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Rochester won its fourth straight with a girls basketball road trip to Culver Wednesday, 58-23.


Randy Wynn had the call on GIANT fm Sports.



The Caston Lady Comets will play for the Cass County Invitational Championship Saturday.  Caston jumped out to a 16-6 first quarter lead and recorded a semifiinal win over Lewis Cass, 51-28.


The Lady Comets were led by Isabel Scales 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 steals.  Maddie Smith scored 15 and Laura Dammermann was in double figures with 10.


Caston will play Pioneer in the championship game on Saturday at 1pm at the Berry Bowl.


On the boys side, Lewis Cass downed Caston in opening round action of the Cass County Tournament, 64-43.  


Grant Hickle and Joey Spin each scored 12 for the Comets.


Caston will play Logansport in the 3rd place game.







Girls' basketball

















Cass County Invitational


Led 16-6 end first qtr


Lewis Cass




Isabel Scales – 19pts, 7 rebounds, 7 steals
Maddie Smith – 15pts, 5 rebounds
Laura Dammermann – 10pts, 5 rebounds

Play Pioneer 1pm Saturday at Berry Bowl in championship


Boys' basketball

Cass County Invitational

Lewis Cass



Down 17-5 end first qtr, by 16 at halftime



Grant Hickle and Joey Spin 12 each for Caston.


A Kosciusko County graduate who went on to a historic coaching career will be part of the upcoming induction class at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.


The board of directors of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame announced their 60th induction class, to be honored in ceremonies in 2022. 


The late Garth Cone attained small school success as the noted coach of Alexandria High School.  Leading the Tigers’ program from 1977 until his untimely death at the age of 63 in 2010, Cone’s teams won 419 games (61%), along with 16 Central Indiana Conference titles, five sectionals, three regionals, a semi-state and the 1998 IHSAA 2A championship. 


Three of his team’s sectional titles (1989, 1994 and 1995) came in the one-class state tournament played at Anderson, each of them with small-school Alexandria knocking out the host Indians. 


An assistant coach of the 1995 Indiana All-Stars, he served as President of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. 


He was a 1965 graduate of Pierceton High School and a 1969 graduate of Taylor University, where he played under Hall of Fame coach Don Odle.


Cone was inducted into the Taylor University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.

Mississinewa Lake hosts Sunrise Eagle Watch, Jan. 18

Greet the morning with bald eagles at Mississinewa Lake’s annual Sunrise Eagle Watch on January 18.

Meet at Mississinewa’s Miami State Recreation Area (SRA) boat launch at 6:30 a.m. to caravan to the largest documented bald eagle roost in Indiana. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars, cameras, and spotting scopes.

After the eagle watch, have breakfast with birds from Salamonie Raptor Center back at Miami SRA for a free-will donation at 9 a.m.

Registration is required by calling 260-468-2127. Accessible parking available at the roost, please make requests during registration.

Mississinewa Lake is at 4673 S. 625 E., Peru, 46970.

Walleye stocked in northern Indiana

Almost 43,000 fall fingerling walleyes were stocked at eight locations in northern Indiana in early October. An additional 26,738 fall fingerlings were stocked at five more locations in late October to mid-November.

The fish stocked in the second round were grown at Fawn River State Fish Hatchery to supplement the earlier stockings that were purchased from a private commercial fish supplier. The stocked walleye are primarily 5- to-7-inch fingerlings. A few fish are larger. They will typically reach 14 inches after two years of growth and 16 inches by age 3.

The target stocking rate for these larger fall walleye fingerlings is 10 fish per acre, a figure DNR fisheries biologists say provides the best balance for fishing potential, growth, and fisheries balance.

Lakes and (county) stocked include:

  • Bass Lake (Starke)
  • Crooked Lake (Steuben)
  • Clear Lake (Steuben)
  • George (Steuben)
  • Pine/Stone Lakes (LaPorte)
  • Pretty Lake (LaGrange)
  • St. Joseph River (St. Joseph)
  • Sylvan Lake (Noble)
  • Shriner Lake (Whitley)
  • Wall Lake (LaGrange)
  • Winona Lake (Kosciusko)
  • Wolf Lake (Lake)

Most of these locations are stocked with fall fingerlings each year to sustain the walleye population. A few locations are stocked on alternate years to improve walleye fishing in additional areas. The lakes are continually evaluated by biologists for fish survival and angling use.

