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WRITER: Reggie Hayes

Snider High School tight end Simon Dellinger commits to continue career with Army

Snider High School tight end Simon Dellinger’s commitment to continue his football career should have “commitment” underlined. Dellinger announced Wednesday he will continue his post-high school career with the Army at West Point. Army coaches began recruiting him when the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Dellinger was a sophomore. “It hasn’t been a hard decision because they’ve gotten me through the ...

REGGIE HAYES: It's easy to root for Pete Kempf and DeKalb High School football

WATERLOO – As sports reporters, we’re not supposed to root for teams or coaches, but I’d love to see DeKalb High School football and Pete Kempf have a great season. Kempf brought fresh passion to the program four years ago, he brought a steady hand when the team and the school went through the tragic deaths of players Derek Padilla and Lucas Oberkiser in 2016 and he brought a renewed sense of family ...

Purdue guard Carsen Edwards invited to prestigious CP3 and Nike camps

Purdue University guard Carsen Edwards’ stock as one of the nation’s best players continues to rise. Edwards, who was earlier named the top returning NCAA March Madness player by NCAA.com’s Andy Katz, has now been invited to two elite camps: The CP3 Camp and the Nike Basketball Academy. The CP3 camp, run by Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, is Wednesday through Saturday at Wake Forest University and ...

First four games pivotal to coach Jeff Brohm's second Purdue Boilermakers football season

A college football team's season can’t be definitively determined in the first month, but it could come close for coach Jeff Brohm and his Purdue Boilermakers. The Boilers open Brohm's second season with four straight home games: Northwestern in a Big Ten showdown, Eastern Michigan, Missouri and Boston College. A 4-0 start would be tremendous, 3-1 would put the Boilers in good shape, 2-2 would be a so-so ...

REGGIE HAYES: Wisconsin Badgers primed for best chance yet at college football title

There’s some rumbling this could be the year the University of Wisconsin football team makes a serious run at the national title. Or maybe that rumbling is just a Madison tremor as the offensive line heads to the training table. As the Big Ten concluded its two-day media event in Chicago, no team emerged looking more ready – on paper – for the season than the Badgers. They’re experienced. They’re ...

Columbia City's Jared Murphy to join fellow AWP Sports athletes Tyler Eifert and Jessie Bates III in Cincinnati Bengals camp

Michael Ledo has helped send a few of his AWP Sports-trained athletes to the NFL, but he believes Jared Murphy’s story is the “most marvelous” one of all. Murphy will sign a contract today to participate in Cincinnati Bengals training camp, which also opens today. “I sign in the morning and then I’m rolling,” Murphy said via text Wednesday night. “It’s very exciting. I’m very thankful for all ...

REGGIE HAYES: Five 'Non-Andrew Luck' questions as Indianapolis Colts open training camp at Grand Park Sports Campus

The Frank Reich era begins in earnest this week when the Indianapolis Colts open training camp Wednesday at their new site, Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield. This event will also be known as “The Andrew Luck Throwing (or Not) Camp.” Until we have some clarity on Luck’s return to quarterback, which depends on the definition of “clarity,” it’s worth considering what other aspects of the Colts’ ...

Indiana football coach Tom Allen on Bill Mallory, plus other takeaways from Tuesday's Big Ten media day

Some Big Ten football coaches stand in front of the media day reporters, spin clichés and say as little as possible. Then there’s Indiana University coach Tom Allen. Allen preaches. Allen has one approach – upfront and passionate – and he stays in that mode most of the time. As he met the media in Chicago on Tuesday, he talked about the team’s decision to have a decal on their helmets as a tribute to ...

Former Carroll High School baseball standout Hayden Jones earns MVP in IHSBCA North-South All-Star Series

Former Carroll High School standout Hayden Jones finished his prep career in outstanding fashion in the state’s postseason showcase. Jones was named 2018 Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association North-South All-Star Series MVP after an impressive three games of baseball over two days at Four Winds Field in South Bend. Jones was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and one run scored in a rain-shorted 8-4 win for ...

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh's enigmatic expressions and other takeaways from Monday's Big Ten Media Day

Half of the Big Ten Conference’s football coaches met the media Monday in Chicago, and it’s no surprise Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh stood out as most enigmatic. Harbaugh sports a facial expression that hovers between difficult to read and reminiscent of actor Joaquin Phoenix in his quirkiest interviews, and it was on full display with the Big Ten Network’s up-close coverage. Harbaugh's responses were ...

