Norse, Knights split boys-girls doubleheader

Southwood's Sierra Stout attempts to block a shot by Northfield's Ariel Dale on Friday night. Dale, wh scored the 1000th point of her career earlier in the week, led Northfield with 21 points. Photo by Joseph Slacian. 

By The Paper Staff

Northfield and Southwood basketball teams split a girls-boys doubleheader on Friday, Dec. 7.

The Lady Norse defeated Southwood, 77-19, while the Knights’ boys basketball team defeated Northfield, 80-31.

In the girls game, Northfield dominated from the start, building a 26-4 lead after one quarter. The Lady Norse built on that lead in the second quarter, taking a 43-6 halftime lead.

Northfield’s defense held Southwood to just 13 points in the second half to pick up its seventh win of the year.

Ariel Dale paced Northfield with 21 points. Kyra Kennedy had 15 points and Kelcie Thomson had 10 points.

Thomson also added five rebounds, nine assists and five steals. Dale had three steals and Kennedy had two block shots.
Alissa Pershing led Southwood with five points. Maggie Bell had four rebounds while Erin Lehner and MaKenna Pace each had two steals.

The boys game was a repeat of the girls game, this time, however, it was Southwood that dominated throughout the game.
The Knights built a 27-3 lead after one quarter and increased it to 48-19 at halftime.

Southwood outscored Northfield 32-12 in the second half to win its first game of the year.

The Knights put four players in double figures, led by Dallas Holmes with 18 points. Jackson Simons had 15 points while Carson Rich had 14 points and Quentin Perry had 11.

Simons had six rebounds while Rich had six assists.

No statistics were reported by Northfield.

Manchester girls win
Manchester’s girls basketball team improved to 3-0 in the Three Rivers Conference with a 40-29 win over Whitko.

Manchester jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the first quarter, and withstood a third quarter rally by the Wildcats that cut the lead to 25-19. The Lady Squires held tough in the fourth quarter, outscoring White 15-10 for the win.

Eva Bazzoni had 18 points, while Kennedy Fierstos had 11 points.

“Our defense did a good job of forcing them to take tough shots,” coach Jacob Everett said. “Offensively we struggled shooting the ball early, but we were able to make adjustments and score the ball when we needed it most.”

Manchester is now 6-4 overall.

Lady Knights fall

Southwood’s girls basketball team dropped a game to Pioneer, 58-36, on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 8.

The Lady Knights fell behind 8-2 in the opening minutes, but came back to tie the score at 14-14 after one. The comeback was shortlived, as Pioneer outscored Southwood 17-6 in the second quarter to build a 31-20 lead at halftime.

Southwood pulled back to within seven during the third quarter, but could get no closer the rest of the contest.

“It was a tough end to a tough week,” coach Chad West said. “We have a day and a half to charge our batteries, get refocused and start again Monday. Another big week is ahead of us with multiple opportunities for success.”

MaKenna Pace led Southwood with 20 points, four rebounds and 15 deflections.

Squires win invitational
Manchester’s wrestling team went 5-0 Saturday to win the Caston Invitational.

The Squres won against Laville (63-18), Tri County (79-12), North Miami (67-12), North White (60-15) and Caston (72-0).

Individual records for the Squires were: 106 Ethan McWilliams  5-0; 113 Brady Wiley  4-1; 120 Elijah Burlingame  5-0; 120 Haley Clifford  4-0; 126 Dylan Stroud  5-0; 132 Dominic Lincoln  3-2; 138 AJ Fortman 1-0; 145 Kevin Morales  4-1; 152 Johnny England  5-0; 160 Andrew Cagle  5-0; 170 Trescott Duffy  3-1; 182 Delton Moore  5-0; 195 Ashton Moore  4-1; 195 Joseph Irons  1-0; 220 Trevor Dill 3-1; 285 Bryce Kamphues  4-1.

Burlingame is now on an eight-match winning streak while McWilliams and England each went 5-0 for the first time in their career.

Apaches get TRC win

The Wabash Apaches defeated Maconaquah, 53-38, on Friday in a Three Rivers Conference matchup in a boys basketball contest

Wabash took a 12-10 lead after one quarter, and increased it to 27-18 at halftime.
Trenton Daughtry led Wabash with 24 points.

Wabash is now 4-1 on the season, 2-0 in the TRC.

The Apaches travel to Northfield on Friday for a boys-girls TRC doubleheader.

Knights, Apax compete

Wabash finished fourth and Southwood seventh in the Western Wrestling Inivtaitonal on Saturday.

Western won the contest with 259 points. Oak Hill was second, Eastern was third. Marion finished fifth and Tipton was sixth. Eastbrook wrapped up the field with an eighth place finish.

Wabash had two wrestlers capture their weight division. Jared Brooks on the 106-pound weight class, while Ethan Higgons won the 120-pound class.

For Southwood, Carson Kelley was the 145-pound champion.

Lady Apaches win
Wabash’s girls basketball team defeated Rochester, 48-30, on Saturday night.

The Lady Apaches improved to 5-5 on the season, 1-1 in the Three Rivers Conference.

Tied 18-18 at halftime, Wabash outscored Rochester 30-12 in the second half for the win.

Mariah Wyatt had 14 points for Wabash, while Nici Gunderman added 10 points.

