August 16, 2013

Caston, Pioneer, Winamac to leave MWC


---- — Caston, Pioneer, Winamac to leave MWC

Caston, Pioneer and Winamac are set to leave the Midwest Conference, the Lafayette Journal & Courier first reported Thursday night.

The schools plan to join Culver, Knox and North Judson in a new league. Administrators from other MWC schools said they were informed via letter or telephone call either Wednesday or Thursday.

According to those administrators, no date was set for the schools’ withdrawal or the formation of the conference.

Frontier, North White, South Newton, Tri-County and West Central are the other five MWC schools. The conference has existed in some form since 1955 and its membership has not changed since 1992.

West Central athletic director Chuck Evans told the J&C that West Central also received a second letter inviting it to join the new conference. South Newton athletic director Chris Bell said the five remaining schools plan to hold a meeting today at 1 p.m.

Pioneer athletic director Mike Johnson told the J&C that there will probably be an announcement of some time in September.

Comets top Kings in girls golf

Caston’s girls golf team defeated Lewis Cass 220-265 on Thursday at Pond View Golf Course.

Caston’s Tierney Rentschler was the medalist with a 51. She was followed by Berklee Blackman (52), Madeline Moeller (54), Emily Strain (63) and Kylie Pugh (67).

Maddie Karmel led the Kings with a 63. She was followed by Cassi Hardy (65), Meghan Hall (65), Jael Forker (71) and Megan Mannering (76).

“Considering four of our five golfers picked up a club for the first time two weeks ago, I thought they did a good job,” Cass coach Charlie Jones said. “We’re building for the future and learning about the game and getting better. They’re not doing too bad considering they’re pretty much starting from scratch.”

Baseball to expand instant replay in 2014

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Calling it a historic moment, Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball plans to expand its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they’ve never had in an effort to dramatically reduce the number of incorrect calls made in games.

Selig made the announcement after two days of meetings with representatives of the 30 teams. The proposal is to be voted on by the owners in November.

‘‘I’m proud of them,’’ Selig said of the replay committee. ‘‘It’s worked out remarkably well. It’s historic. There’s no question about it.’’

A 75 percent vote by the owners is needed for approval, and the players’ association and umpires would have to agree to any changes to the current system.

‘‘This is the time. It’s time to make the right decision,’’ Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ‘‘It was not available several years ago. So, just live with it, understand it. It makes things better.”

It makes things more accurate, so what’s wrong with that.’’

MLB vice president Joe Torre gave the replay presentation to representatives from all 30 teams on Wednesday and it was discussed Thursday morning.