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Rochester made it back-to-back volleyball sectional titles. But the Zebras may have to go into this round of the postseason not as healthy as they’d like to be.


Senior setter Molly Conley went down with an injury last weekend in the sectional.  Head coach Erin Leap earlier this week said Conley is a wait and see going into the regional.



The team was able to settle in after the injury.  And now, a week of practice to prepare in case Conley can’t go.  Conley leads the team with 563 assists.



Coach Leap says it’s been a very rewarding season.  Throw in the second place finish in the TRC after the Covid-delayed start.



Rochester has won seven in a row and ten of eleven overall heading into Saturday’s LaVille.Regional.


Semifinals matchups

Rochester (16-7) vs North Judson (23-8)

Fairfield (18-14) vs Andrean (16-4)

Only close family members will be allowed to purchase tickets to attend the North Miami at Caston sectional football game Friday night according to a resolution from the Fulton County Health Department.


Caston (2-7) hosts North Miami (1-8) in a 1A Sectional 44 quarterfinal Friday.  The winner will play #12 Northfield (6-3).  Northfield was an automatic qualifier for the semifinal round after 3rd-ranked Southwood (9-0) pulled its team from postseason competition due to Covid.




A familiar voice in the hockey and sports broadcasting world is calling it a career.


Mike "Doc" Emrick has been calling hockey games for nearly 50 years. However, when you talk about his career, you have to go back to where it all started -- a small Indiana town called LaFontaine.


That's where Emrick grew up. That's also where he listened to Fort Wayne Komets hockey on the radio. Bob Chase was the broadcaster on WOWO.


After pestering his parents enough times to take him to The Coliseum, he got his opportunity to see the Komets in-person. He also got to meet Bob Chase. That's where Emrick's love for broadcasting really took off.


He went to Manchester College (now Manchester University) and majored in speech, then went to Miami University for radio and television, then received Ph.D in communications at Bowling Green State University. Hence his nickname, "Doc."


Emrick started broadcasting hockey in 1973 for the Port Huron Flags. His career took off from there. Over the next 47 years, he called more than 3,750 professional games, including 22 Stanley Cup Finals, and the Olympics.


On Monday, Emrick announced he is hanging up the headset.

Colts - Bengals game is on for Sunday

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeting that the Colts game against the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday -- is still on as planned. That tweet from Irsay after it was announced this morning that "several individuals" within the organization had tested positive for coronavirus. The team confirming those were false positives.


The team says it was one Colts player and three staff members that initially came back with positive COVID tests. The team saying after they were re-tested they came back negative.


The Colts have now reopened their practice facility and will continue getting ready for Sunday's game.

Boys soccer sectionals


At Argos

Argos will play Caston in a semifinal tonight.  Winamac and Culver Community in the other semifinal.


At Fort Wayne Canterbury

FW Caterbury and Manchester are in one semifinal.  Manchester downed Rochester 5-3 in PK’s to advance Monday.


FW Concordia Lutheran vs Tippecanoe Valley is the other semifinal tonight




Girls sectionals


At LaVille


#6 (1A) Argos  handled Culver Community 6-1. 


Rochester shut out North Miami 7-0.  Mercedes Brown scored a hat trick for the Zebras.  Macie Nelson scored two goals.  Abby Richard and Amy Williams with goals in the win.


In the regular season meeting, Argos shut out Rochester, 2-0, on September 14.


Thursday semifinals:  Argos hosts Rochester at 5pm




Rochester (10-7) def Tippecanoe Valley (12-12)  22-25, 25-17, 27-25, 25-23


Winamac def Culver 25-11, 25-8, 25-10


Triton def Caston 25-17, 25-14, 25-22





Rochester’s Grant McCarter advanced in the individual state singles tennis tournament with a 6-1, 6-0 win.




Rochester falls, Argos advances in opening round boys soccer

Top-ranked (1A) Argos handled North Miami, 11-0, in sectional quarterfinal play Monday.


Argos will now play Caston in one semifinal Wednesday.  The other semifinal at Argos will feature Winamac vs Culver Community.


At Fort Wayne Canterbury, Manchester defeated Rochester for the second time this season to end the Zebra's soccer season.  Machester advanced with a 5-3 edge in PK's following a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation and overtime.