Multiple other lakes are stocked with walleyes by privately funded lake associations. A stocking permit that is evaluated and approved by the local DNR fisheries biologist is needed before any stocking can take place.  

The young fish are often found in vegetation or large rocky habitat. Anglers should handle young walleye they catch gently because they are the future of the fishery.

Rochester Lady Zebras picked up a road win at Lewis Cass Tuesday.

Randy Wynn had the call on GIANT fm Sports.



In boy basketball, Caston used a 22-8 second quarter to build a 15-point halftime lead, 37-22.  But the Comets couldn’t make it stand up as Lakeland Christian outscored Caston 38-19 in the final two quarters to post a 60-56 win in the opener for both teams.


Caston placed three players in double figures led by Joey Spin’s 14 points.  Kade Zeider scored 12 and Bryce Rudicel added 11.


Caston (0-1) will host Lewis Cass on December 1 in the opening round of the Cass County Invitational.


Tuesday boys scoreboard

Twin Lakes 49, Winamac 41

Peru 68, Logansport 41

Wapahani 76, Southwood 48

Carroll (Flora) 50, Lewis Cass 49


In boys basketball tonight, Rochester travels to Culver in a game on GIANT fm Sports.  It is a varsity-only matchup with pregame coverage at 6:40 pm.


Other area boys basketball season openers:

Argos at Bremen

Triton at Oregon-Davis

Plymouth at John Glenn

Wabash at Oak Hill


Boys hoops teams open the 2021-22 campaign this week

Indiana high school boys basketball tips-off this Thanksgiving week.

Rochester must replace over 49 ppg from six seniors that were lost to graduation.  It was a class that led the Zebras to an 18-2 record, 9-0 TRC championship record and back-to-back sectional titles.

Tippecanoe Valley transfer Paul Leasure will help fill in some of that scoring punch.  He averaged over 11 ppg last season as a sophomore for the Vikings.

It’s the first back-to-back winning seasons for Rochester since the 2010-2011 seasons.

Rochester opens the season at Culver in a varsity only game on Thanksgiving Eve, November 24.  Pregame on GIANT fm Sports on 92.1, and the GIANT fm App will be 6:40 with tip at 7:00 pm.



Caston opens the boys basketball season Tuesday with a road trip to Lakeland Christian.

The Comets are coming off back-to-back double digit win seasons for the first time since the 2013-14 through 2014-15 seasons.

Caston was 10-16 last season, 2-5 in the Hoosier North.

Seniors Kade Zeider and Sam Smith led the Comets in scoring as juniors, 10.5 and 10.3 ppg, respectively.



Tippecanoe Valley has had one winning season in the Vikings last six.  Chances improve this season with the return of two of last year’s three double digit scorers.

Junior Nolan Cumberland topped the Vikings last season at 11.9 ppg.  He was followed closely by senior center Dawson Perkins (11.4 ppg) and Paul Leasure (11.4 ppg).  Leasure, a junior, is now attending Rochester.

The Vikings (7-16, 2-7 TRC last season) open the season on Saturday at Oregon-Davis.



Rochester girls basketball begins the 2021-22 campaign tonight with a home opener against North Judson.


Head coach Brian Jennings returns for his fourth season with a veteran core that has captured consecutive sectional titles and has aspirations for a third this season.


Jennings says a familiar face for the program will take over the JV reigns this season.



Jennings talks about another addition to the coaching staff.



5’10” senior Lexy Thomas is looking forward to the season…and even beyond that.  Thomas, 8.5 ppg, 7 reb last season, knows what her future calls for after her final campaign as a Zebra.



Rochester and North Judson tonight on GIANT fm Country – available at and the GIANT fm App.


Jets - Colts Thursday Night Football can be heard on 92.1.


Among other area girls games tonight 


Caston at Argos

The Comets (15-7) put together the program's first winning season since 2013-14.


Bremen at Tippecanoe Valley

The Vikings 13-9 season ended with a 62-61 (OT) loss to NorthWood in the sectional semifinal.


Valparaiso at Winamac

Warriors were 11-9 last season.  Kingsley Kroft led Winamac with 12 ppg as a junior.

Valpo has won both meetings since this became the season opener two seasons ago.


