by Gary Andrews
It was the final game of the regular season and the Wabash County round robin as Wabash paid a visit to Southwood Friday. In a game that wasn’t decided until late, the Knights held on for a 35-21 win.
The Knights would get on the board first when a Robbie Cole 39-yard run set up a Nathan Hollars 5-yard touchdown run. Goff’s extra point was good as Southwood led 7–0 with 10:05 left. The Southwood defense would hold as the Knights mounted their second drive of the quarter. Robbie Cole would get the drive going with a 47-yard run on an option and eventually scored on a 2-yard keeper to make it 14-0.
The Apaches would finally get their offense on track and answer the Knights with Luke Proctor’s 13-yard run up the gut and an extra point makes it 14-7 with 2:37 left in the first quarter, which is where the quarter ended.
The Apaches would strike first in the second quarter when Chase Dirig connected with Grant Dirig on a 38-yard scoring strike to even the score at 14 after the Owen Yeadon kick. The Knights would respond with a drive after a 32-yard run by Hollars sets up a Southwood first and goal. The Knights were forced to a field goal attempt that they faked with Chase Dirig intercepted a Blake Martz pass in the end zone and took it out to the 34.
The Southwood defense again would hold and took the ball over with on their own 36 with 2:23 left in the half. A 30-yard pass from Cole to Zach Ball put the ball on the Wabash 20. Cole then found Nathan Hollars to the one before Cole found Ball for a 1-yard touchdown with :13.9 seconds left. Goff’s PAT made it 21-14.
by Gary Andrews
The cross county regionals were held Saturday at Marion and Culver with the Northfield boys and girls teams, plus four individuals advancing to next Saturday’s semi state.
At Marion the girls’ race was first with the Lady Norse tying for third place and finishing third by virtue of the sixth runner tiebreaker. Jenna Halderman led the way with a 4th place finish, followed by Karla Singer in 23rd, Brittany Sloan 29th, Jacklyn Peas 35th, Olivia Thompson 39th, Natasha Leland 41st, and Caitlin Eltzroth 74th.
The Southwood girls also ran at Marion, placing 9th. Emily Lehner finished 21st to advance to the semi state as an individual.
The Manchester girls ran at Culver, finishing 9th as a team. No individuals advanced.
In the boys’ race at Marion, the Northfield boys tied Oak Hill for first, placing second on the sixth runner tiebreaker. Northfield was led by Devin Tracy in 6th, Joe Burcroff 15th, Austin Frye 19th, Austin Andrews 30th, Noah Shear 35th, Heath Miller 64th, Mason Zolman 79th.
The Wabash boys also ran at Marion, placing 8th as a team. Advancing to semi state as individuals were Sam Hall, who placed 13th, and Dominick Hubbard in 14th.
Southwood’s Aaron Ross and Josiah Friedersdorf ran as individuals but did not qualify.
At Culver, Thomas Rohr and Taylor Heckman ran as individuals with Rohr advancing with an 18th place finish.
The Northfield boys and girls, plus Emily Lehner, Sam Hall and Dominick Hubbard will be running at the New Haven semi state while Thomas Rohr will be at New Prairie.
by Gary Andrews
The Northfield football team was in control of their own destiny Friday to capture the county championship as Manchester came calling with the same title on the line for the Squires. A win by the Norse would give them a perfect 3-0 county record, while a Squire win would force the tie-breaker system to determine a champion. For three quarters Friday, the game was up for grabs before a 20 point fourth quarter by Northfield gave the Norse a 34-7 win and the monster 105.9 the Bash traveling trophy for at least a year.
Manchester would get the ball first to start the game, but went three and out with the Norse wasting little time striking first. On Northfield’s first play Jared Short would scamper 33 yards to the Manchester 31, then six plays later score on a 21 yard sweep to make it 6-0 with 8:01 on the clock. The Squires were moving backwards on their next possession before a roughing the passer call on the 3 yard line negated a Short interception and gave Manchester the ball on the 18.
The Squires would make the Norse pay for their penalty, riding Jacob Casper and Evan Milam down the field with Lucas Schilling punching it in from 1 yard out with 1:07 left to give Manchester a 7-6 lead. Northfield ended the quarter with two Josh Bickel runs that went from their own 31 to the Manchester 44.
by Eric Stearley
It’s an exciting time for the City of Wabash. In so many areas, the city is being updated, transformed, and repurposed in an effort to create a vibrant, modern small town. In all the excitement, a local group saw one area of the city that was not being addressed through these efforts: the city’s small, neighborhood parks.
The Hanna Park Project Committee was created as a collaborative effort between local service organizations with a single goal in mind: take responsibility for one of Wabash’s neighborhood parks and completely transform it, from a largely unused and ignored space into a destination for local families and children. With the help of other local service clubs, businesses, and individuals, the committee is working to ensure that its vision becomes a reality.
