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Cass County Tournament

Lewis Cass 60, Caston 47

Lewis Cass jumped out to a 20-4 first quarter lead

Talon Zeider 20, Cain Schanlaub 8, Caleb Stinson 8



Tippecanoe Valley 69, Argos 32

Vikings won the second half 42-12 after having just a 27-20 halftime lead


Culver 73, West Central 45

Emiliano Ortiz 25, Shane Shman 23



Girls Basketball


Cass County Tournament

#4 (1A) Caston 51, Lewis Cass 27

Addison Zimpleman  22 points, 6 steals, 4 rebounds 

Isabel Scales 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals



Winimac 42, West Central 32

Warriors win first game of season led by Hailey Attinger's 11 rebounds and Chloe Rausch with 13 points


Northwestern 60, Wabash 38

LaVille 43, Mishawaka 29




Winamac 48, Twin lakes 30

Winners for Winamac  included Charles Cottrell, Willis Dennis, DJ Depke, Talen Garner, Garron Knoth, Aiden Day, Ayddan Jimenez,  Eli Matthews, and Lane Halterman.


Warriors are 2-0 on the season and will host the Winamac Super 8 on Saturday. 

Bethel coach Mike Lightfoot and Kirk Manns of North Judson to be inducted into HOF

A longtime Bethel head coach and North Judson's all-time leading scorer have been chosen for induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.


The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame board of directors has announced the 61st induction class, to be honored in ceremonies on Wednesday, March 22, 2023.


Mike Lightfoot is the recipient of the 2023 Silver Medal Award for contributions to Indiana basketball other than as an Indiana high school player or Indiana high school coach.


30 years as head men’s basketball coach at Bethel College (1987-2017), he led the Pilots to 794 wins, his teams won three NAIA national championships, four NCCAA national championships, two national runner-up finishes, 10 Crossroads League regular season championships and eight Crossroads League tournament championships.  He won nine National Coach of the Year and six League Coach of the Year awards.


Lightfoot coached the Pilots to 36 all-time No. 1 rankings, the most in NAIA Division II history, and holds the second-longest streak of being ranked in Division II poll history, a streak of 76 consecutive polls from 1992-2000. 


Lightfoot was the quickest NAIA men’s coach to reach 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700 career wins. He was an all-state player at LaVille H.S., played at Bethel for Homer Drew and was nominated for the Pete Maravich Award his senior year. He coached at Mishawaka Marian H.S. from 1978-1987.  He is an inductee of the Bethel College, NCCAA, Marian H.S. and NAIA Halls of Fames.


Lightfoot graduated from LaVille High School in 1974.


Kirk Manns, a 1986 graduate of North Judson High School, earned four letters in basketball, baseball, and football.  As a senior, Manns averaged 34.2 points per game, 9.4 rebounds per game, and 4.1 assists per game on the Blue Jays team that went 18-6.  He was All-State in both basketball and football, scoring 1,962 career points. 


Manns was an Indiana All-Star and runner-up for Mr. Basketball, along with being named to the 2011 Silver Anniversary Team. 


Manns played basketball at Michigan State University where he scored 1,212 career points, making 8 three point field goals twice in a game, and scored a career high of 40 points in a win over Purdue.  As a senior, he was named the Most Improved player. 


After graduating from Michigan State in 1991, Manns was Assistant Coach at Western Michigan, before becoming a high school principal and athletic director.  Manns is presently the athletic director and head boys basketball coach at Seymour High School.


Also part of the 61st induction class to the Indiana Basketball HOF:


James Blackmon Sr. was a 1983 McDonald’s All-American, averaging 32.6 points per game as a senior on the Marion squad who went 22-6, losing to Anderson in the afternoon game of the State Finals, where he scored 52 points.  Other accolades for Blackman Sr. included being a Parade All-American, Scholastic Coach All-American, USA Today All-American and named Runner-up to Steve Alford for Mr. Basketball.  He went to the University of Kentucky (1983-87) where he was named a Captain and Outstanding Senior his senior season.  He began his coaching career in 1995 as a JV Coach at Marion but later coached Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers to the 2A 2007 and 2008 State Champions and is currently the head coach at Marion High School where they were crowned 3A State Champions in 2016.  His career coaching record is 284-150, and since 2013, in addition to coaching, has been the High School Dean/Conflict Mediator at Marion High School. 


