Regional briefs March 1 | Sports

Regional briefs March 1 |  Sports

BASKETBALL Former SB Central star, coach Powers dies

Jim Powers, a former John Wooden star player at South Bend Central High School, died in Indianapolis on Saturday.

Powers was the top scorer for the Wooden 1942-43 team which was his last at Central. He helped lead them to a No.1 ranking, a 20-3 record and a section title.

Powers went on to perform for Wooden in the state of Indiana after serving in the military during World War II. He returned to Central and served as an assistant coach on their 1953 and 1957 State Championship teams.

Powers then spent 11 seasons as Central’s head coach, posting a 174-84 mark and guiding them to a State runner-up in 1963. He then coached at Rochester and Elkhart Memorial. His 18-year-old high school coaching score was 283-137.

Powers, who also served as Memorial athletic director before retiring in 1986, was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.

Powers, whose son Jim Jr. was an outstanding player in Rochester and Memorial and is also in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, was 95 years old.

Titans Head to CCPA Finals

Indiana University’s South Bend men’s team crushed Northwest Indiana University, 100-58, in the semi-finals of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament Saturday in Gary, Indiana.

The Titans are the reigning champions of the tournament and have …

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