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September 19th, 2013

TESTING PROBLEMS: Local, state ISTEP+ scores released

September 19, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — Despite testing difficulties and internet connection issues, ISTEP+ results have been released for local schools.

The testing, which occurred earlier this year, was fraught with problems for students who took it online.

Test-takers had difficulty connecting to the server, and at other times, students would be kicked off of the testing website at random.

September 18th

Fremont tops ’Busco

September 18, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Visiting Fremont edged past Churubusco’s boys tennis team due to a forfeit at No. 3 singles.

’Busco forfeited that match, which ended up being the difference in a 3-2 win for the visitors.

Churubusco got wins at No. 1 singles and No. 2 singles, with Luke and Landon Lillmars getting straight-set wins, respectively, in each match.

At the doubles level, Landon Pearson and Derek Bowyer of ’Busco lost to Wane Regandenz and Mason Kolberg of Fremont, 6-2, 7-5.

’Busco netters stumble

September 18, 2013

LAGRANGE — Churubusco’s volleyball team fell to Prairie Heights Tuesday.

The Lady Panthers defeated the Lady Eagles in four games by scores of 20-25, 25-13, 25-20 and 25-20.

“We came out strong, serving tough and passing well to take the first set,” said Churubusco Volleyball Head Coach Trinda Goings.

Even though the Lady Eagles lost two narrow games in three and four, Goings said the team never quit.

“(We) fell short, but battled with scrappy court play — never quitting,” Goings said.

Offensively, Goings touted the efforts of Caylee Knafel and Shyenne Greve.

Lady Wildcats lose to Warsaw

September 18, 2013

WINONA LAKE — With the girls golf sectional scheduled for Saturday at Stonehenge Golf and Country Club near in Winona Lake, the Whitko Lady Wildcat’s and Warsaw played a match Tuesday afternoon on the same course.

The Lady Tigers shot a 164 to defeat Whitko, who carded a 236.

Whitko Girls Golf Head Coach Bryan Sprunger said, “This was a good opportunity to become a little more familiar with the course here at Stonehenge before the sectional on Saturday.”

For the season after the dual meet with Warsaw, Whitko now has a dual record of 7-15, according to Sprunger.

Whitko boys soccer suffers close loss to Central Noble

September 18, 2013

ALBION — It is sometimes hard to explain how a team can dominate an entire half and still come up short for the game.

That, unfortunately, is exactly what happened to the Whitko Wildcat boys soccer team Monday night.

The Wildcats took on the home standing Central Noble Cougars and, after a first half that ended in a 1-1 tie, Whitko played an aggressive second half, with several scoring opportunities that went just wide. However, a long Central Noble shot with less than two minutes left in the game sent the Wildcats to a 2-1 defeat.

Rongos drops first match

September 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City stand-out netter lost his first match of the season Tuesday against Northeast Hoosier Conference foe East Noble.

Niko Rongos, who was undefeated after nine matches, fell to East Noble’s Austin Mohamadali, 7-5, 6-3 at DeVol Field.

In No. 2 singles, Blake Fearnow fell 6-2, 6-2 to Knight Evan Hart.

Wildcat netters sweep Cougars, 5-0

September 18, 2013

ALBION — Following on the heels of Saturday’s Three Rivers Conference Tennis Tournament, the Whitko Wildcats traveled up Ind. 9 to take on the Central Noble Cougars in a non-conference match Monday.

The Wildcats took straight-set wins in the first four matches on their way to a 5-0 victory over the host Cougars.

Wildcat senior Tyler Baugher took a 6-1 win in the first set at No. 1 singles and followed it with a 6-0 win in the second set to take the opening match.

Seniors invited to ‘freebie’ fair

September 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It’s slated to be an “extremely beneficial” fair for seniors.

The Whitley County Council on Aging’s Senior Fair is set for Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City.

Jackie Hake, the center’s director, said the fair will feature 35 vendors and several free screenings and health services.

“We’ve labeled this as food, fun and freebies,” Hake said. “The fair is free. There are so many things for the seniors to take part in. They will also get a lot of free information and things to take home with them.”

RAISING AWARENESS: Walk to aid autism group in its mission

September 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Last year, Whitley County saw the formation of an autism support group, and families joined together to raise awareness and funds for the group through a one-mile walk.

Now, the Whitley County Autism Support Group is hosting the walk for a second year, and the event’s organizers are hoping for more community involvement.

The Whitley County Walk for Autism will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Whitley County YMCA, 950 E. Van Buren St. in Columbia City.

DAY OF CARING: United Way reaches out to serve Whitley County

September 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Volunteers took on a variety of community service projects as part of the United Way of Whitley County’s Day of Caring Tuesday.

Executive Director Cindy Baker greeted volunteers at a breakfast before the work began.

“This is about helping people,” Baker said. “It’s why I do what I do and why we are doing this today.”

Whitley County’s Day of Caring came to fruition 10 years ago. The concept of giving back to communities was already in existence in neighboring counties when Star Financial Bank Market President David Smith thought to bring the day to Whitley County.

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