Sunday, November 23, 2014

Side Lines


 Michael Fickert talks to the team after Northridge's loss to New Prairie 28-10.

Following a loss in the semistate game to New Prairie, Michael Fickert encouraged the Raiders’ underclassmen to continue working hard and top this year’s performance in 2015.

Bill Beck

Posted on Nov. 22, 2014 at 12:03 a.m.
 Northridge's Christian Miller walks down the sidelines during a game against Dwenger in the first round of Class 4A football sectionals on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Northridge in Middlebury. The Raiders beat the Saints 21-0.

New Prairie and Northridge have each battled their way into a Class 4A semistate meeting in Middlebury on Friday, Nov. 21. 

Bill Beck

Posted on Nov. 21, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.
 Northridge senior David Welker (right) tackles sophomore Tyler Scott during a drill to prepare the Raiders for their Friday semistate football game against New Prairie, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Northridge in Middlebury. The Class 4A semistate game will be played at Raider Field.

David Welker couldn’t work his way onto the field as a junior, but a change in attitude changed him into a playmaker for Northridge football. 

Bill Beck

Posted on Nov. 19, 2014 at 8:49 p.m.
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 Elkhart Central football players work out as the sun sets on Monday, Nov. 11. The Blue Blazers play LaPorte in a Class 5A regional on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.
Posted on Nov. 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Elkhart Central, Jimtown and Northridge eye regional titles, while Penn looks for a state championship game berth.

 The Central Blazers student section cheers during the final minute of the game against Concord Friday, Nov. 7. Central beat Concord 23-14 to win the Class 5A sectional championship.
Posted on Nov. 8, 2014 at 9:53 a.m.

The Blue Blazers and Raiders added their names to the records by winning their first sectional football championships on the same night. What a night in Elkhart County football.

 Northridge coach Mike Logan argues with the referee during a game with Dwenger in the first round of Class 4A football sectionals on Oct. 24, 2014, at Northridge in Middlebury. The Raiders beat the Saints 21-0.
Posted on Nov. 6, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.

A 28-year teacher-coach for Northridge schools, Mike Logan has witnessed the few highs and many lows of Raider football.

 Long-time Jimtown football assistant coach Ned Cook works with the Jimmies on Monday, Nov. 3. Jimtown will play Peru on Nov. 7 in a Class 3A sectional final.
Posted on Nov. 5, 2014 at 7:49 a.m.

Long-time Jimmie assistant coach has a simple, direct approach to teaching players each week.

 Northridge football coach Tom Wogomon (far right) talks to his squad after Friday night's 51-16 Class 4A sectional football playoff win at East Noble.
Posted on Nov. 3, 2014 at 7:08 p.m.

Northridge goes into the sectional championship game at Leo with a 9-2 record and a six-game winning streak

 Fairfield High's Blake Glogouski goes down after being intercepted by Jimtown's Jake Grove and Nic Weiss Friday, Oct. 24 during their Class 3A sectional game at Knepp Field.
Posted on Oct. 25, 2014 at 9:55 a.m.

Fairfield absorbed shots early and kept up the fight, but Jimtown was too fast and physical in 3A playoff meeting Friday, Oct. 24.

 Northridge's Cam Ridenour (3) celebrates a Raider touchdown during first half action against Plymouth at Northridge Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.
Posted on Oct. 23, 2014 at 8:50 a.m.

Opening round of the 2014 IHSAA football postseason begins with Elkhart County schools playing their best games.

 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.
Posted on Oct. 17, 2014 at 7:32 p.m.

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. 

 The Memorial Crimson Chargers and Central Blue Blazers meet in a Class 5A football game.
Posted on Oct. 14, 2014 at 6:16 p.m.

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

 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.
Posted on Oct. 11, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.

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

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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