren Brinneman 2 and Hannah Vandentop 2.
Ashley Smith and Whitney Green each had 4 points for the 7th-grade Tigers. Shannon Penrod had 3, Kaitlyn Hart 2, Cheyenne Penrod 2 and Caitlin Krider 1.

Crusader boys beat Raiders
The Norwell Middle School boys’ basketball teams defeated Southern Wells. The 8th-grade Crusaders won 44-22 and the 7th-graders won 48-33.
Anthony Richard had 11 points for the 8th-grade Crusaders. Garrett Mohler added 10, Adam Nahrwold 8, Joseph Friend 3, Piercen Harnish 8 and Brandon Burch 4.
Bray Wilson scored 10 points for the 7th-grade Crusaders. Hunter Ingle had 6, Kaleb Johnson 7, Drew Rinehart 5, Derek Macon 8, Grant Hiday 6 and Corson Lockwood 6.
Southern Wells coaches did not report scores.

Norwell MS girls defeat Raiders
The Norwell 8th-grade girls’ basketball team defeated Southern Wells on Tuesday at Southern Wells. Ahead by only two points at halftime the Crusaders finished with a 35-24 victory.
Liara Isnogle and Hanna Smith each scored 11 points for the Crusaders. Erica Thornton had 6 points, 2 steals and 3 rebounds. Madi Stinson added 4 points and Sarah Bauermeister 2. Smith also pulled down 10 rebounds and Isnogle had 8 steals.
Lela Knowles had 7 points for the 8th-grade Raiders. Megan Lefebrve had 5, Jordyn Sills 1, Meghan Yencer 6 and Savannah Deakyne 5.
Norwell won the 7th-grade contest 23-7. Michaela Smith had 6 points for the Raiders and Lori Plummer 1. Norwell’s coach did not report scores.

8th-grade Crusader girls triumph
The Norwell Middle School 8th-grade girls’ basketball team defeated Crestview 30-15 on Monday at Norwell.
Erika Thornton had 8 points, 3 steals and 2 rebounds. Hanna Smith had 5 points and 3 rebounds. Liara Isnogle added 4 points, 4 steals and 3 rebounds. Sarah Bauermeister finished with 4 points and Chloie Williams 3. Paige Markley, Arianna Cruz and Monica Frauhiger each added 2 points. Frauhiger also pulled down 5 rebounds.
Norwell’s 7th-grade coach did not report scores.

Ball State fires football coach
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ball State fired coach Stan Parrish on Tuesday, a few days after finishing the season 4-8.
Parrish stepped in for Brady Hoke to coach the Cardinals in the GMAC Bowl after the 2008 campaign, then led the team to a 2-10 finish the next season before this year’s disappointing season ended with a 59-21 home loss to Northern Illinois.
“As we evaluated the on-field performance and the football program in its entirety, we decided it was time for a change in direction in the leadership of the program,” athletic director Tom Collins said.
Parrish has a 61-50-3 record in 11 years as a head coach.
The school says the search for a new coach will begin immediately. Eddie Faulkner, who has served as Ball State’s offensive coordinator the last two seasons, will serve as interim head coach.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Indiana's Big Tree Register is available

Indiana DNR Release:

The 2010 Big Tree Register is now available for Hoosier big tree lovers. The book, which is published every five years, lists the largest known native trees in the state.

A photographic display by Pamela Dunn-Louks will showcase some of the more significant trees listed at the Natural Resources Education Center beginning Dec. 1, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors to the Big Tree Display will receive a free copy of the book and an accompanying bookmark.

The book was printed with help from the Indiana Urban Forest Council and a grant from the USDA Forest Service. It is available by mail or pick up from the Community and Urban Forestry (CUF) Office at 5785 Glenn Road, Natural Resources Education Center (NREC) in Fort Harrison State Park.

To have a copy mailed, contact (317) 591-1170 or plouks@dnr.IN.gov. The book is posted at
http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/files/fo-Big_Tree_Reg_2010.pdf .

Grant money available from DNR for fight insect in Great Lakes Basin

Indiana DNR Release:

Municipalities and non-profits in the Great Lakes Basin region of northern Indiana may be eligible for a portion of $200,000 in federal grant funds available to help mitigate issues associated with the emerald ash borer (EAB), an insect that is killing Indiana’s ash trees.

The grant funds are being distributed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ divisions of Forestry, and Entomology/Plant Pathology.

Municipalities and non-profits in the following counties are eligible for funds, if they meet the criteria of an EAB infestation. Counties are classified as being wholly in the GLB (DeKalb, LaGrange, Steuben) or partially in the GLB (Adams, Allen, Elkhart, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte, Noble, Porter, St. Joseph and Wells).

The money is to be used for removing infested ash trees and replanting with alternative large tree species, taking street tree and park inventories to identify and quantify the economic loss of ash, forming management plans to deal with ash mortality that will occur, and doing restoration along riparian corridors infested by EAB.

The deadline for application is Jan. 15, 2011. Amounts that can be applied for range from $5,000 to $30,000 with 50 percent cash or in-kind match. For more information, contact Louks at (317) 591-1170 or plouks@dnr.IN.gov.

