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 football team remembered their opener at Mississinewa last season and had one thing on their mind Friday night, and they got what they were looking for, payback !
The Squires got three touchdowns from Jacob Casper and one from Bailey Ness to top the Indians 27-13.
Casper got his first touchdown with 2:02 left in the first quarter after he ran a kick off back 82 yards for the score. After a Zach Hill kick, the game was tied at 7. The Indians led 13-7 in the second when Casper scored again. The Zach Hill kick was good and the Squires led 14-13 at the half.
With 11:51 left in the third quarter, the Squires would grab their first lead of the game when Bailey Ness scored on a 28-yard pass from Lucas Schilling to put Manchester up 20-13.
With the Squire defense dominating, Casper would put the nail in the coffin with 8:20 left in the game to grab a 27-12 lead, which Manchester would hold for their opening night win.
Lucas Scilling was 12 of 18 for 102 yards and 1 touchdown. Jacob Casper carried the ball 14 times for 94 yards and scored three touchdowns. Lucas Schilling rushed 5 times for 37 yards. Evan Milam rushed 2 times for 7 yards. Bailey Ness caught 5 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Keelan Norwood caught 5 passes for 23 yards. Daniel Griese added 2 catches for 12 yards. Evan Milam had 2 catches for 7 yards.
by Gary Andrews
It took two quarters for the Southwood offense to find their rhythm Friday at Southern Wells, but with the defense controlling the game the offense found that rhythm in the third to explode for 19 points on their way to a 26-7 win.
The Knights got two rushing touchdowns from Nathan Hollars and a receiving touchdown from Zach Ball. Southwood also got a defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery from Blake Martz.
Passing: Hollars 4/14 for 41yds.
Rushing: Hollars 16/67, 2 TD’s; Berlier 17/73; Weiss 2/34; Kirk 1/7.
Receiving: Finicle 1/0; Kirk 2/28; Ball 1/13.
The Knights had 263 offensive yards.
Tristyn Howell led the defense with 13 tackles. Nick Rebholz and Luke Perlich added 12 tackles each. Noah Kirk and Kale Weiss had 8 tackles each.
Evan Kirkover had 1 sack. Blake Martz and Jeremy Keller each had a fumble recovery. Noah Kirk and Tristyn Howell each caused a fumble.
The Urbana Lions Club is holding their third annual Golf Scramble on Sept. 21 at Waldo's Golf Course in memory of three Lions Club members who died this past year, Dallas Baer who loved playing golf, Jim Wilson, who supported Lions activities whenever possible, and life member Bob Frieden.
The first 48 players to sign up will receive a sleeve of golf balls from the Urbana Lions Club and a Colts golf towel and Colts visor from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance - Ron Baer. Proceeds this year will help fund the Vanessa Baer and the Wilbur Dawes Scholarships for Northfield students. Proceeds will also help with other Lions projects, such as dictionaries for 3rd grade Metro North students, free eye screening for preschool children in Wabash County, help with upkeep and improvements to the Urbana ball field and the Urbana Community Building for use by individuals and groups in the Urbana community and in Wabash County, ECHO car racing for youth, help for blind and visually impaired, help in providing eyeglasses and hearing aids, supporting the Cancer control facility at the IU Medical Center, and diabetes and law camp for students.
by Kalie Ammons
Season 28 of the hit reality show “Survivor” has been anything but easy for contestants this season. Competitors are left to survive on an island with little supplies, all while competing in challenges before voting each other off of the island.
This season, castaways are in the Filipino province of Cagayan and split into three different tribes; Luzon, Solana or Aparri, otherwise known as Brains, Beauty and Brawn.
Lindsey Ogle, a Northfield graduate and Wabash native, competed in season 28 on the Aparri, or Brawn tribe. Ogle describes her traits that made her a good contestant for the show.
“It’s because I’m such a people person,” Ogle said. “I think that I’m just a social person. I work well with my hands and I’m a hard worker, I don’t think that’s really represented well during the episodes we’ve seen, but I really am a hard worker. Plus, I’m athletic. There was a moment when we were making the shelter and I was weaving a lot of the bamboo leaves and that probably made our shelter a little bit more secure and I couldn’t have done that if I didn’t braid people’s hair every single day.”
Ogle currently owns the Fade Salon in Kokomo.
“We actually own two bars and a salon,” Ogle said. “I’m soon to be starting my own clothing store with hand-knit clothing.”
With all of these fashion and beauty aspects of her career, people naturally wonder why she was on the Brawn tribe instead of Beauty.
