by Gary Andrews
The Northfield football team was in control of their own destiny Friday to capture the county championship as Manchester came calling with the same title on the line for the Squires. A win by the Norse would give them a perfect 3-0 county record, while a Squire win would force the tie-breaker system to determine a champion. For three quarters Friday, the game was up for grabs before a 20 point fourth quarter by Northfield gave the Norse a 34-7 win and the monster 105.9 the Bash traveling trophy for at least a year.
Manchester would get the ball first to start the game, but went three and out with the Norse wasting little time striking first. On Northfield’s first play Jared Short would scamper 33 yards to the Manchester 31, then six plays later score on a 21 yard sweep to make it 6-0 with 8:01 on the clock. The Squires were moving backwards on their next possession before a roughing the passer call on the 3 yard line negated a Short interception and gave Manchester the ball on the 18.
The Squires would make the Norse pay for their penalty, riding Jacob Casper and Evan Milam down the field with Lucas Schilling punching it in from 1 yard out with 1:07 left to give Manchester a 7-6 lead. Northfield ended the quarter with two Josh Bickel runs that went from their own 31 to the Manchester 44.
Northfield baseball recently announced its 2014 award winners.
Receiving varsity chevrons were Brad Bever, Brandon Frank, Nate Hembree, Bryce Kendall, Joseph Mitchell, Adam Roser, Shane Vigar, Dylan Brown, Drew Clark, Jakob Hayes, Mason Hovey, Remington Monce, Drake Richter and manager Courtney Pennington.
Receiving JV certificates were Josh Smalley, Xian Rodriguez, Jacob Watkins, Julian Zapata, Sam Burcroff, Keaton Francis, Adam Smalley and Brady Vigar.
The TRC champions had two players named to 1st team all-conference – Adam Roser and Drake Richter. Nate Hembree, Joseph Mitchell and Shane Vigar were named to TRC Academic Honorable Mention.
Individual awards were also given including Most Valuable Player, Drake Richter; Most Improved, Joseph Mitchell, and Mental Attitude, Josh Smalley.
by Gary Andrews
The volleyball and football sectionals kick off this week with Southwood hosting the volleyball sectional and Manchester hosting an opening round football sectional game.
For volleyball, Oak Hill will compete against Lewis Cass on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. With Wabash facing North Miami on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m., and Southwood facing Northfield at 7:30 p.m. following the Wabash game. Saturday, starting at 11 a.m., will be Manchester competing against Tuesday’s winner, and the Wabash/North Miami winner taking on the Southwood/Northfield winner at 12:30 p.m. The championship game will be on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
Football sectionals begin Friday, Oct. 24 with Wabash playing Manchester at Manchester. Southwood also plays Friday night, at Fremont. Northfield drew a bye for Friday.
By Bill Barrows
Football sectional first round pairings will provide some great match ups for the county teams to prepare for. In 2A Sectional #34, Wabash will travel to Manchester for a rematch of last week’s thriller at Alumni Field. In 1A, Southwood travels to Fremont in Sectional #43. Northfield drew the bye. They will face travel to the winner of Adams Central/South Adams winner in week 2.
Rick Harness and I will lead the broadcast from Manchester High School. We will broadcast beginning at about 6:45 p.m. with the set up of this long time long time county match up, turned in a Sectional rivalry. Remember, two weeks ago, during a TRC match up, these two teams played right down to the wire in a 29-23 Squires victory over the Apaches on Senior Night at Wabash.
Wabash led in that game 23-7 at halftime, only to see Manchester roar back to take the lead. Wabash had a first and goal at the Manchester 8 yard line with a minute left, but could not convert. Expect to see the same this Friday night.
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by Gary Andrews
It was senior night and breast cancer awareness night at Wabash Thursday. The Lady Apaches won in a sweep over North Miami Wednesday and it looked as though they would repeat that performance against Eastern on Thursday as they grabbed a 2-0 lead, then survived a Comet comeback to win in five games 25-20, 25-22, 18-25, 20-25, 16-14.
