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Second Half Comeback Propels Squires Past Valley

The Manchester boys basketball team was hosting Tippecanoe Valley Friday and it was more than just another game. Valley was bringing a 3-0 conference record into the game with the Squires needing a win to draw even in the loss column for the TRC lead. Top that with Valley being the former home of Chainey Zolman, plus Chase Fierstos getting his first start since being injured just two games into the season and the Squires were flying sky high.

Perhaps flying a little to high the first half the Squires trailed 32-19 at the half before a thrilling second half comeback gave Manchester a 56-51 win.

Valley quickly led 3-0 before a Zolman bucket and two Koehl Fluke free throws had the Squires trailing just 5-4 when things unraveled a bit. Valley would score 8 straight to grab a 13-4 lead halfway through the quarter as the Squires didn’t score again until the 2:52 mark when Cameron Brandenburg drained a three pointer that was followed by a Zolman free throw and a Braydon Sewell bucket to cut the Valley lead to 13-10 by the end of the first quarter.

The two teams would trade buckets to start the second quarter and with Valley up 17-14 the Vikings would go on a 10-0 run to grab a 27-14 lead. Keelan Norwood stopped the run with a bucket before the Vikings scored 5 straight to extend their lead to 32-16. Chase Fierstos would end the half converting a three point play as Valley led 32-19 at the half.

Regrouping and perhaps calming down a little at the half the Squires came out in the third with a straight face and meant business. David McAtee and Chainey Zolman would hit back to back to start the quarter and after a Valley bucket Chase Fierstos would score 4 straight to get the Viking lead to single digits at 35-27. Valley would hit again when McAtee sank a free throw followed by a Chainey Zolman three point play to make it 37-31. A Valley three point play made it 40-31 before Koehl Fluke hit two free throws and Chase Fierstos a bucket to make it 40-35 with a quarter to go.

The game had the feeling that if the Squires could ever grab the lead the momentum would carry them through. Chainey Zolman scored the first bucket of the quarter but the Vikings answered with 5 straight points to make it 45-37 when the Squires caught fire. Zolman would hit again and after some key free throws from Chase Fierstos the Viking lead was 45-43. Valley would make it 47-43 when the noise level in the gym reached its peak. Chase Fierstos would draw the Squires to within one on a homer to make it 47-46 and was followed by David McAtee matching Fierstos as the Squires grabbed the lead 49-47. Fierstos would hit a again to make it 51-47 off a Branden Scott steal and it was game on with 2:00 to play. Valley would hit two free throws and foul with 1:00 left, but two missed free throws had the Vikings in position to tie or take the lead. The Squires defense held with Koehl Fluke scoring on the other end to make it 53-49. The fouling game continued by the Vikings with Fierstos hitting a free throw for a 54-49 lead with 10.3 remaining. The two teams traded free throws as the Squires held on for the 56-51 thriller.

Leading Manchester was Chase Fierstos with 23 points. Chainey Zolman added 12, Koehl Fluke 8, David McAtee 6, Cameron Brandenburg 3, Braydon Sewell 2, Keelan Norwood 2.

Manchester won the junior varsity game 52-27.

Leading the Squires was Braxtin Wilson with 12 points. Adam Byers added 11, Bailey Ness 9, Jake Schannep 7, Kane Gable 4, Levi Hicks 4, Heath Dierks 3, Nathan Self 2.

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Huge Third Quarter Lifts Apaches Over Whitko

After a tight first half the Wabash boys basketball team used a 17-4 third quarter to defeat Whitko 61-49 Friday.

In the close first half the Apaches led 15-14 after the first stop before Whitko would take a 32-29 halftime lead.

Using a balanced scoring attack with 7 players scoring the Apaches offense and defense dominated in the third, out scoring Whitko 15-4 to grab a 44-36 lead with a quarter to go. Not wanting a fourth quarter letdown the Apaches kept the pedal to the metal to win the fourth 17-13 for the 61-49 final.

Athlete Name Pts OReb DReb Reb Ast Stl Blk
Owen Yeadon (Jr) 11 4 4
Travis Easthom (Jr) 1 1
Juwan Carter (Sr) 2 1 5 6 5 1
Taylor Vigar (Jr) 27 2 5 7 5 2
Eryk Weber (So) 4 1 3 4
Marcus Jones (Jr) 5 2 4 6 1 1
Brodie Hough (Sr) 7 1 1
Tyler Hough (Jr) 5 2 2 4 2 1

Whitko nipped the Wabash junior varsity 42-41.

