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WRITER: Blake Sebring

Girls prep hoops: ACAC PREVIEW

The rivalry between South Adams and Jay County keeps getting better and could reach a crescendo this season. Last year, South Adams won the regular-season meeting at home by 10 to claim a tie with the Patriots for the conference title, but the Patriots won big at their place on their way to the ACAC Tournament title. This year's first of a possible two meetings is Dec. 16 in Portland. Predicted order of ...

Tailing the Komets: Houser is on his way back

The Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL have sent goaltender Michael Houser back to the Komets after he backed up in last night's game against Iowa. Houser did not play in the game. Houser has played in three games with the Komets, going 2-0-1 with a 2.33 goals against average and .904 save percentage.

Tailing the Komets: Stanford Ratings return

A few years ago we posted weekly computer rankings of Central Hockey League teams based on a system developed by Joe Stanford. Stanford, who works for the Indiana Board of Tax Review, attended his first Komets game in 1974 and developed his own formula for ranking teams. The way the system works, in layman's terms, Stanford types in the scores and locations of every game, and then compares all the teams as far ...

Tailing the Komets: Houser recalled to Tucson

On the same day that the Arizona Coyotes acquired goaltender Scott Wedgewood from New Jersey for fifth-round draft pick, the Coyotes' American Hockey League farm club recalled Komets goaltender Michael Houser. Houser has played in three games with the Komets, going 2-0-1 with a 2.33 goals against average and .904 save percentage. The Roadrunners also have just received goaltender Adin Hill on a loan from ...

Tailing the Komets: More roster moves

After getting through a four-game road trip, the AHL's Tucson Roadrunners have gotten caught up on their commitment to the Komets by sending defenseman Jalen Smereck to Fort Wayne. The rookie stands 6-1, 195 pounds and played one game for Tucson this season with no points. He played with the Flint Firebirds in the OHL last year with 60 games, 9 goals, 45 points and 62 penalty minutes. He played two games with ...

Bishop Dwenger beats New Haven by running behind Joe Tippmann

As it should during a playoff game between two good teams, the Class 4A sectional semifinal between New Haven and Bishop Dwenger was decided by a pair of fourth-down plays, the kind that will either haunt or be remembered fondly forever. The Bulldogs weren't able to convert on their play, and the Saints were able to move the pile just enough on their chance. Both plays were mostly decided by one ...

Girls prep hoops preseason countdown: #7 SOUTH ADAMS STARFIRES

OUTLOOK Coming into his first season as the South Adams girls basketball coach in 2012, Brett Freeman was inheriting a 3-18 team. Last year, in his fifth season, the Starfires won their first-ever Allen County Athletic Conference championship and first sectional title since 1995. "We're climbing the ladder," Freeman said. "We didn't even have a ladder when I started, but we were looking around for ...

Tailing the Komets: Tucson sends another forward

Now that the AHL Roadrunners are finished with their four-game road trip, they have send the Komets another forward, Artur Tyanulin, a 5-9, 174-pound right wing who had no statistics in one game so far with Tucson. The rookie from Kazan, Russia had 24 goals and 85 points last year in 67 games with Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League. He's supposed to be extremely skilled, fast and all the stereotypes of ...

Area tennis players receive all-state honors

Several Fort Wayne boys high school tennis players received mention recently when the all-state teams were announced. Leo junior Eli Herran, Carroll Senor Ethan Radke and Homestead junior David Heiney were named to the all-state singles first team with Leo junior Isaac Steiner making the second team. The Homestead doubles teams of seniors Will Wilne and Thomas Weir were named first-team. Receiving honorable ...

Komets Kare Package is coming up

Komets Kare Package is returning for its 10th year at the Nov. 3 and 4 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 books, ...

Tailing the Komets: New player assigned

The Tucson Roadrunners have assigned forward Zac Larraza to Fort Wayne on a loan. He's a 24-year old forward who has one goal in three games for Tucson so far this season after scoring seven goals and 16 points in 15 games last year in the ECHL with Utah. He has played 44 games in the AHL with nine goals and 18 points. He has 27 goals and 46 points in 54 ECHL career games. The Roadrunners finish a four-game ...

Komets notebook: This team is very tough

So just how tough is this Komets team? We may never get to find out. With the recent signing of Dan Maggio, it's hard to imagine any ECHL team having a tougher defense than one that includes Maggio, Cody Sol and Bobby Shea. That pretty much covers every weight class and doesn't include forwards like Taylor Crunk, Shawn Szydlowski, Garrett Thompson, Justin Hodgman, Tyson Fawcett, Gabriel Desjardins, Mason ...

Physical challenge hasn't stopped Komets goalie Michael Houser

Any fan watching Michael Houser play goaltender would never spot something distinctive about his style or physical capabilities. Unless a world-class goalie coach was studying him from the stands, it's unlikely they would spot anything, either. "Even the best goalies in the world probably do things faster and more efficiently, but it's not like there's any save they can do that I can't," he said. Which really ...

Mad Ants stressing defense as training camp opens

As the Fort Wayne Mad Ants opened training camp Monday night at the ASH Centre, there were 16 players who were dying to show what they could do offensively with the basketball, but instead, coach Steve Gansey focused on defense. Gansey threw a ton of information, techniques and instructions at his players over the two-hour practice, often stopping play to teach exactly how he wanted players to respond. He ...

Parents find ways to explore with physically-challenged son

As Josh Donahue was growing up in Fort Wayne and Angola, he loved spending time outdoors, hiking, camping and traveling. Instead of going on vacations, he liked to say he went on adventures. And then he met his wife-to-be Jenn in 2003, and she loved camping and caught his love of adventure. They spent their honeymoon in a land-locked cottage in Canada, exploring with a motorboat for a week. When their son ...

Tailing the Komets: Observations on Saturday's Kansas City game

Saturday night was a trap game, and the Fort Wayne Komets fell right into it. Goaltender Tyler Parsons made 43 saves as the Kansas City Mavericks beat the Komets 3-2 at Memorial Coliseum. After Friday's 8-2 win, the Komets had a massive letdown, no matter how much they were warned. "We were very prepared for this situation," Komets coach Gary Graham said. "This is my 15th year coaching hockey, and I've seen ...

Tailing the Komets: Kaleigh Schrock suits up one more time

After opening the Parkview Ice House at 6 a.m. Saturday, former Komet Kaleigh Schrock got a phone call from Brampton coach and former teammate Colin Chaulk. Schrock figured Chaulk wanted to talk about an annual summer clinic he hosts at the Ice House. "So, Balboa, you want to suit up in Kalamazoo tonight?" Chaulk asked. The Beast had just lost two forwards to American Hockey League call-up and were down to ...