April 27th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs junior varsity softball team beat Northside Friday night 30-0.
Lady Eagle Amanda Sparks pitched a near-perfect game. Only one North Side runner got on base.
Anna Price, Maddie Clark, Jasmine Hiss, Cari Ann Freed, Maddie Barshaw,Ashley Williamson, Misty Hyndman, all drove in RBI‚Äôs.
Caitlyn Zoltek knocked a three-run homer about 250 feet and over the fence.
The Lady Eagles are now 7-3.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Pitchers Cassie Vodde and Krysten VanHouten combined for a perfect game Friday night at Northrop.
Columbia City‚Äôs softball team, now 9-5, beat the Lady Bruins 10-0 in five innings.
Though the Lady Eagles were scoreless in the first inning, they found their bats in the second, scoring seven runs.
Columbia City added another run in the third and two more in the fourth.
The Lady Eagles held onto their 10-0 lead through the fifth inning to win by the 10-run-rule.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Eagles‚Äô baseball team lost in extra innings to Huntington North Friday night in Columbia City.
With the game tied 4-4 at the end of regulation, the Vikings scored two unanswered runs in the top of the eighth to rout the Eagles 6-4.
Connor Reed led the Eagles in hitting, going 3-for-4 with one RBI. Landon Rehrer had two RBIs, a run and a hit in three at-bats. Also recording hits were: Brandon Gay, Connor Slavich, Derek Lamle, Austin McCormick and Jacob Johnson.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Sitxty-two-year-old Helen Carter, an Ivy Tech Community College-Northwest student from Churubusco, will walk at her graduation ceremony this spring, fulfilling a dream.
‚ÄúFollow your dreams, and you can always do it,‚ÄĚ said Helen.
‚ÄúI really didn‚Äôt think when I started out that I would be able to do it, but I found out that I can. It‚Äôs probably been harder for me than a lot of people, but I stuck to it, and I‚Äôm proud that I‚Äôve done it.‚ÄĚ
Herbert Raymond Brooks, 77, a resident of Wolf Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at his home.
He was born in North Judson on Nov. 4, 1934, a son of Raymond and Clara (Katchke) Brooks.
As a young man he served with the U. S. Army.
He was married to Patricia Maciejack. She preceded him in death in 1978.
Tyler Jeffrey Geisleman, 26, of Urbana, passed away at 4:02 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born on July 1, 1985, in Huntington, he was the son of Jeff P. and Maria J. (Rupel) Geisleman.
He spent his lifetime in Huntington, Wabash and Whitley Counties, graduating from Huntington North High School.
He first worked at Warner Electric and currently was employed at Reelcraft both of Columbia City.
Kathleen J. Bower, 65, of South Whitley, passed away at 8:15 am Thursday, April 26, 2012, at her residence.
Born Dec. 4, 1946, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Keith and Helen (Joy) Herr.
She spent her lifetime in South Whitley, graduating from South Whitley High School with the class of 1964.
She married Earl E. Bower on Sept. 5, 1964, at her parents‚Äô home in South Whitley.
She was a homemaker and a former member of Troy Presbyterian Church. She also was a member for more than 25 years of Delts in South Whitley and Columbia City.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Driving 3,138 miles and dedicating 920 hours just in 2011 alone, the South Whitley Area Emergency Food Bank Director Susan Butcher is stepping down from her position effective May 1.
Butcher announced her retirement at the food bank's committee meeting in January.
After 24 years of fighting hunger in the community of South Whitley, Butcher recalls her past struggles and raising a family, plus trying to make ends meet. Years ago Butcher was a single mother and would hitch hike every day to her employment in Fort Wayne.
LARWILL ¬≠‚ÄĒ Whitley County police are on the lookout for possibly two suspects who fled a burning car near Larwill Friday afternoon in what investigators say was a mobile meth lab fire.
A call came in to Whitley County Sheriff‚Äôs Department dispatchers at 2:07 p.m. Friday reporting a car fire.
Police arriving on the scene found remnants of a ‚Äúone-pot‚ÄĚ methamphetamine lab along Ind. 5 just a few yards from Old Trail Road west of Larwill.
WINONA LAKE ‚ÄĒ Grace‚Äôs baseball team has announced the signing of Whitko High School‚Äôs Richard ‚ÄúWes‚ÄĚ Gensch for the 2012-13 season.
Gensch has been a central member of Whitko‚Äôs roster the past four years as a pitcher and first baseman.
The 6-foot-3 high school senior was named Academic All-Conference in 2010 and 2011. He was also Whitko‚Äôs Most Improved Player as a junior.
‚ÄúI felt like Grace was where God wanted me to be,‚ÄĚ Gensch said.
‚ÄúI want to continue developing my pitching skills and help the Grace program succeed. I am excited to play baseball for Grace this fall.‚ÄĚ