by Beth Stauffer
In the Indiana High School Hockey Association state championship debut on Fort Wayne ice, the Leo High School Hockey Association skated away with the gold in the Class 4a match-up with Carmel Gold in overtime 2-1. Another area team, Bishop Dwenger, also won in overtime over Evansville with a score of 2-1 for the Class 2A championship.
Traditionally, the IHSHA Championships have been held in Indianapolis at the Pepsi Coliseum or in South Bend at Notre Dame, but this year the Canlan Lutheran Health Network Sports Complex served as host to the event where more than 1,000 cheering fans diverged on Saturday to root for their favorite teams.
For Leo, the timing involved with moving the event couldn’t have been sweeter.
In the 4A title game, overtime was the name of the game as the Leo Lions and Carmel Gold were tied 1-1 with goals by Blake Kern of Leo in the 2nd and Danny Anderson of Carmel Gold in the 3rd. The game then proceeded to double OT, first a 4-on- 4 overtime and then a 3-on-3 second overtime. A goal by Leo High School Senior Tyler Grunden secured the Lions’ championship crown. Leo goalie and Leo High School Junior Chandler Reinking posted an impressive 32 saves during the game as even though the Lions were outshot by Carmel Gold 33-18, they managed to pull out a win.
Saturday’s win adds an impressive new title to veteran coach Dan Schiebel’s coaching history: Class 4A championship. Schiebel has already coached state championship hockey teams in Indiana’s 1A, 2A, and 3A classes. This most recent victory is Leo’s 2nd state championship under Schiebel in 3 years, and is the first time in history that a local team has won the regular city championship, playoff city championship, and state championship in one season.
KIMBERLY HEFLING | Associated Press
Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.
Changes in the annual test that millions of students take will also do away with some vocabulary words such as “prevaricator” and “sagacious” in favor of words more commonly used in school and on the job.
College Board officials said Wednesday the update – the first since 2005 – is needed to make the exam better represent what students study in high school and the skills they need to succeed in college and afterward. The test should offer “worthy challenges, not artificial obstacles,” said College Board President David Coleman at an event in Austin, Texas.
The new exam will be rolled out in 2016, so this year’s ninth-graders will be the first to take it, in their junior year. The new SAT will test reading, writing and math skills, with an emphasis on analysis. Scoring will return to a 1,600-point scale last used in 2004, with a separate score for the optional essay.
For the first time, students will have the option of taking the test on computers.
Once the predominant college admissions exam, the SAT in recent years has been overtaken in popularity by the competing ACT, which has long been considered more curriculum-based. The ACT offers an optional essay and announced last year it would begin making computer-based testing available in 2015.
One of the biggest changes in the SAT is that the extra penalty for wrong answers, which discouraged guessing, will be eliminated. And some vocabulary words will be replaced with words such as “synthesis” and “empirical” that are used more widely in classrooms and in work settings.
Tania Perez, 17, a senior at Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, said she would like to have taken the test on a computer – and with the vocabulary changes.
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Coats Praises Return of F-16’s to 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne
Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, praised today’s announcement that the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne will be receiving F-16’s to replace its current fleet of A-10 aircraft. The announcement was made as part of the release of the president’s budget for fiscal year 2015.
“This is a great day for the 122nd Fighter Wing and the Indiana Air National Guard,” said Coats. “The Fort Wayne base has the runway length, capacity, airspace and skilled personnel to take on this new mission. The F-16 has a proud history in Allen County and represents a long-term bridge to the Joint Strike Fighter. I join with the Fort Wayne community in welcoming back F-16s. I commend General Umbarger, Colonel Augustine and the entire 122nd Fighter Wing who have demonstrated that this base is one of the best in the country. The credit goes to those who have made the 122nd Fighter Wing an outstanding and nationally-recognized unit.”
The Fort Wayne Air National Guard base is home to the 122nd Fighter Wing, which currently consists of 21 A-10 aircraft. As the A-10’s are phased out by the Air Force, the 122nd Fighter Wing will begin a new mission with F-16’s by the end of the decade.
by Beth Stauffer
For New Haven High School student Jordan Holle, his Senior year has been a memorable one, particularly when it comes to athletics.
Earlier this fall, Holle was a part of the New Haven Bulldogs football team that won the Northeast Hoosier Conference championship crown, snagged a Sectional championship victory, and then went on to play in the Regional championship game.