All of the funds, which are being passed through by the Environmental Protection Agency to the USDA Forest Service and its state partners, “must be used directly for projects leading to the protection, maintenance or restoration of the chemical, biological or physical integrity of the GLB watershed in the United States. The Great Lakes watershed is defined as those areas within the United States draining into either Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie or Lake Ontario, or draining into the St. Lawrence River west of where the International Boundary Line leaves the river,” according to the USFS.

The northern Indiana counties dealing with EAB issues are also dealing with degradation of their watersheds that flow directly into the Great Lakes. The degradation is caused by the loss of ash trees, which are large maturing species that deliver environmental benefits along city streets, in parks, and along water corridors.

“Large maturing species of trees like ash intercept large amounts of storm water and pollutants that flow into our creeks and streams,” said Pam Louks, Community and Urban Forestry (CUF) coordinator for the DNR Division of Forestry. “There are many negative environmental consequences if a community has a large number of ash trees, and if they are removed due to the EAB infestation.”

Once the trees are gone, the benefits disappear. Water and air becomes more polluted, streams and creeks are not shaded, so the water temperature is higher, which affects aquatic plant and animal life. Finally, the degradation flows into the Great Lakes—adding to the list of threats to these crucial water bodies.

Holiday season at Salamonie Reservoir’s interpretive center

Indiana DNR Release:

Complete your holiday shopping at Salamonie Reservoir’s interpretive center.

Get your annual entrance passes, lake permits, and annual horse tags. All are now available for 2011. Browse through souvenirs, shirts, field guides, hiking sticks, nature toys, jewelry, home d├ęcor and much more.

The Interpretive Center will be open every day, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day this season. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Thanksgiving Day is the only day the building will be closed.

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

For more information about the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services visit www.dnr.IN.gov/uwis.

Friday, November 19, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Friday, Nov. 19
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Norwell at Bluffton, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 20
WRESTLING: Bluffton Super Duals, 9 a.m.; Norwell, Southern Wells at West Noble JV Invitational, 9 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Huntington North at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 23
SWIMMING: Oak Hill at Bluffton (Girls), 5:30 p.m.; Columbia City at Norwell, 5:30 p.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: New Haven at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; FW Concordia Lutheran at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 24
BOYS BASKETBALL: Eastbrook at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Fremont at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.; Southwood at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 25
Happy Thanksgiving Day

Friday, Nov. 26
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bluffton at South Adams, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 27
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Adams Central, noon.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Blackford at Bluffton, 6 p.m.; Adams Central at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.; Northfield at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Bluffton MS boys
split with Eastbrook
The Bluffton Middle School boys’ basketball teams split with Eastbrook Thursday night. The 7th-grade Tigers won 48-8 and the 8th-grade Tigers lost 47-37.
Garrett Walborn scored 7 points for the 7th-grade Tigers. Trae Jojola had 6, Grant Prible 8, Trey Collins 7, Kenny Patterson 2, Collin Barker 2, Aaron Sturgeon 10, Dakota Flowers 2, and Jacob Ehle 4.
Kohl Buskirk netted 14 points and Kevin Moser 11 for the 8th-grade Tigers. Javon Morgan added 3. Ethan Kitt, Jacob Wenger, Josh Moriarity and Jay Brickley each had 2 and Collin Mechling 1.

Bluffton MS girls
lose to Eastbrook
The Bluffton Middle School girls’ basketball teams were defeated Thursday by Eastbrook. The 7th-grade Tigers were nipped 16-14 and the 8th-grade Tigers lost 43-18.
Shannon Penrod and Cheyenne Penrod each had 4 points for the 7th-grade Tigers. Whitney Green, Caroline Mettler and Sydney Longenberger each had 2 points.
Erin McKinley scored 11 points for the 8th-grade Tigers. Emma Thompson added 5, Lauren Brinneman 2 and Kaitlyn Schriver 1.

Register for Norwell
Little Squires
Any Northern Wells Community Schools boy or girl in grades K-2 may still register for the Norwell Little Squires Basketball League by Wednesday, Nov. 24. Registration forms have been distributed to all schools. The league begins Dec. 2. and meets in the Norwell High School auxiliary gym from 6-7:15 p.m. Cost is $25 for the five-week league. Players will work on skills for 30 minutes and play a 32-minute game on 8-foot goals with no score being kept. Teams will be coached by Norwell varsity basketball players. For further information call boys’ varsity coach Randy Hawkins (ext. 7235) or girls’ varsity coach Eric Thornton (ext. 7233) at 543-2213.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

NHS Tennis Pavillion




The Norwell Tennis Pavilion Campaign is underway. NHS Tennis Alumni and others have received information regarding the proposed building of a 20’ by 30’ pavilion at the Norwell High School Tennis courts. This structure will provide a team gathering place, picnic area, and new storage room. Donations are being sought for funding. The tax deductible contributions may be sent to Kristie George, NHS treasurer, Norwell HS, Ossian, IN 46777. Place “Tennis Pavilion” on the memo line. For more information contact Terri Worden at 260-597-7321 or the Northern Wells Community Schools’ Website:
Select NHS Athletics on the left and then select NHS Tennis Pavilion Campaign.



Letter From Terri Worden:


November 2010

Hello!

