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Rochester and Manchester meet tonight in matchup of TRC unbeatens

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

 

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

 

THREE RIVERS
 
  CONF AG OA DA AM Streak
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 gets 20 year extension to continue in South Bend

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. 

NCAA to host play-in and some first round tournament games at Mackey Arena, Assembly Hall

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 Pacers.com, BankersLifeFieldhouse.com 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.

No Old Oaken Bucket, no conference championship for IU

Indiana and Purdue announced they have mutually agreed to cancel this weekend’s battle for the Old Oaken Bucket in Bloomington due to COVID-19 issues within both programs.

 

It will be the first time the two rivals will not play since 1919.

 

In a joint statement, athletic directors Mike Bobinski of Purdue and Scott Dolson of IU expressed their disappointment and said that while they understand the history and tradition of one of the best rivalries in college football, the safety and well-being of players, coaches and staff is their primary priority.

 

The Big Ten Conference announced its athletic directors have voted to remove the six-game requirement to be eligible for next Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game. Ohio State, which is 5-0 and had this week’s game canceled, will now play Northwestern at Lucas Oil Stadium for the conference title.

 

Before the conference amended the rules, Indiana would have been the East division champ over the Buckeyes.

 

The Big Ten cited the fact that Ohio State would have been the East division champion whether it had won or lost against Michigan, a game that was called off due to virus concerns within the Wolverines program.

 

IMS historian Donald Davidson retiring

A voice and a face that is synonymous with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is calling it a career after nearly six decades. 

 

Donald Davidson, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian, has announced he is retiring at the end of the year. 

 

Davidson, who grew up in England, first visited IMS in May 1964, fulfilling his dream and fascination with "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." He impressed many, including track owner Tony Hulman, with his knowledge of the track, and made his first radio appearance with WIBC and IMS Radio Network anchor Sid Collins. He then returned to the United States the following year, and has been here ever since. 

 

Over the last 55 years, he has become a well-known voice for the track, from on-air roles during Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 broadcasts, to hosting the popular call-in radio show "The Talk of Gasoline Alley" on 1070AM in Indianapolis. 

 

"There will never be another Donald Davidson," A.J. Foyt once said. "I bet he knows more about my career than I do."

 

"A walking encyclopedia of everything Indianapolis," said Mario Andretti when asked to describe Davidson. 

 

Davidson was inducted into the IMS Hall of Fame in 2010, the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2013, the USAC Hall of Fame in 2017, and has even received the Sagamore of the Wabash -- Indiana's highest civilian honor. 

Notre Dame will play for ACC title with tweaks to conference schedule

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have clinched a spot in the ACC Championship game. 

 

As you may already know, the independent Notre Dame football team joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for this year only because of the pandemic. It's the first time ever the school has been fully affiliated with a conference in football.

 

The Irish are sit at an undefeated 9-0 on the season and 8-0 in conference-play. 

 

The ACC has had to shift around the schedules of several teams that have been dealing with COVID related issues of late. Because so many games have had to be rescheduled or canceled because of the pandemic, the conference has decided to evaluate teams in contention for the championship game (Notre Dame, Miami, and Clemson) based on a nine game schedule and not the previously agreed upon ten games. 

 

"Based on the current standings and results to date, Notre Dame holds all tiebreakers and has therefore secured a berth in the ACC Football Championship Game," the conference said in a release on Tuesday. 

 

As a result of this schedule shift, the Irish will conclude their regular season this weekend against Syracuse. Clemson will do the same against Virginia Tech. Notre Dame's previously scheduled regular season finale against Wake Forest has been canceled. 

 

The Irish will have a week off between their final regular season game this weekend and the ACC Championship Game set to be played Dec. 19.

Zebras win boys hoops season opener

Rochester posted a fourth consecutive season opening win over Culver, 60-22.

 

Kyle Reinartz led Rochester with 20 points.  Quin Stesiak was in double figures with 16.

 

Also:

Bremen 53, Argos 45  (OT)

John Glenn 53, Plymouth 41

Warsaw 63, Indy Shortridge 43

 

 

IU - Ohio State showdown

The #9 Indiana Hoosiers square off with the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday afternoon in Columbus.

 

It is the first regular season top-ten matchup in Indiana history, and one that could determine the winner of the Big Ten’s East division.

 

Ohio State is favored by 20.5 points for Saturday’s showdown at The Horseshoe. The Buckeyes have beaten the Hoosiers in 25 straight games, which is the longest streak ever for one Big Ten school over another. Indiana last beat Ohio State in 1988, but 2020 has been a season of streak-breakers for Tom Allen’s team. So far this season, Indiana has earned its first victory over a top-ten team and beat Michigan for the first time since 1987.

 

The Hoosiers’ top-ten ranking is the program’s highest mark since 1967.

 

Indiana and Ohio State kick off Saturday at noon from Ohio Stadium with coverage on FOX. 

Each participant to be allowed two people to attend Rochester HS sporting events

Rochester High School Athletic Director Ryan Johnson released information about updated restrictions for attendance at winter athletics:

 

 

Parents and Families,

 

I wanted to reach out to you and let you know that the Fulton County Health Department has given us updated restrictions for attendance at winter events.

 

Each participant, coach, and support personnel will be allowed two parents/guardians/caregivers to attend Rochester athletic events. Swimming will still be restricted to no spectators due to the size and seating of our facility. There will also be no spectators at the McKee Memorial Wrestling Invitational.

 

Below is the process for receiving tickets to each athletic contest.