Culver at Culver Academy

Culver Academy dropped its season opener to #11 (1A) Morgan Twp on Tuesday, 47-43.

Culver (8-13 last season) seeking first above .500 season since 2014-15 (19-5).

Rochester girls basketball begins the 2021-22 campaign tonight with a home opener against North Judson.


Head coach Brian Jennings returns for his fourth season with a veteran core that has captured consecutive sectional titles and has aspirations for a third this season.


Jennings says a familiar face for the program will take over the JV reigns this season.



Jennings talks about another addition to the coaching staff.



5’10” senior Lexi Thomas is looking forward to the season…and even beyond that.  Thomas, 8.5 ppg, 7 reb last season, knows what her future calls for after her final campaign as a Zebra.



Rochester and North Judson tonight on GIANT fm Country – available at and the GIANT fm App.


Jets - Colts Thursday Night Football can be heard on 92.1.


Among other area girls games tonight 


Caston at Argos

The Comets (15-7) put together the program's first winning season since 2013-14.


Bremen at Tippecanoe Valley

The Vikings 13-9 season ended with a 62-61 (OT) loss to NorthWood in the sectional semifinal.


Valparaiso at Winamac

Warriors were 11-9 last season.  Kingsley Kroft led Winamac with 12 ppg as a junior.

Valpo has won both meetings since this became the season opener two seasons ago.


Culver at Culver Academy

Culver Academy dropped its season opener to #11 (1A) Morgan Twp on Tuesday, 47-43.

Culver (8-13 last season) seeking first above .500 season since 2014-15 (19-5)



Rochester is set to open the girls hoops season Thursday.


Rochester (12-9 last season) is coming off back-to-back sectional championships and a veteran core is back for head coach Brian Jennings.


On Thursday, it’ll be North Judson in the opener.  It's a Bluejays team without Lillian Frasure’s 24 points and 10 rebounds per game.  Frasure graduated following last season's 20-6 season that ended with a semistate loss to Lafayette Central Catholic.


Jennings says North Judson with a new coach makes prepping for game one even more difficult.



Rochester edged North Judson 79-73 in an exciting overtime season opener in 2020.


On Saturday, it's a short road trip to Caston to play a Comet team that put together 15 wins and a winning season for first time since 2013-14.



Caston upended Rochester last season, 57-53.


And a few schedule changes will be in play for Rochester this season.



The return of winter high school sports this week with the tip off of the girls basketball season.  That will quickly be followed by boys hoops, wrestling and swimming.


For now, diminishing Covid concerns and statistics are allowing for a more normal approach for fans.


Rochester Athletic Director Kevin Renie.



Renie says reaction to the start of the winter sports seasons is much the same around the Three Rivers Conference.



The Rochester Zebra girls season opener s Thursday with North Judson Thursday.  That game can be heard on GIANT fm Country - HD2, available thru and the GIANT fm App.


Thursday Night's Colts - Jets game will air on 92.1 Thursday.

Rochester will be at home this Friday to wrap-up the 2021 football regular season.


The Zebras now know they also will be at Barnhart Field to open the postseason after the brackets were unveiled for the IHSAA sectionals Sunday.


Rochester (4-2) will host LaVille (5-2) in the 2A Sectional 34 quarterfinal on October 22.  The Zebras have bounced back from a winless season in 2020 behind a revamped running game that compiled 401 yards in Friday's 56-0 win at North Miami.


LaVille's two losses have come against the sectional's top-rated team (according to Sagarin) Pioneer, 12-7, and to #11 (1A) North Judson, 10-9, in overtime.


Six of LaVille's seven games this season have been decided by a single score and two in overtime.


The winner of Rochester - LaVille will play the winner of the bremen (5-3) at Manchester (4-3) quarterfinal.


In the other half of the Sectional 34 bracket: 

Lewis Cass [2-5] at Delphi [5-3]

Wabash [1-6] at Pioneer [6-2]


Caston (2-6) will travel to South Central (Union Mills) (3-3) to open 1A Sectional 41.  The winner will meet either South Newton (4-4) or Culver (2-4) in the semifinal.


