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WRITER: Blake Sebring

Rookie defenseman Mitch Nylen has come a long way

No matter how his tryout in the Fort Wayne Komets training camp works out, Mitch Nylen has already achieved more in hockey than most would have expected. Though he was born in South Holland, Ill., the rookie defenseman moved to Georgia with his family when he was 3. His father had worked at a Chicago-area ice rink for two decades and moved to Atlanta to help building the Atlanta Thrashers new rink and then ...

Komets continue gathering players as training camp opens

Though it a completely typical first day of training camp, a lot happened off the ice for the Fort Wayne Komets on Monday. First, the Memorial Coliseum unveiled two street signs that designated the circle drive in front of the ticket office as Bob Chase Way, honoring the 63-year team broadcaster who passed away at Thanksgiving. Then the team welcomed defensemen Jason Binkley and Bobby Shea and goaltender Alex ...

Technology helping football coaches, players make adjustments

Every experienced high school football coach has stories of nightmare road trips to exchange game tapes. Especially during the playoffs, the exchange can happen in the boondocks halfway to nowhere, and it's almost always scheduled at 6 a.m. Saturday, meaning little sleep after the previous night's game. The euphoria of winning runs out quickly. Sometimes an assistant coach can be assigned the duty, but usually ...

Fort Wayne’s All-Time Greatest Series: Emil Sitko, running back News-Sentinel names area’s all-time college football team

Sitko might be the finest offensive player who played during Notre Dame football's finest era. The Central High School graduate rushed for 2,226 yards and 26 touchdowns from 1946 to 1949 as the Fighting Irish went 8-0-1, 9-0, 9-0-1 and 10-0 to win three national championships. Sitko was a first-team All-American in 1948 and 1949. As a senior, he rushed for 712 yards and nine touchdowns on 120 carries and ...

Fort Wayne’s All-Time Greatest Series: Ned Garver, pitcher News-Sentinel names area’s all-time Major League Baseball team

Maybe he never grew up in Fort Wayne, but Garver sure spent a lot of time here, often hitchhiking at least twice a week from his hometown of Nee, Ohio to play games. While playing for the St. Louis Browns, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Athletics and Los Angeles. Angels, Garver won 10 or more games eight times during his 14-year career that ended in 1961. Garver also became the fifth of only seven pitchers to win ...