Why Mike Trout is the face of baseball

By Bill Barrows

A couple of weeks ago, the day of the All-Star Game, Major League Commissioner Rob Manfred said that star outfielder Mike Trout would be an even bigger start if he would spend more time marketing himself. Trout, 26, is a two-time American League MVP and a seven-time All-Star in seven seasons. He plays on the west coast so there is a perceived east coast bias because two-thirds of the baseball population of fans has gone to bed before Trout goes to bat for the first time each night of the season. Some people probably aren’t as familiar with him as they would be if he played for the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox instead of the Los Angeles Angels.

However, Trout is a tremendous player, although understated by nature. His stats match up to players like Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. That is impressive and actually legendary when you think about it. But the fun-loving , yet humble kid from New Jersey also compares with baseball legend Stan Musial is being the consummate “gentleman of the game.” In fact, Musial was described like this upon his death in 2013, “as leading the league in being a great guy.” Well, Trout is close. It is more important to him to be a good teammate, work on his craft and continue to be humble … a refreshing trait in this day and age of inflated egos and chest pumping. Instead of drawing attention to him when he makes a good defensive play or hits a home run, Trout continues to be understated.

Posted on 2018 Jul 31
Norse fall to Daleville

Northfield senior Matt Coe connects for an RBI triple during the Saturday, June 9 Class A baseball semistate against Daileville at Kokomo Municipal Stadium. Photo by Josh Sigler

By Josh Sigler

KOKOMO – During its tournament run, Northfield’s baseball squad had made a living on superb pitching and defense, while scratching out enough runs to survive and advance.

The Norse manufactured a couple runs early in the Saturday, June 9, Class A Semistate against Daleville, but their pitching and defense were not as sharp as it had been this postseason in an 8-2 loss to the Broncos at Kokomo Municipal Stadium.

The loss for Northfield (16-15) snapped a five-game winning streak.

Posted on 2018 Jun 12
The re-evolution of College Series

By Bill Barrows

Four Big Ten teams qualified for the postseason in NCAA Division 1 baseball this season.

That is a feat in itself simply because of one fact. The Big Ten is a “cold weather” conference based predominantly in the Midwest, therefore the opportunity to play games in warm weather is shorter, and because of that, schools have trouble recruiting as many top players because they are drawn to the south where they can play better competition and have a longer season.

Minnesota, Indiana, Purdue and Ohio State qualified this year and played in the regionals last weekend. Indiana, Purdue and Minnesota all got to the championship games of their respective regionals before being eliminated. The last team to win a regional, super regional and get to the World Series was Indiana 5 years ago.

Posted on 2018 Jun 12
Driscoll to continue golfing at St. Xavier

Anna Driscoll will continue her golf career at St. Xavier University. She is joined by (front row, from left) mother Beth Driscoll, uncle Rick Treska, and (back row, from left), father Frank Driscoll and coach Eric Terrell. Photo by Josh Sigler

By Josh Sigler

Northfield senior Anna Driscoll will continue her golf career after recently signing a letter of intent to play and continue her education at St. Xavier University.

“I picked St. Xavier because of the academic opportunities,” Driscoll said in a recent interview. “The coach (James Kerr), he’s super nice. (And I like) the team atmosphere.”

Driscoll, who is undecided on a major at this time, served as Northfield’s team captain during the 2017 season.

Posted on 2018 May 15
Apache boys take third at conference track meet

By Eric Christiansen

Wabash finished third and Manchester was right behind with a fourth place finish in the boys Three Rivers Conference Track and Field Championships Tuesday, May 8.

Whitko and Maconaquah tied for first place with 101 points, while Wabash had 89 points and Manchester ended the meet with 70 points. Southwood finished in eighth place with 49 and Northfield was ninth with 28 points.

Posted on 2018 May 15
Norse girls take second at conference track meet

By Eric Christiansen

The Northfield girls track and field team finished runner-up and Manchester was fourth at Three Rivers Conference Championships Tuesday, May 8.

Maconaquah won the team title with 142 points, followed by Northfield with 86.5, Rochester with 78, and Manchester with 62. Wabash was sixth with 50 points and Southwood was seventh with 40.

Posted on 2018 May 15
Manchester's Wagner signs to play football at Trine U

Nick Wagner signs a letter of intent to attend Trine University while his father Cory (left), and mother Malary look on. Photo by Eric Christiansen. 

By Eric Christiansen

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Manchester senior football player Nick Wagner will continue his education and football career at Trine University next fall.

Wagner was a first-team All Three Rivers Conference player at linebacker in 2017 and hopes to continue his strong play at Trine.

“I felt like if I was going to sign for football, I wanted Trine,” Wagner said. “I liked the atmosphere there. They cared about the team. They [also] care about your grades. I wasn't just about football.”

Posted on 2018 May 01
Trexler to play at Marian

Peyton Trexler (22), seen here in game action against Manchester, has opted to continue his education and football career with Marian University in Indianapolis. The Paper file photo

By Josh Sigler

Southwood senior Peyton Trexler remembers the fun he had playing backyard football with his friends as a young child.

“I just found a bond for the sport at an early age,” Trexler said. “I played multiple sports, but I feel football is my favorite. Peyton Manning was my favorite player, and that celebrity status has always been my dream. College football is my favorite.”

Posted on 2018 Apr 24

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