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Knight C Falls In Shootout

The Southwood Knights Football C-Team ended its season with a shootout 44-40 loss to Peru Monday. On the night, Carson Blair had 4 TD’s through the air and a 4 yard TD run. Peyton Trexler was on the other end of those with 3 TD receptions of 12, 30, and 40 yards. Matthew Nose had a 35 yard TD reception. Blair, Jeffrey Finicle, Tony Rickets and Nose all had 2 point conversions. Defensively Carson Rody had a fumble recovery and Jeffrey Fincile had an interception.

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Lady Norse Stumble On Senior Night

The Northfield volleyball team hosted 3A, #9 Mississinewa for senior night and their final game of the regular season Monday, falling to the Indians 17-25, 25-17, 19-25, 19-25.

Mississinewa got off to a good start in game one, grabbing a 9-3 lead that the Norse could just never make up. Northfield had one run that cut the Indians lead to one at 13-12 before the visitors took off again. Down 12-7 Cherish Leming knocked home a kill that ignited a 5-1 run for the Norse. Leming had two kills during the run. At 15-12 the Indians would score two points for every one of the Norse for the 19-25 final.

It looked like game two would be more of the same as game one when Mississsinewa grabbed a 3-0 lead when the Norse rebounded. Holly Dyson would get a kill along with Leming to make it 3-5 when the Norse went running. Tori Snyder banged home a kill that was followed by and Arie Kenedy block and kill as the Norse scored five straight to take an 8-5 lead. After an Indian tip the Norse would out score Mississinewa 6-2 to increase their lead to 14-8. During the run Snyder had a block, a kill and an ace. Mississinewa would close the gap to 15-13 when Cassisdy Miller drove one home, followed by Leming and the Norse led 18-13. At 19-16 Miller would kill again as Northfield scored five straight on their way to a 25-17 win and knotted the match 1-1.

Again it was Mississinewa getting the good start in game three, grabbing a 6-1 lead before the Norse started to peck away. A block from Leming and Miller made it 4-6, but the Indians answered and led 6-11. With Liz Howenstine serving the Norse got a kill from Kennedy and one from Snyder during a 6-1 run that tied the score at 12 when the Indians pulled away. Mississinewa would score six in a row and nine of the next eleven points to open a 15-22 lead, but the Norse were not done. After an Indian serve in the net Tori Snyder would hammer a kill that was followed by an Arie Kennedy kill and a Snyder block to cut the lead to 19-22 before Mississinewa scored the last three for a 19-25 win and led the Norse 2-1.

The theme of the night for Northfield was a bad start and again in game four it happened. Mississinewa jumped out to a 1-5 lead before things changed. A Snyder kill ignited a 4-0 run as the Norse scored six of the next eight to grab a 9-8 lead. Back came the Indians, scoring five of the next six to go up 11-14 when Cherish Leming killed while Abigail Poole served an ace and the score was 14-14. The Norse remained close until 18-20 when the Indians scored four straight to grab an 18-24 lead and went on to win game four 19-25 and the night 1-3.

Varsity Stats
Tori Snyder 3 service points, 1 ace, 6 kills, 2 solo blocks, 2 digs
Lauren Early 12 digs, 12 serve receptions
Holly Dyson 5 service points, 3 kills, 9 digs
Arie Kennedy 2 service points, 5 kills, 20 digs, 23 serve receptions
Liz Howenstine 4 service points, 1 ace, 24 assists, 1 assisted block, 9 digs
Cherish Leming 4 kills, 2 solo blocks, 1 dig
Marlee Stefanatos 4 service points, 1 ace, 9 digs, 8 serve receptions
Cassidy Miller 1 service point, 6 kills, 1 assist, 1 dig
Abigail Poole 14 service points, 12 digs, 10 serve receptions
Paige Holley 10 digs, 6 serve receptions
The junior varsity defeated Mississinewa 25-13, 25-22.
JV Stats
Kiley Snyder 2 digs, 3 serve receptions
Jordan Keaffaber 2 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill
Maddy Dale 1 service point, 4 kills
Braelyn Deeter 5 service points, 1 kill, 3 kills, 5 digs
Carlie England 4 kills, 1 solo block, 3 digs, 5 serve receptions
Megan Bickel 1 dig, 4 serve receptions
Ava Smith 5 service points, 4 aces, 14 assists,4 digs
Kiana Kendall 6 service points, 4 aces, 5 kills
Jordan Bratch 14 service points, 6 aces, 1 kill, 3 digs, 5 serve receptions
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And Let The Sectionals Begin

