Sports
Knights Fall In Regional Opener

by Gary Andrews

The Southwood baseball team used a 5 run third inning to grab a 5-2 lead over Elwood Saturday in their first game of the regional, only to give up 5 runs the last two innings in a 7-5 loss at Wabash.

Southwood starter Clay Hinrichsen was dominate the first two innings, striking out 5 of the 6 hitters he faced, with the Knights putting three runners on base with Jackson Blair being hit by a pitch, Robbie Cole reaching on a fielders choice and Brandin Frazier drawing a walk. The Knights couldn’t plate a run and the game was scoreless heading to the third.

Elwood would get to Hinrichsen in the third. With a runner on first and two outs the Panthers hit three straight singles to grab a 2-0 lead. The Knights would respond in the bottom of the inning with 5 runs, which would end up being the only inning they scored in. With one out Jackson Blair drew a walk. After a pop out Robbie Cole roped a triple down the right field line to score Blair and make it 2-1. Christian Deeter followed with a single to tie the game, but the Knights were not done. Jacob Lloyd then singled to put runners on first and second when Brandin Frazier hit a 2rbi double to grab a 4-2 lead. John Collins then scored on an Elwood error and the Knights led 5-2.

The Knights looked like they were going to add to their lead in the fourth when Zach Ball dropped a bunt for a single and advanced to second on the bad throw. Jackson Blair then singled to put runners on the corners when Nathan Hollars was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. The Knights would then hit a short fly out that couldn’t advance a runner, then had a strike out and a ground out to go score less in the inning.

Posted on 2014 Jun 10
Bedke Medals In State Track Meet

by Gary Andrews

Manchester freshman Rae Bedke set a very high standard for the rest of her track career Friday at Indiana University, placing 6th in the state in the 1600. Bedke broke her own school record(again) in a time of 4:59.64. Bedke was 8 seconds off the winner Taylor Nicholson of Avon, but was just 1 second out of third place.

Freshman Jacklyn Peas of Northfield finished 18th in the 300 low hurdles in a time of 47.05. Junior Jenna Halderman of Northfield finished 13th in the 3200 in a time of 11:04.1.

Posted on 2014 Jun 10
Friday-Saturday in the National League

by Gary Andrews

There were two games Friday in the National League and one on Saturday.

On Friday the Giants beat the Cubs 11-4 in game one. For the Giants Gabe Lloyd had two home runs, Vogel and Barley had triples and Lake a double. For the Cubs Allison had a home run with Holley hitting a double.

In game two the Yankees topped the Braves 2-1. For the Braves Tyler Shepherd had a triple. For the Braves Braden Ripplinger had a triple.

Saturday the A’s defeated the Red Sox 13-8. For the A’s Drew Cooper and Ty Roser had triples. Gage Watkins had a 2 rbi triple with Blakely Stevens hitting a 2 rbi double. For the Red Sox Nate Drancik and Peyton Deeter each had a home run. Deeter also had a double.

Posted on 2014 Jun 10
Northfield names new boys’ varsity basketball coach

by Emily Armentrout

On May 28, Northfield’s athletic director, Geoff Salmon, and principal, Mike Keaffaber, held a meet and greet at the school for Northfield’s new varsity boys’ basketball coach, Patrick Hopkins. Hopkins is recent graduate of Indiana Wesleyan, where he not only had a successful basketball career but was also a youth mentor. He is licensed to teach physical education and health, and is currently seeking a teaching position around the area.

While at Indiana Wesleyan University, Hopkins was a two-time All American, conference player of the year, and was voted the IWU male athlete of the year.

“I believe in what I am going to coach. I had personal success at Indiana Wesleyan under the new National Coach of the Year, Greg Tonagel, so I’ve had great mentors and I believe in what we can do,” said Hopkins. “I love basketball and I love kids. I was helped, as a kid, through sports, to become a better person and my mentors really helped me out like that and so I want to return the favor to a younger generation by helping some boys turn into men by teaching them life skills.

Posted on 2014 Jun 03
IATCCC releases Academic All-State selections

by Gary Andrews

The Indiana Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches  (IATCCC) released their Boys & Girls Academic All State selections Saturday with three Southwood girls making the team.

