September 27th, 2013
Editorâs note: The following is the first in a two-part series on alternative education.
COLUMBIA CITY â A new alternative education program rolled out for middle and high school students within Whitley County Consolidated Schools this fall.
Educating students who need something not offered in a traditional classroom is now handled in-house through a program called Eagle Opportunity to Success, a decision approved by school officials in May.
âBusco scores victory
CHURUBUSCO â Churubuscoâs volleyball team picked up a home win against Fort Wayne Canterbury Thursday.
âBusco beat Canterbury in four games, 23-25, 25-23, 25-20 and 25-22.
For the season, the Lady Eagles now have a 9-10 record.
Danielle Pippenger led Churubusco statistically in several categories. She paced the Lady Eagles in kills with eight, blocks with three and digs with 19.
Alisha Farner led the team in aces with four. Lacey Pulley was the assist leade with 29.
Churubusco will head to the South Side Invite Saturday.
COLUMBIA CITY â Its coach said it wasnât the most effective performance, but the Columbia City Lady Eagle volleyball team came away Thursday with a Northeast Hoosier Conference win against New Haven.
The Lady Eagles beat the Lady Bulldogs 25-21, 25-16 and 25-21 for the three-game sweep.
According to Columbia City Head Volleyball Coach Trish Hinen, her team had a marathon week, which contributed to Thursdayâs performance.
âWe have had seven matches in six days,â she said. âSo, it wasnât pretty. We didnât play our best, but itâs a conference win.â
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitko soccer coach Jason Ehrman continues to see progress with his team. After coming off a tough 4-0 loss Wednesday night to Eastbrook, the Wildcatâs were back in action Thursday.
Three Rivers Conference opponent Rochester came calling, and after 80 minutes of play both teams settled for a draw with each team scoring two goals.
âA win would have been nice, but to play them (Rochester) to a draw was special for this team. Rochester and Manchester are probably the two best teams in our conference, and to come out with a tie is a major accomplishment,â said Coach Ehrman.
COLUMBIA CITY â A new educational opportunity officially opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday night.
Passages, Inc. purchased the former Lehmberg Medical Office Building, located on North Oak Street in Columbia City, and remodeled it to serve as its new Creative Learning Center.
A capital campaign raised more than $700,000 to renovate the building so it could offer more day programming and a richer learning environment.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitkoâs girls soccer team tied Eastbrook Wednesday.
The Lady Wildcats and Lady Panthers ended the game 1-1.
Whitko got its goal in the first half. Reghan Craig put the ball in the net unassisted.
Eastbrook had its chance in the second half, getting a goal on a penalty kick.
For the game, Whitko had 15 shots on goal overall. Goalkeeper Jordan Hall had eight saves for the Lady Wildcats.
Whitko is now 5-3-5 for the season and next plays at Blackford Saturday.
Wildcats fall to Panthers
Whitko volleyball falls to Wabash in four
WABASH â Whitkoâs volleyball team lost in four sets to Wabash Tuesday.
The Lady Apaches beat the Lady Wildcats by a final of 25-22, 25-11, 17-25 and 25-18.
Whitko was led in kills by Maddie Gawthrop, who had 14. Emily Day led in aces with three and Elaine Warner had 34 assists.
The Lady Wildcats will next play at Columbia City Monday.
Braves edge Eagles
DECATUR â Columbia Cityâs boys tennis team lost 3-2 to Bellmont Tuesday.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Visiting Wabash downed the Whitko boys tennis team Wednesday.
The Apaches defeated the Wildcats by a final of 4-1.
Tyler Baugher was the lone Whitko winner, picking up a victory in No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-3.
At No. 2 singles, Blake Castle of Whitko dropped his match, 6-3, 6-4. Cole Bechtold lost 6-4, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. In doubles play, the No. 1 doubles pair of Alex Bechtold and Bailey Platt fell 6-3, 6-1, and the No. 2 doubles combo of Reed Brace and Alex Robbins lost for the Wildcats, 6-2, 6-1.
Third-grade mentor, Samuel Joseph (right), works with his kindergarten âbuddy,â Jaiden Comparet.
Third-grade mentors at Coesse Elementary School meet with their kindergarten âbuddiesâ each week to read, discuss books and to complete projects together.
The mentorship helps kindergarten students learn procedures as they experience books with their mentors. Additionally, the mentorship gives third-grade students the opportunity to take on leadership roles.
COLUMBIA CITY â Residents of Thorncreek Township responded in greater numbers than any other area Thursday to the Red Cross Bloodmobileâs appeal for blood at the Zion Lutheran Church.
The goal of 58 was not met, as only 50 pints of blood were collected.
Roberta Metzger received a seven-gallon pin in recognition of gallons she had donated.
Volunteers at the registration table were Nancy Souers, Mary Cornmesser, Sharon Kimmel and Ellen Hively.
Other volunteers were Steve Smith, Sharon Cearbaugh, Mollie Payne, Ruthie Busick, Diana K. Walter, Roberta Metzger and Diane Foughty.