The volleyball and football sectionals kick off this week with Southwood hosting the volleyball sectional and Manchester hosting an opening round football sectional game.
Volleyball :
Tuesday : Oak Hill vs Lewis Cass  6:00
Thursday : Wabash vs North Miami 6:00  Southwood vs Northfield 7:30
Saturday : Manchester vs Tuesday Winner 11:00  Wabash/North Miami Winner vs Southwood/Northfield Winner 12:30  Championship 7:00
Friday : Wabash at Manchester : Southwood at Fremont : Northfield draws a bye
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Manchester U Round Up


Spartans place in top 15

OBERLIN, OHIO – Sophomore Mariah Jordan (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and senior Cayla Pusey (Fort Wayne, Ind.) paced Manchester University results at Oberlin College’s Interregional Rumble Saturday, Oct. 18.

For the 10th consecutive meet, Jordan was the Black and Gold’s top finisher. She completed the 6K course on OC’s campus in 22:48.8. Pusey followed her, winding up 68th in 23:50.2.

MU’s team-point total closed at 449, just 15 points shy of Nazareth College of Pennsylvania for 14th. Geneseo State, with an impressive seven runners winding up in the scoring top 25, rolled to the team title (54 points), besting the field by 71 points.

The Spartans break from competition next weekend to continue preparations for the 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. Earlham College hosts the HCACs Saturday, Nov. 1.

NOTES: In the open 6K, senior Nicole Lynn (New Palestine, Ind.) and junior Peyton Miller (Clayton, Ohio) each wound up among the top 70. Lynn crossed 55th (26:03.4), and Miller finished 65th (26:20.2).


Black and Gold gain HCAC victory

RICHMOND, IND. – Sophomore outside hitter Courtney Chowning (Yorktown, Ind.) registered double-figure kills for a sixth straight match, leading Manchester University a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win Saturday, Oct. 18.

Chowning pounded 13 kills and a .290 attack percentage at the host Quakers’ defense. She was one of many to get in on the act for the Black and Gold (5-19, 1-5 HCAC).

Junior outside hitter Sarah Pruden (Noblesville, Ind.) gave the home team fits on the other side with eight kills and no errors in 27 attempts, good for a .290 attack percentage. Looking further into MU’s statistics, freshman defensive specialist Megan Robbins (Connersville, Ind.) tallied 20 digs; junior middle hitter Morgan Pavelka (Noblesville, Ind.) fired up four service aces; junior setter Mikayla Munn (Elkhart, Ind.) turned in 28 assists, a service ace, 10 digs and two kills during a .500 attack percentage effort; and junior middle hitter Devin Clark (Madison, Ind.) tallied four blocks, two assists and three digs.

Manchester University continues conference play Wednesday, Oct. 22. First serve at Bluffton University of Ohio is 7 p.m.

NOTES: The win snapped an eight-match skid … Munn reached the 800-assist mark for the season. It’s the top single-season effort for a Spartans’ player since Lauren Nash recorded 897 in 2010.


HCAC thriller eludes MU

NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Despite heavy rains and cold wind that swept through Spartan Field on Manchester University’s campus Saturday, Oct. 18, the host Spartans and visiting Rose-Hulman put on a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference classic.

There were sparkling saves from goalkeeping counterparts senior Emily Willmann (Montpelier, Ind.) and Lucinda Combs, strong defense played on both ends of the pitch and offensive opportunities throughout the 93 minutes and 43 seconds. In the end, the 1-0 Rose-Hulman victory came down to a well-placed cross off the foot of Hayley Gilliam that found Kate DeMoss standing near the far post of MU’s goal area. DeMoss headed it past a diving Willmann, who finished with five saves against an aggressive Fightin’ Engineer offense, for the game-winning score.

