by Gary Andrews
Although the Manchester tennis team fell in the Peru sectional Wednesday, the number one doubles team of Branden Scott and Noah Cain won the sectional in exciting fashion to move on to the Culver regional on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
Cain and Scott started out up 3-2 but lost 4 of the next 5 games and set one, 4-6. The Manchester duo regrouped with improved service returns and more energy to take the next set, 6-4. The final set saw Manchester lead until 5-4 when Peru mounted a last stand to win 2 games. Down 5-6, Noah Cain powered the team back even at 6-6 forcing a deciding tiebreaker to 7 points. Manchester would fight off two match points at 4-6 to get a match point at 7-6 and again at 8-7. Finally, at 9-8, Manchester prevailed 10-8.
“Branden brought the energy and Noah proved steady and the most consistent player on the court to earn the win,” said Coach Eichenauer.
The duo is now 17-1 for the season with their lone loss coming from Norwell on Sept. 8 and will face Culver Academies at the Culver regional.
by Gary Andrews
Manchester didn’t make it easy, but the Southwood volleyball team completed a sweep of the county Thursday with a 25-22, 25-13, 25-20 win over the Squires.
In game one Southwood would jump out to an 8-4 lead getting two kills from Bailey Hobbs and one from Katelyn Murphy, but the Lady Squires would respond. Madison Isbell would get a kill along with an ace from Rae Bedke to cut the lead to 8-7. At 10-9 Sami White would tip a shot to the middle that started a 5-0 run to give the Knights a 15-9 lead. Hobbs and Murphy each had a kill with Sarah Peters recording two kills, but the pesky Squires wouldn’t go away. Manchester would go to Cierra Carter and Kendra Binkley for kills and cut the lead to 19-16 after a Kaitlyn Parrett ace. Bailey Lundnmark would then get in on the action for the Knights with two kills as they increased the lead to 22-17 when the Squires made another surge. A kill and a block for Corrie Osborne cut the lead to 22-20 and at 24-22 Murphy would pound one home for the 25-22 win.
The Knights got off to a good start in game two as Peters and White scored and were up 8-6 when they would score 7 of the next 10 points to grab a 15-9 lead. The lead would remain at 6 points until 18-12 when Peters banged home a kill that started a 4 point run to open a 22-12 lead. A Southwood error stopped the run before they scored the last 3 for the 25-13 win.
Manchester jumped out to a 2-0 lead in game three on a Cierra Carter kill only to have the Knights score the next three. Sarah Peters had a kill along with kills from Sami White and Bailey Hobbs. Leah Sorg would the put the Squires back up 4-3 with a tip and the see saw battle continued until 10-10. Corrie Osborne would nail a kill and the Squires took advantage of a Knights error to lead 12-10 when the dreadful Southwood run came. Katelyn Murphy would go high for a kill and was followed by three Sarah Peters kills along with a Sami White ace to score six in a row to grab a 16-12 lead. The Knights would build their lead to 20-14 when Manchester had one more push. With Leiah Brandenburg serving the Squires would score five straight to knot the game at 20. During the run Brandenburg had two aces with Binkley and Isbell getting kills. Emilie Harnish and Bailey Hobbs would then catch fire, recording two kills each as the Knights scored the next five points for a 25-20 win and a 3-0 match.
by Gary Andrews
The TRC cross country meet was held Saturday at Tippecanoe Valley. On a cold blistery day that even seen some snow flakes the Northfield boys and girls teams took home team titles.
The girls race was the first to go with Northfield’s Jenna Halderman leading the way to win the race in 19:16. Brittany Sloan placed 4th in the race, Karla Singer 5th, Jacklyn Peas 8th , Natasha Leland 11th, Olivia Thompson 13th, Attie Schuler 21st. Also running for Northfield was Michelle Hunt , Caitlin Eltzroth, Catherine Tracy, Maddie Snyder, Kalanu Watson Dunn, Indi Shear, Mariah Kirtlan, and Megan Miller.
Southwood finished third led by a 3rd place finish from Emily Lehner. Ellie White was 10th, Haley Heath 12th, Taylor Heath 20th, Kassidy Atwood 24th, Brooke Elliott 28th, Emma Peebles 40th. Also running was Emmy Titus and Spring Applegate.
Manchester finished 5th. Clara Burdette was 17th, Kaitlyn Blum 22nd, Emily Lynn 23rd, Natasha Niccum 25th, Alexis Vernon 30th, Sophia Reifeltshammer 32nd, Alexis Wagoner 36th. Also running was Molly Woods, Abby Smith , Taylor Griese, Lindsey Dierks, Lexi Webb .
Wabash had an incomplete team led by Carli Henderson. Also running was Chelsea Archer, Courtney Davis, Angela Davis.
Making the All Conference team was Jenna Halderman(NF), Emily Lehner(SW), Brittany Sloan(NF), Karla Singer(NF), Jacklyn Peas(NF), Ellie White(SW), Natasha Leland(NF), Haley Heath(SW).
Northfield won the boys race, nipping Rochester by 2 points. Leading the Norse was Devin Tracy in 2nd, Austin Frye 6th, Joe Burcroff 7th, Austin Andrews 8th, Noah Shear 13th, Heath Miller 20th, Mason Zolman 24th. Also running for the Norse was Matt Carey , Noah Augustus , Keegan Knepp, Zack Clouse.
by Gary Andrews
On a cold blistery night that had second half rain, the Wabash and Northfield football teams opened their county round robin schedule at Northfield with the Norse shutting out the Apaches 20-0 on the back of 236 yard rushing game from Josh Bickel.
