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Caston and Winamac among football programs to benefit sponsorship by Colts

Two are football programs have been chosen for a sponsorship opportunity through the Indianapolis Colts, the NFL Foundation and True Impact Football.


The National Football League Foundation, in partnership with the nonprofit initiative True Impact Football, announced that they will sponsor 320 high school football programs (10 for each NFL club). Through the sponsorship, these schools will have access to football coaching education, player development and fundraising resources.


Among the ten schools sponsored by the Indianapolis Colts are Caston and Winamac.


This partnership will address the growing challenges that under-resourced football programs face. Each high school football program selected will have the opportunity to include their local youth football programs (e.g., elementary teams, middle schools) to receive the same resources.


“We are thrilled to be leveling the playing field for these programs and are convinced that investing in the football coaching staffs of these teams will have a long-lasting impact,” said Roman Oben, NFL Vice President of Football Development.


Each of the NFL’s 32 clubs selected 10 eligible schools to sponsor in their local area.


Every eligible school receives unlimited access to free resources from True Impact Football’s partners: Glazier Clinics, Lead ‘Em Up and Booster Club Academy.


The full coaching staff from schools will gain access to:

• Any of Glazier’s football coaching clinics nationwide
• Access to Glazier Drive, an online football coach learning platform
• Lead ‘Em Up leadership and team captain’s courses
• Fundraising tools through Booster Club Academy


“We believe every player, team and community deserves a great football coach,” said Josh Peterson of True Impact Football. “We’re convinced supporting football coaches in these under-served schools will go a long way in impacting not only the players but the broader communities as well.”


Area girls basketball teams bracketed in for sectional play next week

The opening week’s pairings have been announced for the 47th Annual IHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament presented by the Indiana Fever and Indiana Pacers.

Sectional games are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Feb. 1, and run through Saturday, Feb. 5, with the regional round slated for Feb. 12 and semi-states on Feb. 19.

The four state championship games that make up the state finals will be played at the newly-renovated and renamed Gainbridge Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, Feb. 26


At the 2A sectional site at Lewis Cass, Rochester (15-7) will open tournament play on Tuesday in the lone quarterfinal game that night.  The Zebras will play #12 Pioneer (17-4). 

The Panthers moved up to the 2A level after back-to-back 1A state championship appearances.  Pioneer beat Loogootee for the 1A state title last season, 43-42.  The year before, Pioneer lost the 1A state title to the Lions, 45-43.

Pioneer is led by one of the state’s top scorers.  5’6” junior Ashlynn Brooke averages 25.7 points while dishing out 6.5 assists per game.

Rochester is the two-time defending sectional champions.

The winner of the Rochester – Pioneer quarterfinal will play Wabash (7-13) in a Friday semifinal.

At Lewis Cass on Wednesday, Manchester (3-17) will play Carroll (Flora) (15-6) followed by Delphi (9-9) vs Lewis Cass (7-12).  The winners of Wednesday’s games meet in the other Friday semifinal.



In the 3A sectional hosted by NorthWood, Tippecanoe Valley (14-6) will play the host Panthers (3-21) in Tuesday’s quarterfinal. 

The Vikings beat NorthWood on January 11, 46-33.

The winner will play Wawasee (10-11) in a Friday semifinal.

The other semifinal is already set with West Noble (5-15) vs Lakeland (11-10).



North White will host a 1A sectional that opens on Tuesday with a single quarterfinal game.  #12 Caston (15-5) will play Frontier (8-10).

The Caston – Frontier winner will play Tri-County (8-9) in a Friday semifinal.

On the other side of the bracket, South Newton (1-14) will play #11 North White (14-6) in the other semifinal.



Culver will also host a 1A sectional.  Tuesday’s opening quarterfinal will pit LaCrosse (13-6) against Oregon-Davis (4-12).  The winner will meet West Central (4-13) in a Friday semifinal.

The winners of the Wednesday games will meet in the other semifinal.  On Wednesday, Trinity Greenlawn (8-9) will play Argos for a second time.  Argos (11-7) won the November 19 matchup, 49-22.

The other game Wednesday features Triton (12-8) vs Culver (4-14).  Triton won their January 14 regular season meeting, 71-34.

New baseball franchise officially announced as Lake County Corn Dogs

The newest addition to the Northern League has officially been announced as the Lake County Corn Dogs. The team will be based in Crown Point and will compete at Legacy Fields at Center Ross Park. Its new motto will be “building community through baseball,” and a combination of local and out-of-town talent will make up its roster.


