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“Pacers fans will remember Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard as the spirit of our franchise. With a charisma, intensity, and wit to match his nickname, Slick made us champions. He was our biggest fan and our most loving critic, and he personified Pacers basketball for generations of Hoosier families. Most importantly, though, Slick and Nancy are our family, and his passing leaves an unfillable void in the hearts of everyone associated with this organization. We keep the entire Leonard family in our prayers, and we recognize and honor Slick for what he meant to our state both on and off the court.”



Bobby “Slick” Leonard:

A Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee in 2014, Bobby “Slick” Leonard spent more than 50 years as a part of the Pacers organization, both as a championship-winning coach and a broadcaster. As Pacers’ head coach from 1968-1980, he won 529 games and three ABA championships and was later voted by a national sportswriters and broadcasters association as the ABA’s All-Time Coach.


Named one of Indiana’s “50 Greatest Players” and a two-time All-American at Indiana University, Slick was captain of the Hoosiers’ 1953 NCAA championship team and Big Ten Championship teams in 1953 and ‘54. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56 before playing seven years in the NBA with the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers and was named an All Star in 1963.


In addition to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, Slick is enshrined in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the Indiana Sports Writers and Broadcasters Hall of Fame and was the first person inducted into the Indiana University Sports Hall of Fame. He was also honored as a member of Indiana University’s All-Century Basketball Team


Finally, Slick is one of just six individuals in Pacers history to have a banner raised in his honor. Hanging from the rafters of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the banner honors his 529 victories as coach of the Pacers and his contributions to the game.


Slick and his wife, Nancy, have five children, 12 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

Thursday HS scoreboard

Boys track

John Glenn 72, Rochester 56


Girls track

John Glenn 78, Rochester 50



Caston 14, Tri-County 1  (6 inn)



Caston 12, Knox 3

Isabel Scales two HR




RHS Senior Noah Swango signs with Trine University

Rochester Senior Noah Swango signed with Trine University to continue his education and football career. 


Noah plans to major in Biology, with hopes of going into Sports Medicine. He says Trine University was everything he had been looking for in a college. 


He said he wouldn't have made it this far without his parents, Jeremy and Kellie Swango, and the others who have supported him along the way in his football career. 




The Rochester Athletic Department has released the following information regarding the hiring of a new head football coach for the Zebras' program:


Ron Shaffer will be recommended for approval to the RCSC School Board at the April 19 meeting as the Head Football Coach of Rochester High School for the 2021-22 school year.

Coach Shaffer was an assistant coach on the Rochester Football Staff for the 2020 season. Prior to this season, he was an assistant coach at Cass High School and Maconaquah High School with over 20 years of experience coaching football.


Coach Shaffer was selected as the next leader of the Zebra football program by an interview committee made up of fellow coaches, teachers, and administrators. Coach Shaffer’s experience, knowledge of the game, and dedication to student-athletes makes him a great choice for our school and corporation.


We are excited to have Ron lead the staff and student-athletes of Rochester High School.

Rochester baseball win fueled by combined no-hitter


Rochester went to 2-0 on the young season with a 2-1 win over Delphi.

Evan Elliott and Brock Beehler (WP) combined on a no-hitter for the Z’s.

Rochester trailed 1-0 until the 5th when senior Kane Lutz drove in both of the Rochester runs.


Kouts 16, Argos 1




Rochester 4, Triton 3

Kylie Coleman with the walk-off two-run double


Argos 14, Culver 7


Caston 5, Logansport 4


Hoosier Basketball Magazine Tabs Top 60 senior boys

Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 Senior Workout is highlighted by 13 players who participated in the 2021 IHSAA State Finals on Saturday, April 3rd including seven state champions— Brycen Graber and Curt Hopf (Class A - Barr-Reeve),  Zane Burke and Caleb Furst (AA - Fort Wayne Blackhawk), Kooper Jacobi and Trey Kaufman-Renn (AAA - Silver Creek) and Brian Waddell (AAAA - Carmel). Selected from runner-up teams are Cale and Cole Wireman (Class A - Kouts), Connor Davis (AA - Parke Heritage), Blake Davison (AAA - Leo) along with Shamar Avance and DJ Hughes (AAAA - Lawrence North).


