by Gary Andrews
Two ten points runs by the Wabash Apaches and the hot hand of Christian Hall led Wabash to a 65-58 win over Eastern Friday. The Apaches trailed in the second quarter when a 10-point run gave them the lead that they never relinquished.
Cody King put up the first points of the game to give the Apaches a 2-0 lead, but the Comets responded with an 8-2 run to lead 8-4. Trailing 11-5 the momentum started to switch when Taylor Vigar connected and was followed by a Christian Hall three to draw the Apaches to within one at 11-10. Eastern hit two free throws with 1:27 left, but the Apaches bounced back with a bucket from Tyler Hough and one from Hall before the buzzer to lead 14-13.
The Comets would get the first bucket of the second quarter to take the lead back at 15-14 when Wabash caught fire. Cody King hit back-to-back buckets that started a 10-0 run to put Wabash up 24-15. King had three buckets during the run with Hall and Vigar each chipping in with a bucket. Eastern would score the final five points of the quarter as Wabash led 24-20 at the half.
Chase Dirig would start the third quarter by draining a three, but the Comets kept it close until 30-26 when the second run came. Christian Hall would nail a three as the Apaches went running for 8 straight points. Taylor Vigar had a bucket and two free throws with Cody King hitting a free throw. Wabash led 38-26 with just under two minutes left. After a King free throw Wabash led 39-28 with a quarter to go.
by Emily Armentrout
For the month of November, Wabash High School chose two student athletes as their athlete of the month. Skyler Hall, wrestling, and Claire Cromer, girls’ basketball, were selected as the November Student Athlete of the Month.
Skyler Hall was nominated by Coach Jake O’Neill.
“I nominated Skyler because of his work ethic on and off the wrestling mat, as well as his leadership on our wrestling team. His passion for the sport of wrestling is inspiring to all of us coaches and his teammates. His record is 5-1 going into County,” Coach O’Neill told The Paper.
Claire Cromer was nominated by Coach Matt Stone.
“I nominated Claire because not only has she been our leading scorer but she has been a great leader on and off the floor. She has also shown tremendous sportsmanship by handling everything that has been thrown at her and taking everything in stride,” Coach Stone told The Paper.
Being named the November Student Athletes of the Month adds Hall and Cromer to a growing list of students that will be honored at the end of the school year.
by Gary Andrews
The Wabash Lady Apaches went on the road to Tippecanoe Valley Saturday, leading at the half before a cold shooting third quarter cost Wabash in a 60-48 loss.
Wabash led 16-15 after the first quarter and 29-23 at the half before the dreaded quarter. Valley out scored Wabash 16-4 in the third and 21-15 in the fourth for the 60-48 final
Wabash senior Claire Cromer became the 8th Lady Apache in the game to go over the 1000-point barrier in her career, leading Wabash with 26 points.
Shelby Stone added 7 points, Sydney Mullett 5, Sarah Puckett 4, Madison Barden 2, Abby Stein 2, Katie McCauley 2.
“We played a very good first half to grab a 6 point lead but a shaky third quarter did us in. We missed 17 shots in the paint, which didn’t help. Tipp Valley is an extremely good team and we just made too many mistakes in the third quarter. Very proud of Claire for another great effort and passing 1000 point mark,” said Coach Stone.
by Emily Armentrout
Austin Andrews, a senior at Northfield High School, was recently invited to participate in the Down Under Sports Tournaments hosted in Australia. Andrews will be participating on the East Conference Team this summer. Andrews will represent Indiana Track and Field. Leaving July 5, Andrews will be gone for a week, participating in the tournaments and taking in some of the country’s tourist sites.
“Mom told me about the letter and I thought it would be a cool experience,” Austin told The Paper.
“I was really excited for him. I wasn’t sure if it was real at first,” Austin’s mother, Krstyl, told The Paper.
“There were only 18 kids chosen in the state of Indiana,” added Austin’s father, Charlie. “I think it’s tremendous. Not everyone gets that opportunity. It’s a good step into adulthood.”
Andrews will be running cross-country at Indiana University Kokomo, and also participating in their track club. He wants to study pharmacy or psychology while at IUK.
Currently, Andrews is looking for sponsorship for this trip. The family will be selling t-shirts but you can also help Austin on his way by donating online or purchasing a t-shirt.
