Sports
Local athletes compete in Hoosier State Games

By Gary Andrews

Several Wabash county track athletes competed in the Hoosier State Games indoor track championships at Purdue Saturday.

Manchester’s Lindsey Dierks placed fourh in the high jump, Colin McNeeley sixth in the 100m and Rae Bedke fourth in the 3200. Wabash’s Juwan Carter was seventh in the 100. Northfield’s boys 4×800 relay team of Austin Andrews, Noah Shear, Mason Zolman and Devin Tracy finished eighth, while the girls team of Brittany Sloan, Karla Singer, Arie Kennedy and Jenna Halderman took fourth. The Southwood girls 4×800 relay team of Haley Heath, Makenna Dawes, Ellie White and Emily Lehner finished fifth. Northfield’s Jenna Halderman took seventh in the 3200.

The Northfield girls distance medley relay team finished 7th.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Local girls named to All-TRC team

By Gary Andrews

Five Wabash County players were named to the 2014-15 All Three Rivers Conference girls basketball team.

Earning first team recognition were Arie Kennedy and Payton Thomson of Northfield, Brooke Elliott of Southwood and Clair Cromer and Sarah Puckett of Wabash.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Hough signs to play at Manchester U

Wabash High School senior Tony Hough (center) prepares to sign a letter to play football and wrestle at Manchester University. He is joined by his parents, Charity Hough and Tony Hough. Also joining in at the event are (back, from left) Wabash principal Josh Blossom, Wabash football coach Floyd McWhirt, Wabash wrestling coach Jake O’Neill, and Wabash Athletic Director Greg Martz. Photo by Gary Andrews 

By Gary Andrews

Wabash senior Tony Hough signed Thursday to wrestle and play football next year at Manchester University

After anchoring the offensive line for the Wabash football team, Hough recorded a 28-9 record in wrestling, winning the Wabash County Invite and the Peru sectional at 182 pounds. Hough finished second at the Peru regional to qualify for the Fort Wayne semi-state.

”Being a two sport athlete in college will be a major challenge,” Hough said. ”It will be tough with the depth Manchester has in both sports. I think I will wrestle at 184 or 195 and play on the defensive line in football with my freshman year being a learning experience. I hope to see major time my sophomore year”.

While at Manchester Hough will study Sports Management.

Posted on 2015 Mar 17
Players come and go, but their impact can be long lasting

By Bill Barrows

Here in Wabash County, we have the opportunity to watch four high schools and each have quality sports programs. We also get the chance to observe Manchester University and assorted other college teams from around the area. Today’s media affords us the chance to watch whatever sports teams that our little hearts desire.

It is widely known that I have been a huge Colts fan from the time I was a little boy. Johnny Unitas was my hero. That tells you how old I am. The team was then still very entrenched in the Baltimore community. I have been known to wear one of my authentic UNITAS jerseys on a game day or on an important day in team history.

Posted on 2015 Mar 17
Two county players earn All-State honors

By Gary Andrews

Wabash senior Claire Cromer and Northfield junior Payton Thomson have been selected to the IBCA/SUBWAY All State teams.

Cromer was selected to the Senior Small School All-State (players from 1A-2A schools), while Thomson made the Underclass Small School All-State (players from 1A-2A schools).

Fifteen seniors and 15 underclass girls’ basketball players have earned IBCA/Subway “Supreme 15″ All-State honors for 2014-15, it was announced Wednesday (March 11).

In a new level of awards, the IBCA also named 30 Large School All-State players (15 seniors, 15 underclass) and 30 Small School All-State players (15 seniors, 15 underclass).

Posted on 2015 Mar 17
Manchester falls in double overtime

Chase Fierstos goes up for two his his game-high 32 points in the championship game against Oak Hill. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen

Two teams with nearly identical records, Manchester (17-7) and Oak Hill (17-6), clashed in the championship game of the Oak Hill Boys' Basketball Sectional Saturday night. The game saw nine lead changes, 14 ties and two extra periods of play. Oak Hill's biggest lead of the game was six points, while Manchester's largest advantage was five. In the end, it was Oak Hill who emerged as sectional champions with a 67-63 double overtime win over the Squires.

"This was a great game to be a part of," Manchester coach Eric Thompson said. "It's too bad we had to end up on this side of it."

Posted on 2015 Mar 10
Emmanuel Christian claims state basketball title

Members of Emmanuel Christian School’s state basketball championship team are (front, from left) Davis Coyne, Jeff Miller, Levi Hinds, Jaxton Coyne, Preston Ritzema and Tyler Kline; Keanu Rish (back row, from left) Jonathan Napier, Jordan Rish, Ariston Trusty, Trey Younce and coach Merrill Templin. Photo provided

By The Paper staff

INDIANAPOLIS -- Emmanuel Christian School’s basketball team captured the Indiana Association of Christian School’s state basketball tourney championship on Saturday, March 7, in Indianapolis.
Emmanuel has been a member of the IACS for 32 years.

Coached by Merrill Templin, the school captured the state title for Division II, which is comprised of smaller Christian schools. This is the school’s first state championship.

Posted on 2015 Mar 10
Wabash County high school sports on Wabash WebTV

By Bill Barrows

As we move into the next faze of the high school sports season, I would like to take this time to thank some very important people who have helped us along the way in making the season to this point a success. First of all, a collective “thank you” to all of the student-athletes and their parents who have provided tons of memorable moments that we have witnessed to this point. Without you, there is little reason for us to document Wabash County sports exploits.

Another group that deserves a lot of credit are the coaches, who prepare the student athletes each and every day for their shining moments during the season. Long hours of preparation, practice sessions, meetings, interviews, dealing with weather conditions and schedule changes make their labor of love a tough road to navigate at times.

Posted on 2015 Mar 10

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