Sports
County native seeks sponsorship for fishing derbies
CJ Holbrook (left) and his fishing teammate, Caleb Garvin, show off some of the fish they caught in a recent tourney. Photo provided
 
By The Paper staff
 
CJ Holbrook, a 21-year-old Wabash native and junior at Mississippi State University is working hard to fulfill his dream and passion of being a professional Angler along with pursuing his bachelor degree in agribusiness from the university.
 
He recently earned his associates degree from Ittawamba Community College The local college in Northeast Mississippi in May 2105. Prior to that he graduated from Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School in North Manchester.
 
Despite the setbacks in his life, beginning with his battle with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2008 when he was 13, and including other long-term effects from the radiation and chemotherapy treatments he received Holbrook has pushed forward putting this behind him  and using his talents as an angler and a leader in the  Smithville, Miss., community where he resides.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Southwood boys down Manchester
Southwood's Alex Harmon goes up over the Manchester defense for two of his 13 points. Photo by Eric Christiansen
 
By Eric Christiansen
 
Southwood boys' basketball coach John Burrus compared the first half of their game with the Manchester Squires to a heavyweight boxing match.
 
What happened in the second half was a knockout as the Knights turned a 29-28 halftime lead to a dominating 65-48 win to open the Three Rivers Conference schedule.
 
"I think our defense was the key tonight," Burrus said. "We put up some points, and normally Manchester doesn't give up that many points, but the third quarter was huge. We came out and didn't back down."
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Fourth Quarter comeback gives Lady Knights big TRC win
Southwood's Kassidy Atwood tries to drive past Manchester's Bailey Sewell in the Knights' TRC win Friday night. Photo by Eric Christiansen
 
By Eric Christiansen
 
The Manchester girls' basketball team was in control for much of their conference match-up with Southwood, but the Knights dominated the fourth quarter to pull away with a 38-32 win.
 
Southwood trailed the Squires 28-23 late in the third quarter, but out scored Manchester 10-4 in the fourth quarter to get the win.
 
"We were down in the first half, but we did a good job of spreading the floor and getting to the free throw line in the second half," Southwood coach Dallas Duggan said.
 
Manchester got off to a quick start, taking an 8-0 lead, but Southwood cut into that lead with two baskets late in the first, and the first five points of the second quarter to cut it to 10-9.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Knights down Peru in TRC matchup
By The Paper staff
 
PERU – The Southwood boys’ basketball team picked up a Three Rivers Conference win Saturday night, Dec. 19, defeating host Peru, 42-36.
 
Down 7-6 after one quarter, the Knights outscored Peru 13-6 in the second quarter to take the lead.
 
Matt Nose scored 16 points and Brandin Frazier added 12 in the win.
 
Frazier also led the team with 12 rebounds.
 
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Youngsters advance in Elks Hoop Shoot
Showing off their awards in the 8-9 year old divisions are (front row, from left) Olivia Braun, first place; Maddie Von Uhl, second place; Ellie Baker,third place; Gavin Betten (back row, second from left), first place; Drake Sparling, third place, and Reiss Gaerte, second place. They are joined by Hoop Shoot chair Stewart McAllister (back row, at left), Wabash Elks Exalted Ruler Joseph Slacian. Photo provided
 
By The Paper staff 
 
On Saturday Dec, 12, 30 shooters from seven Wabash County schools competed in the Elks Hoop Shoot contest sponsored by the Wabash Elks No.471.  
 
There will be six shooters that will represent the Wabash Lodge at the district competition on Jan. 10. at Indian Springs Middle School in Columbia City.
Posted on 2015 Dec 15
Norse, Knights split basketball doubleheader
By The Paper staff
 
The Northfield and Southwood boys’ and girls’ basketball teams split a double header on Friday night, Dec. 11, at Southwood High School.
Northfield’s girls defeated Southwood, 50-36. 
 
Meanwhile, Southwood’s boys defeated Northfield, 67-51, in the “Showdown for the Shield.”
 
In the girls’ contest, Northfield held a 3-0 lead until the 1:45 mark of the first quarter when Southwood cut the lead to 3-2. After trading baskets, Northfield scored the last four points of the quarter to build a 9-4 lead.
Posted on 2015 Dec 15
Squire wrestlers win Wabash County Tournament
Jackson Mathias was the champion in the 120-pound weight class at the Wabash County Wrestling Tournament. Photo by Eric Christiansen
 
By Shaun Tilghman
 
Four Manchester grapplers went undefeated and were named individual champions en route to helping the Squires secure the team title at the Wabash County Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.
 
Junior Quentin Moore won his four matches in the 170-pound weight class, and was joined by three freshmen individual champions: Michael Wirsing at 106, Jackson Mathias at 120, and Delton Moore at 145.
 
“Michael Wirsing went 4-0 and won his first county championship,” said Manchester wrestling coach Jerimiah Maggart. “We’re happy to have him out and we’ve been telling him all year that 106 is one of those weight classes where you may have a couple forfeits or you may have a couple matches. He was able to get two pins, so it was a big day for him, an exciting day, and we’re proud of him for getting those wins."
Posted on 2015 Dec 15
Squire wrestlers win Caston Super Six
By The Paper staff
 
The Manchester Squires captured first place Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Caston Super Six Wrestling Tourney.
 
Individual results for the Squires were: 106 Michael Wirsing 4-1; 113 Brandon Wagoner 1-4; 120 Jackson Mathais 4-1; 126 Braden Fortner 2-3; 132 Trey Addair 4-1; 138 Remington Trick 3-2; 145/152 Delton Moore 4-1; and 145/152 Collin Meggisson 3-0.
 
Also, 160 Wade France 4-1; 170 Quentin Moore 5-0; 182 Trey McNall 4-1; 195 Andrew Cagle 1-4; 220 Landon Tharp 5-0 and 285 Juan Ramirez 1-4.
 
On Monday, Dec.7, the Squires easily defeated Tippecanoe Valley in a Three Rivers Conference wrestling match, 72-9.
 
Posted on 2015 Dec 15

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