by Eric Stearley
It was better late than never for Ryan Driscoll as he won Grand Champion Crossbred Classic Boar on Aug. 17, the final day of the 2014 Indiana State Fair.
I knew he was pretty good, but not that good,” Driscoll said about his six-month-old prizewinning boar. His pedigree was pretty nice, and his bone size for being how young he is.”
The 15-year-old said he’s been showing pigs for as long as he can remember. Son of Matt and Angie Driscoll, Ryan is the youngest of four children.
In addition to first and second place barrow, Ryan showed the Reserve Grand Champion Gilt at this year’s county fair. He’s seen success at the state fair in past years, picking up first places each of the last three years and showing the Division 2 Champion Crossbred Guilt in 2012. This year’s state fair, however, was his first time showing boars.
“The State Fair is the best show I’ve ever shown at easily,” said Driscoll, “and yes, it’s intimidating, because you’re going up against the best of the best.”
Driscoll’s Grand Champion sold to Crossroads Genetics, a boar stud. With a change of name by the new owners, he is now known as Young Gun, but when he won it all at the State Fair, he was Johnny Legend, a name Ryan came up with.
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.
Wabash is coached by Scott Bumgardner who is 161-71 at Wabash and 190-110 overall in his 15th year. Wabash was 18-7 last year, winning the sectional for the 5th consecutive year, before falling to state runner-up Eastern in the regional final. The Lady Apaches lost two starters in Charlie Pardo and Katelyn Vogel. Pardo led the TRC in three-point percentage at 40.3 percent while Vogel was the defensive catalyst. The Lady Apaches return experience at key positions. Senior Kyleigh Hampton was 4th in the TRC in scoring at 11.8, while being in the top 10 in all offensive categories. Hampton is one of the premier shot blockers in the state. Junior Claire Cromer ran the point, while averaging 11.7ppg. Cromer was in the TRC Top 10 in three-point percentage and free throw percentage. Claire was second in the TRC in assists at 3.5 per game. Senior Lyndsie Thomas scored 9.6ppg, was 7th in field goal percentage and third in free throw percentage. Junior Sarah Puckett was a late bloomer after an injury, with Jaclyn Lewis, Sarah Ritter, Abby Stein and Shelby Stone adding varsity experience.
Southwood is coached by Dallas Duggan. Duggan is in his second year at the helm, leading the Lady Knights to a 16-5 record in his first year. Southwood fell to Wabash in the sectional. The Lady Knights were hit hard by graduation, losing the county and conference scoring leader Sarah White. White scored at a 16.8ppg clip, while shooting 46 percent, grabbing five rebounds per game, 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals. Southwood also lost Kaley Harness, Mollie Harnish, Ana Marie Farlow and Emily Murphy. Farlow was a top 20 scorer, 6th in free throws, 8th in rebounding and 9th in steals. Key returners for the Knights are senior Amy Bowman and junior Katie Stouffer. Bowman was in the top 15 in conference scoring last year at 8ppg and led the TRC in steals with 3.5 per game. Stouffer averaged 7 rebounds per game and was a leader in blocks. Haley Heath brings experience at point guard, with a slew of juniors and freshman looking to make an impact.
First year coach Brooke Airgood leads Manchester. After moving to Arizona from North Manchester during high school, Ms. Airgood was a three-sport athlete and an NJCAA All-American in track and field at Scottsdale Community College, as well as a scholar athlete at New Mexico State University, earning All Conference honors in the javelin.
For the past 12 years, she has been teaching and coaching in California, serving as a physical education teacher and basketball coach. She has experience coaching boys and girls at all levels and has coached volleyball and track and field as well. In 2004, she was elected to coach the All-Star game for Division 1, Southern Section California.
Manchester was 8-15 last year, falling to Wabash in the sectional championship game. The Lady Squires were also hit hard by graduation, losing four starters. Kayla Flack led the attack with 13.2ppg, was 4th in three-point percentage, 7th in rebounds and 3rd in assists. Bekah Brunn averaged 6.5ppg. Autumn Brewer scored 6.3ppg and was 5th in rebounds. Kalene Freshour was 7th in assists and 4th in steals. The lone key returner for Manchester is Tabby DeWitt, who scored 5.9ppg. The school will rely on a strong sophomore and freshman class. Look for the Lady Squires to be very young this year.