Fort Wayne Canterbury defeated Culver Academy 1-0 Monday.


The pairings for the 27th Annual IHSAA Boys and Girls Soccer State Tournaments were drawn and announced with 299 boys teams and 266 girls teams set for competition.


Both tournaments mirror each other beginning with 16 sectionals in each of three classes running Oct. 5- 10.


Regionals will be played Saturday, Oct. 17, semistates are Saturday, Oct. 24 at four sites with the winners advancing to the state championship matches on Oct. 30-31.


Two of those championship matches will be played indoors on Friday (Oct. 30) at the Grand Park Sports Event Center in Westfield while the other four matches will be played outdoors on Saturday (Oct. 31) at Fishers High School.


Assignments will be made following the semi-state matches.


Boys soccer sectionals


At Fort Wayne Canterbury



Culver Academy vs FW Caterbury


Manchester vs Rochester

Manchester won the regular season meeting, 3-0, on September 8




FW Concordia Lutheran vs Tippecanoe Valley




#1 (1A) Argos vs North Miami                                       

The defending state champs looking for a 10th straight sectional title


Winner plays Caston in a Wednesday semifinal


Wednesday semifinal

Winamac vs Culver Community




Girls sectionals


At LaVille


Culver Community vs #6 (1A) Argos


North Miami vs Rochester

Sept 23:  Rochester 3, North Miami 0



LaVille vs Bremen

IHSAA volleyball sectional pairings

 Here are local teams of interest in Sunday night's volleyball sectional draw.


Class A


Sectional 50 @ Orgeon Davis

Culver Community draws Orgeon Davis in Match 2. Argos gets the bye.


Sectional 52 @ Pioneer

North Miami will play Caston in Match 2.



Class 2A 


Sectional 34 @ Boone Grove 

Winamac will play host Boone Groove


Sectional 35 @ Bremen

Rochester draws LaVille in Match 2 on Thursday, Oct. 15



Class 3A


Sectional 21 @ Tippecanoe Valley

Match 1 will be Jimtown vs Tippecanoe Valley


Sectional 24 @ Maconaquah

Peru will play Western in Match 3


Sectional week begins October 13.  Championship matches are scheduled for Saturday, October 17.





Chuck Pagano vs the Colts Sunday

It will likely be a bittersweet feeling for Chuck Pagano Sunday when his Chicago Bears take on the Indianapolis Colts Sunday afternoon.


Pagano is now the Bears defensive coordinator, but he coached the Colts from 2012-2017 where he amassed a 53-43 record and won 3 playoff games. Pagano was fired after the 2017 season when the Colts went 4-12. Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012, but he overcame it. His prior health history makes him vulnerable to coronavirus, but he says he is staying safe and healthy.


“The way they got our facility set up (in Chicago), the way we social distance, the way we test, the way we meet, it’s not surprising that we haven’t had issues (with the coronavirus,” said Pagano in a Thursday Zoom call. “You still can’t get let your guard down. This stuff’s real. It’s out there. You got to be smart. You got to be safe.”


Pagano’s wife, Tina, still spends a lot of time in Indianapolis.


“We still got our place there. Our youngest daughter is still living there, so Tina is still spending a lot of time there. It’s been a while since we’ve gone out to eat. We have a lot of home-cooked stuff.”


He reflected on his first game as the coach of the Colts in 2012 where they played the Bears in the season opener and lost 41-21. Aside from the loss, Pagano said he really only remembered one moment that makes him laugh.


“Lovie Smith (Bears coach at the time) challenged something in the first quarter and then I reached into my back pocket. I didn’t feel anything. I thought, ‘Holy s***. I don’t have my red flag.,’ said Pagano.


The red flag is the flag you need to throw if you want to challenge a call on the field. Pagano had an equipment manager run back to the locker room and get the flag.


Looking ahead to Sunday’s matchup with the Colts, Pagano spoke highly of the Colts offensive line.


“It’s one of the best, if not the best units in the National Football League. They play so well together. They’re so well-coached. It’s going to be a heck of a challenge getting to the quarterback,” said Pagano.


