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Making the trip down to Kokomo with some friends to watch the game. Go wolves 🐺 🏈. Supporting LP county teams

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11 hours ago, tommy said:

That's right, my memory is starting to fade as I get older.

Michigan City is having an adult and student fan bus going for $12 and that includes the price of the $10.00 game ticket.

If any crossover fans from the region want to ride the bus you can sign up this week at the MCHS athletic office.

They called Andrew Jackson "The Prez" and Spicer "Baby Bettis".

Me too! I thought for sure it was Jackson who was Baby Bettis. Whatever happened to Farmer? He was a big time talent.

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Few great stories in the New-Dispatch and The Times about Michigan City Football if anybody is interested:

74 year old Michigan City assistant coach Ken Bye:

http://www.thenewsdispatch.com/sports/article_b6c44f76-de95-5ce4-9eff-bc597553bb05.html

Football becoming the #1 sport in Michigan City:

http://www.thenewsdispatch.com/sports/article_0f37fefd-effd-5323-b302-667a60da527b.html

Warren  Foster and his family working Michigan City football chain gang and being official scorekeeper for basketball for 53 years:

http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/columnists/jim-peters/jim-peters-foster-a-michigan-city-football-basketball-fixture/article_054ff490-2721-51ca-bdb3-50d1f7df30ec.html

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56 minutes ago, tommy said:

Few great stories in the New-Dispatch and The Times about Michigan City Football if anybody is interested:

74 year old Michigan City assistant coach Ken Bye:

http://www.thenewsdispatch.com/sports/article_b6c44f76-de95-5ce4-9eff-bc597553bb05.html

Football becoming the #1 sport in Michigan City:

http://www.thenewsdispatch.com/sports/article_0f37fefd-effd-5323-b302-667a60da527b.html

Warren  Foster and his family working Michigan City football chain gang and being official scorekeeper for basketball for 53 years:

http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/columnists/jim-peters/jim-peters-foster-a-michigan-city-football-basketball-fixture/article_054ff490-2721-51ca-bdb3-50d1f7df30ec.html

The 2 guys in the photo in the Coach Bye story have 1 complete head of hair.  :)

This is coming from a guy who is folically challenged.  

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56 minutes ago, tommy said:

Mr. Colby is a master of the "phone booth" offense, if he has the Jimmie's and Joe's to run it effectively.  It worked well at Frankfort until the talent pool started to dry up, and the other teams in the Sagamore conference become more adroit at defending it.

 

 

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Message from Michigan City mayor Ron Meer.  Mayor Meer's uncle Newt Meer was once the athletic director at Elston.

 

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On 11/13/2017 at 7:37 PM, Cougs73 said:

Making the trip down to Kokomo with some friends to watch the game. Go wolves 🐺 🏈. Supporting LP county teams

Wish I could go down to support the Wolves too....as long as you don't get lost at the Hip Hugger on your way to the game, should be in for some good football.

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Great breakdown analysis from the Michigan City Athletics website.

Would also like to note should City come out on top Phil Mason will break both the all-time Michigan City Wolves All-Time coaching win record (currently tied with Ken Bye and Bob Holmes (16)) and the all time Michigan City Wolves All-Time coaching post season win record (currently tied with Brian Burkhart (3)).

 

 

Meet the Wildkats, the Wolves next opponent

BY MGRESHAM ON NOVEMBER 15, 2017

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Friday night the Wolves football team will make the journey to Kokomo to play the first ever Semi-State level football game in the 116 year history of high school football in Michigan City Indiana.

The Wildkats have a interesting streak the squad from City would like to keep alive.  In 2015, Kokomo won their first ever Regional title, and lost at Semi-State to the eventual state champions, Fort Wayne Snyder.  The following season the Wildcats won their Sectional for the 2nd year in a row, but lost to Westfield… who went on to be the State Champions of 5A football.  Can the Wolves make it 3 years in a row?

Looking at the Kokomo 2017 team in depth, they are the very definition of late bloomers. The got out of the gates slowly starting the season losing 3 of their first 5 games, including losses to Hamilton Southeastern, McCutcheon, and Layfayette Jeff.  The Wildkats have gone 6-1 since that point, including avenging losses to both McCutcheon and Harrison from the regular season during the playoffs.  Kokomo comes in at 8-4 on the season.  Much like Michigan City they play in the solid North Central Conference, which is more famous for its exploits on the hardwood versus the gridiron, but it was a conference that contained 5 of the top 64 teams in the state of Indiana according to the Sagarin computer ratings.

The similarities don’t stop there.  The Wildkats didn’t win their conference, finishing tied for 4th in the NCC at a conference mark of 4-3.  The Wolves tied for 2nd at 5-2.  The Sagarin computers rank the Wolves currently at #36 overall, with the Wildkats at #46. City owns a rating of 76.85, Kokomo 74.22, meaning the Wolves would be about a 2.5 point favorite on a neutral field.  The Kokomo strength of schedule was also strong, ranking at #32 versus City’s #54 (which would be much higher if out of state Homewood Flossmor were included).  The schools are also almost identical in enrollment numbers as City is 48th at 1753, with Kokomo 45th at 1769 kids.

But that is where the similarities end.  The Kats make their mark on the defensive end of the football.  It is a team that has created 20 turnovers on the season, including 13 interceptions.  They have also stood tall ahead of the end zone allowing only 16.8 points per game.  That has improved to 12 points per game in the playoffs.

