by Gary Andrews
Not only did the Wabash Lady Apache basketball team open their 2014-15 season with an impressive 60-44 win over Mississinewa Friday; they got to be part of history as senior Claire Cromer went off for 42 points to set the Wabash single game scoring record.
The Lady Apaches dominated right from the start, jumping out to an 11-0 lead and leading 14-4 after the end of the quarter. Claire Cromer had all 14 points for Wabash.
Mississinewa would cut the Wabash lead to 16-10 early in the second quarter before Shelby Stone buried two shots from behind the arch to build the lead to 22-10. The Indians again cut the lead to single digits before Cromer drained back-to-back three’s, then hit four straight free throws to increase the lead to 31-18. At 31-22 Cromer would hit a shot before the buzzer as Wabash led 33-22 at the half.
Kristin Cromer and Sarah Puckett would get in on the scoring action in the third while Claire Cromer kept rolling as the Lady Apaches built their lead to 45-25 before leading 45-26 after three.
Claire Cromer would hit a three to get the Wabash scoring going in the fourth as sister Kristin hit two free throws as Wabash rolled to a 60-44 win.
Claire Cromer led the way with 42 points. Shelby Stone and Kristin Cromer added 6 points each, Sarah Puckett 4, Katie McCauley 2.
By Bill Barrows
Periodically, I have the privilege to witness heartwarming and amazing things that happen in the course of my daily activities in youth sports at the Wabash County YMCA. This week, I watched as a young man took a huge step forward on a long road back to regaining his health.
Jace Randel’s parents, Jason and Amanda, registered him to play 4th & 5th grade tackle football in August. Jace expected to play with a number of his classmates on the Cowboys team this fall while learning some life lessons along the way. He had no idea the roller coaster ride he had in front of him.
”On Aug. 20 (ironically, the same day as the first football practice) Jace began not feeling well. I took him in to his pediatrician after a few days of stomach pain. He ordered blood work, just to be sure it wasn’t an appendicitis. The blood work came back abnormal,” explained Amanda.
After consulting with their pediatrician, the Randels prepared for a trip to Riley Hospital.
“The Pediatrician explained to us that Jace's blood work had come back abnormal, and after consulting with a few Riley Oncologists, they thought Jace had leukemia.” Amanda continued, “We were being sent to Riley to run more blood work and prepare him for a bone marrow biopsy.” Jason & Amanda told their son what this meant; Jace was crushed.
“I told him that we were NOT putting our faith and trust into one test. We would be putting our faith in God who, we KNEW, could do anything!!” She explained, “What a calming affect that can have on a person, to know WHO is in control and WHO is all powerful,”
The blood work at Riley came back inconclusive. Jace received a platelets transfusion in order to perform the biopsy to prevent excessive bleeding. He had an allergic reaction to the platelet transfusion. Instantly, he began to break out in hives and his throat started swelling. After giving him large doses of Benadryl, he was finally able to sleep. The biopsy came back negative. Several other tests were run, for conditions such as; mono, autoimmune markers, and vitamin deficiencies, and all came back normal. Normal was a relative term. Jace wasn’t getting any worse, but was also wasn’t getting any better either.
by Gary Andrews
The Southwood VolleyKnights had one last game scheduled for the year Saturday and it was the state championship. The Lady Knights had won nine straight games to win the sectional, then defeated Clinton Central 3-0 for the regional title. Last Saturday Southwood won the very tough Bremen semi state by topping Adams Central 3-1 and Hammond Bishop Noll 3-2 for the semi state title. Saturday at Ball State the VolleyKnights had the task of taking on defending state champion Providence for the state title.
Southwood, the 2A public school state champion hung tough, but the power hitting of Providence ended up being too much as the VolleyKnights fell 17-25, 14-25, 18-25.
Providence got off to a 10-3 start in game one before the Knights shook off the championship jitters and started to go to work. Emilie Harnish would get a kill and Bailey Lundmark a block during a 5-0 run to close the gap to 10-8. Providence would then score 10 of the next 14 points to open a 24-15 lead before two Sami White tips kept the game alive, but one last Pioneer kill ended game one 17-25.
