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  • Beer Writes Award-Winning Book On Negro Leaguer Charleston
    Jeremy Beer grew up with an appreciation for baseball.

    He played Little League and Pony League in Milford, Ind. (now the Wawasee Summer League).

    The oldest child of the late Dr. Ken and Lynne Beer, Jeremy graduated from Wawasee High School in 1990 then earned psychology degrees at Indiana University and the University of Texas and read about the game’s past. He considered himself pretty knowledgable about baseball.

    One day Beer was going through the second edition of the Bill James Historical Abstract and the listing of all-time best players.

    No. 4 in the James rankings was Oscar Charleston.
  • Wawasee’s Leedy To Play Golf At Rose-Hulman
    Wawasee graduate Zach Leedy (front row, center) signed a letter-of-intent Wednesday to continue his academic and golf careers at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, where he will major in mechanical engineering. Leedy is flanked by his parents, Candy (L) and Mike Leedy. On the back row is Wawasee Athletic Director Cory Schutz and Warrior head golf coach Steve Coverstone.
  • New Year Starts For High Schools
    The calendar has flipped over to July, and it couldn’t have happened soon enough.

    July 1 is when the 2020-21 high school sports calendar officially begins.

    This week is a little different than most years. This is where “moratorium week” usually falls. That’s the one week of the year where high school sports shut down — no contact, no team camps and no organized activities.
  • Tiger Assistant Baumgartner Honored
    Longtime Warsaw Tiger assistant football coach Dave Baumgartner (L) was recently presented with the Tom Kelly Memorial Award by the Indiana Football

    Coaches Association for “his diligent efforts for our association and the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.” Baumgartner put together a video history of the hall of fame in Richmond and is currently working on compiling a podcast from every IFCA North vs. South All-Star Game with help from former Tiger football coach Ted Huber.

  • Grace Esports Announces New Facility, MSI Sponsorship
    Grace College’s brand-new esports team is excited to announce two major enhancements to the program.

    The team has entered into a sponsorship with MSI, who is a leading developer of computer hardware for the esports industry. Grace’s student-athletes will wear custom MSI jerseys and play on powerful MSI gaming computers.
  • Manchester Hires Whitko Boys Hoops Coach Eli Henson
    Athletic Director Eric Screeton had a wide-ranging search for a new Manchester Squires boys basketball coach, but got his man from a neighboring school and Three Rivers Conference rival.

    Screeton presented Whitko boys basketball coach Eli Henson to the Manchester  Community Schools Board of School Trustees. The trustees approved the hiring of Henson at its meeting late Tuesday night.
  • A Moment And Place In Time
    I am sitting here on the patio of our vacation spot this week, being reflective and contemplating life — much like I have done just about every day since we all started “hunkering down” at the end of March.

    Today’s contemplation occurs while sitting on the beach, watching and listening to the waves roll in and roll out as the wife and kids greet those waves in person.
  • Clock Is Ticking On Baseball
    Word is the baseball players and Major League Baseball are drifting apart in their effort to negotiate a way into the 2020 baseball season.

    Owners are mourning the loss of every game not played so far because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and are staring at the massive loss of revenue from not having fans in the stands of any of the games that are played.
  • ‘The Bowling Alley’ Announces Plan To Reopen
    Jennifer Stichter, general manager at The Bowling Alley, 1535 N. Detroit St., announced on Wednesday the establishment will reopen, with new social distancing guidelines, on Tuesday.
  • Fishing Is More Than Just Fishing
    Monday was my six-year old son’s “Gotcha Day”.

    If you aren’t familiar with the term, it’s the day we met Oliver in China. It’s the first time we got to see him with our own eyes and hold him in our arms.

    “Gotcha Day” is sort of like a second birthday. Hannah and Oliver get to pick what we do and where we eat on their special day.
  • Grace Golfers Earn Academic Accolades
    Seven members of Grace College’s women’s and men’s golf teams were given academic honors.
  • Hill Recognized As NCCAA’s Game Plan 4 Life Winner
    Grace College volleyball star Alexa Hill added one more honor to her illustrious career on Thursday.

    Hill was named the winner of the 2020 NCCAA Game Plan 4 LIFE Award. T
  • Winter Sports Owners, Commissioners Should Just Give Up
    With the passing of Memorial Day Weekend, we are now officially into summer.

