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Friday, April 18, 2014

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New Haven Parks and Recreation will be hosting two events this spring.  At 9:00 a.m. on May 17th is the Elementary 1Mile and Grandparent Walk K-6 located at New Haven High School.  All children grades K-6 are invited along with their grandparents to participate in this event.  This event is open to any boys or girls in preschool thru sixth grade. Preschoolers thru 2nd grade will run 800 meters; while 3rd thru 6th grade will run 1600 meters. Race schedule is an estimate. We will run the next race as soon as the previous race is over. The first race will start at 9 and each race will follow shortly after the previous race is completed.  At the mid point, all grandparents will walk 1 mile together (4 laps around the track).  What a great way to get healthy together with your loved ones!  Ronald McDonald will be there too!


COST :$10 BY WEDNESDAY APRIL 30TH OR AFTER $15 THROUGH WENESDAY MAY 15TH.  Must register by April 30th to be guaranteed that you will receive a t-shirt.                                                                                                                                                                                  (If you do not want a t-shirt, please use coupon code NS to save $5. Coupon can only be used until April 30th. )

On June 7th is the Annual Canal Days 5K 4 Wellness located at Havenhust Park in New Haven, Indiana at 8:00am.  This annual event is open to the community and is designed for both competitive athletes and recreation participants.  We doubled our participation last year and hope to do the same this year.  This event focuses on movement and activity for both the able and disabled.  It also offers a 5K 4 Wellness Raffle which helps schools gain resources for wellness programs and aid local parks in securing funds for adaptive wellness programs/services for the disabled.



(Forms at Parks office,  Here, )





Schools can earn $5000 for wellness. Raffle tickets are ready and sales run now thru June 1st. Parent packets are available. All schools need to do is contact Kerri Zurbuch at 260-433-0024 or email her at and request “parent packet and raffle ticket information”.  Proceeds can be used for anything that is wellness related: physical wellness (P.E., running club, playground, nutrition enrichment, 25% sports), environmental wellness (recycling and resue programs), spiritual wellness, social/emotional wellness, vocational wellness (faculty and staff). Over the last two years schools have earned between $6,100 and $800 depending on the number of tickets sold.


Go to to register online

For questions call Mike Clendenen at 260-749-2212

For questions related to schools participating in the 5K 4 Wellness raffle call Kerri Zurbuch at 433-0024


POSTED: 04/16/14 at 6:52 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News, Sports

by Beth Stauffer

The 2014 baseball season may have just begun, but for 2 New Haven seniors plans are already underway for the 2015 season.

Justin Bennett Signs Letter of Intent to Play for USF Baseball

On Wednesday, April 10th, 2014 Nick Vachon and Justin Bennett signed letters of intent to play baseball for the University of Saint Francis beginning next spring.  Vachon and Bennett will join former Bulldog teammate Kyle Sovine on the Cougars roster; Sovine, a sophomore, is currently listed as a pitcher for the USF team that began its season on April 5th.

The signing was witnessed on Wednesday by members of both Vachon’s and Bennett’s families, New Haven Coach Dave Bischoff, and USF Coach Greg Roberts.

Nick Vachon is the son of Tom and Kim Vachon of New Haven.  He says he has been playing baseball since the 2nd grade, and currently is a pitcher/catcher for the Bulldogs.  Vachon plans to study radiology at Saint Francis in hopes of becoming a radiology technician.

Nick Vachon Signs Letter of Intent to Play for USF Baseball

Justin Bennett is son of John Bennett and Tannis Bennett of New Haven.  Bennett’s baseball career began in the 1st grade, when he started playing for the New Haven Baseball Association.  Currently, Bennett says he plays middle infield, mainly 2nd base for the Bulldogs.  Bennett plans to study Business Management while a student athlete at USF.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to get a good education while at Saint Francis,” said Bennett on Wednesday.

First, however, seniors Vachon and Bennett will lead the Bulldog Baseball team during the remainder of the 2014 season.  On Tuesday evening, the team earned their first win of the season against Bluffton at home, defeating the Tigers 3-2.

The next home game for the Bulldogs is Friday evening as the team hosts Wayne High School beginning at 5 pm.

