The Sideline – February 7

Wrestling state brackets to be announced Sunday

For the first time, the Indiana High School Athletic Association will announce the pairings for the IHSAA wrestling state finals via live webstream.

This Sunday, each bracket in the 14 weight classes will be revealed on IHSAAtv.org beginning at 4 p.m. The show will be hosted by Greg Rakestraw and IHSWCA Hall of Fame coach Mike Goebel and begin with the 106 pound weight class and continue through to the 285 pounders.

The 224 wrestlers qualifying for the 80th annual state finals will begin with first round matches Feb. 16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Those winning individuals will return Feb. 17, for quarterfinal action with state championship bouts culminating that evening.

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IHSAA to recognize award-winning journalist

An award‐winning journalist, Val Tsoutsouris has been named this year’s recipient of the IHSAA’s Distinguished Media Service Award for District 1.

Tsoutsouris’ contributions to education‐based athletics will be recognized this Friday at Rochester Community High School when the Zebras host Three Rivers Conference rival Wabash in boys basketball action.

Commissioner Bobby Cox and Sports Information Director Jason Wille will make the presentation.

Val has been the sports editor of The Rochester Sentinel, a six‐day newspaper serving the city of Rochester and the surrounding area of north central Indiana, since 2004. He covers Rochester, Tippecanoe Valley, Caston, North Miami, Winamac, Argos and Culver Community High School sports.

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Langford’s outbursts lead IBCA Players of the Week

Romeo Langford poured in a career-best 63 points in one game and averaged 53.5 points over two, and the New Albany senior standout headlines the recipients in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.

Langford is joined by Lake Station senior Donta’ Long, Whitko senior River West and Tri-West senior Tyler Watson as boys’ winners for the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 3. The girls’ honorees are Marquette Catholic junior Emma Nolan, Frankton senior Sydney Tucker and Bedford North Lawrence junior Jorie Allen.

Long, West and Nolan are honorees for District 1. Watson and Tucker are winners for District 2. Langford and Allen are recipients in District 3.

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Pacers’ Collison undergoes surgery

The Indiana Pacers announced Monday that guard Darren Collison would undergo left knee arthroscopic surgery. The organization reported that Collison underwent surgery on Tuesday. The injury occurred during Indiana’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. The procedure was performed at OrthoIndy Hospital. He is expected to return in two to three weeks.