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WRITER: Justin Kenny

HONOR FLIGHT: Marine artilleryman Ken Bosworth can still recall horrific carnage of battle on Okinawa

This is the third in a series of stories on local veterans that took part in the Honor Flight Northeast Indiana trip to Washington D.C. on April 25. Coming Thursday: A love story in the shadow of the Korean War. When Ken Bosworth reminisces about his World War II service in the Marine Corps, it doesn't exactly match up with Hollywood. In 2016, the movie "Hacksaw Ridge" was released, dramatizing the story of ...

HONOR FLIGHT: After seven decades, memories of Okinawa still fresh for Huntertown's Walter Hansen

It has been 73 years since Huntertown resident Walter Hansen fought on Okinawa, yet the vivid memories and emotions are as if it happened yesterday. Hansen does not shy away from speaking about the majority of his experiences in World War II. From his graduation from high school in Illinois in May 1943 to joining the Navy, going through boot camp and Naval Hospital Corps School on the West Coast and heading ...

Snider grad Akilah Sims helps Finnish team win league championship

Former Snider High School hoops standout Akilah Sims was recently named to first team of the Finnish Korisliiga Women's League, as well as to the All-Imports Team. Sims helped lead her Kotka Peli-Karhut team to the league championship by averaging 18.2 points and 9.7 rebounds over 37 games. The 5-foot-10 forward who graduated from Snider in 2012 and IUPUI in 2016 was big in the championship series against ...

Concordia Lutheran High School names new head boys basketball coach

Concordia Lutheran High School has its new head boys basketball coach. Athletic Director Tim Mannigel announced on Friday afternoon that Phil Brackmann, Dean of Student Success at Concordia, will head up the basketball program going forward. Brackmann succeeds former coach Austin Thoms, who stepped down from both head coach of the basketball program and his administrative position within the school in ...

Top five Romeo Langford prep performances

Romeo Langford has been wowing fans around the state for the last few years at the prep level. On April 30, he will announce where he will take his talents in college. As news-sentinel.com continues its lead-up to Langford's commitment, we look back at the top five performances from the New Albany senior over the years. March 19, 2016 vs. Southport While Langford opened many eyes around the state in ...

Former Luers, North Side football standout Randon Moore finds relief after long health battle

Randon Moore feels like a new man. In many ways, he is. Throughout his prep football career at Bishop Luers and North Side and into college, Moore has loved the competitiveness and physicality of the defensive back position. But something always held Moore back from his full potential. "I would always be way more tired than everyone else," said Moore. "Coaches always thought I was slacking." Through ...

JUSTIN KENNY: What if Romeo Langford isn't the most important 2018 recruit for Indiana?

On April 30 when he makes his college choice, Romeo Langford will become either one of the most loved Hoosiers of all time or one of the most despised. It is likely at this point that the former will be correct. But what if I was to tell you that Romeo Langford is NOT the most important recruit for the Indiana University Hoosiers in the Class of 2018? Oh, I'm dead serious. Now is about the time that ...

INDYCAR SERIES AT BARBER: Five things to watch

The IndyCar Series concludes a busy April race schedule with a visit to Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham this weekend for the Grand Prix of Alabama. Just over 35 miles from the NASCAR bastion Talladega Superspeedway, Barber has cultivated an event over the last eight years that has become one of the more well-attended races on the IndyCar schedule. Here are five things to watch from the Heart of ...

IndyCar Series at Long Beach: Five things to watch

The IndyCar Series continues its busy early-spring schedule with a visit to SoCal this weekend for the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Now in its fifth decade of existence, the three-day festival of racing, parties and sunshine on the Pacific Coast has grown into the premier road race in North America. According to event organizers, last year's attendance eclipsed over 185,000 over three days. What will the wealth ...

IndyCar Series at Phoenix: Five things to watch

After a lengthy layoff following the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, the IndyCar Series is back on track this weekend at Phoenix International Ra...er, ISM Raceway in Arizona. Saturday night's race (9 p.m., NBCSN) on the 1-mile oval is the first of three straight weeks of competition for the series, with a visit to Long Beach on April 15 and Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama on April 22. What are some ...