POSTED: 04/11/14 at 6:39 am. FILED UNDER: Beth Stauffer Blog, News, Sports

by Beth Stauffer

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 was a nearly perfect evening for New Haven to host its first home track meet of the 2014 season, taking on nearby rival the Snider Panthers at the Patrick Monaghan Track & Field Facility at New Haven High School.

The evening was an especially good one for the New Haven Girls Varsity team, who won the first event of the evening and never looked back, easily defeating Snider 77-54.  In the first event, the 4X800 Meter Relay team by more than 30 seconds to capture 1st place.  In the Girl 100 Meter Hurdles, New Haven’s Jessica Rush and Ja’Kyia Grundy took 1st and 2nd place, respectively.  Kaniah Creech swept 1st place in the 100 Meter Dash, while Paige Boatright took 2nd in the 1600 Meter Run.

In the 4X100 Meter Relay, New Haven again took the top spot over Snider with a time of 51.15.  In the 300 Meter Hurdles, New Haven took the top 3 spots with Ja’Kyia Grundy in 1st with a time of 52.70, Jessica Rush in 2nd with a time of 56.44, and Kiana Lee with a time of 58.96.  Kelly Workman took 1st in the 800 Meter Run along with teammate Brooke Feipel, who came in 3rd.  In the 200 Meter Dash, New Haven’s Kaniah Creech edged out Snider’s Karrina Smith by .01/second with a time of 27.22.

In the Girls 200 Meter Dash, Brittany Adams placed 1st for New Haven with a time of 29.67 while Ja’Nyia Grundy came in 3rd with a time of 32.43.  In the Girls 3200 Meter Run, New Haven’s Paige Boatright came in first with a time of 12.12.78.  In the Girls 4×400 Meter Relay, New Haven again took the top spot over Snider with a time of 4:34.78.  It was an especially good night for the girls relay events, as New Haven brought home the top honors in each of the relay races on Wednesday evening.

In field events, Kelly Workman took 2nd in the High Jump and Ja’Nyia Grundy and Jessica Rush took 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Long Jump.  Haley Whitacre took 2nd for New Haven in both the Shot Put and Discus Throw.  In the Pole Vault, Megan Kage took 1st and Beth Needham placed 3rd for the Bulldogs.

The Junior Varsity Girls did not fair quite as well as the Varsity team, falling to the Panthers 28-57.  Lauren Shephard Dawn Janai Lee, Alena Drummond, Diana Mahathy, Tori Criswell, Nakia Mitchell, Kamarie Howard and Sha’nia Carswell all placed in the top 3 for the Junior Varsity in their respective events.

The Boys Varsity competition between New Haven and Snider was a more hotly contested competition than the Girls Varsity showing.  New Haven’s 4X800 Meter Relay took 1st place over Snider in their 1st event of the evening by a slim 5 second margin.  In the Boys 110 Meter Hurdles, A.J. Smith and Mikeal Griggs took 1st and 2nd place respectively.  In the Boys 100 Meter Dash, New Haven’s Lamar White placed 2nd with a time of 11.77, while in the 1600 Meter Run sophomore Deric Laurent placed 2nd with a time of 5:01.13.

In the 4X100 Meter Relay, New Haven placed 1st after Snider was disqualified.

In the 400 Meter Dash, junior Adam Hoffer sailed into 1st place with a time of 53.03 while teammate A.J. Smith placed 2nd in the Boys 300 Meter Hurdles with a time of 43.12.  In the 800 Meter Run, Armando Luja placed 1st for New Haven with a time of 2:08.77.  In the distance run, the 3200 Meter, Deric Laurent placed 1st with a time of 10:48.66.  New Haven’s 4X400 Meter Relay took 2nd place to Snider, with a time off Snider’s pace of less than 2 seconds.

In the Boys Varsity Field Events, Trever Kraner took 2nd in the High Jump, Andy Kohrman took 3rd in both the Shot Put and Discus, and Zach Watson placed 1st in the Discus Throw with a distance of 117-04.  Ryan Shaffer and Torrey Blevins took the 1st and 2nd honors respectively in the Pole Vault for New Haven.

