Twine Line: Weather issues disrupt Elkhart area basketball schedules

Elkhart Truth photo/ Paige Mallory PassmanConcord's Grant Magnuson defends as Elkhart Memorial's Hank Smith shoots at Concord High School on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016.

It wasn't just the weather, but power outages related to the weather, that played havoc with area high school basketball games over the weekend.

At Bethany Christian, the Bruins' single-day boys and girls holiday tournaments on Saturday were each called off as a result of lost electricity.

And at Jimtown, the Jimmies and Fairfield were in the middle of the third quarter when a power outage forced suspension of that boys game.

"It was kind of surreal," Jimtown athletic director Nate Dean said Monday of the lights and the public address both going out in the middle of the game.

It may have been surreal, but it was not unprecedented. Just a couple years ago, a NorthWood at Jimtown football game was temporarily halted by a power outage, but resumed that same night.

Dean said the latest incident was caused by somebody sliding into a power pole near Jimtown. To the best of his recollection, a collision with a power pole is also what happened during the football game.

Now the question is when to finish out the basketball game that the Jimmies — in search of their first win — were leading 29-19 with 6:20 to go in the third quarter.

Dean and Fairfield AD Mark Hofer have already conferred over dates, but the options are limited based on each team's remaining schedule, and no solution is certain yet.

One possibility, per Dean, is Saturday, Jan. 14, but only if Fairfield is not in the championship of the Northeast Corner Conference Tournament.

As for Bethany's tourneys, athletic director Gary Chupp said Monday that those will not be made up.

On at least the boys side, that ends a string of 20 straight years in which the Bruins competed in a holiday event, including the last nine as a host.

Elkhart Christian coach Ryan Culp said Monday that the Eagles are exploring possible dates and opponents to replace the two games that the Eagles didn't play Saturday.

Among other games wiped out over the weekend, Fairfield's home contest with Hamilton was postponed, but as a conference game, it will be made up at a date to be announced.

Penn's home date Saturday with Michigan City has already been reslotted for Wednesday.


It's a light week this week, but it leads off Tuesday with Elkhart County's most chaptered series as Jimtown hosts Concord. Each team continues to hunt precious wins.

The Jimmies are 0-5 pending that Fairfield outcome. The Minutemen (2-5) lost their fourth straight game Friday when Elkhart Memorial rallied from an 18-point, third-quarter deficit to prevail 56-53.

Concord escaped with a 44-42 win over Jimtown last year to take a 103-36 lead in the all-time series with an eighth straight victory.

Among other games, Goshen hosts a holiday get-together that features all four teams bringing in winning marks.

Fairfield (3-2) meets East Noble (4-1) in Thursday's 6 p.m. opening semifinal, followed by Elkhart Central (4-1) against the RedHawks (4-2). The consolation and championship are set for Friday evening.

Goshen coach Michael Wohlford said last week that forward CJ Detweiler could be back by early Janauary as the senior continues to make progress in his recovery from a football-related injury.

Detweiler, who averaged 10.0 points and a team-leading 5.9 rebounds in 2015-16, has not played yet this season.


Twine committed a big-time foul last week in saying that last season marked the second straight year without a graduating 1,000-point boys scorer in Elkhart County.

Though the class of 2016 indeed did not yield anybody, there were two from the class of 2015 in Concord's Filip Serwatka (1,141 points) and Fairfield's Joe Line (1,091).

Both players cleared the four-digit barrier by enough that a couple extra games for Line and one for Serwatka didn't come into play. Hence, that part of last week's premise remains unchanged.

Further, it makes what happened last season even more ironic. The only other time in the last 14 years that an Elkhart County class did not produce a 1,000-point scorer was 2011.

Nevertheless, apologies to Filip and Joe. Twine didn't realize he hadn't plugged in 2015 after a change in his company's content management system. And Twine frankly didn't even attempt to rely on his ever-less-reliable memory.

Twine needs a vacation. Seriously. This column, thus, resumes in two weeks.

Anthony Anderson is The Elkhart Truth's sports editor. Contact him at Follow on Twitter at @AnthonyAnders11.



1. SB Riley (1)`7-0

2. Warsaw (2)`5-2

3. NorthWood (3)`5-0

4. Plymouth (6)`5-2

5. Westview (4)`4-2

6. Elkhart Central (7)`4-1

7. Goshen (5)`4-2

8. SB Adams (8)`3-3

9. Fremont (-)`5-2

10. Eastside (-)`6-1

Last week's ranking in parentheses. Teams chosen from among those making up NIC, NLC, NECC and independents Bethany and Elkhart Christian.

















* Concord (2-5) at Jimtown (0-5)


* Michigan City (3-2) at Penn (2-4)


* Goshen Holiday Tourney — Fairfield (3-2) vs. East Noble (4-1), 6 p.m., followed by Elkhart Central (4-1) vs. Goshen (4-2)

* NorthWood (5-0) vs. Liberty Christian (3-3 before Gary 21st Century Tuesday) at Marion, 11 a.m. (first of seven games on day at Marion)


* Goshen Holiday Tourney — consolation, 6 p.m., followed by championship


Player, School`Gm`Pts`Avg

Vinny Miranda, NW`5`109`21.8

Luke Morrison, Nridge`5`104`20.8

Luke Stephens, Ffld`5`99`19.8

Weston Sage, ECA`5`86`17.2

Noah Applegate, Penn`6`100`16.7

Joe Smith, Mem`7`111`15.9

Cornell Conner, Cent`5`76`15.2

Luke Zurcher, NW`5`76`15.2

Sam Pawlak, Jim`5`74`14.8

Nick Yoder, Nridge`5`71`14.2

Seth Brenneman, Beth`6`83`13.8

Deveon Jackson, Cent`5`69`13.8

Connor Utley, Nridge`5`66`13.2

Hank Smith, Mem`7`87`12.4

Will Line, Gosh`6`74`12.3

Jose Soto, Mem`7`80`11.4

Cordell Hofer, Ffld`3`32`10.7

Mitch Walters, Gosh`6`63`10.5

Tyler Litwiller, ECA`5`50`10.0

Ryan Charles, ECA`5`48`9.6

Caleb Lung, NW`5`48`9.6

Brandon Emerick, Con`7`67`9.6

Denzel Halliburton, Con`7`66`9.4

Adonis Brown, Cent`5`47`9.4

Matt McCown, Penn`6`56`9.3

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