Sports
Classic baseball matchups come to fruition
By Bill Barrows
 
I wasn't sure that I would get the opportunity, but because of the inclement Indiana weather, I was able to take in the series last weekend between the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox, 2 of my favorite teams from Fenway Park. I couldn't watch on Friday night, so I listened to the Red Sox broadcast on the radio and an inning or two of the Cubs radio broadcast via MLB.com At Bat on my phone.
 
On Saturday I watched the FOX broadcast as well as the ESPN  broadcast on Sunday night. After spending a lifetime of watching mediocre Cubs teams either on WGN or occasionally from Wrigley Field, and watching the Red Sox on the Extra Innings package over the years, it appeared to me that this was a friendly rivalry. Both teams are constructed similarly, with the influence of Boston native Theo Epstein and his baseball entourage and influence in both front offices. 
 
Posted on 2017 May 09
Manchester sweeps county track meet
By Eric Christiansen
 
The Manchester High School track teams continued strong seasons with both the boys and girls teams winning the Wabash County championships.
 
Girls
The girls team won the team title with 88 points, followed by Southwood with 67, Northfield with 55, and Wabash with 29.
 
Manchester’s win was highlighted by Rae Bedke smashing the county record in the 3200m run. 
 
Posted on 2017 May 09
Ford wins K of C's state free throw championship

Wabash's David Ford receives his championship trophy from Paul Zielinski, state secretary of the Indiana Knights of Columbus, and Craig Hanusin, state treasurer. Photo provided

By The Paper staff

David Ford of Wabash is the 2017 Knights of Columbus State Free Throw champion for the 12-year-olf boys division.

David hit 24 of 25 free throws to win the event on March 12 at the Sts. Frances & Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church and School in Greenwood.

There were 68 competitors who contended for the state free throw titles.

 

 

Posted on 2017 May 02
Special Olympics seek volunteer for Area 5 games
By The Paper staff
 
Special Olympics of Wabash County is hosting the May 13 Track and Field for Area Five at the Wabash High School Track and Field.  
 
The event will bring six counties to Wabash starting with the opening ceremonies at 8:30 a. m.  
 
Athletes will be competing in field events:  running and standing long jump, softball and tennis ball throw, shot put, and javelin throw.  Track events will be 10 M walk/runs to 400 and 800 walk/runs.  
 
Posted on 2017 May 02
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

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