In the end, Snider edged out New Haven for the Boys Varsity overall win with a score of 71-61.  The Boys Junior Varsity team also fell to Snider with a score of 32-70.   Trever Kraner, Michael Meyer, Antonio Hamlet, Keshon Thomas, Clifton Harris, Dwight Young and Matt Meredith all placed for New Haven in the top 3 of their respective events.

The next home track meet for the Bulldogs will be on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 5 pm.

POSTED: 04/09/14 at 10:30 pm. FILED UNDER: Beth Stauffer Blog, News, Sports




POSTED: 03/20/14 at 9:00 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

by Beth Stauffer

In the Indiana High School Hockey Association state championship debut on Fort Wayne ice, the Leo High School Hockey Association skated away with the gold in the Class 4a match-up with Carmel Gold in overtime 2-1.  Another area team, Bishop Dwenger, also won in overtime over Evansville with a score of 2-1 for the Class 2A championship.

Leo High School State Champions photo courtesy of Julie Holle

Traditionally, the IHSHA Championships have been held in Indianapolis at the Pepsi Coliseum or in South Bend at Notre Dame, but this year the Canlan Lutheran Health Network Sports Complex served as host to the event where more than 1,000 cheering fans diverged on Saturday to root for their favorite teams.

For Leo, the timing involved with moving the event couldn’t have been sweeter.

In the 4A title game, overtime was the name of the game as the Leo Lions and Carmel Gold were tied 1-1 with goals by Blake Kern of Leo in the 2nd and Danny Anderson of Carmel Gold in the 3rd.  The game then proceeded to double OT, first a 4-on- 4 overtime and then a 3-on-3 second overtime.  A goal by Leo High School Senior Tyler Grunden secured the Lions’ championship crown.  Leo goalie and Leo High School Junior Chandler Reinking posted an impressive 32 saves during the game as even though the Lions were outshot by Carmel Gold 33-18, they managed to pull out a win.

Saturday’s win adds an impressive new title to veteran coach Dan Schiebel’s coaching history:  Class 4A championship.   Schiebel has already coached state championship hockey teams in Indiana’s  1A, 2A, and 3A classes.  This most recent victory is Leo’s 2nd state championship under Schiebel in 3 years, and is the first time in history that a local team has won the regular city championship, playoff city championship, and state championship in one season.


POSTED: 03/10/14 at 7:10 am. FILED UNDER: Beth Stauffer Blog, News, Sports

by Beth Stauffer

March Madness for New Haven High School Bulldog Basketball fans has ended for the 2013-2014 season.  The Bulldogs fell to the Bishop Dwenger Saints in the Sectional Championship game on Saturday evening in Armstrong Arena 50-40.

Seniors Jailan Wattley and Jordan Hogue with longtime Coach Al Gooden as Bulldogs fall to Bishop Dwenger in Sectional Championship

Saturday’s loss to Dwenger ended the season for the regular season Conference Champs and completed the high school basketball athletic careers of 6 New Haven seniors :  Jordan Hogue, Steve McElvene, Jailan Wattley, AJ Smith, Jahkari Wilburt, and Lowell Griggs.

The Bulldogs are coached by Al Gooden; the team’s overall record for the season stands at 19-5.  Entering Saturday’s championship game, New Haven was the reigning sectional champion from the 2012-2013 season.  That season the team went all the way to the Regional Championship at Marion High School before falling to Carmel High School in the final seconds of the game.  The 2012-2013 team was led by current Notre Dame basketball player and Indiana All-Star team member, VJ Beachem.

Dwenger moves on to Regionals next Saturday, March 15th at Blackford High School.  The Saints will take on the NorthWood High School Panthers from Nappannee, Indiana in the first round of Regional action with tip-off set for 10 am.  Muncie Central and Norwell have also advanced to the Class 3A Regional championship at Blackford; the winners of the two preliminary rounds will meet at 8 pm on Saturday, March 15th to determine the Regional Champions.

POSTED: 03/10/14 at 7:06 am. FILED UNDER: Beth Stauffer Blog, News, Schools, Sports

by Beth Stauffer

The New Haven High School hosted 2014 IHSAA Class 3a Boys’ Basketball Sectional got off to an exciting start on Tuesday, March 4th as the Cadets of Concordia High School faced off against the Garrett High School Railroaders in game #1 action.

