by Gary Andrews
The boys and girls TRC cross country meets were held at Manchester Thursday with Rochester taking both team titles. Northfield took second in both meets, while the Southwood girls finished third. Manchester's Matthew Fahs-Brown was the individual champion in the boys’ race with Northfield's Jenna Halderman winning the girls race.
The first races of the day were the junior varsity races, with Northfield's Tori Givens winning the girls race, followed by teammates Catherine Tracy and Kalanu Watson Dunn. Alexis Vernon of Manchester was 6th, followed by Autumn Johnson, Sapphire Fiddler, Marie Wallner.
Northfield's Heath Miller was second in the boys’ race. Also for Northfield Matt Carey 7th, Brad Bever 8th, Zack Clouse 9th, Mason Zolman 11th, Brandon Frank 12th. Jose Delgado of Wabash 13th, Tyler Evans 15th. Stevie Metz of Southwood was 18th.
The boys’ varsity race was next with Manchester's Matthew Fahs-Brown winning in 16:53.
Northfield was 2nd 59 points: Devin Tracy (2) 16:57, Austin Frye (4) 17:40, Joe Burcroff (5) 17:48, Austin Andrews (22) 19:08, Noah Augustus (26) 19:33, Keegan Knepp (28) 19:43, Caleb Coe (33) 20:19.
By Gary Andrews
It was a good old-fashioned shootout at Northfield Friday between MSD rivals Southwood and Northfield. In a game that wasn't decided until the final buzzer, the Southwood Knights pulled off a 40-34 win to go 2-0 in county games and now control their own destiny for a county title.
After Southwood went four and out to start the game, the Norse would put the pedal to the medal on their first possession. Starting on their own 22 the Norse would go on a 15 play drive that was aided by two Southwood offside with Carter Frieden taking it in from 6 yards out with 4:05 remaining to give Northfield a 6-0 lead. The Knights would answer the call, riding the back of Nathan Hollars, who had two big runs to march down the field. With the ball on the 18, Robbie Cole would find Jacob Lloyd to the 8. Two plays later Cole would find the end zone on a 3 yard run and with a Zach Hobson kick led 7-6 with 1:07 to play.
After the kick off, Shane Vigar would brake loose for the Norse for a 69 yard TD, only to have it called back on a holding call. Not letting the call get them down the Norse went back to work. On the second play after the hold, Alec Wells would race 45 yards to the Southwood five when time expired in the quarter with the Knights leading 7-6.
The IHSAA announced the football sectional draw for Friday, Oct. 25.
1A: Northfield (3-5) vs South Adams (2-6) at Northfield, Southwood (5-3) at Fremont (2-6)
2A: Manchester (2-6) at Bremen (5-3), Wabash (0-8) at Prairie Heights (4-4),
By Gary Andrews
The Metro Rage closed their season out with two wins and a championship trophy at the King's Academy Tournament on Saturday. The Rage opened play against Providence Christo Rey from Indianapolis. Colton Dawes found Heath Miller streaking towards goal and Miller buried the ball in the back of the net at the one-minute mark. Miller would play a ball to Zach Hobson 4 minutes later and Hobson would add the second goal of the game. At the eight minute mark Hobson would play a cross to the back post where Josh Hobson was waiting to head the ball past the goalkeeper.
With a 3-0 lead eight minutes into the game, the Rage went to their substitutes early in the game. Logan Paris would score at the 23-minute mark on an Adam Denney cross in front of the goal. Andrew Eckerly would close the scoring out for the half at the 39-minute mark with his goal that gave the rage a 5-0 lead at the half.
By Gary Andrews
In what some thought would be an offensive battle, the Manchester Squires and Wabash Apaches defenses stepped up, especially in the first half in a 22-8 Manchester win.
The lone score of the first quarter was a Squire safety that gave Manchester a 2-0 lead after one. With both defenses dominating in the first half, the Squires would get the only score of the second quarter on a Lucas Schilling touchdown with 0:47 left to give the Squires an 8-0 lead at the half.
By Bill Barrows
The four Wabash County varsity football teams are in the midst of facing off again this week, during the latter stages of the regular season as the Three Rivers Conference schedule winds down.
The Manchester Squires will host the Wabash Apaches. Manchester will be coming off of a disappointing loss at Southwood. Wabash lost on Homecoming Night to Northfield. Both the Squires and the Apaches were able to put enough points on the board to win, but could not put enough together defensively to get the job done. Both will be looking to play more consistently on the defensive side of the football this week. This match up could be a good one as both teams lay it on the line.
By Gary Andrews
The Southwood volleyball team hosted their own VolleyKnight Invite Saturday, going 3-1 and finishing runner up.
Southwood started the day defeating Blackford 25-7, 25-11, then topped Kokomo 25-13, 25-17 and Maconaquah 25-15, 25-22 to advance to the championship. The Lady Knights then fell victim to Leo 17-25, 17-25 to finish second.
Lexi Brickner led the offensive attack with 29 kills and 4 blocks on the day. Drew Rhamy added 24 kills. Sami White controlled the attack with 48 assist. The lady Knights served 25 aces on the day.
by Gary Andrews
The Southwood and Manchester football teams hooked up Friday in night one of the county round robin. The Knights defended their home turf, defeating the Squires 38-21.
The Knights did all the scoring in the first quarter when quarterback Robbie Cole connected with Noah Kirk for a 33 yard scoring strike and with the Zach Hobson kick led 7-0 after one.
The Knights would extend their lead to 13-0 in the second quarter when after a drive Nathan Hollars took it in from 4 yards out with 6:07 to play. The Squires would then get the goose egg off the board with 3:55 left on a Lucas Schilling 4 yard TD and after the Ross Messer kick it was 13-7. The Knights would answer right before the half when Cole found Jackson Blair for a 10-yard scoring strike and the Knights led 20-7 at the half.