    I think we can all agree that summer couldn’t have come soon enough.

    Swimming pools are opening, golf courses are buzzing again, and people are outside doing … “outside things.”

    And thus the topic of conversation today.
  • Mays’ Road Takes Him From Lexington To South Whitley
    After playing big-time college basketball, first at North Carolina State and finishing his master’s degree at Kentucky, Julius Mays finds himself going from playing in front of thousands of fans in Lexington’s Rupp Arena to being the new athletic director at Whitko. The population of the entire school district is somewhere around a fifth of Rupp’s 23,500 capacity.

    The Marion native has had a long and winding road so far in life, but it’s about accomplishing goals rather than reaching destinations.

    “I never had a written plan. Obviously, I have goals and there are stepping stones to achieving those goals,” Mays said. “I was welcomed with open arms at my alma mater (Marion High School) and I was greatly appreciative of that opportunity.
  • Grace College’s Haney, Anderson Earn Academic Honors
    Two members of Grace’s baseball team were recognized for their excellence in the classroom.

    David Anderson and Houston Haney were both honored as NCCAA Scholar-Athletes. To achieve that status, student-athletes must reach upperclassman status and have a GPA of at least 3.40.
  • Sports Without Fans And Other Things
    It’s one of those weeks where there are a lot of things to talk about but only so many inches to do it in.

    So I offer a buffet of subjects for your consideration today.
  • NFHS Releases Guidance For State Associations To Consider In Re-Opening HS Athletics, Activities
    The National Federation of State High School Associations has released guidance for its 51 member state high school associations to consider in re-opening high school athletics and other activity programs across the nation.

    The guidance document was developed by the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, a 15-member advisory committee composed of medical doctors, certified athletic trainers, high school coaches and officials, research specialists and state high school association executives that regularly develops position statements related to medical aspects of conducting high school athletics.
  • Crossroads League Claims 11 CoSIDA Honors for Baseball and Softball
    The Crossroads League placed 11 student-athletes on the 2020 CoSIDA NAIA Baseball and Softball Academic All-District Teams recently. Taylor led the way with six combined honors, with Mount Vernon Nazarene collecting three awards and Grace and Indiana Wesleyan each claiming one.
  • 18 Spartans Named Academic All-HCAC
    The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced the spring honorees for Tom Bohlsen Academic All-HCAC.  18 Spartans earned Academic All-HCAC honors this spring.
  • Julius Mays Named Whitko AD
    Whitko Community Schools approved the hire of Julius Mays as the new athletic airector Monday evening during the Whitko School Board Meeting.
  • Valley Exploring E-Sports Club For This Fall
    Tippecanoe Valley School High School announced at its Thursday board work session that an E-sports club is in the works for the 2020-21 school year.

    Valley would join the Indiana High School E-Sports League (IHSEN).
  • Manchester Boys Hoops Coach Fired
    After four seasons as boys basketball coach, Mark Underwood was fired by the Manchester Community School Corporation’s Board of Trustees this week, a move confirmed by Squire Athletic Director Eric Screeton Thursday.
  • All-NLC Academic Team Announced
    The Class of 2020 Academic All-Northern Lakes Conference team was announced this week. Winners were:
  • Fall Sports Gets A Thumbs Up From IHSAA
    Last week, the IHSAA announced that they have a plan for the fall sports season — and that plan is to have one.

    Hoosiers rejoiced!
  • Fall Sports Season Is Going To Be Affected
    With Gov. Eric Holcomb’s announcement Friday of a plan to start opening up stuff to us step-by-step, there are a lot of people with mixed feelings on the stages of the plan.

    This is not a political column and so you will not read my thoughts on Holcomb’s plan or my predictions on its ultimate success.
  • Tips For Teaching Kids
    I watch parents and grandparents working with their young kids on sports-related skills all the time. Most of them have the best of intentions.

    Either way, over my nearly 50 years of playing sports and watching others play, I have come to some conclusions about how to get young people off to good starts and pointed in the right direction for later in their sports lives.