Richard Butt graduated from Huntington High School in 1954, then later graduated from Manchester in 1958 with a B.S. in Business, Ball State in 1963 with a Masters in Health and Physical Education, and St. Francis in 1966 with a Guidance License.  Beginning his coaching career in 1958, he spent one year as the Liberty Center JH coach before being promoted to head coach at Liberty Center from 1959-1964.  He amassed a 70-40 record at Liberty Center, leading them to a county title and the 1964 Sectional title with only 67 students. He later went on to lead Lakeland from 1964-1973 where he won 3 sectional titles.  In 1983, he was one of 5 Indiana coaches chosen by the International Sports Exchange to conduct basketball clinics in Africa – Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Niger. 


The late Henry Chapman, along with Charlie Lyons, were the first two African Americans to play varsity basketball at Ft. Wayne Northside.  Throughout his career at Ft. Wayne Northside, Chapman earned All City honors (3x), along with scoring 1,124 points in his career.  Chapman’s team played in the State Finals against Gary Roosevelt in the afternoon game, but lost 68-66.  It should be noted that he acquired frostbite on his shooting hand, as a result of changing a flat tire in sub-zero temperature the night before the game.  Chapman was the first Allen County player to exceed 1,000 points.  He also excelled in cross country and track.  During his time after high school Chapman barnstormed with and against the Harlem Globetrotters.  Chapman worked for International Harvester for 31 years, and in 2015 was inducted into the Inaugural Class of the Ft. Wayne North Side Athletic Hall of Fame.


The late John DeVoe banded together with several other prominent business men of the area to help purchase an ABA team, who would soon be named the Indiana Pacers.  DeVoe was the first President of the Indiana Pacers, as well.  He graduated from Park School in 1952 where, as a senior, his team went 18-4, he was team captain, and scored 73 points in a game that season.  DeVoe graduated from Princeton in 1956 with a B.A. in English literature and was a 3 year letter winner.  He was named Captain and MVP as a senior, before joining the Army Artillery in 1957 and the reserves until 1965.


The late Henry Ebershoff was a 1963 Lafayette Central Catholic graduate, who was a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Silver Anniversary team in 1988 recording seven games of scoring 30 or more points and holding the school record with 25 consecutive free throws made.  Ebershoff’s free throw percentage as a junior was 86.3%, which is also a school record.  He was a school MVP in both football and basketball, before graduating from Purdue in 1967 with a B.A. in physical education.  Playing for George King at Purdue, Ebershoff averaged 15 points per game as a senior, earning 2nd team All-Big Ten honors and averaging 4.6 assists per game. Until his passing, he owned and operated Lafayette Tent and Awning Company, beginning in 1969.


Brian Evans averaged 22.5 points his senior year in 1991 at Terre Haute South along with being named first team All-State, an Indiana All-Star and National Runner-up in AAU on Team Indiana.   In 1991, Evans and Terre Haute South went 23-4.   Evans was a member of the 1996 Silver Anniversary Team.  After graduating from Terre Haute South, Evans went to Indiana University where he scored 1,701 career points for Coach Bob Knight’s Hoosiers.  He was Big Ten Player of the Year in 1996 and third team All American by AP, NABC and UPI.   Evans was a first round pick of the Orlando Magic, #27 overall.  Evans played professionally in the NBA and overseas from 1996-2005.  Evans is currently the owner of Precision Medical Group along with co-founder of CareCycle. 


Oscar Evans, from Shortridge High School,was the first underclassman to play varsity basketball.  As a junior, he averaged 16 points per game, and his senior year averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds per game.  Before graduating from Shortridge in 1968, Evans was named 1st Team All Sectional, Regional, and All-State, along with being named 3rd Team All-State in baseball as well.  He led the Final 4 in scoring his senior season, along with being the high scorer in school history.  Evans went on to play at Vincennes from 1968-1970 where he averaged 27 points per game as a freshman, and 13 points and 12 assists per game as a sophomore.  During Evans’ sophomore season, Vincennes was the National Junior College Champions and Evans was rated by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 6 guards coming out of Junior College.  Evans graduated from Butler in 1972 with a degree in management.


