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
For the first time in 9 years, there will not be a Wabash County team in the boys’ sectional championship game Saturday. The Northfield Norse took on Oak Hill in game one, falling to the Golden Eagles 66-46. In game two, Manchester battled Lewis Cass, falling to the Kings 69-57.
After getting off to a 2-0 start on a Tanner Wilcox bucket the Norse would not find the hoop again in the quarter with Oak Hill scoring 14 straight to lead 14-2 after one. Gerritt Taylor led the Oak Hill attack with 10 of the 14 points.
After a slow first quarter for the Norse, things didn’t get much better in the second. Tanner Wilcox converted a three point play and later had a bucket to cut the lead to 16-7, but the Eagles behind Jon Mauk’s 6 points out scored the Norse 12-6 to increase their lead to 26-9 at the half.
The first couple minutes of the third quarter would be crucial for the Norse as they needed to cut in to the Oak Hill lead to have a shot heading to the fourth. Just the opposite happened for the Norse as the Golden Eagles scored the first 9 points of the quarter to open a 37-9 lead that would be near impossible to claw out of, but the Norse would give it a shot. Behind the hot shooting of Noah Shear the Norse had their best scoring quarter, putting up 22 points, but Oak Hill continued their torrid shooting, out scoring the Norse 25-22 to lead 51-31 with a quarter to go.
The two teams would play to a 15-15 tie in the fourth with the Norse never being able to get closer than 18 points as Oak Hill moved on with a 66-46 win.
Leading Northfield was Tanner Wilcox with 18 points. Noah Shear added 14, Jon Richardson 9, Austin Trump 2, Ryan Driscoll 2, and Christian Hawkins 1.
Leading Oak Hill was Gerritt Taylor with 23 points. David Horner added 14, Jon Mauk 13, Reese Metzger 7, Caleb Maggard 6, Chandler Julius 2, Kyle Byrd 1.
Game two was the much-anticipated Manchester, Lewis Cass showdown. The Squires were coming in 16-5 and the Kings were ranked #7 and 18-2.
Cass got the first bucket of the game, but the Squires quickly answered. Claudell Dickantone drained a three and after a Phoenix Goad steal for a bucket Manchester led 5-2. Cass would respond with 6 straight to take an 8-5 lead before Chase Fierstos found the range behind the arch to knot the score at 8. Cass then responded with a 9-3 run that opened a 17-11 lead for the Kings when Fierstos hit again from three land to make it 17-14 at the end of one.
Early in the second and down 22-18 Branden Scott would draw the Squires within two with two free throws, but with 3:09 on the clock the Kings responded with a 6-0 run to lead 28-20. Goad stopped the run with a bucket and after a Claudell Dickantone two the Squires trailed 30-24 at the half.
Cass would get the first 4 points of the third quarter to open a 10 point lead at 34-24 before a Dickantone bucket. The Kings kept out scoring the Squires in 4-2 spurts and led 40-27 when Dickantone drained a three and followed it with a steal for a bucket to cut the lead to 40-32. Cass would respond though, out scoring Manchester 8–2 the remainder of the quarter to lead 48-34 after three.
Manchester’s two leading scorers, Claudell Dickantone and Clayton Petrie would try to take things in their own hands in the fourth, scoring 22 of the teams 23 points scored in the quarter, but the Kings matched what the Squires had to offer in the 69-57 win.
Leading Manchester was Claudell Dickantone with 33 points. Clayton Petrie added 8, Chase Fierstos 6, Branden Scott 4, Phoenix Goad 4, Cameron Brandenburg 1, Cody Freeman 1.
Leading Cass was Austin Keesling with 24 points. Blake Hadley added 14, Owen Ohman 12, Evan Ohman 9, Ryan Bixler 4, Drew McRae 4, Destin Irwin 2.
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.