Unfortunately, due to spring break conflicts a few of these players are selected, but unable to attend. They include Davison and future Purdue Boilermakers Furst and Kaufman-Renn.


The top two scorers in the state are also featured in the Top 60 Workout. They are Jalen Blackmon, Marion (33.5 ppg) who will attend Divison I Grand Canyon and Brooks Barnhizer, Lafayette Jeff (32.7), who will play in the Big Ten at Northwestern. Two more high scorers are also signees with the University of Notre Dame. They are JR Konieczny, South Bend St. Joe (28.6 ppg) and Blake Wesley, South Bend Riley (27.1)


More Division I talent that will be headed to in-state colleges include Payton Sparks, Winchester (Ball State) and Blake Sisley, Heritage Hills (Evansville) along with three Bulter recruits— Hughes, Lawrence North and Jayden Taylor, Perry Meridian and Pierce Thomas, Brownsburg. Other Division I players on display at the Top 60 Workout will be Jacobi, Silver Creek (Toledo), Darrell Reed, Hammond (Alabama State), Christopher Mantis, Lowell (Appalachian State), Gus Etchison, Hamilton Heights (Western Michigan), Langdon "LT" Hatton, North Harrison (William & Mary) along with three US Military Academy commits— Blake Barker, Columbus North (Army - West Point) plus Vincent Brady, Indianapolis Cathedral (Air Force Academy) and Jake Heidbreder, Floyd Central (Air Force Academy).


Statistical evaluation, game observation and statewide research were conducted throughout the season to determine Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60. Two sessions of the Top 60 Senior Workout will be hosted on Sunday, April 11, 2021 by Hoosier Basketball Magazine, in conjunction with the IHSAA and the IBCA, at Marian University in Indianapolis (3200 N. Cold Spring Road).


Boys primarily from Northern and Southern Indiana will participate in the first session (1:00-3:00 pm EST). The remaining players, mostly from Central Indiana, will compete during the second session (3:30-5:30 pm EST).


Coach Steve Lynch (Brownsburg) will direct both sessions. Four other outstanding IBCA coaches— Chad Ballenger (Hamilton Heights), Chad Johnston (South Bend Adams), Rich Schelsky (Parke Heritage) and Kendall Wildey (South Decatur)— have been invited to assist with on-court coaching.


Both sessions are open to the public for admission fee of $8.00 ($5 for students). Media can call  (317) 925-8200 if interested in credentials for one or both sessions.


Top 60 boys 

Shamar Avance, Lawrence North

Blake Barker, Columbus North

Brooks Barnhizer, Lafayette Jeff

Jalen Blackmon, Marion

Joey Bomba, Bloomington South

Brett Bosley, Paoli

Vincent Brady, Indianapolis Cathedral

Jayden Brewer, Ben Davis

Vinny Buccilla, Hamilton Southeastern

Zane Burke, Fort Wayne Blackhawk

Chrishawn Christmas, Gary West

Quentez Columbus, South Bend Adams

Connor Davis, Parke Heritage

Koron Davis, Bowman Academy

Gus Etchison, Hamilton Heights

Braydon Flagg, New Prairie

Trey Flatt, Covenant Christian (Marion)

Chase Garrett, South Spencer

Brycen Graber, Barr-Reeve

Lincoln Hale, Linton-Stockton

Langdon “LT” Hatton, North Harrison

Jake Heidbreder, Floyd Central

Curt Hopf, Barr-Reeve

DJ Hughes, Lawrence North

Brady Hunt, Delta

Kooper Jacobi, Silver Creek

Greg Jenkins, Lawrence Central

Trent Johnson, Mishawaka

Edward Jones Jr, Pike

JR Konieczny, South Bend St. Joe

Lane Lauderbaugh, South Decatur

Christopher Mantis, Lowell

Kaden McCollough, Shenandoah

Styles McCorkle, Greenwood Christian

Miles McGowen, Mooresville

Foster Mefford, Southwestern (Hanover)

