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  • Kids Run The Show At “Sandlot” Inspired Day
    Thanks to an event held by 43 Boys Baseball Club of Warsaw, kids from all over the area were able to channel their inner Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez for a day of baseball fun Saturday at the City-County Athletic Complex.
  • Warsaw Football, Fall Sports Tickets on Sale Now
    The Warsaw Athletic Department is announcing details on ticket sales for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Chip Shots: From Hell To Heaven, I’m Already Ready
    I moved from Gahanna, Ohio to Goshen, Indiana on my 32nd birthday in 1996. Another trip around the sun concludes this coming Wednesday. My outlook was filled with ambivalence.
  • Warsaw, Wawasee Compete At NorthWood Golf Invitational
    With the fall sports calendar rapidly filling up, the Warsaw and Wawasee girls golf teams made their way to McCormick Creek Golf Course Thursday for the NorthWood Invitational.
  • The Penalty Box: If I Were King Of Sports—Silly Edition
    From time-to-time, I swerve off the normal path of this space and wonder what would happen if I were the king of sports.

    What would happen if I were simultaneously named the commissioner of the four major American professional sports leagues, the NCAA and Indiana High School sports?
  • New Bike Club Provides Inclusivity For Young Riders
    The Northeast Indiana Composite (NEIC) Mountain Bike team is a new club that has a simple mission: make sure any kid that wants to ride with the team can.
  • Chip Shots: Football, Futbol, Football
    I’m sprinkling the Saturday morning discussion among the institution of college football, Warsaw girls’ futbol, and Warsaw Tiger football.
  • Warsaw Little Leaguers Clinch District Championship
    Warsaw Little League’s junior division team (13 & 14 year olds) won the district 14 championship Thursday, clinching a berth in the Indiana state tournament in Greenwood Indiana beginning this week.
  • Local Woman Takes Fourth Place In Badwater 135 Ultramarathon
    Warsaw’s Suzi Swinehart has been running competitively since she was eight years old, competing in her first marathon at 19. She would eventually move up to ultramarathons, her first being the HUFF 50k run in Huntington. Still looking to increase the challenge, Swinehart’s quest to find the biggest and toughest races in the world would take her to Death Valley, California, home of Badwater 135.
  • Gould Extols Virtues Of Early IWU Commitment
    Warsaw Tiger senior guard and 2022 Times-Union Player of the Year Jaxson Gould tweeted his announcement to commit to the Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) men’s basketball program June 24. The Times-Union caught up with him to discuss the takeaways of an early commitment, and the process leading him toward being a future Wildcat.
  • Demo Derby Returns To Dash And Smash At County Fair
    Those choosing to brave the weather that clouded over the 105th edition of the Kosciusko County Fair Friday were treated to the headliner that has been coming to town for longer than those involved can remember.
  • Chip Shots: Coach Krebs Takes Us In A Refreshingly Different Direction
    I’ve used my Saturday columns to give you my worldview on NBA schedule length, and prognosticating IHSAA Class 6A football sectional alignment. Recently, however, Warsaw Tigers girls’ head basketball coach Lenny Krebs shared his valuable time with me to discuss what he would do if he were IHSAA commissioner for a day.
  • The Penalty Box: Why I Am Not A Coach
    If you read my weekly ramblings at all, you know that coaching and leadership come up a lot.

    And, so, a couple of you have posed the question of why I don’t coach.

    That’s totally a fair question and I would love to explain it.
  • North-South Grid Game Readies Jones For Role At USF
    Julius Jones will represent the Warsaw Tigers on the North squad in Friday’s Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) North-South football game at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. If you’re looking for him on the field, however, you’ll have to search for a different number, and a different offensive position on the field to boot.
  •  Camp, Salazar, & Villafuerte Earn All-Great Lakes Region Honors
    A trio of Manchester University track & field athletes have garnered All-Great Lakes Region accolades from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) following outstanding performances during the 2022 outdoor track & field season.
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The Penalty Box: Catching Big Fish Vs Little Fish
    I wrote a little bit about fishing last week, but with us in the heart of the summer fishing season I wanted to spend more time this week talking about a question that fishermen passing at the dock will ask: “what you fishin’ for?”
  • Chip Shots: Dead Spot In Sports? Time For Mid-Year Resolutions!
    We are approaching one of the slowest handful of weeks in sports. The NBA Finals and the men’s College World Series are behind us. The downshift will continue this Monday, Independence Day, with a hot dog eating contest, then we’ll fight sleep watching green balls volley their way to the Wimbledon finals the same day the IHSAA moratorium week ends (July 10).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.