The Kokomotion Gymnastics team recently competed at the It’s All Groovy meet in Lafayette.
Level 2 (age): Emily Maruszewski (7) Vault 8.8, first; Beam 8.6, fourth; Floor 8.0, fifth; All around 33.0, fifth. Amirah Marciniak (8) Vault 9.0, first; Bars 8.8, fifth; Floor 9.05, fifth; All around 35.1, fourth. Alexcia Cardwell (8) Beam 9.15, first; Floor 9.2, third. Caitlyn Crain (9) Beam 9.1, third; Floor 9.2, third; all around 34.65, fifth. Bethany Smith (11) Vault 8.7, third; Bars 9.3, second; Beam 9.250, second; Floor 9.350, second; All Around 36.6, first.
Level 3 (age): Emily Scott (8) Vault 9.5, first; Bars 8.6, fifth; Beam 8.575, second; Floor 9.35, first; All around 36.025, first. Miley Scott (8) Floor 8.8, fifth. Gracie Petty (9) Floor 9.125, fourth. Lili Hawkins (11) Vault 9.15, second; Beam 8.625, third; All around 34.575, fourth. Emma Hawkins (13) Vault 9.025, fifth. Jessica Devine (13) Floor 9.05, fourth. Katelyn Devine (15) Vault 9.15, second; Bars 8.675, second; Beam 9.0, second; Floor 9.45, second; All around 36.275, second. Jada Moore (15) Vault 9.15, second; Beam 8.475, fourth; Floor 9.025, fifth; all around 34.525, fifth. 
Level 4 (age): Jolie Good (14) Vault 8.525, fourth; Bars 8.025, third; All around 32.750, fifth.
Level 6 (age): Tia Williams (9) Bars 8.55, fifth; Floor 9.3, fourth. Gracie Burns (11) Bars 8.575, third. Nevaeh Andrews (11) Vault 9.0, fourth. Lexi Brown (11) vault 9.25, second; Bars 9.0, first; Beam 9.15, fourth; All around 36.550, second. Molly Ungerer (11) Vault 9.125, third; Beam 9.175, third; Floor 9.25, fifth; all around 35.7, fifth. Haylee Osburn (13) Vault 9.05, third; Bars 8.925, first; Beam 9.075, fourth; All around 36.1, third.
Level 7 (age): Jillian Creager (9) Vault 9.1, second.
Level 8 (age): Catie Smith (14) Vault 9.05, second; Floor 8.9, third; all around 34.775, third. Ashtyn Gross (14) Vault 9.125, first; Floor 8.9, third; all around 34.625, fourth.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources reminds those who are in the outdoors that it is also hunting season for the following: Deer muzzleloader from Dec. 3 to Dec. 18; turkey archery from Dec. 3 to Jan. 1; mourning doves from Dec. 10 to Jan. 8; geese from Dec. 10 to Feb. 12 (North Zone); crow from Dec. 13 to March 1; ducks, coots, mergansers from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 (North Zone); and special antlerless deer from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
Indiana hunters can donate deer meat to those in need or to members of their communities through two DNR programs. The Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund and GiveIN Game program allow hunters to share their bounty with those who would like local, low-fat and high-protein meat.
The Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund benefits Indiana’s food pantries. The fund was created in 2008 to help offset deer processing costs. Harvested deer are dropped off at deer processors throughout the state. Last year, more than 70,000 pounds of ground deer meat went to food pantries. 
The GiveIN Game Program was created in 2010 to help connect hunters to community members who want deer meat. This program works like an online telephone directory that allows hunters and community members to contact each other directly to donate or request deer meat.
The DNR also reminds residents of Turn in a Poacher, Inc. (TIP), a non-profit conservation organization that protects fish and wildlife resources by increasing public support and involvement in bringing violators to justice. Call TIP if you see, hear or learn about a poacher or another fish and wildlife violation. If your “TIP” leads to an arrest, you may receive as much as a $200 reward, and you can remain anonymous. Call (800) 847-4367 for an immediate response. 