On Saturday, Holle will once again put on a purple jersey and a helmet as he helps his team compete for a state championship. This time, however, the jersey Holle dons will represent another of the East Allen County School district’s fine athletic programs, the Lions of Leo High School. The Leo High School Hockey Association is confirmed to play in class 4A state championship game against Carmel High School on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at the Canlan Ice Complex in Fort Wayne on Fernhill Avenue at 5:30 pm.
Holle, who is the son of Kevin and Julie Holle of New Haven, is in his 3rd year playing for the Varsity Lions under Head Coach Dan Schiebel. According to Coach Schiebel, the Leo High School Hockey Association is currently in their 3rd year as a member of the Fort Wayne Area High School Hockey Association. As a freshman, Holle played on the New Haven High School junior varsity hockey team which later transferred to Leo in 2011 due to the dwindling number of players attending New Haven.
Since hockey is a non-sanctioned club sport in Indiana, Leo’s team welcomes students from several different schools in the area, including Wayne High School, Concordia (Tyler Harmon also from New Haven), Carroll, New Haven, and even a Northwest Ohio school. The team boasts a roster of 21 members, although a majority of those (13) on the team attend Leo High School.
While Jordan Holle is the sole member of the team from New Haven High School, he is quietly representing his hometown of New Haven well. Earlier in February, Holle, who is an honor roll student at New Haven High School, was awarded the national 2014 Hobey Baker Character Award in recognition of his exemplary character, sportsmanship and contributions to the Leo Lions hockey club.
Coach Schiebel, who nominated Holle for the award, says that the Hobey Baker Character Award is the most prestigious award a hockey player can receive, and is the highlight of Holle’s high school hockey playing career. Hobey Baker was widely regarded as one of the best amateur hockey players of all time before his untimely death as a highly-decorated career as a pilot during World War I. Baker was posthumously named one of the first Americans ever inducted into the International Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945 and was among the charter members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Elevith, Minnesota in 1973.
In an interview on Monday evening, March 3rd at Canlan following one of the team’s last practices before Saturday, the well-spoken and polite Holle said that he has been playing hockey since he was 8 years old.
He added with a smile, “8 is kind of old to start playing hockey.”
Nevertheless, Holle’s advanced age when he began playing hockey hasn’t seemed to slow him down on the ice, and on Saturday he will help his team place the final gem in Coach Schiebel’s crown as the team vies for the 4A State Championship; Schiebel has already won a 1A State Championship, a 2A State Championship, and a 3A State Championship in his more-than-30-year-career as a high school hockey coach. A win on Saturday would garner Leo its 2nd State Championship in hockey in 3 years, a testament to the club’s work ethic and sportsmanship.
The championship game will no doubt be hotly contested between both teams, as Carmel Gold Icehounds are the IHSHA State Championship team circa 2012 and the 2013 Hoosier League Conference champions. The Icehounds defeated HSE Hockey (from Fishers, Indiana) 3-0 in the semi-state championship, while Leo defeated the Riley Wildcats 6-2 to secure a run for the state championship on Saturday.
While Holle’s high school athletic career will hopefully end on high note this coming Saturday, there is little doubt that the lessons he has learned and the memories made while playing high school sports will last a lifetime.
Regardless of the sport, regardless of the school, purple is definitely a winning color on Jordan Holle.
Troopers Working Overtime to Keep Hoosier Roadways Safe This March
Beginning the first Friday in March, Troopers from the Indiana State Police will join more than 250 law enforcement agencies from across the Hoosier state in the Drunk Driving…Over the Limit, Under Arrest crackdown on impaired and dangerous driving.
Through March 20th, officers will work overtime to conduct high-visibility enforcement activities designed specifically to identify impaired drivers. Motorists will also see an increased number of patrols looking for aggressive drivers and unrestrained motorists during the 17-day mobilization.
“Impaired driving is a crime – one too deadly to ignore,” said Lieutenant Tony Casto, Fort Wayne District Commander. “That’s why we don’t give warnings, or accept excuses – if you’re over the limit, in our 11 county coverage area, you will be arrested.”
In March 2009, there were 41 fatalities on Indiana roadways. Of these, 24 percent involved a driver who was legally intoxicated. According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), alcoholic beverages continue to be assigned as the primary factor in more than one-third of alcohol related collisions in the state of Indiana.
Operation Pull Over Blitz 66 is a statewide enforcement effort supported by federal funding allocated to the Indiana State Police from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). Indiana’s crackdown on impaired driving will be reinforced by a paid statewide media campaign as well as public outreach efforts geared towards the prevention of impaired driving.