Pagano said after all these years, Colts Quarterback Philip Rivers is still productive.


“There’s nothing that he hasn’t seen. He hangs in there. He slides, moves, and keeps his eyes down the field. You’d think at a certain point, they’d start feeling pressure and their eyes will start dropping and looking at the rush. He (Rivers) just doesn’t do that. As funky as that release of his looks, he’s so accurate,” said Pagano.


The Colts are 2-1 and have the #1 defense in the NFL. The Bears are 3-0. Colts general manager Chris Ballard worked in the Bears’ scouting department from 2001-12.


The Colts beat the Bears in Super Bowl 41 29-17.


Kickoff is at 1 pm Sunday.

13 Boilermaker student-athletes suspended

14 Purdue University students were suspended for violating the "Protect Purdue Pledge."  That's the school's policy that states students should not host or attend large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. If they do, they are subject to disciplinary action.


Katie Sermersheim, associate vice provost and dean of students, said the suspensions shortly after the administration found out the students were having a party in a residence hall Saturday, September 26.


13 of the 14 students are out-of-season student athletes. The students have until Wednesday to vacate their residence hall and may file an appeal.


“This virus continues to be the demise of many universities and academic pursuits,” she said. “The majority of our students are behaving admirably in following the Pledge and helping protect the Purdue community. For that, we are grateful, but we cannot let our guard down and must hold those who violate our community standards accountable,” said Sermersheim.


Purdue President Mitch Daniels also discussed the suspensions.


“On one hand, we are glad to have had only two of this type of incident in six weeks, but we will deal with any such violation with firmness. The fact that this episode involved student-athletes can make no difference. At Purdue, we have one set of rules for everyone,” said Daniels.

Peru at Rochester football game night information

Friday game night information including Covid-19 news and notes for Friday's Peru at Rochester football game.

































Unified Flag Football State Tournament

The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced the pairings for the Third Annual Unified Flag Football State Tournament Series.


32 teams have entered this year’s state tournament and are spread across eight sectionals to be played on Saturday, Oct. 3. The eight teams that emerge as sectional champions will move on to one of two regionals on Saturday, Oct. 10 with the two remaining teams advancing to the state championship game on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Grand Park Sports Event Center in Westfield.


Mooresville won last year’s state title


Unified Flag Football, played on a 25-yard by 40-yard field, is five-on-five with three athletes and two unified partners to a side.


Teams play two 20-minute halves


at Warsaw Community

G1: Goshen vs. Wawasee.

G2: Tippecanoe Valley vs. Warsaw Community.


at Manchester

G1: Manchester vs. Wabash.

G2: New Haven vs. Homestead



Damon Bailey's father killed, mother severely injured in accident

The father for former Bedford North Lawrence and Indiana University basketball star Damon Bailey was killed in a Monday accident in Brown County.  His mother was severely injured.


Information released by the Brown County Sheriff's Office isn't clear about how the Bailey's motorcycle was involved in the multi-vehicle crash:


On Monday, September 21, at approximately 2:47 p.m., deputies with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 3600 block of State Road 46 East in Nashville, Indiana, in reference to a motor vehicle accident involving multiple vehicles.


During the investigation, it was found that a 2005 Nissan Altima driven by Jacob Waltermire, was attempting to pass a tractor-trailer and noticed an oncoming motorcycle. Waltermire terminated the pass and got back behind the tractor-trailer before over-correcting and losing control. Waltermire’s vehicle crossed the center line and was struck by a 2012 Hyundai Elantra driven by Hana Cai. Cai was traveling behind the motorcycle and was unable to avoid the collision Waltermire.


It is unclear at this time how a 1990 Honda GL1500SE motorcycle, being driven by Wendell Bailey, was involved in the accident. Despite lifesaving efforts, W. Bailey, was pronounced deceased at the scene. W. Bailey’s passenger, Beverly Bailey, was flown to a nearby hospital via helicopter due to the extent of her injuries.


No other injuries were reported.


Waltermire was taken to Columbus Regional Health for a blood-draw; which is standard procedure in fatality crashes.


The accident is still under investigation.

Colts win home opener

A week after a season-opening loss left a bad taste in the mouth of the Indianapolis Colts, they bounced back with a win in their home opener at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday.