MU out-shot their guests 19-15 overall and 9-6 in on-goal attempts. The Spartans (6-8 overall, 3-2 HCAC) received five offensive strikes from senior forward Katelyn Barta (Griffith, Ind.) with two that Combs had turn away, while the freshman duo of forward/midfielder Pfeiffer Neubert (Dearborn, Mich.) and midfielder Jenny Pudlo (Crown Point, Ind.) added three attempts each. Pudlo had two that were saved, while her third, coming in the waning moments of regulation, went just high over the upper left hand corner of the net.

MU, who stands fourth on the league standings, faces another pivotal loop contest Wednesday, Oct. 22. They travel to Anderson University for a 7 p.m. kickoff.


Black and Gold turn in strong showing

NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Freshman forward Travis Richardson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and senior forward Austin Finley (Kokomo, Ind.) each struck two shot attempts, leading Manchester University in a meeting with Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference leading Rose-Hulman Saturday, Oct. 18.

MU, falling to 5-9 overall and 1-4 in league play, gave their guests a strong test throughout a rain-soaked, cold and windy afternoon at the pitch on Spartan Field. Freshman goalkeeper Jared Hallal (Indianapolis, Ind.) turned in four saves amidst a 17-7 shots disadvantage. With the exception of a five-minute span in the opening 15 minutes when Rose-Hulman tallied two goals en route to the 2-0 decision, the hosts managed to keep their net clean.

Richardson did force a save from visiting goalkeeper Drew Miller with one of his shot tries. Sophomore forward Ola Ladapo (London, England), freshman forward Nate Johnson (Portage, Ind.) and freshman midfielder Colin Singer (Columbus, Ind.) added to the Black and Gold shot list with one each.

Manchester University continues conference play Wednesday, Oct. 22, facing off against rival Anderson University. Kickoff is 3 p.m. at AU’s Macholtz Stadium.


Sophomores guide efforts

OBERLIN, OHIO – A pair of top 100 individual finishes led Manchester University’s performances at the Oberlin College Interregional Rumble Saturday, Oct. 18.

The Spartans concluded the team event with 542 points to end 18th in the 34-team field. The sophomore duo of Blake Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Alex Gudeman (Rochester, Ind.) had the low finisher marks. Harris circled the 8K course on OC’s campus in 27:00.2 to end 96th, while Gudeman was right behind, ending 27:00.9 for 97th. The two wound up 91stand 92nd in the scoring portion. Fellow sophomore Connor Bresnahan (Portage, Mich.) was the third-lowest Black and Gold finisher, ending in the top 100 of the scoring section and 106th overall (27:09.3).

Geneseo State, completing a team championship with their women’s program, claimed first with 97 points. Carnegie-Mellon University of Pennsylvania claimed runner-up honors, compiling 130 points.

The Spartans break from competition next weekend to continue preparations for the 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. Earlham College hosts the HCACs Saturday, Nov. 1.

NOTES: Freshman Dallas Piotrowski (Columbia City, Ind.) led the Spartans in the open 8K. He placed 122nd (30:02.5).


MU closes fall campaign

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – A fifth straight appearance in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason Championships wrapped up Saturday, Oct. 18, for Manchester University.

The sixth-seeded Spartans, dipping to 4-8, were topped by third-seeded Franklin College 5-0 in one of two quarterfinals. Junior Megan Buckner (Muncie, Ind.) and freshman Alisha Paddock (Alexandria, Ind.) battled to four game victories at No. 3 to highlight doubles’ competition, while Buckner and sophomore Alaina Beckner (Columbia City, Ind.) were the only two Black and Gold singles’ players to complete their matches after FC swept through doubles and claimed the first two singles’ decisions to stop the dual.

NOTES: Freshman Erin Cordill (Zionsville, Ind.) and sophomore Adriana Brown (Columbia City, Ind.) concluded the fall one-two in singles wins with seven and five, respectively … Cordill joined fellow freshman Katy Ashpole (Leesburg, Ind.) to top the doubles’ win chart (five).

