Mark Hobbs, director of the Heartland Caree Center, discusses several grants the facility has received in recent weeks. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
The Heartland Career Center (HCC) has received grants worth more than $250,000 to help upgrade its industrial technology programs.
Officials from HCC, Ivy Tech, the county’s three public school corporations and a variety of supporters gathered Wednesday, Feb. 18 to learn about the grants and how educators envision using them.
“We’re truly blessed to work with a large, collaborative group of people for support of your efforts to continuously improve the education and training for our students from Wabash, Miami, Grant and Huntington counties,” HCC Director Mark Hobbs said, discussing the grants.
Southwood’s Robbie Cole (34) drives for two of his 19 points on Friday night against Northfield. Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
The Southwood boys’ basketball team was one win away from a piece of the Three Rivers Conference title and needed a win over county rival Northfield to get that share Friday. Jumping out to a quick 7-0 start the Knights defended home court by defeating Northfield 64-46 to share the TRC title with Tippecanoe Valley and Manchester.
The quick start was just that as Carson Blair took the Alex Harmon tip off and drained a three just four seconds into the game. Robbie Cole and Brandin Frazier then hit back to back buckets for the 7-0 lead. Tanner Wilcox stopped the run with a bucket with Alex Harmon answering. Jared Short made it 9-3 with a bucket when Noah Kirk hit from long range for a 12-3 Knight lead. The Norse would respond with buckets from Heath Miller and Noah Shear to cut the lead to 12-7 when Mathew Norse drained a three to give the Knights a 15-7 lead. Austin Burns finished the scoring in the quarter as Southwood led 15-9 after one.
The Wabash Lady Apaches basketball team poses for a team shot after winning the regional title on Saturday in Lapel. Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
After winning their seventh straight sectional title the Wabash Lady Apaches made the trip to Lapel on Saturday for the second straight year in search of that elusive regional crown.
It was no easy task as Wabash took on No.9 Shenandoah in game one, holding off a late Raider charge for a 50-47 win and another shot at a regional title. No. 10 Fountain Central defeated Sheridan on a buzzer beater in game two, setting up the championship game. The Lady Apaches trailed most of the game before wearing down the taller Mustangs in the fourth for an exciting 60-52 win to earn the schools first ever girls regional crown.
Southwood’s Abby Houlihan is joined by her parents, Vicki Houlihan (front row, from left) and Scott Houlihan as she signs a letter of intent to play golf at Indiana University Kokomo. She is joined by (back row, from left) Southwood Athletic Director Tom Finicle, IUK Athletic Director Brandon Podgorski, Southwood Golf Coach Rod Cole, and Southwood Assistant Coach JoDee Dale. Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
Southwood senior Abby Houlihan became the first recruit for the new golf program at Indiana University Kokomo. Houlihan signed her letter of intent Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Southwood.
While holding or being a part of 15 golf school records while at Southwood, Houlihan will be looked upon by the Cougars as a leader with the opportunity at playing number one right away.
by Emily Armentrout
Wabash City Schools announced on Feb. 28 that Scott Bumgardner, current Wabash Middle School principal and Lady Apache basketball head coach, will be leaving the district at the end of the school year to become business manager for Manchester Community Schools.
Bumgardner has been with Wabash City Schools for the past 13 years, beginning as a middle school social studies teacher and working his way up to principal. As the girls head basketball coach, he led the team to six straight sectional championships and became the district’s winningest basketball coach.
“Scott’s opportunity to advance his career in education is bittersweet,” said Wabash City Schools Superintendent Jason Callahan in a press release from the school district. “Scott’s influence has meant so much to the students, faculty and the community of Wabash. I am sure his legacy will be felt for years to come. Although I am happy for he and his family for this new opportunity, his leadership and friendship will be missed.”
“I am very excited about the school system, the leadership and the community,” Bumgardner told The Paper. “It is a great opportunity for me, but it is also bittersweet because of all the memories here and the great people and opportunity I was given here.”
Bumgardner’s new position at Manchester Community Schools will revolve around finances and facilities. His responsibilities will no longer include coaching.
“I will not be coaching in Manchester school districts. I will be totally focused on the business manager’s position,” added Bumgardner.
Wabash City Schools’ Chief Business Officer Jan Roland, will be retiring at the end of this school year. This is a position for which Bumgardner was selected prior to his acceptance of the job in North Manchester.
That position will see no vacancy, as current athletic director for Wabash City Schools, Matt Stone, will take over as chief business officer beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.
“Matt is very competent, and to me, seems an obvious choice to take the chief business officer position,” Callahan told The Paper.
“Wabash does not plan to wait long on naming a successor for either principal or coach of the Lady Apaches’ basketball program,” assured Callahan. “Once Scott’s resignation is final, I plan to bring the new principal and our new coach to the board for approval. I will do this by the March 17 board meeting. I feel that we have the right leaders to step into the roles and pick up where Scott left off.”
Mike Mattern is slated to become the Wabash Middle School principal after the closing of W.C. Mills at the end of this school year, and there is no word yet on who will become the new athletic director or Lady Apache basketball head coach.
“Wabash City Schools will continue to build on its tradition of excellence,” assured Callahan.