To learn more, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.org.
New Haven Sectional
Garrett vs. Concordia
Dwenger vs. Luers
Angola vs. Leo
New Haven vs. Winner of Game 1
NorthEast Chiropractic Center ANNOUNCES A NEW TEST THAT IDENTIFIES HIDDEN BODY STRESS AND HOW IT’S AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH
Dr. Adam Osenga, D.C. of NorthEast Chiropractic Center (NECC), has joined a growing number of chiropractic doctors that have upgraded their level of care to assess the health and wellbeing of their community. Patients of NECC can now receive a COREscore™ report that helps identify hidden body stress and the affects it has on their overall body and health.
The COREscore™ can be completed in less than 15 minutes, is non-invasive and produces instant feedback to the patient. NorthEast Chiropractic Center uses the INSIGHT technology that’s certified by the Space Foundation and used on Super Bowl Champions, Olympic Gold medalists and start athletes all over the world.
“We are extremely excited to be able to bring this exciting technology to our community,” states Dr. Osenga. “Providing the highest level of care for our patients is the goal and the COREscore™ is a powerful and simple way to measure, and report, the efficiency of a person’s spinal nerves.”
Patients of NECC will have the added benefit of being able to view their COREscore™ online, 24/7, through their private patient web site.
To learn more about NorthEast Chiropractic Center and the new COREscore reporting visit us at www.northeastchirocenter.com , or call us at 260-969-0959.
“Do-It Yourself Gardening” will be the theme of the Master Gardener seminars offered at the 2014 Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show held at the Memorial Coliseum from February 27 – March 2. Purdue Master Gardeners and other area experts will offer their tips and tricks regarding gardening basics at the Master Gardener Stage each day at the show. Learn about bluebirds, vegetable gardening, growing flowers, tree care and selection, native plants, building a backyard greenhouse, useful garden apps, and more ways to develop your own do-it-yourself garden! In addition, Purdue Master Gardeners will also be available to answer garden questions at their Purdue booth located in the garden hall. Purchase seeds of unusual flowers and vegetables at the booth and help support the Master Gardener volunteer program! For more information, contact the Allen County Extension office at 260 – 481- 6826 (option 3).
2014 Home & Garden Show – Do-It Yourself Gardening
Thursday February 27
Noon-12:45pm Deb Kohlmeier, Advanced Master Gardener Woodland Wonderland – All about Shade Gardens
1:00pm-1:45pm Bill Diedrichs, Advanced Master Gardener Pruning and Planting Trees Practically
2:00pm-2:45pm Lynda Heavrin, Fort Wayne Parks Vining Twining Flowers
3:00pm-3:45pm Eunice Dietrich, Advanced Master Gardener Do It Yourself -Saving & Drying Flowers
6:30pm-7:15pm Shirley Strope, Advanced Master Gardener High Tech Gardening- Useful Garden Apps
Friday February 28
Noon-12:45pm Penny Alles, Advanced Master Gardener Creepy Crawlers – Common Garden Insects
1:00pm-1:45pm Mike Toscos, Lyndsey’s Water Gardens All about Backyard Ponds
2:00pm-2:45pm Kathy Dew, Advanced Master Gardener Graceful Additions – Roses For the Garden & Landscape
3:00pm-3:45pm Kay Musgrave, Advanced Master Gardener Flower Pounding- Crafting Unusual Cards and Notes
6:30mp-7:15pm Rebecca Canales, Botanical Conservatory Playful Gardens
Saturday March 1
11:00am-11:45am Conrad Getz, Bird Expert & Enthusiast Attracting Blue Birds to the Home Landscape
Noon-12:45pm Master Gardener Vegetable Garden Team Show and Tell – The Creative Vegetable Garden
1:00pm-1:45pm Martha Ferguson, Riverview Nursery Native Perennials for the Sustainable Landscape
2:00pm-2:45pm Camille Cupa, Tangle Wood Berry Farm Cooking What You Grow Organically
3:00pm-3:45pm Blake Young, Young’s Greenhouse Backyard Greenhouses – Repurpose Your Backyard
6:30pm-7:15pm Ricky Kemery, Purdue Horticulture Extension Educator Growing Nutritious Organic Vegetables
Sunday March 2
1:00pm-1:45pm Ricky Kemery, Purdue Horticulture Extension Educator Nifty Trees for the Home Landscape