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FAN VOTE: Girls prep basketball Player of the Week (Week 10: Jan. 2-6)

Another week of girls high school basketball is in the books with several impressive individual performances. Voting will be open through 11:59 on Monday, January 8 with the winner being announced on Tuesday on news-sentinel.com FAN VOTE: Girls prep basketball Player of the Week (Week 10: ...

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FAN VOTE: Boys prep basketball Player of the Week (Week 7: Jan. 2-6)

Another week of boys high school basketball is in the books with several impressive individual performances. Voting will be open through 11:59 on Monday, January 8 with the winner being announced on Tuesday on news-sentinel.com FAN VOTE: Boys prep basketball Player of the Week (Week 7: Jan. 2-6)

Louick Marcotte

Undisciplined Komets facing losing streak

For the first time in nearly two months, the Fort Wayne Komets are trying to get through a losing streak. After losing 2-1 to Indy at home on Saturday night, the Komets fell 4-2 at Wheeling on Sunday. Toledo leads the ECHL's Central Division with 45 points, followed by the Komets with 44, ...

Tom Seifert

Tom Seifert worked with U.S. tennis greats

A few years ago, Fort Wayne's Tom Seifert walked onto a tennis court in Holland, grabbed a racket and challenged Pete Sampras to try blowing a serve by him. He was living the dream of every weekend tennis hacker. "I said, `Hey, Pistol, give me your best shot,' " Seifert said. "I stepped up to ...

Indiana's Robert Johnson (4) drives to the basket covered by Minnesota's Dupree McBrayer (1) during the first half of a game Saturday in Minneapolis. (By TheAssociated Press)

Johnson’s career day lifts Indiana past Minnesota 75-71

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Robert Johnson scored a career-high 28 points, while Justin Smith and Juwan Morgan each added 20 as Indiana defeated Minnesota 75-71 on Saturday. Nate Mason led Minnesota with 22 points and nine assists, while Dupree McBrayer and Jordan Murphy each scored 18. Murphy ...

Purdue forward Vincent Edwards (12) shoots over Nebraska guard Glynn Watson Jr. (5) in the second half of a game in West Lafayette Saturday. Purdue defeated Nebraska 74-62. (By The Associated Press)

No. 13 Purdue goes old-school to roll past Nebraska 74-62

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — When Purdue's outside shots stopped falling Saturday, the Boilermakers went retro. They drove the lane, fed the post and relied on some good, old-fashioned defense. It's a combination that still works in today's up-tempo basketball world. Vincent Edwards finished with ...

Homestead junior Sylare Starks pulls up for a shot over South Side sophomore Jaci Jones on Friday night. (Photo by Justin Kenny of news-sentinel.com)

Prep hoops: Friday, January 5 top moments and performances

• SYDNEY GRABER AND SYLARE STARKS, HOMESTEAD GIRLS They again combined for big numbers as Graber scored 16 and Starks had 14 in the 58-55 win over South Side in a battle of conference unbeatens. • LAUREN SELKING, HOMESTEAD GIRLS The senior made a big play in the closing seconds, breaking ...

Seton Hall's Angel Delgado is defended by Butler's Tyler Wideman during the first half of a game Saturday in Indianapolis. (By The Associated Press)

No. 21 Seton Hall rallies from 11 down to beat Butler 90-87

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Seton Hall never panicked. The Pirates simply stuck to their game plan. Even when they fell behind by double digits, the Pirates knew if they wanted to win the game they couldn't afford to lose their composure. Angel Delgado scored 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, ...

Notre Dame sophomore guard T.J. Gibbs

Gibbs leads Notre Dame past Syracuse 51-49

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Mike Brey had a plan for Syracuse and it worked — barely. T.J. Gibbs scored 18 points and Martinas Geben's steal set up Rex Pflueger's decisive layup with 2.6 seconds left as the undermanned Irish rallied to beat the Orange 51-49 on Saturday for their ...