The regular season starts Friday, Nov. 15 when Northfield hosts Oak Hill, Manchester hosts Bluffton and Wabash travels to Mississinewa. Wabash will host Marion on Saturday the 16th. There is a possibility with the success of the Oak Hill football team that the Northfield game could be moved to Saturday. Southwood does not open their season until the 20th when they travel to Peru.
by Emily Armentrout
On Saturday, Aug. 23, Wabash City Schools held the inaugural induction ceremony for the Wabash City Schools Hall of Distinction, inducting 13 former graduates and four non Wabash High School graduates. These members were inducted “in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in life, dedicated service to others, enriching the history of Wabash City Schools and maintaining the highest standard of conduct and character.”
“The committee felt like there have been people who have had incredible influences, like Mark Honeywell, that should be in the Hall of Distinction. We span 145 years of our history. John Olsen graduated from Northwestern University but he didn’t graduate from high school. If you said we were only going to honor those who graduated from the high school then I think we were going to limit some people,” explained Wabash City Schools Superintendent, Jason Callahan.
With the long history of Wabash High School and the recent creation of the Wabash High School Athletic Hall of Fame, WCS felt like they were missing people who had profound influences on the school and the city of Wabash in only honoring athletics.
The ceremony began with a welcome from WCS Superintendent Jason Callahan, with the National Anthem sung and a performance by Symphonic Voices. The ceremony was followed by a reception and tour of Wabash High School.
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of nine articles outlining each of the proposed projects included in this year’s Stellar Communities application. With all nine projects scheduled for completion within the next four years, there are a lot of changes coming to Wabash in the near future. We wanted to look into each of these projects to better explain what the Stellar Communities designation means for Wabash.
by Eric Stearley
Wabash is now a Stellar Community. With the wait over and the anxiety gone, there is a lot of work to be done.
“We realized as soon as we exhaled that the real work was starting,” said Marketplace’s Patrick Sullivan following the announcement.
Some of the first changes residents are likely to see will be streetscape and connectivity improvements coming to downtown.
“These improvements will activate underutilized public space and restore aging streetscape through new pavement, curbs, and sidewalks,” the Stellar application outlines.
The project will focus on Market Street, part of Canal Street, and Allen Street, which connects the two near Paradise Spring Historical Park. The biggest change will be the conversion of Market and Canal Streets east of Wabash Street into two-way streets.
“One of the issues we have with fully utilizing Paradise Spring Historical Park and the museum and some other opportunities down there is the fact that it’s so difficult for out-of-towners to find because of one-way streets,” said Economic Development Group CEO Bill Konyha. “You’ll actually be able to turn right on Market Street and go to the museum, instead of having to make three right turns; same with Paradise Spring. You can go to Paradise Spring by going down either Market or Canal Street, and you’ll be able to leave Paradise Spring by taking either Canal or Market Street.”
by Eric Stearley
In this year’s election cycle, both Manchester Community Schools and the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County have open seats on their school boards. Manchester has 4 of 7 seats open, and MSD has two seats open on its board of five. When the deadline came and filing closed on Friday, Aug. 22, there were eight total candidates, four from each district.
There is some competition for positions on the MSD school board, which will see a new face in at least one of its two seats up for election. Vice President Ryan Rosen from the Northwest District is not seeking reelection, and two candidates, Todd Dazey and Jeffrey N. Snyder, hope to take his spot. President Matthew P. Driscoll from the Northeast District has filed for reelection, with Bradley A. Fleck looking to take his seat. Seats held by Troy Baer (Northwest District), John Gouveia (Northeast District), and Kevin Bowman (Southern District) are not up for election this year.
School board election rules prohibit more than two board members from a single district. With Gouveia and Baer already on the board, there is only one seat open for candidates from each district. This breaks the four-man field into two head-to-head races. Dazey will battle Snyder for the Northwest District seat, and Fleck will challenge sitting President Driscoll for the Northeast District seat.
In North Manchester, it appears this year’s election will be little more than a formality, with four incumbents running unopposed. President Sally Krouse filed to run in the Chester District, and Secretary Nathan Trump will run in Pleasant District. Timothy McLaughlin looks to once again represent the Town District, as does Brian Schilling. Seats held by Vice President Steve Flack, Byron Brunn, and Brady Burgess are not up for election this year. Barring any unforeseen developments, the Manchester school board will emerge from the Nov. 4 elections unchanged.
Polls open at 6 a.m. on Nov. 4 and will be open until 6 p.m.