Colson Montgomery, Southridge

Jake Moynihan, Seton Catholic

Benny Ogayonne, Franklin Central

Jackson Paul, Churubusco

Quimari Peterson, Gary West

Darrell Reed, Hammond

Logan Rohrbacher, East Central

Kyle Ross, Lake Central

Coleman Sater, Edgewood

Ian Scott, Plainfield

Blake Sisley, Heritage Hills

Lane Sparks, Greensburg

Payton Sparks, Winchester

Isaiah Stafford, Indianapolis Attucks

Malik Stanley, Warren Central

Caleb Swearingen, Northview

Jayden Taylor, Perry Meridian

Pierce Thomas, Brownsburg

Naylon Thompson, Fort Wayne Luers

Kolden Vanlandingham, Northeastern

Isaac Vencel, Bloomington North

Brian Waddell, Carmel

Kobe Ward, Danville

Blake Wesley, South Bend Riley

Brody Whitaker, Greencastle

Cale Wireman, Kouts

Cole Wireman, Kouts

Harold Woods, Hammond



Connor Hickman, Bloomington South (Bradley)



Luka Balac, Munster

Andrew Bennett, Shenandoah

Luke Brown, Blackford

Blake Davison, Leo

Owen Dease, Evansville Reitz

Caleb Furst. Fort Wayne Blackhawk

Luke Goode, Homestead

Trey Kaufman-Renn, Silver Creek

Joseph Phinisee, McCutcheon

Isaiah Swope, Castle

The IHSAA Executive Committee today approved retaining the member school enrollment figures from the current classification cycle thus delaying realignment and reclassification for one year.


This year’s enrollment numbers showed significant fluctuation in the case of many schools likely affected by the pandemic and raising questions about their true representation. Following prolonged discussion during today’s monthly meeting of the Executive Committee, members voted 18-1 to extend the classification cycle by a year. However, points earned through the Tournament Success Factor last year (2019-20) and this year (2020-21) will still be applied toward sectional groupings for the 2021-22 school year.


To reiterate, all schools will remain in their respective current classifications in each sport for one more year except for those who meet the Tournament Success Factor criteria.


Next year, the IHSAA will resume reclassification of team sports using certified enrollment figures from the 2021-22 school year for the next two-year cycle (2022-23, 2023-24). Tournament Success Factor points from the 2020-21 and 2021-22 tournament results will be applied toward that next two-year cycle.


Given that last year’s state tournaments in boys basketball, softball and baseball were cancelled, no schools in those sports will move up in 2021-22 since those schools will not be able to achieve the point totals necessary (6 points). Schools already playing up a class in those sports could remain in their same classification (2 points) or revert to their enrollment class once point totals are applied.

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an officially licensed, limited-edition bobblehead featuring Loyola University Chicago’s Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM.


The bobbleheads, which are being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, are officially licensed by Loyola University Chicago and are being produced in conjunction with the Loyola University Chicago’s Athletic Department.


This marks the third bobblehead of Sister Jean, the 101-year-old chaplain for Loyola’s Men’s Basketball team. In 2018, Sister Jean was thrust into the national spotlight when the Ramblers advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. The 2018 bobblehead, which sold out this week, was the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s best seller of all time until it was surpassed in April 2020 by a bobblehead of Dr. Anthony Fauci.


The bobblehead features Sister Jean in her wheelchair wearing a maroon and gold Loyola letter jacket. Each bobblehead will be individually numbered and they are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbleheads are $25 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order and are expected to ship in July. A portion of the sales of Sister Jean’s bobblehead benefit Sister Jean’s religious order, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as Loyola University’s Athletic Department.


“I am truly honored that the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is creating another Sister Jean bobblehead,” said Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM. “This has been a unique and unforgettable season for Loyola’s Men’s Basketball, both on and off the court, and we are excited to go and dance at March Madness in Indianapolis. I am excited to watch my beloved Ramblers in-person in Indy on Friday, March 19. May this March Madness provide our country with great joy and may our Ramblers and other basketball athletes experience the thrill of the game during this tournament.”


