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 Manchester football team remembered their opener at Mississinewa last season and had one thing on their mind Friday night, and they got what they were looking for, payback !
The Squires got three touchdowns from Jacob Casper and one from Bailey Ness to top the Indians 27-13.
Casper got his first touchdown with 2:02 left in the first quarter after he ran a kick off back 82 yards for the score. After a Zach Hill kick, the game was tied at 7. The Indians led 13-7 in the second when Casper scored again. The Zach Hill kick was good and the Squires led 14-13 at the half.
With 11:51 left in the third quarter, the Squires would grab their first lead of the game when Bailey Ness scored on a 28-yard pass from Lucas Schilling to put Manchester up 20-13.
With the Squire defense dominating, Casper would put the nail in the coffin with 8:20 left in the game to grab a 27-12 lead, which Manchester would hold for their opening night win.
Lucas Scilling was 12 of 18 for 102 yards and 1 touchdown. Jacob Casper carried the ball 14 times for 94 yards and scored three touchdowns. Lucas Schilling rushed 5 times for 37 yards. Evan Milam rushed 2 times for 7 yards. Bailey Ness caught 5 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Keelan Norwood caught 5 passes for 23 yards. Daniel Griese added 2 catches for 12 yards. Evan Milam had 2 catches for 7 yards.
by Gary Andrews
It took two quarters for the Southwood offense to find their rhythm Friday at Southern Wells, but with the defense controlling the game the offense found that rhythm in the third to explode for 19 points on their way to a 26-7 win.
The Knights got two rushing touchdowns from Nathan Hollars and a receiving touchdown from Zach Ball. Southwood also got a defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery from Blake Martz.
Passing: Hollars 4/14 for 41yds.
Rushing: Hollars 16/67, 2 TD’s; Berlier 17/73; Weiss 2/34; Kirk 1/7.
Receiving: Finicle 1/0; Kirk 2/28; Ball 1/13.
The Knights had 263 offensive yards.
Tristyn Howell led the defense with 13 tackles. Nick Rebholz and Luke Perlich added 12 tackles each. Noah Kirk and Kale Weiss had 8 tackles each.
Evan Kirkover had 1 sack. Blake Martz and Jeremy Keller each had a fumble recovery. Noah Kirk and Tristyn Howell each caused a fumble.
The Urbana Lions Club is holding their third annual Golf Scramble on Sept. 21 at Waldo's Golf Course in memory of three Lions Club members who died this past year, Dallas Baer who loved playing golf, Jim Wilson, who supported Lions activities whenever possible, and life member Bob Frieden.
The first 48 players to sign up will receive a sleeve of golf balls from the Urbana Lions Club and a Colts golf towel and Colts visor from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance - Ron Baer. Proceeds this year will help fund the Vanessa Baer and the Wilbur Dawes Scholarships for Northfield students. Proceeds will also help with other Lions projects, such as dictionaries for 3rd grade Metro North students, free eye screening for preschool children in Wabash County, help with upkeep and improvements to the Urbana ball field and the Urbana Community Building for use by individuals and groups in the Urbana community and in Wabash County, ECHO car racing for youth, help for blind and visually impaired, help in providing eyeglasses and hearing aids, supporting the Cancer control facility at the IU Medical Center, and diabetes and law camp for students.
by Mary Fuson-Stearley
Silas Zartman, assistant manager of Charley Creek Inn’s Wine and Cheese Shoppe, walks the path of the world’s famous Master Sommeliers with his recent wine study endeavors. He recently passed the Introductory Sommelier Exam, officially making him a sommelier.
The wine shop he helps manage is certainly deserving of such an expert. Named one of Wine Spectator Magazine’s Top 100 in 2013, Charley Creek Inn’s Wine and Cheese Shoppe has been serving the Wabash community for more than 4 years. Tucked into the Miami Street entrance, they stock nearly 350 wines as well as 60 craft beers, and as many cheeses.
