The Journal Gazette
Thursday, May 09, 2019 1:00 am


Baseball Academy generates $1.5 million

Staff, news services

The World Baseball Academy's Hoosier Classic youth tournaments generated $1.55 million worth of economic impact in 2018, according to the WBA, as 242 teams participated in the events.

“(It) was a great inaugural season for our new fields. Local teams enjoyed playing on the artificial surface infields with natural grass infields,” CEO Caleb Kimmel said in a release.

Three baseball fields were transformed at ASH Centre for $3.7 million.


Rain cancels TinCaps game

The TinCaps' game against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in Grand Chute was called Wednesday because of rain. It will not be made up, since the teams aren't scheduled to play again this season. In other news, the TinCaps added two peanut-free games to their home schedule: June 14 and July 17.

Ivy Tech preps for D-II tourney

Ivy Tech will compete in the NJCAA Region XII Division II sub-regional today in Sandusky, Ohio. It will be a four-team single-elimination tournament with the winner advancing to the Tuesday regional at Sandusky.


Dwenger hires new girls coach

Steve Wiktorowski has been hired as the new girls coach at Bishop Dwenger, the school confirmed. Wiktorowski is the former boys coach and athletic director at Wawasee and the former Goshen College women's coach.

Mad Ants to host summer camp

The Mad Ants will host a camp from July 29 to Aug. 2 at Renaissance Pointe YMCA. The camp, for ages 6 to 13, will run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with instruction led by Ron Howard. The cost is $200, or $150 with siblings, and includes lunch, T-shirt and basketball. For information, email, call 260-222-7945 or go to

Lakers, Lue can't agree to deal

The Los Angeles Lakers are moving on from Tyronn Lue and will continue their search for a coach, according to a person familiar with the situation.


Wrestling group honors Warriors

Indiana Tech wrestlers Erique Early, who is a former Snider athlete, Jake Weimer and Eric Vermillion were tabbed as NAIA Scholar All-Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Concordia grad sets meet mark

Zach Panning, a Grand Valley State distance runner and Concordia graduate, won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 5,000-meter championship in 14:07.5, a conference meet record. He was named GLIAC Men's Track Athlete of the Year after running the fastest 5,000 meter (13:37.94) and 10,000 meter (28:30.77) times of the season. Both of those times are also the best in Division II this year.


Notre Dame gets 4-star lineman

Notre Dame added a commitment to its 2020 recruiting class when four-star offensive lineman Tosh Baker chose the Irish over offers from Alabama, Auburn and Arizona, among others. The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Phoenix native is the No. 57 player in the country, per and the No. 7 offensive lineman. He is the 10th commitment in the class, which ranks No. 6 nationally.

Kraft lawyers claim misconduct

Two attorneys for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft are accusing prosecutors of misconduct in his misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution case. In court documents, Alex Spiro and William Burck accused the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office of going “beyond trampling the rights of Mr. Kraft and into sullying” their reputations.


Sprinter impaled by javelin is OK

A Georgia track athlete is expected to make a full recovery after being impaled by a javelin during practice. Freshman sprinter Elija Godwin was injured Tuesday when he was doing backward sprints at the track. According to the school, Godwin backed into a javelin that was implanted in the ground, causing the rear part of the spear to pierce his back. A report from campus police said he suffered a punctured and collapsed left lung.

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