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Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:00 am


Thunder's 25-year team has local flavor

Staff, news services

Trine celebrated 25 years of football by unveiling a Quarter Century Teamthat included several players from northeast Indiana.

The offense included wide receiver Gage Corner from Leo and offensive lineman Bryce Sims from Columbia City. The defense included former All-American linebackers Courtney Pearson (South Side) and Kyle Christman (Bishop Dwenger) and defensive back Aaron Selking (Adams Central). Warsaw's Nathaniel Fitzsimmons is the punter.

Corner had 177 catches for 2,532 yards and 14 touchdowns between 2012 and 2015.

Sims started 41 games between 2007 and 2010.

Pearson was the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association's Defensive MVP in 2007 and 2008. He 408 career tackles, 14 sacks and seven interceptions between 2004 and 2008.

Christman, who played from 1999 to 2002, had 220 tackles and five interceptions.

Selking, who played from 2007 to 2010, was the MIAA's Defensive MVP in 2010 and had 18 interceptions in his career.

Fitzsimmons had a career punting average of 38.4 yards from 2005 to 2008.


Calhoun accused of discrimination

Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun has been accused of sexual discrimination by a former associate athletic director at the University of Saint Joseph, the Division III school where Calhoun now works. Jaclyn Piscitelli filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the small Catholic school in West Hartford, Connecticut, that began admitting men in 2018. She alleges she was fired after complaining about the conduct of men in the athletic department, including Calhoun. She alleges, among other things, that the 77-year-old former UConn coach once called her “hot” and on another occasion forced her to clean up coffee grounds he spilled, telling her it was something his wife would do for him.

Cougars' women 2nd, men 5th

The Saint Francis women's team was picked to finish second as the Crossroads League announced its women's basketball preseason poll and preseason all-league team. Marian was voted as the preseason favorite to win the Crossroads League championship. Taylor, Huntington and Indiana Wesleyan round out the top -half of the rankings. The Cougars' men's team was picked to finish fifth in the men's poll. Spring Arbor was voted as the preseason favorite. Indiana Wesleyan was second followed by Mount Vernon Nazarene and Marian.

Indiana Tech news

The Indiana Tech men's basketball team was picked third in the WHAC Coaches' Preseason Poll. Tech received 90 points in the preseason rankings. Madonna received 120 points and 10 first-place votes while three-time defending conference champion Cornerstone was picked second with 103 points and the last first-place vote. … The Indiana Tech men's hockey team was ranked 22nd in the latest edition of the ACHA Men's Division I National Rankings. Tech received 125 points and has been the top 25 for three consecutive weeks.

Time given to Spartans' coach

A federal judge has ruled that Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio can wait until after the football season to give a deposition in a former football employee's suit claiming his employment agreement was violated when he was disciplined while the school addressed sexual assault allegations against three players in 2017.


Spartans win tennis sectional

Homestead won all five matches in straight sets to claim the sectional boys tennis title at Carroll. Daniel Gilbert won 7-5, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, Andrew Meier won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, and Thaddeus Dressel won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. In doubles, the No. 1 team of Tim Steiner-Bryant Zitlaw won 6-2, 6-3, and Landon Sather-Will Grinsfelder finished the match with a 6-2, 6-2 win in No. 2 doubles. In individual sectional results, Bellmont's Cole Shifferly defeated Bishop Dwenger's Andrew Nuerge 7-5, 7-6.

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