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Norse 6th Concludes Season

Max Carter scored two touchdowns and Clayton Tomlinson added another as the Northfield 6th grade team concluded it’s season with a 20-0 win over Manchester. Kaiden Pence also scored a two point conversion for Northfield as they finished a very successful season with a 7-2 overall record. The team was comprised of fifteen sixth grade students from Sharp Creek Elementary and two from Manchester. Northfield played in the Central Indiana Conference under a sponsorship from the Wabash County YMCA. The Norse won the CIC Northern division with a 6-0 record while playing against much larger schools. They outscored their opponents 136-18 before losing to a very tough Elwood team 36-14 for the overall conference championship. The only other loss was to Tipton by a score of 8-6. Team members include Jayden Peas, Jarret Shafer, Aiden Gohring, Clayton Tomlinson, Alex Haupert, Camden Peterson, Max Carter, Micah Higgins, Blayne Powell, Dakota France, Gregory Brault, James Myers, Logan Cox, Grant Warmuth, Kaiden Pence, Dayne Pefley, and Paul Labonte. The team was coached by Tory Shafer and Stan Cox. The team would like to thank Bill Barrows of the Wabash County YMCA, the coaching staff of Northfield High School, the Athletics Department of Northfield High School, and the parents of all of these fine young men.

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Lady Knights Sweep Their Way To 7th Straight Regional Title

The Southwood VolleyKnight train kept rolling Tuesday, winning their 7th straight regional title with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-23 sweep over Clinton Central. Although the scores were close the Lady Knights were in control, never trailing in the first two games.

Sami White let Clinton Central know right away what they were in for when her first serve of the game was a line drive just inches over the net for an ace as Southwood quickly jumped out to a 7-3 lead. Sarah Peters also had a ace with Emilie Harnish and Bailey Hobbs getting kills. Clinton Central cut the lead to 7-5 when the Knights went to work. With Emilie Harnish serving the Knights would go on a 9-0 run that put them in the drivers seat at 16-5. During the run Harnish served 4 aces with Peters and Bailey Lundmark ripping kills. The Bulldogs would regain their composure and start to chip away at the Knight lead, at one point having a 4 point run to cut the Southwood lead to 22-19 before a Sami White block. The Knights held on to win game one 25-21.

Kaitlyn Murphy got Southwood going in game two with a kill that ignited a 6-0 run to start the game. Sarah Peters had a block and a kill to add to the run as Murphy, Peters and Bailey Lundmark controlled the net to open an 11-3 lead. The Knights were up 14-7 when Clinton Central would make a comeback again. The Bulldogs would score 6 of the next 7 points to cut the lead to 15-13 and had it cut to 18-17 when the Knights caught a second wind. Taking advantage of a couple Bulldog errors, getting an ace from Emilie Harnish and kills from Sarah Peters and Bailey Lundmark the Lady Knights scored 5 straight to open a 23-17 lead. Clinton Central would score 3 straight to get it to 23-20 when Peters scored on a tip, then Kaitlyn Murphy ending the game with a block for a 25-20 win and led 2-0.

The Knights fell behind 2-1 in game three which was the first time they trailed for the night. The Knights however would get on track with Sarah Peters serving to score 5 straight and built their lead to 11-5 before a 3 point Bulldog run made it 11-8. Emilie Harnish would be the next thorn in the side for Clinton Central when she served two aces and had a kill during a 5 point run to make it 16-8. Looking like the Knights might pull away, back came the Bulldigs. Clinton Central would score 6 straight and 10 of the next 13 points to tie the game at 18. After another Harnish kill the Bulldogs ran again, scoring 4 straight to lead the Knights 19-22 but again Harnish would lead the Knights back with 2 kills for 3 straight points to tie the score at 22, forcing a Bulldog time out. Coming out of the time out and Anna Rees serving Southwood would score 2 points to grab a 24-22 lead when Clinton Central scored, making it 24-23. Some heavy Knight pressure forced the Bulldogs in to four hits on the next serve, ending the game 25-23 and the night 3-0.

