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Knights fall at semi-state

After four dominating wins and a buzzer-beating classic in the IHSAA boys basketball state tournament series, the Southwood Knights didn’t have an answer for Kouts in the Class 1A North Semi-State game at Lafayette Jefferson Saturday, March 20, falling to the 29-2 Mustangs 86-70, and ending a magical run with a 17-11 record.

The Kouts senior brother tandem of Cole Wireman and Cale Wireman gave Southwood fits, with Cole scoring 29 points on the day, and Cale right behind him with 26 points.

Southwood’s Carson Rich led the Knights with 30 points, but with all Mustang eyes on the senior sharpshooter, he wasn’t ever able to break loose with a knockout punch as he had throughout the tournament.

Southwood appeared to be ready to continue its hot streak by taking a quick 4-0 lead with a basket from Cole Winer followed by a steal and layup from Logan Barley.

An inside score from Dawson Filip and two free throws from Carson Rich gave the Knights an 8-2 lead two minutes into the contest, but Kouts answered back.

Cole Wireman scored four points and Cale Wireman added two in an 8-2 run to tie the game at 10-10.

Carson Rich and Cale Wireman traded three-pointers, then Winer and the Mustang’s Hunter Kneifel traded baskets, with Kneifel adding a free throw on a three-point play, giving Kouts a 16-15 lead with 3:01 left in the first quarter.

 
Posted on 2021 Mar 23
Knights grab sectional crown

After cruising to wins of 49 and 79 points in their first two tournament contests, the Southwood Knights went into the Class 1A Sectional 53 championship game looking for a little bit of the same against Lakeland Christian Academy Saturday night, March 6.

After a tight back-and-forth with LCA, the Knights turned a 20-20 second-quarter tie into a 69-44 sectional championship victory to advance to the Frankfort Regional this Saturday.

LCA proved early that they weren’t going to let the Knights get off to the quick and dominating starts they enjoyed in their first two wins over Southern Wells and North Miami.

Southwood’s Carson Rich hit two baskets and Dawson Filip connected on another to give the Knights a 6-2 lead, followed by back-to-back buckets from Connor Rich and Carson Rich for a 10-5 advantage.

LCA regrouped and took a 13-12 lead early in the second quarter and played neck-and-neck with the Knights, tying the game at 20-20 with 3:33 left in the first half.

Posted on 2021 Mar 09
Apaches, Squires fall in first-round action

Wabash County teams didn’t fare well at the Bluffton Sectional with both the Wabash Apaches and the Manchester Squires bowing out in the first round. Wabash lost to Whitko Tuesday, March 2, and Adams Central upset Manchester Wednesday, March 3.

Whitko 56, Wabash 48

The Apaches didn’t have an answer for Whitko’s Drake Lewis and Brett Sickafoose, as the Wildcats outscored Wabash 29-15 in the middle two quarters, on its way to a 56-48 win Tuesday, March 2.

Lewis scored 34 points, while Sickafoose put 17 points on the board, combining for 51 of Whitko’s 56 points.
Wabash opened the game with a strong start, leading 14-11 at the end of the first quarter.

Whitko responded in the second quarter, outscoring the Apaches 14-4 in the second quarter, to take a 25-15 halftime lead.

Posted on 2021 Mar 09
Manchester outlasts Northfield in TRC finale

In a high-scoring TRC finale for both teams, the Manchester Squires outlasted the Northfield Norseman 79-67 Friday night, Feb. 26.

Northfield led 21-17 at end of the first quarter but the Squires rebounded with a 21-14 second quarter to take a 38-35 halftime lead.

Manchester led 60-56 going into the fourth quarter and pulled away in the final four minutes for the 12-point win.

Weston Hamby led Manchester with 18 points, followed by Maddox Zolman with 17 with five 3-pointers, Cade Jones with 13, Carter Bedke with 10, Max Carter with seven, Gabe Case with six, Brayden Jones with five, and Luke Ramer with two.

Jayden Peas led Northfield with 22 points and four steals, followed by Kaleb Krom with 13 points and 10 rebounds, Clayton Tomlinson with 10 points, rebounds, and four assists, and Dillon Tomlinson with 10 points, four assists, and four steals.

Jake Halderman added four points, while Alex Haupert, Paul Treska, Jaxton Peas, and Eli Kroh each chipped in with two points.

Whitko 70, Manchester 69

Posted on 2021 Mar 02
Local wrestlers advance to regional

BUNKER HILL -- The Manchester wrestling team placed third at the Maconaquah Sectional Saturday, Jan. 30, had two champions, and will send seven others to regional at Maconaquah this weekend.

Wabash finished fifth, had four champions, and will have a total of five wrestlers at regional.

Northfield had two individual champions in a seventh-place team effort and will have four wrestlers at regional, while Southwood finished ninth and will have one representative at regional.

Manchester’s Dylan Stroud led the Squires by winning the 132-pound weight class. The junior remained undefeated on the season with a 31-0 record.

Zach France (152 pounds) also won his weight class for the Squires.

Posted on 2021 Feb 02
Squires easily defeat Tipp Valley

The Manchester boys basketball team never allowed the Tippecanoe Valley Vikings to get close in its 75-40 Three Rivers Conference win Friday night, Jan. 29.

Manchester led the Vikings 8-2 in the first two minutes of the game and used a 13-4 run to take a 21-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Tippecanoe Valley found its rhythm in the second quarter, playing the Squires an even 14-14, to trail 35-24 at halftime. They cut it to 37-28 with 6:10 left in the third quarter but the Squires went on a 10-0 run to take a 47-28 lead, then opened the fourth quarter with a 12-4 run to put the game away.

Weston Hamby led the Squires with 21 points, followed by Max Carter with 17, Maddox Zolman with 13, Cade Jones with six, Gavin Martin with five, Brayden Jones with four, and Luke Ramer with two points.

Concordia 68, Manchester 56

Concordia raced out to a 15-0 lead in the first four minutes of their game with Manchester Saturday afternoon, Jan. 30, only to see the Squires take a fourth-quarter lead at 52-49, then outscored Manchester 19-4 to get the non-conference win.

Posted on 2021 Feb 02
Lady Norse top MSD rival Southwood

The Northfield Lady Norse left little doubt of the outcome of its game with Southwood Tuesday night, Jan. 26, running away with a 63-34 win.

Northfield took a 20-10 lead after one quarter and extended the lead to 38-17 at halftime. The Lady Norse outscored the Lady Knights in each the third and fourth quarters, as well.

Kyra Kennedy led Northfield with 19 points, five rebounds, and four steals, followed by Addie Baker with 12 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, Kearston Stout with 10 points, three rebounds, four steals, and two assists, Emma Hoover with nine points, four rebounds, six assists, and four steals, Hannah Holmes with eight points and three rebounds, Kenzie Baer with four points, three rebounds, three steals, and two assists, and Jaycee Krom with one point and one rebound. Eden Hoover had four rebounds, and Addy Rosen had two rebounds and one steal.

Ella Haupert led Southwood with 15 points, followed Bailey Wyatt with 11 points, Maggie Ball with four points, and Aleia Sweet with three points.

Northfield won the JV game 43-21.

Posted on 2021 Feb 02
Wabash's Stumbo to play volleyball at Rock Valley

Wabash High School senior Jordan Stumbo recently signed a letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Ill.

“I decided on Rock Valley because the head coach, Kristy Pierce, has had amazing success with her past teams and she made me feel extremely welcome,” Stumbo told The Paper of Wabash County.  “I hope to contribute not only my skills but my energy and optimism.”

Posted on 2021 Feb 02

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