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WRITER: Justin Kenny

Woodlan's Aaron Hahn enjoying football return after four-year absence

Aaron Hahn made a tough decision in eighth grade. A three-sport athlete in junior high, Hahn chose to focus on basketball at Woodlan, giving up both football and baseball. Funny how things change. After some prodding from childhood friend and current Woodlan quarterback Justin Durkes as well as football coach Sherwood Haydock this past summer, Hahn chose to head back to the gridiron. "I decided to play ...

After a decade absence, Sherwood Haydock returns to state with a new team

In the winter of 2010, Sherwood Haydock was at a crossroads. Harding High School, his coaching and teaching home for a decade, was set to close in just a few months. What does a longtime coach north of 50 years old do? Does he look elsewhere in the state for another job? Does he call it a career after 133 victories, a pair of state championship appearances and a 2006 title? "If Harding had never closed, ...

Boys prep hoops: SAC PREVIEW

The last few seasons, the SAC's elite have been led by exceptional big men. Caleb Swanigan. Jaylen Butz. Malik Williams. Brandon Durnell. Do not expect that this season. The league is largely void of impact bigs entering 2017-18, putting more of a focus on speed, athleticism and outside shooting. While North Side enters the season as the league favorite, it is easy to make the case for several ...

Boys prep hoops preseason countdown: #4 WAYNE GENERALS

This is the year that Wayne coach Aaron Rehrer has been anticipating for quite some time. Armed with the right mix of talent and experience, the Generals enter the 2017-18 season poised to make a big jump in the SAC standings. It's a roster that Rehrer has been cultivating for the better part of four seasons, dating back to when the majority of the roster was playing at Miami Middle School. But are the ...

Like father like son: Jacob Fabini following in his father's footsteps on gridiron for Bishop Dwenger

With four sons, former NFL offensive lineman Jason Fabini felt he had a great shot at one of his offspring following in his footsteps on the football field. Son Jacob has made that dream a reality, sort of. When Bishop Dwenger takes the field against top-ranked Lowell at 8 p.m. Friday in the Class 4A North Semistate game at Homestead, the Saints will have a pair of Fabinis playing integral roles — Jason ...

Boys Prep Hoops Preseason Countdown: #8 SNIDER PANTHERS

The big man is gone, but Snider coach Jeremy Rauch is still excited entering his second year. With an expected dropoff due to roster attrition, could the Panthers emerge as the surprise team of the SAC? OUTLOOK With Malik Williams off to Louisville and fellow impact graduated seniors Jordan Gorman and Michael Barnfield having departed, the Panthers will have a new look this season. A team largely built ...

FORT WAYNE FIVE: The biggest military engagements in Fort Wayne-area history

For a good portion of early American history, the area in and around northeast Indiana was a battleground between Native Americans and British, French and American forces looking to lay claim to a region rich in natural resources and open land. We have profiled the five largest military actions to take place in the area, based on casualties.

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL: New-look Homestead a work in progress

If you take in a Homestead girls basketball game this season, prepare yourself, you will be looking at the roster more often than in recent years. The usual suspects — Karissa McLaughlin, Madisen Parker, Jazmyne Geist — have been usurped by a new crop of Spartans. They are high on talent, but largely low on experience at the varsity level. That showed in Saturday's 66-55 loss to Class 4A No. 2 ...

Veterans to take part in downtown Fort Wayne book signing, public meet and greet on Saturday

For years, local author Kayleen Reusser has put a voice to those who sacrificed and served this country in the greatest conflict in the history of mankind. This weekend, the public will be able to put faces to those voices. As part of a signing for Reusser's latest book "They Did it for Honor" at the downtown branch of the Allen County Public Library, about a dozen of the 34 veterans profiled in the book ...

Girls prep hoops: SAC PREVIEW

Forty-one straight victories. That is the streak for Homestead against current SAC opponents. The run stretches back over four years, with South Side the last conference team to get the best of the Spartans in a 54-53 victory in sectional play on Feb. 9, 2013. Interestingly, it may be the Archers that have the best chance at usurping Homestead atop the league standings. But despite new faces and ...