On March 7, Loyola became the fourth team to punch its ticket to the 2021 NCAA Tournament with a 75-65 victory over Drake in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference tourney in St. Louis. This marks Loyola’s first NCAA Tournament since its run to the Final Four in 2018 as a No. 11 seed. In a Cinderella performance in 2018, the Ramblers knocked off Miami (Fla.), 64-62, and Tennessee, 63-62, to advance to the Sweet 16. They then toppled Nevada, 69-68, and Kansas State, 78-62, to move on to the Final Four. In the national semifinals, Loyola’s magical run finally ended with a 69-57 loss to Michigan.


Sister Jean became an instant celebrity after Loyola’s first-round victory over Miami. Her fame continued to grow with each upset victory and the then-98-year-old nun became the star of the tournament as the Ramblers reached the Final Four for the first time since 1963. Due to her popularity, her original bobblehead sold for more than $300 on eBay leading to the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum producing her second bobblehead which became available following Loyola’s two upset wins during the first weekend in the NCAA Tournament. Within 48 hours, that bobblehead became the Hall of Fame and Museum’s best-selling bobblehead ever.


After his team’s victory over Drake in the MVC tourney title game this year, Loyola coach Porter Moser said that Sister Jean had been calling the team with pre-game prayers. Unable to travel to the 2020-2021 games because of COVID-19 restrictions, she admitted it was difficult to be apart from the Ramblers during the regular season, but she remained in contact with phone calls, emails and Zoom meetings.


“Once again, Sister Jean and Loyola University Chicago have returned to the public eye with another run to the NCAA Tournament,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “We are thrilled to be working with the University so that more fans across the country can have a Sister Jean bobblehead. Everyone needs some of Sister Jean’s positive attitude and great spirit in their lives, and this bobblehead will be a great way to have that!”

Tickets are available online to the general public for the Rochester - Rossville regional semifinal at Lapel on Saturday.
GIANT fm Sports will have coverage starting at 12 pm.  Tip is scheduled for 12:30 pm.

Game 2 - Rochester v. Rossville


Location: Lapel High School


Parking: Fans outside Door #1


Gates Open: 11:45am


Tip: 12:30pm


Rochester Access Code: V4BW38

Ticket Link:






Rochester ticket information for the Lapel Regional

Ticket information has been released for Rochester's trip to the boys basketball Lapel Regional.


The IHSAA Boys' Basketball Regional at Lapel HS Saturday will feature the Rochester Zebras will vs Rossville in the second semifinal scheduled for a 12:30 tip.


1. ALL ticket sales must be completed online.


2. Lapel HS will send a passcode to purchase tickets Thursday morning that the Rochester Athletic Dept. will try to relay as quickly as possible. The passcode MUST be used to purchase tickets on Thursday, March 11.


3. Ticket sales will open to the public on Friday, March 12.


4. If you would like to create an account online prior to Thursday, follow the link below:

Link To Create Online Account


5. Tickets are $8 each and are good only for the Rochester game. Clearing of fans and sanitizing of the gym will take place after the first game between Blackford and Wapahani.


6. Gates open at 11:45am for the Rochester v. Rossville game. Spectators WILL NOT be able to enter prior to this time.


7. Tickets for the regional championship game will be made available Saturday afternoon and MUST be purchased online.


The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) had to cancel all spring sports last year because of the coronavirus. They are doing everything they can to make sure that doesn’t happen this year.


That impacts boys golf, girls tennis, boys and girls track, baseball, softball, and unified track.

“I would say ‘Get ready to watch your child because we’re going to play,” said Paul Niedig, commissioner of the IHSAA. “We’re going to have to continue to watch what’s going on nationally with the different strains of the virus and the positivity rate. I can’t tell you exactly what it’s going to look like, but I know we’re going to play.”


Niedig said the virus typically operates on a “two-week timeline” so both he and his staff will continue to monitor the pandemic on that timeline and make the best decision necessary with safety being the highest priority.


“We’re going to deal with the parameters that are facing us and make appropriate decisions in a timely manner to get to state championships in all of our spring sports,” said Niedig.


The IHSAA has been allowing limited fans to be in attendance and watch many fall and winter sports contests. Niedig believes coronavirus vaccines are a game-changer.


“As we move to more people receiving the vaccine later in the year, I am hoping to celebrate state championships with the maximum amount of attendance as we have in the past,” said Niedig.