 

1. Coaches will give each participant two tickets prior to the event.

2. Participants will then distribute these two tickets appropriately.

3. Parents/guardians/caregivers will bring the ticket to the event and present the ticket to the gate worker.

4. By presenting the ticket, the parent/guardian/caregiver will be allowed to purchase entrance to the event for $5.

5. If an individual DOES NOT present a ticket, the individual WILL NOT be able to enter the event and will be asked to leave.

6. Gates will officially open 30 minutes prior to the start of the event.

 

We want to continue to be able to allow parents/guardians/caregivers to attend our events, but WE NEED YOUR HELP!

 

Please help us abide by these restrictions by being prepared with your ticket, being respectful to event staff, wearing a facial covering at ALL TIMES, and social distancing by family units at ALL TIMES.

 

We will still try to provide as many live streaming opportunities for our events as possible if you or a family member does not feel comfortable at events or is not able to attend the event.

 

I have attached the letter from the Fulton County Health Department and the live stream information sheet to this email.

 

Thank you for being great supporters of Rochester High School Athletics and helping us make the best of a tough situation!

 

Sincerely,

 

Ryan Johnson

Athletic Director

Rochester High School

 

 

 

Attendance at winter indoor K-12 extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including IHSAA sporting events, should be limited to participants, coaches, support personnel, and two (2) parents/guardians/caregivers per participant.

 

All non-competing and non-performing participants, coaches, support personnel, and attendees are required to wear face coverings at all times and maintain six (6) feet social distancing, when applicable, while attending the event.

 

The Fulton County Health Department would like to thank the Rochester Community School Corporation and the community for their continued support and patience during these trying times.

 

Sincerely,

 

David Kevin Reyburn, MD Health Officer

Butler Bulldogs will allow 25% capacity at Hinkle

Butler University announced Sunday that the Marion County Health Department has approved 25 percent capacity for Bulldogs home games at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season. With a capacity of 9,100, the historic venue will be able to host 2,275 fans.

 

Athletic director Barry Collier said in a letter the school will require face coverings, temperature checks, and will use specific entrances to limit congestion.

 

The Butler men’s basketball season opens November 25th at home against Western Michigan.

 

Butler is the only Big East school thus far to announce it will have fans at home games. The school will not offer any full season ticket packages, but existing season ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets in blocks of 2-4 games each. 

Deer season coming up this weekend

The deer firearms season is from Nov. 14-29.

 

The deer firearms license allows a hunter to take only one buck. Hunters can harvest an antlerless deer during the firearms season with a firearm if they possess a deer bundle license, bonus antlerless license, resident youth consolidated hunting and trapping license, or comprehensive lifetime hunting license.

 

Antlerless deer taken with a firearm during the firearms season would count toward the bonus antlerless quota, unless you are hunting in a deer reduction zone with the appropriate license and count the deer toward the deer reduction zone bag limit.

 

Remember, signing in to buy hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses looks different now. Access Indiana, an online portal that allows citizens to interact with multiple Indiana state agencies through a single login, launched several months ago.

 

Find instructions for getting started online. For assistance with a username or password, call Access Indiana customer support at 800-457-8283. The DNR is unable to assist with usernames and passwords. More information about the Access Indiana portal, answers to FAQs, and other helpful information is available online.

 

You can also find a list of license retailers online thru the DNR.

Pioneer Class A state volleyball champs

Pioneer gained a measure of revenge with a 3-1 (25-23, 27-29, 27-25, 25-22) triumph over Loogootee to claim the Class A state championship. The title for coach Rod Nies’ Panthers marks the first in program history after finishing runner-up in their other state championship appearance in 2018.

 

The win also avenged a loss to Loogootee in the 2020 girls Class A basketball finals last February. Four of the six Pioneer starters were part of the basketball team.

 

After splitting the first two sets, the teams battled through 14 ties and five lead changes in set three. A Mackenzie Walker kill on set-point No. 4 finally gave Pioneer (29-3) the 2-1 lead.

 

In the final set, Pioneer broke from an 8-8 tie to take a 16-8 lead behind the serving of Carlie Morris. The Panthers ended it on a Hailey Cripe kill. Cripe finished with a team-high 22 kills and 27 digs.

 

For Loogootee, the match marked the fifth trip to the final match without a victory. Makenzie VanHoy finished with a match-high 24 kills for the Lions.

18 wins, share of TRC, sectional champs - Rochester Lady Zebras look for encore; tip-off tonight at #6 North Judson

It was 18 wins and a sectional championship for Rochester girls basketball in the 2019-2020 campaign.

 

Now 2020.  A season that opens with limited - to - no fans and the concern that each game might be the last due to COVID-19.

 

Third year coach Brian Jennings says his team is preparing for the mental roadblocks in the way.

 

 

The Zebras added 10 wins from the previous season and scored 12 points per game more in the process.

 

Rochester lost three seniors to graduation including leading scorer Maci Brown (9.9 ppg).  Brown also led the team in assists (2.3) and steals per game (2.2).

 

Senior Kensey McKee (5.o ppg) and Genny Isbell (2.1 ppg) also graduated.

 

Still, Coach Jennings has eight players back who each appeared in 19 or more games.

 

 

Jennings says veterans will need to ramp up their games from a season ago and maybe embrace new roles.

 

 

Jennings also excited about a healthy 6’1” sophomore Millie Scoresone.

 

 

Winning games, obviously.  But what else is Coach Jennings looking for early.

 

 

And look for a loaded Three Rivers Conference.  Rochester, Northfield and Tippecanoe Valley finished tied for first at 7-2 last season.

 

 

#19 (2A) Rochester opens tonight on the road against #6 (2A) North Judson.  The Bluejays posted a fourth consecutive 20 win season a year ago and return 5’10” senior Lilly Frasure who averaged 23.6 ppg, 12.6 reb, 3.6 steals and 6.5 steals.

 

 

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