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
Saturday was Manchester's annual four-game clash with Oak Hill, as the host Squires went 2-2 on the day, winning both boys games while falling in the girls’ games.
The junior varsity girls got things going first with the Lady Squires trailing 16-10 at the half before falling 29-20.
Leading Manchester was Emily Haecker with 4 points. Hanna Olk, and Bailey Sewell added 3 points each. Bethany Collett, Rae Bedke, Kaitlyn Andritsch, Brooklyn Howard and Tiffany Johnson had 2 points each. Haecker would add 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Sewell had 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Thompson added 1 assist.
Next up was the junior varsity boys who dominated the first half, leading 22-12. The Squires went on to handle the Eagles 47-28.
Leading the Squires was Bailey Ness with 10 points. David McAtee and Austin Brewer added 9 points each. Zach Hill had 6, Keelan Norwood 5, Matthew Pegg 4, Kane Gable 2, Levi Hicks 2.
In the girls varsity game, the Lady Squires jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a bucket from Cierra Carter and again had the lead 4-2 on two free throws from Tabby DeWitt and 6-4 on a bucket from DeWitt. Oak Hill would then go on a 7-0 run to go up 11-6 when Sydney Snep hit. Manchester trailed 12-8 at the first stop.
Oak Hill would extend their lead to 14-8 to start the second quarter before DeWitt hit to make it 14-10. The Eagles would increase their lead to 18-10 when DeWitt hit again. Down 20-12 Kaitlyn Parrett would find the bottom of the bucket, followed by a free throw from Emily Haecker to make it 20-15. Oak Hill would get the final bucket of the half and led 22-15.
Oak Hill would extend their lead to 26-15 to start the third quarter before DeWitt and Celina Carter hit to make it 26-19. An Oak Hill bucket and two free throws from DeWitt made it 28-21 when the Eagles hit three buckets in a row, one a three pointer to increase their lead to 34-21. The Lady Squires refused to give in, getting buckets from DeWitt and kept the deficit at 9 to the end of the quarter. Manchester trailed 38-29 after three.
The fourth quarter was a free throw fest for Oak Hill, as they scored the first 17 points of the quarter, 9 on free throws as they pulled away from Manchester to lead 55-29 before the Squires scored. Tabby DeWitt would get a bucket and the Squires got two free throws from Celina Carter to make the final score 60-33.
Leading Manchester was Tabby DeWitt with 16 points. Cierra Carter added 6, Celina Carter 4, Kaitlyn Parrett 4, Sydney Snep 2, Emily Haecker 1.
The varsity boys would be the final game of the night and they needed a win to even the night in a 2-2 tie. Manchester led at every stop on their way to a 58-49 win over the Eagles to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Clayton Petrie got the Squires going with a three that put Manchester up 3-1, then a second three from Cameron Brandenburg to lead 6-3. Oak Hill matched the second three with one of their own to make it 6-6 and with the score tied at 7 the Squires would get their third three of the quarter, this time from Claudell Dickantone to lead 10-7 and led 10-9 at the stop.
Manchester had the early hot hand in the second quarter with Brandenburg hitting free throw that was followed by a Dickantone bucket and a steal for a bucket from Chase Fierstos to lead 15-9. The Eagles would score after a time out, but the Squires remained hot. Brandenburg would connect from behind the arch again and Dickantone followed with a bucket as they increased their lead to 20-11. Up 22-16 Petrie would convert two free throws and Braydon Sewell would drain a two as the Squires led 25-16 at the half.
Oak Hill would have the hot hand and make a run to start the third quarter. The Eagles would score the first 9 points of the quarter to knot the game at 25 before the Squires found the bucket. Claudell Dickantone gave Manchester a brief 27-25 lead before the Eagles hit two straight to lead 29-27. Down 32-28 after an Oak Hill three Manchester went to work. The Squires got a three and two free throws from Clayton Petrie and later a steal for a bucket from Dickantone to lead 35-32. Oak Hill would hit at the buzzer and Manchester led 35-34 with a quarter to go.
Chase Fierstos would get a bucket off a steal to start the scoring in the fourth and after an Eagle bucket it was 37-35. With Clayton Petrie having the hot hand in the third, the Squires found him again with Petrie hitting a free throw and a three to put Manchester up 41-35. The Eagles would claw their way back in to the game and with under three minutes closed the gap to 46-42. With the Squires milking the clock the Eagles started to foul. Petrie would hit one free throw and with 1:56 remaining Dickantone would sink two more for a 50-42 lead. Continuing to foul, Oak Hill had the lead cut to 51-47 with under a minute to go when things changed. Brandenburg would hit a free throw and the Squires increased defensive pressure to force an over and back. An Oak Hill foul with Fierstos hitting two freebies made it 54-47 with 43.8 on the clock. The Squires made a stop on a Branden Scott steal with Oak Hill fouling Scott with 27.1 left. Scott would convert both free throws to make it 56-47 and later hit two more for the 58-49 final.
Leading Manchester was Claudell Dickantone with 17 points. Clayton Petrie added 15, Chase Fierstos 8, Cameron Brandenburg 8, Braydon Sewell 5, Branden Scott 5.
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.