by Gary Andrews
Three of the four county high school cross country teams were participating in invitationals Saturday with Southwood running at New Haven, while Manchester and Northfield were at Culver.
At New Haven, there were three classes(A-AA-AAA) with the Knights running in the middle(AA). The girls team finished 10th, led by a 22nd place finish from Emily Lehner. Ellie White placed 29th, Haley Heath 30th, Taylor Heath 74th, Kassidy Atwood 86th, Brooke Elliott 99th, Emma Peebles 122nd, Emmy Titus 123rd. There were 171 runners in the race.
The Southwood boys placed 12th. The Knights were led by Aaron Ross in 41st place. Michael Lengel was 50th, Josiah Friedersdorf 62nd, Chase Guenin 80th, Jonathan Collins 86th, Lucas Topliff 118th. There were 175 runners.
At Culver, there were three races being open, closed and elite. The Culver Invite is the largest invite in the state and one of the largest in the country. The Northfield girls ran in the elite race with all other teams running in the closed. In the closed girls race Manchester finished 10th. The Lady Squires were led by Clara Burdette in 39th. Kaitlyn Blum finished 44th, Natasha Niccum 60th, Emily Lynn 64th, Sophia Reifeltshammer 82nd, Alexis Vernon 86th, Molly Woods 99th. There were 172 runners.
The Northfield boys won the closed race, led by 3rd place finisher Devin Tracy. Austin Frye was 10th, Joe Burcroff 11th, Austin Andrews 18th, Heath Miller 45th, Noah Shear 56th, Matt Carey 81st. Manchester placed 19th. The Squires were led by Matthew Fahs-Brown in 4th, Tommy Rohr 12th, Taylor Heckman 138th, Ben Reichenbach 163rd, Montgomery Pattison 165th, Jimmy Curtis 178th, Jeremy Herrmann 189th.
by Gary Andrews
The Northfield football team grabbed a quick lead and led 7-6 at the half over Whitko Friday before a second half rally by the Wildcats gave Whitko a 27-7 win over the Norse.
The Norse grabbed a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a Carter Frieden one-yard run to lead 7-0 and held Whitko scoreless in the first quarter. In a game that was a stale mate for nearly two quarters, the Wildcats scored with 59 seconds left in the first half and with the extra point failing the Norse led 7-6 at the half.
With the Norse offense puttering in the second half, Whitko would score twice in the third quarter and once in the fourth to defeat the Norse 27-7.
Carter Frieden was 6 of 13 for 85 yards.
Josh Bickel rushed 16 times for 55 yards and was the only Norsemen to have positive rushing yardage. Frieden had one rushing touching
Jarred Short, Dylin Brown, Bryce Kendall and Ryan Driscoll each had one catch.
by Gary Andrews
There was a major explosion at Southwood Friday night in the first half and it was called the Knight offense. Southwood erupted for 35 first half points to lead 35-7 then held on for dear life to defeat North Miami 42-27.
The Knight defense set the tone right off the bat, holding North Miami on their first possession to set the offense up for their first strike. With 8:09 on the clock, Robbie Cole found Andrew Finicle from 19 yards out to give Southwood a 7-0 lead. Two and a half minutes later, Cole connected with Danny Goff for a 40-yard scoring strike as the Knights led 14-0 with North Miami driving when the quarter ended.
North Miami would score on the first play of the second quarter, but that would be the end of the Warrior scoring in the first half as the Knight defense shut them down while the offense went off. Cole would throw his third touchdown of the game when he found John Berlier open with Berlier racing 71 yards for a score and a 21-7 Southwood lead. The Knights would then surprise everyone with an onside kick that was recovered by Austin Schlemmer. Cole wasted no time, connecting with Goff for a second time for a score, this time from 30 yards out to lead 28-7. With the air attack clicking on all cylinders the Knights would get their next score on a Nathan Hollars run and open a 35-7 lead with 8:00 left in the half. North Miami would get the final score of the half with 4:06 left on a 35-yard run as the Knights took a 35-14 lead to the locker room.
by Gary Andrews
The Lady Knight Linksters finished 11th place at the IHSAA Regional at Cobblestone Golf Club Saturday with another new school record 18-hole score of 358. Leo won with a score of 336. Bishop Dwenger was second while Wawasee nabbed the final spot to the State Meet.
Sophomore Dayna Dale led the Knights with a new school record score of 77 that included another new school record score of 37 on the front nine. Abby Houlihan and Danielle Pegg each shot 92 while Danielle Sparling added a 97. Paige Dempsey shot 103.