The Apaches took the ball first and moved the ball down the field on a 13 play drive that took them to the Northfield 28 before giving the ball over on downs. The Norse and Bickel wasted no time taking advantage of the defense coming up big as Bickel raced 68 yards on their first play to the Wabash 8. Two plays later Bickel scored from 3yds out as the Norse took a 7-0 lead with 5:51 left in the quarter. With the wind and wet conditions the defenses would dominate the rest of the quarter ending at 7-0.
by Gary Andrews
The Southwood and Manchester football teams duked it out for four quarters Friday with the final deciding score not coming until 2:36 left in the game as the Knights held on to defeat the Squires 21-14.
Southwood would score early in the first quarter when Nathan Hollars broke loose on a 4yd scoring scamper to give the Knights a 6-0 lead, which would be the only score of the first quarter.
Manchester would grab their only lead of the night with 3:37 left in the second quarter when Lucas Schilling connected with Keelan Norwood on a 16yd pass play and the Squires led 7-6. Nathan Hollars would run the ensuing kick off back to the Manchester 40, giving the Knights a shot with little time left in the half. The Knights didn’t need much time as Robbie Cole would find Jon Berlier on the second play for a 39yd scoring strike. Cole would run in the two point conversion and the Knights led 14-7 at the half.
Lucas Schilling and Bailey Ness would connect with 7:26 to go in the third quarter to knot the score at 14 when the rain started to come down and change the way the game was being played. The third quarter ended with the score tied at 14.
by Bill Barrows
The calendar will turn to October before our next high school football Friday night, and the TRC conference schedule rolls on, but now there is an added aspect. For the final three Fridays, all are county match ups. The first match ups are Wabash traveling to Northfield for a border battle.
The other one is Manchester hosting Southwood. Both games are 7 p.m. kickoffs.
Jim Landrum will join me on the web cast from Manchester High School. We will broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. with the set up of this long time county match up. We hope you will join us.
Also, an added feature this week, don’t forget to join the web cast for volleyball action as Northfield travels to Manchester for a great match up on Tuesday. It should be broadcasting at 6 p.m. Check out Wabash WebTV for the archived game.
Join Wabash WebTV for exciting action of Indiana High School football and now volleyball. If you are at a game or cannot watch it live, an archive of the featured game is available on the website shortly after the completion of the games.
by Gary Andrews
Three of the four county high school cross country teams were participating in invitationals Saturday with Southwood running at New Haven, while Manchester and Northfield were at Culver.
At New Haven, there were three classes(A-AA-AAA) with the Knights running in the middle(AA). The girls team finished 10th, led by a 22nd place finish from Emily Lehner. Ellie White placed 29th, Haley Heath 30th, Taylor Heath 74th, Kassidy Atwood 86th, Brooke Elliott 99th, Emma Peebles 122nd, Emmy Titus 123rd. There were 171 runners in the race.
The Southwood boys placed 12th. The Knights were led by Aaron Ross in 41st place. Michael Lengel was 50th, Josiah Friedersdorf 62nd, Chase Guenin 80th, Jonathan Collins 86th, Lucas Topliff 118th. There were 175 runners.
At Culver, there were three races being open, closed and elite. The Culver Invite is the largest invite in the state and one of the largest in the country. The Northfield girls ran in the elite race with all other teams running in the closed. In the closed girls race Manchester finished 10th. The Lady Squires were led by Clara Burdette in 39th. Kaitlyn Blum finished 44th, Natasha Niccum 60th, Emily Lynn 64th, Sophia Reifeltshammer 82nd, Alexis Vernon 86th, Molly Woods 99th. There were 172 runners.
The Northfield boys won the closed race, led by 3rd place finisher Devin Tracy. Austin Frye was 10th, Joe Burcroff 11th, Austin Andrews 18th, Heath Miller 45th, Noah Shear 56th, Matt Carey 81st. Manchester placed 19th. The Squires were led by Matthew Fahs-Brown in 4th, Tommy Rohr 12th, Taylor Heckman 138th, Ben Reichenbach 163rd, Montgomery Pattison 165th, Jimmy Curtis 178th, Jeremy Herrmann 189th.
by Gary Andrews
The Northfield football team grabbed a quick lead and led 7-6 at the half over Whitko Friday before a second half rally by the Wildcats gave Whitko a 27-7 win over the Norse.
The Norse grabbed a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a Carter Frieden one-yard run to lead 7-0 and held Whitko scoreless in the first quarter. In a game that was a stale mate for nearly two quarters, the Wildcats scored with 59 seconds left in the first half and with the extra point failing the Norse led 7-6 at the half.
With the Norse offense puttering in the second half, Whitko would score twice in the third quarter and once in the fourth to defeat the Norse 27-7.
Carter Frieden was 6 of 13 for 85 yards.
Josh Bickel rushed 16 times for 55 yards and was the only Norsemen to have positive rushing yardage. Frieden had one rushing touching
Jarred Short, Dylin Brown, Bryce Kendall and Ryan Driscoll each had one catch.