Lady Norse open with win over Oak Hill

by Gary Andrews

For three quarters Saturday the Northfield Lady Norse basketball team dominated Oak Hill, leading by 19 points after three quarters, before running into major foul trouble and having to hang on for a 63-59 win to open their season.

Payton Thomson got the scoring started with a free throw, followed by a Katie Stephan three and Northfield led 4-0. The Norse would build their lead to 9-4 with a bucket from Arie Kennedy and a Thomson three before the Eagles got it back to 10-8. Sidney Reed would then hit two free throws that were answered by an Oak Hill bucket to make it 12-11 before buckets from Kylie Echard and Stephan gave Northfield a 16-11 lead after one.

Posted on 2013 Nov 19
Manchester University cross-country team headed to nationals

By Gary Andrews

Bolstered by four all-region efforts, Manchester University, ranked No. 4 on the current United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III Great Lakes regional poll, battled through a strong field at the 2013 NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional meet Saturday, Nov. 16.

The Spartans finished with 109 points, good for third place in the 39-team field gathered at Calvin College’s Gainey Athletic Fields. Senior Curtis Nordmann, fresh off the individual Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship, placed fifth, while seniors Michael Stocker (Yorktown), Jon Cafarelli (Lansing, Ill.) and Chris LaFree (South Bend) joined the Black and Gold’s all-region list with 10th, 21st and 30th-place marks.

Posted on 2013 Nov 19
Girls Jamboree gets basketball season underway

by Gary Andrews

The girls TRC basketball jamboree was held Thursday at Manchester with seven of the eight conference teams participating. Each team played two quarters with Northfield defeating Whitko in quarter one 9-7, Whitko topping North Miami 19-6 in quarter two, Northfield beating North Miami 15-7 in quarter three, Wabash defeating Manchester 23-0 in quarter four, Rochester nipping Wabash 14-13 in quarter five, Rochester topping Southwood 13-6 in quarter six and Manchester downing Southwood 12-9 in quarter seven.

The four county teams’ coaches got a chance to take a look at returning players and the youngsters coming in that could lend a hand.

Geoff Salmon is coaching Northfield in his first year at the school. Salmon comes in with a 104-107 career record, winning a state championship in 2005 with Lafayette Central Catholic. Last year, the Lady Norse were 16-6, falling to Wabash in the sectional. Northfield lost Sydney Eltzroth, who was the 6th leading scorer in the TRC at 11.6ppg. Eltzroth was second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage and 5th in free throw percentage. She was also second in steals. Northfield returns a slue of talent in seniors Sidney Reed 10.6ppg, Katie Stephan 7.8ppg and Kylie Echard 6.7ppg. Juniors Cherish Leming and Arie Kennedy had a major impact last year and will play a major roll this year. The Lady Norse have a solid sophomore class and a promising freshman class.

Posted on 2013 Nov 12
Rauh named to IHSGCA Academic Girls Academic All-State Honorable Mention

by Emily Armentrout

Wabash High School senior Jordan Rauh, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Rauh, was recently named to the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association 2013 Academic All-State Honorable Mention list.

To be named to the IHSGCA’s Academic All-State first team and honorable mention, players need to be nominated by their coaches, be on a varsity athletic team, have at least a 3.6 GPA on a 4.0 scale and score at least a 1650 on a 2400 SAT test.

Rauh has been on the Wabash golf team since her sophomore year and has received a varsity letter for all four years of high school.

Posted on 2013 Nov 12
With new community pool down the street, Manchester University plans swim team, seeks coach

Manchester University will hire a coach to start a swim club in the fall of 2014, with an eye toward a NCAA Division III team competition the following school year, said Rick Espeset, athletic director at Manchester University. The team will practice and compete at Strauss Peabody Aquatic and Fitness Center. Both a men’s and women’s teams are planned.

A sizable gift from an anonymous donor is making the swim program possible, said Melanie Harmon, executive director of development. Use of North Manchester’s Aquatic Center by MU athletes and assistance in operation of the facility will strengthen the University’s connection with the community, Harmon said.

Posted on 2013 Nov 12
Knights fall in overtime heart breaker

by Gary Andrews

In a game that was not decided until the very last play, the Southwood football team fell in a 40-39 sectional overtime heart breaker to South Adams Friday.

With the two teams evenly matched, it boiled down to the last snap to decide a winner. After the Southwood defense held South Adams for the second time, the Knight offense would strike for the first score of the game. With the ball on their own 15 at 3rd and 10, Robbie Cole would connect with Jacob Lloyd to the 32 for a first down. On the second third down of the drive, Cole would find an open receiver once again, connecting with Danny Goff for a 68 yard scoring strike with 4:20 remaining to put the Knights up 7-0. With the touchdown reception, Danny Goff became Southwood’s all-time single season receiver for yards and touchdowns. Just two minutes later, the Starfires would answer the touchdown with one of their own, and the first quarter ended, tied at 7.

Posted on 2013 Nov 12
TRC Volleyball All Conference team announced

by Gary Andrews

The TRC has selected their All-Conference volleyball team with several Wabash County players on the list.

Making first team all-conference from the county were:

Amy Bowman, Sami White, Drew Rhamy and Lexi Brickner from Southwood, Kyleigh Hampton and Lyndsie Thomas of Wabash and Kylie Echard from Northfield.

Making Honorable Mention were Tori Snyder and Arie Kennedy of Northfield and Claire Cromer from Wabash.

Posted on 2013 Nov 12
Echard and Bowman selected as Academic All-State

by Gary Andrews

Two Wabash County seniors, Kylie Echard of Northfield and Amy Bowman of Southwood have been selected to the Academic All-State first team.

Echard helped lead Northfield to an 18-7 regular season record, ranking 13th in the TRC in serve percentage (91.7), 3rd in kills (248), and 6th in blocks (62.5).

Bowman was a key factor in Southwood’s run to the semi-state, leading the TRC in setting with 935 for a 99.5 percent success ratio. The Lady Knights finished at 22-10 in the regular season.

Posted on 2013 Nov 12

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