Sports Digest: Chesterton's Kinel named National Coach of the Year

2013-07-09T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:43:15Z Sports Digest: Chesterton's Kinel named National Coach of the Year
July 09, 2013 9:15 pm

Boys swimming

CHESTERTON'S KINEL NAMED NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR: Chesterton's Kevin Kinel has been named the National High School Boys Swimming Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association.

"Obviously, it's a big honor," said Kinel,  who has coached boys and girls swimming at Chesterton for 33 years. "My first thought is that you hang around a sport long enough, I guess good things will happen."

Chesterton won the program's third state team boys title last winter.  The Trojans broke state records in the 100 back and 100 fly (Aaron Whitaker), 100 free (Blake Pieroni) and 400 free relay (Pieroni, Ethan Whitaker, Patrick Curley and Aaron Whitaker).

"It was kind of a storybook year for us," said Kinel, who was a national finalist in 2009. "We were ranked No. 1 from the very first poll, and the target was on our back all season. Those who starred in the swim meet are coming back, so that's also impressive."


Pro baseball

RAILCATS RALLY FOR SERIES SWEEP: The RailCats came back from a six-run deficit after the fifth inning and defeated host Winnipeg 9-8 to sweep the series Tuesday night.

The RailCats (31-19) scored three times in both the sixth and eighth, then pushed across the game-winning run in the ninth. Brian Kolb’s fifth hit of the night, a one-out triple down the line in right field, set the stage for Danny Pulfer’s sacrifice fly. Pulfer finished with four RBIs.

The RailCats will return home for a four-game series with Fargo-Moorhead beginning Thursday night.


College football

CRUSADERS RB ON CFPA ALL-PURPOSE WATCH LIST: Valparaiso sophomore running back Jake Hutson is among 30 players nationwide who have been named to the College Football Performance Awards preseason watch list for its FCS All-Purpose Performer of the Year award.

Hutson closed out his rookie campaign in 2012 with 753 rushing yards, the highest single-season total by a Crusader since 2008 and fourth-most among FCS freshmen. He also caught 35 passes for 266 yards and averaged nearly 20 yards per kick return and more than 12 yards per punt return. Hutson led all PFL freshmen in rushing yards per game (68.5), all-purpose yards per game (110.5) and offensive touchdowns (eight).


Youth softball

THREE LOCALS WIN BIG TOURNEY IN BOULDER: Crown Point's Miranda Elish and Lake Central's Lizzy Seymour and Aspyn Novak helped lead the Beverly Bandits to the prestigious 16-and-under Independence Day Tournament in Boulder, Colo.

The Bandits beat the Fury Fastpitch out of Tennessee 9-1 in the final. Elish pitched the game, and Seymour and Novak had big offensive games in the championship.


Local golf

VALPO GRAD MEIHOFER 60TH AT INDIANA OPEN: Valparaiso graduate and Illinois State recruit Kyle Meihofer was tied for 60th after the second round of the Indiana Open Championship on Tuesday at The Hawthorne Golf and Country Club.

Meihofer carded a second-round 76. He’s at 151 after two rounds. Tyler Duncan (Columbus) leads at 138.


Youth football

PORTAGE CAMP NEXT WEEK: The Portage High School football coaching staff will conduct a non-contact skill camp Monday through July 18 for children entering grades kindergarten through five.

The camp will run daily from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fundamental development and teamwork will be emphasized. Each camper will be tested and evaluated on a number of measurable skills and feedback will be provided to parents in the form of a report. Cost is $30. To register, go to For details, email head coach Wally McCormack at


Pro basketball

FEVER EXTEND DUNN CONTRACT TO '14, ELEVATE WHITE: The Fever on Tuesday extended the contract of coach Lin Dunn by one year through 2014 and elevated assistant coach Stephanie White to associate head coach beginning next year.

Dunn led the Fever to their first WNBA championship last year. In five seasons under Dunn, Indiana has a 107-74 record and .591 winning percentage. The 66-year-old Dunn began her 43-year coaching career in 1970.

White, an Indiana native whom Dunn recruited to play collegiately at Purdue, retired from the Fever following the 2004 season and is in her third year as a coach with the team after spending four years with the Sky.


Auto racing

BOLES NAMED HEAD OF IMS: Doug Boles was named president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday.

Boles was put in charge of the facility in an announcement made by Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles. Boles has been interim chief operating officer since early this year and replaces Jeff Belskus as president of IMS.

Miles made official a handful of personnel moves on Tuesday that he'd been discussing for some time.

Belskus will continue as president of Hulman & Co. and add chief financial officer to his duties.

Robby Greene is returning to IMS Productions after filling in as COO of IndyCar since late last year.


Around the horn

Purdue senior tight end Gabe Holmes has been named to the John Mackey Award preseason watch list.

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