Kats top Panthers in baseball
The Kokomo baseball team’s 8-7 eight-inning victory over Western on Monday night at CFD Investments Stadium had an extra kick. Yes, it’s April. Yes, it’s very early in the season and the game was among teams that aren’t in the same conference or class. Despite all that, the game mattered to both.
“The thing that was good about this game was it really had a tournament atmosphere early on,” Kokomo coach Tim Weeks said. “Both teams wanted it. Both teams played hard. There was still some strategy that went into it with [Western coach] Ty [Calloway] throwing his three studs. They’ve got some hitters, and now I think we’ve proved we’ve got some hitters, too.”
Kokomo’s Hopkins underwent transformation at IWU
As his senior basketball season at Kokomo High School neared its conclusion, Patrick Hopkins was a sought after talent by a number of suitors.
Upwards of seven schools wanted Hopkins, including a few at the NCAA Division I and II levels.
Although it had shown interest, Indiana Wesleyan University, an NAIA Division II school in nearby Marion, wasn’t on his radar.
Court is in session for girls tennis teams
A recurring theme this spring, Howard County’s girls tennis squads have, for the most part, been in a holding pattern, waiting for the weather to turn so they can get outside and shake off the rust that comes with winter time in Indiana.
With snow up until the end of March, followed by spring break and then a forecast chock full of rain, the first matches of the season will double as preseason practice in many respects.
Darland has high hopes for new season
Dave Darland is looking anxiously to this season for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, he has his sights set on eclipsing Tony Elliott as the all-time leader in sprint car wins at the Kokomo Speedway. Heading into the 2013 campaign, he trailed his long-time rival by just one feature win.
Golf squads take aim at new season
Northwestern’s boys golf team captured the Peru Sectional championship last year. The Purple Tigers return sectional medalist Nathan Edwards, but a repeat team title seems unlikely.
“This is going to be a tough year because last year, I graduated five seniors,” Northwestern coach Randy Lindgren said. “Last year, we won sectional. It’s pretty hard when you graduate five seniors to duplicate a situation like that. We have Nathan Edwards and the babies. I have one senior [Edwards], three sophomores and seven freshmen. It’s the youngest team I’ve ever had.
“And this year was the toughest year in 25, 26 years I’ve ever had as far as getting practice [because of the weather].”
Red, White and Blue Devil
Tipton senior basketball star Mike Crawford has one more jersey to put on before joining the Saint Louis Billikens next season.
This summer, he’ll wear the Red, White and Blue of the Indiana All-Stars as they line up against Kentucky. The Indiana team was announced Tuesday and Tipton’s all-time leading scorer secured a spot on the 13-player roster.
Louisville wins NCAA title
ATLANTA (AP) — Luke Hancock made all five of his 3-pointers and led Louisville to its first NCAA men's basketball championship since 1986 with an 82-76 victory over Michigan on Monday night.
Inaugural Kokomo Grand Prix to run this weekend
There is just something special about this time of the year.
Aside from hearing the birds chirping, watching the grass turn green and seeing the trees come to life after five months of hibernation, there is the sound race fans have waited all too long to hear — the crack of motors piercing the air.
This weekend the Kokomo Speedway kicks off its 2013 season with the first running of the Kokomo Grand Prix, an event co-sanctioned by the USAC and Powri. It will include some of the top midget drivers that both the Mopar National Midgets and Powri has to offer.
Bedwell let go as Eastern's boys hoops coach
Eastern High School will be searching for a new boys basketball coach after informing Kyle Bedwell he will not be returning next season.
The move will be presented to the school board Tuesday.
Crawford leads KT Boys All-Area team
Tipton senior wing Mike Crawford scored 775 points, this season. Blue Devil fans will miss the electric nights where Crawford seemed unstoppable.
Rival coaches, not so much.
Tipton coach Brad Dickey has been on the sidelines for Crawford’s career and summed up what opposing coaches deal with.
“He’s hard to prepare for, hard to play against,” Dickey explained. “Even when you feel you know what’s going on, it doesn’t mean you can stop it.”
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