Opening round saw close, not so close contests
By The Paper staff
A 24-5 first half run helped the Manchester Squires turn a tight first quarter into a rout as they topped the Wabash Apaches 67-29 in the first round of the Wabash County Tournament.
The Squires led 8-7 midway through the first quarter, but Chase Fierstos hit two straight jumpers, including one 3-pointer to start a 14-3 run to close out the first quarter with a 22-10 lead.
Posted on 2016 Jan 05
Wabash County hoops on Wabash WebTV
By Bill Barrows
The Wabash County Holiday Basketball Tourney takes place this week at Northfield on Tuesday and Wednesday. The current format was the brainchild of Southwood Athletic Director Tom Finicle. Instead of having the boy’s varsity teams play during holidays and the JV teams as well as the girls tourney basically on a weekend in January, the Wabash County athletic directors worked to create an event that highlights all of the basketball athletes in the same venue for all to see. It has become a competitive celebration of basketball that showcases local talent and Wabash County tradition.
Posted on 2015 Dec 29
Wabash, Northfield split girls’, boys contests
Northfield’s Cody Holmes rejects a Wabash Apache shot on Friday night, Dec. 18. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By The Paper staff
The fourth quarters made all the difference on Friday and Saturday nights as Northfield and Wabash boys’ and girls’ basketball teams squared off.
Northfield’s boys outscored Wabash, 20-11, in the fourth quarter to post a 65-55 win over the host Apaches.
On Saturday, Wabash’s girls outscored Northfield, 24-14 in the final quarter to win 53-46.
The boys’ game was actually closer than the 10-point difference. 
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Girls' Basketball Round Up: Lady Norse fall to Tipton
By The Paper staff
Payton Thompson scored 25 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Northfield girls’ basketball team fell to Tipton, 63-56, on Dec. 15.
The Lady Norse jumped out to a 21-13 lead after one quarter. But Tipton outscored Northfield 16-9 in the third quarter to take the lead.
Ariel Dale contributed 12 points in the loss.
The junior varsity also lost to Tipton, 43-32.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
County native seeks sponsorship for fishing derbies
CJ Holbrook (left) and his fishing teammate, Caleb Garvin, show off some of the fish they caught in a recent tourney. Photo provided
By The Paper staff
CJ Holbrook, a 21-year-old Wabash native and junior at Mississippi State University is working hard to fulfill his dream and passion of being a professional Angler along with pursuing his bachelor degree in agribusiness from the university.
He recently earned his associates degree from Ittawamba Community College The local college in Northeast Mississippi in May 2105. Prior to that he graduated from Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School in North Manchester.
Despite the setbacks in his life, beginning with his battle with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2008 when he was 13, and including other long-term effects from the radiation and chemotherapy treatments he received Holbrook has pushed forward putting this behind him  and using his talents as an angler and a leader in the  Smithville, Miss., community where he resides.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Southwood boys down Manchester
Southwood's Alex Harmon goes up over the Manchester defense for two of his 13 points. Photo by Eric Christiansen
By Eric Christiansen
Southwood boys' basketball coach John Burrus compared the first half of their game with the Manchester Squires to a heavyweight boxing match.
What happened in the second half was a knockout as the Knights turned a 29-28 halftime lead to a dominating 65-48 win to open the Three Rivers Conference schedule.
"I think our defense was the key tonight," Burrus said. "We put up some points, and normally Manchester doesn't give up that many points, but the third quarter was huge. We came out and didn't back down."
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Fourth Quarter comeback gives Lady Knights big TRC win
Southwood's Kassidy Atwood tries to drive past Manchester's Bailey Sewell in the Knights' TRC win Friday night. Photo by Eric Christiansen
By Eric Christiansen
The Manchester girls' basketball team was in control for much of their conference match-up with Southwood, but the Knights dominated the fourth quarter to pull away with a 38-32 win.
Southwood trailed the Squires 28-23 late in the third quarter, but out scored Manchester 10-4 in the fourth quarter to get the win.
"We were down in the first half, but we did a good job of spreading the floor and getting to the free throw line in the second half," Southwood coach Dallas Duggan said.
Manchester got off to a quick start, taking an 8-0 lead, but Southwood cut into that lead with two baskets late in the first, and the first five points of the second quarter to cut it to 10-9.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Knights down Peru in TRC matchup
By The Paper staff
PERU – The Southwood boys’ basketball team picked up a Three Rivers Conference win Saturday night, Dec. 19, defeating host Peru, 42-36.
Down 7-6 after one quarter, the Knights outscored Peru 13-6 in the second quarter to take the lead.
Matt Nose scored 16 points and Brandin Frazier added 12 in the win.
Frazier also led the team with 12 rebounds.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22

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