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
It was the much anticipated volleyball sectional final at North Miami Saturday night with the upset minded Northfield Lady Norse taking on the six time defending sectional champion Southwood Lady Knights. Northfield would make it to the championship by defeating Oak Hill 25-9, 26-28, 25-14, 25-8. Southwood got to the final game by getting by county rival Wabash 25-22, 25-15, 25-20. Southwood would get off to a good start, flexing their muscle most of the night, winning their seventh straight title 25-16, 25-18, 25-15.
Southwood would get game one started with a Drew Rhamy kill that got a 5-0 run started to jump out to a quick lead. Tori Snyder would stop the run with a kill, but the Knights responded with three straight and led 8-1. The Norse would then find power hitter Kylie Echard who pounded two kills and the Norse cut the lead to 8-4. Amy Bowman would then get a kill as the Knights scored five of the next six to increase their lead to 13-5. Lexi Brickner had two kills during the spurt. Echard and Elaina Terrill would trade kills with Brickner and Sami White and the Knights held a 17-9 lead. The Knights would continue the pressure, building the lead to 21-12, going on to the 25-16 game one win.
After a 2-0 start for Southwood in game two the Norse would respond, scoring five of the next seven game points to take a 7-5 lead. Elaina Terrill would record two kills during the run with Liz Howenstine getting a tip for a kill. The Knights would then do what they do best and go on a run. Lexi Brickner would spike one straight down that started a 11 point run, putting Southwood in the drivers seat at 16-7. Sarah Peters and Sami White would also get kills during the run. The Lady Norse wouldn’t fold though. A kill from Holly Dyson got the Norse going as they would score nine of the next thirteen points to cut the Southwood lead to 20-16. The Knights would out score Northfield 5-2 down the stretch with kills from Murphy and White to win game two 25-18.
With all the momentum on Southwood’s side, the Knights would take advantage of it early in game three. Sami White would start the game with a kill, also getting kills from Murphy and Bowman to jump out to a 5-2 lead. Elaina Terrill would get a kill to make it 5-3 when the Knights did their thing. Starting with a Sarah Peters kill, Southwood strung out five straight to take a 9-3 lead. Liz Howenstine would stop the run with a tip for a point as Northfield scored three straight to make it 9-6. Another 5-0 Knight run would increase the Southwood lead to 14-6 when the Norse made a run. Tori Snyder would get a kill that started a 5-1 run as Northfield cut in to the Southwood lead at 15-11. Four straight by Southwood made it 19-11 as the Knights would not allow the Norse to score more than one point at a time down the stretch to capture game three 25-15 and their 7th straight sectional title.
Southwood will now host the regional on Tuesday against Clinton Central who was a 25-11, 25-18, 25-9 winner over South Vermillion. The game is a rematch of last years regional that the Knights won 25-21, 25-18, 25-16.
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.