On Oct. 1, the Kiwanis Club’s Board of Directors voted to donate $15,000 to the project, more than half of the club’s service budget for the year.
“I am thrilled with the club’s decision to commit to the Neighborhood Parks Project,” said Wabash Kiwanis Club President Jordan Tandy. “We’ve always had an active and service-oriented membership, but I don’t know that we’ve ever tackled something of this magnitude before. The board’s decision to make this significant contribution is a great demonstration of the club’s commitment to our mission, which is to serve children.”
The idea for the project originally came from a Kiwanis member.
“Judy Ward, she’s the president-elect, she had the idea of focusing on one of the neighborhood parks,” said Tandy.
Wabash has three small neighborhood parks: Hanna Park on East Hill Street, South Side Park on Vernon Street, and Broadmoor Park on Broadmoor Drive.
“I talked to Todd Titus, the parks superintendent, and I kind of asked, ‘which park could we get the most bang for our buck,’” Tandy continued.
The answer, it turned out, was Hanna Park. The park is most familiar to people who live in Wabash’s historic district and those who travel in and out of town on Old 24. It is also just a short walk uphill and around the corner from Paradise Spring Historical Park. While the park has a pavilion and basketball court, both are showing their age. In addition, the park lacks playground equipment of any kind.
“I don’t know how many people go by Hanna Park. It’s on the way to Lagro, but it’s basically on the corner of town right now,” said Tandy. “We really want it to be something cool enough that it’s going to be a destination for people.”
The current vision includes a large playground system, as well as rejuvenation of the existing facilities. The park will continue to be maintained by the city, and the committee has been in close contact with the parks department throughout the planning process. During this process, the committee soon found out that quality playground equipment is pricey.
“Going in, I thought, ‘Well, if we can put together 10,000 bucks for a playground, we can get something pretty impressive,” said Tandy. “That barely gets us a swing set.”
by Eric Stearley
On Friday, Oct. 17, City Councilmember Margaret “Boo” Salb was joined by friends, family, and supporters at the Northeast Business Park for a very important announcement.
“I’m here to officially announce that I’m going to be running as a democratic mayoral candidate in the 2015 election,” Salb said as those present applauded.
Salb was joined by her husband, John, a former conservation officer, as well as her two daughters and other family members from across the country. She is the third candidate to make such an announcement, behind fellow councilmember and republican Scott Long and Wabash Fire Chief Bob Mullett, who she will run against in the May 2015 primary for the Democratic Party nomination.
“I’ve always called Wabash my home, and it always will be my home,” said Salb. “This community has instilled my values and beliefs, and I believe that we have passed those on to our daughters, Keri and Kaitlyn, as well as our four grandchildren.”
In addition to eleven years on city council, Salb has worked as an educator for 27 years, spending the last 22 years as a student advocate at Northfield Jr./Sr. High School. She plans to draw on this experience should she be elected.
“I have managed a classroom for 27 years,” said Salb. “I believe that managing a classroom with teenagers is hard enough, and I believe that I will bring a lot of management skills to the office.”
The location of the announcement was of special significance.
“As we stand at this Northeast Business Park, I envision seeing it filled to capacity, and I plan on working closely with Economic Development and other county officials to see this come to fruition,” said Salb. “That’s probably my main goal.”
Salb would also like to see improvements to residential areas that she believes have worn down and been forgotten. Anyone considering running for Mayor of Wabash is watching the Stellar projects closely, and Salb is no exception.
by Eric Stearley
Ernie Bradley of rural Liberty Mills is heading to the Indiana Statehouse to deliver a speech during the National Freeze Don’t Shoot March on Oct. 25.
Bradley’s life was turned upside-down on March 10 when North Manchester Police pursued multiple drug offenders on foot from a residence in Liberty Mills. When the pursuit crossed through Bradley’s property, his dogs, Kramer and Mc, ran toward the officers and were shot. Kramer was killed instantly, while Mc survived, eventually losing his left eye. Since then, Bradley has become passionate about the issue and discovered that people across the country have been put in similar situations.
“After what happened, I was putting things on Facebook. I had some people put up the website for me called “Justice for Kramer and Mc,” and after I got involved in this, everyone else that this has been happening to all over the nation started posting similar sties.”
The online community of distraught pet owners has collaborated for a nationwide event, organized by Donna Earley. On Oct. 25, at every state capital in the nation, victims and supporters will gather to demonstrate against police shooting pets. Bradley will be the guest speaker at the march in Indianapolis. He will deliver his speech at noon.
“My message is going to be, we want proper training for our police officers,” said Bradley. “I researched after this happened to me, and I found out, it’s somewhat protocol for police officers, as soon as they come into contact with a canine animal, to kill it, so that it doesn’t become involved in whatever they’re doing. Colorado has special training for police officers, and what were asking for is mandatory training of police officers for when they come into contact with a canine.”