As of May 2010, I retired from coaching girls’ tennis for 34 years at Norwell High School. I have a great respect for the game and see the benefit of this sport in competition and recreation. Taking this different step in my life has inspired me to promote a project for the good of tennis at Norwell High School and the community: a tennis pavilion. It would be placed west of the present 10 tennis courts.

Originally, I planned to contact only female tennis alumni. Yet as word of this idea spread, I noted others who felt this was a worthwhile project. Therefore, I have decided to extend to male tennis alums, parents, businesses, NWCS staff, the community, etc.

This 20’ by 30’ structure will provide a facility for team gatherings, protection from inclement weather, a place (with electricity, serving counter, and picnic tables) for snacks, an improved storage unit, and a central location for reporting scores and posting information. Recently Norwell has been hosting the boys’ and girls’ tennis sectional; this is one example of how the facility would be useful. As well, the pavilion could be used as a resting or eating place for those who walk the grounds or attend a nearby baseball game.

The design of the pavilion is attractive, but reasonable, and has been created by graduate architects Nick and Angie Worden. Furthermore, I have contacted local professionals to provide estimates and labor to put together a quality structure. The plan has been approved by Northern Wells Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Mills, the school board, and Head of NWCS Maintenance John Kochert.

The estimated amount for the tennis pavilion is $18,300. I realize this request is going to people from all income categories. I respect all donations, but donations in the triple and even quadruple digits are needed. Ideally, I would like to construct the building in the summer of 2011. If donations fall short, the account will stay on hold and further efforts will need to be taken. Norwell High School is a non-profit, so this donation is tax deductible.

In order to keep informed of the NHS Tennis Pavilion project, you may go to the school corporation website to see the periodic updates: HYPERLINK "http://www.nwcs.k12.in.us/NHS/nhs.html" http://www.nwcs.k12.in.us/NHS/nhs.html Select NHS Athletics on the left and then select NHS Tennis Pavilion Campaign.

I have obtained many of my former female tennis players’ addresses, but only a few of the male athletes. Please help in spreading the word to anyone you know who would be willing to donate. Our times need to promote the out-of-doors and physical activity: tennis is one way to do this. This building will benefit the young adults of Northern Wells, as well as, all patrons of the community. I thank you for your assistance with this effort.

Sincerely,


Terri Worden
Former Norwell Girls Tennis Coach and NHS Tennis Pavilion Chairperson
Email: terri.worden@nwcs.k12.in.us



NORWELL HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS PAVILION CONTRIBUTION
Please return by April 1, 2011

The collection of these funds has been properly authorized by Athletic Director Eric Morgan,
NWCS Business Manager/Treasurer Brandon Penrod, and NHS Treasurer Kristie George.


Name of Person(s) or Business_______________________________________________________

NHS Tennis Alumni? If so, year of graduation_________________

If applicable, NHS Athlete Maiden Name_______________________________________________________
Address:
Street_____________________________________________________________________

City______________________________________________________ Zip_____________

Phone___________________________________________________ (if contact necessary)

Email_____________________________________________________________________

ACE LEVEL - $500+
This qualifies contributors’ names to be placed in the pavilion. This may be an individual, a business, or a
group, such as teams or graduation classes who donate collectively to reach this level for recognition. If a group, please include on another sheet, group title with individual names and amount of each contribution.

Amount of Donation__________________________________________

Make checks payable to Norwell High School Athletic Department.
IMPORTANT: Write Tennis Pavilion on the memo line.

Want a receipt? Yes_______ No________ Donations are tax deductible!

Send this form along with payment using the enclosed envelope
OR to:
Kristie George, treasurer
Norwell High School
1100E US 224
Ossian, IN 46777

Thank you for your loyalty to norwell high school
and
to nhs tennis!

Sports Illustrated to recognize Bluffton senior

Bluffton senior Cameron Gerber, who was the starting quarterback for the Tigers’ football team, will be featured in the Nov. 22 issue of Sports Illustrated in its “Faces in the Crowd” section. Gerber finished the season with numerous team records.

High School Sports Calendar

Thursday, Nov. 18
GIRLS SWIMMING: Bluffton at Adams Central, 5:30 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Alexandria, scrimmage, 7 p.m.; Bluffton at Huntington North, scrimmage, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 19
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Norwell at Bluffton, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 20
WRESTLING: Bluffton Super Duals, 9 a.m.; Southern Wells at West Noble JV Invitational, 9 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Huntington North at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

High School Sports Calendar

Wednesday, Nov. 17
BOYS BASKETBALL: Norwell at Garrett, scrimmage, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 18
GIRLS SWIMMING: Bluffton at Adams Central, 5:30 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Alexandria, scrimmage, 7 p.m.; Bluffton at Huntington North, scrimmage, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 19
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Norwell at Bluffton, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 20
WRESTLING: Bluffton Super Duals, 9 a.m.; Southern Wells at West Noble JV Invitational, 9 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Huntington North at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Tiger MS girls sweep Salamonie
The Bluffton Middle School girls’ basketball teams notched their second straight victories Tuesday over the Salamonie Rebels. The 7th-grade Tigers won 33-27 and the 8th-grade Tigers won 40-16.
Shannon Penrod scored 11 points for the 7th-grade Tigers. Cheyenne Penrod added 7, Caroline Mettler 4, Whitney Green 3, Ashley Smith 2, Branda Bywater 2, Caitlin Krider 2 and Katie Geimer 2.
Erin McKinley and Emma Thompson each netted 13 points to lead the 8th-grade Tigers. Lauren Stauffer chipped in with 10. Janean Steffen added 2 and Hannah Vandentop 1.

