Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Breaking News


September 21, 2012

WEEK 6 PREVIEWS: Conference supremacy on the line in NCC, HC

Kokomo’s football team makes the long roadie to Richmond today. If the two hour-plus bus ride causes attention to drift, the stakes and the opponent should snap the Wildkats to full attention once they hit the field.

Tonight’s game matches up the last two teams with perfect North Central Conference marks. Kokomo (4-1, 3-0 NCC) owns league wins over Muncie Central, Huntington North and Anderson. The Red Devils (3-2, 3-0 NCC) have wins over Anderson, Marion and Central.

“Definitely the winner’s going to have a leg up on everybody else in the conference, for who is going to have a say a the end of the season,” Kokomo coach Brett Colby said. “We’ve still got three really quality opponents [after Richmond]. If you come out of this 4-0, you’re sitting pretty.”

The Wildkats have won five straight league titles and have never lost an NCC game under sixth-year coach Colby. The Devils will try and end that streak with a balanced attack that is dangerous over air or on the ground.

“They’ve got a new coach [Matt Holeva] so they changed a little bit offensively,” Colby said. “They’re running the ball much better than they have the last few years.

“When they have a lead in the second half, they very rarely ever throw the ball. They’ve got a good QB [Justyn Curtis], good receivers, a heck of a tailback [Taylor Kidd]. They really put a lot of pressure on your defense. They’ll pressure you with whatever they do because right now they have a lot of talented kids going through their program.”

Holeva previously coached for eight seasons at Centerville. There he had a 5-5 record his first season before ripping off seven straight winning seasons.

The ground-centric Wildkats are led in rushing by Michael Copeland, who has run for 763 yards and has scored 11 of Kokomo’s 21 touchdowns. Bo Baker has 354 yards and five TDs. The Wildkats average 6.1 yards per carry.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • SPL - KT041714 Kokomo-Western baseball - pic 2 Kats top Panthers in baseball Since the inception of class sports, the annual early-season baseball matchup between Kokomo and Western had been solely for in-county bragging rights. With Western moving up to Class 4A for the next two seasons because of the IHSAA's new success factor, the rivals met up Wednesday as potential sectional opponents for the first time since 1997.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prep roundup for Thursday, April 17 Eastern junior Caleb Aaron tossed a four-hitter to lead the Comets past Northwestern 3-1 in a Howard County baseball clash Wednesday at Greentown.

    April 17, 2014

  • SPL - KT041714 - B1 briefs - Edwards mug Sports briefs for Thursday, April 17 The North Central Conference on Wednesday announced Indianapolis Arsenal Tech will join the conference on April 1, 2015.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPL - KT041614 - Boys golf preview - secondary pic BOYS GOLF: Howard County preview Western's boys golf team is thinking big this season.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPL - KT041614 Girls tennis Preview - pic GIRLS TENNIS: Howard County preview After 39 seasons and counting as the boys tennis coach at Taylor High School, Dave Wise is entering his 24th season leading the Titan girls.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT041614 - Western hires coaches - mug Western hires football, volley coaches Western High School's search for a new football coach is over. Western on Tuesday named Ron Jankovich its new coach during a board meeting. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for Bethel University in Tennessee. He was the Wildcats' co-offensive coordinator.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT041614 - Brett Bowman column - Bowman ID BOWMAN: Abreu shines in Kokomo GP Although he might be short in size, California's Rico Abreu was tall in stature after dominating the two-day Kokomo Grand Prix for the USAC Honda National Midget Series and the Lucas Oil Powri National Midgets over the weekend at the Kokomo Speedway.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT041514 - Kokomo girls BB coach - mug Cusick is Lady Kats' new coach Heather Cusick is enjoying a pretty good month. Kokomo High School on Monday selected Cusick as its new girls basketball coach. Three days earlier, she became engaged to Michael Mygrant.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Tuesday, April 15 Gary Harris is going pro, thanks in part to coach Tom Izzo's recommendation.

    April 15, 2014

  • Wrestling teams fare well Wrestlers from Western and Peru fared well in weekend tournaments.

    April 15, 2014