Local competitors place high at Punt, Pass and Kick finals

Fort Wayne’s Johnea Donahue finished second in the girls 10-11 division and Landon Ruoff placed third in the boys 8-9 division at the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick finals in Orlando on Friday. Donahue is an 11-year-old and Harris Elementary fifth grader, and Ruoff is a 9-year-old and Leo Elementary fourth grader.

Balanced offense paces Mad Ants in win over Windy City

CHICAGO – A balanced offense and great free-throw shooting helped the Fort Wayne Mad Ants to a second straight road win.

The Ants beat the Windy City Bulls 109-99 on Friday at the Sears Centre to improve to 17-9 and remain in second place in the NBA Development League Central Division. Fort Wayne plays at Canton at 7 tonight.

Earlier in the day, the Mad Ants traded former Indiana University forward Christian Watford and a 2017 third-round draft pick to Raptors 905 for forward Jarrod Uthoff.

Trey McKinney-Jones scored 18 points with nine assists and four steals, and Alex Poythress logged a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) to lead the way at Windy City. Five other Mad Ants scored in double figures: Jordan Loyd 18, Stephan Hicks 17, Travis Leslie 12, Ben Bentil 11 and Nick Zeisloft 11. The Mad Ants hit 31 of 33 free throws, with McKinney-Jones hitting 12 of 12.

Windy City (9-15) was led by Alfonzo McKinnie with 23 points and eight rebounds. <br>

<center> Anthony Contreras returns as TinCaps manager in 2017 </center><br>

Anthony Contreras will return for a second season as the Fort Wayne TinCaps manager, the parent San Diego Padres announced today.

Former Major League pitcher Burt Hooton also returns for his fifth season as the team’s pitching coach. Doug Banks has been assigned as the hitting coach and Jhonny Carvajal will join the team as an additional coah. Allyse Kramer will be the athletic trainer and Jay Young will be the strength coach.

This is the first time since 2012-13 that the TinCaps have returned a manager for consecutive seasons. Hooton, meanwhile, is the longest-serving coach in Fort Wayne’s history, including the years as the Wizards.

“I couldn’t be more excited to return this season to Fort Wayne and lead a fresh, new team,” Contreras said in a released statement. “The city, the fans, Parkview Field and the extraordinary staff make Fort Wayne one of, if not the best, all-around atmospheres for Minor League Baseball and I’m very fortunate to be a part of it. This year’s team looks again to be very exciting and we can’t wait to bring winning baseball to Fort Wayne.”