Bluffton MS boys rout Salamonie
The Bluffton Middle School boys’ basketball teams rolled over the Salamonie Rebels on Tuesday. The 7th-grade Tigers won 45-23 and the 8th-graders won 52-33.
Garrett Walburn had 6 points for the 7th-grade Tigers. Desmond Carter 2, Grant Prible 10, Trey Collins 4, Collin Barker 2, Dwayne Eskridge 3, Aaron Sturgeon 14 and Jacob Ehle 4.
Kobie Lucabaugh scored 2 points for the 8th-grade Tigers. Kevin Moser had 19, Ethan Kitt 4, Noah Antrim 6, Dane Hoffman 2, Javon Morgan 14, Kohl Buskirk 7 and Jay Brickley 2.

8th-grade Crusader girls edge East Jay
The Norwell Middle School 8th-grade girls basketball team opened its season Monday with a 23-20 win over East Jay.
Liara Isnogle had 10 points, four steals and three rebounds for the Crusaders. Erika Thornton added six points and five rebounds. Paige Markley, Monica Frauhiger and Sarah Bauermeister each had two points. Hanna Smith had four rebounds and two steals and Markley also had two steals.

Bluffton swim meet cancelled
The Bluffton Tigersharks’ girls’ swim meet slated for Tuesday night against Huntington North at Bluffton Middle School was cancelled due to an elevation in the water temperature. Due to regulations, the water temperature must be between 78 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit for competition. However, the temperature was 86 degrees because of a malfunction in the pool’s water heater.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bluffton vs Norwell wrestling





Bluffton High School Tigers lost their wrestling match at Norwell High School inside the Castle Tuesday night. Sports Editor Paul Beitler captured the action as BHS wrestlers fell 51-21.

Monday, November 15, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Tuesday, Nov. 16
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Blackford at Southern Wells, 6 p.m.; Bluffton at Mississinewa, 6 p.m.
GIRLS SWIMMING: Huntington North at Bluffton, 5:30 p.m.
WRESTLING: Bluffton at Norwell, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 17
BOYS BASKETBALL: Norwell at Garrett, scrimmage, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 18
GIRLS SWIMMING: Bluffton at Adams Central, 5:30 p.m.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Alexandria, scrimmage, 7 p.m.; Bluffton at Huntington North, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 19
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Norwell at Bluffton, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 20
WRESTLING: Bluffton Super Duals, 9 a.m.; Southern Wells at West Noble JV Invitational, 9 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at FW Wayne, cancelled; Huntington North at Norwell, 6:15 p.m.

OCC gives away a bear!


The Winner of the Ossian Conservation Club’s Raffle for 2010 is Dawn Crosby. Dawn bought her ticket at the Ossian Revitalization Streetscape Dedication on September 26, 2010. Congratulations.
The Ossian Conservation Club also wants to Thank all who bought tickets for the wood carving. The proceeds of the raffle went to purchase a gas furnace for the Clubhouse. It now replaces a fuel oil furnace that was 40 plus years old and needed to be retired. Thanks to all the members and non-members that made this project possible and a special Thanks to Sid King who donated his time and talent and turned a log into a Bear.

Bluffton Parks Department Turkey Shoot


Annual Turkey Shoot Saturday Nov 20th at 4:30 p.m. in City Gym Age Groups: 8-9, 10-11, 12-13.
Each participant is allowed 10 free throws from a standard foul line. Winners get a free frozen turkey. Children 9 and under will use the 8 foot goal.
All participants MUST pre-register by calling the park office at 824-6069 by Friday Nov 18th. Cost $1 each

Friday, November 12, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Friday, Nov. 12
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Manchester at Bluffton, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 13
GIRLS SWIMMING: Bluffton at Norwell Invitational, 9 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Eastbrook, 6 p.m.; Norwell at FW Bishop Dwenger, 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Kylie Dial stands out
in MCC soccer
Kylie Dial, a sophomore forward for the Indiana Wesleyan University women’s soccer team, was named to the Mid-Central College Conference All-Conference team. Dial is a 2009 Norwell graduate from Ossian.

High School Sports Calendar

Friday, Nov. 12
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Manchester at Bluffton, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 13
GIRLS SWIMMING: Bluffton at Norwell Invitational, 9 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Eastbrook, 6 p.m.; Norwell at FW Bishop Dwenger, 6:15 p.m.

Free hunters breakfast at Salamonie Reservoir, Nov. 13

Indiana DNR Release:

Refuel for the day with pancakes, sausage, and a cup of coffee at the hunters breakfast, Nov. 13, at Salamonie Reservoir. Stop by the Interpretive Center between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for free food, rest and good conversation with your fellow hunters before you return to the woods. All are welcome and donations are accepted. If you know you are coming ahead of time, please register by calling (260) 468-2127.

“For several years, we have enjoyed getting to know the hunters during the weekend’s annual gathering,” said Marvin McNew, director of Upper Wabash Interpretive Services. “Many hunters choose to camp in the modern campground with family and sign-in to hunt one of Salamonie’s 30 hunting areas.”