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Southwood Volleyball At Penn Invite

MATCH # 1                                                                                       MATCH 2

HOMESTEAD                      19, 25, 15                                           SOUTHWOOD                     20, 19

SOUTHWOOD                     25, 21,   6                                           PENN                                     25, 25


MATCH # 3                                                                                       MATCH 4

NORTHRIDGE                     25, 14, 15                                           NORTHWOOD                     15, 25, 15

SOUTHWOOD                     15, 25, 13                                           SOUTHWOOD                     25, 21,   6


Tournament Standings

  1. Homestead                          5.         Northridge
  2. Lake Central                        6.         Ft. Wayne Snider
  3. Penn                                      7.         Northwood
  4. Bishop Noll                          8.         Southwood



Individual Stats


Delayne Gentry                    15 service points, 3 aces, 1 kill, 1 assist, 31 digs

Sami White                           17 service points, 4 aces, 19 digs, 73 assists, 20 kills

Makenna Dawes                  24 digs, 1 assist

Anna Rees                            12 service points, 2 assists, 9 digs

Bailey Hobbs                        13 service points, 3 aces, 19 kills, 11 assists, 1 block, 26 digs

Sarah Peters                          9 service points, 2 aces, 14 kills, 1 block, 10 digs

Bailey Lundmark                  11 kills, 2 blocks

Kaitlyn Murphy                     26 kills, 2 blocks, 1 assist

Emilie Harnish                     17 service points, 2 aces, 18 kills, 5 assists, 27 digs

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Norse Plus Four Individuals Advance To Cross Country Semi State

The cross county regionals were held Saturday at Marion and Culver with the Northfield boys and girls teams, plus four individuals advancing to next Saturday’s semi state.

At Marion the girls race was first with the Lady Norse tying for third place and finishing third by virtue of the sixth runner tie breaker. Jenna Halderman led the way with a 4th place finish, followed by Karla Singer in 23rd,  Brittany Sloan 29th,  Jacklyn Peas 35th,  Olivia Thompson 39th, Natasha Leland 41st, Caitlin Eltzroth 74th.

The Southwood girls also ran at Marion, placing 9th. Emily Lehner finished 21st to advance to the semi state as an individual.

The Manchester girls ran at Culver, finishing 9th as a team. No individuals advanced.

In the boys race at Marion the Northfield boys tied Oak Hill for first, placing second on the sixth runner tie breaker. Northfield was led  by Devin Tracy in 6th,  Joe Burcroff 15th,  Austin Frye 19th, Austin Andrews 30th,  Noah Shear 35th,  Heath Miller 64th,  Mason Zolman 79th.

The Wabash boys also ran at Marion, placing 8th as a team. Advancing to semi state as individuals were Sam Hall who placed 13th and  Dominick Hubbard in 14th.

Southwood’s  Aaron Ross and Josiah Friedersdorf ran as individuals but did not qualify.

At Culver Thomas Rohr and Taylor Heckman ran as individuals with Rohr advancing with an 18th place finish.

The Northfield boys and girls, plus Emily Lehner, Sam Hall and Dominick Hubbard will be running at the New Haven semi state while Thomas Rohr will be at New Prairie.

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Norse Wrap Up County Title With Win Over Squires

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 33yds to the Manchester 31, then six plays later score on a 21yd sweep to make it 6-0 with 8:01 on the clock. The Squires were moving backwards on their next possession before a ruffing the passer call on the 3yl 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 1yd 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.

Keeping the drive going on a pass interference call, the Norse kept feeding Bickel until he hit pay dirt from 1yd out with 8:36 left. Jared Short ran in the two point conversion and the Norse led 14-7. On Manchester’s next possession Short would pick off Schilling on the 40, running it back to the Squire 8, but a costly penalty by the Norse and a determined Squire defense held. Northfield had one last shot at the end of the quarter for a score, throwing short passes and getting out of bounds to stop the clock when a fumble in to the endzone was recovered by Jacob Casper to stall the drive as the half ended 14-7.

The third quarter had a total of three possessions with the Squires going three and out the only time they had the ball. On Northfield’s second possession the Norse were driving from the 50 and had the ball on the 1yd line when time expired, still 14-7.

