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Area sports Girls basketball: Marion at Madison-Grant, 7:30 p.m., Oak Hill at Jay County, 7:30 p.m., Mississinewa at Bluffton, 7:30 p.m. Men’s basketball: Taylor at Concordia, 7 p.m.

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Senior spotlight-Class of '20

Kasai Balderas Marion soccer Parents: Pete Balderas, Netta Balderas Siblings: Nizaire, Chris, Darius, Jaylee, Olivia Favorite teacher (all time): Mrs. Hobbs Favorite school subject: Art, cooking Favorite food: Chicken Alfredo Favorite music artist: Drake Favorite T

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Marion girls cap perfect week with win at Wabash

BUCKET: Marion’s RaShaya Kyle puts up a shot against Wabash’s Mariah Wyatt in the Giants’ 44-17 win Saturday night in Wabash.

From staff reports RaShaya Kyle poured in a game-high 21 points to go with 19 rebounds Saturday evening while anchoring a Marion defense that limited host-Wabash to 13-percent shooting. The Giants rolled to a 44-17 win and end a 3-0 week. The Giants toppe

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No. 3 'Cats top No. 12 Marian in five-set thriller

HAPPY 'CATS: Indiana Wesleyan's bench reacts to a point during the Wildcats' comeback in the fifth set of their Crossroads League tournament championship win over Marian on Saturday. From left are players: Seabring Mak, Catera Keeler, Megan Graber, Annie Fong and Lynnea Clay.

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com Winning Crossroads League tournament volleyball titles isn’t a new experience for Indiana Wesleyan, but the 2019 championship match Saturday night is one that will long be remembered. The NAIA’s third-ranked W

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Marion girls top Wabash for third-straight win

DRIVE: Marion's Ellie Vermilion drives against Wabash's Maya Benysh in the Giants' 44-27 win over the host Apaches Saturday night.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com WABASH -- Any team tasked with facing a 6’5” post player committed to a Division I program will be in for a rough night. Facing two in as many contests is as daunting a challenge as there comes. As was the ca

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Panthers pull away to fourth-straight regional title

Photo by Andrew Maciejewski/Chronicle-TribuneTOUCHDOWN: Wyatt Stephenson breaks the goal line as Zeke Binkerd, left, and Jackson Ailstock celebrate with 5:21 left in the first quarter of the Panthers' 42-9 win over Eastside in a Class 2A regional Friday night.

By CHUCK LANDIS - clandis@chronicle-tribune.com The beauty of the Eastbrook football team is its versatility and vast playoff experience, and it helped deliver the Panthers a fourth-straight Class 2A regional championship Friday night. Eastside scored on

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East Noble tops Ole Miss for 4A regional title

INDIANS: Mississinewa's Cade Campbell splits a pair of East Noble defenders for part of his 148 rushing yards in Friday's Class 4A regional championship game in Gas City. East Noble earned a 30-14 win over the Indians.

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com GAS CITY – There wasn't a lot of difference between Mississinewa and East Noble in Friday night's Class 4A Regional 10 football championship, and the two top-10 ranked teams slugged it out for most of 48 minutes. Ul

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Trojans run past Lawrence Tech to win season finale

RUNNING TO PAYDIRT: Taylor University quarterback Zac Saltzgaber dives into the end zone for one of his two touchdowns Saturday in the Trojans' 38-20 victory over Lawrence Tech (Michigan). Saltzgaber ran for 136 yards and the Trojans had 293 rushing yards in the win.

By CHUCK LANDIS - clandis@chronicle-tribune.com UPLAND — Even with a depleted running back corps, the Taylor University football team dominated on the ground Saturday afternoon and closed out the 2019 season with a much-needed victory. Quarterback Z

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Westgate leads Oak Hill over Northfield

UP AND UNDER: Oak Hill's Taylor Westgate gets up a shot between Northfield defenders in the Eagles' 43-40 win Friday night.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com WABASH - The bodies in the jerseys may have been different on Friday night but the match-up was as intense as it’s always been between Northfield and Oak Hill’s girls’ basketball teams. After deep

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Kyle, Vermilion lead Giants over Muncie Central

BY KEVIN HELFRICH ctreporter@indy.rr.com With a duo like RaShaya Kyle and Ellie Vermilion, the Marion girls’ basketball team’s early season offensive struggles were not likely to be long term. Behind those senior leaders, the Giants put together the

