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Boys basketball games to watch: Rochester at Northfield, Tippecanoe Valley at Manchester, Caston at Pioneer
Rochester at Northfield, 6 p.m./7:30 p.m. (JV/Varsity): The Northfield team will look different on the sideline compared to the team RHS has seen over the past decade. That's because Moe Smedley retired after last season, and Patrick Hopkins, a former Kokomo High School and Indiana Wesleyan University player, is in his first year as coach.

Friday, January 30, 2015
Today's games to watch: Rivalry day for sectional titles: Caston vs. Pioneer, North Judson vs. Winamac
Boys basketball sectionals

Class 1A, Sectional 52 at Tri-County

Caston (14-9) vs. Pioneer (14-9), 7:30 p.m.

Caston record vs. teams in their class: 9-2

Caston record vs. teams in their sectional: 6-2

This year in postseason: Defeated Covenant Christian (DeMotte) 45-44 in sectional quarterfinals; defeated South Newton 60-36 in sectional semifinals

Last year in postseason: Lost to Tri-County 41-40 in sectional quarterfinals

Sectional titles: Six (most recently in 2009)

Saturday, March 5, 2011
Today's games to watch: Winamac not looking past N. Newton
• Winamac coach Kyle Johnson said his team has gained confidence in two areas that he and the coaching staff have emphasized the most: defense and rebounding.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Culver guards Carnegie, Sanders thrive as others notice bigs
The first thing one might think of when one thinks about the Culver girls basketball team are Patrice McBee and Gwen Zehner.

Culver girls basketball coach Tony Scheub known that opposing defenses aim to stop Patrice McBee, a 6-3 forward, and Zehner, a 6-1 post player. It's rare that a Class 2A team has one player with that height and skill, much less two.

So he uses that to motivate the guards to lift their offensive games.

Saturday, February 19, 2011
Girls sectional finals to watch: CGA-RHS reprise last week's unique matchup; Culver has measured itself up against Winamac
Class 3A, Sectional 19 at Rochester

Culver Academy (15-6) vs. RHS (14-8), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 12, 2011
Today's games to watch: Valley girls seek to break skid vs. NLC opponents against Wawasee; Caston girls host N. White; O-D, Culver girls meet again; Northwestern boys visit NM
Girls basketball

Tippecanoe Valley (4-12) at Wawasee (11-5), 6 p.m./7:30 p.m. (JV/Varsity): Valley has lost four straight against Wawasee and 16 straight to Northern Lakes Conference opponents.

Valley's Staci Groom comes off a 31-point effort in a 59-52 loss to Southwood Saturday. She and Taylor Gast could match up with Wawasee's KiLee Knafel and Jonna Wiggs in the backcourt.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Today's games to watch: Winamac girls head to S. Newton; NM girls to face Class 2A, No. 1 Wabash
Girls basketball

Winamac (8-8, 2-2 Midwest Conference) at South Newton (7-9, 2-4), 11 a.m./12:30 p.m. (JV/Varsity): Winamac hasn't lost to South Newton in more than a decade, and South Newton hasn't even come within single digits of Winamac since a 37-34 Lady Warrior win in February 2001.

Saturday, January 22, 2011
Today's games to watch: Keirn, Groom try to keep up hot streak at Whitko; Caston girls host improving Frontier; uptempo Frontier boys visit Caston in doubleheader nightcap

Tippecanoe Valley (2-8, 1-1 Three Rivers Conference) at Whitko (4-6, 1-1), 6:15 p.m./7:45 p.m. (JV/Varsity): Tory Keirn scored 13 points for Valley in a 63-55 loss to Winamac Thursday, including 11 in the third quarter as Valley cut what had been a 16-point deficit to two. Keirn also took on more of a ballhandling role in the second half with Staci Groom moving to more of a shooting guard role. Groom wound up scoring 30 points.

Saturday, December 18, 2010
Today's games to watch: Caston girls to host Northfield; Argos girls to host CGA; Culver boys look to continue dominance vs. Winamac

Northfield (1-6) at Caston (0-7), 6 p.m./7:30 p.m. (JV/Varsity): This game could turn on the frontline battle between Northfield's Morgan Peas and Caston's Jessica Showley.