Darrin Fitzgerald was the second leading scorer in the City of Indianapolis his senior year at Indianapolis Washington in 1983 averaging 22 points per game.  He was All-Metro, All-State Honorable Mention and team MVP.  Fitzgerald also was an All-State defensive back in football in 1982.  After his time at Indianapolis Washington, Fitzgerald went on to Butler where he graduated in 1987.  Fitzgerald holds Butler’s all time single game scoring record with 54 points and 12 three point field goals made, and is 3rd all time in career scoring.  Seventh all time in career assists, Fitzgerald is inducted into the Butler Athletic Hall of Fame, and later worked at Chrysler Corporation from 1989-2009.


Dennis Goins played for Coach Larry Angle and was a member of the 2004 Silver Anniversary Team.  Goins graduated from Rushville in 1979 where as a freshman, he started for the Lions’ state runner up team.  During his senior year, the Lions went 17-9 and Goins averaged 13 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds a game, earning All Sectional, Regional, All-Conference honors and was named an Indiana All-Star.  Goins’ 1,080 points is fourth all time in Rushville History and his 539 assists is first on the list.  He was also a four year starter on Rushville’s football team; where he was All-State his senior season.  He played at Vincennes from 1979-1981 and Southern Illinois from 1981-1983.  Goins was an award winning TV sports photographer covering numerous high profile events.  He is a current teacher at Ben Davis High School/Area 31 Career Center and Director of BDTV.


The late Ken Gunning graduated from Shelbyville in 1933 and was a 3 year letter winner in basketball, baseball, and track where he earned the Paul Cross Award (MVP) for basketball his senior season.  Gunning went on to Indiana University where he led the team in scoring his sophomore year with 8.4 points per game, 9.2 points per game his junior year, and 8.6 points his senior season.  Gunning was a senior captain along with being named 2nd Team All-American.  At Indiana, Gunning also lettered in baseball and track.  Gunning played for the Whiting Ciesar All-Americans, Moline Plow Boys, and the Indianapolis Kautskys.  He went on to coach at Western New Mexico, and Wichita State, before coaching at Connersville High School.  Gunning was inducted into the Western New Mexico Hall of Fame.


Jack Hogan, “Broad Ripple’s Pocket Rocket”, graduated from Broad Ripple in 1963 where he averaged 12 points per game, going 21-6 where his team defeated the likes of Warren Central, North Central, Cathedral, Tech, Danville, Southport and Connersville during the tournament run; eventually losing to state Champion Muncie Central.  Hogan was named Outstanding Senior Athlete along with All-Sectional and All-Regional.  Hogan was also a member of Broad Ripple’s baseball and cross country teams.  Hogan went on to have a great career at DePauw University, where as a senior, he was named to Time Magazine’s best college players in the U.S. under 6 foot.  Named “Jack the Giant Killer”, Hogan led DePauw to victories against many Division I teams including Evansville, Indiana State, and Butler.  Hogan went on to be a standout tennis player, and was in real estate until his retirement in 2019.


Eric Montross¸ a former Lawrence North Wildcat, North Carolina Tar Heel, and NBA player, is currently a commentator on the Tar Heel Sports Network.  Montross graduated from Lawrence North in 1990 where his junior year, he averaged 21.3 points per game on the State Championship team, where he was named MVP.  His senior year, Montross was an All-American on the Parade and McDonald’s All-American teams.  In addition, he was an Indiana All-Star, National Player of the Year, National Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and USA Today’s 1st Team All American.  Montross went on to North Carolina where his junior year, the Tar Heels were NCAA National Champions, a year where he averaged 15.8 points per game.  His senior year accolades included Naismith All-American, John R. Wooden All-American, and Academic All-American, just to name a few.  Montross played in the NBA from 1994-2003. He has been on the Tar Heel Sports Network since 2005.


