Story By: Dalton Bishop
For the third time in five years, the Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats have a chance to raise another red banner inside of Luckey Arena. The Wildcats defeated #1 Ranked IU East 75-72. Joel Okafor led the Wildcats going 6-6 from the floor and 6-6 from the free throw to give him a career high 18 points. Kyle Mangas added 20 points and 6 rebounds, Evan Maxwell also added 15 points and 12 rebounds. “It was very physical. Extremely physical. But at the end we made one more play. Before the free throws we were up one and that is what these games come down to. This is our fourth game in five days and our guys are absolutely exhausted. It wasn’t the prettiest basketball but when you win and move on you sure feel pretty good.” Said Indiana Wesleyan head coach Greg Tonagel. “I didn’t want to take him out. He was so special tonight. He did it on both ends of the floor. He came up big and made those free throws and then that stop at the end. He made that kid take a difficult shot at the buzzer.” said Tonagel about Joel Okafor. The Wildcats will go for championship #3 in 5 years as they take on St. Francis tonight at 7pm on ESPN3.
Games like the one Marion and Mississinewa played Saturday became an instant classic including with a packed gymnasium caused the great moments in the game also with Jerod May gaining his 1000 point this game it was overall a great performance by both teams. It was certainly in stark contrast to the double-overtime, 111-103 thriller the two schools played last season in Gas City, however given the stakes, it was every bit as exciting, mostly because the game wasn’t just an exhibition game it was to determine who the sectional champion was. Earlier in the year during football season The Indians beat the giants and went to become sectional champions. A giants team, seemingly growing up at every turn through the regular season, did some more growing as it came down the stretch trying to hold off a spirited and determined comeback by Ole Miss. The Indians, with six seniors in their regular rotation, showed the trademark Mississinewa blood-and-guts fight that permeates the athletic programs in Gas City. Trying to prolong a season as the final seconds of a high school basketball career quickly tick away is a fight only seniors know. Both teams were playing for their towns, and both Marion and Gas City were well-represented and well-behaved through the intensity of the game and it’s pressure-packed final eight minutes. And both were vying to author a piece of history: Mississinewa trying to win its first sectional since 1954 and Marion trying to inch closer to Kokomo for the most sectional championships of all-time. No player exemplified the Mississinewa spirit better than senior Jerod May. It was somewhat miraculous May was able to even play in the sectional, given that he had surgery on the ACL in his left knee in early September. The Giants then came up with the defensive play of the game, as senior Tyrese Cobb forced an errant pass that went out of bounds. Marion got the ball to Blackmon who was fouled with 9.5 seconds left and he calmly put the Giants in front 57-54 with two free throws. The Giants then prevented May from touching the ball on the final possession, ultimately forcing a contested three-pointer from Heisman Skeens, that fell well short of its mark. Overall next year the Indians look to do more of what they did this year and try to reclaim the sectional Championship for next year. 6 key players will be missing next year due to them being graduated, Jerod May, Thabit Gault, Jalen Martin, Connor Wilson, Trey Jones, and Elijah Bounds will be missed dearly by the Indian family while they took to a Sectional Championship we congratulate them for what they have done and what they will accomplish in the future.
Story By: Dalton Bishop
The Mississinewa Basketball team ended their regular season in fashion tonight on their home-court defeating Taylor 71-50. The Indians jumped out to a 7-0 run to start the game before Taylor would call timeout. The Indians had control of the entire game leading by as many as 16 in the first half, leading at the halftime break 37-20. Jalen Martin connected on one of five three pointers on the night for him with 5.4 seconds left in the first half. The Indians were led in scoring tonight by three Seniors, Jalen Martin with 17 Thabit Gault with 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Jerod May with 13 points. The Indians now turn their attention to 14-4 Heritage for IHSAA Sectional 23 Competition which begins on Tuesday February 27th. The Indians will play at 7:30pm at Norwell High School.
Comments From Players and Coach Evertts
“We haven’t had a Sectional win in over 60 years, thats my main focus one-thousand (points) is just a number Sectional is my main focus” said Jerod May. “The first two games I was a little but these last few games have really helped me get back in shape and back to my old self which is being agressive and being a leader” May added. “I think my shot is starting to comeback and we are really starting to play better as a team, we are working the ball and starting to get open shots and thats working really well right now” said Senior Jalen Martin. “Definitely would be an honor to break the drought of not winning a Sectional Title” Martin stated. “Nothing feels better then winning on our homecourt” Said Thabit Gault. “I feel like when Jerod and I start to really click we will be a very dangerous team, that opens up opportunities for other players” Gault added. “You can sense the calmness on the court when Jerod is on the floor everyone plays at a higher level with him on the court” Gault said. “Their would be no better feeling then winning a Sectional and go down as legends in this school following up with football would awesome for this city and this school” Gault said. “It was a confidence booster tonight” Andrew Evertts added. “Jalen battled a little adversity”, “I didn’t start him at Frankton and he’s came back from that and accepted the challenge he wanted to prove that he deserves to be out their” Evertts stated. “I don’t think anyone understands what this means,” “If we win a Sectional this place would go nuts when I got here four years ago thats what they wanted to do they wanted to be the team to break the Sectional drought” Evertts expressed.