Northfield has won all seven meetings since they were added to Caston's schedule in the 2003-04 season, including a 31-17 win last year in Wabash County.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Today's games to watch: Valley boys head to John Glenn; Caston girls to host Rossville
Tippecanoe Valley (1-3) at John Glenn (2-3), 6:15 p.m./7:45 p.m. (JV/Varsity): John Glenn lost four key seniors from last year's 14-win team to graduation but have started out 2-3 this season against five Class 4A opponents, and they come in off a 69-63 double overtime win over Mishawaka last Saturday.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Today's games to watch: Valley seeks to extend dominance over Triton; Undefeated Lady Cavs to host CGA; Peru to visit NM

Triton (3-4) at Tippecanoe Valley (1-6), 6:15 p.m./7:45 p.m. (JV/Varsity): Triton has lost four of five since a 2-0 start. This is the fifth game of a seven-game homestand for Valley.

Thursday, December 9, 2010
Today's girls games to watch: RHS girls visit Southwood; Valley draws defending TRC champ Wabash; Caston to play Lewis Cass at Cass County Invite consolation; plus NM at Whitko, Bremen at Culver
Rochester (2-3, 0-0 Three Rivers Conference) at Southwood (1-3, 0-0), 6:15 p.m./7:45 p.m. (JV/Varsity): The Lady Zs open TRC play against a Lady Knights team that comes in off their first win, a 47-44 triumph over Madison-Grant Tuesday.

After facing Culver's twin post attack of Gwen Zehner and Patrice McBee, The Lady Zs will now try to stop Southwood's Abby Harness.

Rochester's Abbie Malchow is not expected to play due to a finger injury.

Saturday, December 4, 2010
Today's boys basketball games to watch
Culver at Rochester, 6 p.m./7:30 p.m. (JV/Varsity): Rochester has won 13 in a row in this traditional season-opening rivalry, but if they want to make it 14, they'll have to stop Culver shooting guard Zoe Bauer, who scored 38 in a 57-51 RHS win at Culver last year.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Today's games to watch: Lady Zs will try to control tempo, beat LaVille; winless Valley to play winless Warsaw; plus Rensselaer-Winamac, Oak Hill-North Miami previews
Rochester (0-1) at LaVille (0-2), 6 p.m./7:30 p.m. (JV/Varsity)

The Lady Zs have had over a week to correct their mistakes after a 61-33 loss to Twin Lakes in their opener.

It's also give them time to get used to playing without key contributors Kirsten Elliott (knee) and Rylee Holland (ankle).

Saturday, November 20, 2010
Today's girls basketball games to watch: NM, Caston look to recover after opening losses; Winamac to host Lewis Cass; Argos hopes to avenge sectional defeat
North Miami (0-1) at Caston (0-1), 6 p.m./7:30 p.m. (JV/Varsity): Both teams try to recover from season-opening losses in the second half of a back-to-back. Caston would like to cut down on their 36 turnovers in a 50-10 loss to Wabash. North Miami dropped a 62-45 decision to Taylor Friday.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Culver defense must prepare for LaVille pass, run
The Cavaliers were playing with Class 3A, No. 10 John Glenn in Walkerton last Friday when a Collin Howard touchdown run turned a 14-14 tie into a 20-14 lead at halftime.

John Glenn pulled away in the second half for a 35-14 win to improve to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the Northern State Conference.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
Culver 'proud' of Jimtown performance, now to deal with streaking Falcons

5-2, 3-2 Northern State Conference

at John Glenn

6-1, 4-1

7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Val's sports extra: After surviving special teams horror show, Winamac to host rival West Central; rolling North Miami offense heads to Southwood; Culver gets honor,gets ready for Knox
West Central

4-1, 4-0 MWC

at Winamac

4-1, 3-1

7 p.m.

Winamac outgained Tri-County 398-55 last Friday. They committed two turnovers, but Tri-County committed three. So why did Winamac need Chance Blankenship's 66-yard touchdown reception from Zach Shidler in the fourth quarter to win 20-19?

Thursday, September 23, 2010
High school football previews: North Miami to host Manchester; Unbeaten Cavaliers heading to Bremen
North Miami coach Greg Miller will lead the Warriors up against his alma mater.

After Manchester won 11 straight in the series between 1996-2006, North Miami won two straight in 2007-08. Manchester won last year 21-7.

Thursday, September 16, 2010
High school football preview: Winamac to face wide-open South Newton; NM heads to Wabash; Culver to face New Prairie
"We had one bad quarter, which was the second," Winamac coach Tim Roth said of last Friday's 28-16 win over North White.

North White scored 16 points in the second quarter and held a 16-14 lead going into the fourth quarter before Winamac rallied behind Eric Sass. The senior running back ran for 245 yards and scored all four Winamac touchdowns and now has 710 yards and eight touchdowns in three games. Brennon Morning had two interceptions on defense, including one in the third quarter that turned the momentum, according to Roth.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

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