Drake Morris was the 1977 Mr. Basketball Runner-Up, Hammond Times Player of the Year, 1st Team All-State, a McDonald’s All American and a member of the 2002 Silver Anniversary Team.  During his senior season, in which his team went 24-4, Morris averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals per game.  He scored 51 points during that year against Hammond High School, and also had a game with 25 rebounds.  Morris went on to play at Purdue where in 1981, he was named All-Big Ten.  At Purdue, he scored 1,250 points and led his squad to the NIT Final game his senior season.  He played in Italy for 3 years averaging 35 points per game.  Morris is in the East Chicago Hall of Fame.  Morris has been a salesman, Director of Parks Services and owner of a cleaning company, and currently, he is a caseworker for the Lake County Prosecutor.   


The late Jim Oler graduated from Economy High School in 1952 where he scored 1,260 career points, even with a shortened junior season due to an ankle injury.  He was an All-Sectional honoree, while winning the sportsmanship award and Wayne County Championship.  After leaving Economy, he went to Florida State where he received his bachelors and masters degrees, and played basketball. Oler held the Florida State record for 39 years for most career points (1,817), but is still second on that list.  He scored a career high 42 points and still holds the single season scoring record with 29.7 points per game. In addition, Oler has numerous free throw records that still stand at Florida State.  Oler went on to Coach McArthur High School and Brevard Community College, being inducted into the Florida Community College Hall of Fame.


The late Phil Snodgress of Kennard High School, was a three-sport athlete (basketball, baseball, and track), while graduating in 1954.  After graduation from Kennard, Snodgress, played baseball for four years at Ball State earning a bachelors and masters in education.  After Ball State, Snodgress went on to coach at Blue River Valley, Liberty, and Union County, before a 22-year stint in Greensburg.  Snodgress has a career record of 350-221 while earning accolades such as: 1974 IBCA Coach Of The Year, 1999 Virgil Sweet Service Award, and inducted in 2008 into the Union County Athletic Hall of Fame.  Overall, Snodgress has 11 Sectional and 1 Regional title.  After he retired, he was asked to coach an 8th grade team, and did so until 2005.


Brad Stevens is a 1995 graduate of Zionsville High School where he holds the school record in points (1,508), steals (157), and 3 point field goals made (138).  He averaged 26.8 points per game as a senior, while earning Star & News All-Metro, 3 time All-Conference, 1st Team Academic All-State, and 1995 Sectional MVP.  Stevens went on to DePauw University where he was a 3 time Academic All-American.  Stevens worked at Eli Lilly for one year before joining Thad Matta’s staff at Butler.  He was a Butler assistant coach until 2007, becoming Butler’s Head Coach.  Stevens coached the Bulldogs until the 2013-14 season (his record at Butler was 166-49), before becoming the Boston Celtics Head Coach.  Stevens remained the head coach of the Celtics before moving into the front office in 2021 – a position he still holds today.


The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 61st  Men’s Awards Banquet is planned for Wednesday, March 22, 2023.  The day’s events will include a reception at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame museum in New Castle that afternoon with a banquet that evening at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis.


Reservations will soon be available online or through mail order in early 2023.  Call the Hall at 765-529-1891, visit or email for more information.
















Rochester girls basketball with fourth straight win

Rochester opened up a double-digit halftime lead and cruised to a win over Winamac on Saturday, 40-19.


The Z’s had two players in double-figures.  Rily Holloway led all scorers with 13 points and Emma Howdeshell added 11.


Piper Link topped the Winamac scoring effort with eight points.  Leading scorer Kandace Kroft was held to a single three-point field goal in the second quarter.


Rochester (4-4) has climbed back to .500 with a four-game win streak.  The Zebras host Culver on Wednesday.


Winamac (0-8) travels to West Central on Tuesday.




Pioneer's Ashlynn Brooke passes 1000 career points, named IBCA / Franciscan Health Player of the Week

A trio of three-game standouts has been selected as Week 3 winners in the IBCA / Franciscan Health Player of the Week program.


Pioneer senior Ashlynn Brooke, Jay County senior Renna Schwieterman and Indian Creek junior Lauren Foster were named following outstanding performances during the week of Nov. 14-19 in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Brooke is honored in District 1. Schwieterman is cited in District 2. Foster is recognized in District 3.


