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Local briefs: '14 state hockey finals at Canlan

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 8:11 pm

The Fort Wayne High School Hockey Association announces that for the first time ever, Fort Wayne will host the Indiana State Hockey Championship on March 8-9, 2014 at the Lutheran Sports Complex (Canlan Ice Arena).

The Indiana State Hockey Association consists of 31 teams playing in four divisions statewide and also includes Culver Military Academy which is an independent member of the state hockey group.

Ron Bulloch, past president of the Fort Wayne High School Hockey Association and vice president of the state high school hockey group could not be happier that Fort Wayne got the bid.

“We have one of the finest hockey facilities in the region and we thought having the finals here would give the rest of the state a chance to play on Fort Wayne ice,” Bulloch said. “The Lutheran Sports Complex has agreed to bring in extra seating for the anticipated capacity crowds.”

Bulloch said typically Fort Wayne is represented in two or three of the five class divisions each year. Last year Carroll and Homestead made the ISHSHA Finals with both teams losing at Compton Family Ice Complex at Notre Dame University in South Bend.

Saint Francis hires golf coach

University of Saint Francis Athletic Director Mike McCaffrey has announced the selection of Tim Alexander to take over the coaching reins of the Cougars' golf program.

Alexander has served as golf assistant at Autumn Ridge Golf Club and at Tri-State University. He has given more than 1,000 golf lessons, was a three-time State Open qualifier and learned the game from Rock Hollow pro Todd Smith. Alexander worked for Smith at Honeywell Golf Course. He is a 1990 Wabash High School graduate.

“I would like to thank USF and Mike McCaffrey for this great opportunity,” Alexander said. “There are some exciting times ahead for our program and I cannot wait to get started.

“I'm looking forward to building relationships with our current team members,” Alexander said. “I would not be in the position I am in today if it wasn't for relationships that have been built up throughout my last 25 years. I am looking forward to getting on the recruiting trail to bring the best students academically and who have golf talent to help build this program to where I believe it can go.”

Alexander is the celebrity coordinator for the Neal Delagrange Celebrity Golf Tournament and is involved with “The Never Lose Hoop Foundation" (formerly “The Hulls Foundation.”

Tim, his wife Sylvie and stepson William live in Fort Wayne.

Alexander takes over for Michelle Smith, who resigned to pursue other opportunities.

WEDNESDAY GIRLS GOLF

At Cobblestone

East Noble 177, Northrop 237

East Noble: Clark, 42, L. Handshoe 45, Alwins 46, C. Handshoe 49, VanWagner 44 (career best).

Northrop: Luebbert 46, LaFontaine 48, McClure 60, Purcell 83, Richards 83.

Sunday fundraiser at Parkview Field

4th annual Docs vs. Suits Game is set for 6 p.m. Sunday at Parkview Field.

The seven-inning slow-pitch softball game will raise money for scholarships and program development at Indiana University School of Medicine-Fort Wayne, located on the campus of IPFW. Admission is free.

This year's game is high stakes for the players, as the Docs are looking to even the series at two games apiece. The teams competing in the game are comprised of community businesspeople and physicians. Local athletes Ron Howard (of the Mad Ants) and Kaleigh Schrock (of the Komets) as well as sports directors Glenn Marini of WANE and Tommy Schoegler of WPTA have been added to the rosters.

Scholarship opportunities continue to be a focus of fundraising, as about 90 percent of the graduates of Indiana University School of Medicine have student loan debt averaging $170,000, according to the Student Financial Services office. Scholarship opportunities attract students to the Fort Wayne campus, where students have opportunities to learn from area physicians in clinical encounters. This helps community recruitment of physicians, as studies have shown that the location of medical education affects where some new physicians practice medicine.

Funds raised at this event are also used to enhance the curriculum at the Fort Wayne campus. Past proceeds have been used to implement ultrasonography in the anatomy course as well as expand the simulation exercises offered at the campus.

Simulation exercises allow students to experience diagnosing and treating illnesses using critical thinking skills without a threat of harm to a patient. In addition to the game, attendees can win door prizes, vote for the Fan Favorite Player on each team, and participate in a silent auction of gift cards from local restaurants. For more details, contact Gina Bailey at 1-260-481-6731 or baileyg@ipfw.edu.