By Bill Barrows
Here in Wabash County, we have the opportunity to watch four high schools and each have quality sports programs. We also get the chance to observe Manchester University and assorted other college teams from around the area. Today’s media affords us the chance to watch whatever sports teams that our little hearts desire.
It is widely known that I have been a huge Colts fan from the time I was a little boy. Johnny Unitas was my hero. That tells you how old I am. The team was then still very entrenched in the Baltimore community. I have been known to wear one of my authentic UNITAS jerseys on a game day or on an important day in team history.
By Gary Andrews
Wabash senior Claire Cromer and Northfield junior Payton Thomson have been selected to the IBCA/SUBWAY All State teams.
Cromer was selected to the Senior Small School All-State (players from 1A-2A schools), while Thomson made the Underclass Small School All-State (players from 1A-2A schools).
Fifteen seniors and 15 underclass girls’ basketball players have earned IBCA/Subway “Supreme 15″ All-State honors for 2014-15, it was announced Wednesday (March 11).
In a new level of awards, the IBCA also named 30 Large School All-State players (15 seniors, 15 underclass) and 30 Small School All-State players (15 seniors, 15 underclass).
Chase Fierstos goes up for two his his game-high 32 points in the championship game against Oak Hill. Photo by Eric Christiansen
By Eric Christiansen
Two teams with nearly identical records, Manchester (17-7) and Oak Hill (17-6), clashed in the championship game of the Oak Hill Boys' Basketball Sectional Saturday night. The game saw nine lead changes, 14 ties and two extra periods of play. Oak Hill's biggest lead of the game was six points, while Manchester's largest advantage was five. In the end, it was Oak Hill who emerged as sectional champions with a 67-63 double overtime win over the Squires.
"This was a great game to be a part of," Manchester coach Eric Thompson said. "It's too bad we had to end up on this side of it."
Members of Emmanuel Christian School’s state basketball championship team are (front, from left) Davis Coyne, Jeff Miller, Levi Hinds, Jaxton Coyne, Preston Ritzema and Tyler Kline; Keanu Rish (back row, from left) Jonathan Napier, Jordan Rish, Ariston Trusty, Trey Younce and coach Merrill Templin. Photo provided
By The Paper staff
INDIANAPOLIS -- Emmanuel Christian School’s basketball team captured the Indiana Association of Christian School’s state basketball tourney championship on Saturday, March 7, in Indianapolis.
Emmanuel has been a member of the IACS for 32 years.
Coached by Merrill Templin, the school captured the state title for Division II, which is comprised of smaller Christian schools. This is the school’s first state championship.
By Bill Barrows
As we move into the next faze of the high school sports season, I would like to take this time to thank some very important people who have helped us along the way in making the season to this point a success. First of all, a collective “thank you” to all of the student-athletes and their parents who have provided tons of memorable moments that we have witnessed to this point. Without you, there is little reason for us to document Wabash County sports exploits.
Another group that deserves a lot of credit are the coaches, who prepare the student athletes each and every day for their shining moments during the season. Long hours of preparation, practice sessions, meetings, interviews, dealing with weather conditions and schedule changes make their labor of love a tough road to navigate at times.
The Wabash Lady Apaches basketball team enters the packed house at the Warsaw semistate on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
WARSAW -- The Wabash Lady Apache basketball team traveled to Warsaw Saturday to play in itsfirst ever semistate. Wabash got to Warsaw by winning the Manchester sectional and Lapel regional.
Fort Wayne Canterbury would end the Lady Apache run, as Wabash had a cold shooting night, connecting on just 20 percent from the field in a 57-39 loss to the No.2 team in the state.
Brodie Hough (center) prepares to sign a letter of intent to play golf at Anderson University. He is joined by his parents Mike Hough (front, from left) and Michele Hough, along with (back row, from left) Wabsh Principal Josh Blossom, Wabash Athletic Director Greg Martz, Wabash golf coach Darren Porter, and Honewell Golf Course pro Mel Thomas. Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
Wabash senior Brodie Hough made his decision Thursday to play golf at Anderson University next year.
The Ravens are led by first year coach Kent Williams. Williams comes to Anderson with over 40 years of golf experience. Since 2010, he has been a golf instructor at Gray Eagle Golf Course in Fishers. In the 37 years prior, Williams served as Head Golf Pro and greens superintendent at Brockway Golf Course in Lapel.
Sami White (center) signs a letter of intent to play volleyball at Davenport University. She is joined by her parents, Jody White (left) and Johnny White, as well as Davenport Coach Megan Lenhart (back row, from left), Southwood Athletic Director and volleyball coach Tom Finicle, and Southwood principal Tim Drake Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
Southwood senior Sami White signed her letter of intent Friday to continue her volleyball career at Davenport University in Grand Rapids Michigan next year.
White led the Lady Knights to the 2A state championship game this past season and was selected first team all conference the past two seasons along with being selected first team all state and a member of the north all star team this past fall.
Davenport is coached by former Southwood stand out player Megan (Garner) Lenhart. Lenhart graduated from Southwood in 2000 and is 12th all time in career attacks and 12th in career kills
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