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Area sports

Nov. 16 Girls basketball: Marion at Wabash, 7:30 p.m., Madison-Grant at Tipton, 7:30 p.m., Indianapolis Cathedral at Mississinewa, 7:30 p.m., Eastbrook at Southern Wells, 7:30 p.m. Girls swimming: Oak HIll at Norwell Invite, 9 a.m. College football: Indiana Wesleya

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Senior spotlight-Class of '20

Skylar Tackett Mississinewa football and wrestling Siblings: My football team Favorite teacher (all time): Mr. Greentree Favorite school subject: Lunch Favorite food: Casa Favorite music artist: Lil Wayne Favorite TV show: Man vs. Wild Dream car: '68 Chevy SS Dream

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Announcements

Elks Hoop Shoot contest The annual Elks Hoop Shoot free throw contest will take place on Dec. 7 at Northview Elementary School in Gas City. Shooting times for both boys and girls are as follows: 8-9 year olds, 8:30 a.m.; 10-11 year olds, 9:45 a.m.; and 12-13 year o

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Taylor women stay unbeaten with win at IU-East

From staff reports The Taylor University women’s basketball team took a trip to Richmond on Thursday night and came away with an 88-75 win over Indiana University-East. The 15th-ranked Trojans continued their torrid pace from behind three-point arc

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Ole Miss girls topple Wabash to go 3-0

SURROUNDED: Mississinewa's Caily Bolser is tripled team by Wabash defenders in the Indians' 56-26 win Thursday night in Gas City.

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com GAS CITY – A wise basketball coach once said that defense should never have an off night. If that holds true all season, the Mississinewa girls basketball team is going to cause a lot of long nights for its opponent

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Bolser signs DI offer from Toledo

ROCKET LAUNCH. Mississinewa senior Caily Bolser signed her National Letter of Intent to become part of the Toledo University women's basketball program on Friday at MHS.

By CHUCK LANDIS - clandis@chronicle-tribune.com GAS CITY — While her senior season has just started, Mississinewa girls' basketball standout Caily Bolser secured her future with her next team. Bolser made a verbal commitment to Toledo University more tha

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IWU volleyball defines itself by more than on-court success

WILDCATS: Indiana Wesleyan senior setter Alex Falcone puts up a pass in the Wildcats' sweep of Mount Vernon Nazarene on Wednesday. The Wildcats host Marian in the Crossroads League championship at 7 p.m. today.

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com The biggest match of Indiana Wesleyan's volleyball season will be played tonight in Luckey Arena when the NAIA's third-ranked Wildcats host No. 12 Marian in the Crossroads League tournament championship. In what

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Area sports

Area sports Prep football: Class 4A Regional: East Noble at Mississinewa, 7 p.m.; Class 2A Regional: Eastside at Eastbrook, 7 p.m. Girls basketball: Muncie Central at Marion, 7:30 p.m., Oak Hill at Northfield, 7:30 p.m. Women's swimming: Indiana Wesleyan at To

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Senior spotlight-Class of '20

Coleena Selleck Oak Hill volleyball, basketball and softball Parents: Tammy and James Selleck Siblings: Sierra Selleck Favorite teacher (all time): Ben Johnson Favorite school subject: Science Favorite food: Mashed potatoes Favorite music group: Taylor Westgate and

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Announcements

Elks Hoop Shoot contest The annual Elks Hoop Shoot free throw contest will take place on Dec. 7 at Northview Elementary School in Gas City. Shooting times for both boys and girls are as follows: 8-9 year olds, 8:30 a.m.; 10-11 year olds, 9:45 a.m.; and 12-13 year o

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Madison-Grant girls move to 2-0

After winning only three games all of last season, the Madison-Grant girls basketball team won its second game in as many tries to start the 2019-20 campaign on Wednesday at Wes-Del. The Argylls shut out the Warriors through the first eight minutes of the game and

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Ole Miss hosts East Noble for regional title

INDIANS: Mississinewa's Cade Campbell runs to daylight in the Indians' 31-28 win over Marion in the championship game of Sectional 20 last week. Ole Miss hosts East Noble at 7 p.m. in a Class 4A regional with a spot in the Northern Semistate awaiting the winner.

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com GAS CITY — Officially, Mississinewa and East Noble meet on the football field for the first time ever this evening on Fisher Field, the Indians' home turf. But there is a good bit of familiarity betwe

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Panthers forge identity with ball security

Stephenson

By CHUCK LANDIS - clandis@chronicle-tribune.com Eastbrook has won four consecutive sectional football championships and each team has had its own unique identity. While this year's team doesn't have the razzle-dazzle of last year's Class 2A state runners-up, the Pa

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Kyle keeps family business thriving

BOILER UP: Marion High School senior RaShaya Kyle signed her national letter of intent to attend Purdue University on Wednesday evening in the MHS hospitality room.