Featuring exhibits, floor-to-ceiling windows in the wildlife viewing area and staff to answer your questions, the Salamonie Interpretive Center is located in Lost Bridge West Recreation Area on Highway 105 in western Huntington County. The regular center hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Visit www.in.gov/dnr/uwis/ for more information.

St. Joseph River in South Bend to be stocked with coho salmon

Indiana DNR Release:


Indiana DNR will be stocking approximately 11,000 coho salmon into the St. Joseph River near Veterans Memorial Park in South Bend in late November.

The coho salmon will be the first produced and stocked into the St. Joseph River by Indiana since the trout and salmon stocking program began on the river in 1984. These fish will be approximately 6 inches in length and will out-migrate to Lake Michigan after a short time in the river.

Brian Breidert, Indiana’s Lake Michigan biologist said he is pleased to add this species to the St. Joe program.

“I feel we will see benefits to the river anglers beginning a couple of years down the road, but we will also see some benefit to our Lake Michigan anglers as early as the spring of 2012, since coho salmon congregate each spring in southern Lake Michigan.”

The fish are part of a small surplus that was recognized after the completion of stocking into Trail Creek and the Little Calumet River, where 242,000 coho salmon were stocked from Bodine and Mixsawbah State Fish Hatchery.

Breidert said the Lake Michigan stocking team has been looking at adding coho to the St. Joe program since early spring.

“Plans are underway to add this species to our suite of stockings into the future,” he said. “We have received support from local sport fishing groups such as the Michiana Steelheaders, Hoosier Coho Club as well as the Northwest Indiana Steelheaders just to name a few.

“There has been a decline in the past few years of our steelhead returns and the management team has been looking at reasons behind the declines but also looking toward another species to supplement our steelhead program while still maintaining our important Skamania brood stock program on the St. Joseph River.”

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Near-record harvest possible for deer season

Indiana DNR Release:

Indiana’s annual firearms season for white-tailed deer opens Saturday (Nov. 13) with near-record harvest expected for all deer seasons combined.

The record overall deer harvest is 132,752, set last year, with roughly 83,000 being harvested during the firearms season, including almost 36,000 on opening weekend.

Department of Natural Resources biologists expect hunters to kill more than 80,000 deer again this year during the 16-day firearms season, which ends Nov. 28.

“Harvest numbers for the season will always be about the same as the previous year,” DNR deer biologist Chad Stewart said. “With the dry fall we’ve been having, the corn harvest is vastly accelerated compared to last year, which means less potential cover for deer.

“I anticipate a record or near-record harvest, and obviously, the firearms season is a major component of that harvest.”

Harvest composition on opening weekend is typically an approximate 60:40 split favoring antlered deer, but more antlerless deer are typically harvested than antlered deer by the end of the firearms season.

“Hunters will always want to go out on opening day with the hopes of harvesting a buck,” Stewart said. “That’s what causes hunters to lie awake the night before and it’s what they think about while sitting in their hunting stand while it’s still pitch black out that opening morning. So hunters are undoubtedly selecting their bucks to harvest on that opening weekend.

“But as the season progresses, since more does are able to be killed than bucks, the numbers eventually catch and surpass the buck total.”

Biologists will again be at nearly 40 check stations across the state on opening day to collect age information and biological samples from deer checked, testing primarily for the presence of chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis.

“So far, we have not detected either in free-ranging deer in Indiana,” Stewart said.

Favorable weather conditions were a factor in hunters killing 35,898 deer on the opening weekend of firearms season in 2009, an increase of more than 4,700 over the first two days of the 2008 firearms season. A weather system that went through on opening day of the 2008 season brought rain, sleet, and freezing rain to much of Indiana, reducing the harvest during opening day of that year.

The number of deer harvested in individual counties last year ranged from a low of 96 deer in Tipton County to 4,102 deer in Steuben County. Harvest exceeded 1,000 deer in 62 counties; exceeded 2,000 deer in 19 of those counties; and exceeded 3,000 deer in five of those counties.

Unless otherwise exempted, a license is required to hunt deer during the firearms season. Licenses can be purchased online at IndianaOutdoor.IN.gov, by calling 317-232-4200, or at a retailer or DNR site listed at IndianaOutdoor.IN.gov.

License exemptions and other deer hunting information can be found in the online DNR Deer Hunting Guide at www.dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/2343.htm

16 State Parks to close temporarily for deer reductions

Indiana DNR Release:


Standby Drawing at Indiana Dunes State Park

Select Indiana State Parks will be closed temporarily for two rounds of controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks.

The first reduction is Nov. 15-16; the second round is Nov. 29-30. The participating parks will close to the general public the evening before each of the two efforts and re-open the morning after each two-day reduction.

Each year, DNR biologists evaluate which parks require a reduction in deer population, based on habitat recovery and previous hunter success at each park. The state parks closing temporarily this year for deer reductions are Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shakamak, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe, Versailles, and Whitewater Memorial.

Indiana’s state parks are home to more than 32 state-endangered plants and numerous significant natural communities. Deer reductions help control browsing by deer to a level that helps maintain ecosystems.

“Although the parks have had much success since the first reduction in 1993, a high no-show rate of those drawn and over-selective hunting remain a challenge for the program,” said Mike Mycroft, chief of natural resources in the DNR Division of State Parks and Reservoirs, who oversees the program.

