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Vander Velden to play at Missouri Southern

Logan Vander Velden (center) signs a letter of intent to play football at Missouri Southern State University while his mother, Alee (front row, from left), brother Miles, father, Logan, Wabash Athletic Director Floyd McWhirt, brother Elijah Vander Velden, Apache coach Adam Handley and Principal Kyle Wieland look on. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Surrounded by family, friends and school administrators, Wabash High School senior Logan Vander Velden signed paperwork to continue his post-high school football career at Missouri Southern State University.


Vander Velden, who was a wide receiver and linebacker for the Apaches, signed the letter of intent during a brief ceremony Friday afternoon, Feb. 8, at WHS.


Jeff Sims took over the Missouri Southern football program in November, and Vander Velden said that is one of the reasons he decided to attend the NCAA Division II university.


“It seemed like a great, new environment,” he told The Paper of Wabash County. “I know they’re going to change things down there. I met some of the guys down there; I’m cool with them. It seems like a really good environment for me to reach my full potential as a football player and a person.”
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 12
Apache wrestling enjoying banner year

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash wrestling coach Jake O’Neill has taken the program to heights never before enjoyed in school history this season.


The Apaches claimed their first conference title in program history before claiming the program’s first sectional title since 1992.


And, to top it off, his daughter, Keirsten O’Neill, won an Indiana High School Girls Wrestling state championship in the 160-pound class.


“I’m extremely blessed to be able to share this experience with her,” Jake O’Neill said. “My son, Keegan, decided to play basketball his freshman year, but I’ve got her and my step son (Grant Carandante) to share it with. The sport of wrestling gave me so much in life, I’m very thankful that they got to have the same experience and I get to be right there with them. It’s pretty special.”
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 12
Lady Norse capture sectional crown

Northfield’s Ally Keaffaber tries to work her way around Southwood’s Erin Lehner in the sectional championship game Saturday. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

A season ago, Northfield’s girls basketball team entered the sectional as heavy favorites only to be upended by Tri-Central in the title contest.


The Class A No. 4-ranked Lady Norse made that heartbreak a distant memory Saturday night, routing county rival Southwood 58-31 to claim the program’s first sectional title since 1980.


“It’s awesome,” Northfield coach Melissa Allen said. “The girls have worked hard all season to get to this. I just couldn’t be prouder of them. We didn’t really think about (the Tri-Central loss). We took it one game at a time. Last night was last night, and tonight was a new night. We were ready to go.”
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05
Manchester advances to finals

Wabash’s Alivia Short attempts to get a shot off against an Oak Hill defender. Photo by Don Hurd

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER --  The adage, “Regular season records don't matter. At tournament time, everyone is 0-0” was showcased Saturday night in the Sectional 37 semifinal game between Manchester and Lewis Cass.


The host Squires entered the game with a 16-7 record, set to face the 1-21 Kings.


Manchester appeared to have the game in hand with a 17-10 first quarter lead, but Cass used a 7-0 run to open the second quarter and it it up at 17-17.


The Kings never went away, but the Squires held on for a 45-39 win to advance to the championship game played Monday, Feb. 4 against Oak Hill.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05
8 wrestlers advance to semistate

Wabash’s Anthony Long attempts to take down an opponent Saturday at the Peru wrestling regional. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

PERU -- Wabash 106 pounder Jared Brooks leads a group of eight Wabash County wrestlers to semi-state in Fort Wayne this weekend.


Brooks won the 106 pound weight class and was the county's only champion at the Peru wrestling regional on Saturday, Feb. 2.


Brooks started the day with wins by pin over Oak Hill and Kokomo, then won the championship round with an 11-0 major decision over Maconaquah.


Also advancing for Wabash in third place was Ethan Higgins at 120 pounds.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05
Apax boys drop two games

By Josh Sigler
Jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash boys basketball team fell behind early in a 70-52 loss to Mississinewa Monday night.


The Apaches trailed 17-5 at the end of the first quarter and never recovered.


The loss drops Wabash to 12-2 on the season. The Apaches entered the week receiving the 15th most votes in the Class 2A Associated Press poll.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05
Apaches win Peru Wrestling Sectional title

Wabash's wrestling team celebrates winning the Peru Wrestling Sectional on Saturday evening. Photo provided

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com


PERU -- Behind two champions and three runners-up, the Wabash Apache wrestlers won the team title at the Peru Sectional Saturday, Jan. 26.


Manchester and one champion and two runners-up to finish second as a team.


Northfield ended seventh in the team standings, and Southwood was ninth.

Posted on 2019 Jan 29
NHS, MHS girls share TRC crown

Southwood's Alissa Pershing (20) and Makayla Bechtold (5) tie up a Tippecanoe Valley player. Photo by Don Hurd

By Josh Sigler
and Eric Christiansen

news@thepaperofwabash.com

Three girls basketball teams played for the Three Rivers Conference championship Thursday, Jan. 24, Northfield, Manchester and Tippecanoe Valley, all with one loss. When the dust cleared, the two Wabash County teams shared the 2018-19 championship.


Northfield had no trouble at Rochester in a 59-27 win to finish 8-1 in the TRC and 20-2 overall.


At Tippecanoe Valley, Manchester held off a late comeback attempt from the host Vikings for a 43-40 win to share the conference trophy with the Norse.
 

Posted on 2019 Jan 29

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