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Hotel Fitness Championship announces two tournament week events for Fort Wayne families

The Western Golf Association, host of the 2014 Hotel Fitness Championship (Aug. 25-31) at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, announces today two new elements to tournament week activities.

New this year, the Hotel Fitness Championship will be hosting Hometown Team Day on Aug. 30 in partnership with the Fort Wayne TinCaps, Komets and Mad Ants. All fans wearing local professional team logos to the tournament that day (Hotel Fitness Championship gear included) will receive a free Hotel Fitness Championship program at the gate. There will be an autograph session with mascots from each team from 12:30-2 p.m.

The autograph signing will take place near the Lutheran Health Fan Village, a new fan-friendly area with multiple vendor booths. Organizations participating in the Fan Village include Community Harvest Food Bank, Lutheran Health Network, Eagle Classics sports memorabilia, Visit Fort Wayne and Hotel Fitness with a display of exercise equipment. Tournament merchandise will also be sold in the Fan Village, located near the practice putting green. Patrons are encouraged to visit daily as activities and giveaways will change regularly.

“We are excited to feature some fantastic organizations in our Lutheran Health Fan Village and add Hometown Team Day to our lineup of tournament week activities,” said Duke Butler IV, tournament director, on behalf of the WGA. “The theme day will bring the excitement of the diamond, rink and court to Sycamore Hills Golf Club and highlight Fort Wayne as a fantastic sports town. The Hotel Fitness Championship is a fun event for the entire family, and we encourage parents to bring their kids out to the tournament.”

Juniors ages 16 and under are admitted free to the tournament when accompanied by a ticketed adult (two juniors for every ticketed adult).

The Hotel Fitness Championship is one of four Tour Finals events that will determine the 50 players who earn cards for the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season under the TOUR’s enhanced qualifying system.

Players eligible for the Hotel Fitness Championship include the top-75 money winners on the Tour at the conclusion of the Regular Season; players who finish 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list at the end of the TOUR’s Regular Season; and non-members who earn enough points to place them among 126-200 on the FedExCup points list at the end of the regular season.

To learn more about hospitality, volunteer and ticket options available, visit To learn more about the WGA and the Evans Scholars Foundation, visit

POSTED: 08/21/14 at 6:47 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

The following are the scores and stats for New Haven High School girls Volleyball vs Woodlan

New Haven won in 4 games…

Game 1- 25-8 (New Haven)

Game 2- 20-25 (Woodlan)

Game 3- 26-24 (New Haven)

Game 4- 25-20 (New Haven)

Annalea Francis lead with kills (6) and had 10 aces.

Andrea Jordan followed with  5 kills as well as Hadley Decker with 4 kills

Ashely Luginbill and Olivia Casterline both lead the team in digs with 7 each and Ashely also contributed 6 aces

Audrea lead the team in assists with 12 and Ella Cordray was right behind with 7 assists

Megan Kage lead the team in blocks with 4

The girls did an great job and it was a great way to start off the season!!

POSTED: 08/20/14 at 9:58 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports


16th Annual New Haven Food Bank Golf Outing
(Supported by the East Allen Co. Chapter of Thrivent Financial #30846)
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Registration @ 7:30 AM ** Shot-gun Start @ 8:00 AM **Whispering Creek Golf Club, 216 N. Rufus Street, New Haven, IN – 260-749-5025
Four Person Florida Scramble – $60 per Person – Includes 18 Holes of Golf, Half of Cart, Prizes, Beverages, & Lunch – PRIZES for: Top Teams (Men’s and Mixed Couples – 2 men/2women), Closest to Pin & Longest Drives Plus Door Prizes – Optional Skins game – Winning teams qualify for Champions Cup tourney
Send entry form & $60 per person entry fee by September 6th. To: Neal Wissman, 7210 Brackenwood Court, Fort Wayne, IN 46835 PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO EMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Contact Neal Wissman with questions 486-3529

POSTED: 08/13/14 at 7:30 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

World Baseball Academy Celebrates Third year of Million Dollar Impact to Fort Wayne’s Economy

Fort Wayne’s World Baseball Academy (WBA) today announced another million dollar contribution to Fort Wayne’s economy.  WBA Hoosier Classic youth baseball tournaments this summer generated $1,073,512 in tourism economic impact for Fort Wayne. This is the third consecutive year the organization has generated more than $1 million in positive economic impact to the city.

