Sports
County sports rivalries and success transcend one another

By Bill Barrows

I took some time to just stand back and observe the Wabash community last week as the buildup started after the euphoria of Southwood Boys Basketball’s 2 point win over Ft. Wayne Blackhawk Christian.


I was out of town on Saturday and the amount of Tweets, texts, emails and phone calls that I received was special because Wabash County Sports enthusiasts wanted to spread the news that the Knights had won and were heading to the State Final Game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

From 200 miles away, I could feel the emotions of an entire community as the mood went from excitement and celebration to anticipation.
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 27
Local youth compete in archery nationals

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Bass and Bucks youth archery team had a pair of archers take first place honors in the S3DA Indoor National Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 8 and 9.


Kirah Klepper took top honors in the elementary female S3DA fixed pins division, while taking fourth overall in her division with a score of 150 points and 19 inner bullseyes, or Xs.


Kaden Meredith was best of his division in the middle school male S3DA fixed pins division, and finished fourth overall in his division with 150 points and 19 Xs as well.


“They did really good at indoor nationals, for Kira and Kaden,” coach Wayne Welch said. “We had an awards ceremony here for them to show them our appreciation for what they’ve done. They’ve been good ambassadors for us everywhere they’ve gone. We’re looking forward to them competing in the outdoor circuit starting here in April. We’re proud as sin of the kids and how good they did.”
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 27
Knights fall in title contest

Dallas Holmes leaps to block a shot of a Morristown Yellow Jacket player during the first half of the IHSAA boys basketball championship game on Saturday. Photo by David Fenker

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com


INDIANAPOLIS – The Southwood boys basketball has been an offensive juggernaut all season, average 76.8 points per game, the state’s fourth best average.


That went all out the window In Saturday’s Class A state finals with Morristown.

With the Knights  struggling mightily offensively throughout, the Yellow Jackets, jumped ahead with a 13-4 run early in the second quarter never looked back, downing the Knights 89-60 to win the Class A State Championship.

Posted on 2018 Mar 27
Knights advance to Semi-state

Southwood senior Matt Nose drives to the basket during the morning semifinal of Saturday’s Class A Regional at Frankfort High School. Photo by Josh Sigler

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Southwood’s boys basketball team is heading to the semistate after a dominant performance in Saturday’s Class A Frankfort Regional.


The Class A No. 3-ranked Knights made it look easy, thrashing North Vermillion 80-42 in the morning semifinal before returning later that night to dispatch Seton Catholic 92-57 to claim the program’s first regional title since 2010.
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 13
Blair rewrites record book in special year

Southwood senior Carson Blair looks for room to operate during a game against Lafayette Central Catholic on March 2. Blair has had a memorable season, becoming the county’s all-time leading scorer. Photo by Josh Sigler

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Believe it or not, basketball was not Carson Blair’s first love when it came to sports.


Those who have watched his career trajectory won’t find it that puzzling, but the physical nature of the game of football drew him in before he developed a passion for hoops.


“Then, about second grade I started to like basketball,” Blair said. “I played at the YMCA and got into it then. My dad played and my brother played, so they got me interested in it.”


Blair went on to re-write the record book for the Southwood football program, throwing for an eye-popping 57 touchdowns with just three interceptions as a senior, leading the Knights to a repeat sectional championship.


Turns out he’s not too bad at basketball either, breaking his father’s school scoring record on his team’s way to the the Wabash County Tournament title before breaking the Wabash County all-time scoring record later in the season on senior night. It’s all happening in a season where the team is enjoying success never before paralleled.
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 13
Who will win NCAA title?

By Bill Barrows


Almost every week, I have lunch with a few of my cronies. We discuss sports, current events, social issues, maybe politics will rear its ugly head periodically, but it mostly revolves around sports. This time of year, we discuss spring training baseball, NBA basketball, the upcoming NFL draft and the NCAA basketball tourney. The basic rules are: information is essential, statistics are helpful and opinion is welcome but probably will be challenged. It’s always a healthy discussion with a few personal barbs thrown at any deserving participant.

Posted on 2018 Mar 13
Southwood wins sectional title

Southwood's Peyton Trexler splits the defense on his way to the basket during Saturday night's Sectional 54 championship game versus Frontier at Lafayette Central Catholic High School. 

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

LAFAYETTE -- The Southwood Knights avoided a hangover from an emotional win over host Lafayette Central Catholic on Friday night, returning Saturday to rout Frontier 96-42 to claim their second sectional championship in as many years.


“We got that year of experience last year, winning the Oak Hill Sectional,” Southwood coach John Burrus. “That’s kind of carried us in this year’s sectional. Our guys know the course now and they know what it takes. They knew we had to come out tonight and knock Frontier out. We weren’t going to back into this one. We wanted to force the issue.”
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 06
Oak Hill dominates MHS sectional

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Oak Hill showed why it is ranked eighth in the state in Class 2A with a strong opening 59-44 sectional win over host Manchester Tuesday, Feb. 27.


The Eagles started with a 5-0 lead, then answered a Manchester 3-pointer from Weston Hamby with a 5-0 run to lead 10-3 and kept the Squires at bay the rest of the way.
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 06

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