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 Manchester boys’ basketball team played the lone county game Friday, hosting North Miami. Putting eleven players in the scoring column the Squire depth was too much for the Warriors as Manchester cruised to a 70-39 home win.
North Miami would get their only lead of the night on the first shot of the game when Damon Gipson hit to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead. The North Miami lead was short lived when Chase Fierstos drained a three and was followed by a bucket from Claudell Dickantone to give the Squires a 5-2 lead. North Miami would hang with the Squires early as Alex Borse traded buckets with Braydon Sewell and Manchester led 10-8 when Fierstos banged home a three at the buzzer to give the Squires a 13-8 lead after one.
Borse and Colton Ferrand would score early in the second for North Miami and the Warriors were trailing just 15-12 when Claudell Dickantone went to work. Dickantone would hit three straight free throws and was followed by Lucas Schilling with a bucket before another Dickantone bucket finished a 7-0 run to put the Squires up 22-12. After a Keith Rouch bucket Dickantone’s next two buckets would be from behind the arch to increase the lead to 28-15. Damon Gipson and Cameron Brandenburg would trade buckets and Manchester led 29-17 at the half.
Coming out of the locker room the Squires would erase any thoughts of a Warrior comeback. Clayton Petrie got things going with a three and was followed by Chase Fierstos draining a three and getting a bucket on an offensive rebound to boost the lead to 20 at 37-17. Keith Rouch would stop the Manchester run with a bucket before the Squires took off again. Claudell Dickantone and Clayton Petrie would trade back and forth for the next five buckets and were followed with buckets from David McAtee and Cameron Brandenburg to cap off a 15-0 run to open a commanding 52-19 lead. North Miami would out score Manchester 6-2 the last 1:26 as the Squires led 54-25 with a quarter to go.
Petrie again would start the quarter with a three as the Squires shuffled players in and out, with seven different players scoring in the quarter on their way to the 70-39 win. Keelan Norwood led the Squires in the quarter with 4 points.
Leading Manchester was Claudell Dickantone with 22 points. Clayton Petrie added 12, Chase Fierstos 11, Cameron Brandenburg 5, Braydon Sewell 4, David McAtee 4, Keelan Norwood 4, Phoenix Goad 2, Branden Scott 2, Lucas Schilling 2, Bailey Ness 2.
Keith Rouch led North Miami with 14 points. Alex Borse added 8, Evan Sumner 6, Damon Gipson 4, Dakota Ribble 4, Colton Ferrand 2, Jacob Stiver 1.
”Great team defense. Great team offense. It was a nice team effort on both sides of the ball,” said Coach Thompson of his team.
Manchester won the junior varsity game 55-11.
Zach Hill and Bailey Ness led the Squires with 9 points each. Levi Hicks and Austin Brewer had 7 points each. David McAtee added 6, Matthew Pegg 5, Keelan Norwood 5, Braxtin Wilson 5, Janzin Cripe 2, Jake Schannep 2.
Jamison Slonaker led North Miami with 4 points. Shawndell Adaway added 3, Jeff Eckrote 2, Trevor Linn 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.