“I have people come into the salon all the time and ask that,” Ogle said. “I think that everybody has different elements and that Jeff (Probst, host) said it perfectly when he said ‘Just because they’re on a tribe does not mean that it’s all they are.’ I am a little bit of a tomboy, but I think that everybody has so much inside of them, and that’s what makes the game interesting.”
Strategy is an important part of the game. Contestants must divide their energy between the physical challenges and the social game.
“My strategy changed once I got there,” Ogle said. “I originally thought I would just fly under the radar, and then I thought, ‘you know what? I’m going to have some fun.’ I felt like when I had watched previous seasons, people weren’t having fun. Everyone looked miserable, and there are times when you’re like that. But I think there’s also a lighter side to it, which you can kind of see. I know that CBS posts a lot of their extra videos that you can look at, and I really like those videos on their website, because you can kind of see more of a backstory, and it’s not just, 45 minutes of footage, you get to see a little bit of the understory too.
While Ogle may have seen episodes before her own, she wouldn’t describe herself as a die-hard fan before she went on.
“I’m a new fan,” Ogle said. “I really wasn’t a big fan of any television show, just because I never really watched it. Now I get addicted to it. When Survivor’s on I tell everybody to be quiet. When my season came up, I obviously got super excited. I think I’m the biggest fan for season 28, for sure.”
Even though Wabash isn’t exactly a tropical environment, Ogle says her experience here also prepared her for the show.
“I think that growing up in Wabash, there’s a lot of outdoor activities. I think that by growing up in Indiana helped. I love sports, and basketball is a big thing, and we did sports and things like that. I think that being an active and proactive person in your community helps. Wabash is a very supportive community.
“I think it did prepare me for Survivor because you have to be a people-person, and in the more rural communities everybody knows everybody and of course everybody is going to know your business and that’s kind of how Survivor is too.”
Ogle is known on the show for her long black and orange dreadlocks and tattoos.
“I think there was some prejudgment probably by a lot of my cast members, and I think that when I get kind of talking and being the goofball that I am and make jokes and make people laugh or annoying people, I think they go ‘Oh, she’s got tattoos and dreadlocks and this going on,’ but then I just became a goofball. I think that their prejudgments weren’t very accurate.”
Being on any television program exposes a person to the internet and critiques and comments from anyone and everyone. Searching Ogle’s name leads to blogs and articles dubbing her “the hot Survivor castaway.”
“I have clients come in and say ‘We didn’t know you were buff like that,’” Ogle said. “I always tell them that I was on the starvation diet. That’s the reason I stopped working out before, because I get really, really ripped. But when you’re starving for, goodness-knows how long, I start getting abs and my muscles start bulging.
“But it’s definitely flattering. I think that there’s typical beautiful women with the curves and the long blond hair and everybody has different qualities that people find attractive. I’m not a size two. So for people to say ‘she’s hot’ or whatever it is, it definitely surprised me. It made me feel good, and I realized that beauty is such an open thing.”
Last week’s episode featured Ogle and her relationship with another contestant former NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson.
“Cliff’s a really awesome guy. People are really dogging Tony about how he talks about Cliff, but he’s really just playing the game. I mean, it’s a game. Cliff and I had a really strong relationship and he’s a worker,” Ogle said. “You have friends and you have people you mess with. Someone asked if we were getting married on a social website, and I was like, ‘What? Are you kidding me?’ It’s funny because my husband is 5’5” and white. He plays the piano and the guitar. And then there’s Cliff, who’s African American and 7’7” and an NBA basketball player, and that’s obviously not my style.”
Ogle explained that it is possible to have a friend of the opposite sex. She also explained how little of what happens on Survivor is able to be seen. If people are calm and helpful for 23 and a half hours, but have a bad half hour, chances are viewers are only going to see that portion. And this sorted through a week’s worth of film.
“If you think that it’s cake and you think that it looks easy, I would love to take you on a three-day camping trip and we’ll do exactly what I did for three days,” Ogle said. “A lot of people say, ‘Oh, well I won’t do that.’ And I say, ‘Really, I’ll go with you. We’ll take a bag of rice and a bottle of water and we’ll go for three days and we’ll see if it’s cake.’”
Ogle says Survivor helped her discover herself and gave her confidence for future challenges.
“I feel like I can do so many more things because I experienced what I experienced on that island. I really do appreciate it and I’m so lucky to have the experience. You get to see what’s important and what’s not, and I wouldn’t trade that for the world.”
Season 28 of Survivor airs on CBS Wednesday nights at 8 p.m.