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  • Indiana Wesleyan’s And Former Warsaw Tiger Mangas Repeats As Crossroads League Male Athlete Of Year
    For the second-straight year, the Crossroads League named Indiana Wesleyan’s, Kyle Mangas, as its Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Mangas is the first repeat winner of the award since it was started in 2011-2012.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • All-NLC Academic Team Announced
    The Class of 2020 Academic All-Northern Lakes Conference team was announced this week. Winners were:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Which Tiger Team Is The Best Ever?
    In these days of darkened sports arenas and gyms and empty diamonds and tracks complexes, sports people are scrambling for sports to talk about.

    I feel like I have plenty of subjects for columns, but this one was suggested to me and so I thought I would tackle it.

    Its intent is to answer the age-old question “which team is the greatest team in Warsaw Tiger history?”
  • NLC Develops Plan For Revised Spring Sports Schedules
    The Northern Lakes Conference announced Friday different scheduling and seeding formats for what would be an abbreviated spring sports season.
  • Mangas Is Named NAIA Player Of The Year
    Indiana Wesleyan junior and Warsaw community High School graduate Kyle Mangas made IWU history Thursday, being named the 2020 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.
  • Monday was supposed to be the first official day of IHSAA baseball practice.

    Instead, high schools were closed and practices postponed for weeks because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

    On local college diamonds, NAIA member Grace College had its season canceled and NCAA Division III Manchester University because of COVID-19 concerns is awaiting its next move.
  • Crossroads League Has 9 Men, 8 Women NAIA All-Americans
    The Crossroads League had nine men and eight women named to their respective NAIA basketball All-American teams Thursday, as announced by the NAIA office.

    Indiana Wesleyan’s Kyle Mangas, a Warsaw Comm-unity High School alum, headlined that group, being named the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, as well as a First-Team All-American selection.

    Spring Arbor’s Paul Marandet, another former Warsaw Tiger, joined Mangas in receiving NAIA First-Team All-American recognition.
  • IHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament Cancelled
    IHSAA Hopes To Have Abbreviated Spring Seasons
  • Cavemen Will Add A New Hue, New Rivalries To NLC
    Mishawaka High School will bring a new hue — literally, it’ll be maroon; figuratively, it’ll be much more — when it joins the tradition-rich tapestry that is Northern Lakes Conference sports.

    There will be iconic old venues the Cavemen can share and intriguing new rivalries to explore. There will be a dash more travel, too, but that seems a minor drawback.
  • Locals Earn IBCA Academic Honorable Mention
    Tiger DB, Coach Selected for IFCA?All-Star Game
  • Indiana Wesleyan’s Mangas Named to Francis Final 25 List
    Small College Basketball has updated the Bevo Francis Top 50 Watch List list, narrowing the squad to just 25 of the best small college players. Junior Kyle Mangas, a Warsaw Community High School alumni,  made the cut for the second straight year, becoming the first Wildcat to dawn his name on the list twice.
  • 2 Tigers And A Warrior Tabbed All-NLC
    Trojans Land 2 On All-HNAC Squad
  • After Schools Close, IHSAA Opts To Postpone
Boys Hoops Regionals
    After many school corporations in Indiana, including most in the Times-Union coverage area, the IHSAA and its commissioner, Bobby Cox, announced the boys basketball regionals scheduled for today have been postponed.
  • Warsaw Falls To Northridge In Title Game
    Warsaw’s Class 4A Sectional 4 final at North Side Gym started out as a tightly matched defensive battle. Wyatt Amiss capped off an 11-3 Tiger run when he nailed a 3 to put the squad ahead of Northridge 12-11 with 6:31 left in the first half.

    The 2019 defending sectional champs matched that burst with an 11-3 streak of their own, holding the lead for good thereafter, and clinching their second straight sectional title with a 60-38 win over the Tigers.
  • The End Of The Road For Warsaw’s Doug Ogle
    Warsaw boys basketball coach Doug Ogle sent me a text message a week ago today.

    This is nothing new. He sends me messages all of the time.

    But this one came before 8 a.m., asking me to meet with him later that afternoon.

    It seemed odd, but I met with him.
  • Local Sports Recaps for March 6
    NorthWood Pulls Away Late To Dash Wawasee’s Title Hopes; Knights Overwhelm LCA; High school track and NELMSC girls basketball results.
  • Tigers Down Penn For Another Overtime Sectional Win
    Luke Adamiec stepped to the free throw line with 1:50 left in overtime during the Class 4A Section 4 semifinal versus facing a 51-50 deficit. The 6-4 junior, who plays above the rim and draws plenty of fouls each game as coming off a 0-for-5 night at the free throw line against Goshen in Wednesday’s first round win.
  • Tiger Alum Hatch Has National Mat Title In His Sights
    Kyle Hatch knows dedication.

    He committed himself to wrestling excellence at Warsaw Community High School and went 168-16, including 134-6 over his last three prep seasons while placing three times at the IHSAA State Finals (eighth at 106 pounds in 2014, seventh at 120 in 2015, third at 152 in 2017).

    Hatch has stepped it up each year at Wabash College, placing eighth at 157 in the NCAA Division III Championships as a freshman in 2018 and sixth at 165 as a sophomore in 2019.
  • Tigers Need Overtime To Eliminate NLC?Foe Goshen In Sectional
    Goshen sophomore guard Drew Hogan put on a three-point and free-throw shooting clinic almost the entire game of the Class 4A Sectional 4 contest in Elkhart’s North Side Gym. The worm turned with 10.5 seconds in regulation play with the score knotted at 53.

    Eighteenth-year Tiger head coach Doug Ogle, who announced his retirement from basketball Monday afternoon, called a time out. Hogan missed the second free throw, leaving the score 53-all, and headed for overtime.

    His reversal of fortune continued with two of Goshen’s four missed free throws in overtime opening the door for the Tigers (12-9) to win 57-56 and advance to the semifinal round.
  • Tiger Boys Hoops Coach Doug Ogle Stepping Down
    Citing the grind of 35 years in the profession, and the desire to spend more time with family, Warsaw head boys basketball coach Doug Ogle told his team before Monday’s practice that he will be stepping away from the program at season’s end.

    The Tigers open postseason play in the Class 4A Elkhart Central Sectional against Goshen at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Chargers Rally Late,
Beat Tigers
    Warsaw traveled to Carroll High School for their final regular season game facing an energetic Senior Night Crowd in their host’s field house. The boys in orange and black played gritty, competitive basketball for the first three quarters trailing one of the Fort Wayne area’s top teams 36-33.
  • Tigers Have No Answer For Carmel
    Coach Doug Ogle, admittedly frustrated, said he didn’t have an answer for the way his Warsaw boys basketball team played Saturday night.

    Likewise, on the court the Tigers didn’t have an answer for Class 4A defending state champion Carmel.

    In Warsaw’s final home game of the season - with its four senior players and its senior cheerleaders honored between the JV and varsity contests - the Carmel Greyhounds scored the first seven points, led 31-7 at halftime and cruised to a 63-35 win.
  • Knight Wins Twice; Tigers Take 13th Straight Swimming Sectional Title
    Warsaw won its 13th consecutive boys sectional title Saturday, scoring 459 points to easily outdistance runner-up Columbia City’s 326.

    Tippecanoe Valley was fifth, and Manchester finished 11th.
  • Manchester’s Stroud Rallies To Remain Alive At State Wrestling Tournament
    Dylan Stroud had never trailed and had only been taken down a handful of times during the 2019-20 high school wrestling season.

    The Manchester sophomore 126-pounder found himself trailing 4-2 at the end of the first period Friday in the first round of the 82nd annual IHSAA State Finals wrestling tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

    “I’m so used to it because I wrestle Coach (Byron Sweet) all the time,” says Stroud, referring to Squires practice. “He usually kicks my butt.”

    So even though Stroud found himself behind Friday, he did not panic and moved to 40-0.
  • Local Sports Recaps For Feb. 21
    Slow Start Dooms Wawasee In Loss At East Noble; LCA Concludes Regular Season With Home Loss To O-D; Braves Trim Squires plus recaps from Thursday in gymnastics and middle school sports
  • Zebras Nip Trojans At The Buzzer
    Plus middle school basketball results
  • Stuckman, Stroud Lead Wrestling State Qualifiers
    Four area wrestlers earned a place in the 2020 IHSAA State Finals with their semistate performances Saturday.

    At East Chicago, Wawasee senior Garrett Stuckman (16-0) went 4-0 with a pin in the finals.
  • Tigers Top Plymouth For Much-Needed Victory
    It wasn’t for the Northern Lakes Conference Championship, like Warsaw’s boys basketball matchup with Plymouth has been so many times over the years, but it turned out to be a much-needed win for the host Tigers.

    Wrapping up the league schedule with a 49-36 win over the Pilgrims Friday night, Warsaw snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 11-6 overall and 4-3 in the NLC.
  • Beginning next season, changes to the conditions and procedure for restarting play with a dropped ball will take effect in high school soccer.
  • Area High School Results for Feb. 8
    Wildcats Win Overtime Non-Conference Thriller Over Lakewood Park; Cougars Get 4th Win; Trojans Fall In OT; Braves Hold Off Vikings; local girls swimming sectional results
  • No. 6 Penn Nips Warsaw In Sectional Final
    Choked up by emotion, third-year Warsaw girls basketball coach Lenny Krebs couldn’t have been any more accurate with his description of Saturday night’s 45-44 loss to No. 6 Penn in the championship game of Class 4A Sectional 4 at the Tiger Den.
  • Five Area Grapplers Earn Regional Championships
    Wawasee tied for third place, Warsaw came in sixth, Tippecanoe Valley. eighth and Triton tied for 12th Saturday at the Penn Regional wrestling tournament.
  • Lady Tigers Down Elk. Central To Advance To Title Game
    With a defensive plan that quieted Elkhart Central’s two stars and an offensive attack that screamed balance, the host Tigers knocked off the Blue Blazers 46-35 in Friday’s Class 4A Warsaw Sectional girls basketball semifinals.

    The Tigers (16-7), with their 12th victory in their last 14 games, earned a spot opposite No. 6-ranked Penn (24-2) in Saturday’s 6 p.m. championship.

    The Kingsmen, 49-19 winners over Goshen in Friday’s second semi, downed host Warsaw 41-28 in late November.
  • Turnovers Cost Tigers In Loss to Memorial
    In their Thursday night game against Elkhart Memorial, the Warsaw Tigers boys basketball team was defeated 59-46. The team is now 2-5 in their last seven games with five games remaining before sectionals.
  • Recaps for Feb. 6
    Trojans Win Trench-Burner Over Dragons In Non-Conference Play; Area Postponements
  • Area Sports Recaps for Feb. 4
    Lady Squires Roll To Sectional-Opening Victory; Trojans Fall To Dragons; and results from Monday.
  • Tiger Comeback Effort Falls Short In Loss To Central
    Luke Adamiec had 17 points and Brock Poe added 15 for Warsaw in its 58-57 loss to visiting Elkhart Central in a non-conference boys basketball game Saturday in the Tiger Den.
  • Wawasee, Warsaw, Valley, Manchester Produce Sectional Champs
    Senior Garrett Stuckman (152 pounds), freshman Gavin Malone (138), junior Jace Alexander (126), sophomore Dylan Tom (120) and freshman Logan Stuckman (106) all took individual titles and Wawasee wrestlers won the Plymouth Sectional team championship Saturday.
  • Area Sports Recaps For Feb. 1
    Tippecanoe Valley Gets Non-Conference Road Victory Over Winamac; Wildcats Roll At Home; Warriors Sink Lakers; Squires Fall To Concordia; Trojans Fall in Overtime; Lady Cougars Win Big; NLC Boys Swim Meet - Local Results
  • Tigers Fall At Panther Pit
    Warsaw scored 21 points in the final quarter, but made little headway in its deficit, finally falling 56-44 at NorthWood in a Northern Lakes Conference in boys basketball game Friday night at The Pit.
  • Local Sports Recaps For Jan. 31
    Lakeland Christian Falls At Fort Wayne Blackhawk, plus other area results from Wednesday and Thursday.
  • All-NLC Wrestling Team Announced
    Four Wawasee wrestlers and two Warsaw Tigers were named to the All-Northern Lakes Conference team Thursday.

    Warriors Logan Stuckman (106 pounds), Jace Alexander (126) and Garrett Stuckman (152) made the team, along with Warsaw’s Jacob Linky (160).

    Wawasee’s Dylan Tom (120) and Warsaw’s Brock Hueber (195) were “at-large” selections.
  • Lakeview MS Names January Athletes Of The Month
    The Lakeview Middle School Athletes of the Month for January ate (L to R) Kaden Sleighter, eighth grade boys basketball; Brooke Winchester, seventh grade girls basketball; Joey Rastrlli, eighth grade girls basketball; Lilibeth Rico, cheerleading and Wyatt Dawson, seventh grade boys basketball.
  • Ryman’s Heave Hands Lady Tigers 2OT Victory
    Kensie Ryman had never hit a game-winning basket from anywhere near that far. In fact, she admitted that she wasn’t even sure she could make one from that far.

    Turned out she could.
  • Local Sports Recaps For Jan. 28
    Yates, Heckaman Lead Trojans To Win Over Elk. Christian; Wawasee Blows By Bruins; Wagner, Lady Vikings Roll Past Wawasee; Lady Squires Get Road Win; LCA Falls To Dragons

  • Second-Half Surge, Seniors Lift Lady Tigers
    Third-year Warsaw girls basketball coach Lenny Krebs described Brielle Harrison as a matchup nightmare Saturday night.

    The 5-foot-11 senior was certainly that, particularly in the second half, as she and classmate Kaylee Patton led the Lady Tigers to a 51-37 win over visiting Northern Lakes Conference opponent Concord on Senior Night.
  • Jacob Linky found himself behind 3-1 in the second period then 5-4 at the beginning of the third in the finals of Northern Lakes Conference wrestling meet Saturday.
  • Fast Start Lets Tigers Cruise To Win Over Minutemen
    Concord played visiting Warsaw even on the scoreboard in the second half Friday in a Northern Lakes Conference boys basketball contest.

    The Tigers (10-3, 3-1) built a large lead and wound up putting the Minutemen (1-10, 0-4) away, 56-36.
  • Local Sports Recaps for Jan. 24
    Wawasee Battles For Conference Win Over Pilgrims; Squires rally for road win; Trojans win tourney consolation game; Vikings fall at Southwood; plus results from Thursday.