With most spring sports happening outdoors instead of indoors, Niedig said that will make it easier to manage to virus protocols and allow more fans to be in attendance. 

Rochester football coach steps down

The Rochester Athletic Department announced that Sean Kelly has resigned  as head football coach:


Rochester High School Head Football Coach Sean Kelly has resigned his coaching position due to personal reasons.


Rochester Community School Corporation would like to thank Sean for the 24 years of service to the Zebra Football Team and its student-athletes.


Sean will continue teaching and coaching basketball for the corporation.

Colts acquire Carson Wentz from Eagles

It looks like the Indianapolis Colts have their next quarterback.


ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the Philadelphia Eagles are trading Carson Wentz to Indianapolis, in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and a conditional second-round pick in the 2022 draft. 


Wentz is coming off his worst season of his career. In 2020, he played 12 games for the Eagles, throwing for only 2,600 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. However, in 2019, he had more than 4,000 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. 


The move will reunite Wentz with current Colts head coach Frank Reich, who was Wentz's offensive coordinator in Philadelphia in 2017. 


Wentz will replace Philip Rivers, who retired from the NFL in January. 

Argos is certainly known for soccer.  A member of the first Argos HS soccer team has passed away.


Jerry Patton, 73, of Bourbon, passed away on February 6, 2021 at 11:52 a.m. following a very sudden illness.


On August 7, 1947 in Rochester, Indiana he was born to Mart C. Patton and Janet (Nesmith) Patton. Jerry lived all of his life in the Marshall County area. 


On December 31, 1999 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee he married Kimberly Welty, and together they shared the past 22 years.


Jerry worked for Valley Sanitation after retiring from Fairmont Homes in Nappanee, Indiana.


He graduated from Argos High School with the class of 1965 and was co-captain of the first Argos High School soccer team. In his younger days Jerry enjoyed scuba diving, motorcycle racing, fishing, spending time with family, and teaching them to enjoy the outdoors and how to play sports.


He was also a valued member of the Argos Izaak Walton League and of the American Legion Post #424, Bourbon, Indiana. To this day he enjoyed spending time with his wife, Kim and with his family.


Jerry is survived by his wif,  Kimberly Patton.


Daughters – Tana Garver and husband Patrick of Forest, Indiana; Tracy Williams and husband Michael of Rochester, Indiana; and Lisa Patton of Plymouth, Indiana


9 Grandchildren    5 Great Grandchildren


Mother – Janet Patton of Argos, Indiana

Sisters – Barbara Carlson of Rochester, Indiana; and Linda Ransom of South Bend


Brother – Mark Patton of Argos


Step-Children  Andrea Allen of Warsaw, Indiana; Melissa Dowell and husband John of Plymouth, Indiana; 

and Bryan Long of Bourbon, Indiana; 15 step grandchildren and 7 step great grandchildren


He is preceded in death by his father; and brothers – Darrel, Randy, Jeff, and David Patton


Arrangements have been entrusted with the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, Indiana.


A post on the Argos Boys Soccer Twitter page reads:  The thoughts and prayers from everyone in the Argos Soccer community are with the family, friends, and colleagues of our first co-captain and MVP Jerry Patton, following his passing. Patton helped lead the Dragons in our second ever season to an undefeated finish in 1964.

Big Ten confirms move of conference tournament to Indy

The Big Ten Conference has confirmed plans to relocate its 2021 Men’s Basketball Tournament from Chicago to Indianapolis.


The men’s tournament, which will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium, joins the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, which was already scheduled to take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse from March 9-13. The men’s tournament is scheduled for March 10-14. 


The conference says the decision to relocate the tournament was based on multiple factors, the first of which is the health and safety of everyone involved.


“Hosting both the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in the same city allows for cohesive testing and medical protocols for both events, as well as centralized accommodations surrounding the competition venues,” the conference said in a statement Tuesday.


Both tournaments precede the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament, which will be held at several sites in central Indiana.


The Big Ten says the men’s basketball tournament will return to Chicago in 2023.

Rochester returns to the girls regional basketball tournament at Frankton Saturday.  


Rochester (12-8) will play #7 Clinton Prairie (20-2) in the opening semifinal at 10:00 am.  GIANT fm Sports coverage on 92.1 and will begin at approximately 9:30 am.