Athlete Name Pts OReb DReb Reb Ast Stl Blk
Justin Beauchamp (So) 3 1 2 3 1
Cal Stone (So) 1 1 1 1
Luke Mattern (Fr) 3 1 2 3 2 4
Austin Vinopal (Fr) 14 4 6 10 1 1
Matt Jones (So) 8 2 3 5 1 1
Kaleb Kelshiemer (So) 13 2 3 5 2 3
Austin Wieland (Fr)
Kory Fuller (Fr) 1 1
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Norse Balance To Much For Zebras

The Northfield boys basketball team used a balanced scoring attack and a solid floor performance to top Rochester 57-43 Friday.

The Norse won all four quarters with the third being the dagger. Northfield led 11-9 after the first stop and 24-21 at the half.

Defending home turf, the Norse would extend their lead in the third, out scoring Rochester 16-9 to lead 40-30 with a wuarter to go before having their best offensive quarter in the fourth, scoring 17 points on their way to the 57-43 win.

Key Statistics:

Noah Shear- 3 points, 7 assists, 1 steal

Cody Holmes- 2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block

Tanner Wilcox- 10 points, 4 rebounds

Adam Roser- 13 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 assists

Heath Miller- 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists

Jarred Short- 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 rebounds

Austin Burns- 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists

Jake Schuler- 6 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals


Rochester won the junior varsity game 55-36.

Cody Holmes- 10 points, 4 rebounds

Austin Trump- 9 points, 1 rebound

Matt Coe- 12 points, 13 rebounds

Ryan Driscoll- 6 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds

Jacob Watkins- 1 point, 4 rebounds

Kyle Reed- 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists

John Schuler- 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists

Joe Halderman- 5 points

Caleb Kroh- 2 steals, 2 rebounds, 1 assist

Jared Vigar- 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist

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Knights Use The Long Ball To Defeat North Miami

The Southwood boys basketball team hit 11 three pointers in a 72-26 win over North Miami Friday.

Southwood jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back, leading 22-3 at the end of the first quarter and 46-15 at the half. With nine different players scoring in the game for the Knights the balanced attack led 57-19 after three before the 72-26 final.

Leading the Knights was Carson Blair with 14 points. Noah Kirk, Mathew Nose and Robbie Cole each added 13. Alex harmon had 8, Brandin Frazier 4, Jeffery Finicle 3, Peyton Trexler 2.

More stats will be added when received.

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Norse JH Splits

The Northfield 7th grade boys’ basketball team won on the road at Maconaquah Thursday.  Grayden Craig led the team with a season high of 26 points and 12 rebounds.  Liam Johnson and Cameron Johnson each added significant points.  Braden Ripplinger had several blocked shots on defense.  All players contributed to the all-around win.

The Norse 8th grade team was defeated by a very good Maconquah team last night.  Logan Peas led the team in scoring with 17 pts followed Jared Peas, with 11 pts, Cole Rosen with 10 pts and Lightning Hartman with 7 pts.  Payton the “Fry-Daddy” played well on defense and led the team in rebounds.

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Southwood JH Girls

Southwood 7th grade girls fell to Northwestern Thursday night 10-53.

Heflin had 6 points
Lehner had 2 points
Mays had 2 points

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Lady Squires Fall At Eastbrook

The Manchester Lady Squires took one on the chin Thursday, falling at Eastbrook 53-25.

The first half did Manchester in, scoring just 5 points in each quarter and trailed 21-10 at the half. Rae Bedke hit a three pointer in each quarter with Cierra Carter getting a bucket in the first and Tiffany Johnson in the second.

Eastbrook would out score Manchester 15-8 in the third. Ellie Milam had two buckets with Bedke and Carter each scoring. The Panthers would win the fourth 14-7 for the 53-25 final. In the fourth Bedke hit her third three of the game with Carter also draining a three.

Leading Manchester was Rae Bedke with 11 points. Cierra Carter added 6, Ellie Milam 4, Tiffany Johnson 2, Celina Carter 2.

The junior varsity fell to Eastbrook 38-27.

Leading Manchester was Bethany Collett with 12 points. Elizabeth Anguilm added 6.

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Apache JH Takes Two From Peru

Wabash Middle school boys basketball win both games at Peru. The seventh grade Apaches won the first game 47-41 in OT. The Apaches led most of the game, but weren’t able to hold off a late rally by Peru to tie the game late in the fourth quarter. The overtime was all Apaches as they outscored Peru 9-3. Offensively the Apaches were led by Trenton Daughtry with 14 points and Kallen Kelsheimer with 12.

The 8th grade game was all Apaches from the tip off. Wabash won with a final 45-21. Leading the way for the 8th grade Apaches was Blake Gribben with 18 points and Robert Irgang with 14.

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