Sports
Lessons our young people need to learn

By Bill Barrows

Until the late 1960’s, there was an unwritten rule between sportswriters and professional athletes that what was seen and heard of athletes inside the clubhouse or outside the locker room, in restaurants, bars or hotels was “off base” and assumedly outside of what was written in newspapers, or  reported on the radio or television.

That is not the way it is in this age of social media. In fact, for whatever reason, an athlete or entertainer’s every move has become public knowledge, especially when that behavior is questionable. Gossip columns in entertainment publications were common as far back as the 1930’s but athletes were largely left alone. This seemed to hold true until the best-selling book Ball Four, a book by baseball pitcher Jim Bouton that chronicled his 1969 season with a frank, insider's look at a professional sports team.

Posted on 2018 Aug 07
FunFest Table Tennis Tourney planned Aug. 11

By The Paper staff

The 2018 FunFest Table Tennis Tournament will take place at Scout Hall in Warvel Park, located at the intersection of Seventh and Markets on Saturday, Aug. 11. Parking will be available.

The tournament begins at 9 a.m. and will end by 4 p.m.

The Wabash County singles event will only be open to residents of Wabash County.

The tourney will have competition in seven categories, including one doubles and mixed single events. The event is hosted by Manchester Table Tennis Club and sponsored by Custom Magnetics of North Manchester.

Posted on 2018 Jul 31
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
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

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
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

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
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

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
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

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

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