Dayna’s score of 77 put her in a three way tie for the fifth and final spot for advancement to the state meet in Carmel next weekend. So, after a few tense moments, a three-way playoff ensued. Unfortunately, Dayna was eliminated on the first playoff hole when her par putt slid by the edge of the hole.
The Knights finished the season with an overall team record of 64-17 that included a perfect 19-0 record in dual/triangular meets.
by Gary Andrews
Fresh off their win over North Miami last week, the Wabash football team was looking for a second victory in a row Friday over Tippecanoe Valley with things looking good for a half before the Vikings took advantage of some costly Apache mistakes and penalties to out score Wabash 15-0 in the second half to defeat the Apaches 31-20.
The Apaches were forced to punt on their first offensive series and the Vikings responded with a 15-play scoring drive that consumed a majority of the quarter to lead Wabash 8-0 after a two point conversion. On the ensuing kick off, Ben Dillon would field the kick and race down the left sideline 65 yards to pay dirt, drawing the Apaches to within one at 8-7 after the Owen Yeadon kick.
Valley would strike first in the second quarter with 5:17 left to take a 16-7 lead after two, but again the Apaches wasted no time closing the gap. On their second play after the Valley score Chase Dirig found Trevor Vest cutting across the middle, connecting on a 43-yard scoring strike to make it 16-14 with 4:15 to play. The Wabash defense would hold Valley and give the Apache offense one more shot before the half after a Levi Robinson interception. Wabash had the ball on the Valley 40 and eventually had to try a 46-yard field goal with 7.3 on the clock that fell short with Valley leading 16-14 at the half.
Valley would own the third quarter, scoring with 7:00 left then doing it again with 2:58 remaining to lead 31-14 and Wabash driving at the end of the quarter.
by Bill Barrows
The Wabash County high school football teams are very competitive this season as evidenced by last week’s scores. Wabash lost a tough road contest at Whitko 30-24. Southwood lost by a single point to Rochester, 27-26. Manchester won by a single point at North Miami, 34-33 and Northfield beat Tipp Valley 40-22.
This week’s games are all home games for the Wabash County teams. Manchester hosts Rochester, Wabash entertains Tipp Valley, and North Miami travels to Southwood. All games are 7 p.m. kickoffs.
The Harness Brothers, Rick and Tim, will be live broadcasting from Northfield as the Norse host Whitko. They will broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. with the set up of this long-time TRC matchup. We hope you will join us!!!!!
Also, an added feature this week, on Tuesday don’t forget to join the webcast for volleyball action as Southwood hosts Northfield for a great matchup.
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by Gary Andrews
The Manchester football team pulled out another big road conference win Friday at North Miami, holding the Warriors out of the end zone on a two point conversion attempt with 52.4 left in the game that sealed a 34-33 thriller.
The Squires started the game by going four and out, then giving up a North Miami touchdown in the first four minutes before they settled down to play their game. Manchester moved the ball very little on their next possession when they got a break they were looking for. North Miami would fumble the Squire punt with Keelan Norwood recovering on the Warrior 23. Using their running game mixed with a couple short passes the Squires would even the score with 2:53 remaining on a Lucas Schilling keeper from 2 yards out.
After the Squire defense held North Miami to start the second, the offense would keep rolling. Schilling would connect with Bailey Ness three times and Daniel Greise once before Jacob Casper scored from 2 yards out to give Manchester a 14-7 lead. North Miami would waste no time getting even when they struck from 57 yards out with 5:01 left to make it 14-14. The Squires would get two more possessions in the quarter and made the second one count when Schilling would find Evan Milam in the end zone as time expired for a 21-14 halftime lead.
The Northfield girls’ cross country team placed 2nd in the 28-team West Noble Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 20. Jenna Halderman led the way with a 3rd place finish. Brittany Sloan and Karla Singer also received medals by placing in the top 20. Rounding out the scoring was Natasha Leland, Olivia Thompson, Jacklyn Peas, and Cait Eltzroth. Indi Shear ran a season’s best time.
The boys’ team placed 6th. Devin Tracy led the way by placing 12th. Austin Frye and Joe Burcroff each received medals by placing in the top 25. Rounding out the scoring was Austin Andrews, Heath Miller, Mason Zolman, Matt Carey, and Noah Augustus.
The junior high had many athletes run season’s best times on the year. The top 5 for the girls included Alyssa McKillip, Abbey Ross, Lz Moore, Bailey Burcroff, and Jenna Krom. The boys’ top 5 included Austin Burns, Peyton Frye, Grant Dale, Jett Snyder, and Evan Eckelberger.