Also in Sectional 41:

#4 (1A) Winamac [6-0] at West Central [2-6]

Lake Station [2-4] at #11 (1A) North Judson [6-2]


Tippecanoe Valley (8-0) will try to complete an undefeated TRC and regular season in a home game with Southwood Friday.  The 3A Vikings will travel to Garrett (4-4) in a Sectional 26 quarterfinal next week.


A Vikings win could mean a rematch with #10 Mishawaka Marian (5-3).  Marian eliminated Tippecanoe Valley in last season's sectional, 41-24.


In the top half of the Sectional 26 bracket:

Lakeland (3-5) at John Glenn (3-4)

West Noble (3-5) at Jimtown (6-2)



The Rochester boys cross country team made it out of the Manchester sectional Saturday with a fourth place finish and will compete in the regional.


Warsaw won the event with a score of 34.  Culver Acadmies (57), Plymouth (73), Rochester (90) and Manchester (109) rounded out the top five teams who all advance to the regional.


Caston finished 6th, followed by Tippecanoe Valley and Triton.


Culver Academies Samuel Tullis was the individual winner in a time of 16:44.  Warsaw captured the next three places and four of the top ten to post the top team score.


Peyton Hiatt led Rochester with a 7th place finish in 17:47.  Teammates Dylan Steininger and Samuel Rohr were 13th and 14th, respectively.


Top ten individuals not on advancing teams also advance to the regional:

Austin Dague, Caston

Andrew Lane, North Miami

Evan Myers, Tippecanoe Valley

Isaac Whetstone, Tippecanoe Valley

Caleb Stinson, Caston

Jaydon Heckaman, Triton

Brady Rogers, Tippecanoe Valley

Travis Barnhart, Triton

Brady Evans, Caston

Marshall Finke, Caston

Rochester girls CC advances to regional competition

Rochester girls cross country teams finished in the top 5 at the Manchester sectional Saturday to earn a berth in the regional.


The Rochester girls finished second behind team champion Warsaw.  Warsaw's score of 31 topped the field followed by Rochester with 60.  Culver Academies, Manchester and Plymouth rounded out the top five advancing teams.  Caston finished sixth.


Warsaw's Josefina Rastrelli was the top over individual in 19:28.  The Zebras claimed the next two spots with Madilyn Calloway (20:07) and Zoe Seward (20:37).

Rochester's top five included Lucy Rangle with an 18th place finish; Araceli Ochoa 20th; and McKendyll Bradley 23rd.


Delaney Strasser was Caston's top runner with a 27th place finish in 22:49.


Along with the top five advancing teams, the top ten runners not on those teams also advance.  They include:

Jocelynn Faulkner, Triton

Chesnee Miller, Tippecanoe Valley

Ava Stackhouse, Argos

Delaney Strasser, Caston

Bailey Bussard, Tippecanoe Valley

Savannah Lyle, Argos

Mackenzi Roudebush, Caston

Allison Bowman, North Miami

Emma Stinson, Caston

Stevanna Young, Caston







Rochester to play for sectional title; Tippecanoe Valley eliminated

Rochester swept Knox in a tennis sectional title at Culver Academies Wednesday.


Rochester eliminated Knox, 5-0.

#1 singles:  Brayden Zink won 6-2, 6-0.

#2 singles:  Brock Bowers won 6-1, 6-1. 

#3 singles:  Drew Strasser won 6-2, 6-0.                                             

#1 doubles:  Tanner Reinartz/Cody Smith won 6-4, 6-2. 

#2 doubles:  Robert Bozzo/Jake Freeman won 7-5, 6-1. 


Rochester will play Culver Academies in tonight's 5:30 championship.  Culver Acad defeated North Judson, 5-0.


Warsaw Sectional:      Columbia City 5, Tippecanoe Valley 0

Monday HS scoreboard


Peru defeated Caston 16-25, 25-19, 25-19, 18-25, 15-12

Maddison Smith 20 kills.  Isabel Scales 15 kills


Rochester defeated Triton, 25-17, 25-14, 25-12


Tippecanoe Valley def Goshen 25-19, 25-14, 25-19
Kills: Mallory Durkes 9, 4.5 blocks.  Colette Blackburn 5 kills, 12 digs.  Brayden Blaney 6 aces, 14 digs



Rochester dominated Monday's matchup with Manchester, North Miami and Southwood played at Sycamore Golf Club.


