Halderman to play football at Taylor

Joe Halderman signs a letter of intent to continue his football career at Taylor University. Looking on are his parent Kari and Howard Halderman. 

By Joseph Slacian

As a freshman at Northfield High School, Joe Halderman approached coach Brandon Baker and asked what he needed to do to play for the Norse.

“I just want to play varsity,” Baker said Monday, April 16, recalling the conversation. “I told him, ‘We’re going to be short lineman in a couple of years. He said, ‘I’ll do it.’ And that’s how he became a lineman. He just wanted to be on the field.”

The hard work and effort paid off for Halderman, who on Monday signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Taylor University.

Posted on 2018 Apr 17
A baseball philosophy

By Bill Barrows

I have spent an enormous amount of time researching and analyzing the game of baseball -- the game that I love. I have picked up different pieces of philosophy down through the years from a number of coaches and players, some that I have met, but most I have not met. Baseball is a game of discrete episodes rather than of flow, unlike basketball or soccer or hockey, baseball allows contemplation and conversation and a general awareness of where you are.

Why do we care so much about high level sports? We are more tribal, than we, in our modern vanity, like to acknowledge. We are creatures built----hard wired for primal allegiances. Baseball, as is sport, is junk food for the spirit, a narcotic, opium for the masses who understand it and indulge in it.

Posted on 2018 Apr 17
Manchester girls defeat Wabash

By Eric Christiansen

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Manchester proved to be too tough for Wabash as the Squire girls tennis team swept the Apaches for a 5-0 Three Rivers Conference win.

The Squires dropped just six games in singles play with Kelsey Eichenauer leading the way with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles over Lexi Hartley.

At No. 2 singles, Halle Briner also won 6-2, 6-1 over Brooke Irgang, and Lydia Little blanked Bella Carrillo 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.

Posted on 2018 Apr 17
Butcher named head coach of Enid Jets

Coach Aaron Butcher has a new home, as he announced last week he was leaving his alma mater Ancilla College to take the head coaching job at Northern Oklahoma College -- Enid. Photo provided by Ancilla College. 

By Josh Sigler

He’s spent the past six seasons building his alma mater’s men’s basketball program into a perennial contender. Now, he’s ready for a new challenge.

Aaron Butcher accepted the head men’s coaching job at Northern Oklahoma College – Enid, a National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Division I school in between Oklahoma City and Wichita, Kan. He leaves Ancilla with a 113-65 record in six seasons.


Posted on 2018 Apr 10
County bowling winners named

The Grandstaff-Hentgen team of Ellis Rice, Steve Davis, Jim Finnell, Dave Mechling and Don Wampler earned the top team handicap score. Photo by Josh Sigler.

By The Paper Staff

The Wabash Bowling Association conducted its annual open tournament at Cannonball Lanes from March 18 through March 24.
Nineteen teams of five bowlers, 20 teams of two bowlers in doubles and 39 singles entries combined to bowl a total of 522 games throughout the tournament.

Posted on 2018 Apr 10
Lefties, Autobots and Marble Run

By Bill Barrows

While many of you who traveled south in the past 10 days or so went to various parts of the Sunshine State and sent back social media pictures of you basking in the sun on a tropical beach, I chose a different route. My journey took me to my favorite spot in North Carolina where I could play with my younger two grandkids while watching my daughter and her husband turn their attention to yard work and bike riding.

My son-in-law shakes his head every time he watches me work with his son hitting off a batting tee. He cannot understand why the boy is hitting left handed. He is a right-hander. Cameron walked up to the tee last spring left handed, I showed him how to place his feet and how to line up his knuckles (which he was proud to show me that he had not forgotten) and proceeded to swing. Left handed hitting, right handed throwing players are few and far between.

Posted on 2018 Apr 10
County sports rivalries and success transcend one another

By Bill Barrows

I took some time to just stand back and observe the Wabash community last week as the buildup started after the euphoria of Southwood Boys Basketball’s 2 point win over Ft. Wayne Blackhawk Christian.

I was out of town on Saturday and the amount of Tweets, texts, emails and phone calls that I received was special because Wabash County Sports enthusiasts wanted to spread the news that the Knights had won and were heading to the State Final Game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

From 200 miles away, I could feel the emotions of an entire community as the mood went from excitement and celebration to anticipation.

Posted on 2018 Mar 27
Local youth compete in archery nationals

By Josh Sigler

The Bass and Bucks youth archery team had a pair of archers take first place honors in the S3DA Indoor National Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 8 and 9.

Kirah Klepper took top honors in the elementary female S3DA fixed pins division, while taking fourth overall in her division with a score of 150 points and 19 inner bullseyes, or Xs.

Kaden Meredith was best of his division in the middle school male S3DA fixed pins division, and finished fourth overall in his division with 150 points and 19 Xs as well.

“They did really good at indoor nationals, for Kira and Kaden,” coach Wayne Welch said. “We had an awards ceremony here for them to show them our appreciation for what they’ve done. They’ve been good ambassadors for us everywhere they’ve gone. We’re looking forward to them competing in the outdoor circuit starting here in April. We’re proud as sin of the kids and how good they did.”

Posted on 2018 Mar 27

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