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Northfield taps football coach as varsity baseball head coach

by Emily Armentrout

emily@thepaperofwabash.com

Former Manchester assistant coach and current Northfield football coach and physical education teacher Brandon Baker has been selected to coach Northfield’s varsity baseball team. Baker is also a former Northfield graduate.

Baker joins a completely new coaching staff, which includes Justin Branock, Cody Schell, Tory Shafer and Troy Vigar.

“The team is responding well,” Coach Baker said. “It’s a totally new staff; no one from last year is back and they’ve responded well to everything we’re trying to do with them.”

Not only did the Norse baseball team have a staff change up, they also lost multiple senior starters and the winningest pitcher in Indiana high school history. This year, the team is made up mostly of juniors and sophomores, with a lone senior.

Posted on 2014 Apr 22
Norsemen take two from Giants

by Gary Andrews

The Northfield varsity baseball team evened their season record to 3-3 Saturday with a double-header sweep over Marion.

The Norse rode the back of Shane Vigar in game one who was the winning pitcher striking out 13, while going 4 for 4 at the plate.

In game one, the Norse jumped on Marion in the first inning. Adam Roser led off with a single and was followed with a single from Brad Bever. Roser and Bever would then pull off a double steal with Roser scoring on a steal. Drake Richter then drove home Bever and the Norse led 2-0 after one.

In the bottom of the third, the Norse would tack on two more runs. Vigar started the inning with a single and was drove home on a Remington Monce double. Bryce Kendall was then hit by a pitch and followed by a Nate Hembree bunt single. With the bases loaded, Monce was picked off third but Joseph Mitchell loaded them back up with a single. Kendall would score on a wild pitch and the Norse led 4-0.

Marion would pick up a run in the fourth, and it was 4-1 in the fifth when the Norse struck again. Bryce Kendall started the inning with a double, but was thrown out at third. Nate Hembree then singled and was followed by a Mitchell walk. Both runners would advance a base on a wild pitch when Brown singled scoring Hembree and Mitchell to lead 6-1.

Posted on 2014 Apr 22
Knights hand Peru first loss

by Gary Andrews

The Southwood varsity baseball team hosted Peru in a double header Saturday, losing game one 5-4 before handing the Tigers their first loss of the season with a 9-8 victory in game two.

In game one, the first inning had plenty of action. In the top of the inning, Peru would strike first when Logan Brimbury hit a fly ball out to bring Cameron Beauchamp home. Richardson would then score on a Ray single for a 2-0 lead. The Southwood offense would waste no time answering the Peru opening. Jackson Blair led off the inning with a single and was followed by a Nathan Hollars single to put runners on first and second. Robbie Cole would then single and the Knights had the bases loaded with no outs. Brandin Frazier hit the fourth straight single, knocking in Blair and Hollars to tie the score at 2. On the next pitch Cole and Frazier pulled off a double steal with Jacob Lloyd making the Tigers pay with a 2 run single and the Knights led 4-2 after one.

Unfortunately for the Knights, the seeing eye hits they had in the first inning became a thing of the past the rest of the game as everything they hit went right at someone. The Tigers would chip away at the Knight lead, scoring 2 runs in the third to tie the game and scored 1 run in the 5th to take a 5-4 lead which held up for the game one win.

Posted on 2014 Apr 22
Wabash boys finish second at Churubusco invite

by Gary Andrews

The Wabash High School boys’ track team competed in the Churubusco Track Invitational on Saturday. With exceptional performances the team finished second.

Winners were Juwan Carter in the 400 and Sam Hall in the 1600, and 800. Sam Hall also was the meets highest point scorer.

Posted on 2014 Apr 22
Apaches split at Blackford Invite

by Gary Andrews

The Wabash varsity baseball team took part in the Blackford Invitational Saturday, going 1-1 on the day. In game one the Apaches fell to Muncie Central 8-6 before pouncing on Blackford 10-2 in game two.

In game one against Muncie Central, the Apaches had a hard time getting the bats going early and with the strong wind playing havoc with the defense Wabash trailed 6-0 after two innings.

After going down 7-0 in the third the Apaches broke the ice. With one out Kyle Kelsheimer singled and was moved to third on a Trevor Floor double. Grant Sailors would ground out, driving home Kelsheimer to make it 7-1 after three.

In the fourth the Apaches drew a run closer with a Kodi Fuller home run and with starting pitcher Roger Davis settling in the Apaches would make it a game in the 6th.

Posted on 2014 Apr 15
Smedley retiring from Norse basketball program

Northfield High School athletic department has accepted the resignation of boys’ head basketball coach Moe Smedley.

Moe Smedley, the boys’ basketball coach at Northfield High School, has resigned his position as head coach effective immediately. Coach Smedley has decided to retire from coaching in order to devote more time to his family. Coach has served Northfield well over the last 10 years, and will be missed by the entire community.

Coach Smedley has had a very successful career that has spanned 35 years. In his time as a head basketball coach, Smedley won nine sectionals, three regionals, two semi-states, and a state championship. Coach Smedley’s overall record is 437-345. Coach was 121-106 in his 10 years at Northfield, and won four sectionals there, including back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013.

“It has been an honor to work with a Hall of Fame coach,” said Northfield athletic director Geoff Salmon. “Coach Smedley and I have had numerous discussions about life, education and basketball. I have appreciated Coach sharing his experiences in both coaching and life, and appreciate the professional manner in which he carried himself. I want to thank Coach Smedley for his time here at Northfield.”

Posted on 2014 Apr 15
Norse complete Southern Indiana trip

by Gary Andrews

The Northfield baseball team wrapped up their trip to Southern Indiana Saturday, falling in a double header to Austin. In two tightly contested games, the Norse fell in game one 3-1 before losing game two 5-4.

The Norse garnered just 1 run on 2 hits in game one. Trailing 3-0 in the 6th Bryce Kendall singled, stole second then advanced to third on a Remington Monce ground ball. Kendall would then score on a wild pitch to score the lone Northfield run.

Posted on 2014 Apr 15
Martz to be recommended as next Wabash Athletic Director

by Gary Andrews

Greg Martz. current athletic director at Frontier High School will be recommended at the April 14, Wabash City School board meeting to replace Matt Stone as the Wabash athletic director next year.

Stone will be moving to the central office as Chief Business Officer.

Posted on 2014 Apr 08

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