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  1. Who fell off of the schedule from last year, and does that opponent have someone lined up? It is week 9.... is that their "bye" week?
  2. 6A Football

    Don't they do that every year?
  3. NIC Coaches. Where are we?

    Media in regard to the Kinder hire at Mishawaka. http://www.wndu.com/content/sports/Keith-Kinder-named-Mishawaka-football-coach-480740851.html https://www.southbendtribune.com/sports/high_school/keith-kinder-ready-to-get-to-work-as-mishawaka-football/article_3bdb6343-60fb-5c23-acd2-9b47c8e87cdc.html
  4. My daughter has played Lacrosse at Penn, and they have had practice on the football field or on thew east side of the JV softball field. The men's rugby team has practiced just east of the JV softball field as well. Many other "club" sports have practiced at Penn. Methinks it isn't a club problem like you originally stated. In regard to practice time, an IHSAA sanctioned sport will take precedent over a club sport when it involves using the facility. Perhaps your team's coach hasn't scheduled the practice time correctly. Or maybe they tried to do it once or twice and it conflicted with the time scheduled by a non-club team. While some are, most club coaches aren't in the building and may not know the process. I would highly suggest that your coaching staff ask to meet with the Athletic Department to figure out how you can all make it work. There is PLENTY of space, including south of the football field. Heck, you can even go to the north side of Schmucker where little league teams hold practices. With all due respect, you might be surprised to find out that Penn is not "shunning" your team, but that you just don't have your s**t together.
  5. I have been away for awhile and thought I would see how life in the NIC is moving along. 1. With the merger of Central and Memorial, which head coach from those schools will now coach the merged Elkhart High School? 2. How is the Mishawaka coaching search coming along? Have they began the interview process? Who is in the running? Andy Thomas of Angola? Craig Redmond? The leftover Elkhart coach? Someone on the inside that was a coordinator? Cory Betzer? Barron from Plymouth? Who did I miss?
  6. WARSAW – Bart Curtis should be very familiar with the personnel of his newly inherited Warsaw football team. The new Tiger boss definitely has a great inside source of knowledge to give him the take on his players. Curtis, who has spent the last 10 seasons of a Hall of Fame career at Mishawaka High School, is set to be introduced Tuesday night at WCHS at the new Warsaw football coach. Curtis’ hiring is pending approval by a vote of the WCS School Board at an executive session Tuesday afternoon. Curtis, whose son Michael was the offensive line coach last fall for the Tigers and is a teacher in the Warsaw schools system, replaces Phil Jensen. Jensen stepped down back on Dec. 4 after 18 seasons over two stints as Warsaw coach. He finished as the all-time winningest coach in program history with a mark of 104-85. Curtis has fashioned an overall coaching mark of 201-102 in his 27 seasons on the sidelines. He began his coaching career in 1985 as an assistant coach at South Bend LaSalle. He landed his first head coaching job in 1991 at Maconaquah, where he spent six seasons. Curtis then was at New Prairie for 11 years before spinning the last decade in charge of the Cavemen. He’s had just three losing seasons in his illustrious prep career. Curtis is no stranger to the Northern Lakes Conference either. He was a tight end on the 1980 NorthWood team that finished as Class 2-A state runner-up under Hall of Fame coach Jim Andrews. Curtis graduated from NorthWood in 1982 and then attended Manchester University and Bethel College. Curtis is the owner of five conference titles, to with eight sectional championships and two regional crowns. He guided the Cavemen to the Class 4-A state-runner up finish in 2012. He also guided the Cavemen to a 26-10 win over rival Penn during his second season at MHS 2009, snapping a 35-game losing streak to the Kingsmen. The huge victory over the then Class 5-A No. 1 ranked Kingsmen also put an end to an incredible 153-game winning streak in the NIC by Penn. Mishawaka has posted a 90-35 mark the past 10 seasons under Curtis with 10 winning seasons, including four with 10 or more wins to go withsix sectional titles during his tenure. The Cavemen went 6-5 overall and 3-2 in the North Division of the Northern Indiana Conference last fall. Curtis notched his 200th coaching win in October with a 38-14 victory over Mishawaka Marian. Curtis inherits a Warsaw program that has never won a sectional championship. The Class 6-A Tigers are 13-33 all-time in postseason play, including 0-5 in sectional title games. Warsaw posted a 6-5 overall mark, including a 4-3 finish in the Northern Lakes Conference in 2017. The Tigers lost 40-0 to Penn in the sectional finale. Warsaw is 0-11 all-time versus the Kingsmen. Curtis, who will turn 55 in March, and his wife Sara have three children in Michael, Hannah and Brian. Curtis is currently an assistant principal at Mishawaka High School.
  7. Has Hell froze over?

  8. Has Hell froze over?

    I know! I know! And that is a great opportunity for your school and this coach! Congrats..... when it is announced. (Wink Wink).
  9. WOW! Big news coming down the pipeline. A 1st year AD in the conference will be making a big decision soon on a decent program. Interesting move for a coach. Hold on for more info.... but because it hasn't been released yet I can't name schools or names.
  10. Valparaiso Head Coach

    In the back of my head, I hope that he was calling the parental units weak!
  11. Valparaiso Head Coach

    Complete crap! This guy is a true warrior. Both Army Ranger and Navy SEAL qualified. A leader like that has the goods to inspire young adults to reach their full potential, because he has seen others achieve theirs. The myopic, intolerant, emotionally fragile, and sissified PC police of VHS deserve the mediocre status quo that they demand. But, but, but, FEELINGS!
  12. Penn v Ben Davis 6A Title Game

    In what was an extreme oddity, at least I pray it was, 7 of Penn's final 9 games were on the road. That includes having to play 4 of their 5 playoff games on the road. Did anyone else suffer that fate? Oct. 27 at Valparaiso {6A} W 13- 0 sectional Nov. 3 Warsaw {6A} W 40- 0 sectional Nov. 10 at Crown Point {6A} W 33- 3 regional Nov. 17 at Carmel {6A} W 34- 7 semistate Nov. 25 (Lucas Oil Stadium) Ben Davis {6A} L 14-63 state
  13. Penn v Ben Davis 6A Title Game

    WOW! Ben Davis was everything that the people around Indianapolis that had seen them play had described. They were strong, fast, and had a great game plan. But they were disciplined and well coached. They didn't taunt and show off their "swagger" like some teams do. How cool is that? They won with class. And isn't that what high school athletics is all about? Great job Ben Davis! You are the 2017 Indiana High School State Champions!
  14. Penn v Ben Davis 6A Title Game

    All I am reading about is the Ben Davis offense. How is their defense? Can Penn run 6 minutes off of the clock with each possession and march 75 yards? You know the old adage.... their team can't score if they don't have the ball. How are their special teams? Have they run kick offs and punts back for touchdowns this year? Have they blocked punts and extra point kicks? My heart says Penn will only lose by 10. My mind reminds me of Desmond Tardy and that freaking Warren Central game a few years back. Based on what I am reading, I should expect Penn to lose by 50. Either way, I am glad that I have one more week to watch this team play. Go Penn!