Komets coach Gary Graham argues with referee Lucas Martin late in the third period Saturday night. (By Blake Sebring of News-Sentinel.com)

Komets lose the argument, the game and first place

After he was embarrassed in Indianapolis on Friday night, Etienne Marcoux flipped the ice on the Fort Wayne Komets and knocked them out of first place on Saturday night. Following a 6-4 loss the night before, the Indy Fuel goaltender made 35 saves to out-duel Fort Wayne netminder Michael ...

Wake Forest's Jessie Bates III (3) and Cameron Glenn (2) celebrate in the closing seconds of the second half of the Belk Bowl NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. Wake Forest won 55-52. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Fort Wayne’s Jessie Bates III leaves Wake Forest to pursue NFL dream

Jessie Bates III says his dream of playing in the NFL started at 6 years old, when he was always trying to play with the older kids in the neighborhood. The possibility of that dream becoming reality set in as he went from a standout player at Snider High School to one of the top safeties in ...

Indiana center De'Ron Davis (20) drives on Duke forward Wendell Carter Jr (34) during the first half of a game earlier this season in Bloomington. (By The Associated Press)

Indiana loses critical, yet struggling player

If there was ever a circumstance in which losing a guy who wasn’t playing well to begin with just crushes a team, the Indiana men’s basketball program may have just stumbled on to it. The Hoosiers have lost starting center De’Ron Davis for an indefinite length of time following his ...

Notre Dame associate head coach and defensive line coach Mike Elston works with his players during training camp last August at Culver Academy. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)

Notre Dame defensive assistant has prepared for increased role

On two separate occasions, Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly viewed Mike Elston in such a respected and trusted light that he felt comfortable turning his football program over to Elston to manage when Kelly wasn’t able to. The first was in 2009 when the two coaches worked together ...

Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin (81) makes a one handed catch in front of LSU defensive back Donte Jackson (1) for a 55-yard game winning touchdown during the second half of the recent Citrus Bowl game in Orlando. Notre Dame won 21-17. (By The Associated Press)

Notre Dame offense will survive the loss of its stars

It may sound foolish to diminish the loss of over 5,000 career yards of total offense, in addition to 35 touchdowns, but the Notre Dame offense is going to have to figure out a way to do just that in 2018. Leading wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown and runner Josh Adams both declared ...

Saint Francis quarterback Nick Ferrer rolls out, looking for a receiver, during the team's NAIA semifinal win over Morningside on Dec. 2 at Bishop D'Arcy Stadium. (Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com)

REGGIE HAYES: Saint Francis QB Nick Ferrer working to attract NFL interest

Nick Ferrer's spring schedule shows he's embracing a new game plan: Have arm, will travel. Ferrer heads out this month on a football journey through tricky terrain. He’ll work to prove to scouts he can play quarterback at the NFL level. He’ll face skepticism, due to spending his college ...

Komets center Dennis Kravchenko screens Indy goaltender 	Marcoux, Etienne during the first period Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Whiteshark Photography.)

Komets blast Fuel to take over first place

The Indy Fuel were on the wrong ice at the wrong time, and the Fort Wayne Komets jumped all over them to take over first place. Two days after being embarrassed 8-3 at home by Kalamazoo, the Komets scored three first-period goals and cruised to a 6-4 win over the Fuel in Indianapolis. The ...

Bishop Luers' Libby Bierbaum looks for a pass during the Knights' win over Homestead on December 28 at the SAC Holiday Tournament. (Photo by Dan Vance of news-sentinel.com)

SHOOTER: The breakout players from this year’s SAC Holiday Tournament

They tell me that the holidays are officially over, but they can’t make me take any of my three Christmas trees down just yet. Furthermore, they can’t take away my personal reflections on yet another SAC Holiday Tournament away yet either. I get a week, right? Shooter has to get a week ...

Purdue men's basketball coach Matt Painter directs his players in the second half of a game against Maryland in College Park, Md. earlier this season. (By The Associated Press)

Purdue has a special one in Matt Painter and needs to reward him as such

You can forgive the Purdue fan base if it found the Boilermakers’ 82-51 men’s basketball victory over Rutgers Wednesday at Mackey Arena a bit mundane. After all, winning a game, particularly in West Lafayette, is routine for this program. Not that that is a bad thing. “Anytime that ...