The Hoosier Conference announced its all-conference teams for the fall sports season, and several Howard County student-athletes made the cut.
Boys cross country first team: (Western) Josh Everetts, Tyler Lechner. Honorable mention: (Western) Andrew Granfield.
Girls cross country first team: (Western) Natalie Nicholson.
Football first team: (Northwestern) Evan Cardwell, Nick Sottong, Justin Ballinger, Wesley Satterfield, Ethan Breisch, Trey Richmond; (Western) Tyler Knepley, Andrew Ault, Gabe Stewart, Mica Beard. Honorable mention: (Northwestern) James Corwin, Max Clark; (Western) Kitchel Gifford, Kevin Lenahan.
Girls golf first team: (Western) Lauren Tuchscherer, Minka Gill, Trina Gill, Tori Gingerich, Andrea Patterson; (Northwestern) Emily Martin, Amanda Wilson. Honorable mention: (Northwestern) Lauren Miller.
Boys soccer first team: (Northwestern) Collin Hodson, Jay Pike, Peyton Hawk, Trajan Cunningham, Cole Clark; (Western) Carson Nuss, Connor Rezo, John Maher. Honorable mention: (Northwestern) Ben Harris, Caleb Treadway; (Western) Max Harbaugh.
Girls soccer first team: (Western) Jenna Seaman, Grace Sullivan, Emma Harbaugh, Sophie Weight; (Northwestern) Livi Hale, Birley Fillenwarth, Cate Hale. Honorable mention: (Western) Samantha Garber, Autumn Brady; (Northwestern) Sasha Jocius.
Boys tennis first team: (Western) Pranav Haran, John Sullivan, Chad Gifford, Ashton Guyer, Mason Anderson.
Volleyball first team: (Northwestern) Madison Layden, Kendall Bostic; (Western) Sophie Rogers. Honorable mention: (Northwestern) Jenna Goodspeed; (Western) Emily Jones.

The search is over and the Prospect League, of which the Kokomo Jackrabbits are a member, reeled in a big league catch with the hiring of Dennis Bastien to a 3-year contract. 
Bastien’s baseball pedigree is the talk of all team owners. When his resume landed on the desk of the executive committee search team it was a “are you kidding” moment by Tim Epling, the owner of the West Virginia Miners. And indeed it was the Dennis Bastien, well known in the industry and a true guru of professional baseball. Bastien was selected by Baseball Sporting News as Executive of the Year for Minor League Baseball in 1988.  
Bastien’s career highlights include being the owner/president/general manager of the Charleston Wheelers Class A team of the Chicago Cubs, then evolving into Cincinnati Reds Class A franchise. He has 20-plus years in the minors as a franchise owner/operator/general manager and he recognizes the challenges behind the scenes of baseball operations. Bastien is considered exceptional in public speaking, corporate sales presentations and municipal ballpark research and development, having done so in several cities for expansion teams and league growth in the Minor Leagues.
“After the last 15 years of recruiting, coaching and scouting I was seeking to finish out my professional career directing an amateur professional league in the Midwest,” said Bastien.  
Bruce Rosselli, Prospect League president and interim commissioner, set out a search nationwide for candidates.  
“Like signing players, we want the best, and sometimes you sign that last-minute player that ends up being an All Star, said Rosselli.  “After honing down for an interview with the top three candidates, out of dozens who applied, I got that last-minute call from Mr. Bastien.  I knew in five minutes on the phone we might have that All Star and included him in the interview process with the Executive Committee. He was a hit.”
The position for league commissioner became available when Prospect League Commissioner Bryan Wickline’s 2-year term ended last September. He chose not to seek a contractual extension but will continue as owner/operator of the Chillicothe Paints.

After a River States Conference tournament championship and 1-3 finish at the NAIA National Volleyball Championship – a program first post-season tourney victory – the Indiana University Kokomo Cougars were ranked No. 33 in the nation in the postseason NAIA Volleyball Coaches Poll. In 2015, the Cougars finished ranked No. 36 in the postseason national poll.
In addition, IU Kokomo junior Lindi Thomas was named a 2016 Tachikara-NAIA All-American honorable mention for the second consecutive season. She is the only Cougar team athlete to earn an All-American distinction.