The Colts knocked off the Minnesota Viking 28-11 on the heels of a hundred-yard rushing game by rookie running back Jonathan Taylor.


“I played twice here (Lucas Oil Stadium) in college. Finally getting a win in Lucas Oil, that feels good,” Taylor said. “It just felt good coming in here especially after last week, having that bad taste in my mouth, being able to come in in the home opener, and take care of business.”


Taylor, assuming the feature-back role with Marlon Mack out for the year, ended the day with 26 carries for 101 yards rushing along with a touchdown.


Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 214 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. That interception came as tight end Mo-Alie Cox dropped a pass which ended up in the hands of a Vikings defender.


“I kind of lost it,” Cox said of the dropped pass. “When I turned, I couldn’t really see it at first, and by the time I found it, it was already on me, and the defender just made a great play. Coming back from it – just flush it down the toilet. We moved the ball that drive, it was just a bad play.”


Cox responded by catching five subsequent passes for 111 yards. The Colts defense held a stout Vikings offense to just 80 yards on the ground and 151 yards through the air. The also picked off Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins three times.


“We talked about it all week,” said defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, who had 1.5 sacks in the game. “On the front side we needed to set the edges and the backside needed to stay alive, close and that’s what we did all game.”


“I don’t know if you can play much better than we played defensively,” said Colts head coach Frank Reich. “Our defense kept the pressure on them. We stopped the run. We had turnovers. We made the statement we wanted to make defensively.”


Rookie kicker Rodrigo Blankenship nailed four field goals, his longest from 44-yards out, and two extra points.


The Colts have the New York Jets at home next Sunday.

RHS Sports for week of September 21

Sporting Events for RHS Week of September 21-26


Monday 21st

  • Boys Tennis @ Logansport                            4:30 pm
  • Volleyball @ Peru                                            6:00 pm JV  7:15 pm Varsity
  • Girls Soccer Home w/Manchester               5:00 pm
  • JV Football Home w/Valley                            6:00 pm


Tuesday 22nd

  • Boys Soccer @ Maconaquah                         6:00 pm
  • Volleyball @ Maconaquah                             6:00 pm JV  7:15 pm Varsity


Wednesday 23rd

  • Girls Soccer @ North Miami                          5:00 pm
  • Boys Tennis Home w/Northwestern            5:00 pm


Thursday 24th

  • Girls Soccer Home w/Peru                             5:00 pm
  • Boys Soccer @ Bremen                                  5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Home w/North Miami                  6:00 pm JV  7:15 pm Varsity


Friday 25th

  • Football Home w/Peru                                    7:00 pm


Saturday 26th

  • Volleyball @ Warsaw Varsity Invite               9:00 am
  • Cross Country @ Culver Academy Invite      9:00 am
  • Girls Golf @ Regionals                                     9:30 am
  • Boys Soccer @ Lakeland Christian                12:00 pm

Colts lose Marlon Mack to torn Achilles

Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack is out for the season, according to NFL Network.


Mack left Sunday's game in the first half when he was injured on a play. Monday, an MRI confirmed Mack tore his Achilles and is done for the season.


The Colts lost to the Jaguars 27-20, and will host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in front of just 2,500 fans.

Rochester - Tippecanoe Valley football - get your tickets now!

Tickets for the Rochester at Tippecanoe Valley football game WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-SALE! There will be NO TICKETS available at Tippecanoe Valley HS on Friday, September 18.

There are 600 tickets available for Rochester fans. Tickets will be sold in the RHS attendance office beginning Monday, September 14 at 7:45 am through Friday, September 18 at 12:00 pm. Tickets are $5.

Again, you WILL NOT be able to purchase a ticket at TVHS the night of the game.