In 2014, 166 teams from the Midwest and Canada participated in tournaments, held April through July.  That represents another year of steady growth for WBA tournaments, which have been held in Fort Wayne since 2003.

“A six percent growth this year is nice, but that could increase dramatically – 100% and more – with renovation of our fields at the ASH Centre,” according to WBA Chief Executive Officer Caleb Kimmel.  “Competition in travel youth baseball is growing as other Indiana communities invest millions in new facilities.  We know with additional community investment, Fort Wayne can become a first-choice destination for youth sports through a renovated, youth baseball complex.”

The two-phase renovation plan would rebuild four ball fields for durability and cost-effective maintenance, allowing extensive use with affordable operational costs.  Phase 1 includes construction of three baseball fields sized for young players through high school play with artificial surface infields, new lighting and other important upgrades.  Phase 2 includes construction of a collegiate-size ball field with all artificial surfaces and lighting.

“Our largest tournament weekend this year attracted 28 teams over the course of 3 days.  When Phase 1 is complete, we will host 64 teams in a single weekend,” Kimmel explains. “Developing a central hub with high quality surfaces, combined with the WBA’s experience as a tournament event planner, will significantly increase youth baseball’s impact on the local economy.”

Increasing local access to high quality youth baseball fields is also a priority for the WBA.  Already, all types of teams, from Wildcat to Little League to travel baseball, utilize the WBA’s fields.  Projections show that use of the fields by local teams would triple when new fields are constructed.

The Phase One fields have a $3.2 million price tag.   In 2012, a citizen panel recommended that Fort Wayne’s Legacy Fund invest in the youth baseball project.  That recommendation is still pending and the WBA has begun its own fundraising efforts, since matching dollars would likely be required for any grant from the Legacy Fund.  Now City officials are considering establishing a new review process for Legacy investments.

WBA is urging City Council and Mayor Tom Henry to make a determination soon on an investment in a quality youth baseball complex, so matching funds can be raised and construction can occur in time for the 2016 baseball season.  The sooner the complex is renovated, the sooner Fort Wayne’s economy can reap the benefits.

More about the WBA

World Baseball Academy (WBA) is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit success story for northeast Indiana because of its impact on youth and its sustainability.  More than 3,000 boys and girls age 5 to 18 annually experience the WBA as a safe place for learning baseball and developing as a player and as a person.  They participate in small group or individual instruction, camps and clinics guided by professional instructors, and tournaments.  WBA activities are available to at-risk youth through the WBA Scholarship Program.  WBA partners with 15 youth-serving agencies including Boys & Girls Clubs and Charis House to find kids who would benefit from its mentoring instruction.  Donors make scholarships available to those whose families might never be able to afford lessons.

The mission of the World Baseball Academy is to provide quality baseball instruction enhanced with character-building values that teach respect for the game, one’s self and others and build mentoring relationships between parents, coaches and players.  International connections empower the WBA to fulfill this mission locally and around the world.


Caleb Kimmel, WBA CEO

Phone:  260-437-9349



POSTED: 08/11/14 at 6:46 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

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New Haven High School hires Bruce Stephens as new boys basketball coach. Stephens served as an assistant under Gooden since 1996 at New Haven and Harding High School. With Gooden, Stephens won back-to-back Northeast Hoosier Conference championships and a sectional crown at New Haven. At Harding, Stephens was part of a staff that won the 2001 2A state championship, 5 semi-state championships, 6 regional championships, 10 sectional championships and 4 Summit Athletic Conference championships. Gooden left New Haven in June to accept the boys basketball head coaching job at Indianapolis Lawrence Central.

POSTED: 08/01/14 at 2:41 pm. FILED UNDER: Sports

POSTED: 07/31/14 at 5:54 pm. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News, Sports

Central Lutheran School Charger Cross Country Camp

Pictured: the Central Lutheran School Charger’s Cross Country Camp runners on Platter Bridge in New Haven, Indiana

Logan Bauer, Ashton Werling, Bree Grunawalt, Lia Barger, Hayley Oldfield, Sophie Schuller, Josie Delegrange, Kennedy Cain, Marissa Barger, Lucy Gongaware, Makayla Coomer, Olivia Schuller, Carly Gongaware, Calyn Bauer, J.D. Schuller, and Garret Ternet.

