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Local briefs: TinCaps' Winter, staff get groundskeeper honor

Keith Winter
Keith Winter
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Thursday, November 07, 2013 05:49 pm
Fort Wayne TinCaps head groundskeeper Keith Winter is the 2013 winner of the 13th annual Sports Turf Managers Association's Sports Turf Manager of the Year Award for the Class-A classification in Minor League Baseball. Winter was selected as the recipient of the award from among all sports turf managers in the Midwest, South Atlantic, California, Carolina and Florida State Leagues which, in total, comprise 60 teams.“What I'm really proud of is the commitment from the grounds crew and the organization in their dedication to having a high-quality playing surface at Parkview Field. We think we have one of the best facilities in Minor League Baseball and we're glad to be recognized for that on a national level,” Winter said. “I share this award with all of the people in our organization.”

This accolade adds to the list of honors bestowed upon Winter and his grounds crew. Since joining the TinCaps in 2010, Winter has brought the Midwest League Sports Turf Manager/Grounds Crew of the Year Award back to Parkview Field every season. In the fall of 2012, Winter coordinated the complete renovation of the TinCaps playing surface, replacing the turf with short-cut bluegrass from Graff's Turf Farms in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Winter will be presented with the award on Dec. 9 in Orlando, Fla., at the 112th annual Baseball Winter Meetings.The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference office announced the 2013-14 postseason awards and Indiana Tech's Tori Singstock received All-Conference honors. The sophomore soccer forward for the Warriors was the lone representative on the team for Tech after leading the team with 42 points on 18 goals and six assists in 2013. She led the team in shots (112), shots on goal (56), game-winning goals (4) and was 2-for-2 in penalty kicks. The Warriors also placed nine student-athletes on the All-Academic team. Manuel Cabal Carmona paced the Orange and Black with a 4.0 GPA in Biomedical Engineering with fellow senior, Morgan Delagrange, finished with a 3.99 GPA in Business Administration. Jessica Sikula, Natalia Salcedo, Natalie Zimmerman, Traycie Linker, Emma Lang, Jordan Roell and Laura Penn also receive All-Academic recognition. Senior midfielder Austin Wilson was the Warriors representative on the Champions of Character team. Wilson finished the season with six points on two goals and two assists while being a team leader for the Warriors in 2013.The Summit League announced its women's soccer all-league awards Thursday, and two IPFW players were honored.

Midfielder Sydney Hoareau was named to the second team, and freshman forward Andie Lazzerini was selected for the freshman team.

The IPFW Mastodons will host nationally ranked Denver (14th/National Soccer Coaches Association) in the first of two games at the Hefner Soccer Complex in the first round of the 2013 Summit League Soccer Championships.

2013 marks the second straight year the Mastodons have advanced to the Summit League Tournament, advancing to the League Championship match a season ago.

IPFW is led by a pair of freshmen, Gaby Romo and Lazzerini, who have scored four and three goals, respectively. Brooke Bishir has scored twice, as Mayson Whitman, Cassie Egle, and Hailey Mariotti have each scored once. Lazzerini and Hoareau each have two assists to lead the team.

Sam Pavlika has spent every minute of the 2013 season in the goal, and has a 1.74 goals-against average with five shutouts and 98 saves.Indiana Tech ice hockey head coach Frank DiCristofaro has announced his sixth signing for the 2014-15 season as Fort Wayne native Ryan Matteson signed his letter of intent to play for the Warriors in their inaugural season. The 6-foot-5, 250-lb. forward graduated from Leo High School and has played the past three seasons with the Fort Wayne Federals. While he's been with the Federals for three seasons, his first was in the Great Lakes Junior Hockey League while the final two seasons the Federals moved to the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. In the 2011-12 season, Matteson played in 35 games, tallying 27 points on 17 goals and 10 assists while also collecting 49 penalty minutes. In the 2012-13 campaign he netted 24 goals and 20 assists in 36 games while also logging 74 penalty minutes. This season, the freshman has played 18 games and has scored 11 goals while assisting with 12 others also logging 53 minutes. Matteson is the third Federal to sign with the Warriors, joining Ian Maisonnueve and Chris Swartz. “Matteson is a big forward and he gives us a physical presence in front of the net,” DiCristofaro said. “Ryan has played will with Chris and Ian and we are excited to see them play together in the Warriors Orange and Black.” DiCristofaro continues to search and recruit student-athletes to fill a Division I and Division III ACHA roster for the 2014-15 season. If you are interested in playing for the Warriors, please fill out the prospect form and contact Cristofaro.


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