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  • Briscoe Named Crossroads AD Of The Year For Fourth Time
    The honors continue to come in for Grace’s Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe.
  • The Penalty Box: IHSAA Re-Routes State Basketball Tournaments
    We knew the IHSAA was considering some pretty significant changes for the boys and girls state basketball tournaments when they met last week, but the changes they approved were not the ones we thought they were considering.
  • Trine Announces 2022 Basketball Camp
    The Trine University men's basketball team will be hosting the 2022 Hoosier Basketball Boys Camp on July 10th through the 13th on the campus of Trine University. The camp is open for boys basketball players ages 7-17.
  • Warsaw Mom-Daughter Duo Wins Third AAU Championship
    Chandra Hepler, head coach of Warsaw volleyball, and her daughter Ellie have worked together to help build perhaps the most difficult and sought after team achievement in sports: a dynasty.
  • Local Athletes Compete At Special Olympics State Games
    More than 2,000 athletes from 56 delegations came from every corner of the state to demonstrate their skills at Indiana Special Olympics State Games held in Terre Haute from June 17 - 19.
  • Chip Shots: It’s Just A Phase
    You’ve seen it in movies, and in plays. A parent or grandparent exclaiming, “It’s just a phase” as a rejoinder to another adult’s expression of much anxiety for the change, perceived as – but not necessarily – bad among adolescents and young adults.

     Life imitates art. I’ve caught myself using the response when discussing the behavior of our young people.
  • IHSAA Committee Votes To Change Basketball Tournament Format
    Early on Thursday, the Executive Committee of the Indiana High School Athletic Association voted to make a significant change to the format of the annual boys and girls basketball state tournaments.
  • Kyle Allison Turning USF Track Around In A Historical Manner
    Over the past nine years he has been with the University of Saint Francis, Head Coach Kyle Allison of the cross country and track & field teams has brought his expertise with him and has bolstered the program with his teams and athletes earning accolades that the track & field program had never accomplished before.
  • Mevis Gears Up For Jaguars’ 2022 NFL Training Camp
    There are college graduates filling the offices, labs, and manufacturing facilities throughout the area, and there are college graduates taking a summer break for travel and leisure.

    Andrew Mevis, WCHS ’17, Warsaw, Fordham, and Iowa State place kicker, will be spending the next 4 ½ weeks preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime shot at the NFL. Mevis was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars almost immediately following the 2022 NFL Draft.
  • Warsaw Holds 30th Annual Beaman Home Golf Scramble
    The rain did not last long and it ended up being a beautiful day at Rozella Ford Golf Club in Warsaw as team members took turns swinging clubs for a good cause at the 30th Annual Beaman Home Golf Scramble on Monday, June 6th. Overall, the event netted $12,500 to support the Beaman Home’s continued goal to provide essential services to domestic violence victims and their children. With 28 teams participating, the day was full of fun and friendly competition.
  • Junior Achievement Seeks Runners And Sponsors
    Junior Achievement serving North Manchester is seeking Runners and Sponsors for its annual “JA 5k and Fun Run” fundraiser, taking place on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at Warvel Park in North Manchester.
  • Chip Shots: Planting A Seed On Seeding
    Class 6A football is comprised of 32 schools among 8 sectionals. Due to the growth of schools in and around Indianapolis, and the population shift from the Northern part of the state, the only schools in Class 6A truly geographical North are:

    Lafayette Jefferson, Lake Central, Crown Point, Portage, Penn, Elkhart, Warsaw, Carroll, and Homestead.
  • Warsaw Golf Ends State Tournament In Eighth Place
    While the Warsaw Tigers’ team score improved in the second and final day of the IHSAA boys golf championship from Prairie View golf course, the team’s position dropped by two spots. After shooting a 318 Wednesday, the Tigers finish the tournament with a 637, ten strokes behind podium finishers Indianapolis Cathedral, who overtook four teams on day two to secure the finish.
  • Warsaw Golf Ends Day One Of State In Sixth Place
    The Warsaw Tigers golf team wrapped up its opening round of the state championship at Prairie View golf course Tuesday, and has plenty to be happy about with the results. The Tigers finished the day with a team score of 319 after 18 holes, twenty strokes behind the leaders, Guerin Catholic.
  • The Penalty Box: Taking The Bus To Wrigley
    On July 15th, I will be leading a group of about 50 people to the corner of Clark and Addison to one of the most beautiful blocks of real estate on God’s Earth—Wrigley Field.
  • Notre Dame Stuns Tennessee, Advances To World Series
    Freshman Jack Findlay threw five shutout innings in relief and back-to-back home runs by catcher David LaManna and Jack Brannigan in the seventh sparked Notre Dame to a stunning 7-3 victory over No. 1 overall seed Tennessee in the championship game of the Knoxville Super Regional on Sunday.
  • Chip Shots: It’s Summer. Relax?
    My approach toward my avocations can be a blessing and a curse. I’m probably more proactive among my avocations than the average bear, but some of that proactivity is more of a compulsion than an effective habit.
  • Warsaw Boys Golf Advances To State
    It was a terrific day for the Warsaw Tigers golf team at their regional match at Swan Lake golf course in Plymouth Thursday. The Tigers shot a 298 as a team to finish in second place and advance to the state finals next week.
  • McGregor To Transition Roles At Grace
    Grace College’s athletic department is pleased to announce a change of responsibilities for Carol McGregor.

    McGregor will step away from her role as an assistant women’s basketball coach and will assume a new position of Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) as an Assistant Athletic Director.
  • The Penalty Box: Valley Is Just Fine Where They Are
    A few years back, conference realignment in high school athletics became a big deal.
  • Grace Earns Presidential, #KingChasing Honors From NCCAA
    Grace College’s athletic department earned two national awards at the annual NCCAA national convention.

    Grace repeated as the NCCAA Presidential Award for the second straight year, and the school was also named a finalist for the inaugural #KingChasing award.
  • Baseball, Softball and Girls Rugby teams all compete in playoffs
  • Wawasee’s Emma Yoder Tops Area Athletes At State Track & Field Meet
    Friday’s weather for the girls, and Saturday’s weather for the boys set the stage for fast fields among the running events at the IHSAA track and field championships last weekend. Field events, however, were the source of most of the area’s IHSAA state meet hardware.
  • Chip Shots: Ambitious (?) Summer Plans
    I take a different television viewing path as high school sports draws to a close, and the NBA finals roll through the first half of June.
  • Warsaw, Two Individuals Advance At Golf?Sectional
    Perfect conditions welcomed athletes to the IHSAA Boys Golf Sectional at Rozella Ford golf course Friday, in which six local area schools competed. The sectional was won by Columbia City, but Warsaw’s team as well as two local individuals finished the day as regional qualifiers.
  • Whitko Softball Celebrates Regional Victory
    Whitko softball made the long trip to Western Boone High School worth it with a 9-7 extra innings win over the home team on Tuesday to secure the school’s first regional championship since 2017, and second in school history. The Lady ‘Cats have gotten hot at the perfect time, and extend their winning streak to five and improve their record to 10-12.
  • Local High School Sports Recaps For 5/30
    Baseball sectional championships
  • The Penalty Box: Why We Like Steph More Than LeBron
    As I was watching the Golden State Warriors clinch the Western Conference Championship last week, a thought occurred to me that I want to share with you.
  • Warsaw?Speedway Adding Another Group To Hall
    As part of Warsaw’s First Friday Event and the “Remembering the Warsaw Speedway” Exhibit sponsored by the Kosciusko County Historical Society, this Friday will honor another group of Warsaw Speedway drivers and a track official that made such an impact to the local speedway, the fans, and the sport of racing.
  • Local High School Sports Recaps For Memorial Day Weekend
    Baseball and Softball sectional action
  • Grace Concludes Stellar NAIA Championships
    The NAIA Nationals track and field meet filled with historic firsts for Grace concluded on Friday in Alabama. The Grace men recorded their first-ever top 10 finish, while the women produced their first NAIA All-Americans in outdoor track and field.
  • Squires’ Lincoln Leads The Way Among Area Athletes In Goshen Regional
    The Manchester Squires, led by Dominic Lincoln’s two individual regional titles in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, and his anchor leg on the team’s winning 1600-meter relay, had the area’s best team performance in Thursday night’s boys’ track and field regional hosted by Goshen.
  • Grace's Brown Wins NAIA Title In High Jump
    Isaac Brown completed the final chapter in his storied career by winning the NAIA national championship in the high jump. He claimed the first title in school history by jumping a school record 2.14 meters, which put him over the magical seven-foot barrier (7-0 1/4).
  • Chip Shots: Oh Henry! Your Commitment Was Amazing!
    Roger Grossman paid a wonderful tribute to Warsaw Community High School’s sports public address announcer, Ron Henry, in last Wednesday’s “Penalty Box.” I’m compelled to touch on some additional points folks don’t think about when an inimitable figure ends a 40-year span among multiple sports, let alone a single sport.
  • Local High School Sports Recaps For 5/25
    Baseball and Girls Tennis
  • Local High School Sports Recaps For 5/24
    Softball and Girls Tennis
  • Two Manchester Athletes Ready For Division III Championships
    Manchester University junior distance runner Enrique Salazar is set to compete at the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships this weekend Geneva, Ohio. Salazar will compete in the 10,000m which is slated to be held on Thursday May 26 at 9:15 p.m. This year’s championships will be held at the SPIRE Institute.
  • Warsaw’s Runner-Up Regional Finish Leads Area Girls
    Area teams won regional titles in two events in Tuesday night’s Kokomo IHSAA girls’ track and field regionals, and the Warsaw Tigers finished in the runner-up position in the team standings. The top 3 placers from each event will qualify for the state track meet Friday, June 3, in addition to Standard 3 qualifiers with times suitable for state-level competition.
  • The Penalty Box: Echo Of Henry’s Voice Rings Forever
    It rained last Saturday.

    To be accurate, a pretty fierce storm rolled through here Saturday morning.

    It rained hard enough that the Warsaw baseball team had to cancel their four-way tournament at Tiger Field.

    As news of the cancellation spread throughout town, the realization that more than just baseball games being called off due to weather was happening.

    It was the end of an era.
  • Lancers Hope To Make Splash At NAIA Nationals
    A group of 19 Lancer athletes will compete in 13 different events at the 2022 NAIA National Track and Field Championships this week in Gulf Shores, Ala. The three-day event is held at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium from Wednesday to Friday.
  • Hoskins’ 67 Leads Tiger Linksters To NLC Title
    The Warsaw Tigers entered Saturday’s 2022 Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) boys’ golf tournament tied with the Northridge Raiders at 6-1 in the regular season standings. Warsaw used a convincing 6-stroke victory by Cal Hoskins accompanied by three other Tiger golfers among the top ten finishers to clinch the outright NLC title Saturday at Black Squirrel Golf Course.
  • D.IN.O Mountain Bike Series Returns To Winona Lake
    The Do INdiana Off-road (D.IN.O) Mountain Bike Racing Series has been holding races at the Winona Lake Trails since 2002. Since 2005, it’s been one of the headliners of the Fat & Skinny Tire Festival, a three-day event celebrating all things bicycle.
  • Winds Blow Valley’s Way In Softball Finale
    A Southwestern wind ranging from 10 to 25 miles per hour was blowing from home plate to center and right center field late Friday afternoon in the Tippecanoe Valley Vikings’ final home game.
  • Local High School Sports Recaps For 5/19
    Baseball, Softball, Boys Track
  • Chip Shots: A Summer Assignment For High School-Aged Broadcasters
    I joined Toastmaster’s International (TI) in the fall of 1989. The first ten speeches required to reach Advanced Toastmaster level are a well-thought, very logical path of training and development for public speaking and thinking on your feet.
  • WARSAW – Warsaw continued its traditional dominance in sectional action Tuesday night with its 15th straight (excluding the COVID shutdown) IHSAA girls’ track and field sectional title. Most of the Tiger athletes were in diapers or were starting pre-school the last time the Warsaw girls’ squad did not win a sectional (2006).
  • Baseball, Softball, Girls Track and Boys Golf
  • Local High School Sports Recaps For 5/16
    Baseball, Softball and Girls Tennis
  • 13th Annual Run 4 Others To Take Place June 18
    The 13th annual Blackburn Run 4 Others will take place on June 18, 2022.  The event hosts both a 5K run/walk and also a 10K run.

  • The Penalty Box: Of Resting Horses And Coaching Changes
    This is one of those weeks where the generous space I am given to write into each week just isn’t enough for all I want to cover.

    So forgive me for jumping around.
  • Spartan Athletes Win Weekly, Season Awards
    The Manchester University men's outdoor track & field team swept the weekly Athlete of the Week honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, as announced on Monday.
  • Local High School Sports Recaps For 5/14 & 5/13
    Baseball, Softball, Boys Golf and Girls Tennis
  • Homestead Captures 2022 Tiger Softball Tourney
    Three of the four Warsaw Lady Tiger Softball Tournament competitors were comprised of area teams: the Manchester Squires, the Triton Trojans, and the host Warsaw Tigers. The guests who traveled farthest, however, the Homestead Spartans, took the championship trophy home with them Saturday afternoon.
  • Grace Men Claim NCCAA Title, Women Finish 2nd
    Grace's track and field team enjoyed success at the national stage at the 2022 NCCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.
  • Local High School Sports Recaps For 5/12
    Baseball, Softball, Boys Golf and Girls Tennis
  • Lakeland Christian Hires New Head Boys Basketball Coach
    Lakeland Christian Academy’s athletic department is pleased to announce its latest addition to the coaching staff.  Warsaw native, Taylor Long, will take the helm as the Cougars’ Head Boys Basketball coach.  Long replaces Jake Ritchie, who had a record of 26-22 in his two seasons and led LCA to the sectional title game both years of his leadership.
  • Chip Shots: Will A GOAT Be A Welcome NFL Broadcast Attraction?
    Fox Sports put the final piece of the puzzle together along with its competing NFL lead broadcast teams when they announced Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Tom Brady would join Kevin Burkhardt in Fox’s NFL broadcast booth immediately following his eventual retirement.