by Gary Andrews
The Southwood boys’ basketball team made a run at Huntington Friday, giving the Vikings all they wanted the first half before falling 74-50.
The youthful Knights went toe to toe with the Vikings for a half, at one time leading in the second quarter. Southwood fell behind early but a bucket from Alex Harmon and a three from Carson Blair knotted the score at 6 when a Viking 13-5 run ended the quarter with Huntington leading 19-11.
Playing a 4A school on their home court and trailing after one you can either give up or play like there is nothing to lose. The Knights chose the second option and behind hot shooting from Robbie Cole and Carson Blair mounted a comeback and took a 27-26 lead on a Brandin Frazier bucket. The taller Vikings bounced back and eventually led 36-29 at the half.
Things went south for the Knights in the third quarter as they struggled to find the bucket and keep Huntington away from theirs, losing the quarter 21-7 and trailing 57-36 after three.
Southwood would play right with the Vikings in the fourth, losing the quarter 17-14 for the 74-50 final.
Leading Southwood was Robbie Cole with 12 points. Alex Harmon added 10, Matt Nose 8, Noah Kirk 8, Carson Blair 6, Peyton Trexler 2, Brandin Frazier 2, Clay Hinrishsen 2.
by Emily Armentrout
On Sunday, Nov. 30, following the Indianapolis Colts vs. the Washington Redskins game at Lucas Oil Stadium, two Southwood Elementary football teams, the Steelers and the Colts, joined a team from Oak Hill to play their own games on the gridiron.
The Southwood Steelers, coached by Matt Whitesel, and the Southwood Colts, coached by Ed Rathbun, joined Oak Hill coach, Mark Stefanatos, on the sidelines, coaching their 4th and 5th grade teams in a once in a lifetime experience.
“Mark Stefanatos arranged for both Southwood teams to play at Lucas Oil Stadium. We were able to go down as a team and watch the game, and then play on the field afterwards. It was an experience of a lifetime for my boys,” Rathbun told The Paper.
“It was a great opportunity and opened their eyes to play at a bigger venue. Not many kids get to go to an NFL game and run out the tunnel. It was a once in a lifetime experience,” added Whitesel.
Each Southwood team played against the Oak Hill team. The Steelers and Oak Hill were locked in a slugfest, neither team able to score in the shootout game style. For the Colts, getting kids on the field who hadn’t seen much game play during the season took precedence.
“We played well but my coaches and I didn’t go down in competitive mode. We had a successful regular season and we went into this with one agenda, and that was to have fun,” Rathbun explained.
The Southwood Steelers beat the Southwood Colts, 7-0.
by Gary Andrews
The Manchester boys basketball team took a major hit this week when leading scorer Chase Fierstos went down with a broken foot. The Squires regrouped and went to work with out their leader Friday, defeating Wawasee 44-37.
The Squires trailed 9-8 after the first stop, perhaps with everyone learning a new role. Manchester got two buckets each from Chainey Zolman and Braydon Sewell.
Manchester got going in the second quarter with Koehl Fluke and David McAtee getting in on the action. Manchester won the quarter 14-8 with Fluke draining a three and McAtee hitting one. Chainey Zolman led the Squires in the quarter with 6 points. Manchester led 22-17 at the half.
For the third quarter in a row the Manchester defense held Wawasee to single digit scoring, winning the quarter 10-9 to increase their lead to 32-26 with a quarter to go. Freshman Koehl Fluke led the way with 5 points, including a three pointer while Chainey Zolman and Keelan Norwood each had a bucket.
The Squires would not let Wawasee get any closer as they out scored the visitors 12-11 in the fourth. Chainey Zolman led the fourth quarter charge with 7 points. Koehl Fluke added 5.
Chainey Zolman led the Squires with 19 points. Koehl Fluke added 14, Braydon Sewell 4, David McAtee 2.
Manchester won the junior varsity game 47-39.
Kane Gable led the Squires with 14 points. Bailey Ness added 11.
Manchester fell in the C team game to Oak Hill 37-32.
Hayes Sturtsman had 12 points, Parker Yard 8, Jake Schannep 4, Braydon Lassitor 4, Nathan Self 2, Braxton Wilson 2.
by Gary Andrews
Two ten points runs by the Wabash Apaches and the hot hand of Christian Hall led Wabash to a 65-58 win over Eastern Friday. The Apaches trailed in the second quarter when a 10-point run gave them the lead that they never relinquished.