Brooke, a 5-7 guard, averaged 30.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 3.0 steals and surpassed 1,000 points for her career in a week in which Pioneer (4-0) defeated Clinton Central, Knox and Culver Community. The Ball State signee now has 1,057 points in 51 career games, becoming her school’s fifth player to reach the milestone.


In a 65-64 victory over Clinton Central, Brooke totaled 28 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals while hitting 8-15 field goals, 3-7 3-pointers and 9-10 free throws. In a 58-41 triumph over Knox, she notched 31 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steal while converting 12-23 field goals, 5-12 3-pointers and 2-2 free throws. In a 62-49 win over Culver Community, Brooke again scored 31 points with two rebounds, five assists and three steals while making 12-21 field goals, 4-10 3-pointers and 3-3 free throws.


Brooke reached the 1,000-point club against Knox and joins four others from her school with this elite status – 2022 graduate Hailey Cripe with 1,675 points, 1995 graduate Denise Kerr with 1,466 points, 1999 graduate Danielle Kerr with 1,413 points and 2011 graduate Kelsey Williams with 1,083 points.


Schwieterman averaged 23.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.7 steals in propelling Jay County (4-1) to triumphs over Oak Hill (67-42), Bellmont (56-47) and Winchester (62-33).


A Purdue-Fort Wayne signee, Schwieterman totaled 25 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and five steals while hitting 8-19 field goals, 5-11 3-pointers and 4-4 free throws against Oak Hill. The 6-0 guard tallied 20 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal while making 7-19 field goals, 3-9 3-pointers and 3-4 free throws against Bellmont. She notched 26 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals while converting 11-19 field goals and 4-6 3-pointers against Winchester.


Foster, also a 5-7 guard, averaged 24.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in leading Indian Creek to the Johnson County Tournament championship with victories over Franklin Community, Greenwood and Center Grove. The county title is the Braves’ first since 2002.


In a 66-56 victory against Franklin, Foster poured in 35 points with three rebounds and five assists while making 9-13 from the field, 1-2 3-pointers and a remarkable 16-16 free throws. In a 38-19 semifinal triumph over Greenwood, she tallied 17 points, two rebounds and two assists while converting 5-8 field goals, 2-4 3-pointers and 5-6 free throws. In a 48-38 win over Center Grove in the final, Foster scored 20 points with two rebounds and two assists while hitting 6-6 field goals and 8-9 free throws.


This is the 15th season for the IBCA Player of the Week program and the third season the awards are being presented by Franciscan Health Sports Medicine, a corporate partner of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Culver rally falls short at Rochester in boys basketball opener

It's a time for giving thanks.  Rochester boys basketball may offer up a thank you to Culver free throw shooting.  It damaged the Cavaliers chances at a road win in the season opener Wednesday night.


Culver rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit but Rochester held on for the home win, 51-49.


Rochester was led in a balanced scoring effort by Brock Bowers 12 points.  Paul Leasure added 11.  Six other Zebras were in scoring column with three or more points including Luke Hunting with eight.


Culver placed three men in double figures led by Ethan Keller's 17.  Emiliano Ortiz had 15 and Shane Shuman scored 14.  But only other Cavalier scored, David Hite with three point.


Rochester outscored Culver Community by nine points at the free throw line.  Culver shot only 6-of-17 (35.2%).


Rochester (1-0) plays at Winamac on December 2.


Culver (0-1) will host West Central on Tuesday.



Caston drops boys hoops opener as Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley tip-off tonight

Rochester and Culver will get the holiday weekend underway with a boys basketball rivalry game tonight on GIANT fm Sports.


The Zebras and Cavaliers have met in the opener since the 2000-2001 season.  Rochester has won 16 of those 21 meetings and the last five in a row.


Rochester was 9-13 last season and dropped its last five games.


Head coach Rob Malchow enters his sixth season with a more veteran unit.



Malchow says game one is always a feeling out process.



Other boys action tonight

Tippecanoe Valley at Mishawaka

joe Luce makes his debut as Vikings head coach


Bremen at Argos

Dragons are 73-26 over past five seasons but have beaten by Triton in sectional championship each of last two seasons.


