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.
Cannonball Lanes is under new management as Mark Solloway and Kelsy Presl recently became new business partners in a great adventure, along with Mark’s wife, Cindy. They look forward to serving the bowlers in Wabash County and the surrounding areas.
Mark has owned Bowler’s Depot Pro Shop inside Cannonball Lanes since 2008. He is not new to the game. He started bowling at the age of 4 and knew right then he was hooked. Mark is a 25-year veteran of the bowling industry. “If I wasn’t in a bowling alley, I was building or remodeling homes. Some around town know me as Mr. Fix-it, a business I have been doing for the last 15 years in this area. My true passion is bowling. Whether it be bowling for fun or competition. I enjoy sharing my knowledge so that others can enjoy bowling as much as I do. Drilling bowling balls, coaching and working with the youth bowlers is my way of giving back to the game I love,” said Mark.
Kelsy’s bowling is not as vast as the Solloways but he too started bowling at an early age. Since the age of 6, he has been spending time with family and friends, enjoying the game. To Kelsy, the game of bowling is a common denominator for everyone to enjoy themselves no matter the skill level, and an effective way to entertain groups of people. Playing in weeknight leagues has been a great way for Kelsy to maintain and gain new friendships. “While I am not bowling, I work in the family sawmill business at Quality Hardwood Products in North Manchester. I am also the Technical Director at Manchester High School’s Performing Arts. I look forward to providing an entertainment environment to the community of Wabash and surrounding areas with Mark and Cindy.”
On the food side, Mark’s wife, Cindy, has been in the food/restaurant management industry for 18 years. She has created a new menu, but Cindy said “hold on… we’re not changing the pizza that so many have come to love.” She had added healthy menu items including salads, grilled sandwiches along with gourmet burgers. Cindy also specializes in baked goods and will be serving pies, cakes, cookies and many other sweet treats.
The restaurant “Spare Time” will open Sept. 2 with family dining coming soon. The management team plans on brining family dining to Cannonball Lanes, a place were you can bring friends and family and enjoy a Monday night football game or a Sunday NASCAR race or even enjoy some karaoke on a Saturday night along with some great food.
They will provide a pizza deal of one hour of bowling, a large pizza and a pitcher of soda for $35, birthday packages, new leagues, and new tournaments.
There will also be an open house on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 12-8 p.m.