Sports
A glimpse into a life well lived
By Bill Barrows
 
Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some time reminiscing about an old friend and mentor. I met with the family of long time Wabash High School baseball coach Chris Rood.  We met at the field that since 1995 bears his name. It was a hot and muggy day and nephews Travis and Andy Rood along with Chad Collier had decided that they wanted to play some home run derby before we sat down to talk about their beloved uncle.
 
Doug Rood, Chris’s older brother, also joined in as Wabash baseball assistant Zach Wenrich offered to pitch to them. The combination of the heat and humidity and the fact that Coach Wenrich had not thrown much batting practice since the season ended in early June stymied the boys in their quest to hit one over the fence. I had warned them that there was a breeze blowing in and the fact that the outfield dimensions at Chris Rood Field are of major league length.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 01
Wabash to host the Little League state championship
By Bill Barrows
 
Wabash will have an influx of baseball teams starting on Wednesday, July 26, as 14 teams will begin competition for the Indiana 12 and Under State Championship. All games will be at the Field of Dreams. This year’s edition of players played in the District 9 Tourney and won that earlier this month. Action will run through July 30. The winner will earn the right to represent Indiana at the Central Region Tourney.
 
Danny Lloyd is the manager of the squad. He is assisted by Shannon Floor and Brandon Booth. All three are veteran coaches of Wabash Little League. They have all participated for several years. Coach Lloyd is very excited about this team going into the tourney. To go deep into any tourney, the key is pitching depth. This team seems to have plenty. 
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 25
Senior League Champs advance to regional tourney
By Bill Barrows
 
The Wabash Senior League All Stars won the Indiana State Championship this week. 
 
They won the District tourney in Fort Wayne earlier and advanced to the State Tourney in Anderson last weekend. 
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 25
Local tennis players fare well
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Wabash Area Junior Tennis players competed on July 15-16 at the 26th Annual Bob Flanary Tennis Open Tournament and at the 12 and under CTA Junior Team Tennis District Championships.  
 
Isaac Triplett, professional tennis instructor, had four students in these competitions.  Competing in Lebanon was: Rob Ford, Dave Ford, and Brady Wiley.  Then, competing in South Bend at the 12 and under CTA Junior Team Tennis District Championships, was Nicholas Ewing.  
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 25
The eyes of Indiana Little League are on Wabash
By Bill Barrows
 
The City of Wabash will become the center of the universe for Indiana Little League. 
 
The State Tourney is being hosted by Wabash for the first time since 2006. 
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 25
Wabash team takes state Senior League title

Wabash Senior League All Star team won the Senior League State Championships on Monday, July 17, with a 4-2 win over Eagledale of Indianapolis. The team posed for a photo with the title banner following their win. Leading up to the championship, the Wabash team beat Cleveland Township in the semi-finals on July 16 and defeated Greenwood 10-0 on July 14 to make it to the final four round. The team will head to Peru, Ill., on Saturday, July 22, to play in the Central Region Tournament. The Wabash team will face off against Missouri on July 22 at 2:30 p.m. and will play against Iowa at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 23. Photo by Bill Barrows

 

Posted on 2017 Jul 18
Trade winds are blowing in baseball
By Bill Barrows
 
The Major League All-Star Break has passed. There are less than three weeks left before the Aug. 1 trade deadline. There are many more buyers than sellers at this juncture, because with the two wildcard spots in each league, there are more opportunities to be competitive for the upcoming playoff run. So, teams will be jockeying for position by trying to strengthen their roster of players. The first measure of who continues to be a buyer and who becomes a seller has already started as general managers evaluate whether their team is trending upward or downward.
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 18
Time to stop and enjoy the summer
By Bill Barrows
 
We are all running here and there this time of year. School is out, summer activities are in full swing and the weather has finally heated up. My lovely bride is preparing for quilt shows what seems like weekly. In my capacity as a director at the Wabash County Y, I seem to be perpetually on the run between sports events at the Y and the Field of Dreams. 
 
Spring outdoor soccer ended a couple of weeks ago. Y League softball ended last week and travel softball is coming to an end for the spring season this weekend. 
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 11

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