You can donate online by going to downundersports.com.
by Gary Andrews
The Wabash boys’ basketball team traveled to Madison Grant Saturday, losing a close one 47-42 to the Argylls. Madison Grant had a 10-8 lead after one and 23-22 at the half before the Apaches would take the lead.
Wabash out scored the Argylls 14-12 in the third quarter for a 26-25 lead with a quarter to go, but fell behind early in the fourth before closing the gap to 44-40 with 1:29 left, but fell short 47-42.
Leading Wabash was Cody King with 17 points. Christian Hall added 10, Marcus Jones 6, Owen Yeadon 3, Chase Dirig 3, Brodie Hough 2, Juwan Carter 1.
By Bill Barrows
After the Thanksgiving Holiday, this is the first full week of high school boys and girls basketball.
There are games every day this week. They are as follows:
On Monday, Lewis Cass travels to meet the Lady Squires of Manchester and the Lady Knights of Southwood host Madison/Grant. Tuesday, the Lady Norse of Northfield entertain Maconaquah. On Wednesday, the Lady Apaches of Wabash travel to Alexandria. Thursday evening, the Lady Squires host Caston.
On Friday, the Northfield boys travel to Tipton, Wabash entertains Eastern and Southwood travels to Huntington North. The Wabash WebTV gang will be at Manchester to bring you the game between Wawasee and the Squires. The Harness brothers, Rick & Tim will bring you all of the action. Air time should be around 7:30pm.
Saturday begins bright and early from Northfield with the Wabash County Wrestling meet at 9am on Wabash WebTV. Watch all of your favorite wrestlers all day long.
Saturday evening the Northfield boys will travel to Caston for more basketball action. The Lady Apaches will travel to Tipp Valley, the Lady Knights travel to Rochester and the Lady Squires host the Lady Norse in TRC action.
Join WebTV for high school basketball action all season long, with special events in wrestling, swimming and baseball also on the schedule. If you can’t be there or can’t watch live, each broadcast is archived and is on the Wabash WebTV website so you can watch it later.
by Gary Andrews
The Southwood boys’ basketball team played the lone game for the county Friday, traveling to Logansport to take on the 4A Berries. The powerful Berries were too much for the young Knights as they topped Southwood 95-65.
For the Knights, Alex Harmon had 17 points, 3 blocks and 5 rebounds. Matt Nose had 15 points and 2 steals. Carson Blair had 10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Clay Hinrichsen had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Robbie Cole had 4 points, 3 assists and 6 rebounds. Brandin Frazier had 3 assists and 2 rebounds. Noah Kirk had 3 assists. Nathan Hollars had 5 assists.
by Gary Andrews
The Southwood and Northfield boys’ basketball teams got back to the old days of tipping off the night before Thanksgiving Wednesday before a packed house at Northfield. The night got started with the junior varsity game going triple overtime with the Knights prevailing 61-55.
In the varsity game the Norse struck quick on a Tanner Wilcox bucket that was quickly answered with a bucket from Alex Harmon. The lead would go back and forth with Cody Holmes and Carson Blair trading buckets as the Norse led 8-5 when the Knights made a run. Harmon would connect on a jumper that started a 9-0 run by the Knights as Southwood led 14-8. During the run Brandin Frazier had two buckets with Matt Nose chipping in a deuce. Tanner Wilcox would stop the run with a two before Harmon ended the quarter with a three and the Knights led 17-10.
Southwood would quickly open their lead to 22-11 on a Carson Blair two and a three before two Adam Roser free throws. The Knights then got two buckets from Noah Kirk to lead 26-14 when Noah Shear connected and was followed by a Tanner Wilcox free throw to make it 26-17, but again the Knights answered with a late bucket, this time from Clay Hinrichsen to lead 28-17 at the half.
Carson Blair got things going to start the third with a bomb from behind the arch to open a 31-17 lead for the Knights before two straight Adam Roser three’s got the game back to 8 at 31-23. Matt Nose would then convert an old fashion three and was followed by a Robbie Cole three and two Nose free throws to give Southwood their largest lead of the night at 39-23. Alex Harmon would sandwich a bucket between buckets from Jarred Short and Austin Burns as Southwood led 41-27 after three.