RHS Sports for week of September 14

RHS SPORTS (September 14-19)



Boys Soccer Home w/Peru 5:00 pm

Boys Tennis @ Tippy Valley 5:00 pm

Girls Soccer @ Argos 8:00 pm



Girls Golf Home w/Northfield & Peru 4:30 pm

Volleyball Home w/Manchester JV 6:00 pm Varsity 7:00 pm



Boys Soccer @ Tippy Valley 5:00 pm

Boys Tennis @ Whitko 5:00 pm



Girls Golf Home w/Tippy Valley 4:30 pm

Boys Tennis Home w/Knox 5:30 pm

Girls Soccer Home w/Delphi 6:00 pm

Volleyball @ Northfield JV 6:00 pm Varsity 7:15 pm



Football @ Tippy Valley 7:00 pm



Girls Golf @ Sectionals 9:30 am

Coed Cross Country @ New Prairie Invite 9:30 am

Marco Andretti wins the pole

For the first time in 33 years, an Andretti will lead the field of the Indianapolis 500 to the green flag on race day.


Marco Andretti turned in the fastest four-lap average of the fastest nine drivers in the Fast 9 Shootout on Sunday. His average of 231.068 mph, was only .017 quicker that Scott Dixon’s average of 231.051 mph.



The last time an Andretti sat on the pole of the Indianapolis 500 was back in 1987 when Marco’s grandfather, Mario Andretti, won the pole.


Dixon will start second and Takuma Sato (230.725 mph) will start third on the outside of the front row.



Marco Andretti’s teammates at Andretti Autosport struggled to replicate the speed that had in round one of qualifying on Saturday.


The likes of Ryan Hunter Reay (5th), James Hinchcliffe (6th), and Alexander Rossi (9th), were outpaced by rookie Rinus Veekay, who will start fourth as the only Chevy powered car among the front three rows.


Drivers have just one practice session remaining between the end of Sunday and race day on Carb Day, Friday, Aug. 21. Race day is Aug. 23rd.


The field will role on on race day as follows:

Row 1: Marco Andretti, Scott Dixon, Takuma Sato

Row 2: Rinus Veekay, Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe

Row 3: Alex Palou, Graham Rahal, Alexander Rossi

Row 4: Colton Herta, Marcus Ericsson, Spencer Pigot

Row 5: Josef Newgarden, Felix Rosenqvist, Pato O’Ward

Row 6: Ed Carpenter, Zach Veach, Conor Daly

Row 7: Santino Ferrucci, Jack Harvey, Oliver Askew

Row 8: Will Power, Tony Kanaan, Dalton Kellett

Row 9: Simon Pagenaud, Fernando Alonso, James Davison

Row 10: Helio Castroneves, Charlie Kimball, Max Chilton

Row 11: Sage Karam, JR Hildebrand, Ben Hanley

Big Ten cancels fall sports; joined by Pac-12

The Big Ten has called off the football season.


Commissioner Kevin Warren says there's too much uncertainty about medical risks to play football. The Big Ten had already announced it would cancel all nonconference games, and had built an extra bye week into the schedule to allow flexibility in case of an outbreak.


Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski says he thought the Big Ten had come up with a strong plan for minimizing the risk, but says the last few days of practice made clear how challenging it would be to conduct a season on 14 campuses across 11 states. He says he would have preferred to wait a little longer and give the plan more time to play out, but says he understands and respects the decision.


IU athletic director Scott Dolson says he's "heartbroken" to lose the season, but says he's confident it's the right decision.


Bobinski says Purdue won't follow Nebraska, which has threatened to bolt the Big Ten for another conference in order to play the season. He's deferring to the conference on how that might affect the Cornhuskers' future membership in the league.


The cancellation covers all fall sports, including soccer, volleyball, cross-country and field hockey. The Big Ten has left open the possibility of playing in the spring instead, but Bobinski says there's been no discussion of how that would work -- everything's been focused on whether and how the fall season might be played. He says those conversations will begin immediately, along with consideration of what happens to sports like basketball which stretch across both semesters.


The Big Ten had six teams in the Top 25 in USA Today's preseason coaches' poll, led by second-ranked Ohio State.


The Big Ten is the first of the "Power 5" conferences to pull the plug on football. The Mid-American and Mountain West Conferences, as well as the University of Connecticut, had already called off their seasons.

Borg-Warner's name has been on the trophy commemorating the winner of the Indianapolis 500 since the very first race back in 1911.


In 1995, the engine maker wanted to do more to add to the excitement of the race. So they created a "Rolling Jackpot" to be awarded to any driver who can win the iconic race in back-to-back years.


