Sports and Outdoors

Friday, February 28, 2014

N-B Video: Norwell baton twirler entertains between hoops

Norwell High School student Brianna Bolinger performs between two boys' basketball games Tuesday, Feb. 25. For other stories and videos, go to (Video by Paul Beitler)

Monday, February 24, 2014

N-B Video: Norwell girls win first regional championship in 37 years

Norwell girls' basketball players Kaycee Strunk, Kelsey Beer and Laken Chaney talk to the News-Banner's Paul Beitler after defeating Muncie Central and NorthWood Saturday, Feb. 22, to move on to semi-state. Learn more in the Monday, Feb. 24, News-Banner. (Video by Paul Beitler)

Friday, February 21, 2014

N-B Slideshows: Norwell, Southern Wells win sectional championships

The Lady Knights and Lady Raiders will compete for their regional titles Saturday after winning sectional championships last week. Learn more about the upcoming matches in the Thursday, Feb. 20, News-Banner, and Friday, Feb. 21, News-Banner, and relive the sectional victory with the slideshows below.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Indiana Dunes State Park hosts annual snowmelt contest

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Visitors to Indiana Dunes State Park can participate in a contest by guessing when a large snow pile will melt, with the closest entry winning a 2014 DNR Annual Entrance Permit.

This is the third consecutive year the park has hosted its snowmelt contest.

The snow pile is in the beach auxiliary parking lot, next to the park’s main gate.

“The cold and snowy winter has created a sizeable pile,” said interpretive naturalist Brad Bumgardner. “The park will maintain the pile should Mother Nature bring us more snow, but no other alterations will be done.”

Submit predictions at the park office and nature center, or by emailing your name, address, and date and time you think the snow pile will melt to The park also allows entries via Facebook page at

Incomplete submissions are not eligible.

The submission deadline is March 14. Hints and updates on expected melt dates will be offered on the Indiana Dunes State Park Facebook page.

For more information, call (219) 926-1390.

Indiana Dunes State Park is at 1600 North 25 E. Chesterton, 46304.

Monday, February 17, 2014

N-B Video: Southern Wells girls capture ninth b-ball sectional championship

Learn more in the Monday, Feb. 17, News-Banner. (Video by Paul Beitler)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

N-B Photos: Knights whip Squaws to advance

Stephanie Conrad scored 16 points and Mackenzie Sawyer 15 to lead the Norwell Knights to an 81-28 romp over the Bellmont Squaws Tuesday night in the first game of the Class 3A Sectional 23 girls’ basketball tournament.

Learn more in the Wednesday, Feb. 12, News-Banner.

(Photos by Glen Werling)

Indiana’s wild game cooking videos now feature field-to-table format

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Indiana’s “CookIN Gone Wild” video series now teaches viewers not only how to prepare their wild game, but also how to harvest it.

The video series launched last year on Indiana DNR’s YouTube channel and initially focused only on cooking. Now it also includes everything viewers need to know to harvest the featured fish or game animal, a format called field-to-table.

The first episode in the new format highlights steelhead trout and coho salmon fishing on Trail Creek in Michigan City. Viewers will learn some steelhead and salmon biology, equipment requirements and fishing techniques, including some insider secrets.

Each video ends with a recipe for the harvested game. The steelhead episode offers a healthy, open-faced steelhead salad sandwich.

“We really wanted to offer viewers the entire experience,” said Michelle Cain, DNR wildlife information specialist and host of CookIN Gone Wild. “Showing that anyone can try new outdoor adventures is important to the future of hunting and fishing. These videos give you everything you need to know to try it yourself.”

“CookIN Gone Wild” episodes are at New episodes come out every other month.

A downloadable cookbook and recipes are at A selected recipe also appears in each issue of Outdoor Indiana magazine.

Next in the series is ice fishing at Trine State Recreation Area in Angola.

Future episodes will feature dove hunting, squirrel hunting, wild edibles and urban fishing for catfish.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Eldora selling tickets for upcoming season

From Eldora Speedway:

ROSSBURG, Ohio – Starting today, Eldora Speedway fans will be able to purchase tickets and campsites for every race meet on the aggressive 2014 schedule. Since early December, the ticketing department has been filling orders for the time-honored major events, 20thannual Dirt Late Model Dream (June 5-6-7), 31st annual Kings Royal (July 11 & 12), 2nd Annual 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (July 23) and 44thannual World 100 (September 4-5-6) at a record pace.   That tempo will pick up starting 9 a.m. Monday as tickets for the balance of the highly-anticipated season become available, with no increase in pricing, for purchase.

Ticketing manager Tess Thwaits encourages fans to use as the fastest way to get their choice of seats and to complete their purchase.

“We always want fans to take advantage of the proven TicketForce-prepared design for easy and quick purchasing.  The TicketForce system has been in place for several years and has demonstrated its ability to process a huge volume of orders simultaneously while being extremely user-friendly,” commented Thwaits, the granddaughter of Eldora founders Earl and Berniece.  “We know that some fans prefer to call in, so we will have a full staff of agents in-house and ready to answer the box office hotline of (937) 338-3815 during normal business hours, and the speedway box office will be open for walk-in orders.”

Parity of competition, regardless of division or sanctioning body, became the buzz word in 2013 and that has prompted an unprecedented interest among race fans coming into 2014.

“Without a doubt, Steve Kinser’s announcement that 2014 will be his final year chasing the World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series championship has created a stir and Kings Royal tickets are selling at a record pace,” stated Eldora General Manager Roger Slack.   “But it doesn’t stop there.  Whether it’s the Johnny Appleseed Classic (May 25) prior to the Dirt Late Model Dream weekend or the Ohio Sprint Speedweek (June 21) prior to the Kings Royal, every race on Eldora’s unique schedule leads into a major event and the fans have come to realize that drivers value the track time that can be gathered.”

Special events hosting the premier series in dirt racing make up the 28 race schedule.  Fans will witness the stars of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars, UMP DIRTcar Super Late Models and Modifieds, the United States Auto Club’s (USAC) Silver Crown, National Sprint Car Series and National Midget Car Series, the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions and the United States Hot Rod Association’s (US Hot Rod) Monster Jam series.  The regional BOSS non-wing Sprints will join May’s Mobil 1 $8 Family Fun Night and Fireworks Spectacular plus Eldora’s Modified and Stock divisions will be contesting their season championship from April through October.

N-B Photos: Tiger Sharks, Knights close out their seasons

The Bluffton Tiger Sharks finished their girls’ swimming season Saturday by placing above their Wells County rivals, the Norwell Knights, in the Indiana High School Athletic Association sectional at Jay County High School.

Learn more in the Monday, Feb. 10, News-Banner.

Before finishing their season Saturday, however, they competed in preliminary round of the Jay County High School girls’ Indiana High School Athletic Association sectional, pictured below. (Photos by Paul Beitler)