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Manchester Aquatic Club swimmers prepare for state

by Eric Stearley

eric@thepaperofwabash.com

Years of hard work are paying off for two young Manchester Aquatic Club swimmers. Halle Briner, 10, and Grant Dale, 11, are headed to the Natatorium in Indianapolis this weekend to compete in the three-day Indiana Age Group State Swim Meet, which begins Friday, March 14.

A fifth grader at Manchester Intermediate School, it will be Halle’s second trip to the state competition. She is the daughter of Craig and Nikki Briner. Craig is also the Manchester Aquatic Club head coach.

A fifth grader at Sharp Creek Elementary School, it will be Grant’s third appearance at state. He is the son of Greg and Rhonda Dale. Greg is the Wabash High School Swim Team head coach.

If it weren’t for their size, one could easily mistake Grant and Halle for high school swimmers. During practice, they’re focused, moving smoothly and swiftly through the water with near perfect form. At the pool’s edge, however, it doesn’t take long to realize that the two are simply young kids with exceptional talent. They joke and play around between sets, splashing each other occasionally, doing the things that 10 and 11 year olds do in a swimming pool. Laughter comes easily when they’re not trying to catch their breath, but when Coach Craig says, “go,” it’s back to business. 

Posted on 2014 Mar 11
Halderman breaks record, again

by Gary Andrews

The Northfield Track team competed at the Hoosier State Qualifier Meet at Indiana Wesleyan University on Friday night.

Jenna Halderman placed first in the 3200, breaking her own school record in 11:33. Karla Singer ran 12:46 for ninth. Caitlin Eltzroth and Jacklyn Peas ran 10.6 and 10.8 in the 55 Hurdles. The 4×8 relay of Halderman, Singer, Peas, and Brittany Sloan ran 10:30.

Devin Tracy ran 10:16 in the 3200.  The 4×8 relay of Tracy, Marcus Kroh, Austin Andrews, and Joe Burcroff went 9:14.  Jackson Beery had a long jump of 17-4.

Posted on 2014 Mar 11
County teams bow out of tourney

by Gary Andrews

For the first time in 9 years, there will not be a Wabash County team in the boys’ sectional championship game Saturday. The Northfield Norse took on Oak Hill in game one, falling to the Golden Eagles 66-46. In game two, Manchester battled Lewis Cass, falling to the Kings 69-57.

After getting off to a 2-0 start on a Tanner Wilcox bucket the Norse would not find the hoop again in the quarter with Oak Hill scoring 14 straight to lead 14-2 after one. Gerritt Taylor led the Oak Hill attack with 10 of the 14 points.

After a slow first quarter for the Norse, things didn’t get much better in the second. Tanner Wilcox converted a three point play and later had a bucket to cut the lead to 16-7, but the Eagles behind Jon Mauk’s 6 points out scored the Norse 12-6 to increase their lead to 26-9 at the half.

Posted on 2014 Mar 11
Wednesday night at sectionals

by Gary Andrews

It was night two at the Manchester boys’ sectional Wednesday with Wabash taking on Lewis Cass in game one followed by Manchester and Southwood. Game one was a rematch from two weeks ago when Cass got the best of Wabash, defeating the Apaches 73-53 . Wednesday the Apaches trailed by just four points with 2:39 to go, but the Kings held off Wabash for a second time 74-60.

Lewis Cass jumped out to a quick 4-0 start before the Apaches gathered themselves. Cody King and Kodi Clemons hit back to back to tie the score at 4 when Cass went on a 6-0 run to open a 10-4 lead. Christian Hall stopped the run with a bucket before Cass went again. The Kings would score five straight to open a 15-6 lead. Again the Apaches would answer. Roger Davis would hit a free throw and then a three pointer, followed by a Mike Jones bucket as the Apaches closed the gap to 15-12 at the first break.

Posted on 2014 Mar 11
Boys’ basketball All-TRC team announced

The 2013-14 Three Rivers Conference All Conference Boys’ Basketball team has been announced. The ballots were submitted and the results are as follows:

Posted on 2014 Mar 11
Finishing with undefeated season, 7th grade Lady Norse win RRC

by Gary Andrews

The Northfield Lady Norse 7th grade basketball team completed an undefeated season by winning the RRC tournament Saturday at Wabash. Northfield defeated Manchester 35-22 in the semi-finals before dismantling Tippecanoe Valley 44-19 in the championship. The Lady Norse finished 15-0.

Against Manchester, Ariel Dale led with 12 points. Kelcie Thomson and Melanie Beery added 8 points each.

Posted on 2014 Mar 04
Terrell signs with Purdue Calumet

by Gary Andrews

Northfield senior Elaina Terrell has signed her national letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Purdue Calumet next year. While playing with the Lady Norse, Terrell was an outside hitter. Terrell was in the top 15 in the TRC in serving percentage at 89.6 percent, eighth in attacks with 369 and ninth in blocking. Terrell is undecided in a major but is leaning towards sports management. “Elaina decided on PUC because she felt comfortable with the team and coach and she is very excited about the growth Coach Julie Wiejak has planned for the team,” said Elaina’s mother, Jennie.

Posted on 2014 Mar 04
Two Southwood wrestlers compete at State

In the IHSAA State Finals Friday night, Colton Dawes wrestled Cornelious Elliott II in the 113lb class.  The Perry Meridian grappler was more experienced at the State level, but Dawes put together some strong offensive and defensive scrambles.  In arguably Dawes’ best match of the year, he pushed his opponent to the limit.  The final score read as a 5-3 loss, but those watching the match, felt it was one of the better matches of the first round.  It was an awesome season for Colton!

Jake Smith faced off with Guy Henson of Avon at the 285lb class. Neither wrestler was able to tally a point in the first period.  In the second period Guy escaped for a point.  In the third Jake returned the favor, scoring an escape.  The match came down to one late scramble where the Avon wrestle came out on top.  The final was score 3-1.  It was a good season 40-2 for this senior Knight.

Posted on 2014 Feb 25

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