Logansport at Peru

Oak Hill at Wabash

John Glenn at Plymouth

LaVille at Westville




Rochester, Tippecanoe Valley with girls basketball wins Tuesday

Rochester girls basketball has dimmed the memory of a four-game losing skid to start the season with a current three-game winning streak.


Randy Wynn had the call on GIANT fm Sports of the Tuesday night Rochester win over Lewis Cass, 32-28.



Also Tuesday

Tippecanoe Valley 56, Maconaquah 25

Kaydence Mellott led the Vikings with 17 points.  Molly Moriarity added 12. 


Argos 29, Culver 26

Culver scored just three first half points as Argos claimed The Bell


Pioneer 70, Wabash 60

Ashlynn Brooke 28 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists for Pioneer


LaVillle 42, Elkhart Christian 12

Southwood 59, Oak Hill 38

Bremen 47, John Glenn 29


Caston remains undefeated led by Harness double-double performance

The fourth ranked team in 1A is still undefeated.
Caston dominated Frontier, 63-34, behind strong performaces by Bailey Harness and Isabel Scales.  Harness led all scorers with 27 points and turned in a double-double performace with 17 rebounds.
Teammate Isabel Scales was also impressive with 18 points, nine rebounds and four steals.
Caston (7-0) only trails three teams in this week's 1A girls basketball poll - top-ranked Lanesville (5-1); second-ranked Blue River Valley (4-0); and Tri (5-0).  
Blue River is scheduled to play at Tri on December 1.
Other Monday girls scores
Northfield 51, peru 45
Plymouth 48, Logansport 43

Rochester girls basketball wins second straight to stay unbeaten in TRC

Rochester used a 16-7 fourth quarter on Saturday to get Maconaquah in TRC girls basketball, 34-29.


It was Rochester's second straight win after opening the season with four consecutive losses.


Maconaquah dominated the rebound category by doubling up Rochester, 28-14.  But the Braves committed 20 turnovers while Rochester had just five.


Rily Holloway and Ella McCarter led Rochester with 12 points each.  Holloway connected on 4-of-9 3-point field goals.  McCarter shot 5-of-8 from the field.


Rylee Clevenger added 10 for Rochester (2-4, 2-0 TRC).


Maconaquah (1-2, 1-1 TRC) was led by Miranda Stoll's 11 points.


Other Saturday results

Pioneer 62, Culver 49

Ashlynn Brooke powered Pioneer to the win with a 31 point, 2 rebound, 5 assist performance


Manchester 42, Winamac 39

Kandace Kroft 15 points, 5 rebounds as Winamac remained winless.

Manchester sophomore Brookelynn Buzzard scored 19 points.


Southwood 47, Lakeland Christian 35

Logansport 47, Richmond 31

Valparaiso 65, Plymouth 32



Semi driver faces 26 counts in Warsaw semi - bus crash

A New York man has been charged with over two dozen counts regarding the school bus - semi crash that occurred in Warsaw on Saturday night.


The Warsaw Police Department says after extensive investigation by Warsaw Police and the Kosciusko County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, these charges have been officially filed on the suspect, Victor Santos.


The crash involving a hockey team from St. Ignatius College Prep out of Chicago resulted in multiple injuries.


Santos faces four counts of Causing Serious Bodily Injury While Operating a Vehicle, a Level 5 felony and 22 counts of Criminal Recklessness (While Armed with a Deadly Weapon), a Level 6 felony.


Bond in this case has been set at $75,000.00 surety plus $2,500.00 cash. The investigation continues on behalf of the Kosciusko County Prosecutor.  Additional charges or enhancements could follow in the future. 

11 Rochester Zebras recognized with TRC postseason honors

Rochester’s terrific football season has been further enhanced with ten players receiving Three Rivers Conference honors.


Head coach Ron Shaffer offers a comment about each of the following selections to the All TRC.


Four Zebras were named to the All TRC Offense led by leading rusher Alex Deming.  The junior rushed for 1619 yards for an average of 134.9 / game.  Deming’s 28 touchdowns also led the Zebras.



Not too surprisingly, a team that rushed for over 350 yards / game also placed three offensive linemen on the All TRC Offense. 


Senior Austin Rogers.



Senior Hunter Shriver.



