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Wabash, Norse split boys-girls doubleheader

Manchester's Kennedy Fierstos attempts to get a shot off against Southwood defenders. Photo by Harold V. Chatlosh

By The Paper Staff

The Wabash boys basketball team improved to 5-1 on the season with a 66-34 victory over county rival Northfield on Friday night, while Northfield’s girls squad returned the favor Saturday night, topping Wabash.


The Apaches led at lead stop, taking a 14-7 lead by the end of the first quarter, and holding a commanding 37-19 lead by the half. Wabash outscored the Norse 29-15 in the second half.
Wabash was led by Elijah Vander Velden, who finished with 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks.


Trenton Daughtry added 12 points, three assists and five steals. Logan Vander Velden contributed six points, four rebounds and six assists. And, Jasper Walters also added 12 points.
Jared Peas led Northfield with 11 points off the bench. Graydon Holmes scored nine points, and Nate Drancik added four points and 10 rebounds.


The two teams will square off again in the Wabash County Tournament on Dec. 28.


Northfield’s girls basketball tea continued its winning ways Friday, topping County rival Wabash 50-37 to improve to 9-2 on the season, and 4-1 in Three Rivers Conference play.


The Lady Norse led 15-13 at the end of the first quarter, but surged ahead, outscoring the Lady Apaches 20-7 in the second quarter to take control of the contest.


Ariel Dale led Northfield to victory with 24 points and six steals. Addi Baker added 12 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.
Wabash fell to 5-7 on the season (1-2 TRC) on the season with the loss.


Mariah Wyatt led the Lady Apaches with 17 points and seven rebounds.

Manchester sweeps Southwood
The Manchester boys basketball squad came from behind to deafeat Southwood 55-45 to improve to 3-2 on the season, while Manchester’s girls squad also defeated the Knights in a Friday doubleheader.
The Squires (3-3, 1-0 Three Rivers Conference) trailed 32-29 headed into the fourth quarter, but outscored the Knights 26-13 in the fourth quarter.
Braydon Casper led Manchester with 22 points and seven rebounds. Weston Hamby added 11 points and six assists, and Kam Lester finished with nine points and three steals.
Gabe Lloyd led Southwood (2-4) with 20 points. Carson Rich added 11 points, five rebounds and five steals. And, Dallas Holmes contributed nine points and seven rebounds.
Manchester’s girls basketball team defeated Southwood Friday night 55-31 to improve to 7-5 on the year and 4-0 in Three Rivers Conference play.
The Lady Squires led 25-22 at the half, and outscored Southwood 30-9 in the second half to help seal the win.
Kennedy Fierstos led Manchester with 19 points and nine steals. Eva Bazzoni added 16 points and seven steals.
Kennidy Lauer scored seven points, and Jirni Cripe added four points and eight rebounds.
For Southwood, MaKenna Pace led the way with 17 points and three rebounds. Erin Lehner added 11 points  and four steals. 

Squires fall to Winamac
Manchester dropped a 41-33 decision to Winamac Saturday night to fall to 3-3 on the season.
The Squires led 8-6 after the first stop, but Winamac outscored Manchester 15-9 to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Thane Creager led the Squires with 11 points, and Casper added nine points in the loss.

Knights pick up second win
Southwood’s boys basketball team edged Peru 61-59 in overtime Saturday night to improve to 2-4 on the season.
The squads were tied 11-11 at the end of the first quarter, and Southwood took a slight edge, 24-22, at the half.
Peru battled back to outscore Southwood 15-12 in the third quarter to take a slim lead, 37-36, but Southwood countered, outscoring the Tigers 17-16 in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.
Southwood then won the overtime period, 8-6.
Holmes led the Knights in victory with 22 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and five assists.
Carson Rich added 13 points, four rebounds and four assists, and Lloyd finished with 11 points.


Lady Knights fall to Peru
Southwood’s girls basketball team dropped a 46-39 decision to Peru to fall to 3-9 on the season.
The Knights trailed 16-14 at the half, and were outscored 30-25 in the second half.
Lehner led Southwood with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists. Pace added 10 points, four rebounds and five steals, and Alissa Pershing finished with six points and eight rebounds.


Norse top Southern Wells
Northfield’s boys basketball team picked up its first win over year Tuesday, Dec. 11, outlasting Southern Wells 59-56 at home.
The Norse (1-4) jumped out to an early 14-7 lead, and held on to a 33-32 lead the half. The Raiders pulled ahead 50-49 at the end of the third quarter, but Northfield outscored Southern Wells 10-6 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.
Nate Drancik led Northfield with 21 points and eight rebounds. Graydon Holmes scored 15 points and added four rebounds in his first varsity start.
Jared Peas contributed 11 points off the bench and Logan Peas added six points.

Lady Knights fall to Bluffton
Southwood’s girls basketball squad hung tough with Bluffton for three quarters, before being outscored 16-3 in the fourth quarter of a 52-32 loss to the Tigers Tuesday.
MaKenna Pace led the Lady Kights (3-7) with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Sierra Stout added seven points and two rebounds, and Kayla Mays finished with four points, five rebounds and three steals.