Delayne Gentry                        1 service point, 1 assist, 6 digs

Sami White                                 7 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 7 digs, 16 assists, 1 block

Makenna Dawes                         4 digs

Anna Rees                                    6 service points, 1 assist, 5 digs

Bailey Hobbs                                        6 service points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 3 assists, 6 digs, 1 block

Sarah Peters                                         5 service points, 3 aces, 4 kills, 2 block

Bailey Lundmark                                    6 kills, 2 blocks

Kaitlyn Murphy                                    3 kills, 2 blocks, 1 assist

Emilie Harnish                               16 service points, 7 aces, 7 kills, 7 digs, 1 assist

Southwood will travel to Bremen Saturday for the semi state where they will play  #7 Adams Central at 12:30. Hammond Bishop Noll and Muncie Burris play in game one at 11:00.


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VolleyKnights Head To Clinton Central

The Southwood VolleyKnights won their 8th straight sectional title Saturday and now travel to Michigantown Tuesday to take on Clinton Central in the regional. The regional is just a two team format with the winner going to the four team semi state at Bremen Saturday.

Southwood is a 10 time regional champion and are seeking their 7th straight Tuesday. Clinton Central won the regional in 2004 & 2005

Southwood is ranked #11 while Clinton Central is #15

The two teams have just one common opponent which is Rochester. Southwood fell to the Zebras 25-22,14-25,17-25,12-25 while Clinton Central lost 15-25, 15-25

We put together some individual and team stats for you to ponder on to make your prediction for Tuesday’s match up. All the stats posted are for 2A only.

Southwood’s Sami White is ranked 6th in the state in assist with 794. Clinton Central setter Gracie Stewart is 29th with 453.

Clinton Central’s Tenley Orr is ranked 28th in kills with 272. Southwood’s Kaitlyn Murphy is 35th with 255. Emilie Harnish od Southwood is #44 with 228. Clinton Central’s Taylor Smith is #46 with 224. Sarah Peters of Southwood is #63 with 189 while Clinton Central’s Kylie Crenshaw is #77 with 163. Southwood’s Sami White, Bailey Hobbs and Bailey Lundmark are all in the top 152 with Clinton Central’s next best at 160.

Tenley Orr of Clinton Central is ranked #7 in aces with 87. Southwood’s Sami White is #9 with 84. Gracie Stewart of Clinton Central is # 25 with 59 with Barrentine Bailey #41 with 52.

Southwood’s Kaitlyn Murphy is ranked #36 in blocks with 62 with Clinton Central’s Tenley Orr #72 with 43. Southwood’s Bailey Lundmark is #97 with 36.

Clinton Central’s Barrentine Bailey is ranked #38 in digs with 322 with Southwood’s Emilie Harnish #78 with 244.


Team Stats :

Clinton Central is ranked #8 in hitting percentage at .233 while Southwood is #20 at .187

Southwood is ranked #7 in kills with 1019 with Clinton Central at #15 with 930.

Southwood is ranked #7 in assist with 923 with Clinton Central at #12 with 862.

Clinton Central is ranked #9 in aces with 290 with Southwood at #14 with 259.

Southwood is ranked #24 in blocks with 144 with Clinton Central at #50 with 61.

Clinton Central is ranked #35 in digs with 1186 with Southwood at #36 with 1179.


If Southwood gets by Clinton Central Tuesday they would play the winner of the Westview/Adams Central winner in the second game of the Bremen semi state at 12:30 Saturday.






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Lady Knights Claim 8th Straight Sectional Title

The Southwood volleyball team kept their tournament winning ways going Saturday, winning their 8th straight sectional title with a 25-21, 25-14, 26-24 win over Manchester. Earlier in the day the Knights topped Wabash 25-17, 25-21, 25-9 to make it to the finals. Manchester defeated Oak Hill 28-26, 25-14, 25-21.