Only five drivers have ever done it: Wilbur Shaw (1939, 1940), Mauri Rose (1947, 1948), Bill Vukovich (1953, 1954), Al Unser (1970, 1971), and Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002).


No driver has ever won the races three years in a row.


Castroneves is the only driver to have claimed the prize, worth $140,000 back in 2002. The prize reset after that year and has now swelled to $360,000 with an addition of $20,000 this year and with no driver since Castroneves having been able to win the race in consecutive years.


"BorgWarner has a long history with this prestigious motorsport event; from awarding the Borg-Warner Trophy to being the official turbocharger supplier of the race, the Indianapolis 500 is deep-seated within our company," said Frédéric Lissalde, President and CEO, BorgWarner Inc.


"The rolling jackpot that BorgWarner increases each year adds even more excitement to this legendary race."


This year is Simon Pagenaud's turn to try and win the prize money as the defending Indy 500 champion.

No games at RHS until at least Sept.4th

With Rochester schools going to E-learning and suspending all athletics until at least Aug 24, that means no practices.  Athletes have to have a certain number of practices before they can compete against other schools.   Athletic Director Ryan Johnson gives us the new projected opening game dates if everything goes as planned. 



Johnson on if there was any decision on fans or requirements for spectators.



IHSAA maintains forward progress for fall sports

Even if high school football happens in Indiana on schedule, there will be more logistics to work out. Those logistics are of utmost concern to the new commissioner of the IHSAA Paul Neidig.


One of Neidig’s concerns is the number of fans that will attend each game. That has to be taken into account for social distancing and other coronavirus guidelines.


“There’s a possibility that there may be a waiver that local health departments can issue if it’s over 250 people and we’re going to be working to provide clarity to our schools on attendance numbers,” said Neidig in an interview with Greg Rakestraw (who was filling in for JMV) on 93.5 and 107.5 The Fan. “There are some interpretation things that we’ve got to get from the state, so we can provide some guidance.”


Neidig says working with Governor Eric Holcomb, the Department of Education and the Indiana State Health Department won’t be difficult.


“It’s one for all and all for one. If we have a question, we know we can reach out and get that answer. If they have a question of us and how we do things, they know they can reach out and get that answer from us,” said Neidig.


An idea that Neidig has heard mentioned by many people is pushing football to the spring and baseball to the fall. Neidig is very concerned about that scenario.


“If you take baseball and move it to the fall, kids and families that love baseball would lose two seasons in a row. I also worry about the health and safety aspect of football. If we contest the season in the spring and then let’s say we get done with our state championships in June. Then we would turn right around and start another football season 4-6 short weeks later, I’m not sure that’s best for kids and the safety of the sport,” said Neidig.


Given the unpredictability of coronavirus, Neidig understands it’s very possible some teams may play more regular-season games than others, but there will not be a minimum regular-season game requirement to play in the postseason.


“If a school is doing everything they can and the cards don’t layout or play their way, we’re going to be very flexible in allowing our member schools to play in our tournament. We have a great thing in this state where it’s an all-in tournament. Everybody that plays, gets to play in that tournament. I certainly am not going to affect that by a school or team falling one or two games short of a ‘minimum’ especially in a time like this,” said Neidig.


He says the IHSAA is ready for what he calls “starts and stops” along the way during the season.

“As we get into this fall season, we’re going to have some teams that don’t have any issues at all. We’re going to have some teams that are going to get shut down. At that point, we’ll cancel the contest. We’ll declare it a ‘no contest’ and hope everybody gets healthy and back to play as soon as possible,” says Neidig.


Neidig has been with the IHSAA since 2017, as an assistant commissioner, overseeing the sports of cross country, track and field, and boys basketball.

Indy 500 reducing to 25% capacity for next month's race

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has made more changes for next month’s Indianapolis 500.


IMS announced Tuesday afternoon that they are reducing the maximum attendance from 50 percent capacity to 25 percent. In addition, face coverings will be required for all in attendance.


IMS says it has prepared a detailed, nearly 100-page plan that provides guidelines and protocols for how the race will be run, including the reassignment of seats for social distancing purposes, the requirement of masks, temperature checks, and distribution of hand sanitizer.