Cody King put up the first points of the game to give the Apaches a 2-0 lead, but the Comets responded with an 8-2 run to lead 8-4. Trailing 11-5 the momentum started to switch when Taylor Vigar connected and was followed by a Christian Hall three to draw the Apaches to within one at 11-10. Eastern hit two free throws with 1:27 left, but the Apaches bounced back with a bucket from Tyler Hough and one from Hall before the buzzer to lead 14-13.
The Comets would get the first bucket of the second quarter to take the lead back at 15-14 when Wabash caught fire. Cody King hit back-to-back buckets that started a 10-0 run to put Wabash up 24-15. King had three buckets during the run with Hall and Vigar each chipping in with a bucket. Eastern would score the final five points of the quarter as Wabash led 24-20 at the half.
Chase Dirig would start the third quarter by draining a three, but the Comets kept it close until 30-26 when the second run came. Christian Hall would nail a three as the Apaches went running for 8 straight points. Taylor Vigar had a bucket and two free throws with Cody King hitting a free throw. Wabash led 38-26 with just under two minutes left. After a King free throw Wabash led 39-28 with a quarter to go.
by Emily Armentrout
For the month of November, Wabash High School chose two student athletes as their athlete of the month. Skyler Hall, wrestling, and Claire Cromer, girls’ basketball, were selected as the November Student Athlete of the Month.
Skyler Hall was nominated by Coach Jake O’Neill.
“I nominated Skyler because of his work ethic on and off the wrestling mat, as well as his leadership on our wrestling team. His passion for the sport of wrestling is inspiring to all of us coaches and his teammates. His record is 5-1 going into County,” Coach O’Neill told The Paper.
Claire Cromer was nominated by Coach Matt Stone.
“I nominated Claire because not only has she been our leading scorer but she has been a great leader on and off the floor. She has also shown tremendous sportsmanship by handling everything that has been thrown at her and taking everything in stride,” Coach Stone told The Paper.
Being named the November Student Athletes of the Month adds Hall and Cromer to a growing list of students that will be honored at the end of the school year.
by Gary Andrews
The Wabash Lady Apaches went on the road to Tippecanoe Valley Saturday, leading at the half before a cold shooting third quarter cost Wabash in a 60-48 loss.
Wabash led 16-15 after the first quarter and 29-23 at the half before the dreaded quarter. Valley out scored Wabash 16-4 in the third and 21-15 in the fourth for the 60-48 final
Wabash senior Claire Cromer became the 8th Lady Apache in the game to go over the 1000-point barrier in her career, leading Wabash with 26 points.
Shelby Stone added 7 points, Sydney Mullett 5, Sarah Puckett 4, Madison Barden 2, Abby Stein 2, Katie McCauley 2.
“We played a very good first half to grab a 6 point lead but a shaky third quarter did us in. We missed 17 shots in the paint, which didn’t help. Tipp Valley is an extremely good team and we just made too many mistakes in the third quarter. Very proud of Claire for another great effort and passing 1000 point mark,” said Coach Stone.
by Emily Armentrout
Austin Andrews, a senior at Northfield High School, was recently invited to participate in the Down Under Sports Tournaments hosted in Australia. Andrews will be participating on the East Conference Team this summer. Andrews will represent Indiana Track and Field. Leaving July 5, Andrews will be gone for a week, participating in the tournaments and taking in some of the country’s tourist sites.
“Mom told me about the letter and I thought it would be a cool experience,” Austin told The Paper.
“I was really excited for him. I wasn’t sure if it was real at first,” Austin’s mother, Krstyl, told The Paper.
“There were only 18 kids chosen in the state of Indiana,” added Austin’s father, Charlie. “I think it’s tremendous. Not everyone gets that opportunity. It’s a good step into adulthood.”
Andrews will be running cross-country at Indiana University Kokomo, and also participating in their track club. He wants to study pharmacy or psychology while at IUK.
Currently, Andrews is looking for sponsorship for this trip. The family will be selling t-shirts but you can also help Austin on his way by donating online or purchasing a t-shirt.
You can donate online by going to downundersports.com.
by Gary Andrews
The Wabash boys’ basketball team traveled to Madison Grant Saturday, losing a close one 47-42 to the Argylls. Madison Grant had a 10-8 lead after one and 23-22 at the half before the Apaches would take the lead.
Wabash out scored the Argylls 14-12 in the third quarter for a 26-25 lead with a quarter to go, but fell behind early in the fourth before closing the gap to 44-40 with 1:29 left, but fell short 47-42.
Leading Wabash was Cody King with 17 points. Christian Hall added 10, Marcus Jones 6, Owen Yeadon 3, Chase Dirig 3, Brodie Hough 2, Juwan Carter 1.
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