Luers tops Manchester
The Lady Squires fell behind 14-4 by the end of the first quarter and never recovered in a 49-35 loss to Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.
Kennedy Fierstos led Manchester with 12 points, and with two 3-pointers, became the program’s all-time leaders on made 3-point field goals. She passes Megan Eckert’s record of 92 3-pointers, set in 1999.
“We would like to take this opportunity to recognize Kennedy’s achievement,” coach Jacob Everett said. “I am very proud of the work she put in during the offseason and this season to achieve this great accomplishment.”
Eva Bazzoni added 11 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists in the loss, and Kennidy Lauer chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds.

Slow start dooms Wabash
Wabash’s girls basketball squad fell to Oak Hill 62-20 Tuesday night.
Oak Hill built a 28-2 lead by the half to set the pace in the win.
Kiley Stone scored eight points to lead Wabash, which fell to 5-6 on the season with the loss.

Lady Norse top Tipton
Northfield’s girls basketball team picked up a 50-43 victory over Tipton Wednesday night to improve to 8-2 on the season.
The Class A No. 6-ranked Lady Norse led 25-24 at the half, and outscored Class 2A No. 5-ranked Tipton 16-11 in the fourth to seal the win.
Ariel Dale led Northfield to victory with 18 points, four assists and three steals.
Kelcie Thomson added eight points, two assists, eight rebounds and two steals, and went over the 300 assist mark for her career.
Kyra Kennedy finished with eight points, Addi Baker added seven points and seven rebounds, and Emma Hoover chipped in with seven points.


Manchester wrestlers now 12-2
The Manchester wrestling team topped Lewis Cass 51-15 Tuesday night to improve to 12-1 on the season.
Elijah Burlingame avenged a loss from last season with a 2-1 decision at 120.
Haley Clifford won by forfeit at 126, and Dylan Stroud took a 3-1 decision at 132.
At 138, Dominic Lincoln won by pin in 3:05, and Kevin Morales won a 6-5 decision at 145.
Johnny England scored a 9-2 win at 152, and Andrew Cagle won a 12-7 decision at 160.
Delton Moore won by forfeit at 170, Trescott Duffy won by fall in 3:52 at 182, Ashton Moore accepted a forfeit at 220, and Bryce Kamphues won by fall at 285 in 1:59.
Thursday, the Squires fell to Rochester 37-30 to fall to 12-2 on the season.
Ethan McWilliams accepted a forfeit at 106, and Burlingame won by pin in 15 seconds at 120.
Morales took an 11-7 decision at 145, and Ashton Moore won by pin at 195.
At 220, Trevor Dill won by a 9-2 decision, and Kamphues won by pin in 5:07 at 285.

Northfield wrestlers go 1-4
The Northfield wrestling squad went 1-4 at the Blackford Super 6 over the weekend, falling to Bluffton, Tri-Central, Blackford and eventual team champion Eastern Hancock before defeating Southwood.
Senior Jasper Donaldson won his weight class by going undefeated. Trevor Burnworth, Seth Forsyth and Logan Cox each placed second in their respective weight classes.


Wabash wrestlers top Eastbrook
Wabash’s wrestling squad picked up a 60-18 win over Eastbrook Tuesday night.
Winners for the Apaches included Jared Brooks (106), R.J. Steg (113), Ethan Higgins (120), Braden Brooks (126), Robert Barnett (132), Anthony Long (138), Brayden Sickafus (145), Traydon Godwin (152), Justin Samons (220) and Grant Warmuth (285).


Southwood grapplers fall
Southwood’s wrestling squad was defeated by Tippecanoe Valley 54-24 on Tuesday.
Elijah Sutton picked up a pin at 138 in 1:12 to lead the Knights. Carson Kelley was a winner by fall at 145 in 1:24, and Conner Rich won by pin at 160 in 3:34.
Thomas Charles rounded out Southwood’s winners with pin at 182 in 3:00.
Thursday, the Knights fell to Maconaquah 70-12.
Memphis Hiner scored a pin in 50 seconds for he Knights, and Caden Prickett recorded a pin in 4:39.

Manchester girls swimmers edge TV
Manchester’s girls swimming team outlasted Tippecanoe Valley 72-68 Wednesday night.
Halle Briner won the 200 individual medley in 2:17.59, and Hailey Hall took top honors in the 100 freestyle in 1:21.75.
Cora Barnett rounded out the winners for the Lady Squires in the 100 breast stroke in 1:20.68.

Squire boys swimmers fall
Tippecanoe Valley’s boys swimming team edged Manchester 68-66 Wednesday night.
For Manchester, Parker York won the 50 freestyle in :24.36, and Jacob Slavkin won the 200 individual medley in 3:22.59.

Apache boys place second
Wabash's boys swim team finished second in a meet against Adams Central and Blackford on Tuesday.
Michael Cordes placed second in the 200 IM, while Ryan Evans did the same in the 100 back stroke.
D.J. Bricker and Taylor Coffman had season bests in the 100 freestyle and 500 freestyle, respectively.

Lady Braves down Wabash
The Wabash girls swim team lost to Maconaquah, 142-39 on Monday.
Leigh Boggs took second in diving.
The 200 free relay of Lindsay, Hipskind, Honeycutt and Bruss took second place.

Posted on 2018 Dec 18