Sports
County athletes earn TRC honors
By Joseph Slacian
 
Nineteen of the 31 spots on the Three Rivers Conference All-Conference football first team for the 2015 season were filled by Wabash County athletes.
 
Meanwhile, county players also dominated the Honorable Mention selections, filling half of the 14 spots announced.
 
Nine county players were placed on each the offensive and defensive teams, while the kicker position also went to a Wabash County athlete.
Posted on 2015 Dec 15
Norse boys split in first week of basketball season
Koehl Fluke drives to the basket against Wawasee Friday night. The Squires turned a close 11-7 lead after one quarter into a 70-37 win over the Warriors. Photo by Eric Christiansen
 
By The Paper staff
 
Northfield’s boys’ basketball team went 1-1 in its opening week of the basketball season.
 
The Norse defeated Eastbrook, 75-57, on Dec. 1, before falling to Tipton, 81-36, on Friday.
 
Against Eastbrook, the Norse jumped out to a 23-13 lead after one. Eastbook battled back, keeping the score close until the fourth quarter when Northfield outscored the Panthers 24-15 to ice the win.
 
Cody Holmes led Northfield with 26 points and Noah Shear added 20.
 
Austin Trump pulled down nine rebounds.
 
Tipton outscored Northfield 29-13 in the second and third quarters to ice the win.
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
Lady Apaches defeat Alex, fall to Valley
By The Paper staff
 
Wabash’s girls’ basketball team split a pair of games last week.
 
The Lady Apaches fell to Tippecanoe Valley, 59-26, on Dec. 5. On Dec. 2, Wabash easily defeated Alexandria, 69-32.
 
Against the No.8 ranked Lady Vikings, Wabash shot just 10 of 48 from the field, or 21 percent in the loss.
 
Katie McCauley led the Lady Apaches with 10 points.
 
Also, Wabash was out rebounded by an opponent for the first time all season.
 
Valley pulled in 32 rebounds, compared to Wabash’s 25.
 
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
Lady Norse down Manchester on buzzer-beater
Manchester’s Ellie Milam is swarmed by the Northfield defense. Photo by Eric Christiansen
 
By Eric Christiansen
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Losing is never fun. Losing at the buzzer magnifies the heartbreak.
 
Saturday night, Northfield broke the hearts of the Manchester High School girls' basketball team with a break-away lay-up at the buzzer to steal a 36-34 Three Rivers Conference game.
 
With the Squires leading 34-33 with under a minute left, Northfield's Hope Unger tied things up with a 1-2 trip to the free throw line.
 
The Squires moved the ball around and worked for a last shot. With four seconds remaining, Rae Bedke had her jumper go in and out, and it looked like overtime was in the future.
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
Northfield’s Keaffaber signs with Huntington University
Abby Keaffaber (front row, center) signs her letter of intent to attend Huntington University and join the Foresters softball team. She was joined at the signing ceremony by (front row, from left) her sister Ally Keaffaber, father Randy Keaffaber, mother Tammy Keaffaber, brother Ryan Keaffaber, (back row, from left) Howard County Thunder coach Dave Roller, Northfield High School athletic director Clint Davis, Huntington University softball coach Doug Gower and Northfield softball coach Mike Holley. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Northfield senior Abby Keaffaber has signed with Huntington University to be both an athlete and an academic.
 
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, Keaffaber signed to play with the college’s softball team, but told The Paper of Wabash County that she based her decision on much more than sports.
 
 “I liked that it was so close to my home and that I could visit my parents and family often,” Keaffaber told The Paper of Wabash County. “I love their small Christian campus and I went to a couple softball practices and I loved how they ran it. They also have a really great nursing program.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 01
Lady Apaches get TRC victory
Manchester’s Bailey Sewell gets fouled on her way to the basket against Bluffton earlier this season. Photo by Eric Christiansen
 
By The Paper staff
 
The Wabash Lady Apaches picked up their first Three Rivers Conference win of the season on Saturday, Nov. 28, downing Maconaquah, 43-32.
 
Wabash shot just percent from the field, but made up for the cold shooting with 17 steals on defense.
 
“Lady Apaches struggled on offense in TRC opener but used a solid defensive effort and a good job on the boards to pull out the win,” coach Matt Stone said.
Posted on 2015 Dec 01
Nose, Blair lead Knights to win
By The Paper staff
 
Matt Nose and Carson Blair each had 19 points on Saturday, Nov. 28, to lead the Southwood Knights to a commanding 62-28 win over Caston.
 
Trailing 9-8 after one quarter, Southwood outscored Caston 41-12 over the next two quarters to take the lead which would not be overcome.
 
Nose had five three-point baskets during the contest, while Blair had three three-point baskets.
 
Alex Harmon had 15 points and eight blocked shots in the victory.
 
Peyton Trexler grabbed seven rebounds.
Posted on 2015 Dec 01
Manchester boys start season 1-1
By The Paper staff
 
Manchester’s boys’ basketball team started the 2015-16 season with a 1-1 mark last week.
 
The Squires defeated Mississinewa, 69-56, to open the season on Nov. 25, but then fell to Oak Hill,  59-48, on Nov. 28.
 
Against Mississinewa, the Squires jumped out to a 22-8 first quarter lead and were never really threatened the rest of the game.
 
Chase Fierstos led Manchester with 23 points, while Koehl Fluke had 16.
 
Against Oak Hill, Fierstos pumped in 24, but it wasn’t enough as the Golden Eagles hung on for the victory.
 
Posted on 2015 Dec 01

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