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 Wabash Lady Apaches were in pursuit of their first regional title at Lapel Saturday, winning the first game 55-48 over Southmont before falling short against Tipton in the championship game 48-37.
The Lady Apaches got off to a slow start in their game against Southmont. After leading 6-2 Southmont would out score Wabash 11-2 the remainder of the quarter to lead Wabash 13-8 after one.
Wabash, showing no panic came storming back in the second. Sarah Puckett would hit a free throw that ignited a 6-1 run as the Lady Apaches tied the score at 14 just two minutes into the second. After a Southmont three and trailing 17-14 Kyleigh Hampton would connect twice, one a three to give Wabash a 19-17 lead. Puckett would then hit two free throws, followed by buckets from Claire Cromer and Lyndsie Thomas to lead 25-17. Thomas and Cromer would each hit one more time in the quarter and Wabash led 30-18 at the half.
Southmont, behind their three six footers would start to pound the ball down low in the third against the smaller Apaches and out scored Wabash 15-7 in the third. Wabash got a three from Hampton and buckets from Thomas and Puckett to lead 37-33 after three.
Point guard Claire Cromer would start to penetrate the Southmont defense in the fourth, either being fouled or kicking it out for a bucket. Cromer hit 10 free throws in the quarter with Hampton and Puckett getting buckets to win game one 55-48, getting a shot a the regional title against Tipton.
Lyndsie Thomas and Claire Cromer led Wabash with 14 points each. Sarah Puckett added 13, Kyleigh Hampton 12, Jaclyn Lewis 2.
In the championship, Tipton got the first bucket of the game before Wabash scored 6 in a row. Sarah Puckett and Claire Cromer hit, followed by two Puckett free throws to lead 6-2. Tipton would then go on a 9-2 run to grab an 11-8 lead when Puckett hit two more free throws followed by a Cromer bucket and Wabash led 12-11 after one.
Tipton would get the first two buckets of the second quarter to go ahead 15-12 when a Lyndsie Thomas bucket made it 15-14. Jaclyn Lewis would hit and after a Kyleigh Hampton three the game was tied at 19. As fast as Wabash gained the momentum, Tipton took it away scoring 6 straight to end the quarter and led 25-19 at the half.
Tipton stretched the lead to 28-19 to start the third before a Lewis bucket made it 28-21. Lyndsie Thomas hit two free throws after a Tipton bucket to make it 30-23 when the Blue Devils started to play ball control. Over the next three and a half minutes Tipton scored three times on drives and back doors, holding Wabash to a Sarah Puckett free throw and led the Lady Apaches 37-24 with a quarter to go.
Wabash trailed 41-30 in the fourth with 3:16 left when they started to foul, chipping away at the Blue Devil lead by forcing free throws and had the Tipton lead down to 8 at 45-37 with 1:19 to go. Wabash couldn't find the bucket the last minute as Tipton hit free throws in the 48-37 final.
Leading the Lady Apaches was Sarah Puckett with 16 points. Lyndsie Thomas added 8, Kyleigh Hampton 5, Claire Cromer 4, Jaclyn Lewis 4.
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.