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IU NewsNet 12/5/2019

On this final IU NewsNet of the semester, we examine one of the best sports outlooks for IU in years. From basketball to football, the Hoosiers are on a roll. A controversial tweet by a Kelley school professor yields a lively response–and a new sweatshirt with a retaliatory slogan. There’s a severe shortage of beds for mental health patients in Indiana, and it’s affecting area jails. Lil Bub crosses the Rainbow Bridge. We’ll tell you why the Bloomington cat became an international  sensation. IU decks itself in holiday style, theres a Christmas tree shortage, and we will take you to a place where you can connect with your spirit animal. Join anchors Karli VanCleave, Katrina Nickell and Griffin Gonzales on sports.


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Thomas Warr’s soccer career wouldn’t be here without hockey

12.05.2019

The Zionsville Eagles hockey club was in the state semifinals and the game went to overtime. A young but talented freshman took the ice for extra time.

There was no doubt in head coach Aaron Wallace’s mind the freshman would be on the ice for this season-defining overtime period. He had a knack for scoring.

“I can remember the goal without even watching it,” Wallace said.

Behind the opposing team’s net, the freshman stole the puck from the defender, skated around the goal, made the goalie miss and scored the game winning goal. Zionsville was on to the state championship.

That was only one of the many memorable moments Thomas Warr provided throughout his four years with the hockey team.

“He did that stuff, every year, all the time,” Wallace said.

Zionsville went on to win the state championship that season, led by Thomas and his older brother, Max. Thomas was the team’s leading scorer and captain during his junior and senior seasons, and tied for second in the state with his 50 goals as a senior.

But even with all that success, he chose not hockey, but soccer. Warr is now a redshirt junior at Indiana, a permanent fixture in the Hoosiers’ rotation, mostly off the bench as an energizer. He has two goals this season and four during his three years in Bloomington.

His soccer years have not made him forget his hockey years. In fact, if it weren’t for all of his time spent on the rink, he may not be the soccer player he is today.

“Hockey taught me so much in the game of soccer,” Thomas said.

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It started young in the Warr family. His dad, Alastair, had Thomas in skates as soon as he could walk. At the age of 3, he was already pursuing a future on the ice.

A frozen pond symbolized an opportunity to skate and play the game he loved. He rarely passed up an opportunity to skate with his friends during the winter months.