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8 wrestlers advance to semistate

Wabash’s Anthony Long attempts to take down an opponent Saturday at the Peru wrestling regional. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

PERU -- Wabash 106 pounder Jared Brooks leads a group of eight Wabash County wrestlers to semi-state in Fort Wayne this weekend.


Brooks won the 106 pound weight class and was the county's only champion at the Peru wrestling regional on Saturday, Feb. 2.


Brooks started the day with wins by pin over Oak Hill and Kokomo, then won the championship round with an 11-0 major decision over Maconaquah.


Also advancing for Wabash in third place was Ethan Higgins at 120 pounds.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05
Apax boys drop two games

By Josh Sigler
Jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash boys basketball team fell behind early in a 70-52 loss to Mississinewa Monday night.


The Apaches trailed 17-5 at the end of the first quarter and never recovered.


The loss drops Wabash to 12-2 on the season. The Apaches entered the week receiving the 15th most votes in the Class 2A Associated Press poll.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05
Apaches win Peru Wrestling Sectional title

Wabash's wrestling team celebrates winning the Peru Wrestling Sectional on Saturday evening. Photo provided

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com


PERU -- Behind two champions and three runners-up, the Wabash Apache wrestlers won the team title at the Peru Sectional Saturday, Jan. 26.


Manchester and one champion and two runners-up to finish second as a team.


Northfield ended seventh in the team standings, and Southwood was ninth.

Posted on 2019 Jan 29
NHS, MHS girls share TRC crown

Southwood's Alissa Pershing (20) and Makayla Bechtold (5) tie up a Tippecanoe Valley player. Photo by Don Hurd

By Josh Sigler
and Eric Christiansen

news@thepaperofwabash.com

Three girls basketball teams played for the Three Rivers Conference championship Thursday, Jan. 24, Northfield, Manchester and Tippecanoe Valley, all with one loss. When the dust cleared, the two Wabash County teams shared the 2018-19 championship.


Northfield had no trouble at Rochester in a 59-27 win to finish 8-1 in the TRC and 20-2 overall.


At Tippecanoe Valley, Manchester held off a late comeback attempt from the host Vikings for a 43-40 win to share the conference trophy with the Norse.
 

Posted on 2019 Jan 29
Wabash boys move to 10-1

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash’s boys basketball team defeated North Miami Friday night 84-43 to improve to 10-1 on the season.


The Apaches jumped out to a 25-9 lead by the end of the first quarter, and upped that lead to 45-15 by halftime.


Wabash was led by Trenton Daughtry, who finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and eight steals.


Logan Vander Velden added 18 points, four rebounds and three steals. Jasper Walter chipped in 16 points, and Elijah Vander Velden added eight points, four rebounds and three blocks.
 

Posted on 2019 Jan 22
Manchester's West signs to play softball at Taylor

Emma West, first row middle, will attend and play softball at Taylor University in Upland starting this fall. Pictured are, front, l-r, Melissa West (mother), Emma West, Adam West (father); back, MHS head softball coach Brittany Holmes, Hadley West, Ainsley West, and Taylor University head softball coach Erin Kotlarz. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com


NORTH MANCHESTER -- Emma West has been playing softball for as long as she can remember.


The Squire senior will continue to make memories on the diamond for the next four years, signing with Taylor University in Upland to play softball.


"I chose Taylor because of the team and the atmosphere," West said. "I love the campus and everything about the School. I like that it's a small school and campus."

West said she began looking at colleges as early as her freshman year of high school, including schools at the Division I level all the way to Division III. She chose an NAIA school, and is looking forward to continuing softball at Taylor.

Posted on 2019 Jan 22
Lady Norse win 12th straight game

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Northfield girls basketball team defeated North Miami on Friday night 46-33, its 12th straight victory.


The Class A, No. 4-ranked Lady Norse improved to 17-2 on the season with the victory.


Northfield jumped out to a 9-2 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back.


Addi Baker led the Lady Norse with 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals, and Ariel Dale added nine points, two assists and two steals.
 

Posted on 2019 Jan 15
Apaches down Squires, 67-51

Manchester's Kam Lester drives to the basket as Wabash's Blake Gribben and Elijah Vander Velden defend. Photo by Eric Christiansen


By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- After a close first half, the Wabash boys basketball team turned a 30-24 lead into a 16-point Three Rivers Conference win over Manchester Friday, Jan. 11.


The Apaches starting five scored all of Wabash's second half points, including shooting 16-20 free throws, to run away with the 67-51 win.


“I thought it was a great team win, especially with Logan (Vander Velden) getting into (foul) trouble,” Wabash coach Paul Wright said. “Jared (Holley), Kallen (Kelsheimer) and Blake (Gribben) all came in and tried to make up for Logan.”
 

Posted on 2019 Jan 15

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