Only individuals and those listed on their applications drawn last September may participate at any park, besides Indiana Dunes State Park.

At Indiana Dunes State Park each morning of the reductions, a public standby drawing to fill spots left vacant after 9:30 a.m. CST will take place. To be eligible for the draw, the candidate must be an Indiana resident (or possess a valid lifetime license to take deer), be 18 years of age by Nov. 15, and possess any valid deer license. Those wishing to participate can bring up to two fellow participants. Any firearm legal for taking deer in Indiana (excluding archery) is allowed. Participants can harvest up to three deer, only one of which can be antlered. Deer taken are in addition to all other state bag limits. Individuals must wear a hunter orange hat or cap and a hunter orange vest, jacket, or overalls at all times while on the property. Potential hunters can register for the standby drawing beginning at 9 a.m. CST at the main gate of Indiana Dunes State Park. A valid photo ID is required. The draw results will be announced at approximately 9:45 a.m. CST near the main gate. Shooting hours conclude at 3 p.m. CST each day.

Information regarding 2011 state park deer reductions, including applications, will be available next summer at http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/.

DNR unveils online deer hunting guide

Indiana DNR Release:

With the deer firearms season set to begin on Saturday in Indiana, the Department of Natural Resources has posted a handy Deer Hunting Guide on its website.

Users can scan the 37-page guide online at www.dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/2343.htm, download it to a mobile phone capable of reading PDF files, or print it as a single document.

The guide includes basic information on license requirements, bag and possession limits, season dates, and equipment regulations.

It also has a county-by-county list of public hunting areas, from Yellowwood State Forest in Brown County to Blue Grass Fish & Wildlife Area in Warrick County. The 10-page list includes the property name, phone number, hunting opportunities, available acres, and other amenities, such as camping or shooting range.

In addition to basic information, the guide provides hyperlinks to complete language on hunting rules and regulations in Indiana, plus a hyperlink to a searchable database of mandatory check stations where successful hunters can take their deer.

Monday, November 8, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Tuesday, Nov. 9
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Blackford at Bluffton, 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 12
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Manchester at Bluffton, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 13
GIRLS SWIMMING: Bluffton at Norwell Invitational, 9 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Eastbrook, 6 p.m.; Norwell at FW Bishop Dwenger, 6:15 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Bluffton boys may enter Hoop Shoot
Any Bluffton-Harrison male student may compete in the Elks’ Hoop Shoot contest at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, in the Bluffton High School gym. Age groups of 10-11 and 12-13 will be determined by age as of April 1, 2011. If the student will be 14 on April 1, 2011, the student cannot participate. Proof of age is required either by presenting a birth certificate, baptismal certificate or passport. Winner of each division will advance to the Wells County finals on the first or second Sunday of December. Any questions may be directed to Julia Tobias at 824-3724, extension 7503, or by e-mail at jtobias@bhmsd.k12.in.us.

Friday, November 5, 2010

High School Sports Calendar

Saturday, Nov. 6
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Bellmont, scrimmage, 10 a.m. (rescheduled due to state volleyball tournament); Bluffton at Union City, scrimmage, 2 p.m.; FW Snider at Norwell, scrimmage, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 9
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Blackford at Bluffton, 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 12
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Manchester at Bluffton, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 13
GIRLS SWIMMING: Bluffton at Norwell Invitational, 9 a.m.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Eastbrook, 6 p.m.; Norwell at FW Bishop Dwenger, 6:15 p.m.

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

State recognition for Norwell netters
Three members of the 2010 Norwell boys’ tennis team were named to the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association All-State Team.
No. 1 singles player Reid Imel, a junior, was an honorable mention singles player. He finished the season with a 14-6 record.
Senior Ross Mathews and junior Kyle Fillman were doubles honorable mention. Mathews and Fillman played No. 1 doubles for the Knights and were 17-1.
Adams Central sophomore Nathan Barger (22-2), who played No. 1 singles for the Jets, was named to the honorable mention. Over two seasons, Barger’s record is 38-7.

Butler routs Hanover in exhibition
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Shelvin Mack scored 13 points and Matt Howard had 12 points and 10 rebounds Thursday night to lead No. 17 Butler to an 80-41 exhibition victory over Hanover.
It was the Bulldogs’ final tuneup before opening regular-season play Nov. 13 against nearby Marian. The national runners-up plan to unveil their Final Four banner before tip-off that afternoon.
Drake Hendricks had seven points for Hanover, a Division III school about 80 miles south-southeast of Indianapolis.
The Bulldogs overwhelmed the Panthers with their size and speed.
Howard nearly had a double-double in the first half, scoring 10 points and grabbing seven rebounds in 14 minutes, and he had plenty of help. Freshman Kyle Marshall had 11 points and six rebounds, while freshman Erik Fromm had eight points and four rebounds. Butler senior Zack Hahn finished with seven points.
Butler shot 51.5 percent from the field for the game and was 6 of 22 on 3-point attempts.

