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Lady Squires win 4th straight tennis sectional championship

The Manchester girls tennis team won its fourth consecutive sectional championship Saturday, May 18 with a 5-0 win over Maconaquah. Pictured are, from left, Morgan Stroud, Anna Osborne, Kelsey Eichenauer, Eva Bazzoni, Halle Briner, Halie Wampler, Rebekah Pyle. Photo provided. 

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

PERU -- Manchester continued its dominance in area girls tennis with its fourth straight sectional championship Saturday, May 18 at Peru's Thrush Courts.


The Squires matched up with Maconaquah after the Squires edged Peru, and the Braves fought to get past Northfield in the semifinals the evening before.


The championship match was more anti-climatic with Manchester clinching a 5-0 win in just over an hour.


“This was an outstanding achievement for not only our eight seniors who have worked hard to achieve this success, but also the entire team and program,” Manchester coach Joel Eichenauer said.
 

Posted on 2019 May 21
Knights get share of TRC baseball title

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

With a 6-4 win over Peru Friday, Southwood’s baseball team earned a share of the Three Rivers Conference regular season championship.


The Knights share the crown with Rochester as both teams finished the regular season with 7-2 conference records.


Southwood won for the third time in as many days, taking the lead for good in the sixth inning on a Mason Yentes go-ahead run.


Alex Farr belted a solo home run in the fourth for the Knights.
 

Posted on 2019 May 21
Wabash, Lady Squires win TRC track championships

Runners take off from the starting blocks at the TRC track and field championships. 

By Josh Sigler

jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash’s boys track team continued its winning ways, backing up a county championship by taking top honors in the Three Rivers Conference meet on Tuesday at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion.


The Apaches won with a team score of 104.5, followed by Maconaquah’s 86.5 and Peru’s 77.5. Southwood was fourth (76), Manchester was seventh (64) and Northfield was ninth with 23.
 

Posted on 2019 May 14
Norse down No. 7 Apaches

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Northfield’s baseball team scored a come-from-behind, 7-5 victory over Class 2A No. 7-ranked Wabash Monday night.
Trailing 5-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Norse pushed across three runs in the fourth and four runs in the fifth to take a 7-5 lead.


Jarrett Shafer enjoyed a big game in the win for Northfield. He went 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs, and was also the winning pitcher, working 4 1/3 innings of relief while allowing one earned run on three hits and one walk. He struck out three.


Clayton Tomlinson added a hit and three RBIs in the win.


Trenton Daughtry suffered the loss on the hill for the Apaches. He worked four innings, allowing six runs, two earned, on seven hits and no walks while striking out three.


Robert Irgang went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs, and Blake Gribben added two hits and an RBI in the loss.
 

Posted on 2019 May 14
Lady Squires, Apaches claim county track

 Competing in the 200-meter dash were (from left) Alix Winer, Blake Wiser, Blakley Cole, A.J. Fortman, Elijah Sutton and Reese Wagoner. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Manchester’s girls and Wabash’s boys track and field teams claimed Wabash County titles Thursday at Manchester.


Manchester’s girls won with 91 points, while Wabash was second with 58, Southwood third with 56, and Northfield fourth with 29.
Manchester’s Olivia Auler won the 100-meter dash in 13.39 seconds.


Wabash’s Jordan Stumbo won the 200 dash in :28.39.


Southwood’s Morgan Farr swept the 400 dash (1:02.89) and 800 run (2:37.13), while teammate Mya Denney won the 1,600 run in 6:09.92.


Northfield’s Alyssa McKillip won the 3,200 run in 11:53.94.
 

Posted on 2019 May 07
WHS' Mitchem signs to play at MU

Joshua "Dylan" Mitchem (front, center) has committed to continue his education and football career at Manchester University. Mitchem is joined in the front row by Lisha Gatchel and Barbara Gatchel. Also looking on are principal Kyle Wieland, athletic director Floyd McWhirt, football coach Adam Handley, Ryan Carmichael and Justin Denney. Photo by Josh Sigler

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Joshua “Dylan” Mitchem signed a letter of intent Friday to continue his education and football career at Manchester University.


Mitchem said the University’s offerings made it an easy decision for him when deciding where to complete his college studies.


“The accounting program they have leaves me to be able to get my master’s degree in four years, which is a great opportunity for me,” Mitchem said. “The dream of football is something I’ve always wanted. I never thought I’d be playing after high school. Having this opportunity is great. I hope to leave there a better player and better person.”


 

Posted on 2019 Apr 30
Wabash track team defeats Southwood

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash High School track and field teams defeated Southwood Tuesday night on senior night at Wabash.


The Lady Apaches defeated Southwood 69.5-57.5.


Jordan Stumbo won the high jump and the 200 dash for Wabash.


Mariah Wyatt won the shot put and the discus, and Leigha Boggs won the 100 hurdles and the pole vault.


Madison Lutz was victorious in the 100 dash.


The 4x100 relay team rounded out the winners for Wabash, where Boggs, Maya Benysh, Lutz and Stumbo took top honors.
 

Posted on 2019 Apr 30
Shooting teams open season

Paul LaBonte takes aim at a clay pigeon during the shooting competition on April 17. LaBonte is a member of the Southwood trap shooting team. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Members of the Northfield and Southwood high school trap shooting teams have started competition in their inaugural season.


The students shoot Wednesday evenings at Bass and Bucks. Competitions take place at 5, 6 and 7 p.m.


The teams are coached by Jeff Springer and Todd Eltzroth.


Both coaches stressed that safety is of the utmost importance for the students and spectators as well.


Students must wear eye and ear protection while shooting, they noted. In addition, the students are only allowed to load their shotguns just prior to their turn trying to shoot one of the clay targets.


Students stand on rubber mats in a gravel area, several yards behind the machine that throws the targets into the air.
 

Posted on 2019 Apr 23

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