POSTED: 07/22/14 at 8:03 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools, Sports

Hotel Fitness Championship teams up with Main Street Bistro & Martini Lounge to liven up the golf course

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (July 21, 2014) – The Hotel Fitness Championship and Fort Wayne’s Main Street Bistro & Martini Lounge are teaming up to bring an exciting social element to Sycamore Hills Golf Club Aug. 25-31. Main Street Bistro will manage the upgraded Main Street Lounge pavilions on the 9th and 16th greens, providing sheltered seating with a view of golf, signature cocktails and unique food options for purchase.

Patrons who purchase the tournament’s upgraded tickets will get both grounds access and entry into the lively Main Street Lounge pavilions. Giveaways and prizes will be distributed throughout the day each time a player records a birdie on holes 9 or 16.

The upgraded ticket options are:

  • One Day Championship Round Main Street Lounge Ticket ($50): Valid one day of your choice, Aug. 28–31
  • Four Day Championship Round Main Street Lounge Ticket ($115): Valid each Championship Round, Aug. 28-31

Main Street Bistro & Martini Lounge is located on the first floor of the 1st Source Center in downtown Fort Wayne. With a modern-contemporary menu, weekly specials, 60 unique international premium red and white wine choices, superior martinis and 14 regional craft beers on tap, the lounge offers something for everyone.

“We are very excited to be partnering with one of Fort Wayne’s most original downtown eateries,” said Duke Butler IV, tournament director of Hotel Fitness Championship. “Main Street Bistro knows how to create a superior guest experience with a high level of energy, and we look forward to the fun atmosphere they’ll create for our tournament patrons.”

The Hotel Fitness Championship is one of four Tour Finals events for 2014 that will determine the 50 players who earn cards for the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season under the TOUR’s enhanced qualifying system. It is the year’s biggest golf tournament to be played in the Hoosier state and is estimated to have a $4-5 million impact on Fort Wayne’s economy.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact Sally White at (224) 260-3786 or

POSTED: 07/22/14 at 8:01 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

Where: New Haven High School Wrestling Room

When: July 21-25 Monday-Friday

Time: 5-7:00 P.M.

Cost: $35.00 (Includes New Haven Wrestling Club Camp T-Shirt), All Profits Will Help Fund New Haven High School Wrestling Team and New Haven Wrestling Club Instruction: Coaches and High School Wrestlers Will Teach and Review Fundamentals and Techniques, Wrestlers Will Be Placed in Groups Based on Age and Ability

Matches: Last Two Days of the Week, Wrestlers Will Be Placed on Teams for Wrestling Tournament

Ages: Grades K-8 Will Be Invited to Participate

Questions/Contacts: For Questions or Information Email or Call James Linn at or 260-609-1290

Registration: Please, Email Wrestlers Name, Age, Grade, and Phone #to, or Mail Information to James Linn at 4715 Derome Dr. Fort Wayne, IN 46835, Checks May Be Mailed or Bring to First Day of Camp



POSTED: 07/16/14 at 7:08 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

It is that time of year again! The 2014 PAL Football season is right around the corner. This year promises to be another great and successful season.

Registration for all of players, new and returning, is now open. Returning players can register online: Please contact the PAL Center 260-432-4122 with any questions or problems regarding registration.

New players can register any day of the week from July 1, 2014 to August 4, 2014 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the PAL Center.

Site registration will take place between 5:30 and 6:30 on the following dates:

7-21-14 Woodland High School
7-22-14 New Haven Library
7-23-14 Homestead High School (Door 4)
7-25-14 Prince Chapman Academy

7-28-14 PAL Center

Additionally, the new concussion and safety legislation that passed the Indiana Legislature this spring which went into effect July 1, 2014, affects us as an organization. Because we play at public schools, was must follow all the guidelines and requirements. This includes a requirement that all of our Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches must take and pass a player safety and concussion training courses every two years. In order to accomplish this, we have teamed up with, and become a member of, USA Football, a great organization!  We look forward to our new relationship, and working hard to help protect the players and keep them safe.

Also, help us spread the word about PAL Fort Wayne.  Please visit our Facebook page and share the posts regarding registration.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you this fall.

Eric Wilkins

Head Commissioner, PAL Football


POSTED: 07/16/14 at 6:56 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports