by Eric Stearley
It was better late than never for Ryan Driscoll as he won Grand Champion Crossbred Classic Boar on Aug. 17, the final day of the 2014 Indiana State Fair.
I knew he was pretty good, but not that good,” Driscoll said about his six-month-old prizewinning boar. His pedigree was pretty nice, and his bone size for being how young he is.”
The 15-year-old said he’s been showing pigs for as long as he can remember. Son of Matt and Angie Driscoll, Ryan is the youngest of four children.
In addition to first and second place barrow, Ryan showed the Reserve Grand Champion Gilt at this year’s county fair. He’s seen success at the state fair in past years, picking up first places each of the last three years and showing the Division 2 Champion Crossbred Guilt in 2012. This year’s state fair, however, was his first time showing boars.
“The State Fair is the best show I’ve ever shown at easily,” said Driscoll, “and yes, it’s intimidating, because you’re going up against the best of the best.”
Driscoll’s Grand Champion sold to Crossroads Genetics, a boar stud. With a change of name by the new owners, he is now known as Young Gun, but when he won it all at the State Fair, he was Johnny Legend, a name Ryan came up with.
by Gary Andrews
The Southwood Knights were 2-0 in county play and were in control of their own destiny to win the county title as they traveled to Wabash Friday to take on the Apaches. A win would seal the out right title and the Knights wasted no time letting everyone know they meant business. The Knights would jump out to a 17-0 first quarter lead on their way to a 51-7 win.
Wabash would get the ball first with the Southwood defense forcing a four and out. The Knights would go to the air to start, mounting a 10 play, 80-yard drive that was aided by three Wabash penalties and capped off by a Nathan Hollars 36 yard touchdown run to lead 7-0 with 7:02 on the clock. On the Apaches second possession, the Knights forced a fumble on the second play with Ryan Barton recovering on the Wabash 24. The Wabash defense would keep the Knights out of the end zone, forcing a 34 yard Zach Hobson field goal and the Knights led 10-0 with 5:00 remaining. On the next Apache possession Austin Schlemmer would pick off a Wabash pass on the 24 and the Knights were in business one more time. After a pass from Robbie Cole to Danny Goff put the ball on the five, Hollars would find the end zone again and the Knights led 17-0 after one.
The Apaches would have the ball first in the second quarter, mounting a drive to the Knight 18, attempting a field goal that went wide left. Southwood would take over on the 20, with Cole hitting Noah Kirk to the 50. Two plays later Reece McDonald would recover a Southwood fumble to stall the drive. After going nowhere on offense the Apaches would attempt a fake punt that failed and Southwood had the ball on the 49. Cole would hit Keaton Weiss to the 40 and two plays later Hollars raced to the 25. Cole would then connect with Jackson Blair to the 4 with Cole running it in on 4th down from 1 yard out to go up 24-0 with 5:50 left. The Apaches would get their lone score on their next possession. After Luke Proctor gave them great field possession with the kick off return to the 42, Chase Dirig would complete two passes to Roger Davis to the 17. After a Reece McDonald got the ball to the 6, Dirig would find Davis in the end zone with 50.1 left to make it 24-7. With just seconds left the Knights would strike one more time. On a first and 10 on their own 42, Cole would fine Danny Goff behind the defenders for a 58yard strike and would lead 31-7 at the half.
Southwood would put up 20 points in the third quarter. On their second possession of the quarter and on the 13th player of the drive, Hollars would find the end zone again from 15yards out with 3:45 left to give the Knights a 37-7 lead. After a Ryan Barton fumble recovery Cole would connect with Jackson Blair with 54.1 left from 43yards out and it was 44-7. Nick Rebholz would then pick off a Wabash pass on their second play giving the Knights one more shot with just seconds left. On the first play Hollars would scamper from 25yards out to pay dirt as the Knights led 51-7 with a quarter to go.
Wabash would mount a drive to start the fourth quarter, driving to the Southwood 6. The Apaches couldn’t find the end zone as neither defense would bend in the quarter and the game ended 51-7.
Robbie Cole was 9 for 20 for 226yards, two touchdowns. Nathan Hollars rushed for 164yards on 22 carries. Jon Berlier added 18 yards. Jackson Blair had 3 catches for 89 yards, 1 touchdown. Danny Goff had 2 catches for 81 yards, 1touchdown. Noah Kirk had 2 for 22yards, Keaton Weiss 2 for 14yards.
Nick Rebholz led the defense with 13 tackles.
Kodi Clemons would lead Wabash in rushing with 60yards. Chase Dirig had 62yards passing and Roger Davis 51 receiving.
by Emily Armentrout
On Saturday, Aug. 23, Wabash City Schools held the inaugural induction ceremony for the Wabash City Schools Hall of Distinction, inducting 13 former graduates and four non Wabash High School graduates. These members were inducted “in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in life, dedicated service to others, enriching the history of Wabash City Schools and maintaining the highest standard of conduct and character.”
“The committee felt like there have been people who have had incredible influences, like Mark Honeywell, that should be in the Hall of Distinction. We span 145 years of our history. John Olsen graduated from Northwestern University but he didn’t graduate from high school. If you said we were only going to honor those who graduated from the high school then I think we were going to limit some people,” explained Wabash City Schools Superintendent, Jason Callahan.
With the long history of Wabash High School and the recent creation of the Wabash High School Athletic Hall of Fame, WCS felt like they were missing people who had profound influences on the school and the city of Wabash in only honoring athletics.
The ceremony began with a welcome from WCS Superintendent Jason Callahan, with the National Anthem sung and a performance by Symphonic Voices. The ceremony was followed by a reception and tour of Wabash High School.
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of nine articles outlining each of the proposed projects included in this year’s Stellar Communities application. With all nine projects scheduled for completion within the next four years, there are a lot of changes coming to Wabash in the near future. We wanted to look into each of these projects to better explain what the Stellar Communities designation means for Wabash.
by Eric Stearley
Wabash is now a Stellar Community. With the wait over and the anxiety gone, there is a lot of work to be done.
“We realized as soon as we exhaled that the real work was starting,” said Marketplace’s Patrick Sullivan following the announcement.
Some of the first changes residents are likely to see will be streetscape and connectivity improvements coming to downtown.
“These improvements will activate underutilized public space and restore aging streetscape through new pavement, curbs, and sidewalks,” the Stellar application outlines.
The project will focus on Market Street, part of Canal Street, and Allen Street, which connects the two near Paradise Spring Historical Park. The biggest change will be the conversion of Market and Canal Streets east of Wabash Street into two-way streets.
“One of the issues we have with fully utilizing Paradise Spring Historical Park and the museum and some other opportunities down there is the fact that it’s so difficult for out-of-towners to find because of one-way streets,” said Economic Development Group CEO Bill Konyha. “You’ll actually be able to turn right on Market Street and go to the museum, instead of having to make three right turns; same with Paradise Spring. You can go to Paradise Spring by going down either Market or Canal Street, and you’ll be able to leave Paradise Spring by taking either Canal or Market Street.”
by Eric Stearley
In this year’s election cycle, both Manchester Community Schools and the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County have open seats on their school boards. Manchester has 4 of 7 seats open, and MSD has two seats open on its board of five. When the deadline came and filing closed on Friday, Aug. 22, there were eight total candidates, four from each district.
There is some competition for positions on the MSD school board, which will see a new face in at least one of its two seats up for election. Vice President Ryan Rosen from the Northwest District is not seeking reelection, and two candidates, Todd Dazey and Jeffrey N. Snyder, hope to take his spot. President Matthew P. Driscoll from the Northeast District has filed for reelection, with Bradley A. Fleck looking to take his seat. Seats held by Troy Baer (Northwest District), John Gouveia (Northeast District), and Kevin Bowman (Southern District) are not up for election this year.
School board election rules prohibit more than two board members from a single district. With Gouveia and Baer already on the board, there is only one seat open for candidates from each district. This breaks the four-man field into two head-to-head races. Dazey will battle Snyder for the Northwest District seat, and Fleck will challenge sitting President Driscoll for the Northeast District seat.
In North Manchester, it appears this year’s election will be little more than a formality, with four incumbents running unopposed. President Sally Krouse filed to run in the Chester District, and Secretary Nathan Trump will run in Pleasant District. Timothy McLaughlin looks to once again represent the Town District, as does Brian Schilling. Seats held by Vice President Steve Flack, Byron Brunn, and Brady Burgess are not up for election this year. Barring any unforeseen developments, the Manchester school board will emerge from the Nov. 4 elections unchanged.
Polls open at 6 a.m. on Nov. 4 and will be open until 6 p.m.