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 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.

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.


Posted on Sept. 13, 2014 at 12:21 p.m.
 Jimtown head coach Bill Sharpe watches his squad warm up during his final season as a coach in 2006.

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


Posted on Aug. 28, 2014 at 6:31 p.m.
 Karvel Anderson, an Elkhart Memorial and Robert Morris University graduate, will play in a professional basketball league in Italy beginning in October 2014.

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.


Posted on Aug. 27, 2014 at 4:30 a.m.
 Northridge football coach Tom Wogomon puts his linemen through a workout with the team's new chute frame, which was engineered by Lippert Components in Goshen.
Posted on Aug. 22, 2014 at 6:56 p.m.

Raiders have a state-of-the-art chute, while Jimmies’ coach carries a whistle in his hand. 

 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.

 The sign above the entry way on to Concord's high school football practice asks the Minutemen a daily question.
Posted on Aug. 8, 2014 at 6:46 p.m.

Helmets in hand, athletes should be jumping into workouts, not waiting for an invite.

 Former Goshen football coach Brad Park works with Redskin linemen during a workout on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Park, who coached GHS from 1993-2002, is returning this fall to help his son, Kyle, the program's new head coach.
Posted on Aug. 6, 2014 at 3:56 p.m.

He returns to the GHS program 12 seasons after he retired to help son Kyle, the new coach, and son Kevin, an assistant.

 Lucas Miller (right), a Fairfield graduate from last season, douses a current Falcon player with a bucket of cold water during the team's conditioning run up
Posted on Aug. 5, 2014 at 4:14 p.m.

While the current Falcons struggled with “The Hill,” the seniors from last year enjoyed the view.

 NorthWood head football coach Nate Andrews talks to his squad during the opening IHSAA practice of the season on Monday, Aug. 4.
Updated on Aug. 5, 2014 at 10:20 a.m.

NorthWood head coach Nate Andrews brought an energetic passion to the first football drills Monday, Aug. 4.

 Elkhart's Nathan Palmer signed with the Denver Broncos as a late-season free agent pickup.
Posted on April 17, 2014 at 4:53 p.m.

Elkhartan shares thoughts on the Richie Incognito melodrama, Peyton Manning and a Super Bowl.

 Truth Photo By Larry Tebo  The NorthWood Panthers and the Whitko Wildcats met Monday evening for the West Noble sectional title with the Panthers winning the championship 76-35.  NorthWood's head coach Steve Neff didn't agree with a call.|107115
Posted on Feb. 23, 2014 at 4:11 p.m.

NorthWood girls basketball coach Steve Neff ends a 37-year run with a stunning regional loss.

 Elkhart Central works on defense in preparation for a 5A sectional football title against Concord.
Updated on Nov. 8, 2013 at 8:59 a.m.

Will Friday be the first time the Minutemen play at Rice Field?

 The Foreman Field crowd o the Goshen High home bleachers 30 minutes before the Friday, Nov.1 home game with Elkhart Central.
Updated on Nov. 4, 2013 at 4:29 p.m.

This scene is enough to make any loyal high school football fan cry.

Bill Beck
Bill Beck
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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 Jerrell Pointdexter (14) of Concord High School returns the ball on the opening kickoff for a touchdown during a game against Elkhart Memorial High School at Concord High School on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.

Updated on Nov. 1, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

Updated on Oct. 24, 2013 at 2:06 p.m.
 Jimtown's Nik Olson eludes the defense of New Prairie for a 17-yard gain in first half action at Jimtown on Friday, September 20, 2013. (Truth Photo By Mark Shephard)

Updated on Oct. 10, 2013 at 2:11 p.m.