REGGIE HAYES: Watch out for Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm and his left turns

There’s one proven way to produce winning football at Purdue University, and coach Jeff Brohm embraces it. That way is taking a left turn. Veering left when everyone else goes right is how Joe Tiller won with his “basketball on grass” approach. Tiller was helped for a while by having Drew Brees, but he continued to win with other quarterbacks, too. I’m not saying Brohm is “Tiller, the Sequel.” But ...

Former Indiana University star Yogi Ferrell reconsidering Dallas Mavericks deal, report says

Yogi Ferrell apparently had a change of heart. A day after acknowledging at his Bluffton High School basketball camp he’d reached a new contract deal with the Dallas Mavericks, Ferrell is having second thoughts, a report says. Yahoo Sports reporter Shams Charania tweeted Friday morning that Ferrell, the former Indiana University star, has “changed course” on the deal in order to reenter free ...

Leo High School football banking on experience of quarterback AJ Restivo as season nears

Leo High School quarterback AJ Restivo plans to lobby for some playing time at linebacker this season. If he can manage to hit the field on defense, we’ll know his skills of persuasion have caught up with his ability to run and throw. “I usually keep the quarterbacks to one side (of the ball),” Leo coach Jared Sauder said during media day on Friday at Memorial Coliseum. “It’s to lighten the load, ...

Fort Wayne's Justin Parker eager to get moving as Indiana University baseball pitching coach

Justin Parker will attest it’s hard, but not impossible, to top coaching college baseball in Florida. Parker, a Fort Wayne native, spent the last two years as pitching coach at the University of Central Florida and thrived doing so. Nine of his pitchers went on to professional baseball opportunities, including five after last season. “The baseball down here is incredible,” Parker said Wednesday. ...

Indiana University great Yogi Ferrell runs camp, agrees to new Dallas Mavericks deal in eventful day at Bluffton High School

BLUFFTON – There were two firsts at Bluffton High School on Thursday: 1. An NBA player agreed to a contract while on lunch break at his basketball camp. 2. That same player was briefly mistaken for a camp participant on his way into the gymnasium. Such is the life of Yogi Ferrell, who sports a contagious smile, a youthful face, average height and an impending new deal with the Dallas Mavericks. “My dad ...

REGGIE HAYES: University of Saint Francis receiver Duke Blackwell's best day, worst day and brighter days ahead

The best day of Duke Blackwell’s college football career came in the NAIA national championship game. The worst day of his career came the same day. Six months later, Blackwell looks back fondly and also cringes. Blackwell, stepping in at slot receiver after senior Sean Boswell went down with injury, caught five passes for 96 yards and a touchdown as the University of Saint Francis won its ...

USA Football and Indianapolis Colts award grants to Fort Wayne youth programs

Four local football programs have been awarded grants from USA Football and the Indianapolis Colts to purchase new resources. The Fort Wayne programs are Football in Training, Metro Youth Sports, Police Athletic League and Shawnee Middle School. The grants are valued up to $1,500 apiece and including the following: tackle football equipment from Riddell, flag football equipment from NFL Flag powered by USA ...

Andy McClain leaves Norwell High School baseball coaching job for Lawrence Central

One of the most highly regarded high school baseball coaching jobs in the state has opened up with Norwell’s Andy McClain leaving to take over at Indianapolis Lawrence Central. McClain, 49, arrived at Norwell in 2013, leading the team to the 2013 Class 3A state championship. He also coached the Knights to 2014 and 2017 sectional titles and 2015 and 2018 conference titles. “There’s a bit of a heavy heart, ...

REGGIE HAYES: What's the story on former Indiana University star Yogi Ferrell coming to Bluffton High School?

When I heard former Indiana University star Yogi Ferrell will run a basketball camp at Bluffton High School next week, my first question was “Why Bluffton?” There’s no obvious connection. Turns out, it’s quite the tale of a new connection: Dana Hoopingarner was on the phone, discussing a potential opportunity to write another children’s book when her husband Rick overheard her mention a familiar ...

REGGIE HAYES: Colts seek fans' vote for top moment in 35 years in Indianapolis, and it's an easy call

The Indianapolis Colts are asking fans to vote for the top moment in 35 years of football in Indy, and it ought to be an easy choice. Some of the candidates can be eliminated at first glance. For example, “Colts trade for Eric Dickerson” was a big deal at the time, landing an NFL great in his prime, but far too many Colts moments have happened in the 31 years since then. While we’re at it, I don’t ...