The second semifinal features Tipton (17-7) vs #6 Frankton (23-3).  Frankton defeated Tipton on January 14, 53-50.


See below for ticket / voucher information to attend the Frankton Regional.


Girls' Basketball Regional Ticket Information

Ticket vouchers will be used to allow the purchase of tickets at Frankton on Saturday.


Ticket vouchers can be picked up Wednesday-Friday from 8am-3pm in the RHS Attendance Office inside the main entrance.


There are currently only 150 vouchers available. Vouchers are limited to four per person.


Vouchers must be retained by its holder to have the ability to purchase a ticket to the championship game at 8pm if Rochester wins the morning game.


If you do not have a voucher on Saturday, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PURCHASE A TICKET on Saturday, February 13.

Rochester plays Manchester tonight in TRC boys basketball on GIANT fm Sports.


Randy Wynn and Johnny McCrory with a preview of the matchup.


Peru 5-  0 11-  0 62.5 49.1 13.5 Won 11
Rochester 3-  0 8-  1 47.7 35.4 12.2 Won 5
Manchester 3-  0 6-  3 55.8 50.1 5.7 Won 6
Northfield 3-  1 4-  8 50.0 54.1 -4.1 Lost 2
Whitko 2-  1 7-  3 55.0 43.3 11.7 Won 3
Maconaquah 2-  1 6-  4 64.7 56.4 8.3 Lost 1
Southwood 1-  3 4-  7 61.4 57.3 4.1 Lost 2
Tippecanoe Valley 0-  4 2-  9 47.1 53.6 -6.5 Lost 2
Wabash 0-  4 2-  9 48.0 60.3 -12.3 Lost 6
North Miami 0-  5 3-10 39.8 55.2 -15.5 Won 1

Hoosiers upset #4 Iowa

Indiana dominated over the final 12 minutes the Hoosiers upset #4 Iowa 81-69 in Iowa City.


IU fought back from a nine-point second half deficit and took control with a 23-3 run.


Iowa entered the game as the second-ranked scoring offense in the nation at 92 points per game, and the Hawkeyes went 11 minutes without a field goal in the second half.


Trayce Jackson-Davis led IU with 23 points, while Rob Phinisee added 18 and helped lockdown Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon.


Indiana improved to 9-6 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten, and will host Rutgers Sunday.


Colts OC to become next Eagles head coach

A day after their quarterback retired, the Indianapolis Colts have learned they are losing their offensive coordinator as well. 


Nick Sirianni is leaving Indianapolis to take the head coaching job for the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 


Sirianni has been with the Colts since 2018, when Frank Reich became the head coach and added Sirianni to his staff. 


This is the third loss for the Colts offense this month -- lineman Anthony Castonzo and quarterback Philip Rivers have both retired. 

Philip Rivers says 17th season is his last

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers is retiring from the NFL. 


Rivers, 39, played 17 seasons in the NFL. He spent the majority of his career with the San Diego Chargers and joined the Indianapolis Colts prior to the 2020-21 season.


Rivers, an eight-time Pro Bowler has announced his retirement on Wednesday, according to The San Diego 


“It’s just time,” Rivers told the newspaper on Tuesday from his home in Indianapolis. “It’s just time.”


Rivers finishes his career with 244 games played, 63,440 passing yards, 421 touchdown passes, and a 95.2 passer rating.  

Minor league baseball will stay in South Bend for at least another 20 years.  


The South Bend Park Board approved an extension for the South Bend Cubs to stay in the city and continue to play at Four Winds Field through 2041. 


“This is a win for the team and for the city,” Aaron Perri, Executive Director of South Bend Venues, Parks & Arts, told Inside Indiana Business. “The partnership between the ballclub and the city will continue to be phenomenal for another twenty years.”


“Four Winds Field, which was built 33 years ago, is still one of the best in the country for minor league baseball,” added Andrew Berlin, Chairman and Owner of the South Bend Cubs. “The city and the team have both worked hard to keep it that way over the years. It is one of the principal reasons we will continue our wonderful relationship with the Chicago Cubs.”