Ohio blasts Buffalo in MAC grid action
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Boo Jackson threw two touchdown passes, caught a scoring pass and also ran for a touchdown to help Ohio beat Buffalo 34-17 on Thursday night for its sixth straight victory.
Jackson opened the scoring for Ohio (7-3, 5-1 Mid-American Conference) with a one-yard run and caught a 26-yard scoring pass from Phil Bates on the Bobcats’ next drive.
In the second half, Jackson threw two 15-yard touchdown passes to Terrence McCrae.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Hoosiers top Franklin in exhibition
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Christian Watford had 25 points and five rebounds to lead Indiana to an 89-37 exhibition victory over Franklin College on Wednesday night.
Maurice Creek scored 16 points for the Hoosiers in his first game action since fracturing his left knee in December.
Will Conoley scored 14 points for Franklin, a Division III school about 20 miles from Indianapolis, which trailed 46-24 at halftime.
Indiana played without junior college transfer Guy-Marc Michel. Before the game, coach Tom Crean said the NCAA was looking into Michel’s eligibility status because he played on a French club team that had some professional players.

NCAA checking out I.U. transfer
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The NCAA is taking another look at the eligibility status of Indiana’s Guy-Marc Michel.
The Martinique native attended high school and took college courses in France, where he played on a club basketball team that included professional players.
After leaving France, Michel played basketball at North Idaho Community College before joining the Hoosiers.
Indiana coach Tom Crean says the school expected the NCAA to take a longer look at Michel’s eligibility because of his foreign connections.
Crean says the Hoosiers expect Michel to be cleared by the NCAA in the next few weeks.
Michel sat out Wednesday night’s exhibition game against Franklin College.

High School Sports Calendar

Saturday, Nov. 6
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Southern Wells at Bellmont, scrimmage, 10 a.m. (rescheduled due to state volleyball tournament); Bluffton at Union City, scrimmage, 2 p.m.; FW Snider at Norwell, scrimmage, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Kylie Dial receives
MCC soccer recognition
Indiana Wesleyan University women’s soccer player Kylie Dial was named the Mid-Central College Conference player of the week for the week of Oct. 25.
Dial is a 2009 Norwell graduate. Indiana Wesleyan (8-0) is currently ranked fifth in the nation in the NAIA coaches poll.

Register now for Rainbow Lake 5K
Runners may register for the Rainbow Lake 5K race at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27 in Geneva. Registration forms may be obtained on the Fort Wayne Track Club website race calendar or on the home page at runindiana.com.
The race starts at the Limberlost Cabin and circles Rainbow Lake. Cash prizes are awarded to the top two male and female runners as well as for setting a new course record. Age group awards are presented in six age groups and a free post-race meal is provided. For more information, email Clint Anderson at clint_anderson@bernetriweekly.com.

River Runners to host races
Ouabache River Runners will host their third W.O.O.F. 15-mile and 5-mile trail races at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at Ouabache State Park. Registration is available online at teamorr.org. Registration forms are available at FPC and Hot Cakes. For more information contact Mike McAvoy at macmcavoy@gmail.com.

Moore lifts Purdue past Indianapolis
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — E’Twaun Moore scored 13 points and JaJuan Johnson added 11 to help No. 14 Purdue beat Indianapolis 82-59 in an exhibition game Tuesday night.
Johnson, a preseason All-America selection, had eight rebounds and a block in 19 minutes.
It was Purdue’s first chance to figure out how to replace Robbie Hummel. The forward went down with a season-ending ACL injury last month.
Purdue’s highly touted freshman guards contributed. Terone Johnson scored nine points and Anthony Johnson added seven.
Purdue led 44-34 at halftime, then steadily pulled away. The Boilermakers shot 47 percent overall and outrebounded the Greyhounds 50-28.
Nate Blank scored 18 points and Darius Adams added 16 for Indianapolis.

Sparky Anderson placed into hospice
DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson has been placed in hospice care at his Thousands Oaks, Calif. home for complications resulting from dementia.
Anderson family’s said in a statement Wednesday they appreciate the support and kindness that friends and fans have shown throughout the Hall of Famer’s career and retirement. No further details were released.

Reservation call center now open 7 days a week, Nov. 4

Indiana DNR Release:

Campers and picnickers who want reserve a campsite, picnic shelter, recreation building or cabin at DNR state parks or reservoirs, Starve Hollow State Forest or Deam Lake State Recreation Area will be able to take advantage of phone reservation service seven days a week, year round, starting Nov. 4.

The new hours of service will be Nov. 4, 2010–April 26, 2011, Monday–Friday, noon through 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon–3 p.m. Hours during the recreation season next year, April 27- Nov. 2, 2011, will be noon–8 p.m., Monday– Friday; Saturday–Sunday, noon–3 p.m. The call center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Previously, depending on the time of year, phone reservation service was available only five or six days a week. The change provides better customer service and allows customers the ability to speak to a live person seven days per week if they need help with making, transferring or canceling reservations.

The phone number remains the same, 1-866-6CAMPIN (1- 866-622-6746). Online reservations can be made 24 hours a day here.

Indiana DNR shares national award for work on Great Lakes

Indiana DNR Release:


Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources was one of a group of organizations recently recognized with a U.S. Department of the Interior Partners in Conservation Award for being part of “what is becoming known as one of the world’s finest examples of trans-boundary cooperation” for work on the Great Lakes.

DNR’s Stu Shipman, north regional fisheries supervisor, received the award on DNR’s behalf from Suzette Kimball, deputy director of the U.S. Geological Survey, on Oct. 27.