Eastern downs Knights
Coming off a win over Wabash County rival Northfield on Friday night, the Southwood Knights fell to Eastern, 74-61, on Saturday night.

Trailing 35-24 at halftime, the Knights pulled to within three points, 48-45, after three quarters. Pioneer rallied in the fourth quarter, 26-16, to hang on to the win.

Dallas Holmes led Southwood with 23 points, while Carson Rich had 22 points.

Manchester drops pair
The Manchester Squires dropped a pair of boys basketball games over the weekend, falling to Gary West Lighthouse CPA, 66-63, on Saturday and 50-48 to DeKalb on Friday.

Weston Hamby led Manchester with 21 points against Lighthouse. Brayden Casper had 12 points and Kam Lester had 10 points.

No statistics were reported for the DeKalb game.

Lady Squires top Huntington North
Kennedy Fierstos scored 19 points, leading Manchester’s girls basketball team to 41-37 victory over Huntington North, marking the Lady Squires (5-4) first victory over Huntington since 1984 Tuesday night, Dec. 4.

“I am so proud of the accomplishment that the girls achieved tonight,” coach Jacob Everett said. “I think our drive and focus is where it needs to be to play at a high level. Ready to get back at it tomorrow and see what else this team can accomplish.”

Kiera Hatfield added nine points, two rebounds and two steals in the victory. And, Kennidy Lauer added five points, three rebounds and five assists.

Lady Apax outlast Bluffton
Wabash’s girls basketball squad improved to 4-5 on the season with a 61-49 win at home of Blufton on Dec. 4.

Wabash jumped out to a 27-16 halftime lead but Bluffton made a furious in the third quarter, drawing within two before Wabash pulled back ahead 44-39 heading into the final quarter.

The Lady Apaches outscored the Lady Tigers 17-10 to pull out the win.

Hope Unger led the Lady Apaches with a game-high 19 points. Mariah Wyatt added 17 points, and Alivia Short finished with 13. And, Abby Vinopal dished out five assists to pace Wabash.


Northfield tops Taylor
Northfield’s girls basketball team built a 37-24 lead over Taylor by halftime, and held on for a 56-49 victory over the Lady Titans to improve to 6-2 on the year on Dec. 4.

Emma Hoover led the Lady Norse with 14 points, two rebounds and two steals. Kelcie Thomson added 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Ariel Dale scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds to eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her career in the victory.

Apache swimmers fall to Rochester

Wabash’s boys swimming team dropped a 104-50 contest to Rochester on Dec. 4

Johna France and Paul Cordes went 1-2 in the 100 freestyle to pace the Apaches.

The Lady Apache swimmers fell to Rochester 122-46.
Leigha picked up Wabash’s lone win in diving.


Wabash grapplers top Cass

Wabash’s wrestling squad recorded a 40-29 win over Lewis Cass on Dec. 4.

Jared Brooks (106), Ethan Higgins (120), Braden Brooks (126), Anthony Long (138), Grant Carandante (160), Justin Samons (220) and Grant Warmuth (heavyweight) each picked up individual wins for the Apaches.

Southwood wrestlers fall

The Knight grapplers dropped a 63-15 decision to Bluffton on Dec. 4.

Carson Kelley (145) started the Knights scoring, pinning his opponent in 1:21. Connor Rich (160) picked up an 18-12 decision, and Thomas Charles (182) pinned his opponent in 24 seconds to round out the scoring for the Knights.

Emmanuel drops first contest

Emmanuel Christian fell for the first time this year after a 58-48 loss to ICA of Anderson.

J.C. Frank led the Eagles with 25 points, Jack Niccum added 10 points and Levi Hinds finished with eight points.

Southood falls to Ole Miss
The Southwood girls basketball team suffered a 69-31 loss to Mississinewa on Dec. 5.

MaKenna Pace led the Lady Knights with 12 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists.

Kayla Mays added seven points, two rebounds and two steals.

Morgan Farr finished with four points and six steals, and Sierra Stout added four points and three rebounds.

Norse open season with losses

Northfield’s boys basketball squad dropped a pair of contests to open the season.

On Nov. 30, the Norse opened the season with a 64-32 loss to Tipton.

Nate Drancik led Northfield with 11 points. Clayton Tomlinson and Jarret Shafer each added five points.

On Dec. 5, the Norse dropped a 77-45 decision to Fort Wayne Canterbury.

Drancik again led the Norse with 16 points. Logan Peas scored 14 points and had five boards, and Clayton Tomlinson had 13 points, four assists, and three steals. Graydon Holmes pulled down a team high eighth rebounds.

Norse grapplers fall to Maconaquah

Northfield’s varsity wrestling team suffered a 65-15 loss to Maconaquah Thursday night.

Winning by pin were Jasper Donaldson and Jaydan Goshert. Logan Cox won by decision.

Manchester wrestlers win

Manchester’s varsity wrestling team improved to 6-1 on the season with a 50-27 victory over Tippecanoe Valley.

Dylan Stroud (126), Peyton Addair (138), Andrew Cagle (160), Delton Moore (170), Trescott Duffy (182), Ashton Moore (195) and Bryce Kamphues (285) won by pin, while Elijah Burlingame (120) won by tech fall and Joseph Irons won by a 4-1 decision.

Posted on 2018 Dec 11