The pleasures of ball park food
By Bill Barrows
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending an Indiana Pacers game with a few of my buddies. Of course we talked sports the entire trip to Indianapolis. Our seats were down close. In fact, Larry Bird and Donnie Walsh's seats were over our shoulder.
We could have stopped at any fine restaurant in the area but opted for a good old fashioned hot dog and a beverage before the game started. There's something about a "ballpark hot dog." Several years ago, arenas and ballparks upgraded the entire menu to higher quality items. Next, there was the trend of attracting more fans by diversifying the food items and even bringing in local favorites depending upon the region. Say for instance, in Milwaukee German favorites highlight the menus. Bratwurst for everyone! In Texas, beef barbecue highlights the cuisine. In Petco Park in San Diego, fish tacos debuted.
Posted on 2017 May 02
Embracing Rood

Coach Chris Rood amassed a record of 411-211-1 as head coach of the Wabash Apaches baseball team. Photo provided

By Kyle Kelshimer
Special to The Paper

From Bob Knight and IU Basketball, to Notre Dame Football and 11 national championships, to the “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indy 500, Indiana sports scream tradition. But not any kind of tradition; it is a tradition that reflects the men and women of the state who call themselves Hoosiers.

It is an Indiana tradition.

Gritty, blue-collared, players often fused with unrelenting, outspoken, disciplined coaches who would mold their team, often unmatched and less talented, into believing that through concentration and execution they, as a team, could do anything.

Think Bob Knight.

Think Knute Rockne.

Think Thomas “Chris” Rood.

Chris Rood, to many in the state, has become more than just an old baseball coach. He has become a legend to those who knew him and knew of him.







Posted on 2017 Apr 25
MHS swimmers earn NISCA honors

Tahnee Fuentes and Ben Green

By The Paper staff

NORTH MANCHESTER — Two members of the Manchester High School swim team, Tahnee Fuentes and Ben Green, have been selected for the All America Team through the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America, Inc. (NISCA).

To be selected for this honor, athletes must meet the criteria for selection according to the NISCA guidelines. The requirements include, having a minimum GPA of 3.75 on a 4.00 scale, being a graduating senior, and lettering in your high school program during your senior year.





Posted on 2017 Apr 25
Family bike rides set to begin

A Liking for Biking is a new monthly riding series. Photo provided

By The Paper staff

The Dam to Dam Ride (D2D) committee and Breakaway Bike and Fitness Shop have collaborated on a new health and wellness initiative that centers itself around the grassroots movement that started the annual Dam to Dam ride. 

Beginning the first Saturday in May, the Liking for Biking riding series will kick off as a family friendly fun ride, connecting people who simply enjoy riding their bicycle.

Posted on 2017 Apr 25
The top 10 signs you're a great teammate
By Bill Barrows
I came across this subject on a coaching website that I've frequented, but I found out it was also on a number of others for different sports. It applies to everything from baseball to football to basketball to soccer. It really was a timely find because I am on the staff of a baseball team that is struggling to find its identity while navigating through the early season. 
Posted on 2017 Apr 25
Wabash's Parrett headed for Trine

Jaycee Parrett signs a letter of intent to play basketball at Trine University. Looking on are her mother and father, Stacie Parrett (left) and Jason Parrett, Wabash Lady Apaches coach Matt Stone and WHS principal Kyle Wieland. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash High School senior Jaycee Parrett will continue her basketball career at Trine University.

Parrett, surrounded by school officials and family members signed a letter of intent on Thursday, April 20.

“They do have a good program with what I am going for, which is business technology,” she said. “It has a good placement program for like jobs and everything.”





Posted on 2017 Apr 25
WHS' Jones to play football at Concordia

Matt Jones prepares to sign to play football at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Mich. He is joined at the signing by (front, from left) his parents Michael and Rebecca Jones, (back row, from left) athletic director Matt Stone, family friend Dale Winger, coach Ryan Carmichael, coach Floyd Winger and principal Kyle Wieland. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash High School senior Matt Jones signed a letter of intent Friday to continue his football career at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jones was a tackle, defensive end and nose tackle for the Apache football team, and also played basketball at WHS.

“I chose Concordia because I thought it would help me become a man,” he told The Paper of Wabash County. “It also will help my walk with God get better. It’s a good environment and a nice city.”

Posted on 2017 Apr 18
The Cubs: Reasons for Celebration and Epic Failures
By Bill Barrows
Like a lot of baseball fans, I watched as the Chicago Cubs celebrated their first championship in 108 years, raising the 2016 banner one night and then watching the ring ceremony a couple nights later. They did it right, by involving their “diehard” fans who had suffered through all of the lean years. I grew up watching the Cubs almost daily on WGN out of Chicago on cable here in Wabash as early as the late ‘60s. My only regret in watching the recent ceremony was that Ernie Banks and Ron Santo didn’t live long enough to see this all happen.
OK, let’s stop right there. Baseball history is something that I am truly immersed in. Baseball tradition, statistics and trivia are things that I am interested in. I follow my teams, the Red Sox, Dodgers and then the Cubs, but in all three of these cases, fans live and die with yearly results, just like any of the others, but there is a case to be made as to why teams succeed or fail in the short term. But in Boston, Brooklyn, then Los Angeles and most certainly Chicago, there are long droughts that are as historic and, looking back, very clear reasons as to why they happened -- ownership.
Posted on 2017 Apr 18

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