Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 Former Bremen head football coach Don Bunge watches the Lions practice on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Bunge helped start the Bremen program in 1957 and has missed one game in the last 57 seasons.

Names like Don Bunge, Gene Skirvin, Bill Sharpe and Bo Hundt helped shape NSC football history since the 1950s. The league ends tonight, Oct. 17, 2014. 

Bill Beck

Posted on Oct. 17, 2014 at 7:32 p.m.
 The Memorial Crimson Chargers and Central Blue Blazers meet in a Class 5A football game.

The records speak for themselves: Elkhart Central, Elkhart Memorial, Jimtown and Concord just aren’t getting the job done

Bill Beck

Posted on Oct. 14, 2014 at 6:16 p.m.
 Wawasee senior Clayton Cook (23) pushes forward as Memorial senior Kaleb Summers (42), right, and junior Drew Branson (57) take him down in the first quarter on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at Charger Field in Elkhart. The Warriors beat the Crimson Chargers 20-7.

Wawasee High School standout Clayton Cook gives the Warriors another dimension offensively by taking snaps at QB.

Bill Beck

Posted on Oct. 11, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.
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 Concord High's Jerrell Pointdexter runs downfield Friday night during the first quarter of the game against Northwood High. The game was later canceled due to inclement weather and rescheduled for Saturday at noon at Northwood.
Posted on Oct. 10, 2014 at 11:46 a.m.

Here’s an area sectional-by-sectional overview, with the IHSAA tournament pairings set to be drawn Sunday, Oct. 12.

 Plymouth High's Jeremy Splix moves to intercept Concord High quarterback Jason Grooms Friday, Oct. 3.
Posted on Oct. 5, 2014 at 3:39 p.m.

Senior Jacob LaFree was knocked out of the game on the opening kickoff, but the Rockies responded in a big way. 

 Fairfield assistant football coach Jim Jones talks about blocking drills with the Falcons on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Jones was head coach at Fairfield from 1988-2001 and he returned four seasons to work with head coach Bob Miller.
Posted on Oct. 3, 2014 at 4:18 p.m.

After being a head coach at Fairfield and an assistant at Goshen, Jim Jones’ return to Fairfield shows he’s still on the same page.

 Concord High quarterback Jason Grooms throws a pass Friday, Sept. 26 during the game against Jimtown High School.
Posted on Sept. 27, 2014 at 9:38 a.m.

Backup quarterback Jason Grooms stepped up big when starter Cullen Fisher went down, leading Minutemen to 37-7 win.

 Concord High's Tyrone Gilbert tries to manuever past Goshen High's Colton Potter Friday, Sept. 19, during the first half of the game.
Posted on Sept. 23, 2014 at 5:12 p.m.

Concord’s seniors have been beaten by the Jimmies for the last three years. This Friday, the Minutemen are hoping to match Jimtown’s intensity and bring home a win.

 Jimtown's Trevor Hobbs (left) makes a grab for a touchdown against New Prairie Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Jimtown threw for a school record 425 yards in a 35-33 loss.
Posted on Sept. 20, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.

With a 425-yard passing night, Jimmies will need to find a new offensive balance with Concord next on its high school football schedule

 Northridge lineman Michael Fickert (71) pressures Plymouth quarterback Jack Barron (5) as Barron flips the ball to a running back during first half action at Northridge Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.
Posted on Sept. 13, 2014 at 12:21 p.m.

Plymouth used body blows and a few haymakers to take out Northridge in a battle of the Northern Lakes Conference’s unbeaten Friday night, Sept. 12.

 Jimtown head coach Bill Sharpe watches his squad warm up during his final season as a coach in 2006.
Posted on Aug. 28, 2014 at 6:31 p.m.

With son, David, coaching at Glenn, former Jimtown great Bill Sharpe has mixed feelings about returning to Baugo.

 Karvel Anderson, an Elkhart Memorial and Robert Morris University graduate, will play in a professional basketball league in Italy beginning in October 2014.
Posted on Aug. 27, 2014 at 4:30 a.m.

As he looks forward to playing professional basketball in Italy, the once homeless Elkhart Memorial graduate says he had to leave his hometown behind to chase his dreams.

 Kyle Park, Goshen High School's new head coach, talks to Redskins quarterbacks during a practice. Park is the first-year coach at the school where he played and where his brother, Kevin, and father, Brad, also assist.
Posted on Aug. 21, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.

Nate Andrews of the Panthers and Kyle Park of the Redskins look to get programs moving in right direction.

Bill Beck
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In Side Lines, Bill Beck offers observations, quips and queries about Elkhart County sports, often heavy on high school football and Notre Dame. Now and then, he puts a twisted spin on a variety of hot topics.

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