Rochester won the event with a 191 led by Ava Thomas who scored a 39.  Teammates Payton Moore and Kat Rensberger were both in the 40's, 46 and 48, respectively.


Manchester's team score of 246 edged out North Miami's 248 for second place.

Southwood only fielded two golfers and compiled an incomplete teacm score.



Girls soccer

Rochester's scheduled Tuesday home game with North Miami has been postponed


Saturday's matchup with Oregon - Davis has been cancelled.
















Rochester opens the 2021 football season with a tough conference challenge at #6 (1A) Southwood.


The Zebras are trying to bounce back from a winless 2020.  New head coach Ron Shaffer says he's been pleased with the fundamentals as his team learns a new system including the Wing-T offense.



Shaffer says the defense will need to pay attention to specific details.



GIANT fm Sports coverage is at 6:30 pm tonight.


Other Week 1 matchups include:


West Central at Caston

Caston's three wins in 2020 under head coach Will Porter equaled the total of the Comets previous four seasons.


Tippecanoe Valley at Wawasee

Vikings have gone 7-4 each of the last two seasons.  First back-to-back above - .500 campaigns since 2-12-13.


Thursday HS sports scoreboard

Girls golf

Rochester 194, Winamac 196

Rochester's Ava Thomas was the medalist with a 40


Peru 219, North Miami 254

Warsaw 186, Tippy Valley 187, Wabash 205


Boys soccer

Rochester 4, Caston 1

NorthWood over Tippecanoe Valley 5-3


Girls soccer

Rochester 14, Tippecanoe Valley 1

7 girls scored first varsity goal for Rochester


Plymouth and Argos played to a 3-3 tie



Caston def Culver 25-20, 25-23, 25-17

Tippecanoe Valley def West Noble 25-14, 25-19, 25-23



Rochester 4, Triton 1

1 singles:  Rochester's Brayden Zink lost a hard-fought match 3-6, 7-5, 7-3 tiebreaker in lieu of 3rd set. 

2 singles:  Brock Bowers won 6-2, 6-1. 

3 singles:  Drew Strasser won 7-5, 6-3. 

1 doubles:  Tanner Reinartz / Cody Smith won by default. 

2 doubles:  Robert Bozzo / Jake Freeman won by default. 



North Judson 3, Tippecanoe Valley 2





Wednesday HS sports scoreboard; Caston vball falls in 5 games


Plymouth def Tippecanoe Valley 25-10' 25-11, 25-21

Carroll def Caston, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-5


Girls golf

Wabash 207, Rochester 208

Wabash's Annie Cole and Rochester's Ava Thomas were co-medalists with a 45





Rochester volleyball falls to 1A state champ Pioneer

Defending 1A state champion Pioneer posted a win over Rochester in varsity volleyball action Tuesday,  25-15, 21-25, 25-8, 25-15.


Also in area volleyball, Wawasee defeated Tippecanoe Valley, 25-17, 25-15, 25-20


Boys soccer

Warsaw 4, Argos 0


Co-ed varsity soccer

Caston 4, Tippecanoe Valley 2                       Rowan Jellison 3 goals for the Comets



Western 184, Rochester 214

Elizabeth Mercer led Western with a medalist winning 38.

Payton Moore topped the Rochester board with a 46



Rochester’s golf team finished 10th in a 15-team field at the Chippendale Invitational Saturday.


The event was hosted by Western High School at the Chippendale Golf Club in Kokomo.


Rochester finished with a team score of 404.  Payton Moore led the way with a 90 with teammate Ava Thomas recording a 91.


Westfield won the invitational with a 301.Penn was second, 42 strokes behind.  Western finished third.




Plymouth def. Rochester, 20-25, 25-7, 25-12, 25-18


Tippecanoe Valley swept Argos, 25-15, 25-7, 25-7

For the Vikings, Mallory Durkes 9 kills, 2 blocks

Sign up for additional reserved hunt opportunities

Hunters can apply for additional reserved hunt opportunities at The online method is the only way to apply for the hunts listed below. No late entries will be accepted. Applicants must possess a hunting license that is valid for the hunt for which they apply.

Many of these additional hunting opportunities are available through Fish & Wildlife managed Game Bird Habitat Areas (GBA) and through the Indiana Private Lands Access program (IPLA). Learn more about IPLA at

For the below opportunities, hunters will be selected through a random computerized drawing. Applicants can view draw results online within two weeks after the application period has closed. An email will be sent to all applicants when draws have been completed.