The name “Lake County Corn Dogs” was chosen by the public after a naming competition that was held late last year. Team representatives and local officials expressed their enthusiasm for the launch of the new franchise.


“Crown Point is an ideal location for our league’s latest expansion franchise in South Lake County. This community is incredibly sports-friendly, welcoming, and an ideal location for affordable family entertainment like Northern League baseball. With the official announcement of the Corn Dogs name, we want the community to know they now have professional prospect level talent playing right in their backyard. We’re very excited to invite everyone to the Legacy Fields at Center Ross Park field this summer for a fun night of baseball and family,” said Northern League President Don Popravak. 


“The addition of a pre-professional team like the Corn Dogs is an excellent complement to the wide variety of youth and adult sports throughout our community,” Mayor David Uran said. “The new team will further enhance the stellar quality of life in Crown Point, and we’re excited to welcome the Corn Dogs.”

Speaking on the announcement of the team’s official name, owner Ralph Flores said he was thrilled that members of the community chose such an appropriate and fun title for a new Northwest Indiana-based franchise.


“When people think about the Corn Dogs, they’re going to remember fun nights out with loved ones and friends. They’re going to remember awesome games with fantastic area players. And they’re going to remember the joy they had on those summer nights in Crown Point. We couldn’t ask for more, and we thank the community for all their outstanding suggestions for our new team’s name,” Flores said.


The new Lake County Corn Dogs will begin competing during the summer 2022 season. 

Warsaw's Bailie Stephens named 2021 Gifts of the Game Scholarship recipient

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the three recipients of their “Gifts of the Game” scholarship program.


Madison Axsom of Elkhart High School, Carson Dibble of Columbus North, and Bailie Stephens of Warsaw have been selected as the recipients of four-year renewable college scholarships worth up to $4,000 each.


Bailie Stephens has been a four-year varsity letter winner on the Girls’ Basketball team for Warsaw Community High School.  Helping to lead her team to combined record of 61-28, Stephens earned Honorable Mention All-Area honors in basketball while also participating in Cross Country for the Lady Tigers and Equestrian.  Her success on the court is mirrored in the classroom, earning Honor Roll honors each year at Warsaw H.S. and is an active member of 4-H.  Stephens is also a volunteer at her local YMCA as a Youth Development officer and works in Basketball Development.  The daughter of Melanie and Robert Stephens of Warsaw, Stephens plans to continue her career at Lawrence Tech University.


Madison Axsom is a four-year varsity basketball starter and team captain for Elkhart High School Girls’ Basketball team.  On pace to eclipse 1,000 career points, Axsom’s on-court success is recognized through her nomination to the Prep Girls Hoops 2021 NIC Watch List and District 1 IBCA Player of the Week.  In addition to basketball, Axsom is captain of the Lady Lions for both Golf and Track & Field, earning numerous accolades for the latter including All-Conference, Team MVP, and consecutive appearances at the State Track Meet for the 4×100 meter relay and High Jump.  She is an active contributor in the community and classroom as well, holding positions in the Student Athletic Council, Student Government, National Juniors Honors Society, Habitat for Humanity, and volunteers at Upwards Basketball League refereeing and Firehouse Christmas with Santa.  She is the daughter of Mary and Jarid Axsom of Elkhart.


Carson Dibble is a four-year basketball player at Columbus North High School. and starter his senior year.  Earning varsity letters in both basketball and football, Dibble additionally contributes to the Bulldogs’ Unified Track & Field team.  Beyond athletic accomplishments, he is an active member of the Foundation for Youth Boys and Girls Club, and volunteers for Toys for Tots, the Alzheimer’s Association, and mentoring younger students.  He is the son of Greg and Rita Dibble of Columbus.


The “Gifts of the Game” scholarship program was created to recognize high school seniors who have been involved in Indiana high school basketball as a player, manager, statistician, student trainer, or other similar role with consideration given to their scholarship, leadership, and extra-curricular activities. 


The name “Gifts of the Game” is a nod to both the financial gift Indiana high school seniors will be receiving, as well as the benefits basketball has played in the lives of those associated with the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and this program.  In its 3rd year of existence, $23,000 in college scholarships are available this year through the program.


Funded through the 2nd largest private donation in Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame history, the scholarship fund is open to further contributions to increase the amount and number of scholarships given. 