Minor league baseball has been in South Bend since 1988, when they were the South Bend White Sox. The team then changed its name to the Silverhawks in 1994. Then, in 2014, owner Andrew Berlin announced the team would become an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, and change its name to the South Bend Cubs. 

The NCAA has announced more details regarding the state of Indiana hosting all of "March Madness" this year.


The men's Division I basketball tournament will begin March 18, with Indiana University's Assembly Hall and Purdue's Mackey Arena hosting the play-in games, plus some of the first-round games, along with Hinkle Fieldhouse, the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium.


The second round will be played just in Indianapolis. "Sweet 16" games will be played only at Hinkle Fieldhouse and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Then Lucas Oil Stadium alone will host the "Elite 8," the "Final Four" on April 3 and the National Championship on April 5.

IHSAA Boys Basketball State Finals moved to April 3

IHSAA Commissioner Paul Neidig announced today that this year’s IHSAA Boys Basketball State Finals will be played on Saturday, April 3, one week later than the previously scheduled date.


The four state championship games that will conclude the 111th boys state tournament, had been planned for March 27 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This date change is necessary in order to provide flexibility for scheduling the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. In the interest of cooperating with our partners and friends with the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, and the Fieldhouse, the IHSAA agreed to vacate the March 27 date.


After a lengthy discussion considering options, the IHSAA Executive Committee approved the change to April 3.


“Our Executive Committee felt it was most important to preserve the experience for our young people of playing for a state championship in Bankers Life Fieldhouse,” Commissioner Paul Neidig said of the decision. “In a year that has seen plenty of disruption, we also felt this arrangement would cause the least amount of disruption and impact the fewest number of schools. The Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever have been tremendous partners of the IHSAA and we felt it appropriate to work with them to help find a solution.”


“This is an extraordinary situation, of course, and we are grateful to Commissioner Neidig and our friends at the IHSAA for their support of the city and state in working through the details of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament,” said Rick Fuson, President & COO of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “The IHSAA has always been an amazing partner and their understanding and flexibility throughout this process is a testament to their support of our community. We look forward to the IHSAA boys basketball tournament every year and this will be an amazing day of basketball in Indianapolis on April 3rd.”


The dates and locations of the earlier rounds of the state tournament remain unchanged with sectionals scheduled for March 2-6; regionals on March 13, and semi-state games on March 20.


This will be just the second time ever and first time since 1978 that the boys state finals will be contested in the month of April. That year, winter weather and an energy crunch caused by a coal miners’ strike forced a delay of the state tournament following the sectional championship round. Regional games resumed three weeks later than originally scheduled on April 1 with semi-states on April 8 and the state finals on April 15 at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Muncie Central would go on to win its sixth state championship defeating Terre Haute South in overtime, 65-64. 

IU, Arlington High's Wayne Radford passed away

Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member Wayne Radford died over the weekend. 


Radford went to Indianapolis Arlington High School, and helped lead the Golden Knights to their only regional championship in school history in 1974. 


He then played for Indiana University, and was a member of the undefeated season when the team won the 1976 national championship. In 1978, he was drafted by the Indiana Pacers, but only played one season in the NBA. 


In a tweet Monday morning, current IU head coach Archie Miller said Radford "embodied everything you would want to see in an IU basketball player." 


"He was a champion in life and on the court," Miller said. "I always appreciated seeing him and his support for IU and us in particular were unwavering. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers."


Radford was 64. The cause of his death has not been made public. 



IMS museum open again

You’ll soon be able to see the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and take a tour around the track once again.


The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is re-opening this Friday, January 8. It has been shut down in November due to the increase in COVID numbers.


The IMS Museum will operate under its normal winter hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but at 25% capacity and with the same safety guidelines that were in place last year. On March 1, their hours will extend to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Their new “The Basement in 30” and “Kiss the Bricks” tours will resume Friday. You’ll also be able to check out their current exhibits, “From the Vault” and “Granatelli: Larger Than Life.”


The IMS Museum says walk-ins are welcome, but because of the capacity limit, you’re encouraged to call ahead to schedule a visit. When you arrive, you’ll be required to fill out a brief health screen, get your temperate checked, and wear a mask while inside the museum and on track tours.