The Cadets, who are coached by Josh Eggold, entered Tuesday night’s competition with an 8-12 record for the season.  The Railroaders, who are coached by John Bodey, sported a 14-8 record overall; the two teams did not play each other during the regular season.

Early on, Concordia soared to an early lead of nearly 20 points over Garrett that left them sitting pretty at the half.  Garrett came on strong beginning with the 3rd period, however, and a 3 point shot by the Railroader’s #14, Jared Estep, closed the gap between the two teams and brought Garrett into the lead for the first time on Tuesday night with two minutes remaining in the 4th.

In the final seconds of the game, Concordia managed to reclaim the lead by a slim 1 point margin.  Garrett took possession of the ball with less than 10 seconds left on the clock, but an unrelenting Concordia defense resulted in a missed shot by Garrett with 3 seconds remaining.  Garrett immediately fouled Concordia’s #12, Desmond McCall, who proceeded to make two free throw shots at the line.  Garrett made a last second attempt at a three point basket to tie up the game, but to no avail.  The final score of the game was Fort Wayne Concordia, 57, Garrett High School, 54.

Topping the scoreboard for Garrett on Tuesday was #14, Jaret Estep with 8 points, #33 Matt Singleton with 11 points, and #30 Justin McCoy with 21 points.  Concordia’s leading scorers on Tuesday night included #33 Paxton Bergdoll with 9 points, #10 Reginald Tharp with 13 points, and the game leading scorer #12, Desmond McCall with 25 points.

Concordia will now face the New Haven Bulldogs in game #4 on Friday night, March 7th, in New Haven at 6 pm.  New Haven enters the tournament with a bye for round 1, so they will not see any action in the sectional tournament until Friday night.  Earlier in February, New Haven travelled to Concordia to take on the Cadets and won that match-up 65-53.

On Wednesday night, the remainder of the first round of sectionals will be played in the Armstrong Arena in New Haven.  At 6 pm, Bishop Luers will face Bishop Dwenger followed by Angola versus Leo.  Then, at 7:30 pm on Friday the winners of both of Wednesday nights’ games will vie for a slot in Saturday’s sectional championship game set to tip off at 7 pm.

Tickets are available for all of New Haven’s sectional games at the school during the regular school day and will be available at the door preceding each game.  A pass for the entire sectional tourney is $10 for adults and students; single game entry is $6.

POSTED: 03/05/14 at 6:55 am. FILED UNDER: Beth Stauffer Blog, Sports

by Beth Stauffer

For New Haven High School student Jordan Holle, his Senior year has been a memorable one, particularly when it comes to athletics.

Earlier this fall, Holle was a part of the New Haven Bulldogs football team that won the Northeast Hoosier Conference championship crown, snagged a Sectional championship victory, and then went on to play in the Regional championship game.

2014 Hobey Baker Character Award Recipient Jordan Holle with Leo Lions Hockey Head Coach Dan Schiebel

On Saturday, Holle will once again put on a purple jersey and a helmet as he helps his team compete for a state championship.   This time, however, the jersey Holle dons will represent another of the East Allen County School district’s fine athletic programs, the Lions of Leo High School.  The Leo High School Hockey Association is confirmed to play in class 4A state championship game against Carmel High School on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at the Canlan Ice Complex in Fort Wayne on Fernhill Avenue at 5:30 pm.

Holle, who is the son of Kevin and Julie Holle of New Haven, is in his 3rd year playing for the Varsity Lions under Head Coach Dan Schiebel.  According to Coach Schiebel, the Leo High School Hockey Association is currently in their 3rd year as a member of the Fort Wayne Area High School Hockey Association.  As a freshman, Holle played on the New Haven High School junior varsity hockey team which later transferred to Leo in 2011 due to the dwindling number of players attending New Haven.

Since hockey is a non-sanctioned club sport in Indiana, Leo’s team welcomes students from several different schools in the area, including Wayne High School, Concordia (Tyler Harmon also from New Haven), Carroll, New Haven, and even a Northwest Ohio school.  The team boasts a roster of 21 members, although a majority of those (13) on the team attend Leo High School.