The track will stop selling tickets for the August 23 race this Friday, which will further limit the number of people who can attend.


Penske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO Mark Miles said in June that attendance would be limited to no more than 50 percent of capacity.  They are offering credits to fans who had previously purchased tickets, encouraging those over 65 to stay at home, limiting attendance in the infield,

reducing tickets in the suites and promising fans their decision to not attend would not impact their seniority or right to renew tickets for 2021.


A conference call to go over the details is scheduled for Wednesday.

IHSAA to allow virtual students to play sports

It looks like high school student-athletes that are taking online courses to start the fall semester will still be able to participate in sports.


The Indiana High School Athletic Association sent a letter to all athletic directors in Indiana, informing them of a change to a by-law. It says if a school is offering virtual or online courses this fall semester, and it’s taught by a member school personnel, they can still participate in sports.


However, “local control decision making permit a school to set a requirement above the standard set forth by the IHSAA. For instance, a school may still require in-building attendance for athletic participation.”


The letter also noted that “if a third party is delivering instruction to your students (teachers not employed by your school), and the percentage of courses being taught is over 30% of total number of courses offered, a waiver –for the school, not the athlete — is required from the IHSAA.”

Coach Teall crossed the "Finish Line" of life, at peace, surrounded by a loving family, on Wednesday evening. He finished with a time of 72 years, 4 months, 9 days, 11 hours and 30 minutes.


Born Russell Edgar Teall in Elkhart, Indiana on February 15, 1948 at 10:35 a.m., the son of Edgar Finnus and Helen Irene (Upson) Teall, he passed away at his Plymouth home on June 24, 2020 at 10:05 p.m. He has resided in Dunlap, Indiana (22 years), Albuquerque, New Mexico (2 years) and Plymouth the past 48 years. Russ graduated from Concord High School in 1966. During his high school years, he was described as a 'late bloomer' by then track coach Dale Kelly who Russ would call a father-figure. Kelly brought out the best in Russ much like Russ has done for countless male and female student athletes at Plymouth High School. He also played varsity basketball and baseball at Concord. He would then go onto Ball State University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in secondary education in 1971 and then a Master's Degree from IUSB.


He fell in love with Jeannette Sarita Miller and the two were united in holy matrimony on February 23, 1971 in Elkhart. Always together in support of one another they were nearing a 50-year milestone. They were blessed with two adoring sons, Brian Russell Teall and Eric Eugene Teall. The family was steeped in their Christian faith as they worshiped together at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Plymouth.


Russ was incredible at balancing family life with the dedication he gave his 37-year career as a teacher and coach in the Plymouth School Corporation from 1973 - 2010. He influenced many lives in the classroom as a World History teacher and on the road as a Driver's Education instructor. He retired from teaching but remained on the track & field coaching staff until his death. There is no question Russ was a motivator and he used many methods which included "General Patton" type speeches leading his athletes to the battlefield. He preached, "Never quit. Never give up." Russ offered; "If you run track, expect to be proud. You wear the uniform not just to impress girls." He also coached multiple levels of basketball.


In 1986 he was nominated by the IATCC as Indiana’s Coach of the Year. His dual meet record stands at: 179 wins, 76 losses; three ties, Five Sectional championships, Five NLC Conference championships, Three NLC Runner-up championships, Two Goshen Relay titles and Three Goshen Relay runner-up titles.


Russ enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and close friends. His Monday morning golf routine during his retirement years was the highlight of his week. He literally knew no strangers. Coach Teall always had an encouraging word to help you find a "Gear" that you didn't know you had. He truly cherished the time he spent with all his students and athletes both former and current. Russ was the prototypical "old school" teacher and coach. He believed there was no limit to achievement as long as you were willing to give a 110% of your effort.


Russ was an avid runner who completed 15 Blueberry Stomps (which he helped create) as well as completing multiple road races including the Fort Wayne and Chicago marathons. He took pride in keeping physically fit which included him actually performing along with his P.E. classes. Throughout Russ's life he was an outdoor enthusiast which mainly focused around whitetail deer hunting. He especially valued his time spent in the woods with his son Eric by his side. Russ and Jeannette enjoyed spending the last 5 winters in Florida together. Their "M.C. Gang" friends are a golden treasure.


