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Mark Underwood has been named the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Manchester Junior-Senior High School according to Jeremy Markham, Manchester Athletic Director. Mark will be officially approved at the June 14th Manchester School Board Meeting. Underwood is a familiar name to basketball fans in this area from having been the varsity girls’ basketball coach at Manchester from 2001 to 2013.  During Underwood’s tenure, his teams won three sectionals, were regional finalists in 2007, won the Three Rivers Conference championship four times and the Wabash County Tourney twice.


In addition to the varsity girls’ teams, Underwood coached the Manchester freshmen boys for five years and served as athletic director for three years from 1992 to 1995.  Other coaching stints include varsity boys’ basketball coach at Borden High School and junior varsity boys’ basketball coach at East Noble and Southwood High Schools.  Underwood’s overall twenty-four year coaching record is 282-212 for a .571 winning average.


Underwood was introduced to the basketball team Tuesday morning at a special meeting before school.  Coach Underwood stated that he is  “looking forward to a new chapter of basketball at Manchester.”  As a former successful player along with his brothers at their alma mater, Underwood brings a tradition of excellence to the Squire basketball program.


Athletic Director Markham said “Coach Underwood brings proven experience to our boys’ basketball program.  We know he is a tough competitor and great leader and mentor to our student athletes.  We look forward to continued winning success in our boys’ basketball program.”


Underwood currently teaches 8th grade science and Integrated Chemistry-Physics at Manchester.  He and his wife, Rolissa, live on a family farm near North Manchester and have four children, Neil, Katie (Aaron) Snover, Mandy and Austin.


Northfield Summer Youth Basketball Camp

2016 Summer Camp Registration


Fierstos Headed To Bethel

Manchester senior Chase Fierstos signed his letter of intent Thursday to further his academic and basketball career at NAIA Bethel College next year.

Fierstos said he chose Bethel because ” I love the campus and coaches. It’s a Christain based college and I am blessed to play after high school”.

Fierstos also said ”They are looking at me at the point and shooting guard, but I will have to work really hard to play right away because they are a top 10 program in the country”.

Fierstos will study Sports Management and maybe something in the medical field.


Front Row L-R: Kim Fierstos (mother), Chase Fierstos, Kasy Fierstos (father)
Back Row L-R: Ryne Lightfoot (Bethel Asst Basketball Coach), Eric Thompson (Manchester Head Coach), Kennedy Fierstos (sister), Jeremy Markham (Manchester Athletic Director)

Young Lady Norse End Season

The Lady Norse 6th grade basketball team finished their season on the road at Swayzee versus Oak Hill on Monday, March 7.  The Lady Norse played with a lot of energy & excitement and jumped out to a 10-2 start at the end of the 1st quarter.  The Norse added four more buckets in the 2nd quarter to end the half 18-10.  The Lady Norse came out of halftime hustling on defense to hold Oak Hill to just two points in the 3rd (24-12).  The Norse pulled down 29 rebounds and were led by Maci Buzzard, Emily Pennington & Addy Rosen with 4 rebounds each!  The hustle & grit of the Norse came up with 17 steals  and were led by Julia France & Addy Rosen with 3 each.  Emily Pennington worked hard & put her new post moves to work, which proved successful as she led the Norse with her season high 10 points!!!  Annie Schuler & Addy Rosen added 5 pts. each, Maci Buzzard had 4, and Kyleigh Brown, Crysta Kowolczuk and Julia France each had 2 pts as well!  The Lady Norse ended their Great season 15-2, learned a lot & were a joy to coach!
On Tuesday, March 15th the Lady Norse decided they weren’t quite done yet & challenged their parents to one final game!  It may not have been the prettiest game, but it was definitely the funniest!  The parents came out pretty cocky & confident as they were ready to back up the “Hope you don’t get “Crunched” by your competition!” snack that they sent the girls at school!  The Lady Norse decided to do their “talking” on the court & jumped out to an 8-2 lead  & all of a sudden there seemed to be more dad’s pouring out onto the court!  By halftime the parents had jumped out to a considerable lead … the girls had a hard time stopping the parents as the mom’s & dad’s seemed to master the “cherry-picking” position!!!  The girls started to cut the lead as the parents seemed to not be on the same page when there became a pile up of moms about half court that looked more like a Twister game, than basketball!  The Lady Norse weren’t going to give up & waged a serious comeback as they wore the huffing & puffing … oxygen seeking parents down!  But, the dad’s weren’t going to hand over bragging rights too easily & their BIG & TALL presence just proved to be too much for the Lady Norse this year!  The girls had an opportunity to tie it up on a last second shot, but it just wasn’t meant to be!!!  Parents got the “W” in their 36-34 victory!  But, no matter what the scoreboard said, everyone won in the laughing, smiling, just having FUN TOGETHER with our basketball family category!!!  A HUGE THANK YOU to the parents for allowing us to coach their girls & for the Yummy Pizza Party after the game!  We were blessed to have such a GREAT group of hard working, coachable girls who played unselfish team ball all season long!!!

Lady Apaches Fall To Manchester

Wabash hosted Manchester Wednesday evening in Coolman gymnasium for one game.  Wabash struggled from the free-throw line hitting only 1-14.  In an otherwise tough defensive battle, Wabash lost 13-9 to the Lady Squires.