By CHUCK LANDIS - clandis@chronicle-tribune.com RaShaya Kyle continued a family tradition Wednesday evening by signing a national letter of intent to attend Purdue University to compete for the women's basketball team. Kyle will be the

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Area sports

Area sports Girls basketball: Wabash at Mississinewa, 7:30 p.m.  Women's basketball: Taylor at IU-East, 7 p.m.

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No. 4 IWU men earn win at No. 13 IU-East

- From staff reports The NAIA Division II fourth-ranked Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball team collected its third win over a Top-25 ranked opponent on Tuesday, dropping 13th-ranked IU-East, 89-79, in Richmond.  The Wildcats placed all five sta

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Senior spotlight-Class of '20

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com Brendon Martin Marion football Parents: Stachia Martin Siblings: Brian Martin, Brycee Overton, Brine Morgan, Briana Haywood Favorite teacher (all time): Mrs. Holmes Favorite school subject: The Bistro Favorite food: Honey

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Kyle's 22 points leads Giants over Eagles

BATTLE: Marion's RaShaya Kyle drives between Oak Hill's Nikki Alston (23) and Taylor Westgate during the Giants' 36-31 win over the Eagles Tuesday night.

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com CONVERSE – The girls basketball team's from Marion and Oak Hill are mirror images of each other this season, each with a potential Indiana All-Star and a steady, an experienced guard, and surrounded by several 

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IWU volleyball advances to league championship

WILDCATS: Indiana Wesleyan's Rachel Klitzing elevates for one of her 15 kills on one of setter Alex Falcone's (1) 45 assists in the third-ranked Wildcats' 3-0 sweep of Mount Vernon Nazarene in a Crossroads League tournament semifinal match Wednesday night in Luckey Arena. IWU (33-1) will host No. 12 Marian (31-1) for the league championship Saturday at 7 p.m. in Luckey Arena.

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com   If the Indiana Wesleyan volleyball team has any weaknesses, they're not readily visible to anyone except for the Wildcats' 18th-year coach Candace Moats and her assistants. The NAIA's third-ranked Wildcats entered

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IU-Kokomo holds off Taylor comeback

TROJANS: Taylor's Mason Degenkolb looks for a shot against IU-Kokomo in the Trojans' 85-81 ;loss Tuesday night in Odle Arena.

By CHUCK LANDIS - clandis@chronicle-tribune.com UPLAND — What the Taylor University men's basketball team accomplished in the final 10 minutes Tuesday evening could win the Trojans a lot of games this season. Unfortunately, what happened in the first 30

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Area sports

Area sports Girls volleyball: Madison-Grant at Wes-Del, 7:30 p.m. College volleyball: Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals: Mt. Vernon Nazarene at Indiana Wesleyan, 7 p.m.    

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Senior spotlight-Class of '20

Dylan Bragg Eastbrook football, basketball and baseball Parents: Shelly Bragg, Brian Bragg Siblings: Nicholas Bragg Favorite teacher (all time): Mr. Meadows Favorite school subject: Social Studies Favorite food: Buffalo Wild Wings Favorite music artist: Lil Baby Fa

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IU-Kokomo men's basketball's roots traced to Marion native

- Provided by Indiana University-Kokomo KOKOMO, Ind. – He stands on the sidelines, watching intently as the team lines up around the free throw line. Three times the ball thuds against the floor, a moment of silence, and then the swish as it goes through the

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Eastbrook girls looking to replace production in 2019-20

PANTHERS: Sophomore Johwen McKim will take over the starting point guard duties for the Panthers in the 2019-20 girls basketball season. Eastbrook opens its season on Saturday at Southern Wells at 7:30 p.m.

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com Eastbrook girls basketball coach Jeff Liddick has grown accustomed to working long days and nights through late October and November. It's truly a good problem for Liddick to have as he splits time with the his girls team

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Announcements

Elks Hoop Shoot contest The annual Elks Hoop Shoot free throw contest will take plaece on Dec. 7 at Northview Elementary School in Gas City. Shooting times for both boys and girls are as follows: 8-9 year olds, 8:30 a.m.; 10-11 year olds, 9:45 a.m.; and 12-13 year

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