Sports and Outdoors

Friday, August 30, 2013

N-B Video: BHS run over Squires, 55-19

The Tigers defeated the visiting Manchester Squires Friday night, 55-19. Sophomore running back D'Wayne Eskridge showed his blazing speed with an 80-yard touchdown run from scrimmage to start the second half. Later in the quarter, he returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown. Listen to Eskridge talk about his big plays after the game. (Video by Paul Beitler; photo by Jessica Williams)

BHS students cheer during the kickoff of Friday's game.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bald eage spotted

Jim Yonker spotted this gentleman at Stogdill and River roads this morning.

Monday, August 26, 2013

N-B Video: Harnish, Hasselbeck celebrate Colts preseason win

The News-Banner's Paul Beitler talks to Colts quarterbacks Chandler Harnish and Matt Hasselbeck after a 27-6 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Learn more in the Monday, Åug. 26, News-Banner. (Videos by Paul Beitler)

Monday, August 19, 2013

N-B Video: Parks department helps kids punt, pass and kick

The Bluffton Parks and Recreation Department held its annual NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition at Fred F. Park Field at Bluffton High School Saturday, and the News-Banner's Paul Beitler was there for the action

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

N-B Video: No. 1 golf player plays first match ever

Bluffton High School student Cassidy McKinney talks after helping her girls' golf team defeat the Eastbrook Panthers 225 to 237. "I am very proud of our girls," coach Chad Grieser said. "For many of them this is their first golfing experience. To see them on the course walking 9 and competing is very exciting when starting a new program."

Learn more in the Wednesday, Aug. 14, News-Banner. (Video by Paul Beitler)

Monday, August 12, 2013

N-B Video: Chandler Harnish "goes back to the drawing board" after preseason loss

Though disappointed with the 44-20 preseason loss, Norwell graduate Chandler Harnish says his team will pick up and improve. Learn more in the Monday, Aug. 12, News-Banner. (Video by Paul Beitler)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Salamonie Lake hosts Riders Rendezvous, Sept. 20-22

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Saddle up your horses and head to the eighth annual Salamonie Riders Rendezvous, Sept. 20, 21 and 22.

All activities will be in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Horseman’s Campground, Loop A.

Friday evening kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with Dutch oven cobbler and cowboy coffee.

Saturday morning begins with a 10 a.m. leather working class. At 11 a.m. visitors can meet Marry Morrow and Eunice Rush, authors of “Know You, Know Your Horse.” The afternoon will include a plants-and-trees scavenger hunt on horseback or free riding time. A cowboy dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Bring table service and a drink. Advance registration is required for the meal. At 7 p.m., visitors can learn the many uses of common wild plants.

Cowboy Church will be Sunday, 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Worshipers are encouraged to bring a camp chair for the non-denominational service. The Tack Flea Market, sponsored by the Friends of Upper Wabash Interpretive Services group, will be at 10 a.m. Table space is available for $5. Proceeds from table rental will go to the Friends group.

To register for the Saturday meal, call (260) 468-2127. Camping reservations may be made online at or at 866-622-6746.

The standard entrance fee of $5 per in-state vehicle or $7 per out-of-state vehicle will be in effect.

For more information on other Upper Wabash Interpretive Service programs, see or

Salamonie Lake ( is at 9214 West-Lost Bridge West, Andrews, 46702.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Ouabache SP to hold carp catching contest Aug. 17

From the Department of Natural Resources:

Ouabache State Park will host a carp catching contest on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the boat house on Kunkel Lake. Anglers should bring their own pole or call ahead to borrow one.

The contest will be held 8:30 to 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for most carp caught and longest carp.

The standard entrance fee of $5 per in-state vehicle and $7 per out-of-state vehicle will be in effect.

Ouabache State Park ( is at 4930 E. St. Rd. 201, Bluffton, 46714.