Carter Freiden would score on a sneak the first play of the fourth quarter and with the Kyle Heiser kick the Norse led 21-7 with 11:56 left in the game. The Squires would go three and out with the Norse looking for the dagger. The Squires seen a dose of Josh Bickel as the Norse marched 68yds on 9 plays with Freiden scoring again from 1yd out to give Northfield a 27-7 lead with 4:25 to go. On Manchester’s next possession Bryce Kendall picked off a tipped pass on the Squire 30 to give the Norse one more scoring shot. On 3rd and 1 Bickel would break loose to the 1yl, then score form the 6 after a hold with 1:00 remaining to make it 34-7 which would be the final score.

No game individual stats have been received and will be added when received.


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Knights Defend Home Turf Against Apaches

It was the final game of the regular season and the Wabash County round robin as Wabash paid a visit to Southwood Friday. In a game that wasn’t decided until late the Knights held on for a 35-21 win.

The Knights would get on the board first when a Robbie Cole 39 yd run set up a Nathan Hollars 5 yd TD run. Goff’s extra point was good as Southwood led 7 – 0 with 10:05 left. The Southwood defense would hold as the Knights mounted their second drive of the quarter. Robbie Cole would get the drive going with a 47 yd run on an option and eventually scored on a 2 yd keeper to make it 14-0. The Apaches would finally get their offense on track and answer the Knights with Luke Proctor’s 13 yd run up the gut and an extra point makes it 14-7 with 2:37 left in the 1st quarter which is where the quarter ended.

The Apaches would strike first in the second quarter when Chase Dirig connected with Grant Dirig on a 38yd scoring strike to even the score at 14 after the Owen Yeadon kick. The Knights would respond with a drive after a  32 yard run by Hollars sets up a Southwood first and goal. The Knights were forced to a field goal attempt that they faked with Chase Dirig intercepted a Blake Martz pass in the endzone and took it out to the 34. The Southwood defense again would hold and took the ball over with on their own 36 with 2:23 left in the half. A 30yd pass from Cole to Zach Ball put the ball on the Wabash 20. Cole then found Nathan Hollars to the one before Cole found Ball for a one yd TD with :13.9 seconds left. Goff’s PAT makes it 21-14.

The third quarter started with Matt Cox ran a fake punt on 4th down from their own 48 for a 23 yd gain, but Cole was later picked off by Yeadon who ran the ball back to the 21. The Apaches would mount a drive and with 6:15 left in the quarter Dirig found Trevor Vest on a 36 yd TD pass to knot the score at 21. On the first play of Southwood’s next possession Grant Dirig intercepted Cole’s pass at midfield. Defensive stands by each team gave Wabash the ball on their own 19 after a Cole punt as the quarter ended 21-21.

The Knight defense held to start the fourth quarter, but the offense stalled with Cole placing a kick to the Wabash 3yl. Again the Southwood defense would hold the Apaches to no gain, forcing them to punt when Nathan Hollars returned the punt 42yds for a touchdown with 6:15 on the clock to lead 28-21. Wabash took the ball over with 6:15 remaining, but with 4:09 left turned the ball over on downs. With the Knights moving the ball a 15 yd unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Wabash gave Southwood the ball on the 17 yd line with 2:17 left. Nathan Hollars would take the next carry inside the five before an off side penalty against the Apaches put the ball on the 3yl. One play later Hollars took it in from 3yds out to open a 35-21 lead with 1:34 on the clock which would be the final score.

For Southwood Robbie Cole was 11 of 24 for 124yds, 1TD. Nathan Hollars rushed 23 times for 114yds. Robbie Cole added 19 for 114yds. Matt Cox had 1 rush for 23yds. Nathan Hollars had 3 receptions for 15yds. Danny Goff added 2 for 25yds, Noah Kirk 2 for 21yds, Zach Ball 2 for 30yds, Jon Berlier 2 for 33yds.

Luke Perlich and Evan Kirkover led the defense with 10 tackles each .

For Northfield Chase Dirig was 13 of 33 for 172yds, 1TD. Dirig also rushed 21 times for 60yds, 1TD. Luke Proctor added 13 for 64yds, 1TD. Grant Dirig had 1 for 7yds, Trevor Vest had 2 for 1yd. Grant Dirig had 4 receptions for 69yds, 1TD. Trevor Vest added 2 for 42yds, Luke Proctor 3 for 31yds, Ian French 3 for 3 for 25yds, Ben Dillon 1 for 5yds.

Chase Dirig led the defense with two interceptions


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