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WRITER: Blake Sebring

Have a Komets question? Ask it here

I've been thinking about this for a while, but it seems like this might be the right time to try something new with our Komets coverage. I'd like to start an "Ask the beat writer" segment where fans can ask questions and then I try to go find the answers for you. I'd present the questions to the coaches, players and team management. As always, personal lives are off-limits. I'd like to start with a minimum of ...

Fort Wayne Komets talking to Kyle Thomas and other potential returnees

After getting back into the office following last week's ECHL annual meetings in Las Vegas, Komets General Manager David Franke is working the phones hard. He'd like to sign a few returning players this week before he has to determine his eight-man qualifying list which is due to the league office at noon Saturday. Any players he can re-sign this week don't have to be counted against the eight-man qualifying ...

Who are Fort Wayne's Favorite... auto racers?

Who is Fort Wayne’s favorite auto racer? You get to decide by voting for one of these 10 candidates. We’ll announce the results next Monday. Mike Fedorcak A Yoder native, Fedorcak has five United States Auto Racing Club wins, two Rumble in Fort Wayne indoor wins and numerous super modified and other midget wins. He's also the inventor of the world-renowned Munchkin midget. SEE EVERY STORY IN THE "FORT ...

Reggie Hearn, Trey McKinney Jones picked for USA Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team

USA Basketball announced today after four practices the official 12-man roster for the USA World Cup Qualifying Team that will compete in the third window of FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying. The U.S. will face Mexico (2-2) on June 28 in Mexico City and play Cuba (0-4) on July 1 in Havana. The team is currently holding a training camp in Houston. The team includes Snider graduate Reggie Hearn, currently with ...

New Fort Wayne Komet Kevin Gibson excited about opportunity

Know how there's sometimes one or two players on the opposing team who play so hard and with such grit that you take a second to wonder, "Man, it would be interesting to see how that guy would fit on my team?" That's how Fort Wayne Komets management and coach Gary Graham have always looked at Kevin Gibson while he played for Quad City and Toledo. Gibson, 28, is a 6-foot, 185-pound defenseman who always plays ...

Wildcat Baseball League player thriving despite recently losing leg

This winter, Evan and Lisa Wood faced a decision that would affect the rest of their daughter's life. Cami was born with a developmental disorder called Melorheostosis which meant her left leg wasn't developing and had pulled her kneecap to the inside of her leg. The two options were a series of five or six surgeries over the next six-to-eight years with a 15 percent chance of success, or an amputation and the ...

Racing at Baer Field Motorsports Park is family business for the Gattons

As soon as John Gatton Sr. got the racing bug, the rest of his family tree was pretty much defenseless. A 2017 Baer Field Speedway Hall of Fame inductee as a mechanic and crew chief, Gatton started at the Fort Wayne and South Anthony Speedways in the early 1960s, working with such drivers as Paul Page and Duke Krocker, and later Don Jones, Stan Urbine and Roger and Art Terlosky. During the 1990s, he was car ...

Fort Wayne Komets lose ECHL Most Valuable Player Shawn Szydlowski to Norway

The Fort Wayne Komets are looking for a new face of the franchise. ECHL Most Valuable Player and 2017-18 scoring leader Shawn Szydlowski has signed to play in Frisk Asker, Norway next season, joining Komets teammate Garrett Thompson. Szydlowski played the last five seasons in Fort Wayne, winning two team Most Valuable Player Awards and three times earning spots on the postseason all-league team. "The team ...

BLAKE SEBRING: Fort Wayne Komets have a proven gameplan for rebuilding

It's been an anxiety-filled, knee-buckling week for Fort Wayne Komets fans, and Wednesday morning's breakfast came up fast with the news that ECHL Most Valuable Player Shawn Szydlowski had signed to play in Norway next season. He joins Garrett Thompson, Mason Baptista and Gabriel Desjardins who had already signed to play in Europe, meaning 38 percent of the team's league-leading 290 goals from last season are ...

