Sports News

Rochester football coach steps down

The Rochester Athletic Department announced that Sean Kelly has resigned  as head football coach:


Rochester High School Head Football Coach Sean Kelly has resigned his coaching position due to personal reasons.


Rochester Community School Corporation would like to thank Sean for the 24 years of service to the Zebra Football Team and its student-athletes.


Sean will continue teaching and coaching basketball for the corporation.

Colts acquire Carson Wentz from Eagles

It looks like the Indianapolis Colts have their next quarterback.


ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the Philadelphia Eagles are trading Carson Wentz to Indianapolis, in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and a conditional second-round pick in the 2022 draft. 


Wentz is coming off his worst season of his career. In 2020, he played 12 games for the Eagles, throwing for only 2,600 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. However, in 2019, he had more than 4,000 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. 


The move will reunite Wentz with current Colts head coach Frank Reich, who was Wentz's offensive coordinator in Philadelphia in 2017. 


Wentz will replace Philip Rivers, who retired from the NFL in January. 

Jerry Patton captained the first soccer team at Argos HS; passed away Saturday

Argos is certainly known for soccer.  A member of the first Argos HS soccer team has passed away.


Jerry Patton, 73, of Bourbon, passed away on February 6, 2021 at 11:52 a.m. following a very sudden illness.


On August 7, 1947 in Rochester, Indiana he was born to Mart C. Patton and Janet (Nesmith) Patton. Jerry lived all of his life in the Marshall County area. 


On December 31, 1999 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee he married Kimberly Welty, and together they shared the past 22 years.


Jerry worked for Valley Sanitation after retiring from Fairmont Homes in Nappanee, Indiana.


He graduated from Argos High School with the class of 1965 and was co-captain of the first Argos High School soccer team. In his younger days Jerry enjoyed scuba diving, motorcycle racing, fishing, spending time with family, and teaching them to enjoy the outdoors and how to play sports.


He was also a valued member of the Argos Izaak Walton League and of the American Legion Post #424, Bourbon, Indiana. To this day he enjoyed spending time with his wife, Kim and with his family.


Jerry is survived by his wif,  Kimberly Patton.


Daughters – Tana Garver and husband Patrick of Forest, Indiana; Tracy Williams and husband Michael of Rochester, Indiana; and Lisa Patton of Plymouth, Indiana


9 Grandchildren    5 Great Grandchildren


Mother – Janet Patton of Argos, Indiana

Sisters – Barbara Carlson of Rochester, Indiana; and Linda Ransom of South Bend


Brother – Mark Patton of Argos


Step-Children  Andrea Allen of Warsaw, Indiana; Melissa Dowell and husband John of Plymouth, Indiana; 

and Bryan Long of Bourbon, Indiana; 15 step grandchildren and 7 step great grandchildren


He is preceded in death by his father; and brothers – Darrel, Randy, Jeff, and David Patton


Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, Indiana.


A post on the Argos Boys Soccer Twitter page reads:  The thoughts and prayers from everyone in the Argos Soccer community are with the family, friends, and colleagues of our first co-captain and MVP Jerry Patton, following his passing. Patton helped lead the Dragons in our second ever season to an undefeated finish in 1964.

Big Ten confirms move of conference tournament to Indy

The Big Ten Conference has confirmed plans to relocate its 2021 Men’s Basketball Tournament from Chicago to Indianapolis.


The men’s tournament, which will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium, joins the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, which was already scheduled to take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse from March 9-13. The men’s tournament is scheduled for March 10-14. 


The conference says the decision to relocate the tournament was based on multiple factors, the first of which is the health and safety of everyone involved.


“Hosting both the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in the same city allows for cohesive testing and medical protocols for both events, as well as centralized accommodations surrounding the competition venues,” the conference said in a statement Tuesday.


Both tournaments precede the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament, which will be held at several sites in central Indiana.


The Big Ten says the men’s basketball tournament will return to Chicago in 2023.

Rochester vs #7 Clinton Prairie in Saturday's regional semifinal; ticket / voucher info

Rochester returns to the girls regional basketball tournament at Frankton Saturday.  


Rochester (12-8) will play #7 Clinton Prairie (20-2) in the opening semifinal at 10:00 am.  GIANT fm Sports coverage on 92.1 and will begin at approximately 9:30 am.


The second semifinal features Tipton (17-7) vs #6 Frankton (23-3).  Frankton defeated Tipton on January 14, 53-50.


See below for ticket / voucher information to attend the Frankton Regional.


Girls' Basketball Regional Ticket Information

Ticket vouchers will be used to allow the purchase of tickets at Frankton on Saturday.


Ticket vouchers can be picked up Wednesday-Friday from 8am-3pm in the RHS Attendance Office inside the main entrance.


There are currently only 150 vouchers available. Vouchers are limited to four per person.


Vouchers must be retained by its holder to have the ability to purchase a ticket to the championship game at 8pm if Rochester wins the morning game.


If you do not have a voucher on Saturday, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PURCHASE A TICKET on Saturday, February 13.