Pacers to sell tickets for up to 1000 fans

You’ll soon be able to attend an Indiana Pacers game again.


The Pacers announced Friday morning that, starting January 24, they’ll be selling about 1,000 tickets per game.


“Our team is incredibly excited to have fans back in the seats, and we appreciate the immense work done to prepare,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard. “We have some of the most passionate fans in the league, and we look forward to having them back at the Fieldhouse.”


As you can imagine, there will be plenty of safety guidelines put in place.


-Fans must complete an online health screening prior to arrival and show confirmation before entering the Fieldhouse

-Fans must wear face masks at all times when not actively eating or drinking. Neck gaiters, bandanas, and masks with vents or vales will not be allowed.

-Fans will be seated in groups away from others not in their parties
-Ticketing will be completely mobile
-Cash will not be allowed at the Fieldhouse, only debit and credit cards
-Concession food items will be individually packaged, and staff will use appropriate PPE and be separated from guests by plexiglass
-More than 300 hand sanitizer dispensers will be located throughout the Fieldhouse
-All restrooms now have automatic faucets, soap dispensers and towel dispensers
-Fans will have to social distance, six feet away from others, while standing in line for security and concession stands


Tickets will go on sale starting Tuesday, January 19, at, and in-person at the Fieldhouse box office. 

The State of Indiana to host entire NCAA Tournament

The NCAA announced Monday afternoon that the entire 2021 Division I Men’s Basketball tournament will be played in Indiana.


After “March Madness” was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, the NCAA is creating a “bubble” in order to still put on the large, popular event this year.


The NCAA has not said if fans will be allowed to attend the tournament games.


Additionally, the NCAA announced that the entire Division II tournament will be in Evansville, and Fort Wayne will host the entire D-III tournament.


The majority of the tournament’s 67 games will take place in Indianapolis, at Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, and the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Some games will be played at Purdue University’s Mackey Arena and Indiana University’s Simon Skojdt Assembly Hall. Ball State, Butler, the Horizon League, IU, IUPUI, and Purdue will be considered the hosts of the tournament and will lend their staff members to assist with tournament operations.


The Indiana Convention Center will be used a practice facility, and Marriott — an official NCAA corporate partner — will house most of the teams in its hotels.


“This is a historic moment for NCAA members and the state of Indiana,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. “We have worked tirelessly to reimagine a tournament structure that maintains our unique championship opportunity for college athletes. The reality of today’s announcement was possible thanks to the tremendous leadership of our membership, local authorities and staff.”


The NCAA will partner with a local health provider to administer COVID-19 testing for players, coaches, administrators and officials. The Marion County Health Department has approved medical protocols, and will continue collaborating with the NCAA leading up to, and during, the tournament.

“Selection Sunday,” the day the bracket and all of the teams are announced, is still scheduled to be March 14. The Final Four, which was already scheduled to be at Lucas Oil Stadium, is still set for April 3, with the National Championship on April 5.

Rochester girls basketball paused due to Covid

The Rochester girls basketball team will be pausing all basketball activities through January 7 due to COVID concerns.


This means that Rochester will not participate in the Warsaw Holiday tournament on January 2 and will not be hosting Bremen HS on January 5. 


Any other schedule changes will be announced later.

COVID-19 impacts 2021 IndyCar slate

IndyCar announced that next year’s Long Beach Grand Prix scheduled for April has been moved to September. The iconic street race has been rescheduled for September 26, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The reworked schedule creates a September west coast swing to finish the season, barring any other scheduling moves. IndyCar will race in Portland September 12, followed by the original season-ending race at Laguna Seca September 19 with the season finale at Long Beach. 

IU's Tom Allen named conference Coach of the Year

Indiana coach Tom Allen was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by both the league’s coaches and media.


Allen is the first Hoosiers coach to earn the honor since Bill Mallory won the award in 1986 and ‘87.


The Hoosiers concluded the regular season 6-1 and are ranked seventh in the nation in both the AP Top 25 and the Coaches Poll, their best ranking since 1967.


The Hoosiers wait to see what bowl they will play in after the rescheduled Old Oaken Bucket game was canceled due to COVID-19 cases at both Purdue and Indiana.

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