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WRITER: Justin Kenny

PREP HOOPS: Can Woodlan find its groove in second half of season?

After an ACAC Tournament title and a shared regular-season league championship with Heritage a year ago, many believed Woodlan was a favorite to repeat those feats in 2018. Turns out, the Warriors have a long way to go to equal the competitiveness of last year's team. Following a loss to Heritage to open the ACAC Tournament earlier this week, the Warriors are 3-5 overall and still in search of consistency ...

PREP HOOPS NOTEBOOK: Homestead starting to find consistency; A jumbled NE8 field

Homestead's one-point overtime victory over South Side on Friday night was the latest in a series of impressive outings by the Spartans. While Coach Chris Johnson's team has alternated wins and losses through its first 10 games, the team has been more consistent in its play as of late, which has included close wins over the Archers and Carroll and narrow losses to state-ranked Indianapolis Tindley and North ...

Era of dominance over? Homestead says not so fast with pair of impressive wins

When the Homestead girls basketball team loses to an area team, it's become not simply a game, but an event. The goal for Coach Rod Parker and his Spartans since last week's defeat to Bishop Luers has been to make sure it doesn't become a string of events. That objective has been achieved. Two wins over top 15 opponents in four days has Homestead seemingly back on track, with the latest triumph a ...

Historic Fort Wayne damaged by hit-and-run

A blockhouse at Historic Fort Wayne was damaged when a hit-and-run driver climbed over the dike perpendicular to Spy Run Avenue and made contact with the structure. It is unknown just when the incident occurred, with the discovery being made on Wednesday morning. The car hit a support timber of the southeast blockhouse of Historic Fort Wayne before running parallel to the facility and making contact with a ...

South Side completes league resurgence, captures SAC Holiday Tournament title

Taniece Chapman had 28 points and 16 rebounds and fellow senior Shamari Tyson added 22 points as South Side beat Carroll 83-74 on Saturday to win the SAC Holiday Tournament. Two years ago, the Archers were handed a 60-point loss by Homestead in the championship game. That lopsided defeat was on the mind of some of South's players entering this year. "That was embarrassing," said Chapman about the 100-40 ...

SAC HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT: Friday schedule and results

The SAC Holiday Tournament continues on Friday with semifinal action at Wayne High School. he News-Sentinel will continuously update this page with scores and schedules for the next several days. Make sure to bookmark and visit frequently. BOYS Wednesday’s results Concordia 45, Northrop 44, OT Bishop Dwenger 49, Bishop Luers 37 Homestead 40, Carroll 38 Thursday's results South Side 67, Snider ...

GIRLS SAC TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS: Routs by South Side, Carroll set up Saturday's final

The first Northrop-South Side matchup was close. Friday was not. Taniece Chapman had 17 points and Shamari Tyson went for 16 as the Archers stayed undefeated with a 78-55 demolition over the Bruins. On Dec. 15, South Side edged Northrop 64-60 in a battle unbeatens. On Friday, the Archers dominated from start to finish. What was different? "The difference today was playing good, disciplined defense," ...

SAC HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT: Thursday's roundup

Homestead's reign of the SAC ended on Thursday afternoon. Kathryn Knapke scored 24 points to propel Bishop Luers (10-4) to a 47-43 upset of the top-seeded Spartans. Prior to Thursday, Homestead had not lost a single game to a league opponent since joining the SAC in 2015. Overall, the Spartans had won 46 straight games against SAC opponents before Thursday. Sylare Starks led the Spartans (13-2) with 18 ...

BOYS SAC TOURNAMENT: Team capsules (by seed)

1. NORTH SIDE (7-3, 2-0 SAC) SEASON OVERVIEW: The Legends have had their fair share of challenges outside of the area, but thus far, no one has been able to touch them locally. Of the four games against area squads, none have been decided by less than 15 points. Keion Brooks Jr. has become a player in which putting up at or above 30 points a night is considered routine. Still, this is a team that has some ...

GIRLS SAC TOURNAMENT: 5 stars to shine and 5 players to watch

For the first time in three years, the SAC Holiday Tournament on the girls side is not a mere formality. While Homestead is still strong, quality contenders have emerged that could topple the Spartan dominance of the event. RELATED: GIRLS SAC TOURNAMENT, Team capsules (by seed) RELATED: BOYS SAC TOURNAMENT, Team capsules (by seed) RELATED: BOYS SAC TOURNAMENT, 5 stars to shine and 5 players to ...