Girls prep hoops preseason countdown: #2 SOUTH SIDE ARCHERS

OUTLOOK With a vast amount of size, talent and experience returning, Coach Juanita Goodwell's South Side Archers enter the season looking like one of the premier teams in the area. Is South Side the team that will knock Homestead off of its perch? "This season we are going to rely heavily on senior leadership," Goodwell said. "We've been looking to build a strong senior class with this group. We added ...

Girls prep hoops preseason countdown: #6 BISHOP DWENGER SAINTS

OUTLOOK Last season looked a lot like the year before for the Bishop Dwenger Saints. For the second straight campaign, Coach Cleveland Inge's team went 14-8, with a loss to Concordia in the sectional championship ending the season. With three of its top four leading scorers back from last year — led by Fabulous Five candidate Ellen Ross in the post — Bishop Dwenger is a strong bet to notch a winning ...

CYCLING AND SAFETY: Adding safety infrastructure for cyclists easier said than done

The perception to some is that the City of Fort Wayne should be doing much more for its pedestrian and cycling traffic than it currently does. Reality is, as usual, much more complicated. The News-Sentinel sat down with city officials this past week to discuss safety on the roads, particularly for cyclists. By the middle of next month, Fort Wayne will surpass the 100-mile mark of bike and pedestrian ...

Paul Spira and his "magic car", a 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK320

Staring straight ahead in his hospital bed, Paul Spira couldn’t avoid seeing the picture of his 2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK320 convertible. Tinned to the bulletin board was his incentive, said his wife, Caryl. “It became the central thing,” she said. It was the spring of 2013. After successfully beating a rare form of nasopharyngeal cancer the year before, Paul Spira was diagnosed with sepsis, which ...

Relationship blossoms between organ donor's family and recipient

Kaye Simmons remembers the first time she met the man whose life was saved by her brother. It was Mother's Day, 2007. Two years prior, Kaye's twin brother Billy Vernon was killed when he was struck by a car while helping a stranded motorist in Cass County. Billy's organs were donated to those in dire need of new organs to stay alive. One of those people was Bill Coldwell, a Fort Wayne resident being ...

Sorry, prep all-star games are no longer important

Earlier this week, prep hoopsters Malik Williams and Jaylen Butz decided being named an Indiana All-Star was good enough, and they’ll pass on playing in next week’s Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Classic series. Yes, there was social media outcry. Some declared how being an Indiana All-Star used to mean everything. Others recited that tired line of, “In 49 states it’s just basketball but…” well, you know ...

The Indianapolis 500 that wasn't — the story of the 1916 race

Cloudy skies and another massive crowd are expected this Sunday as the Indianapolis 500 will be run for the 101st time in central Indiana. But technically, it isn’t the 101st time the race length has been set at 500 miles. Confused? In 1916, Carl Fisher – co-founder and first president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – was looking to rectify what he saw as a huge problem. A year previous, Italian Ralph ...

Indianapolis 500 set to provide thrills, but it will be covering up a big IndyCar problem

The final laps of the IndyCar Grand Prix went by rather quickly as I watched from my couch on Saturday evening. That tends to happen when you are fast-forwarding. The kickoff to May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was just the latest in a series of monotonous IndyCar Series races in 2017. Proponents of the series like to say that the racing is the most exciting on the planet. Not so this year. I don’t ...

North Side hoops ends 52-year semistate title drought

HUNTINGTON — Keion Brooks Jr. found himself all alone at the basket in the closing seconds of Saturday's semistate victory over Merrillville. The sophomore threw down an emphatic slam as time expired. It wasn't a pretentious thing. It was a "phew" thing. Oh, and a "we are back" thing. It had been 52 years since North Side was last able to celebrate a semistate championship prior to its 82-73 ...

Finding comfort in basketball

His team had just won its record-setting fourth SAC Holiday Tournament championship in a row in late December when North Side coach Shabaz Khaliq noticed he had a missed phone call. Leaving a voicemail was his mother, Debbie Khaliq. “It was very difficult for me to hear because she talked about how proud she was and how nice it was to see us win,” said Shabaz about the message. “It was one of those ...