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on the listed closing date.

New this year, GBA pheasant hunts have been broken into two separate online draws. The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife did this to allow people to apply closer to the actual hunt dates. The purpose of the change is to reduce the number of people who apply for a hunt and get drawn but do not show up for their GBA pheasant hunt.  

— IPLA Deer Hunts, Scott County, open Aug. 16 - Aug. 30
— November GBA Pheasant, open Aug. 16 - Sept. 30
— IPLA Game Bird, open Aug. 16 - Sept. 30
— December GBA Pheasant, open Sept. 27 - Oct. 31

Put-and-take pheasant hunt spots will be available for purchase starting Sept. 3 at 7 a.m. ET and remain open until filled. Participating Fish & Wildlife areas (FWAs) include Atterbury, Glendale, J.E. Roush Lake, Pigeon River, Tri-County, Willow Slough, and Winamac. A per-person fee of $30 for each slot is required.

Please note that only one application per hunt is allowed. No changes can be made once an application is submitted.

The application process is consolidated into the license system website along with CheckIN Game and HIP registration. An online account is not required to apply, but a Customer ID number is needed.

In this system, hunts without a registration fee follow the same process as those with a fee. To register for hunts with no fee required, applicants will still be asked to “Add to Cart,” “Proceed to Checkout,” and “Place Order.” If the transaction total is $0, the applicant will not be asked to enter credit card information. Applicants must place an order to submit their application.

To view draw results, applicants can log into their license system account or click “View Hunt Draw Results” at From there, applicants should select “Click Here” under Reserved Hunts to see the status of registered hunts. The link will only show upcoming hunts that an individual has registered for. Logging into an account online is required to see the full history of past hunt registrations.

For more information on the hunts, including how many partners you can bring per hunt as well as hunt dates, see

Tippecanoe Valley golf set a new school record on the way to victories over Peru and Northwestern


The Vikings shot a 171 to beat the previous record of 175 set in 2004.


Madelyn Weaver led the Vikings with a 39, followed by Kaydence Mellott - 42, Lily Ault - 44, Molly Moriarty - 46.  Cheney Canada shot a new personal record of 49.


Northwestern finished second with a 179.  Peru compiled a team score of 207.



At Pond View, Rochester shot a team score of 192 against an incomplete Pioneer squad.


Payton Moore led the Zebras with a 45 followed by Ava Thomas, 47.



Valpo announces new nickname

Valparaiso University announced today that it has adopted Beacons as its new nickname.


“Our new nickname directly connects to the University’s motto, ‘In Thy Light We See Light,’ and represents the Valparaiso University community in many ways,” said José D. Padilla, J.D., University president. “We are beacons of light and hope in our communities. We are beacons of change on campus, in our region and in our country. We are beacons of knowledge for our students’ academic, social and spiritual growth. Above all, we are beacons of God’s light around the world. We light the way for our students, so that once they graduate, they shine their light for others. We are all Beacons at Valparaiso University.”


Valparaiso University will drop the name Crusaders since the term has been co-opted by hate groups, including the Ku Klux Klan.


Beacons was chosen after a months-long process that included nearly 1,000 suggestions and input from dozens of students, student-athletes, faculty, staff and alumni of the University. During this process, two themes emerged that were most important to Valpo constituents: Honoring the University’s history and character and emphasizing the light Valpo graduates shine wherever they land after graduation.


“Beacon” has a strong historical tie to Valpo. It has been the title of the University’s yearbook for the last 80 years, and it is also the name of its newest residence hall. Beacons is a nickname that honors our past, present and future.


Valpo’s prior nickname, Crusaders, was permanently retired in February 2021, following input from a variety of Valpo students, faculty and alumni. The new nickname, Beacons, reinforces the University’s commitment to ensuring that all feel welcome and represented at Valparaiso University.


Many of Valpo’s marks and logos, including its colors and the “Shield of Character,” will remain part of the University’s brand. The new nickname, new mascot and related imagery will be phased in during the 2021–2022 academic year. Valpo intercollegiate athletic teams will immediately be known as the Beacons.