Pyromaniacs Fireworks hosting Customer Appreciation Night

If you didn't know, Komets coach Gary Graham has a side business called Pyromaniacs Fireworks at Time Corners, 5972 W. Jefferson Blvd. You can read about it by clicking on the link below from 2016. RELATED: Side job selling fireworks lights fire under Fort Wayne Komets coach Gary Graham. Anyway, Graham is hosting a Customer Appreciation Night on Friday at Baer Field Motorsports Park, 4331 Winters Road from ...

Who are Fort Wayne's Favorite... Olympians?

Who is Fort Wayne’s favorite Olympian? You get to decide by voting for one of these 10 candidates. We’ll announce the results next Monday. Lloy Ball, volleyball The only U.S. male in a team sport to participate in four Olympics, Ball won a gold medal in 2008 in Beijing with a four-set win over Brazil. He was part of the U.S. National Team from 1994 to 2008 and was the longest-tenured team captain in ...

Fort Wayne Komets representatives heading to ECHL annual meetings

The Fort Wayne Komets will be represented by nine front-office personnel at the 2018 ECHL Hockey Summer Meetings this week at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Komets President Michael Franke and his brother, General Manager David Franke, left Sunday and the rest of the staff will leave Tuesday. This is the league's annual summer meetings where they plan for the future, mostly two seasons ...

Rod Woodson wins first Fort Wayne's Favorite category in close vote

Last Monday, as the start of a summer series, we asked you to vote on Fort Wayne's Favorite football player. The winner wasn't surprising as it is Pro Football Hall of Fame member and Snider graduate Rod Woodson, but the closeness of the vote was a little bit of a shocker. Woodson received 37.6 percent of the vote, while Bishop Luers product Jaylon Smith finished second with 32.4 percent. What this tells us is ...

Fort Wayne Komets add first two signings for 2018-19 season

From a Komets press release The Komets announced from the ECHL league meetings in Las Vegas Monday that two players have inked agreements for 2018-19. Forward Anthony Petruzzelli has agreed to terms and will return to the Fort Wayne roster and fourth-year defenseman Kevin Gibson has agreed to terms. Petruzzelli, 25, made his pro debut appearing in four regular-season games with the Komets scoring three ...

Fort Wayne Komets, Arizona Coyotes and Tucson Roadrunners end affiliation

Tucked away in the next-to-last line of Monday afternoon's press release was "The Komets also announced Monday that they have mutually agreed with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL to not renew their affiliation for 2018-19. The Komets will continue to pursue new affiliation options." With Komets President Michael Franke and General Manager David Franke attending the ECHL's annual summer meetings in Las Vegas, ...

Fort Wayne Komets General Manager David Franke reacts to end of affiliation

Komets General Manager David Franke said Monday evening he was a little disappointed that the NHL's Arizona Coyotes and AHL's Tucson Roadrunners decided to end their affiliation with Fort Wayne after one season. "I think the organization wanted to explore and look around and see what else was out there," Franke said from the ECHL's annual summer meetings in Las Vegas. "I thought it worked pretty well for us. We ...

BLAKE SEBRING: This Father’s Day is going to be different

Originally published in 2015. Please especially pay attention to the ending. This is going to be a very strange Father’s Day for me, the first since my dad passed May 15. Since I’m not a father, I don’t quite know how to spend Sunday. It almost seems superfluous to spend all day remembering him, because that’s what I’ve mostly been doing of late anyway. I miss my father, who was 73, but as a ...

Taylor Mills refuses to allow scoliosis problems to impact her life

On June 3, Taylor Mills posted on her Facebook page: "June is Scoliosis Awareness Month! When I was born my curvature was over 90 degrees and when I was 4 or 5 I was given the opportunity to have the VEPTR surgery. VEPTR is the name of the titanium rods that are in my back. My family and I had to travel to San Antonio, TX to get the surgery until it was taught to my current surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for ...