Southwood jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start game two with Sami White serving. Kaitlyn Murphy had a kill with White scoring on an ace and a tip. Bailey Hobbs would get a kill as the Knights extended their lead to 8-3 before the Pioneer’s got hot. Providence would score 6 of the next 7 points to tie the game at 9 before a White tip and an Emilie Harnish ace made it 11-9. With Southwood up 12-10 the sleeping giant awoke as Providence went on a 10-1 run to grab a 20-13 lead on their way to the 25-14 final.
by Sandy Johnson
Following her childhood dream, Wabash native Sarah Dawes Graham recently published her first children’s book, Baxter’s Big Adventures, an exciting tale of a pup’s early life and the lessons he learns about the true meaning of friendship.
Growing up, Graham received much encouragement from her parents, who assured her that “all things are possible when you have a dream and you always have someone supportive,” she told The Paper.
A couple of years ago, Graham began writing her manuscript. With inspiration from her own dog, Baxter, the book’s canine character and his adventure soon evolved. Having the summer off, and with the support and encouragement of her husband, she completed the manuscript in a couple of months. Soon after, she started to look into the publishing process, but that came to a halt due to other responsibilities and events in her life. The manuscript sat until recently, when Graham decided to take time to revisit the topic of publishing the book.
With the writing task completed, Graham began the search for someone to illustrate her book. “I wanted the story to come through a child’s eyes,” she explained. After seeing a drawing of a dog that 12-year-old Bella-Saige David of Wabash had drawn, Graham decided to ask her to illustrate the book.
A homeschooled student who had been drawing for some time, David had won local art competitions and honed her creative talents with the help of an art tutor. To Graham, she was the perfect artist for the job. To David, the opportunity to use her creative abilities as an illustrator was one she couldn’t pass up.
The Challenger Division offers boys and girls with physical and developmental challenges, ages 4 to 18, the opportunity to participate in an organized game of baseball
by Emily Armentrout
In the 2015 Little League season, Wabash Little League will be bringing the Challenger Division to Wabash County.
According to a press release from Little League International, “The Challenger Division of Little League is a program for developmentally and physically challenged youth, helping them to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities.”
Though the Challenger Division has been a part of Little League International for 25 years, this will be the first year for the program in Wabash County, and Challenger Division Commissioner, Joy Ruse, sat down with The Paper to discuss why this program is important to the community.
“I feel like there is a need for the Challenger Division. A lot of kids in the community need something like this; something they are able to participate in that they might have seen older siblings doing, that they were unable to do. With the Challenger Division, they’re able to play,” Ruse told The Paper.
The Challenger Division will differ from typical Little League games in that they play two innings, or a maximum of one and a half hour games. They play through the entire roster and then switch field positions. The Challenger Division also does not keep score or keep track of outs. “They get the chance to run around the bases and get a chance to play on a Little League team,” Ruse continued.
By Shaun Tilghman
There was a late addition to the agenda for last Tuesday’s monthly Manchester Community Schools (MCS) Board meeting, and it turned out to be an important personnel item, as the board eventually approved the resignation of Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School (MJSHS) Assistant Principal Lisa Ulrey.
Ulrey, who was not in attendance, officially accepted the role on April 1,after having served as the interim assistant principal since Oct. 1, 2013, when Brandon Penrod resigned to take the business manager position at Fremont Community Schools.
A 1990 graduate of Manchester High School, Ulrey was a three-sport athlete competing in swimming, basketball, and track. Following graduation, she attended Valparaiso University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Secondary Education. She also competed on the swim team at Valparaiso University.
Upon graduating from college, Ulrey began a 13-year tenure with Warsaw High School. During her time at Warsaw she held several positions, including 8-10 years as a math teacher, which was broken up for maternity leaves for her two daughters: Madyson and Emma. She eventually earned her master’s in Administration, as well as receiving her Administrative License from Indiana University Purdue University-Fort Wayne.
After serving as the Dean of Girls at Warsaw, Ulrey transitioned to the position of attendance coordinator before becoming assistant principal for the freshman grade level. She then decided to return home for work, and for three years she worked as the School to Work coordinator at MJSHS, but her wealth of experience made her an excellent choice for the vacant assistant principal position.