The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 1:00 am


Indiana Hall to induct former Bluffton star

Staff, news services

The late Bob Purkhiser, who was a member of Bluffton's 1960 semistate finalist team as a junior and regional finalists his senior season, was among 17 players named today to the 2020 men's induction class to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. They will be honored March 25.

Purkhiser, a 1961 Indiana All-Star and four-sport letterman, was later a three-sport athlete at Purdue. He was the sixth Boilermaker to surpass 1,000 career points, graduating fifth in program history with 1,060 points in three seasons after averaging 20 points as a senior and earning all-Big Ten honors.

With the Purdue baseball team, he had a Big Ten-best 0.76 ERA as a senior and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins.

While serving in the U.S. Army, he was an accomplished player in Army leagues. He became a standout basketball player and coach in French professional leagues. He was coaching in France when he was killed in an automobile crash in Le Mans in 1982 at the age of 39.


Sanders meets with Manfred

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders met with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to discuss MLB's proposal to that would drop 42 minor league teams from their leagues after the 2020 season. Sanders issued a statement saying Manfred asserted “he is committed to a good faith negotiation” and “is open to solutions that would maintain professional baseball in the 42 communities while addressing concerns about facilities, working conditions and wages for minor league players.”


Washington coach resigns

Washington football coach Chris Petersen unexpectedly stepped down after six seasons, with defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake promoted to over the program. Petersen's Huskies went 7-5 in the regular season and are bound for a sixth straight bowl game under his leadership.


K's lose Loewen to AHL team

Forward Jermaine Loewen, who had rejoined the Komets for Sunday's 5-2 victory at Kalamazoo, was recalled by the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Loewen has one goal and two points in four games with Fort Wayne. With Chicago, he's got one assist in 16 games. Defenseman Jason Binkley has also been called to the AHL. He will join the Cleveland Monsters, for whom he had an assist in one game this season. Binkley has one goal and 11 points in 19 games this season for Fort Wayne. And Stephen Baylis has returned to the Komets from Ontario of the AHL. He was scoreless in two games with the Reign. With Fort Wayne, he has one goal and three points in 10 games.

Chicago assistant faces review

Chicago Blackhawks assistant Marc Crawford will be away from the team while it reviews his conduct with another organization. The Blackhawks didn't provide any details Monday about what they are examining, but former NHL forward Sean Avery recently told the New York Post that Crawford kicked him after he was whistled for a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty when he played for Crawford with the Los Angeles Kings during the 2006-07 season. The team said it will have no further comment until the review is completed.

Lafleur has another surgery

Former Montreal Canadiens great Guy Lafleur had additional surgery, just two months removed from quadruple bypass heart surgery in late September. The team disclosed the Nov. 28 procedure at the request of Lafleur's family and said it removed a lobe on one of his lungs, as well lymph nodes. The statement said the operation was successful and Lafleur would return home in coming days to continue his recovery. The 68-year-old Lafleur had heart surgery Sept. 26.


Homestead, Norwell in top 5

Homestead and Norwell girls basketball remain ranked No. 4 in the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Class 4A and 3A polls, respectively. Bishop Dwenger, Angola, Bishop Luers, Garrett and Concordia also received votes in the Class 3A poll.

Area signing

Homestead senior Haidyn Carrico will sign Dec. 12 to play volleyball at Saint Francis.


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