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.
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.
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.
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.
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