He was a loving family man and friend. His "dash" between his starting and ending time here on Earth was full. Russ is survived by his devoted family; wife Jeannette; son Brian, wife Tabby and son Connor of Bremen and mother of Connor, Susan; son Eric, wife Wendy and children, Tucker and Rylee of Plymouth. His mother-in-law, Gladys Mast of Goshen, two sisters-in-law Jeri Elaine (Mike) Raabe of Arvada, Colorado and Charlotte Lucille (Lee) Martin of Lexington, Kentucky as well as two brothers-in-law Willis Eugene Miller of Portland, Oregon and LeRoy (Sherry) Mast of Greenfield, Indiana survive. Additionally, Russ had a close relationship with his cousins and extended family which filled his life with joy and great memories.


Visitation will be held on Monday, July 6th from 3 - 8 p.m. at the Plymouth Wesleyan Church, 11203 Michigan Road, where a tribute service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening July 7. Following the tribute service all will be invited to join in a procession to the legendary track & field of Plymouth High School where Russ spent so many years impacting lives for a twilight final lap with Coach Teall.


Burial will take place in the New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth at a later date.


In remembrance of Russ and his teaching/coaching career, a preferred memorial gift may be made to the 'Coach Teall Scholarship Fund' at the Marshall County Community Foundation, 2680 Miller Drive, Suite 120, Plymouth, IN 46563.


The family greatly appreciates the many prayers, words of support and acts of kindness shown them during Russ's amazing life on this earth.

IMS doubleheader

It's a first of it's kind. A double-header event with IndyCar and NASCAR sharing a venue in one weekend for the first time ever.  Couple that with the first-ever race on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that will feature stock cars. The NASCAR Xfinity Series will run the Penzoil 150 on the road course on Saturday.


Xfinity Series regular Justin Allgaier, who has won on the IMS oval in the series, said it's big deal.

"To win the first one, of any event, is always a big deal. It's super important," Allgaier said. "I think a lot of the teams and a lot of the drivers put a lot of pressure on themselves to be able to do that."

"Indianapolis is Indianapolis," he added. "It just has a different atmosphere around it. The track has so much history and so much standing in world racing history. To go there and win the inaugural race would be super special."


Today, Xfinity car will turn laps in two practice sessions. Normally, NASCAR would not allow drivers and teams to practice because of the coronavirus pandemic. But, since this is the first time stock cars will run on the road course at IMS, NASCAR officials felt it warranted some practice time.

"If we're allowed to watch, I can't wait," said IndyCar driver Conor Daly. "I think it's going to be great. Those guys, I've been getting a lot of texts from different Xfinity guys about the track. I know it will be totally new for them. But I'm excited."


The weekend will be the second race of the season for the NTT IndyCar Series with he GMR Grand Prix, rescheduled from the month of May. It will be the first road course test in competition for the newly implemented aeroscreen. The series ran its first race with the aero screen at Texas almost a month ago.


"Texas was an eye-opener for a lot of us, I think," said Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud. "We realized after the race there was a lot of improvement to be made, but not enough time to really think about what we could do on-site. Obviously, it's the same for the road course in Indy. We don't really know yet what's going to need change."


The GMR Grand Prix will be the first race to go on Saturday with the green flag dropping at Noon EDT. The Xfinity Series Penzoil 150 will follow at 3:00 p.m. EDT.


The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will have the stage to itself on Sunday with the Big Machine Handsanitizer 400, more commonly known as the Brickyard 400.


"It is a great situation for all three series’ to be together and a huge step for racing," said Cup series driver and two-time Brickyard winner Kevin Harvick. "As you look at IndyCar and Xfinity and Cup cars all at the same venue because we are all racers. We all want to see racing be successful and I think this is definitely a great step for both series."


Harvick will start 11th on Sunday after NASCAR's blind draw to set the field since there will be no practice or qualifying.


Joey Logano of Team Penske will start on pole at his team owner Roger Penske's home track. Kurt Busch will join him in second on the front row followed by Alex Bowman, Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr., Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliot in the subsequent rows.


Green flag for the Brickyard 400 drops at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday.

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