Falling behind 2-0 to start the night Wabash would get a kill from Sydni Mullett and an ace from Jaycee Parrett to score three straight and grab the lead. The two teams would battle back and fourth until Eastern led 11-10 and the Apaches got hot. After a Comet error Mullett would drive home another kill that was followed with two aces from Sarah Ritter as Wabash scored four straight and led 15-11. Eastern would inch their way back and eventually tie the score at 17 before Ritter and Kristin Cromer got busy leading the Apaches to a 8-3 run down the stretch to win game one 25-20.
Eastern would get the good start in game two, grabbing a 6-3 lead and building the lead to 13-8 when Wabash had an answer. With Claire Cromer serving the Lady apaches would score 8 straight points and take the lead at 16-13. During the run Katie Ford had three kills with Ritter getting a kill and Cromer an ace. Wabash would hold the lead until 22-18 when Eastern made a run. The Comets went on a 5-0 run to grab a 23-22 lead before the Apaches derailed the train. Tied at 23 Katie Ford nailed a kill for the lead then Sydni Mullett stuffed a block for the final point as the Apaches won 25-23 and led 2-0.
New this year at Wabash High School, they are introducing Student Athlete of the Month. Head coaches nominate one athlete from their team that exemplifies one of the following:
*Sportsmanship shown in competition
*Something that displays a positive image for Wabash athletics
*Something that displays good character
This award is sponsored by Harvey Hinklemeyer’s. All winners will be given a $10 gift card and will be honored at the end of the year and presented with a special t-shirt.
by Gary Andrews
The Manchester Squire doubles team of Noah Cain and Branden Scott put their 18-1 record up against Plymouth, the top doubles team in North Central Indiana, falling 1-6, 3-6.
The match started out with two close games in which Noah Cain and Branden Scott had opportunities but lost close games. Plymouth jumped out to a 3-0 lead but Manchester didn’t give in. Scott served many quality points and Cain volleyed well at the net as the duo won the fourth game to go 1-3. Plymouth, however, took the next three games.
Despite losing the set 6-1 and the first three games of set two, the Squire duo went toe to toe with Plymouth. Manchester broke through with 3 straight games to tie the set 3-3.
Eventually, Plymouth won the final 3 games of the set to take the match and advance in the tournament. Cain and Scott end their 1 doubles season with an 18-2 record.
by Gary Andrews
It was the tale of two halves Friday at Wabash as the Apaches out scored Manchester 23-7 in the first half before the Squires shut out Wabash in the second half 22-0 for a come from behind 29-23 win over the Apaches.
With 9:26 to go in the first quarter Chase Dirig would hook up with his brother Grant on a 38-yard scoring strike to take a 6-0 lead and later got a 35-yard field goal from Owen Yeadon to lead 9-0 after the first quarter.
The Squires would close the gap early in the second when Evan Milam scored from 4yds out with 10:27 to play, making it 9-7, but the Apaches responded with two more scores for their first half lead. Chase Dirig scored on a 10yd run, then connected with Trevor Vest on a 25-yard pass play to give the Apaches a 23-7 halftime lead.
Both defenses would dominate the third quarter with Manchester getting the lone score of the quarter when Jacob Casper scored from 23 yards out with 40 seconds left in the quarter and with a two point conversion Wabash still led 23-15 with one quarter to go.
With 9:23 left in the game Lucas Schilling would race 14yds to pay dirt, then hit Milam for a two-point conversion to tie the game at 23. A Wabash turn over kept the Squire momentum going as Lucas Schilling then found Bailey Ness form 20 yards out with a blocked extra point giving Manchester a 29-23 lead which would end up being the final score.
For Manchester Lucas Schilling was 17 of 32 for 215 yards, one touchdown. Jacob Casper rushed 10 times for 67 yards, one touchdown. Lucas Schilling added 9 for 54 yards, one touchdown, Evan Milam 7 for 26 yards, one touchdown. Evan Milam had 6 receptions for 70 yards. Bailey Ness added 4 for 62 yards, one touchdown, Daniel Griese 4 for 4 for 51 yards, Keelan Norwood 2 for 28 yards, Jacob Casper 1 for 4 yards.