Rochester golf in middle of the pack at Twin Lakes

Rochester golf finished eighth in the 18-team field at the Twin Lakes Invitational.


Lebanon won the event with a team score of 347.  Plymouth was second with a 369.


Rochester shot a 402 led by Payton Moore's 92.  Teammate Ava Moore shot a 94 followed by Kat Rensberger with a 95.

Provide input on fish and wildlife regulations

The Indiana DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife wants to hear your ideas on fishing, hunting, trapping, and other fish and wildlife-related regulations in Indiana, including special permits regarding those topics.

Through Sept. 15, you can use a convenient online form to contribute ideas and provide input on issues the DNR has identified for consideration.

The form is at:

The form – ‘Got INput?” – not only allows you to comment on ideas from the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, but also allows you to propose your own ideas on any fish and wildlife regulation topic.

Got INput users must register with a username and a password.

Input and ideas can also be mailed to:

Indiana DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife
Attn: Got INput
402 W. Washington St., Room W273
Indianapolis, IN 46204

After Sept. 16, DNR staff will evaluate all comments and determine which ideas to forward for consideration by the Natural Resources Commission.

Striped bass and hybrid striped bass stocked in Nyona Lake

DNR recently completed its annual stocking of striped bass and hybrid striped bass across several lakes in Indiana.

DNR staff stocked more than 125,000 2-inch striped bass fingerlings in four southern Indiana public lakes and more than 134,000 2-inch hybrid striped bass fingerlings in nine lakes throughout the state. The stockings met or exceeded DNR’s 2021 stocking goals for the two species. 

Striped and hybrid striped bass were stocked in a number of lakes including Nyona Lake (Fulton County) – 1,040 hybrids

Indiana does not have the native sources to spawn striped and hybrid striped bass. DNR relies on commercial sources and state partners to supply fry for its hatchery system.

The fish stocked in 2021 should reach a fishable size of 14 inches in 2023 and begin to exceed 20 inches in 2024.


Rochester HS in midst of new AD search

Rochester athletic director Ryan Johnson has stepped down from his position.

Johnson accepted a teaching and coaching position at Ben Davis in Indianapolis.

Superintendent Jana Vance told GIANT fm Sports that the position has been posted and they are now accepting applications.   Vance says they are looking at approximately a 15-20 day timeline.   

Former athletic director Greg Martz is filling in for the moment and will help launch fall sports while they conduct a search for the new AD. 

Vance says Johnson left the department in a good spot with everything ready to run this fall.  She says they have a great administrative team which understands the importance of athletics for the students.

Rochester AD resigns to accept position at Ben Davis

Rochester Athletic Director Ryan Johnson has resigned.

Johnson wrote of his decision in a thank you message sent to Rochester coahes and staff.  He informed GIANT fm Sports that he will be moving to a teaching and coaching position at Ben Davis in Indianapolis.

The 2005 Rochester graduate has been athletic director since August 2019.

High school baseball pitchers who do not receive signals from the catcher must now simulate taking a sign with one foot on the pitcher’s plate before proceeding with a pitch.

This addendum to Rule 6-1-1 was the lone rule change forwarded by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee and was subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. The baseball committee’s annual rules meeting was held June 6-8 in a virtual format.

A pitcher leaning forward to receive a sign from the catcher is fundamental to the pre-pitch phase of the game as it indicates to both the batter and the players in the field that the ball is about to be put in play and is the typical signal for any runners on base to begin taking their leadoffs.

Further, most high school baseball coaches deliver their defensive play calls – including pitch selections – from the dugout, which allows a pitcher to throw toward the plate abruptly (“quick pitch”) and catch opposing batters by surprise. This new mandate within Rule 6-1-1 forces the pitcher to pause, providing ample time for all participants to prepare for the pitch.

“While this rule change might appear to be a small change, the significance of what it represents is huge!” said Elliott Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and liaison to the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee. “We have been extremely fortunate that our Baseball Rules Committee recognizes that the high school game is in wonderful shape and that is because our coaches and umpires around the country teach the necessary skills and arbitrate the appropriate rules to make the game fun, exciting and educational.”

