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WHS' Shemwell to play soccer at Anderson U

Blayze Shemwell prepares to sign a letter of intent to play soccer at Anderson University. He's joined by his parents, Wade Shemwell (front, from left), Kimmy Duggan, WHS Athletic Director Floyd McWhirt, his brother, Ashtyn Shemwell, coach Bill Benysch and WHS Principal Kyle Wieland. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash High School senior Blayze Shemwell signed a letter of intent on Thursday, Feb. 14, to continue his education and soccer career at Anderson University.


Shemwell, a goalie for the Apache boys soccer team, is the first Wabash student to sign to play soccer in college.


He said his visit to the university is what made him decide to attend that institution.


“I really enjoy being there, especially with it being a small college,” he told The Paper of Wabash County following the signing ceremony in the Wabash High School conference room. “I enjoy the atmosphere. “I really, really enjoy being able to know everybody and talk to everybody.


“I really enjoy talking to the coaches; they’re really good people. I really enjoyed the university once I got there.”
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
Northfield's Dale advances to swim finals

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

He is the only member of the Northfield swim team, and now he is the only swimmer from Wabash County competing at the state meet this weekend in Indianapolis.


Sophomore Grant Dale won the 100 back with a time of 54.17 in the finals of the Warsaw Sectional Saturday, Feb. 16 to qualify for state.


Dale also had a shot at a second event at state, his only other event, in the 100 butterfly, but fell .40 seconds short to finish in second place.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
Area wrestlers headed to state

Wabash’s Jared Brooks shows off his ribbon and the bracket for the 106-pound weight class he won at the New Haven Semi-state
wrestling tourney to advance to the state finals. Photo provided

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

NEW HAVEN -- Two Wabash County wrestlers extended their seasons one more week.


Wabash's Jared Brooks, 106 pounds, and Manchester's Delton Moore, 170 pounds, both qualified for the state finals with their performances this past Saturday, Feb. 9 at the New Haven Semi-State.


Brooks won his weight class four pins on the day.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 12
Lady Norse advance to LaPorte Semi-state

Northfield’s Kyra Kennedy (25) awaits a pass from teammate Kelcie Thomson on Saturday night in the Tipton Regional finals against Blue River. The Lady Norse defeated Blue River to advance to the LaPorte Semistate on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

TIPTON – Senior leadership showed up when Northfield’s girls basketball team needed it most Saturday night.


Senior Ariel Dale scored 14 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter, helping propel the Lady Norse to their first regional championship since 1978 with a 55-41 win over Blue River Valley in the championship game of the Tipton Class A Regional.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 12
Squires top Norse, 58-44

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Manchester’s boys basketball team defeated Northfield Wednesday night at Manchester, 58-44.


The Squires controlled most of the contest, jumping out to a 15-8 lead by the end of the first quarter.


Northfield pulled to within one of two separate occasions in the fourth quarter, but could never pull ahead.


Weston Hamby led Manchester with 21 points, four rebounds, two blocks and three assists, and Brayden Casper added 18 points and nine rebounds.


For Northfield, Jared Peas led the way with 13 points and five rebounds. Clayton Tomlinson added 10 points, seven assists, five rebounds and six steals. Logan Peas scored seven points and added seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

And, Graydon Holmes added seven points and four rebounds.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 12
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

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