The greatest show on dirt
Bill Barrows at the NCAA baseball tourney in Omaha, Neb. Photo provided
By Bill Barrows
By the time that you read this, the College World Series finals will be in full swing. The CWS is the culmination of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship tournament—featuring 64 teams in the first round—which determines the NCAA Division I college baseball champion. The eight participating teams are split into two, four-team, double-elimination brackets, with the winners of each bracket playing in a best-of-three championship series.  I had the privilege of attending this year’s festivities.
Since 1950, the CWS has been held in Omaha, Nebraska. It was held at Rosenblatt Stadium, on the south end of town from 1950 through 2010; starting in 2011, it has been held at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, which is a beautiful stadium that is part of the Omaha downtown revitalization project that is ongoing.  “Ameritrade,” as the locals refer to it, is a site to see. The best way to describe it would be to say that it is a homey, modern ballpark steeped in tradition, yet affords the fans the chance to get up close and really enjoy games almost like you would at a local high school game.
Posted on 2017 Jun 27
College World Series champions have Wabash County ties
By Joseph Slacian
Southwood High School graduate Brennan Kelly pitched two innings of scoreless baseball on June 2 to help the Kankakee Community College baseball team capture the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Division II World Series.
Kankakee defeated Mercer County 11-5 in the final game of the double-elimination tourney in Enid, Okla.
Posted on 2017 Jun 13
Sports played for the pure fun of it
By Bill Barrows
Amid the intensity and hype of the NBA Finals and the grind of the Major League Baseball season, there is a more innocent level of sports that can be seen all over Wabash County this time of year. The competitors are cutting their teeth on a number of levels and in a variety of sports. Let's take a tour around and understand what goes on.
Posted on 2017 Jun 13
Those Who Stand Out during Clutch Moments in Sports History
By Bill Barrows
I was involved in a discussion recently about all time clutch sports moments. The conversation prompted a series of questions about different sports and a variety of opinions on the subject. Actually there were more questions and subjects but I narrowed it down to four.
You are the manager of a Major League Baseball team in the World Series and its Game 7. You have to win this one game. Who is your pitcher? This led to a discussion. Current pitcher or of all-time? It was decided that we would span the all time list. A few names were tossed about. Madison Bumgardner of the Giants came to mind. How about Tom Glavine or John Smoltz? What about Bob Feller?  Pedro Martinez pitched in the clutch in World Series competition. How about Don Drysdale in the ‘60s for the Dodgers. Whitey Ford in the ‘50s and early ‘60s with the Yankees? How about Jim Palmer of the Orioles in the ‘60s? 
Posted on 2017 Jun 06
Squire freshman advances
Harley Kruschwitz (top photo) chips at a hole 4 at the Warsaw Sectional at Rozella Ford Gold Course, while Caleb Kroh prepares to launch a shot for Northfield. Photos by Eric Christiansen
By Eric Christiansen
Northfield finished fifth, and Manchester was seventh at the Warsaw boys golf sectional to end both teams’ seasons. 
Warsaw captured the event shooting 309. Northfield shot 329, while Manchester shot 338.
Posted on 2017 Jun 06
Lady Squires grab sectional crown

The Manchester Lady Squires tennis team shows off the sectional trophy it won. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen

It took longer than expected, but finally, the Manchester girls tennis team defended its sectional title with a 4-1 win over host Peru Monday night.

“This is an amazing accomplishment to win back-to-back sectionals,” Manchester coach Joel Eichenauer said. “These young ladies worked hard in the off season and each day at practice.”

Posted on 2017 May 30
MHS' Bedke advances to state finals

Rae Bedke

By Eric Christiansen

Manchester senior Rae Bedke is returning to the IHSAA Track and Field State Meet for the third time, this season in two events.

At the South Bend St. Joe Regional, Bedke won the 3200m run, breaking her own school record with a time of 11:04.06.

She also advanced to State with a second place finish in the 1600m run with a time of 5:01.38, just .06 seconds shy of winning the event.



Posted on 2017 May 30
Boys track season ends for county teams
Trey Clark (left) hands off a baton to Jacob Burton (right) during the 4x100 meter race of track regionals at Kokomo High School on Thursday, May 25. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Eric Christiansen
Manchester competed in four events at the Kokomo boys track regional, while Northfield was in two events, and Wabash was in one at Marion.
At Kokomo, Manchester’s Isaiah Davis was the only Squire to score points with a seventh place finish in the high jump. After tying the school record at sectional with a 6-foot 5-inch jump, Davis leaped to a 6-0 at regional. 
Posted on 2017 May 30

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