Mar. 4: Concordia 57, Garrett 54
Mar. 5: Bishop Dwenger 65, Bishop Luers 48; Leo 74, Angola 51
Friday: New Haven vs. Concordia, 6 p.m.; Bishop Dwenger vs. Leo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Championship, 7 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Jordan Hogue- Ball State University
Steve McElvene- Dayton
Jailan Wattley- IUPUI
AJ Smith- Indiana Tech
Jahkari Wilburt- IUPUI
Lowell Griggs- Undecided
Mariah Shakoor- University of Indianapolis
NEW HAVEN 66, BLUFFTON 32
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
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.
The High 5 volleyball club continues its strong start to the season. The ladies placed 1st after winning all five of their matches in the OVR – Bowling Green State University tournament in Bowling Green, OH on Feb. 9th. Congratulations ladies!