    I want to share with you today some of the things that I have discovered.
  • TVMS Winter Sports Awards Announced
    Tippecanoe Valley Middle School recently presented its winter sports awards via a conference call.

    Winners were as listed below:
  • Wawasee Winter Sports Award Winners Announced
    Wawasee recently issued its winter sports awards, highlighting its six varsity sports as well as cheerleading.

    Wawasee’s winter season had girls swimming qualify for four events at the IHSAA State Finals and two of its wrestlers make the IHSAA State Finals along with the team achieving its third consecutive sectional championship. Additionally, one gymnast was used as a baseline scorer at the IHSAA Gymnastics State Finals.
  • HS Wrestling Rules Changes Address Weigh-in Procedures, Hair Length
    As the result of a concerted effort to accommodate the growing number of female wrestlers, the 2020-21 high school wrestling rules changes are headlined by significant adjustments to weigh-in protocol and appropriate hair length requirements.

    The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee met April 5-6 and recommended 11 rules changes to take effect next school year. In accordance with current health safety guidelines, the rules meeting was held in an online format. All rules revisions recommended by the Wrestling Rules Committee were approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
  • Moore A Tiger Of A Different Color
    Matt Moore met the media Saturday afternoon for the first time as boys basketball coach of the Warsaw Tigers.

    Of course, he met them via a video chat because, well, you know, that’s how we have do things like that these days.

    Moore was officially announced as head coach Saturday morning, and he saw the faces and heard the voices of those who would be covering the team and many of the other Tiger team coaches later that afternoon.
  • A Long Way From Fall Sports
    Sitting here in my home, one foot on the living room carpet and the other on the dining room floor, I can’t help but think we’re a long way from fall sports ... much farther than we normally are on April 21.

    And after reading Kyle Neddenriep’s article in Monday’s Indianapolis Star, we all need to take a closer look at the priority we place on high school sports.
  • Grace Alum Matt Moore To Be New Tiger Boys Hoops Coach
    After an extensive search, Athletic Director Matt Binkerd hired just the third boys basketball head coach at Warsaw Community High School.

    The choice??Forty-year-old Grace College alum Matt Moore.

    The announcement came Saturday and is subject to school board approval, which is expected to come at its next scheduled meeting a week from today, April 27.
  • Tigers Burgh, Hutcherson Make College Choice
    Despite the lack of a senior season, Warsaw baseball players Noah Burgh and Jacob Hutcherson announced Friday they will continue their baseball and academic careers are Purdue North-west and Trinity Christian College, respectively.
  • Kosciusko County Special Olympics On Hold Due To Virus
    Special Olympics Kosciusko County (SOKC) has been suspended in keeping with current CDC social distancing guidelines for COVID-19. In light of this situation, this recap will provide information on the activities and benefits of SOKC.
  • MU?Senior QB Downard Earns NFF Honor
    The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the members of the 2020 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. Senior Alex Downard, a Campbell Trophy semifinalist back in the fall, was named to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society Tuesday.
  • Squires Hire Former Asst. As New FB Coach
    Athletic director Eric Screeton announced Wednesday  former Squire assistant Alyx Brandewie is the new head football coach at Manchester High School.

    Brandewie is originally from Minster, Ohio, and was teaching and coaching football and baseball there the last two years. Before that he was an assistant coach and eventually the defensive coordinator under former coach Greg Miller from 2016-18.
  • Things I’ve Learned In Isolation
    We have all learned a lot over the past month.

    We’ve learned a lot about ourselves, the people we live with, the people we work with and the people who have been our friends.

    I want to use my space this week talking about some of the things I have learned over this month. Some of them are sports-related, and some of them are not. Some of them, I hope, you find humorous. Some aren’t funny at all.
  • Tiger Best Teams Of All Time (Part 3)
    This is the last of my series on the great Warsaw teams of all time.

    There are a few more teams that need to be mentioned. Again, these are teams that set themselves apart over the course of time and they are in no particular order.
  • Leal, Parrish Capture Indiana's Top Basketball Awards
    Anthony Leal and Sydney Parrish can add one more award to their expanding trophy rooms — Indiana's No. 1 All-Star jersey.

    Leal was a runaway winner for the IndyStar Mr. Basketball Award, receiving 103 of 236 votes. Parrish earned 102 votes to edge Madison Layden for the Miss Basketball Award.
  • Lancer Marathon Ends, More Than $12K Raised For Virus Relief
    With several laps around 1st Source Bank Field, and a celebratory backflip to boot, sophomore Cole Voss concluded the last shift for the Grace College men’s soccer program at noon Wednesday, ending the team’s weeklong quest to raise money for COVID-19 relief.
  • No Spring Sports, Yet We Must Carry On
    The spring sports season will be one that is talked about for as long as high school sports are still talked about.

    It ended before it ever started.

    Just minutes after Gov. Eric Holcomb’s order last week that school buildings stay closed and educating be done remotely for the remainder of the school year, the Indiana High School Athletic Association issued their own statement saying that the spring sports season would never begin.
  • Kilburn Wins Don Dicken Award
    Warsaw senior Grayson Kilburn was named the female recipient of the The Don Dicken Golf Award for the 2019 season on Tuesday. The award recipients are chosen by Warsaw golf coaches and presented to the senior golfers who excel in leadership, academics, citizenship, and team effort.
  • Fort Wayne FC Prepares For ‘21 After NPSL Season Cancellation
    Coaching staff assembled. Players selected. Jerseys printed. President and co-owner of Fort Wayne Football Club Erik Magner was eager to unveil a high level of soccer to northeast Indiana.
  • Thirteen players have been selected for the 2020 IndyStar Indiana Boys All-Stars, it was announced Monday.

    Those chosen to the team are scheduled to play three games in June -- one exhibition game against the Indiana Junior All-Stars as well as home-and-home contests against the Kentucky All-Stars.
  • Mangas Is A Natural Hero
    In the later stages of the 2015-16 Warsaw boys basketball season, Warsaw’s quest for perfection was still very much intact as they traveled to Fort Wayne Northrop on a January Saturday night. Jan. 23, to be exact.

    They were trailing in the dying moments of the game, and they passed the ball to Kyle Mangas.
  • Former Tiger Remembers His Roots, In Life And Hoops
    After learning Monday he had won the Bevo Francis Award as the nation’s top small college men’s basketball player, Warsaw native and Indiana Wesleyan junior guard Kyle Mangas took some time to reflect on how he began his journey to the top of the small college basketball world.

    “I started my Warsaw basketball career in second grade, playing on a third-grade level travel team in town with guys like Paul Marandet, guys like Riley Rhoades and Evan Schmidt who I’d go on to play high school ball.
  • Warsaw Native Mangas Wins Bevo Francis Award
    Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball junior Kyle Mangas added to his season accolades, being named the 2020 Clarence “Bevo” Francis Award winner, announced by the Small College Basketball and the National Awards Committee. This award is given to just one player within Small College Basketball per season. This marks the first time in program history a Wildcat has earned the honor.
  • IWU’s Mangas Named Francis Award Finalist
    MARION – Indiana Wesleyan junior and Warsaw Community High School alumni Kyle Mangas was named Saturday as one of 14 finalists for the Bevo Francis Award, given to the best small college basketball player in the nation.
  • Lancer Men’s Soccer Extends Marathon Relay By 5 Days
    They say you can’t run away from your problems, but Grace College’s men’s soccer team is putting one foot in front of the other in order to provide monetary relief for communities fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Picking Up The Discussion Of Best Tiger Teams
    So last Saturday I started to tackle the daunting task of looking back on the best Warsaw teams of all time.

    It’s daunting because there are so many teams worth mentioning, and because if you don’t mention a team that someone thinks should be mentioned, you open the door for trouble.
  • Deep Down, We Knew ... And It Still Vacuums*
    I had a feeling, and made a point not to say so in this space a week or so ago, that the spring sports season wasn’t going to happen.

    Thursday, in a statement far more brief than its impact, the IHSAA did what had to be done; cancelling the spring sports season.

    And it truly sucks. (* – I wasn’t sure the boss would like the word “sucks” in a headline, but this whole thing with the coronavirus does.)
  • IHSAA Cancels Spring Sports Season
    After Gov. Eric Holcomb’s order Thursday afternoon for all school building in Indiana remain closed for the remander of the academic year, the IHSAA followed by cancelling the spring sports season for 2020.