Achievements by the award-winning group, which comprises state, federal and tribal fisheries agencies, along with the bi-national Great Lakes Fishery Commission, include: successful rehabilitation of native species; production of world-class research through technical committees and similar partnerships; disease prevention and management; development of common fish community objectives for each lake; effective coordination of law enforcement; publication of “State-of-the-Lake” reports; sharing of equipment, resources, and data; and cutting-edge research on aquatic invasive species and control, sustainable stocking levels, and allocation agreements on harvest quotas.

The Great Lakes fishery is one of the most important freshwater resources on Earth. It’s worth $7 billion, provides recreation to 5 million anglers, supports 75,000 jobs, and contributes to a rich cultural heritage valued by the more than 30 million people who live near the lakes.

In April 2009, the partners signed a new five-year agreement to confirm, once again, their commitment to leveraging each other’s resources, avoiding duplication of effort and sharing critical scientific data to help decision makers conserve and sustain the vitality of the Great Lakes.

A photo of Shipman receiving the award is here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Klay Fiechter assists in UIndy victory
INDIANAPOLIS — The University of Indianapolis football team fought from behind to defeat Ferris State 37-33 in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game on Saturday.
Paul Corsaro scored the game-winning touchdown with just 48 seconds left on a two-yard run. The Greyhounds improved to 5-4 and 4-4 in the GLIAC.
Klay Fiechter, a 2010 Norwell graduate, led UIndy in rushing with 81 yards and scored on a 50-yard run in the first quarter. That was his fourth carry of at least 30 yards this year.
Bluffton boys may enter
Elks’ Hoop Shoot
Any Bluffton-Harrison male student may compete in the Elks’ Hoop Shoot contest at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, in the Bluffton High School gym. Age groups of 10-11 and 12-13 will be determined by age as of April 1, 2011. If the student will be 14 on April 1, 2011, the student cannot participate. Proof of age is required either by presenting a birth certificate, baptismal certificate or passport. Winner of each division will advance to the Wells County finals on the first or second Sunday of December. Any questions may be directed to Julia Tobias at 824-3724, extension 7503, or by e-mail at jtobias@bhmsd.k12.in.us.

Breakfast fundraiser at Southern Wells
The Southern Wells Athletic Department will be sponsoring a breakfast fundraiser to benefit the Athletic Transportation Fund from 7-10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, in the elementary cafeteria. Donations will be accepted. Pancakes, sausage links, breakfast casserole, coffee, juice and milk will be served.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sports Round-Up by Paul Beitler

Breakfast fundraiser at So. Wells
The Southern Wells Athletic Department will be sponsoring a breakfast fundraiser to benefit the Athletic Transportation Fund from 7-10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, in the elementary cafeteria. Donations will be accepted. Pancakes, sausage links, breakfast casserole, coffee, juice and milk will be served.

River Runners to host races
Ouabache River Runners will host their third W.O.O.F. 15-mile and 5-mile trail races at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at Ouabache State Park. Registration is available online at teamorr.org. Registration forms are available at FPC and Hot Cakes. For more information contact Mike McAvoy at macmcavoy@gmail.com.

Outdoor Indiana magazine calendar issue arrives

Indiana DNR Release:

Get a jump on the 2011 calendar by purchasing the November-December issue of Outdoor Indiana magazine.

The issue includes a pullout removable wall calendar that features the best outdoor photography in the state, as well as homegrown articles on every aspect of the state’s outdoors that you’ll find nowhere else.

Outdoor Indiana is available now at most DNR properties and most Borders and Barnes & Noble stores in the state. Cost is $3 per issue.

Find out the whole story each issue from your mailbox by subscribing to DNR's 48-page bi-monthly full-color magazine for $12 for a year (six issues). Call (317) 233-3046 or go to OutdoorIndiana.org to order.

Those who will be in Indianapolis for the 61st annual Christmas, Gift & Hobby Show on Nov. 10-14 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds West Pavilion can score extra saving by purchasing the show-exclusive $45 holiday package. The package includes a 2011 Annual Resident Entrance Permit (regularly $36), a one-year subscription to Outdoor Indiana, and a 2011 calendar, which sells for $10 separately. The offer is available only at the show, in person.

Join Outdoor Indiana magazine on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OutdoorIndiana.

State park/reservoir annual entrance passes for 2011 available

Indiana DNR Release:

Indiana state park/reservoir annual entrance permits for 2011 are now available for online purchase.

Individuals may order an annual entrance permit, which costs $36 for state residents, by going to InnsGifts.com. The Golden Hoosier Permit is available to those over age 65 for $18 at the same website. Each permit allows entrance into any state park or reservoir for one vehicle with Indiana license plates throughout 2011.

Starting Nov. 15, annual entrance passes will be available for in-person purchase at state parks and reservoirs across Indiana.

Those thinking about holiday gifts might consider bundling a permit with a $99 Holiday Gift Pack, also available now at InnsGifts.com. Each gift pack includes a 2011 annual state park permit, a $70 State Park Inns gift certificate, and a one-year subscription to Outdoor Indiana magazine, a combined savings of more than $19.

For reservations at any of the state park inns, call 1.877.LODGES 1 (1.877.563.4371) or see
IndianaInns.com