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Football season is finally here and we at FastPlay are excited to announce that Friday, September 13 will be our first live broadcast. It is going to be an awesome matchup between the Western Panthers and Northwestern Tigers. These rivals will take the field at 7pm. We encourage all high school sports nuts to be there for the action. If you can’t, then watch it live on FastPlaySports.com....

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Well, the first broadcast from FastPlaySports was a huge success. The Western vs. Northwestern rivalry is deep rooted in Howard County sports and last night showed everyone why. A perfect matchup between two undefeated teams going into the game. We want to give a big thanks to Northwestern’s athletic director, Dan Armstrong, for allowing us to come out and be a part of the awesome matchup....

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Now you have three ways to watch! Check out FasPlaySports on your mobile device (smartphone or tablet), computer and home television. The ease of convenience to view your favorite regional athletics has just gotten easier at home. You can view FastPlaySports on your digital television with the addition of a Roku internet streaming player. Roku doesn’t require a PC or cost any monthly subscription to view thousands of movies, tv shows and of course…FastPlaySports. Grab a Roku box for your living room, bedroom, TV room or garage. Visit a local retailer to start your new viewing experience today!...

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The student debt crisis continues to grow larger and more dangerous. With the rising price for a college degree, students face an evergrowing problem of large amounts of debt post grad. This has been the status quo for a long time but the debt ratio is growing faster every school year and is becoming increasingly harder for students to pay back with an average balance of more than $27,000, according to a new report from the Joint Economic Committee. Interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford loans could double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent if congress fails to take action. “Allowing the interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans to double at a time when the government’s cost of borrowing is so low undermines the public policy objective of providing affordable loans to students,” the report explains. “The increasing debt burden presents challenges for recent graduates just beginning their careers and poses a potential risk to the economy, since individuals who shoulder heavier debt balances may delay purchasing a home, buying a car, starting a family and saving for retirement.” The top 10 are as listed below: 10. Pennsylvania 9. Michigan 8. Rhode Island 7. Indiana 6. Maine 5. Montana 4........

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Along with offering live video coverage of regional athletics FastPlaySports also archives all of these so you can watch them anytime, anywhere. Just click on the Video Vault icon to view archived games. If you’re looking for live coverage please click the LIVESTREAM icon on our homepage. Not all games can be covered every week but as we grow we will continue to offer more coverage of more games and more of a variety of sports. We are constantly trying to improve the FastPlay experience but we need your help. We encourage you to submit ideas on what we can do to help you get the most out of our site. Please understand that this is a huge undertaking and although we are taking every step to ensure the best experience possible some things might get missed. You can email us at info@fastplaysports.com or you can simply leave a comment below and we will try and address your concerns and ideas in the order they are received. Thanks again and remember to play fast!...

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The stART of Basketball

Regular season football has come a close. As with all things in life, the end of one thing always brings the beginning of something else. In this case, that other thing is high school basketball. Here in Indiana, basketball is more than a tradition. It is much more. Those who play or have played understand this. Basketball is as much art as it is athleticism. The mechanics behind the dribble to pass to jump to dunk are astounding. The ability to throw a leather ball 23.75′ (NBA) or 19.75′ (high school) at a specific degree of arc into a 10′ high basket measuring 18″ in diameter repeatedly is art. Sports are often viewed entirely different than art. They are more often than not executed by two entirely different types of people yet they share the same passion behind what is they are doing in an area that only a small percentage of people are capable of doing. Sure, anyone can splash some paint on a canvas the same as dribble a basketball, but to do it with such style and perfection to be called professional or world class is rare. It takes discipline to refine any craft to the point.......

