by Gary Andrews
For the second game in a row a third quarter lapse by the Manchester boys basketball team hurt big time. Manchester was tied with Huntington at the half before a 22-10 run by the Vikings in the third led them to a 51-39 win over the Squires.
Chainey Zolman would get the first bucket of the game to give the Squires a 2-0 lead before Caleb Landrum hit a three and two free throws to give the Vikings a 5-2 lead. Again it would be Zolman connecting for the Squires to make it 5-4. The last point of the quarter came from a Hunter Hollowell free throw as Huntington led 6-4 after one.
David McAtee would hit two free throws to start the second quarter. Connor Platt would then find the hot hand for the Vikings, draining a deuce and a free throw to give Huntington a 10-7 lead when Zolman drained a three, then scored off an offensive rebound to put Manchester up 12-10. Sam Daugherty would then convert an old fashion three and was followed by a Conner Platt free throw to put the Vikings back up 14-12. Cameron Brandenburg would the tie the score and was followed by Branden Scott connecting for a 16-14 lead. Caleb Landrum ended the half with a bucket as the two teams were tied at 16 at the half.
by Gary Andrews
The Northfield boys basketball team got off to an extremely slow start against Bluffton Saturday, falling behind 21-7 after the first quarter in a 66-59 loss to the Tigers.
Bluffton out scored Northfield 12-10 in the second quarter to lead 33-17 before the Norse would start to chip away. Northfield won the third quarter 22-21 then made a run in the fourth, out scoring the Tigers 20-12 but the first quarter deficit was to much to overcome in the loss.
by Gary Andrews
It was just one of those nights for the Northfield girls’ basketball team as they played host to county rival Southwood. Northfield shot 50 percent for the night and 64 percent from behind the arch in a 53-39 win.
Abby Keaffaber got things going when she drained the first shot of the night from three point land to give Northfield a 3-0 lead. Brooke Elliott would answer with a bucket, but the first quarter would belong to the Norse. Jacklyn Peas answered Elliott’s bucket with one of her own and was followed by Payton Thomson draining a three to put Northfield up 8-2. A Katie Souffer rebound bucket made it 8-4 when Keaffaber and Arie Kennedy hit back to back, making it 12-4. After another Stouffer bucket Peas would score off an offensive rebound and Cherish Leming would end the quarter with a bucket as Northfield led 16-6.
Brooke Elliott would get the scoring going in the second, but was answered by a Cherish Leming three and a free throw to make it 20-8. The Norse would then go on an 11-2 run that opened a 31-10 before Elliott got it stopped with two free throws. During the run Thomson hit a three with Abby Keaffaber scoring three times. At 31-12 Thomson would find the range behind the arch one more time as Northfield took a 34-12 lead to the locker room.
As cold as Southwood was in the first half, just the opposite happened the first four minutes of the third quarter as the Lady Knights scored the first 10 points of the quarter to cut the Northfield lead to 34-22 with 3:59 left. Payton Thomson would then bang home her third three pointer of the night and was followed by a Jacklyn Peas bucket to make it 39-22. Haley Heath and Arie Kennedy would trade buckets with Brooke Elliott hitting the final bucket of the quarter with Northfield leading 41-26 with a quarter to go.
by Eric Stearley
On Dec. 5 during Wabash’s First Friday festivities, Arc of Wabash held an open house to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The community was invited to see the organization’s work firsthand and learn about the organization’s history.
A tour of the facility encompassed several historical vignettes, where volunteers acted out scenes as they might have occurred in 1954. The first gave viewers a glimpse inside a reenacted Wabash City School Board meeting where the education of children with disabilities was first discussed. The tour continued into a meeting of the parents of disabled children, which occurred just after the board’s decision not to begin what would now be referred to as Special Education. These parents worked together, and with the help of the community, founded the School of Hope, out of which Arc of Wabash grew.
“I think it was appropriately named,” said Arc of Wabash Executive Director Nancy Hoffman. “When they started this organization, it brought them hope.”
Attendees then got a chance to meet some of the organization’s clients and see them on the job in the facility’s workshop. The tour concluded with a benefit dinner.
During the open house, Artistica Gallery Manager Joyce DeVore presented Hoffman with a check for the proceeds of the organization’s recent art gallery show, featuring paintings created by Arc clients. In its second year, the show raised $4,010.25.
“It’s very much so more than we expected. It’s awesome!” said Hoffman. “The public response is amazing. The people that came in and immediately purchased paintings…it was phenomenal. The talent of the people doing the paintings is phenomenal.”
The City of Wabash has been informed that a company has been notifying residents of a service they offer, painting addresses on the curbs in front of residences. The company has not requested any authorization from the City of Wabash to perform these services, and the City of Wabash would like to inform residents that this type of operation can be questionable in nature.
The LIFE Center will be having their annual Rally for Life on Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Wabash Middle School auditorium, with special guest speaker Peter Heck. The program begins at 2 p.m. with the walk and refreshments to follow.
Jan. 22, 2015 marks 42 years of legalized abortion. The LIFE Center will be collecting baby bottles at the Rally. If you have been filling a baby bottle, please return it at the Rally. There will be a free will donation taken at the rally, along with donations of items the Center needs, which include wipes, prenatal vitamins, and 3T-4T clothing including pajamas.
The Center will always accept donations of baby clothing up to size 4T, diapers, formula, baby food, shoes and other items for babies.
The LIFE Center is in the process of raising funds for a new facility. Last month, the Center received a very nice donation anonymously that has helped their fundraising significantly. Their currently total is $40,000 and they are still in need of $60,000 to reach the goal of the building fund.
The Life Center provides pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and items needed for babies free to their clients. The Center is not affiliated with any government funding or one specific church denomination.
If your church or organization would like to host a baby shower/fundraiser for the LIFE Center, please contact the LIFE Center at 260-563-7275. You can also check out their website at wabashpregnancy.com or find them on Facebook.