Junior Brady Beck.



Four Rochester Zebras were also named to the All TRC Defense.


Senior defensive lineman Ethan Brock registered 46 tackles and five tackles for loss this season.  Also, with a fumble recovery and fumble caused.



Junior linebacker Colton Ferveda had 47 tackles and four for loss with an interception.



Freshman defensive back Brant Beck topped the tackle chart with 92 total and 58 solo.



Senior Payton Luhnow finished the season with 37 tackles and a fumble recovery.



Junior kicker Parker Wallace connected on two field goals and 28 extra point conversions. 



Joining the list of TRC Honorable Mentions:

Senior Aaron Swango



Sophomore Xavier Vance





Scales 18 points leads Caston to girls bball win

Isabel Scales fell a rebound shy of a double-double as Caston downed North White Friday, 45-34.


Scales scored 18 points to go with nine rebounds.  Addison Zimpleman scored 11 points and added five assists.  Bailey Harness contributed nine points for the Comets.


Caston was 3-0 last season but suffered a loss to North White before winning the next three for a 6-1 start.


#9 (1A) Caston (4-0) hosts Winamac Saturday.


Also Friday:


Argos 47, Winamac 29

Argos first win of the season after dropping the first two. 

Winamac (0-3) led by 8 points each from Kandace Kroft and Piper Link.



North Miami 41, Culver Academy 34

North Miami jumped out to a 15-3 first quarter lead and made it stand up in a win over Culver Academy.


North Miami is 4-0 for the first time since 2007.



Oak Hill 40, Northfield 37

Elli Baker led Northfield (0-3) with 15 points and five rebounds.







Rochester offense struggles in road loss at Northwestern

The Rochester Lady Zebras had about as many turnovers as points in a Wednesday loss at Northwestern, 47-20.


Randy Wynn had the call on GIANT fm Sports.




Other Wednesday girls basketball scores

South Central (Union Mills) 58, Culver 35

Olivia Marks posted a double-double to lead South Central with 28 points and 10 rebounds.

Kennedy Jackson paced Culver with 14 points and five rebounds.


LaVille 36, Bremen 27

Caston, Tippecanoe Valley post Tuesday girls bball wins, Argos falls to #13 Triton

Isabel Scales big night propelled Caston to a girls basketball road win Tuesday night.  


#9 (1A) Caston knocked off Peru, 59-51.  Scales led the Comets with 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals.


Caston (3-0) will host 19th-ranked (1A) North White on Friday.



Argos dropped a 40-36 decision to visiting #13 (1A) Triton.  Emma Dunlap led Argos with 12 points.


Tippecanoe Valley (3-0) used an 18-6 fourth quarter to pull away from Culver Academy, 42-33.  Corinna Styles had 11 points for the Vikings.


Westville edged Winamac (0-2), 37-35, despite 17 points from Kandace Kroft.


Also Tuesday night:

Tri-Twp. 48, Culver 47

North Miami 61, Western 58

#8 (2A) Lafayette Central Catholic 65, Logansport 24

#1 (3A) Mishawaka Marian 71, Plymouth 43



Caston Lady Comets rally from woeful start to win at Rochester Saturday

You might be lucky to win one out of a hundred high school basketball games after trailing 23-2.

For Caston, that one was Saturday at Rochester.

The Comets used pressure defense to force Rochester turnovers and scrambled back from a 21-point deficit for the road win, 38-34.

Rochester committed 18 turnovers to Caston’s 10.

The Zebras held onto a double-digit halftime lead, 23-12. But Caston outscored Rochester 26-11 over the final two quarters.

Caston didn’t connect on a shot from the field until 1:28 remained in the first quarter.  The Comets first lead came late in the fourth quarter, 30-29. Rochester would tie the game once but never regained the lead as the Comets stayed unbeaten on the young season.

Addison Zimpleman led all scorers with 15.  Teammate Isabel Scales just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Emma Howdeshell was the only Rochester player in double-figures with 10 points.  Rily Holloway added nine. Ella McCarter scored eight.

Caston (2-0) will travel to Peru on Tuesday.

Rochester (0-2) plays at Northwestern on Wednesday.