The NFHS Baseball Rules Committee also spent part of its rules meeting compiling its Points of Emphasis (POEs) for next season. The five POEs, which prioritized healthy and safety and sportsmanship during the 2022 season, are as follows:

  • Monitoring Excessive Celebration
  • Wearing Equipment as Intended by Manufacturers
  • Safety of Coaches Sitting on Buckets Outside Bench/Dugout Area
  • Umpiring Procedure for Lodged Ball
  • Sportsmanship

“Points of Emphasis are used in an educational setting and fashion,” Hopkins said. “The rules committee is telling the baseball community that these topics – elaborately choreographed celebrations, wearing of equipment inappropriately, sitting on buckets, understanding the lodged ball and a call for increased positive sportsmanship – are paramount in education-based athletics. This is a wonderful game that allows an abundant number of participants to find a role on the team, and we want students to want to play for their school and be a part of something bigger than themselves.”

A complete listing of the baseball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Baseball.”

According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, baseball is the fourth-most popular sport for boys with 482,740 student-athletes in 16,170 high schools nationwide. The survey also indicated that 1,284 girls across the country play high school baseball.

Two rules revisions involving the competitor’s uniform, along with procedural changes in several field events designed to reduce the risk of injury, highlight rules changes in high school track and field and cross country for the 2022 season.

These changes were among the rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committees and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Similar to a number of other NFHS rules committees, the Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee altered its rules regarding head coverings worn for religious reasons.

Rule 4-3-1b(8) now states that “head coverings worn for religious reasons are not considered hair devices; must not be made of abrasive, hard or unyielding materials; and must be secured to the body and/or uniform.”

The change clarifies that there is no need for prior authorization from the state association for religious headwear.

The Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee is the eighth NFHS sports rules committee that has modified rules this year related to religious and cultural backgrounds. In addition to track and field, participants in volleyball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, spirit and softball will be permitted to wear religious headwear without prior approval from their respective state association. In swimming and diving, for religious reasons, competitors will be able to wear suits that provide full body coverage without obtaining prior state association authorization.

The other change in the track and field uniform concerns the uniform bottoms. Beginning next year, the manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference on the uniform bottom may be larger than 2.25 square inches around the waistband.

“In track and field, uniform bottoms are increasingly being purchased by the athlete and not school-issued,” said Julie Cochran, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee. “It is becoming more difficult to purchase some garments without the logo completely around the waistband. Since allowing larger logos around the waistband has no bearing or impact on the race or event, the committee determined the change would minimize issues related to logo/trademark/reference on uniform bottoms.”

Rule 6 concerning rules for field events has been completely re-organized to assist coaches, officials and participants in following the rules.

As part of these revisions, the rules clarify that running in the direction other than how the event is conducted in prohibited during warmups, with the exception of high jump. The articles more clearly organize warmups, competitions and conclusion of all field events with a focus on risk minimization.

“The NFHS Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee accomplished two years of work in one via Zoom this year,” said Cody Inglis, chair of the NFHS Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee and assistant director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association. “The committee was focused on enhancing the two great sports of track and field and cross country with the unique experiences that education-based athletics provides more than a million student-athletes around the country each year. This year, the focus of the committee was on building upon the foundation set by previous rules committees in continuing to enhance fair, safe competition that can be easily officiated. We are pleased that with the rewrite of Rule 6 that it will allow a rules book that can be more easily used by coaches, officials and others to make these great sports even better.”

One change was approved in Rule 8 related to cross country and another in Rule 9 regarding records. A note was added to Rule 8-1-1a stating that “a single wide line, if used on turns, should utilize other methods of markings (natural or artificial boundary markers, or signposts with large directional arrows) to assist the runner in identifying the course route.

“Since a single wide line may not be the shortest route, this change clarifies that other methods of marking a course should be used with a single wide line to help identify the turns and route of the course,” Cochran said.

A change in Rule 9-3-2 and other related rules clarifies when measurements for record attempts in the vertical jumps should be taken.

The final revision was approved in Rule 5-10-6 NOTE, which clarifies when each exchange zone is to be used.

A complete listing of the track and field and cross country rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Track & Field/Cross Country.”

According to the most recent NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, outdoor track and field is the second-most popular sport for boys and the No. 1 sport for girls with 605,354 and 488,267 participants, respectively.

Cross country ranks No. 6 for boys and girls with 269,295 and 219,345 participants, respectively.

In addition, there are an additional 150,253 combined participants in indoor track and field.