While Jordan Holle is the sole member of the team from New Haven High School, he is quietly representing his hometown of New Haven well.  Earlier in February, Holle, who is an honor roll student at New Haven High School, was awarded the national 2014 Hobey Baker Character Award in recognition of his exemplary character, sportsmanship and contributions to the Leo Lions hockey club.

Leo Lions Hockey Team 2014

Coach Schiebel, who nominated Holle for the award, says that the Hobey Baker Character Award is the most prestigious award a hockey player can receive, and is the highlight of Holle’s high school hockey playing career.  Hobey Baker was widely regarded as one of the best amateur hockey players of all time before his untimely death as a highly-decorated career as a pilot during World War I.  Baker was posthumously named one of the first Americans ever inducted into the International Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945 and was among the charter members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Elevith, Minnesota in 1973.

In an interview on Monday evening, March 3rd at Canlan following one of the team’s last practices before Saturday, the well-spoken and polite Holle said that he has been playing hockey since he was 8 years old.

He added with a smile, “8 is kind of old to start playing hockey.”

Nevertheless, Holle’s advanced age when he began playing hockey hasn’t seemed to slow him down on the ice, and on Saturday he will help his team place the final gem in Coach Schiebel’s crown as the team vies for the 4A State Championship; Schiebel has already won a 1A State Championship, a 2A State Championship, and a 3A State Championship in his more-than-30-year-career as a high school hockey coach.  A win on Saturday would garner Leo its 2nd State Championship in hockey in 3 years, a testament to the club’s work ethic and sportsmanship.

The championship game will no doubt be hotly contested between both teams, as Carmel Gold Icehounds are the IHSHA State Championship team circa 2012 and the 2013 Hoosier League Conference champions.    The Icehounds defeated HSE Hockey (from Fishers, Indiana) 3-0 in the semi-state championship, while Leo defeated the Riley Wildcats 6-2 to secure a run for the state championship on Saturday.

While Holle’s high school athletic career will hopefully end on high note this coming Saturday, there is little doubt that the lessons he has learned and the memories made while playing high school sports will last a lifetime.

Regardless of the sport, regardless of the school, purple is definitely a winning color on Jordan Holle.


POSTED: 03/04/14 at 7:03 am. FILED UNDER: Beth Stauffer Blog, News, Schools, Sports

By Angel Windom, with Beth Stauffer

For most of us Seniors, Senior Night was a bittersweet moment.

We were able to watch our close friends walk with their parents and share a special moment with the crowd. For me, it was exciting to watch some of the friends I’ve attended school with since kindergarten bring their high school sports careers to an end.

Some Seniors, like Jordan Hogue and Steve McElvene, will continue their sports careers at the collegiate level. It’s always an amazing experience to be able to hear what my fellow classmates plan to do in the future. It was also great seeing the Bulldogs defeat their opponents on such a special night.

Those recognized on Tuesday Night included:


Kaityln Dunaway- Indiana University

Alexia Kopke- IPFW

Britni Bollinger- Ball State University

Kristen Eiden- Undecided

Keeyln Watters- Anderson University

Nicole Westrick- Saint Francis

Haley Morin- Undecided


Basketball Players

Jordan Hogue- Ball State University

Steve McElvene- Dayton

Jailan Wattley- IUPUI

AJ Smith- Indiana Tech

Jahkari Wilburt- IUPUI

Lowell Griggs- Undecided


Basketball Manager

Mariah Shakoor- University of Indianapolis


POSTED: 02/26/14 at 9:43 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools, Sports


Bluffton 4 5 13 10 –32
New Haven 10 22 22 12 –66

New Haven: Crowe 2, Hogue 4, Griggs 21, Wattley 9, Kinnie 4, Mohler 6, Smith 4, Wilbert 4, McElvene 12
Bluffton: Prible 8, Sturgeon 2, Moser 3, Pearson 8, Morgan 1, Moriarity 10


NHHS Sectional

Tuesday: Garrett vs. Concordia, 7 p.m.

Mar. 5: Bishop Dwenger vs. Bishop Luers,

6 p.m.; Angola vs. Leo, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 7: New Haven vs. Winner of Game 1,

6 p.m.; Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 8: Championship, 7 p.m.

POSTED: 02/26/14 at 6:47 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports