Newly formed Fort Wayne FC, which plans to begin play in the National Premier Soccer League in May, announced the hiring of Nick Potter, director of Fort Wayne United FC – a youth soccer organization – and Russ Lawson, head coach at Huntington University, as assistant coaches.
Lawson is entering his 20th season leading the Foresters and has taken them to the NAIA tournament opening round in each of the last two years.
Potter has experience not only with Fort Wayne United, but as an assistant coach and director of the former Fort Wayne Fever, a semiprofessional team. He has more than 20 years of experience coaching youth and college soccer players.
Fort Wayne FC has agreed to terms with a head coach from the United Kingdom who has experience playing in the English Premier League. The team is working through the visa process to get him to the United States.
PBA show to feature Tackett
Professional bowler E.J. Tackett, a Huntington North graduate, will be featured on the “PBA Players Perspective” interview series Tuesday. The series features players discussing major tournaments, and Tackett will be reflecting on his win at the DHC PBA Invitational to start the 2017 season. The episode will debut on the PBA's YouTube channel. It will be the second time Tackett has been on the show, on which he also discussed his win in the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals. That past episode can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVuLOuU8btQ
Notre Dame player honored
Notre Dame cornerback Shaun Crawford was named a Comeback Player of the Year Honorable Mention after returning from three season-ending injuries in his first four years in South Bend to record 25 tackles, an interception and two pass breakups this season. The fifth-year senior, who will return for a sixth season in 2020, was one of six honorable mention recipients, who will each receive $2,500 to their school's general scholarship fund. Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton, Georgia Southern offensive lineman Drew Wilson and Salisbury receiver Octavion Wilson were the three winners of the award. The Mayo Clinic presented the award.
PFW sets aside seats for military
Purdue Fort Wayne is offering free tickets to active and retired U.S. military personnel and their families for the Mastodons' men's basketball game Jan. 18 against Oral Roberts, which is the Mastodons' Military Appreciation Game. Military personnel can claim their tickets by noon Jan. 17 by going to GoMastodons.com/SeatsForSoldiers. Groups of 10 or more can reserve tickets by contacting Brittany McLaughlin at 260-481-6372.
Warriors 13th in wrestling poll
Indiana Tech wrestling moved up four spots to No. 13 in the latest NAIA Coaches Poll. The Warriors have seven wrestlers in the top 20 nationally at their respective weight classes. That group is led by Gaige Torres, who is fifth at 149 pounds, followed by Kyle Kantola (sixth, 133), Scottie Sopko (11th, 174), Matthew Gimson (13th, 133), Eric Vermillion (13th, 184), Nick Gates (18th, 157) and Conner Gimson (19th, 141).
A group of 11 Warsaw athletes signed their letters of intent to play college sports. Harrison Mevis, the No. 8 kicker in the country according to 247Sports, will play football at Missouri. Other signees included Izzy Dittmar (Indiana Tech, softball) Gwyneth Bellamy (Grace, volleyball), Kaylee Patton (Grace, basketball), Blake Burns (Grace, soccer), Brielle Harrison (Bethel, basketball), Jacob Desenberg (Hope, football), Grant Knight (DePauw, swimming), Isaiah Owens (Cornell College, wrestling) and Delaney Taylor (Marian, soccer).
IU signee wins Mr. Football
New Palestine fullback Charlie Spegal was named Indystar Mr. Football, capping a career in which he ran for state records in yards (10,867) and touchdowns (173) and led New Palestine to back-to-back state championships in his junior and senior seasons. Spegal is committed to play college football at Indiana as a preferred walk-on. He received 77.2% of the vote. Snider offensive lineman Randy Holtz, who will also play at Indiana, finished sixth in the voting.