Pioneer season opener is varsity-only

ROYAL CENTER — Pioneer will host Tri-County for a season opening girls basketball game on Saturday.

Due to Tri-County not having enough eligible players for a JV team, the game will be varsity-only. The varsity game will tipoff at 11 a.m.

Logan hosting free girls b-ball clinic Sat.

Logansport is hosting a free girls basketball clinic for future Lady Berries this weekend.

The clinic is for girls in grades K-8 from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday at the Berry Bowl. Kick off the basketball season with a free clinic hosted by current Lady Berry basketball players. Come prepared to play, learn and have fun. Any questions contact coach Meranda Cooper at 765-860-3112.

Nagy searches for answers for Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Coach Matt Nagy insisted there is a silver lining somewhere for the Chicago Bears. It’s just hard to find at the moment.

The defending NFC North champions are reeling after four straight losses and eyeing their fifth last-place finish in six years. They’re being tested in a way they never were last season. And their coach is trying to figure it all out.

“You try to find every answer that you can and you stay as positive as you can,” Nagy said Wednesday. “And I think that’s the beauty of all of this. There’s a silver lining. There really is. And people can say that’s cliche. And they can say it sounds good. But I fully in my heart of hearts believe that. And I don’t know when it’s going to happen. It’s somewhere. It’s somewhere. And when you finally knock it down and you figure it out and you get it, then you’re going to say OK. I see. Now. I couldn’t tell.”

The Bears (3-5) hope to start turning things around when they host the Detroit Lions (3-4-1) on Sunday. But for now, little is going the way Nagy envisioned in his second season.

An offense that showed promise last season ranks among the worst in the NFL. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is struggling. The line is getting pushed around. The tight ends have contributed little. The receivers overall aren’t making enough plays, though Allen Robinson is performing well. And a defense that ranked among the NFL’s best a year ago has shown some vulnerability.

Nagy has also come under the microscope after igniting the fan base last season with his creative calls on offense and fun demeanor. But after leading Chicago to a 12-4 record and its first playoff appearance since 2010 on his way to winning the Coach of the Year vote, things are different now.

“We put ourselves in a great opportunity to where now the expectations are meteoric,” Nagy said. “Now they’re just extremely high for a team that’s coming from where we were coming from. And that’s great. We’re not asking for anything different. We want that.”

It would help if the Bears got off to better starts. But they’ve punted on their first possession in seven of eight games. The only time they didn’t was in their victory over Minnesota in Week 4, when they went 75 yards for a touchdown.

The lack of rhythm has consistently placed them in tough situations and limited the plays Nagy can call. It’s also put a burden on the defense.

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