Individual Stats for Wabash:
Ashlynn Cruz                       2 points, 3 steals, 2 deflections
Emma Tracy                        1 steal, 1 deflection
Brooke Westendorf              7 rebounds
Rylee Yoakum                     2 rebounds
Libby Mattern                      4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block, 1 deflection
Keirsten O’Neill                   1 rebound, 1 block
Linda Cordes                      1 point, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist
Kasy Long                           2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Wabash will conclude its season this weekend at North Miami.

Wabash 5th & 6th Fall To Valley

The Wabash Lady Apache 5th/6th grade team was on the road Tuesday night to RRC rival Tippy Valley.  Both Wabash teams played hard, but suffered another pair of close losses.  The A team lost by a score of 22-19 and the B team lost 12-8.

Individual Stats for the A team game:
Ashlynn Cruz                     4 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals
Emma Tracy                      1 steal, 1 assist, 1 block
Brooke Westendorf            4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 7 blocks
Libby Mattern                     8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 5 blocks, 2 assists
Rylee Yoakum                   2 rebounds, 2 steals
Linda Cordes                     1 point, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
Kasey Long                       2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks
Individual stats for the B team game:
Ali Lopez                             4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
Hannah Layne                    11 rebounds, 1 steal
Kaitlin McKernan                 1 rebound, 1 steal
Grace LaMar                       2 rebounds
Tarissa Shreeves                1 rebound
Kiersten O’neill                    4 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals
Chelsea Scott                      1 steal
Annie Cole                           4 rebounds, 2 steals
Ashley Province                  2 rebounds, 2 steals
Tatum Vigar                        1 deflection
The Apaches will play Thursday at home against Manchester.

Young Lady Apaches Fall At Marion

The Wabash 5th and 6th grade lady basketball team took the floor last night at Marion Justice.  The young lady Apaches suffered a pair of losses in two very tightly contested and physical games.  The A team lost 19-14 and the B team lost 16-8

Individual stats for the A game:
Ashlynn Cruz                    2 steals, 2 deflections, 1 rebound
Emma Tracy                     3 deflections, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
Brooke Westendorf          3 blocks, 3 assists, 5 rebounds
Rylee Yoakum                 2 blocks, 3 steals, 2 deflections, 1 rebound
Libby Mattern                  12 points, 6 steals, 1 rebound, 1 deflection
Linda Cordes                   2 points, 7 rebounds, 1 deflection, 2 assists
Annie Cole                       1 rebound
Individual stats for the B game
Ali Lopez                           1 rebound, 1 block
Hannah Layne                  2 points, 3 steals
Kaitlyn McKernan             4 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds
Tarissa Shreeves             2 rebounds
Kiersten O’Neill,               3 steals, 2 rebounds, 1 block
Ashley Province               2 assists, 2 deflections, 2 rebounds, 1 steal,1 block
Annie Cole                       2 points, 6 rebounds

Young Lady Norse Go 1-1 At North Miami

The Young Lady Norse 6th grade were victorious over North Miami on Saturday, March 5.  The Lady Norse jumped out to a 12-3 lead in the 1st quarter and stretched that lead to 22-3 at the half. The Norse proved to be strong on the boards as  all eleven girls pulled down a total of  36 rebounds in the game!  Maci Buzzard & Emily Pennington led the rebounding effort with 7 each and Kyleigh Brown ripped down an additional 6.   Nine of the Lady Norse contributed to the scoring column, which was led by Julia France & Emily Pennington, each with 8!  Autumn Custer added 6 pts, Crysta Kowolczuk & Ainsley Dale each had 4, Kyleigh Brown 3 and Annie Schuler, Addy Rosen & Maci Buzzard rounded out the scoring with 2 pts each in the 39-9 victory.
The Young Lady Norse 6th grade faced a very good Maconaquah team in their 2nd game at N. Miami on Saturday.  The Lady Norse struggled to find the basket and turned the ball over too many times against the Braves tough defense and ended the first half down 2-7!  The Norse played hard, never gave up and picked up the intensity with 15 of their 21 steals coming in the 2nd half!  Addy Rosen led with 4 steals and Annie Schuler & Crysta Kowolczuk added 3 each in the stealing effort!  The Lady Norse continued battling pulling down 15 key rebounds from 7 girls!   Annie Schuler led the rebounding effort with 4 and Ainsley Dale pulled down an additional 3.  The Lady Norse worked hard to gain a comeback win, but the Braves’ Lily Maple proved to be too quick & too good at the line in the final minutes of the game for the Norse to gain the win today, as she ended with 11 of the Braves’ 20 points!  The Norse worked hard, never gave up & showed a lot of heart scoring 14 of their 16 points in the 2nd half.  But, it was just too little too late to gain the “W”, with a final score of 20-16!  The Lady Norse scoring leaders were Maci Buzzard & Annie Schuler with 4 each!  Adding to the scoring column were Addy Rosen 3, Autumn Custer & Emily Pennington 2 & Ainsley Dale added 1.  The Lady Norse are now 14-2 and head to Oak Hill this evening!