Local girls earn All-TRC honors
By The Paper staff
Four Wabash County athletes received first team All Three Rivers Conference honors for the 2015-16 girls’ basketball season.
Manchester’s Cierra Carter, Northfield’s Payton Thomson, Southwood’s Brooke Elliott and Wabash’s Madison Barden all garnered first team honors.
Carter was the sixth leading scorer in the TRC, scoring 339 points, connecting on 103 of 247 shots (41.7 percent) to finish 12th in the TRC. She averaged 15.4 points per game overall, 12.3 in TRC play. She also shot 31.1 percent (23 of 74) from beyond the three-point line, eighth best in the conference.
Posted on 2016 Feb 23
Indiana Slab Masters to host Classic
Steve Jeffers (left) and Bob Land show off some of the fish they caught in a tourney last year on the Mississinewa Reservoir. Photo provided
By Joseph Slacian
Indiana Slab Masters Crappie Club will host its two-day, season-ending fishing classic on Oct. 1-2 at the Mississinewa and Salamonie reservoirs.
But before the event wraps up the group’s 2016 fishing tourney season, the group will host a membership drive and a day of seminars at Bozarth Recreation Resort.
The event will be March 5, with seminars planned at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m. at Bozarth’s. Topics for the free seminars are Crappie Tips and Techniques with Charlie Hildreth and Hook, Line and Singer (Tying Leaders) with Myron Etchison.
The seminar coincides with an annual sale at Bozarth Country Store, local Slab Masters member Steve Jeffers noted.
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Wabash Little League expands to Denver area
By Joseph Slacian
The Wabash Little League is expanding this year. Youngsters that live in the North Miami School District will now be eligible to play in the Wabash Little League.
The youngsters have been able to play in the local league in past years, Little League President Bryan Dillon noted. However, the league was required to obtain a waiver to play. In addition, the youngsters were unable to play in post-season All-Star tourneys.
Under Little League International guidelines, players are eligible to play in a local league “as long as they live within our boundaries or they attend a school within our boundaries,” Dillon continued.
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Wabash County hoops on Wabash WebTV
By Bill Barrows
The regular season rolls on. Only 2 weeks remain in the regular season and the sectional pairings will be drawn this coming weekend at the IHSAA Offices in Indianapolis. As was the case with the girls, all 4 Wabash County high school basketball teams will be grouped in the same sectional. Manchester will be the host school.
On Tuesday, there are three games as Northfield travels to Maconaquah, Adams Central hosts Southwood and Wabash hosts Eastbrook. On Friday, Manchester travels to Columbia City while Southwood will be at Northfield where the Wabash WebTV crew will bring you that game. Then on Saturday Southwood entertains Maconaquah and Blackford travels to Wabash.
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Local teams fall in Rochester girls sectional
Southwood’s Brooke Elliott tries to drive around Rochester’s Ali Larkin during the semifinal sectional basketball game Friday night at Rochester. Photos by Joseph Slacian
By The Paper staff
ROCHESTER -- Wabash County’s girls’ basketball teams failed to advance last week in the IHSAA Class 2A Sectional 37 tourney here.
In fact, only one local school, Southwood, posted a win. That was a come-from behind overtime win in its opening game against Cass, 46-43.
Cass came out strong in the first half, hitting eight three-point shots to build an 11-point, 29-18 halftime lead.
The Lady Knights battled back, cutting the Cass lead to 37-30 after three quarters.
Posted on 2016 Feb 09
Manchester boys defeat Northfield

Northfield's Cody Holmes drives in for two against Manchester in their TRC match-up. Photo by Eric Christiansen
By Eric Christiansen
Manchester and Northfield played a classic in the 2015 Wabash County Tournament championship game on December 30 with Chase Fierstos knocking down a jumper at the buzzer to give the Squires the win.
For three quarters last Thursday, it appeared that the county rivals were on their way to another heart-pounding finish. Manchester led 49-48 with 6:42 left in the game, but a 10-2 run gave them breathing room and led to a 65-55 win.
Fierstos also made his presence felt in this game, not only leading all scorers with 36 points, but scored his 1,000th career point midway in the third quarter.
Posted on 2016 Feb 09
Monce signs with Jackson College
Northfield senior Remington Monce (front row, center) signed his letter of intent to play baseball with Jackson College on Tuesday, Feb. 2. At the signing, Monce was joined by his parents Jim (front, left) and Julie Monce (front, right), Northfield Athletic Director Clint Davis (back row, from left), Head Coach Brandon Baker and Coach Tony Shafer. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Northfield High School senior baseball athlete Remington Monce signed his letter of intent with Jackson College on Tuesday, Feb. 2, and took another step toward fulfilling his dream.
A third baseman and pitcher for the Norsemen, Monce said he’s excited to join the Michigan college’s team on the field.
“It’s been a dream of mine since I was little and this is one huge day in my life, one of the best days,” he told The Paper of Wabash County after the signing.
Monce has dreamed of playing in college since his grandmother, Dorothy M. “Dot” Monce, interested him in the sport as a child.
Posted on 2016 Feb 09
Wabash County Hoops on Wabash WebTV
By Bill Barrows
After a very busy week with the girls’ sectional with boys’ regular season games mixed in, we now concentrate on the original source of Hoosier Hysteria. And it’s more like a 1970’s style schedule this week, preparation time early and games late in the week.
On Thursday one lone game, as Southwood travels to Madison-Grant. On Friday, Manchester travels to Peru and Rochester entertains Wabash. Saturday is a mixed bag of action. Lewis Cass will be at Wabash for a day game after a night game for the Apaches. And that evening, Northfield is at Bluffton and Whitko will be at Manchester where the Wabash WebTV crew will bring you that game. 
Posted on 2016 Feb 09

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