Sports
MHS wins sportsmanship award
By The Paper staff
 
NORTH MANCHESTER — Manchester High School recently received the IHSAA Sportsmanship Award for exemplary behavior during the 2016-17 school year. 
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 12
Triplett wins tennis tournament

Isaac Triplett poses with his trophy from the Blueberry Festival tennis tournament. Photo provided

By The Paper staff

PLYMOUTH – Isaac Triplett won the Blueberry Festival tennis tourney in Plymouth.

"The quality of competition is always high and the tournament is extremely well attended," Triplett said. 

He was almost eliminated in the quarterfinals as he dropped the first set 4-6, but then bounced back to win the second set 6-2 and winning the match tie breaker 10-4.  The semi-finals presented the most physical match as it lasted more than 2 1/2 hours.  Triplett defeated the No.1 seed 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), but had little left in the tank for the finals that took place just 45 minutes after the semi-finals.

Posted on 2017 Sep 12
TRC action continues Friday night
By Bill Barrows
 
Three Rivers Conference match-ups continue into week #5 of Wabash County High School football on Friday night. Players and coaches alike have now gotten into the weekly routine of film study, practice each night and the customary Thursday night walk through for the Friday night battle under the lights. It’s a long and deep tradition here in our little corner of the world.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 12
Week 3 of High School Football on Wabash WebTV
By Bill Barrows
 
Week 3 of high school varsity football marks the beginning of Three Rivers Conference play in Wabash County. Recapping  this past weekend, Wabash lost to Alexandria 27-18, Northfield beat Peru 50-14, Manchester was shut out at Bluffton 8-0, and Southwood sailed over Oak Hill 49-21. 
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 29
Hard Work, Focus and Conviction are Keys to Brennan Kelly’s Pitching Success
By Bill Barrows
 
There are players at every level in every sport who never seem to be in the limelight even when they are. It may not be the case, but Brennan Kelly seems to fit that description. Brennan came through the youth baseball levels here in Wabash County and was a solid player, but his left arm was his most notable asset. He pitched on most mounds around here with little fanfare, which seems alright with him.
 
"I would really lock in on the field and then in the weight room which has helped me overall, says Brennan. In games that I saw him play growing up and then later at Southwood High School, he always was focused on the task, was businesslike and no nonsense. He wasn't flashy, nor did he try to draw attention to himself. He just did his best to do what he was on the mound to do.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 29
Knights stop Squires, 59-18

Southwood's Peyton Trexler evading Manchester defenders in the second quarter. Photo by David Fenker

By Eric Christiansen

The Southwood football team struck early and often and left no doubt how the season opener was going to go against Manchester Friday night with a 59-18 win.

The Knights took a 14-0 lead in the first seven minutes, with Carson Blair finding Peyton Trexler for two early touchdown passes, one for 17 yards and another for 16 yards.

The Squires looked like they were going to keep pace with Southwood when Hayes Sturstman found Andrew McAtee for a 61-yard touchdown pass to cut it to 14-6, but the Knights dominated the rest of the way.

Posted on 2017 Aug 22
‘92 Babe Ruth team: Overachievers
By Bill Barrows
 
I happened upon an ESPN 30 for 30 about the kids from Maine-Endwell (NY) Little League that won last year’s Little League World Series over a powerful and highly favored Seoul, South Korea, team.  This coupled with the fact that our Wabash Little Leaguers reached the championship game of the recent Indiana State Tourney a couple of weeks back, beckoned my thoughts back to another time in Wabash youth baseball history. 
 
Wabash Little League won the first of several State Championships in 1983. In the 1990 season, a group of upstarts comprised the 13-year-old Wabash Babe Ruth All-Stars. Most had played on the 1989 Little League All-Stars, but this was a different game. In Babe Ruth, the dimensions are of major league proportions — 90 foot bases and the pitching rubber is 60 feet, 6 inches, a third larger than before and therefore a different game in many ways.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 22
WebTV to feature Apaches this week
By Bill Barrows
 
Week 2 in high school football commences this Friday night around Indiana. In week #1, Southwood beat Manchester 59-18, Wabash lost to Rochester 8-0 and Northfield beat Bluffton 42-30. This week is the second of 2 non-conference week games.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 22

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