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NAPPANEE — NorthWood played spoiler for Plymouth in the Northern Lakes Conference championship race, knocking off the Rockies, 40-20, in the regular season finale Friday night. With the Plymouth loss and Concord victory over Warsaw, the Rockies and Minutemen finish as co-NLC champions.

SYRACUSE — NorthWood and Lakeland each won in straight sets Thursday in the opening round of the Class 3A, Sectional 21 volleyball sectional at Wawasee High School. NorthWood knocked off the host Warriors, 25-14, 25-5, 25-9. Meanwhile, the Chargers defeated Lakeland 25-23, 25-15, 25-19.

GOSHEN — Warsaw did its best to keep Concord from getting into a sustained offensive rhythm and the Tigers topped the Minutemen in the IHSAA Class 4A Goshen Sectional volleyball tournament.

GOSHEN — For the last three seasons, the Bethany Christian girls soccer program has had its season end against one program in the sectionals: Westview. So, when the Bruins drew the Warriors in the first round of the sectional this year, Bethany Christian was motivated more than ever to knock…

GOSHEN — On one half of the Class 1A boys soccer regional bracket at Argos sits No. 6 Bethany Christian. On the other half is No. 4 Argos. With two high-profile teams playing separate semifinal contests Saturday, it’d be easy for both teams to look over their semifinal opponents and focus on…

GOSHEN — The chance to claim the Northern Lakes Conference championship outright is on the line Friday night when the Plymouth Rockies square off with the NorthWood Panthers at Andrews Field in Nappanee.

MISHAWAKA — Northridge saw its 2019 girls soccer season end Saturday with a 2-1 loss to No. 7-ranked Penn in the IHSAA Class 3A Penn Sectional championship under the lights at LionsHead Field.

WARSAW — At halftime, Warsaw football coach Bart Curtis changed outfits. The consistent first half rain had soaked his all-black wardrobe, forcing a clothing change. For the second half, Curtis came out in a gray Warsaw football sweater — and shorts, even with temperatures falling into the 40s.

SOUTH BEND — A lot of the questions asked about the Notre Dame football team this week surrounded one premise: bouncing back. Well, the No. 10 Fighting Irish have a chance to prove they can do that when they take on No. 18 Virginia at Notre Dame Stadium Saturday (3:30 p.m., NBC).

NAPPANEE — NorthWood will have a chance to win four individual Northern Lakes Conference boys tennis championships following a successful semifinal round Thursday on their home courts in Nappanee.

KENDALLVILLE — Northridge made it three-straight sectional championships in girls golf, shooting a 340 at Cobblestone Golf Course Saturday night to bring home the trophy. Concord (345) and Columbia City (355) also advanced to next week’s regional at Noble Hawk Golf Course in Kendallville. Ad…

NAPPANEE — Sometimes, all it takes is a lucky bounce for a team to be victorious in a soccer match. That happened Thursday, as NorthWood junior Andre De Freitas’ free kick bounced through the defense and into the back of the net, giving the No. 14 (2A) Panthers a 1-0 victory over No. 16 (3A)…

The 1999 Goshen High School football season looked like a promising one with 21 letterwinners, including 11 starters, returning from a team that had worked its way up to the No. 1 ranking in the Class 4A poll during the previous season’s campaign.

NAPPANEE — Fourteen years ago, NorthWood High School didn’t have enough players to field a girls golf team. On Saturday, they enter the Warsaw sectional as the eighth-ranked team in the state and the favorites to repeat as sectional champions — leaving coach Adam Yoder doubting his own golf skills.

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SOUTH BEND — One of the biggest question marks coming into the 2019 season for Notre Dame football was the kicker situation. The Fighting Irish were tasked with replacing Justin Yoon, who graduated the program’s all-time scorer with 364 points.

SOUTH BEND — At the end of the first half against Virginia, Notre Dame trailed the Cavaliers, 17-14. Virginia had just driven 76 yards in five plays, capping it off with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Perkins to Hasise Dubois to give the Cavaliers the halftime advantage. It was the firs…

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NEW PARIS [mdash] Jerry Wayne Needler, 73, died Thursday at his home. He was born in Bluffton to Ernest E. and Edna (Blanchard) Needler. On May 30, 1986, he married Vivian Scarbeary and she survives. Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home is handling arrangements. www.rrefh.com.