Sports
From Your High School Athlete
By Bill Barrows
 
This week’s article is not necessarily one that I can take credit for writing.  A friend of mine passed this along to me. This person, as well as the athlete who penned this, will remain nameless, was struck by the emotion and seriousness of the letter. 
 
It hit home after thinking about the examples set by those of us who are (or were) parents of athletes as they play a game that is supposed to help them learn and have fun in doing so. This should be an eye opener for all of us.
 
Posted on 2017 May 23
Sewell signs to continue track & field at MU

Manchester High School senior Bailey Sewell will continue her academic and track and field career at Manchester University next fall. Pictured are (front row, from left) Bobby Haecker (step-father), June Haecker (mother), Bailey Sewell, Eric Sewell (father), Emily Haecker (sister), (back row, from left) MHS track coach Julie Cassel, athletic director Jeremy Markham and MHS throw coach Tommy Riggs. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Manchester University was never the plan for Bailey Sewell, nor was competing athletically at the college level.

But the Manchester High School senior will continue her education and athletic career a few blocks east at Manchester University.

Posted on 2017 May 16
TRC's top athletes receive various honors

Athletes from around the Three Rivers Conference show off their awards. Photo provided

By The Paper staff

Three Rivers Conference athletes were honored Wednesday, May 10, during the sixth annual TRC Banquet, which took place at the Honeywell Center.

Three different awards were given to senior athletes from the 10 different TRC schools.

Scholar Athlete awards were presented to those who are ranked in the top 5 percent of their class, and who have SAT scores of more than 1240 or ACT scores of more than 27.

Posted on 2017 May 16
Northfield wins third consecutive conference title
Showing off the Three Rivers Conference golf tourney trophy are Northfield golfers (from left) Logan Peas, Isaac Gottschalk, Kameron Cole, Caleb Kroh and Austin Trump. This is the third straight year Northfield has won the TRC golf crown. Photo provided
 
By Eric Christiansen
 
WARSAW -- A balanced attack from the Northfield boys golf team helped them win their third straight Three Rivers Conference championship Saturday, May 13 at Rozella Ford Golf Course.
 
Northfield won the team title with a score of 330, edging Manchester and Peru who both shot a team score of 332.
 
Kameron Cole led the Norse with a 78, followed closely by Caleb Kroh with an 80, and Austin Trump with an 81.
 
Posted on 2017 May 16
Manchester girls grab TRC track title
By Eric Christiansen
 
The Manchester High School girls’ track team won its first Three Rivers Conference title since 1990, while the Squire boys’ team finished fourth.
 
On the girls’ side, Manchester won the team championship with 108.5 points, edging second place North Miami with 101. Southwood was fourth with 73.5, Northfield was fifth with 55, and Wabash was ninth with 34.
 
For the boys, Whitko won the team title with 123.5 points. Manchester had 77, Wabash was seventh with 43, Northfield was eighth with 39.5, and Southwood was ninth with 19.
 
Posted on 2017 May 16
Mt. Rushmore ... plus one more
By Bill Barrows
 
Sunday, May 7, was the end of an era for me and a number of other sports freaks who frequent "the mothership" of ESPN. After more than 30 years of Sundays with “The Sports Reporters,” the network decided to do away with a show that basically spawned the trend of print sports writers becoming TV and radio sports authorities. 
 
Of course, some came and went. Otherwise were very comfortable in front of a camera. Others, not so much. The original host was longtime New Yorker Dick Schaap. He hosted the show until he passed away in 2001. Long time jack of all trade studio host John Saunders to over the reins and ran the show until his untimely death during the summer of 2016. Mike Lupica, another New York writer has held down the anchor chair until now. 
 
Posted on 2017 May 16
Bass and Bucks hosts archery contest

A young archer lines up his shot on Saturday. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Eleven teams of archery students converged on Bass and Bucks on Saturday for an outdoor, 3-D archery contest.

“They’re shooting at 3-D animals, and there are scoring rings on the animals,” according to Josh Butcher, who oversaw the local contest. “Each participant will shoot 20 targets. We have two different 20 target courses set.

“How far they are shooting, yardage wise, will determine what course they are set on.”
 
 
 
Posted on 2017 May 09
Classic baseball matchups come to fruition
By Bill Barrows
 
I wasn't sure that I would get the opportunity, but because of the inclement Indiana weather, I was able to take in the series last weekend between the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox, 2 of my favorite teams from Fenway Park. I couldn't watch on Friday night, so I listened to the Red Sox broadcast on the radio and an inning or two of the Cubs radio broadcast via MLB.com At Bat on my phone.
 
On Saturday I watched the FOX broadcast as well as the ESPN  broadcast on Sunday night. After spending a lifetime of watching mediocre Cubs teams either on WGN or occasionally from Wrigley Field, and watching the Red Sox on the Extra Innings package over the years, it appeared to me that this was a friendly rivalry. Both teams are constructed similarly, with the influence of Boston native Theo Epstein and his baseball entourage and influence in both front offices. 
 
Posted on 2017 May 09

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