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 Wabash varsity baseball team took part in the Blackford Invitational Saturday, going 1-1 on the day. In game one the Apaches fell to Muncie Central 8-6 before pouncing on Blackford 10-2 in game two.
In game one against Muncie Central, the Apaches had a hard time getting the bats going early and with the strong wind playing havoc with the defense Wabash trailed 6-0 after two innings.
After going down 7-0 in the third the Apaches broke the ice. With one out Kyle Kelsheimer singled and was moved to third on a Trevor Floor double. Grant Sailors would ground out, driving home Kelsheimer to make it 7-1 after three.
In the fourth the Apaches drew a run closer with a Kodi Fuller home run and with starting pitcher Roger Davis settling in the Apaches would make it a game in the 6th.
With the score still at 7-2 Grant Sailors would lead off the inning with a long ball to make it 7-3. Jordan Floor then singled and was followed by a Fuller walk. Roger Davis would single home Floor to close the gap to 7-4, chasing the Central starting pitcher off the mound. With runners on 2nd & 3rd after a Davis steal, Jordan Blair would ground out, pushing home a run as the Apaches trailed 7-5 with one inning to go.
Central would tack on an insurance run in the top of the 7th and Wabash had one more shot. Trevor Floor would start the inning with a double and advance to third on a ground ball. One more grounder scored Floor, but the Apaches couldn’t muster any more offense, falling 8-6.
In game two Wabash got off to a slow start, but ended with a bang. Taking on Blackford and former Northfield coach Tony Uggen, Wabash fell behind 1-0 in the first and trailed until the third.
Kyle Kelsheimer singled to start the inning and later stole second. With one out starting pitcher Grant Sailors helped himself with an rbi single and the game was tied at 1 after three.
The Apaches would take advantage of a Blackford miscue in the fourth. With two outs, Layton Fields struck out with the catcher missing the ball. Fields advanced to first, then stole second on the next pitch. Kelsheimer then singled home Fields to give Wabash a 2-1 lead.
Wabash would tack on three more runs in the 5th. Jordan Floor singled and went to second on a balk. Fuller then singled home a run to lead 3-1. Roger Davis singled to put runners on 1st & 2nd when Jordan Burnsworth singled home a run with Davis being caught and out in a rundown. Zach Phenis singled to give the Apaches runners at the corners. Phenis would then steal second and on the overthrow score Burnsworth for a 5-1 lead.
In the 6th Sailors started the inning with a single. Pinch runner Jordan Holley stole second, followed by Fuller being hit by a pitch and Davis drawing a walk to load the bases with one out. After a strike out, Holley scored on a passed ball, then Phenis singled home two to give Wabash an 8-1 lead with an inning to go.
The Apaches would tack on two more runs in the 7th with a Trevor Floor double and Grant Sailors second homer of the day, before giving up one run in the bottom of the inning for the 10-2 win.
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.