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GOSHEN — Moments after Fairfield defeated Central Noble 38-12 to move to 9-0 overall and into the Class 2A, Sectional 35 semifinals, Falcons coach Matt Thacker made a point of singling out players who contributed in the most recent win and throughout the season by their efforts in practice.

NAPPANEE — Sophomore running back Ethan Evers took the handoff and raced toward the right sideline. With defenders closing in, the 6-foot, 187-pounder cut back, split a trio of defenders in the middle of the field and bounced his run back outside again, racing 63 yards to the end zone.

SOUTH BEND — In the original 2020 Notre Dame football schedule, the team’s first road game was going to be Aug. 29 in Dublin, Ireland, against Navy. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, that game was moved from Ireland to Annapolis, Maryland, and scheduled for Sept. 5.

Listed below are the advancing teams and individuals from the Elkhart and West Noble cross country regionals. The top five teams at each regional, plus the top 10 individuals from non-advancing teams, qualify for the semistate race Sat., Oct. 24 at Huntington University in New Haven. Full re…

SOUTH BEND — For the first time in a long time, things felt normal for Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly. With no players in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19 for the first time since Sept. 8, the No. 4 Fighting Irish have been able to practice at mostly full strength this wee…

WARSAW — The Elkhart Lions and Northridge Raiders advanced to the Class 4A Sectional 4 volleyball semifinals Thursday with victories in quarterfinal action at Warsaw High School. Elkhart defeated Goshen, 25-17, 25-6, 25-13, while Northridge knocked off Concord 21-25, 30-28, 25-16, 25-10.

MIDDLEBURY — For the first time since 2017, Northridge will have a chance to win at least a share of the Northern Lakes Conference football crown. In order to do so, they must go through new NLC member Mishawaka Friday night in Middlebury.

TOPEKA — On Sept. 5, the Westview boys soccer team lost to Fort Wayne Carroll, 2-1, to fall to 1-7-1 overall on the season. Along with being six games below .500, the Warriors returning goal scorer from 2019 — junior Jadon Yoder — was out with an injury.

NAPPANEE — Usually by the time regionals rolls around for boys soccer in Indiana, teams have played upward of 20 games. That’s the case for the No. 8 (Class 2A) NorthWood Panthers, who are entering the Mishawaka Marian regional with a 13-3-3 record.

Here is a look at this week’s schedule from across the area, featuring regional boys soccer, regional girls soccer, regional cross country and sectional volleyball action, along with a full slate of high school football Friday night.

ELKHART — Northridge made the adjustments to pull even with Penn late in championship match of the IHSAA Class 3A Elkhart Sectional girls soccer tournament Saturday at Elkhart West, only to see the Kingsmen (9-8-1) claim their 19th overall and 14th straight sectional title (the longest activ…

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