Football squads gear up for sectional week
The IHSAA football state tournament kicks off Friday night with sectional openers. Eleven of the 12 KT-area teams are in action this week. The exception is Kokomo — the Wildkats are idle this week and will begin play in their sectional on Nov. 1.
The following is a list of Friday’s games involving area teams. Opening kickoffs are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Mississinewa at Western
Northwestern at Blackford
Southmont at Taylor
Cass at Tipton
Bluffton at Eastern
Carroll at North White
Clinton Central at Tri-Central
7:30 – Fairfield at Maconaquah
7:30 – Rochester at Peru
Russiaville group offers guest speakers tonight
RUSSIAVILLE — The Russiaville Lions will host three guest speakers from Western High School from 7-8:30 p.m. today at the Lions Club building, 555 N. Liberty St. Athletic director Josh Larsh will discuss the current and future direction of Panther sports and baseball coach Quentin Brown and softball coach Jim Clouse will speak about their programs.
The event is open to the public and all are encourage to attend.
Simpson captures victory at Las Vegas tourney
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Webb Simpson cruised to victory Sunday at TPC Summerlin, pulling away for a six-stroke win in the second event of the PGA Tour’s new wraparound season.
Winning for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Open, Simpson closed with a 5-under 66 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He finished at 24-under 260 after opening with rounds of 64, 63 and 67 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round.
Simpson earned $1.08 million for his fourth PGA Tour title. In addition to the U.S. Open last year at The Olympic Club, he won the Wyndham Championship and Deutsche Bank Championship in 2011.
Ryo Ishikawa and Jason Bohn tied for second. Ishikawa, the Japanese player who had to play the Web.com Tour Finals to regain his PGA Tour card, shot a 65. Bohn had a 66.
Charley Hoffman was fourth at 17 under after a 64.
Chesson Hadley, second entering the final round, had a 70 to drop into a tie for fifth at 16 under with Luke Guthrie, Troy Matteson and Charles Howell III. Guthrie and Matteson shot 64, and Howell had a 65.
Allen works overtime for Champions Tour win
CONOVER, N.C. (AP) — Michael Allen won the Greater Hickory Classic for his second Champions Tour title of the year and fifth overall, beating Olin Browne with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
Allen closed with a 5-under 65, also birdieing the par-5 18th in regulation to match Browne at 13-under 197 at Rock Barn. Browne shot a 64, charging to the lead with seven birdies over a nine-hole stretch.
In the playoff, Allen put his second shot within 10 feet, and Browne hooked his second shot badly into the rough off the green. Allen’s eagle putt just lipped out, and he tapped in for birdie. Browne missed a 40-foot putt for birdie and settled for par.