Story By: Dalton Bishop
An all Grant County college basketball meeting will take place tonight for the third time this season, Greg Tonagel and the Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats will battle Josh Andrews and the Taylor Trojans for the third time this season. In the first meeting the Wildcats had the advantage led by Freshman Kyle Mangas. Mangas was 8-17 shooting from the floor to go along with 8-8 from to free throw line, he scored 25 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in the Wildcats 90-81 victory inside of Odle Arena home of the Trojans. Indiana Wesleyan shot 30-58 as a team for 51.7% and 24-28 for 85% from the free throw line. Taylor shot 29-62 for 46.8% and from the free throw line they were 15-18 for 83%. The Trojans were led in scoring by Sophomore Ryan Robinson with 16 points. The second game would be in Luckey Arena home of the 2 time NAIA DII National Champions Indiana Wesleyan. IWU controlled most of the game defeating the Trojans for the second time this season 95-86. IWU was led by Freshman Kyle Mangas who scored 30 points, he also added 5 assist. As a team the Wildcats shot 58.6% 34-58 from the floor and from the charity stripe they were 21-25 for 85%. For TU they were led again by Sophomore Ryan Robinson with 26 points and 5 assist. As a team the Trojans were 33-66 from the floor for 50% and only shot 61% from the free throw line 8-13. The third time may be the charm for Josh Andrews and the Trojans they hope that tonight is there night to knock off the #1 seed in the Crossroads League Tournament the Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats. The Wildcats come in off of a win over Spring Arbor 77-51 and they were crowned Crossroads league champions. They were led by Kyle Mangas with 27 points and 5 steals. You can catch the Wildcats and the Trojans tonight at 7pm at Luckey Arena.
Comments from the Coach
“It’s hard to beat a good team three times in the same season, you can throw seedings out at this point it doesn’t really mean anything” said Coach Greg Tonagel. “Taylor has a lot of weapons I think it starts with Ryan Robinson by you can’t really key in on him because of the other guys they have that support him”, “you can’t quantify the leadership of Ben and Jacob when we were at our lows this season they have pulled us through the tough times this season, when we get to the national tournament those will be the guys we will have to rely on to pull us through” said Greg Tonagel.
Josh Andrews- “Our guys get excited to play Wesleyan they have been to top team in the conference with some consistently over the past few years and so the atmosphere of this game is always awesome”. “Its an absolute must we win this tournament to allow to make the national tournament”. “We want to force Mangas to take tough shots he is a big, physical, athletic guard we need to keep him out of the paint”. “Our guys get up in the big game atmosphere they love to have a great crowd behind them and I hope they travel with us tonight”.
What the IAM3rd Culture Means
“It’s god first others second yourself third”, “We are taught that we are the center of the universe and if I can take care of my needs first I am going to be more productive but its the exact opposite in life the more we focus in on ourselves the more miserable we are and its the same concept on the basketball court the more I focus on myself the less productive I become for the team as a result the less successful the team becomes” Said Tonagel.
Story by Brooks Holloway . MCSC Media Director
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Mayweather vs. McGregor, named fight of the century, some people disagree. Many people were unsatisfied with the fight as many people say the fight was “rigged” and “ended too early”. The fight managed to last to Round 10 where the referee stopped it and gave Mayweather the win, which people classify as a “rigged decision” which made many people mad as it was one of the most bet on fights ever.
Young Thug was never told that he won a VMA. During the VMA’s Young Thug was the winner of one of the awards, however he was never told this in advanced so he wasn’t there to accept the award. Imagine winning something and not even knowing about it, thats exactly what happened to Young Thug. He didn’t know about the award until the day after when he was told by one of his managers that he won a VMA. Young Thug said himself “At first I thought he was lying, but I was excited to find out it was true. It would’ve been nice to know in advance though.”
Story By: Dalton Bishop
The Mississinewa Indians come into the 2017 season off of a stellar performance in 2016 going undefeated in the regular season and winning the CIC Conference making them 9-0. The Indians then went onto win the first round sectional game against the Logansport Berries making them a perfect 10-0. The very next week the Indians traveled to Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger for sectional round 2 where they would lose their first and final game of the season ending them at 10-1 on the year.
Now for the positive side of things The Indians are returning Senior Cade Mccoin for his fourth season at the QB position with the cousin duo of Junior Heisman Skeens and Sophomore Cade Campbell joining him in the backfield. Mccoin ended the 2016 season 89/139 completing 64% of his passes. Mccoin also threw for 1,500 yards for 21 TD’s. Rushing Mccoin had 225 yards and 8 TD’s. The Indians also return Senior Dustin Patton to defensive side of things, Patton comes off of a 2nd place finish in the conference tackles just shy of his teammate the graduated Nick Barrett. Patton ended with 135 tackles and Barrett ended with 148.
With the new sectional draw the Indians have been moved from Sectional 20 to Sectional 21. The Tribes number 1 goal is to win the conference but they are really hunting that Sectional title. Curt Funk Returns to the sidelines as the head coach for the Indians 46-29 coming into his 8th season. The team motto for the 2017 season is DAT 63 Discipline, Accountability and Toughess 63 stands for 6 second player with 3 great efforts. Best of luck to the Indians this coming weekend as they travel to Lapel for the start of the 2017 regular season. Game time is 7pm.
Tonight The Mississinewa Lady Indians Will Play 1 of the final 2 games of the regular season. Tonight The Lady Indians host the Frankton Lady Eagles, coming in on a 10 game losing streak head coach Kaley Barnes looks to get back on the winning side of things before playing at Blackford on Thursday, but first thing is first they have to play a game tonight. On the other hand Frankton comes in on a 3 game win streak defeating Blackford in their most recent game 55-36. Mississinewa (6-14) Vs. Frankton (14-8) Catch Live coverage of tonight’s Broadcast on the Tribe Sports Network With Dalton Bishop on the call!
- RJB Boys Basketball 7th Grade at Oak Hill starting at 6:00pm.
- RJB Boys Basketball 8th Grade hosts Oak Hill at 6:00pm.
- MHS Boys Basketball travels to Wabash for a 6:00pm start.
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