The Lady Knights went to Katelyn Murphy early who had three kills as Southwood led 4-3 when Manchester got a block from Madison Isbell and scored two in a row to lead 5-4. The two team would trade blows until the Knights led 12-10 when Murphy would record two kills in a 5-0 run to grab a 16-10 lead. The Knights would build their lead to 22-12 when things got tight in a hurry. Manchester scored three straight with a Kendra Binkley kill then at 23-15 would score six straight to make it 23-21. During the run Merret Metzger would serve three straight aces. The Knights would score the next two for the 25-21 win.

Southwood dominated game two early, grabbing a 9-2 lead and building it to 19-7. During an early 6-0 run Murphy and Sarah Peters had a combo block with Peters serving during the run. In a 5-2 spurt Murphy and Bailey Hobbs had kills. Up 19-7 the Knights would trade points with the Squires for the 25-14 final.

Southwood jumped out to a 4-2 lead in game three on kills from Peters and Emilie Harnish when the Squires scored four straight to grab a 6-4 lead. Southwood answered with an 8-1 run to regain the lead at 12-7. Emilie Harnish had five kills during the run with Anna Rees serving an ace. Madison Isbell would stop the run with a block as the Squires would score six of the next eight points to close the gap to 14-13. Corrie Osborne had a kill during the run. The Knights would build the lead to 18-16 when Lea Sorg placed a tip and had a kill during a three point spurt to put Manchester up 19-18. Manchester would increase their lead to 22-19 when Harnish killed two straight followed by a kill from Bailey Lundmark to make it 22-22. Manchester then took advantage of two Knight errors to go up 24-22 when they committed two errors of their own to make it 24-24. Harnish would then score on a tip then Bailey Hobbs served an ace to win 26-24 and the match 3-0.


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Halderman Headed To State Finals

Two teams and four individuals from Wabash County ran in the cross country semi state Saturday with Northfield’s Jenna Halderman advancing to next Saturday’s state finals in Terra Haute.

The Northfield girls team and Southwood’s Emily Lehner ran at New Haven where the Norse finished 1oth as a team with Halderman placing 11th to advance to the state finals for the second straight year.

Also running for Northfield was Brittany Sloan in 67th, Karla Singer 82nd, Jacklyn Peas 112th, Olivia Thompson 115th, Natasha Leland 116th, Caitlin Eltzroth 142nd.

Emily Lehner finished in 95th.

The Northfield boys finished 13th as a team led by Devin Tracy in 37th. Joe Burcroff was 74th, Austin Andrews 82nd, Austin Frye 95th, Noah Shear 132nd, Heath Miller 155th, Mason Zolman 166th.

Dominick Hubbard of Wabash finished 78th, Sam Hall 114th.

Thomas Rohr of Manchester ran at New Prairie, finishing 101st.

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Knights Put up 42 Points(In The First Half) !!

The Southwood football team had an offensive night most teams dream about, putting up 42 points in the first half on their way to a 62-14 sectional road win over Fremont.

The night got started when Nathan Hollars scored from three yards out to put the Knights up 7-0. On their next possession Robbie Cole would connect with Danny Goff on a scoring strike as Southwood led 14-0 after one.

As good as the first quarter was the Knights doubled up on their first quarter performance in the second quarter. The Knights defense put pressure on the Fremont quartrerback, causing a fumble that Johnny Jones recovered on the 19. Hollars would then score up the middle for a 21-0 lead. On their next possession Hollars would repeat his performance of the previous possession, taking the ball up the middle for a 28-0 lead. The third score of the quarter came when Robbie Cole found Zach Ball for a scoring strike as the game was out of control at 35-0. The Knights would score one more time in the half when Cole found the endzone on a keeper as the half ended 42-0.

The Knights called off the dogs in the third quarter with the junior varsity getting some major playing time and responding. Freshman Carson Blair would go 8 of 12 at quarterback for 116yds, with 8 different players rushing and 9 different players catching a pass.

# Athlete Name C Att Yds C% Avg TD Int
10 Robbie Cole (Sr) 10 17 208 .588 20.8 2 0
5 Carson Blair (Fr) 8 12 116 .667 14.5 0 0
# Athlete Name Car Yds Avg Lng 100+ TD
10 Robbie Cole (Sr) 2 53 26.5 44 0 1
21 Zach Ball (So) 1 6 6.0 6 0
22 Nathan Hollars (Sr) 10 34 3.4 8 0 3
24 Matt Cox (So) 8 54 6.8 28 0 3
25 Jon Berlier (Jr) 2 19 9.5 15 0
27 Peyton Trexler (Fr) 4 23 5.8 21 0
29 Jeffrey Finicle (So) 1 12 12.0 12 0
5 Carson Blair (Fr) 1 -5 -5.0 -5 0
# Athlete Name Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
11 Blake Martz (So) 1 6 6.0 6
18 Noah Kirk (Sr) 2 24 12.0 17
21 Zach Ball (So) 2 28 14.0 17 1
22 Nathan Hollars (Sr) 1 18 18.0 18
25 Jon Berlier (Jr) 2 26 13.0 17
29 Jeffrey Finicle (So) 4 23 5.8 12
7 Danny Goff (Sr) 3 112 37.3 50 1
84 Keaton Weiss (Sr) 2 54 27.0 42
87 Matthew Nose (Fr) 1 33 33.0 33

Nick Rebholz led the defense with 6 tackles. Johnny Jones and Evan Kirkover had 4 tackles each.


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Apaches Get Revenge In Sectional Opener Over Squires

Two weeks ago the Wabash football team had a 20 point lead over Manchester in the first half, only to have the Squires comeback to defeat Wabash. Friday night in the opening round of the sectional the two teams hooked up again for a rematch at Manchester in the opening round of the sectional with the Apaches grabbing an early lead and holding on for a 21-7 win over the Squires.

On their second possession of the game the Apaches would mount a 4 play drive that ended with a pass from Chase Dirig to Grant Dirig for 28yds with 8:01 remaining to grab a 7-0 lead after the Owen Yeadon kick. Manchester was answering the Wabash score with a big completion from Lucas Schilling and a 28yd run from Jacob Casper to take the ball to the Apache 15, but the drive stalled on four plays with Wabash taking over on the 14. Again it would be the Dirig connection that would strike on a 70yd score with 3:16 left and led 14-0 after the first quarter.

As the first quarter ended the Squires were mounting a drive and were on the Wabash 8. The Wabash defense would then come up big when Grant Dirig intercepted a Schilling pass in the endzone. The Manchester defense would answer to get the ball back to give the Squires another shot and the Squires responded. Connecting with passes to Evan Milam and Keelan Norwood the Squires moved the ball to the 3yl when Schilling found Milam on a scoring strike with 4:26 left to make it 14-7. With the tide starting to turn the Manchester defense would hold again and the offense went on the march. With :36 seconds remaining Schilling would connect with Bailey Ness on a score that was called back with the drive stalling and the half ending 14-7.

Manchester would get the ball first to start the second half with the Wabash defense needing a stop to change the momentum. The Apaches would step up and stop the Squires on four plays and the offense would answer the call. Starting on the 36 the Dirig connection would move the ball down the field. Dirig would then find Ben Dillon twice with the second catch being a 10yd TD strike with 5:21 left to increase their lead to 21-7. Both teams defenses would hold the remainder of the quarter with the score at 21-7.

Wabash would punt to start the fourth quarter with the Squires needing a score. The Manchester offense was struggling moving the ball and on a 4th and 9 executed a fake punt that Daniel Griese took the ball to the Wabash 32. Two plays later Owen Yeadon picked off a Schilling pass to stop the drive and the Apaches took over. Manchester would get the ball back and again it was Yeadon picking off Schilling with what probably the dagger. Wabash would work the clock and on fourth down Owen Yeadon placed a punt to the Manchester 10, forcing the Squires to go 90yds with time running out. The Apaches would then get their third interception of the quarter when Grant Dirig grabbed a pass, taking the ball back to the Squire 20. Wabash would run the clock out and pick up their first sectional win since 1996, 21-7.

Individual stats will be added as soon as received.

Wabash will now host Bremen next Friday

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Stone Selected Academic All State First Team In Volleyball

Congratulations to Wabash senior Shelby Stone for being selected to the Academic All State First Team in volleyball



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