March 25th, 2011
There is one thing that comes up almost daily around Whitko boys track and field.
Not just any repeat but a fourth consecutive Three Rivers Conference championship.
Itâs a broken record that the Wildcats hopes stays that way for another season.
âOne of the things weâre hoping to do is make it four in a row,â Whitko head coach Ron Cherry said. âThatâs our goal that the kids say almost daily. We get together and they yell âfour-peat.ââ
For eight seniors, a conference title is all theyâve ever experienced. According to Cherry, the winning never gets old.
A lot of the time high school athletes are praised solely on what they do with a jersey on.
Earlier this week, two Columbia City Lady Eagles basketball players were recognized among the stateâs best for both their averages on the court and in the classroom.
Seniors Maddie Hinen and Corinna Raypole were selected by the IBCA (Indiana Basketball Coaches Association) as IBCA Academic All-State Honorable Mention members for the 2010-2011 season.
Thereâs a new face behind the desk at the Extension Office.
Lisa Schrader is replacing Kay Walter as 4-H secretary, on her own beginning Monday as last Friday was Walterâs last day.
âIâm off to a good start,â Schrader said. âIâm trying not to get too worked up about things.â
She comes with a good deal of experience having worked in human resources as an administrative assistant at Guardian Automotive in Ligonier, and six years as a receptionist. Since then, she has been a stay-at-home mom for her two daughters Abbigail, age seven, and Molly, five.
Helen J. Heinley, 94, of rural Columbia City died at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at The Oaks, Columbia City where she had been a resident since August 2010.
She was born Oct. 27, 1916 in Thorncreek Township, a daughter of the late Jesse and Florence (Miller) Jackson. Her formative years were spent in Thorncreek Township. She graduated from Washington Center High School and then International Business College, Fort Wayne.
Following her graduation, she took a job with a stock brokerage firm in Fort Wayne.
Anthony Edward Martelli 33, of Columbia City passed away unexpectedly Monday March 21, 2011 at his home.
He was born in Holyoke, Mass. Sept. 18, 1977 to Neil and Linda (Monroe) Martelli.
Surviving family include his fiancĂ©e, Tanya Boehly, son, Julian Anthony; mother, Linda Martelli; father, Neil Martelli; sisters: Traci Connors, Victoria Makuch, Nicole Martelli and Angelina Moran.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to Julian Martelli trust fund, c/o Hampden Bank, 19 Harrison Ave. Springfield, MA 01103
Joyce Joan Lindemann Nestel, 83, of South Whitley passed away at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at her home. Born Oct. 28, 1927 in Wells County, she was a daughter of Ralph J. and Juanita (Shady) Lindemann.
It was all going according to plan for Mark Rickerd and Whitko girls’ track and field team as offseason workouts continued through January.
A good mix of seniors along with past conference champions joined a talented freshmen class.
Atop the group of returners was hurdler Micaela Sylvester coming back for her third season with the Lady Wildcats. Sylvester made an immediate impact as a freshman and was Whitko’s top points scorer in 2010 as a sophomore.
Thelma J. Leitch, 101, a resident of Churubusco and widow of long-time Churubusco businessman Daniel Devoyd Leitch, passed away at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at her home following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Leitch was born in Avilla July 4, 1909, a daughter of Thomas and Ethel (Owen) Cramer, and spent her formative years in that area. On Nov. 14, 1924 she was married to Daniel Devoyd Leitch, and spent all of her adult life in Churubusco.
Julia Corinne Bain, 67, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City. Born Jan. 23, 1944 in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of Carl F. and Dorothy E. (Conner) Hess.
Kurt Matthew Rigsby, Jr., 18, of South Whitley, passed away Monday, March 21, 2011 at St. Vincentâs Hospital, Indianapolis. Born Feb. 1, 1993 in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Amanda Marie (Fett) and Kurt M. Rigsby, Sr.