The top 10 signs you're a great teammate
By Bill Barrows
I came across this subject on a coaching website that I've frequented, but I found out it was also on a number of others for different sports. It applies to everything from baseball to football to basketball to soccer. It really was a timely find because I am on the staff of a baseball team that is struggling to find its identity while navigating through the early season. 
Posted on 2017 Apr 25
Wabash's Parrett headed for Trine

Jaycee Parrett signs a letter of intent to play basketball at Trine University. Looking on are her mother and father, Stacie Parrett (left) and Jason Parrett, Wabash Lady Apaches coach Matt Stone and WHS principal Kyle Wieland. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash High School senior Jaycee Parrett will continue her basketball career at Trine University.

Parrett, surrounded by school officials and family members signed a letter of intent on Thursday, April 20.

“They do have a good program with what I am going for, which is business technology,” she said. “It has a good placement program for like jobs and everything.”





Posted on 2017 Apr 25
WHS' Jones to play football at Concordia

Matt Jones prepares to sign to play football at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Mich. He is joined at the signing by (front, from left) his parents Michael and Rebecca Jones, (back row, from left) athletic director Matt Stone, family friend Dale Winger, coach Ryan Carmichael, coach Floyd Winger and principal Kyle Wieland. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash High School senior Matt Jones signed a letter of intent Friday to continue his football career at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jones was a tackle, defensive end and nose tackle for the Apache football team, and also played basketball at WHS.

“I chose Concordia because I thought it would help me become a man,” he told The Paper of Wabash County. “It also will help my walk with God get better. It’s a good environment and a nice city.”

Posted on 2017 Apr 18
The Cubs: Reasons for Celebration and Epic Failures
By Bill Barrows
Like a lot of baseball fans, I watched as the Chicago Cubs celebrated their first championship in 108 years, raising the 2016 banner one night and then watching the ring ceremony a couple nights later. They did it right, by involving their “diehard” fans who had suffered through all of the lean years. I grew up watching the Cubs almost daily on WGN out of Chicago on cable here in Wabash as early as the late ‘60s. My only regret in watching the recent ceremony was that Ernie Banks and Ron Santo didn’t live long enough to see this all happen.
OK, let’s stop right there. Baseball history is something that I am truly immersed in. Baseball tradition, statistics and trivia are things that I am interested in. I follow my teams, the Red Sox, Dodgers and then the Cubs, but in all three of these cases, fans live and die with yearly results, just like any of the others, but there is a case to be made as to why teams succeed or fail in the short term. But in Boston, Brooklyn, then Los Angeles and most certainly Chicago, there are long droughts that are as historic and, looking back, very clear reasons as to why they happened -- ownership.
Posted on 2017 Apr 18
Wilson to wrestle at Manchester U

Braxtin Wilson (front, center) will attend Manchester University and will be part of the wrestling team. With him are (front, from left) his mother Brenda Stensland, sister Brielle Wilson, (back row, from left) MHS wrestling coach Jerimiah Maggart and athletic director Jeremy Markham. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen

NORTH MANCHESTER -- A year ago, wrestling in college wasn't even a thought in Braxtin Wilson's mind. Now it is a reality as he will attend Manchester University to study criminal justice, and coaching, and continue his wrestling career.

The Manchester High School senior played basketball growing up and was a member of the Squire team for three years. He decided to switch to wrestling for his senior season and had no idea what would be in store for him.

Posted on 2017 Apr 18
Big George finally receives recognition that he is due
By Bill Barrows
How much do I care about whom is the No.1 pick in the NBA Draft? Not much. 
Do I care what teams have the best shot at the lottery picks? Not really. 
Who are the best candidates for MVP in the NBA?  Not really a strong opinion on any of them.

What I do care about as far as the NBA is concerned is how the Indiana Pacers match up against the other teams, past and present.  About a month ago, I was invited to attend a Sunday evening Pacers game as they took on Miami.


Posted on 2017 Apr 11
Parkview Wabash Foundationís 20th Annual Golf Classic Golfer Registration Open

Article provided

Tickets are now available for Parkview Wabash Foundation’s 20th annual Golf Classic, presented by Hagerman Construction.

The event will be Thursday, June 22, at the Honeywell Golf Course.

The morning tee off will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by lunch and awards. The afternoon tee off is at 1 p.m.

Posted on 2017 Apr 11
2 Wabash youth earn shooting titles

Mackenzie Bragg, 14,(left) took the national title in the Ladies .22 Rifle Optics category and finished fourth in Ladies .22 Pistol Optics. Meanwhile, Zoey Bragg, 11, (right) received the national champion titles for both .22 Pistol and .22 Rifle categories in the 12-years-old and younger age group. Photo provided

By The Paper staff

Two Wabash youth were among the champions at the 2017 US Steel Challenge Nationals.

The event was at the South River Gun Club in Covington, Ga., March 29- April 1.  With 471 entries ranging in age from 7- 70's, ladies’ accounted for 53 in all age categories. 

The two local youth, Mackenzie Bragg and Zoey Bragg, brought home a total of three national and two additional wins.

Posted on 2017 Apr 11

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