Wine has been recognized as the beverage of choice since around 7,000 BCE when the first evidence of its cultivation was discovered in China. The ancient Greeks recognized Dionysus and the Romans later honored Bacchus as the deities of this popular fermented grape juice. And of course, the Bible is said to mention wine a total of 231 times in the King James Version, with Jesus Christ himself transmuting water into wine, and serving it at the Last Supper, alongside his Apostles. Wine was regularly consumed with meals, used as medicine, and shared for Jewish ritualistic purposes throughout history. These grapes were later cultivated in the classic “old world” regions such as France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, where it was popularized as a proper art form.
The art of viticulture was carried over to the “New Worlds” with the settlers and was found to thrive in places like California, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, and Australia. Even now, wine vineyards have been popping up in perceivably unusual places such as Slovenia, Uruguay, and even Indiana! The world of wine has truly taken a popular turn within the last 15 years, welcoming people from different backgrounds and walks of life to its enjoyment. Universities, such as the University of Dayton, have adopted “Wines of the World” courses and Sommelier bachelors and masters degree courses are offered in places like Boston University.
What is a Master Sommelier you may ask? Sommelier a French word, and it simply designates a wine steward. The attainment of a Master Sommelier’s Diploma is a four-part process that requires a precise use of all human senses. Wine can be appreciated with the eye, by observing the color and viscosity, the texture and temperature of the wine, the smell and ‘notes’ of wine, and of course, the taste and flavors picked up through taste.
After serving thousands of glasses of wine to locals and tourists alike, Zartman decided to broaden his knowledge in the area by successfully completing level I, the prerequisite course to the Certified Sommelier Exam administered by the Court of Master Sommeliers. With only 200 official Master Sommeliers in the world, the fourth level has a mere 10% pass rate. It is the most prestigious recognition in the wide world of wines.
The introductory course includes intensive instruction on all of the major wine-growing regions of the world, proper wine service, and an introduction to spirits, beer, and saké. In addition to these important skills, a participant in this course is also introduced to the CMS Deductive Tasting Method- a method of blind tasting that allows the wine taster to fully and analyze and understand the composition of a wine from the visual aspects and flavor to vineyard and vintage of a wine.
In the fourth, Master Level, a Sommelier is expected to blindly taste 3 white wines and 3 red wines accurately naming five of the six wines.
“You have to know grape varietal, region, and not just the country, not just Bordeaux, but what region of Bordeaux, like Médoc. And then you have to say vintage, and you have to do six wines and get five correct in 25 minutes,” Zartman explained.
What can we expect going into a wine tasting at the Wine Shoppe? First, you’ll receive a warm greeting and an offer to try a few wines free of charge. There’s always good music to provide a backdrop to the experience, and if wine’s not your thing, there are plenty of other options: beer, cheese, crackers, and spirits. As for wine tasting, there’s always a nice variety from which to chose.
“I try to always keep a nice lineup, where you can try a couple dry whites, a couple dry reds, and then a few sweet things too, because you always have a variation of people who want to try different things, especially the sweet stuff,” said Zartman.
Knowledgeable as always, Zartman introduced a beautiful Portuguese red blend and the poetry went as follows:
‘This is the Quinta do Crasto Douro red blend. Douro is the region in Portugal where port wine is made. So they take all of the same grapes that they use to make port wine and make a red table wine with it, but it’s done a lot different than most of your typical red table wines. It only sees about 5% oak, so it’s very fruit forward. It’s still a nice dry, red wine, but it just makes it very drinkable and very food friendly as well.”
Silas is planning to work towards the second exam that will officially certify him as a sommelier.
“I want to get my Cicerone Beer Certification next. I decided to take a break from wine for a little bit. It seems like it’s an easier test,” he laughed.
Wabash wine enthusiasts are quite lucky indeed; few towns this size have their own sommelier. We certainly look forward to raising a well-researched glass to the accomplishments of Silas and our fine collection of wine in the Wine and Cheese Shoppe.