Homestead QB Jiya Wright named News-Sentinel Football Player of the Year

Typically, when a prep quarterback signs with a Division I program, his high school coach is quick to point out how it was something seen in the player for a long time. Not so with Jiya Wright. "The honest truth? He didn't stand out that much," said Homestead coach Chad Zolman on Wright when the Northern Illinois signee first arrived as a ninth grader. "But with more development, the better he got." But ...

MARION CLASSIC: Five players (from outside the area) to watch

Looking for an appetizer before Christmas and next week's SAC Holiday Tournament? Marion delivers with a one-day shootout on Friday with six games, including plenty of local flavor with Snider, Bishop Dwenger, North Side and Wayne all getting in on the festive fun. We know who leads the area teams on the floor, but what about some of the players outside of the region who will be playing on Friday? We take a ...

PREP HOOPS NOTEBOOK: Keion Brooks Jr. efficient in record-breaking night; Logan Kruse breaks down game-winning shot

When Keion Brooks Jr. emphatically broke the North Side single-game scoring record with a dunk late in Friday night's victory over Snider, no one on the Legends sideline really knew it. "Our stats were a little off," North Side coach Shabaz Khaliq said. "We were a bucket off the official total. If we would have known, we would have gotten him out (of the game) earlier." As it turned out, Brooks Jr. added a ...

PREP HOOPS: Wayne proves itself worthy in close win over New Haven

On a snowy, windy day in mid-December, the Wayne Generals graduated. OK, not really, but it sure felt that way following a 65-63 defeat of New Haven on Wednesday night. For the last few years, the Wayne boys basketball program has felt like it was on the cusp of something big. The athleticism was there. The fundamentals were there. The coaching was there. But the Generals just couldn't find ...

PREP HOOPS NOTEBOOK: North Side looks to pick up the pieces; Special East Noble athlete gets a chance

Now what? After a 38-point demolition at the hands of Romeo Langford and New Albany on Saturday night at Southport, North Side is left picking up the pieces from its worst loss in seven years. Following an upset loss to Floyd Central on Friday night, the Bulldogs came in ready to play and prove a point against the Legends. It did in convincing fashion, with Langford dropping 42 points on just 19 shots. ...

Strong summer leads to impressive start to season for Huntington North boys hoops

There is no better thing to a high school basketball coach with an inexperienced squad than the month of June. Whereas historically a coach could not really begin to form and work with his team until open gym sessions and the start of practice in the late fall, today's prep hoops landscape means that on-court work on the next season can begin much earlier. That has definitely paid off for Huntington North. ...

PREP HOOPS NOTEBOOK: Lane Reed bringing it for Leo; Luers girls putting sub-par season behind them

So how versatile is Leo leading scorer Lane Reed? "I think his best asset is defense," said Lions coach Cary Cogdell. "He can guard positions 1-5 with his speed and strength." The veteran has been no slouch offensively. He dropped 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a victory over Churubusco last Wednesday. His lay-up with 0.9 seconds left in regulation lifted Leo to a 39-38 victory at Heritage on Friday ...

PREP HOOPS NOTEBOOK: Balanced Northrop girls off to perfect start; Lots of road trips in store for Snider

Only two Summit Athletic Conference girls basketball teams remain undefeated on the season. One (South Side) is a surprise to no one. The other, is a surprise only to those who haven't been following Northrop recently. At 6-0, the Bruins have the most wins in the area. And by no means is it a soft 6-0, with a 13-point home victory over Concordia and a 10-point road win over Carroll among the early-season ...

Woodlan loses 15-14 in Class 2A state football championship game

INDIANAPOLIS — It came down to a two-point conversion between Woodlan and Southridge on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. With just over 80 seconds left in regulation, the Raiders chose to roll with their "two-point special" play. It worked. A Jayce Harter pass to Tucker Schank on the conversion lifted Southridge to a 15-14 win over Woodlan in the Class 2A state championship. "We got one play," Southridge ...