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WRITER: Blake Sebring

Pain of blocked shots can lead to team glory for Komets

Late in the first period on Oct. 21, Curtis Leonard thought his season was over. After blocking a Kansas City shot on the outside of his right knee, the leg went numb. "When I tried to get up, my leg gave out and I kind of thought it was broken," the Komets defenseman said. "I was pretty nervous for about five minutes, but then the feeling came back." Leonard even returned to the game at the start of the ...

Tailing the Komets: Roster move

Rookie defenseman Jalen Smereck has been reassigned by Arizona from Fort Wayne back to Tucson of the AHL. In two games with the Komets, he had an assist, four penalty minutes and was minus-2.

Tailing the Komets: Observations from Friday's game

Even with a few injured players sitting in the stands, no one ever expected this Fort Wayne Komets team to struggle offensively. They've scored six goals over three consecutive losses, all at home. Friday's 4-2 loss to Adirondack was particularly upsetting to 7,071 Memorial Coliseum fans. As has become a bad habit, the Komets came out flat during the first two periods, thoroughly getting out-worked by the ...

Tailing the Komets: Thank you!

Fans filled up two bins with donations and the monetary gifts totaled more than $150 for the Northern Indiana Veterans Administration Health System as part of the two-game Komets Kare Package program. We'll keep you posted on the VA's progress at developing a food pantry which they hope to be able to open in January. The program is sponsored by the Komets, WANE Channel 15, Federal Express and The ...

Komets Kare Package is tonight and Saturday

Komets Kare Package is returning for its 10th year at tonight and Saturday's home games. Sponsored by The News-Sentinel, the Komets, WANE and Federal Express, the program asks fans to donate supplies for the Northern Indiana Veterans Administration Health System, which serves more than 45,000 veterans throughout the region. This year, along with the usual items such as gloves, hats, magazines, CDs, DVDs, puzzle ...

Komet Marco-Olivier Roy hoping for breakout season

Take a look at Marc-Olivier Roy's past statistics, and he'd be an easy player to overlook, but Komets coach Gary Graham believes he's found another diamond that just needs some more polish. Roy, 22, is in his first season with the Komets after what has been an undistinguished pro career so far. A second-round pick by Edmonton in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the center was unable to put up consistent numbers during ...

Mad Ants hoping familiarity leads to contentment

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants are trying something a little bit unique this season, filling their roster with seven players who have played here before. "It's unheard of," General Manager Brian Levy said. "I've been in this league, this is my eighth season, and I don't think I've had more than four or five guys back in a season." Those players from last season's team are Stephan Hicks, Trey McKinney-Jones, Alex ...

Maple Creek Middle School student Josh Clark shows he's a real super hero

Like a lot of 13-year-old boys, Josh Clark loves superheroes, one in particular. "I have always liked running because I have loved the thought of having superspeed like The Flash," the Maple Creek Middle School 8th grader said. "The Flash is supercool, to be able to run at the speed of light and travel at the speed of sound, and it's all in slow motion because everything else is kind of slowed down." But ...

Fort Wayne United looking to stem southeast side crime

Before he moved to Fort Wayne from Trinidad and Tobago at age 11, Iric Headley said he had never seen a white person. Then at age 14, standing on his front porch, he met one of Fort Wayne's biggest drug dealers. "My life just changed from that point on," he said. "From 16 to 19, my goal was to be the biggest drug dealer in Fort Wayne. I was into music, too — gangster rapper. All the filthy stuff you hear on ...

Komets Kare Package returns for 10th year this weekend

Komets Kare Package is returning for its 10th year at Friday's and Saturday's home games for the Komets. Sponsored by News-Sentinel.com, the Komets, WANE and Federal Express, the program asks fans to donate supplies for the Northern Indiana Veterans Administration Health System. Representatives from the VA and Komets Kare Package will be on hand as fans enter the Memorial Coliseum arena to accept packages and ...

Former IPFW volleyball players stunned by Puerto Rico damage

Deep in their hearts, four former IPFW volleyball players didn't want to believe the damage in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico was as bad as had been reported. They wanted to believe there was some semblance of hope the situation had been oversold. Instead, everything was unbelievably worse. "I don't cry, ever, but the second house we went to I was in tears," said Jeff Ptak, a former all-American who played ...

Signing party for book featuring Bob Chase

A few weeks ago I mentioned that author Kayleen Reusser has authored a book called "They Did It for Honor: Stories of American World War II Veterans." It includes 34 stories of men and women from every branch of the military, including the Merchant Marine and Coast Guard. It also includes a story about former Komets broadcaster Bob Chase. There's going to be a book launch party from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the ...

Girls prep hoops preseason countdown: #4 NORTHROP BRUINS

OUTLOOK If the Northrop girls basketball team ever needs more inspiration to look ahead, all the Bruins have to do is look back. Northrop shocked almost everyone last year by turning around an 8-15 mark into a 15-8 record after losing their first three games of the season. They tied for third in the Summit Athletic Conference with a 6-3 mark. The Bruins were a cocky bunch as they tried to win their first ...