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Western @ Kokomo Preview

As Thanksgiving approaches each year, Howard County residents treat themselves to a huge helping of high school hoops.  The annual Kokomo-Western matchup is guaranteed to draw one of the biggest crowds either team will see all season. The Wildkats and Panthers begin their seasons this Wednesday at Memorial Gymnasium.  The history between these two schools dates back to the late 1940s.  Kokomo owns a dominating 57-6 all time record over Western.  Kokomo is on an eight game winning streak against the Panthers. Kokomo may have their work cut out for them this year with the absence of senior Tayler Persons.  Persons tore his ACL earlier this year while playing football for Kokomo. The Wildkats will look to seniors Erik Bowen, Mykal Cox, and Brad Dockemeyer to provide the leadership and varsity experience it takes to win games in the always-competitive North Central Conference.  Wednesday will prove to be one of the biggest tests of these three seniors’ careers. Western returns some solid talent in their backcourt.  Senior, Evan Warden will lead the Panthers’ attempt to take down the Wildkats for the first time in his four years as a varsity player.  Junior Des Balentine, brother of former Kokomo standout DJ.......

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MIC Action Set to Tip-Off

Mid-Indiana Conference play begins this Friday night at Richard R. Rea Stadium.  The Northwestern Tigers visit their county rival, Western, as both teams search for their first victory of the 2013-14 season. Northwestern and Western are very familiar with each other.  They usually have the chance to face off twice each season because of the Howard County Tournament, and in recent history, the Old School Sectional.  Western has won eight of the last nine games against Northwestern.  Last season, the Panthers defeated the Tigers twice by the slim margin of only three points total between both games.  Fans can expect to see the same nail-biting action this Friday night. The Tigers and the Panthers match up very well.  Both squads lost a good portion of their interior bulk last year to graduation.  The size matchup will be virtually identical this year, as the two teams will sport guard-heavy lineups. “This years Tigers team is made up of around ten players who all have similar basketball skills,” Northwestern’s head coach Jim Gish said.  Early foul trouble from key starters forced coach Gish to go with some unusual lineups in their season opener loss to Madison Grant last week.  Keeping starters out.......

Kats Look to Bounce Back

Kokomo’s boys basketball team was defeated for the second straight time after a tough 54-53 overtime loss to Muncie Central last night at the historic Muncie Fieldhouse.  The game was decided by a putback from Muncie Central’s Tyler Arens as time expired.  Controversy surrounding the referee’s decision to count the basket looms large, as some believe the shot was not off before the clock hit zeros.  Whether you believe in home cookin’ or not, the Wildkats begin their NCC campaign with a loss.   Last night’s loss follows a four-point loss to Fishers last weekend.  Losing to a pair of very talented teams, by only a handful of points, is not that bad when you consider the Wildkats’ situation.  They are still dealing with the absence of senior guard, Tayler Persons.  I think it is a safe bet to say that Persons could easily be the difference maker in these close games, but what we should all be impressed with is how the Wildkats have proven that they can still compete at the highest of levels without him.   The Kats will look to rebound from back-to-back losses tonight as they host the Westfield Shamrocks.  Westfield is coming off their.......

It is no secret that the state of Indiana favors the sport of basketball.  Some of the NBA’s and NCAA’s greatest athletes, such as Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, and Shawn Kemp, just to name a few, hail from our great state.  In fact, Indiana produces more professional basketball players, per capita, than any other state. Kokomo fans, in particular, are no strangers to witnessing some of the great talents that Indiana produces.  In the past 20 years, Kats’ supporters have had the opportunity to witness first hand the talents of players such as Bonzi Wells, Zach Randolph, Tom Coverdale, AJ Ratliff, Mike Conley, and Greg Oden. This Friday night, Wildkat fans will once again have the chance to witness something great as the class 4A 11th ranked Marion Giants visit Memorial Gymnasium.  Senior James Blackmon Jr. will lead the Giants’ attempt to hand Kokomo their third straight loss.  Blackmon Jr. is one of the most talented players in the state.  He is a candidate for Indiana’s Mr. Basketball and signed to play his college career at Indiana University.  Currently ranked 19th in ESPN’s top 100 for the class of 2014, Blackmon will surely make Friday night’s game worth every bit.......