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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, May 05, 2018 1:00 am


Essex camp returns in June for 3rd year

Staff, news services

The third annual Trai Essex/New Haven High School Football Camp was announced Friday, inviting all boys and girls in the Fort Wayne area who will be in third through eighth grade next year to participate.

The free camp is scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. June 24 and 25 at Paul Harding Junior High School. Campers must register by emailing

Trai Essex, a former Harding tight end and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle, will be a camp director as will New Haven football coach Jimmy Linn. The camp will be staffed by New Haven players and current and former college players.

The non-contact camp will teach football skills, and no pads and helmets will be used. In addition, New Haven is inviting parents to a discussion of what is required, academically and athletically, to play college football. The meeting is 6 p.m. June 24 in the Harding football stadium.


Cougars triumph in bottom of 9th

In Upland, Saint Francis pulled off a stunning upset in its Crossroads League Tournament opening game Friday, a 2-1 victory over No. 1 seed Indiana Wesleyan. Keaton Sullivan got hit on an 0-2 pitch with the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Cougars the win in the third game on the tournament's opening day. The Cougars (14-36) will play the winner of the Marian-Spring Arbor game at 4 p.m. today.

Ex-Ohio coach Hunter, 68, dies

Former Ohio and Western Carolina basketball coach Larry Hunter died Friday in Cary, North Carolina, after suffering a stroke this week. He was 68 and had stepped down at Western Carolina in March after his team went 13-19. Hunter's teams won 702 career games, including 397 in Division I during 12 seasons at Ohio and 13 at Western Carolina. His only NCAA Tournament appearance as a Division I head coach came in 1994 with Ohio and future NBA player Gary Trent. The Bobcats lost 84-72 to Bob Knight-coached Indiana.

League honors Grace golfer

Anna Marshall of Grace's women's golf team became the first women's player in program history to earn All-Crossroads League recognition.


Seahawks release ex-Purdue star

Defensive end Cliff Avril released by the Seattle Seahawks with a failed physical designation due to a neck injury that cost him most of the 2017 season. The former Purdue star's release was expected and could mean the end of a 10-year career during which he was a standout player for the Seahawks and the Detroit Lions.


Area signings

Three Huntington North athletes will be signing with colleges to continue their athletic careers: Richard Gutierrez (football, Ohio Northern) on Tuesday, Carson Bolinger (track, Bethel) on Wednesday and Charlotte Borland (track, DePauw) on Friday. ...Lakewood Park Christian's Heidi Johnson will sign Wednesday to play volleyball at Cornerstone.

Warsaw names girls coach

Warsaw hired Jason Fleming as the girls' cross country coach pending board approval.


US tops Canada at worlds

In Herning, Denmark, Cam Atkinson scored the winner for the United States to prevail over Canada 5-4 after a penalty shootout in their opening game at the world championship.