First team selections were senior Amy Bowman and junior Grace Whitham.

Junior Haley Heath was selected Honorable Mention.

Posted on 2014 Jun 03
Oak Hill ends Apaches’ season

by Gary Andrews

Wabash played their first game of the sectional Saturday, struggling at the plate and falling to Oak Hill 3-1. The Apaches garnered just four hits with the Eagles taking advantage of some timely hits for the win.

The game was a pitchers dual for the first three innings as neither team scored. Oak Hill had two hits with the Apaches still looking for their first.

In the top of the fourth Wabash struck first. With one out Devin Hostetler roped a double and was followed by a Grant Sailors single to put runners on the corners. Jordan Floor then hit a deep fly ball to score Hostetler and the Apaches led 1-0. In the bottom of the inning Oak Hill led off with a single, taking advantage of a fielding error to reach second. After a walk the Eagles had runners on first and second. With one out the Eagles would get an rbi single, a walk and another rbi single to lead 2-1 before Wabash turned a 5-2-3 double play to get out of the inning.

Treavor Floor doubled with one out in the fifth and with two outs Jordan Holley walked but a ground ball out stopped the threat. In the bottom of the inning pitcher Roger Davis walked the first batter then attempted a pick off that was thrown to the fence with the Oak Hill runner making it to third. An Eagle double made it 3-1.

Wabash could muster just one base runner the last two innings, which was a Hostetler single in the sixth as they fell from the tournament 3-1.

Posted on 2014 Jun 03
Norse Move To 3A Sectional Championship

by Gary Andrews

In their first season of playing up a class because of the success factor, the Northfield baseball is one win away from a sectional championship in 3A. After out lasting Eastbrook on Thursday the Norse rode the bat if Bryce Kendall in a 4-3 win over Columbia City Saturday to move to the championship game Monday against Norwell, who defeated Heritage 6-4.

The Norse had Shane Vigar on the mound, who held Columbia City to just one hit the first two innings while the Norse threatened to score both innings without a run.

In the bottom of the first Adam Roser reached on an error but was picked off first for the first out. Bryce Kendall then tripled and he was picked off third before a Drake Richter single. Shane Vigar then hit a line drive out.

In the second Nate Hembree singled with one out with Joseph Mitchell following reaching on a fielders choice. Mitchell would advance to second on a passed ball when Brad Bever singled to put runners on the corners, but again the Norse couldn’t score.

Posted on 2014 Jun 03
Knights one win away from sectional title

by Gary Andrews

The Southwood baseball team got on the field Saturday for their first sectional action, taking on the host Lewis Cass. The Knights wasted no time letting everyone know they meant business, scoring four runs in the first inning in route to a 9-1 win over the Kings. The Knights will play Oak Hill for the sectional title Monday.

The Knights were the visitors on the scoreboard and got busy early. With one out in the top of the first Nathan Hollars drew a walk, then stole second. After a fly out Christian Deeter and Jacob Lloyd drew walks to load the bases with two outs. Brandin Frazier then singled home Hollars to make it 1-0 and was followed by a three run Brennan Kelly double to take a 4-0 lead. Cass would get their one and only run in the bottom of the inning to make it 4-1.

In the top of the second Hollars would single with one out, advancing to third on a botched pick off throw. Robbie Cole then ripped a triple to score Hollars with Lloyd singling home Cole for a 6-1 lead. Frazier would single to put runners on first and second before a fly ball ended the inning. Left fielder Matt cox got the bottom of the inning started right with a diving catch.

The Knights couldn’t plate a run in the third, but did get a single from Jackson Blair.

Robbie Cole got the 4th inning started reaching on an error and promptly stole second. After a wild pitch moved Cole to third, Christian Deeter singled home Cole for a 7-1 lead. The Knights would threaten for more with singles from Lloyd and Kelly loaded the bases with one out. The Kings got a force out at home on a grounder before getting the third out on a ground ball. The other freshman in the outfieled, Zach Ball made a diving catch to start the bottom of the 4th.

Posted on 2014 Jun 03

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