LCC ends Rochester football season in sectional championship game

It’s been a magical season for Rochester Zebra football. 


Winless just two seasons ago at the height of the Covid pandemic, the program turned IT around last season to finish with a 5-3 record and a postseason loss to a LaVille team that was ranked in the top five this season in Ron Shaffer's debut season as head coach.


Now, 10 wins, a top 10 ranking and a share of the Three Rivers Conference title. 


But dreams of a sectional title ended at Barnhart Field last night.


9th-ranked Lafayette Central Catholic used a 14-0 final quarter to pull away from Rochester and win the 2A Sectional 34 title Friday, 24-8.


LCC scored early.  Leading rusher Baylor Smith,  over 1300 yards on the ground this season, scored on a 22-yard run to provide the Knights the early lead, 7-0.


Rochester answered quickly with a drive on the ensuing kickoff from the 28-yard line.  Freshman Brady Beck scored his ninth rushing TD of the season from 18 yards out.  When Beck added a two-point conversion Rochester had its only lead of the night, 8-7.


LCC’s Thomas Henry kicked a 23-yard field goal early in the second period to take back the lead, 10-8.


Rochester’s final three possessions of the second quarter resulted in two punts and the clock running out at halftime.


The game remained scoreless into the fourth.  LCC blocked a Rochester punt that led to a possession that featured a run by Baylor Smith to the 21-yard line of Rochester.  Robert Koch capped the drive with a 17-yard touchdown reception.  With the extra point, LCC took a two-score lead, 17-8.


An exchange of possessions in the game’s final minutes ended when Smith scored again for LCC on a one-yard plunge in the closing moments to cap a sectional championship win, 24-8.


Head coach Ron Shaffer spoke about the season with Randy Wynn Saturday morning on GIANT fm Sports on WROI.



For Rochester (10-2), it was a sectional championship appearance for the first time since 2000.  That game 22 years ago was a stretch of five championship game appearances in seven years.


LCC (9-3) will travel to 3rd-ranked Andrean (8-3) for the regional championship next week.  Andrean overwhelmed Bremen, 56-13.






Rochester drops road opener; Caston, Tippecanoe Valley with season opening girls bball wins

Rochester rallied for a brief fourth quarter lead but couldn't hold it in a season opening road loss at North Judson, 34-32.


The loss snapped a modest two-game win streak in the series for Rochester.


Emma Howdeshell lead the way for the Lady Z’s with 13 points.  Rily Holloway added 11.


North Judson senior Sophia Frasure led all scorers with 18.



At Caston, the 11th- ranked 1A Comets downed Argos, 54-38.


Isabel Scales scored 16 points to go with 11 rebounds and seven assists.  Teammates Addison Zimpleman and Bailey Harness were also in double figures with 12 and 10, respectively.Harness added six rebounds.


It was a record-setting night for Tippecanoe Valley's Kaydence Melott.  Her game-high 28 points helped Tippy to a win at Bremen, 68-32.


The 5'8" senior also connected on her 196th 3-pt field goal.  She now owns the program's all-time 3-pt record along with single game and single season 3-pt shooting marks.


Other area girls games Thursday:

Culver Academy 39, Culver 19

Mississinewa 81, Northfield 54

Valparaiso 77, Winamac 27

W. Lafayette 70, Logansport 29

New Prairie 52, Plymouth 50

Jimtown 34, LaVille 32






Rochester and Culver play for football sectional titles tonight

From 1994 through 2000, the Rochester football team played for the sectional title five out of seven seasons.  


Tonight, they're back.


#10 Rochester (10-1) hosts #9 Lafayette Central Catholic (8-3) in tonight's 2A Sectional 34 championship.


Also tonight, Culver takes another postseason shot at #4 North Judson in a 1A championship game.


Johnny McCrory previews tonight's matchups.



Rochester, Caston and Tippecanoe Valley tip-off the girls hoops season tonight

Rochester opens the girls high school basketball season on the road with new head coach Joel Burrus. 


Caston starts just outside the 1A top-10 in the preseason poll and hosts Argos tonight. 


Tippecanoe Valley has a varsity - only game at Bremen tonight.


Johnny McCrory previews tonight's slate of season openers.