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
For three quarters Saturday the Northfield Lady Norse basketball team dominated Oak Hill, leading by 19 points after three quarters, before running into major foul trouble and having to hang on for a 63-59 win to open their season.
Payton Thomson got the scoring started with a free throw, followed by a Katie Stephan three and Northfield led 4-0. The Norse would build their lead to 9-4 with a bucket from Arie Kennedy and a Thomson three before the Eagles got it back to 10-8. Sidney Reed would then hit two free throws that were answered by an Oak Hill bucket to make it 12-11 before buckets from Kylie Echard and Stephan gave Northfield a 16-11 lead after one.
Northfield would increase their lead to start the second quarter with two Reed free throws and a three pointer from Cherish Leming to go up 21-12. Oak Hill would chip away at the free throw line, hitting four in a row to close the gap to 23-18 before Thomson would connect from behind the arch again. Kylie Echard would sandwich a bucket between two Cherish Leming buckets as the Norse built their lead to 32-18. Three more Eagle free throws made it 32-23 at the half.
Payton Thomson would drain her third three of the game to start the third quarter, but again Oak Hill free throws kept them close and it was 38-27 when the Norse would get on a roll. Getting in to some foul trouble the Norse would go to their bench, with Abby Keaffaber coming up big. Keaffaber would connect on a three pointer which would be just one of three she hit in the quarter as the Norse built their lead to 53-34 by the end of the quarter.
Oak Hill would start the scoring in the fourth with three straight free throws that Arie Kennedy answered. Kennedy was fouled on a three point shot, hitting all three free throws to make it 55-40. During the next three minutes the Norse foul trouble would begin to haunt them, with four players having four fouls with 3:16 to play. During that span Oak Hill would connect on six free throws to close the gap to 60-50 with 2:07 left. With Northfield continuing to foul, Oak Hill would hit three more free throws and it was 60-54 with 1:01 remaining as the Norse had five players with four fouls. The Eagles would cut the lead to 60-56 and foul with Katie Stephan hitting one of two free throws to make it 61-56. Oak Hill would then turn the ball over, fouling Thomson with 33.7 left, with Payton hitting one to make it 62-56. Oak Hill would hit to make it 62-58 when Arie Kennedy was called for her fifth, with the Eagles making one to make it 62-59. Again Oak Hill would foul Katie Stephan, with Stephan hitting one to make it 63-59 as the Norse would escape with the win.
The Norse used a balanced scoring attack led by Payton Thomson and Cherish Leming with 11 points each. Kylie Echard, Katie Stephan and Abby Keaffaber had 9 points each. Arie Kennedy added 8 and Sidney Reed 6.
The junior varsity fell to Oak Hill 32-18.
Abby Keaffaber led with 6 points. Jacklyn Peas added 5, Jordan Bratch 4, Maddy Dale 2, Sarah Driscoll 1.
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.