Offensively the team isn’t incredibly dynamic, but they are effective.  They come in averaging 26.2 points per game.  They are heavily weighted towards the run game, as they have over 2300 yards on the ground for the season, and almost 1400 through the air.  While they favor the run, their quarterback Kyle Wade is a senior who has thrown for over 4000 yards over his four years with the Kats.  The team has 7 players who are over 150 yards total on the ground for the season, including 4 over 300 yards.  Their top two runners are Wade with 477, and 506 yards from Jack Perkins.  The Wildkats look to control tempo with their running game, and they wait for the defense to create opportunities and short-fields.

Kickoff for the Semi-State match up will be at 7pm Michigan City time, or 8pm local time way down in Kokomo. Tickets are now available in the Michigan City High School Athletic Office.  Tickets will be available at the Michigan City High School Athletic office from 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Thursday, and only until 2:30pm on Friday.  Anyone wanting to purchase tickets early should go to the back door on the southwest side of the Wolf Pack Gym, and hit the intercom to request entry into the building.  The building does stay locked during school hours, so you will need to be buzzed in.  Tickets are $10 for everyone of school age or older.  NO PASSES will be accepted for this game, nor any of the post season tournament games for the rest of the year.  EVERYONE MUST BUY A TICKET.

Michigan City Area Schools will also be offering two fan buses for travel to this Friday’s game.

There will be a bus for students, and there will be a bus for adults and staff.  The cost will be $12, which covers your game ticket for $10 and $2 for the bus ride.  MCAS staff will get a $2 discount, and will only pay $10.  Students and other adults will pay $12. The bus for adults and staff is open to all Michigan City area fans, not just staff and faculty of MCAS.

The buses will leave from the front of Michigan City High School at 4pm on Friday, and will return directly after the game.  Sign up for both buses will be in the Athletic Office all week long, ending Friday 2:30pm.

If you can’t make it down to Kokomo, the IHSAA is featuring this game as a game of the week, and can be streamed live via the internet at IHSAATV.org.

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May have missed it somewhere in this thread but , i am guessing the two high schools have never met on the gridiron ? 

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A Michigan City HS (Elston or Rogers?) and Kokomo HS have faced each other twice, the MC school winning both (1967 and 1968)

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On 11/14/2017 at 5:11 PM, tommy said:

Message from Michigan City mayor Ron Meer.  Mayor Meer's uncle Newt Meer was once the athletic director at Elston.

 

Michigan City has a zoo?????????

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9 minutes ago, NLCTigerFan07 said:

Michigan City has a zoo?????????

yep, Washington Park, right across from the Lighthouse/beach!

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1 minute ago, NLCTigerFan07 said:

Guess I've never made it further north than the Blue Chip or Mateys Restaurant :13_v:

 

Understandable! 

I'll be at Blue Chip this weekend to see my buddy's band playing Saturday night!  Can't go wrong with Mateys, love their Steak Sandwich.

My boys love that zoo, nothing spectacular about it (Ft Wayne's and South Bends are bigger) but it is a nice hidden gem right across from the beach.

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44 minutes ago, NLCTigerFan07 said:

Michigan City has a zoo?????????

yep.  a very nice little one.  Washington.

great for a quick trip w the family.  have visited many timses.  right on the lake front.

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5 minutes ago, Coach Ellenwood said:

yep.  a very nice little one.  Washington.

great for a quick trip w the family.  have visited many timses.  right on the lake front.

I get rooms at Blue Chip (and Four Winds) comped to me quite a bit, usually get a nice room facing the lake and take the kids during the day to the zoo/beach.....like Coach E. said, very nice zoo. 

Also if you're up for some sight seeing, continue east on the road that passes the zoo/beach, until you can't go any further east.  Some really nice vacation rentals that are on the beachfront, all the way until you get to New Buffalo.  A lot of Chicago money along this stretch of shoreline.  Mount Baldy to the west is cool too, and I hear it's opened back up since the incident a few years back.

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Yep, Long Beach and Michiana Shores in Indiana up to Lakeside (North of New Buffalo) are typically lined with Chicago area money. If it's summertime in New Buffalo, 9 times out of 10 the car in front of you will have Illinois plates.

 

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On 11/14/2017 at 5:11 PM, tommy said:

Message from Michigan City mayor Ron Meer.  Mayor Meer's uncle Newt Meer was once the athletic director at Elston.

 

. . LOVE  this video!  

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Mayor Meer made a wager with La Porte Mayor Krentz on the sectional championship game.  Mayor Krentz made a $100.00 donation to the Michigan City Salvation Army Food Pantry.

No word yet if Mayor Meer and Kokomo Mayor Goodnight are going to do the same.

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1 hour ago, NRRaider2001 said:

yep, Washington Park, right across from the Lighthouse/beach!

.  . and right by the Shoreline Brewery/Restaurant :)

 

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11 minutes ago, Boilernation said:

Yep, Long Beach and Michiana Shores in Indiana up to Lakeside (North of New Buffalo) are typically lined with Chicago area money. If it's summertime in New Buffalo, 9 times out of 10 the car in front of you will have Illinois plates.

 

Michiganders have a word for those Illinois plates.....FIPS or over toward Angola you get more FOPS

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On 11/12/2017 at 8:44 PM, southend said:

I'm not so sure this is a pickem. I think The city is a favorite.

CITY

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Kokomo kind of reminds me a little bit of Mishawka last season.  Stout defense and an offense that does what is necessary to win.  Kokomo has an average PA of 16.8 20 turnovers with 12 interceptions and has a PA of 26.2 all against a solid schedule.

Going to come down to who makes the fewest turnovers and executes the best on special teams.  Keyshawn McGill needs to have a breakout signature game for Michigan City.  

I assume that their will be a number of college scouts in attendance tonight.

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