Komets captain Jamie Schaafsma says players will have to adjust quickly to the new emphasis on slashing and faceoff rules. (By Blake Sebring of The

Tailing the Komets: Players adjusting to new rules emphasis

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As usual when the National Hockey League tweaks its rules, it takes every level of hockey some time to adjust. During Monday night's exhibition game, Kalamazoo's Lane Scheidl was hit with a delay of game penalty after he didn't line up to the satisfaction of the linesman. It's a totally new ...

Snider linebacker Brandon Kocks, right, teams with defensive back Luke Owens to tackle Bishop Dwenger's Patrick O'Keefe last Friday. (Courtesy photo by Gary Hale)

Snider’s defense must regain bearings for postseason run

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When a high school football team succeeds at the yearly rate of the Snider Panthers, it's going to attract some nitpickers. So let’s nitpick. The unbeaten, Class 6A No. 2 Panthers are giving up way too many points lately if they’re planning to make a long postseason run. Consider this ...

The Pigskin Prophet


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Coaches frequently talk about wanting their teams to be playing their best football at the onset of the postseason. Well, that goes for cartoon prognosticators as well. The Pigskin Prophet had his best soothsaying week of the season in Week 8, only missing one game (come on Huntington ...

Saint Francis cornerback Willy Cole, center, breaks up a pass against Saint Francis of Illinois on Sept. 9 at Bishop D'Arcy Stadium. (Photo by Reggie Hayes of

Saint Francis cornerback Willy Cole becomes a name to remember

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He's listed as Wilmer Cole on the roster, but he prefers everyone call him Willy. Considering how well Cole has been playing at cornerback for the No. 1 University of Saint Francis Cougars, this is an important distinction. Willy Cole is definitely making a name for himself. Through six ...


Tailing the Komets: Here’s how things stand today

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Talked to Komets General Manager David Franke and right now Tyson Fawcett and Justin Hodgman are on the Komets' reserve list. But the thing is that list doesn't mean a whole lot other than for ECHL salary cap purposes because either player can be activated at any time. In fact, either one could ...

Nick Niedert, veteran minor league goaltender

Tailing the Komets: The many travels of Nick Niedert

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I noticed that Nick Niedert was released by Adirondack in today's ECHL transactions and it reminded me of this 2014 story about him. About the only team he's never played for during his amazing career is the Komets, though he came close one season as you can see by reading this story by ...

Tailing the Komets: Shocking and sad news

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Former Komets defenseman Mike Boland passed away Sunday at the age of 62 in Amherst, N.Y. He played only one year with the Komets, scoring seven goals and 46 points in 74 games as a defenseman in 1977-78. That was the season Gregg Pilling coached the team and they had a tremendous season, ...

Addison Russell strikes out in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals in Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field on Wednesday. The Cubs and Nats will meet in a deciding Game 5 tonight. (From The Associated Press

Cubs find themselves in familiar spot, facing elimination

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CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester had the roaring crowd shaking Wrigley Field to its foundation. Turns out, his rare pickoff late in the game was about all the Chicago Cubs gave their fans to celebrate. With a chance to knock the Nationals out of the playoffs, the defending World Series champions ...

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) throws a pass during the first half of Monday's game against the Minnesota Vikings in Chicago. Trubisky made a promising debut for the Bears. He also showed he has room to grow. (Associated Press photo)

Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky shakes off loss as a lesson learned

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — A fourth-quarter mistake and defeat in his NFL debut did little to deter Mitchell Trubisky's willingness to take a gamble. Trubisky said on Wednesday he is preparing for the Baltimore Ravens in a short workweek with the same mentality as before his fourth-quarter ...

Snider's Christian Covington heads 
upfield during a game against 
Carroll. (By Gary Hale for The 

NS VIDEO: HS Football Week 9 Preview

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The News-Sentinel's Reggie Hayes and Justin Kenny discuss Week 9 of the high school football season, including big games like Adams Central-Woodlan and Snider-Bishop Luers.

Fort Wayne fifth-year center Xzavier Taylor, right, defends against freshman Cameron Benford during a recent practice at the Gates Sports Center. (By Tom Davis of The News-Sentinel)

Fort Wayne big man stands out while blending in

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When a guy is 6-foot-9 and 255 pounds of muscle, it is hard for him NOT to stand out when he walks into every room. However, in the case of fifth-year Fort Wayne men’s basketball player Xzavier Taylor, because of who he is as a person, he can’t help himself but to blend in to every ...

St. Charles running back Joe Eddy, left, rushes for a touchdown against South Adams on Oct. 3 in Berne. Teammate Henry O'Keefe is at right. (Photo by Reggie Hayes of The News-Sentinel)

St. Charles football puts extra fun into winning

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The impetus for this story is the St. Charles winning streak, 38 games over four-plus years with all different groups of eighth-grade football players. The reason for the streak comes down to fun. Coach Sam Talarico Jr. won’t stand for any of his players not enjoying the game of football. ...

Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Notre Dame product DeShone Kizer out as Browns starting QB

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Hogan was fourth on the depth chart in training camp. He's now Cleveland's starting quarterback. The Browns are changing QBs. Again. Still. Hogan will replace struggling rookie DeShone Kizer this week and start at Houston, becoming the 28th different starter for the ...

Justin Hodgman

Justin Hodgman hoping for rebirth season with Komets

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About the only person who doesn't think Justin Hodgman's return to the Komets is a big deal, is... well... "It’s not different than any signing," Hodgman said. "They are always equally as important. Mine may be more significant to the fanbase, but it’s not compared to what we are trying to ...

Butler men's basketball coach LaVall Jordan speaks to a group at Hinkle Fieldhouse during his introductory press conference in June in Indianapolis. (By Tom Davis of The News-Sentinel)

Butler coach is using the Big East as a great marketing tool

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INDIANAPOLIS - For three years of his career as a college basketball coach, LaVall Jordan had to sell basketball recruits on living in Iowa City, so you can forgive him if he seems a bit giddy about now getting to deliver that same pitch on behalf of not just his alma mater, not just a major ...