Interested donors may contact Chris May, Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame executive director at or (765) 529-1891 or Trip Lukemeyer, Development Director at or (317) 983-4667 for more information or to make a contribution.  Contributions may be sent to Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, One Hall of Fame Court, New Castle, IN 47362 with an appropriate note in the memo line.

Caston boys win big at Rochester; Bremen boys down #12 (1A) Argos second time

Caston picked up its eighth boys basketball win of the season in convincing fashion Tuesday at Rochester, 54-24.



Boys Tuesday basketball scoreboard

It's been a great season for Argos.  It would be perfect if it weren't for Bremen.


Argos had its 10-game win streak snapped by Bremen in the opening round of the Bi-County Tournament in a game that went four overtimes, 66-64.  The last loss for Argos was in the season opener, again to Bremen, 52-35.


In other first round tournament games

John Glenn 64, Culver 46

New Prairie 53, Oregon-Davis 40

Triton 60, LaVille 35


Also last night

Wabash 79, Mississinewa 65


Girls Tuesday basketball scoreboard

Tippecanoe Valley 49, Peru 46

Winamac 39, Plymouth 36

Maconaquah 64, Southwood 36

Wawasee 57, Whitko 12

Culver Academy 48, Michigan City 39

Pioneer 61, North Judson 50


Bi-County Girls Tournament

John Glenn 65, Culver 20

New Prairie vs Oregon - Davis, cancelled

Bremen 52, Argos 50

LaVille 54, Triton 30


#13 (1A) Caston falls at #3 (3A) Benton Ctl; #11 (1A) Argos boys win 9th straight

Girls basketball


#3 (3A) Benton Central 59, #13 (1A) Caston 35

Benton Central (20-0) stayed unbeaten with the home win over the Comets.

Caston (11-5) was led by Isabel Scales 14 points.  Maddi smith added 10.


Tippecanoe Valley 46, Northwood 33

Vikings (11-6) led by Molly Moriarty with 18 points.  Kaydence Mellott added 15.



Boys basketball


#11 (1A) Argos 55, North Miami 43

Argos (9-1) won its ninth in a row after a season-opening loss at Breman.

North Miami is 3-7.


Caston 55, Culver 28

Bryce Rudicel scored 14 as the Comets jumped out to a 17-5 first quarter lead.

Caston (6-4, 2-0 Hoosier North) has won three in a row and five of its last six games.  The only loss in that stretch was to undefeated 7th-ranked (3A) Peru in the Miami County Tournament.

Caston and Winamac sit atop the Hoosier North with 2-0 conference marks.

Culver (3-7, 1-2 Hoosier North) has lost four straight.

Lance Stephenson another contract from Pacers

The Indiana Pacers today announced the team has signed guard Lance Stephenson to a second 10-day contract under the NBA’s COVID-related hardship exception. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Pacers signed Stephenson to an initial 10-day contract under the NBA’s COVID-related hardship exception on January 1, 2022.

#13 (1A) Caston on the road to play undefeated #3 (3A) Benton Central tonight

Caston faces its toughest girls basketball challenge tonight.  The Comets, ranked number 13 in the latest 1A basketball poll, travel to undefeated, 3rd-ranked Benton Central.


Caston has won three straight and five of its last seven games.  The only losses in that stretch were by four points to a 12-win Pioneer team and by two points to Knox (10-9).


Caston is being led in scoring by sophomore Isabel Scales (13.7 ppg) and senior Maddi Smith (12.7 ppg).


Benton Central is 19-0.  Add to that, the Bison are doubling up their opponents in season scoring average.  Benton Central averages just over 62 ppg while allowing less than 32 on the defensive end.


On January 6, the Bison escaped McCutcheon with a double-OT win, 50-44.  It's only the second time in 19 games that an opponent has been within single digits.  The other was a November 20 Lafayette Tournament championship game win over Twin Lakes, 44-37.



Global INDYCAR Fan Survey

This morning, INDYCAR and Motorsport Network announced the launch of the first-ever Global INDYCAR Fan Survey. We are excited to hear from our fans on a wide range of topics, including their favorite drivers, teams, and racetracks; while also learning more about their viewing habits, race attendance, and opinions on future changes to improve the sport.  Additionally, we’ll gain insight into their views around important subjects outside of racing such as sustainability, diversity, and inclusion.


You can visit the survey HERE


The survey will be available globally via the Motorsport Network in 11 languages and fielded through January 28, 2022. Following the close of the survey, INDYCAR will plan to share key findings prior to the start of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season in St. Petersburg.   We look forward to gaining valuable input from this effort.