DeKalb's Leigha Brown, Dwenger's Ellen Ross picked for North/South All-Star Classic

A pair of girls' basketball players from northeast Indiana will participate in the 30th annual North/South Indiana All-Star Classic this weekend. Leigha Brown of DeKalb and Ellen Ross of Bishop Dwenger have been chosen to be on the North squad in Saturday's game at John R. Wooden Gymnasium at Martinsville High School. Brown, the 2018 News-Sentinel Girls Basketball Player of the Year, is headed to the ...

Amtrak change could impact Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society's "Joliet Rocket" excursion

A policy change announced by Amtrak earlier this week may have an impact on the excursions for the Nickel Plate No. 765 steam locomotive. According to the new policy released on Wednesday, Amtrak "will no longer operate charter services or special trains," citing operational distractions and delays for paying customers on its main routes. In reference to this change, the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society ...

Homestead's selection to Hall of Fame Classic opens up SAC tournament schedule questions

Monday's noon announcement that the Homestead girls' basketball team would participate in the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic at New Castle on Dec. 28 was some welcome news for the Spartans. It also creates a potential problem. Last year, the SAC Holiday Tournament at Wayne High School was held from Dec. 27-30 at Wayne High School. Using the same scheduling format, the 2018 edition of the annual tournament would ...

JUSTIN KENNY: Why are northeast Indiana prep hoops teams struggling to advance to state?

The first dozen years of class basketball were kind to northeast Indiana. From when Indiana adopted a multi-class format for the postseason in 1998 to 2009, 17 boys basketball teams made appearances in state championship games, with five bringing home titles. But in the last nine years, the trend has flipped. This weekend in Indianapolis, eight teams across four classes will play for state ...

Blackhawk Christian's Jalan Mull named 2017-18 News-Sentinel.com Boys Basketball Player of the Year

Marc Davidson did not coach much when Jalan Mull was on the floor. OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but the Blackhawk Christian coach doesn't shy away from singing the praises of his senior point guard and the hands-off approach he took with him at times this season. "In some games this year we called lots of set plays, other games was more of a mix, but Jalan has a great understanding of when to 'run a ...

FAMILY BONDING: Columbia City father-son duo arrested with 16 pounds of drugs

A father and son from Columbia City were arrested earlier this week with quite the collection. Gerald L. Tyrell Sr., 54, and Gerald Tyrell Jr., 29, were taken into custody on Monday after search warrants on two properties executed by the Indiana State Police, Columbia City Police Department and the Whitley County Sheriff's Department uncovered 12 pounds of marijuana, four pounds of hallucinogenic mushrooms, ...

INDYCAR 2018: Five things to know

New look. New faces. New champion. It is all about what is different as the Verizon IndyCar Series kicks off the 2018 season this weekend on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Is change good or bad? We will find out over the course of 17 races in the next six months. Here's a look at what has changed and what to keep an eye on this season: 1. NEW AERO We were told that it would bring an added level of ...

North Side senior Nate Carbaugh embraces his non-star status

Nate Carbaugh isn't a star basketball player. And you know what? He's cool with it In a time when almost every prep hoops player (and their parents) have dreams of stardom, Carbaugh, a senior forward at North Side, is perfectly comfortable with who he is. "He is a true 'trust the process' type of young man," North Side coach Shabaz Khaliq said. "He is someone that has been with us all four years and has ...

Employee altercation at Fort Wayne business leads to one allegedly stabbing the other

Fort Wayne Police are investigating a stabbing at a Fort Wayne business on Tuesday. Police were called to REA Magnet Wire, 4300 New Haven Ave., on Tuesday afternoon after an altercation between two employees led to one allegedly stabbing the other. The victim, an adult male, was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. No arrest has been made. Fort Wayne Police and the Allen County Prosecuting ...

Final hurdle cleared for Purdue University Fort Wayne

Purdue University Fort Wayne is officially official. The Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees has given the green light for the realignment of IPFW, the final hurdle for the July 1, 2018 split of the university into two separate entities. IPFW received official word of the approved action on Monday. "The dedicated people across our campus, as well as our colleagues from the Indiana University ...