January 30th, 2012
CARROLL ‚ÄĒ The year-end wrestling tournament kicked off this weekend with all three Whitley County Schools competing in the Carroll Sectional.
Overall points determine only one team to move on to regionals; a fourth place finish or better on an individual level sends a matman to the next round.
Since 1993, the three schools have accounted for 12 of the 19 team wins at Carroll, including a run of eight straight by Columbia City.
Carroll, who claimed the title in six of the other seven years, won its own sectional with a point total of 187.50.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City rising star Olivia Shearer is headed to the Elks Hoop Shoot state finals.
Shearer won her age division (10-11-year-olds) on Saturday‚Äôs regional at Indian Springs Middle School.
She shot 20-for-25, good for her first-place finish.
The young hoopster has a break before competing at the state finals on Feb. 24 at New Castle.
Shearer said she practices shooting nearly every day with her mom, Columbia City Head Coach Amy Shearer.
She is also involved in a league at Spiece Fieldhouse in Fort Wayne, playing two games a week.
NEW HAVEN ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs girls basketball team began the 2011-12 season expected to finish at the bottom of the conference.
Lady Eagle Head Coach Amy Shearer had different plans for the team, making the team‚Äôs goal to prove the polls wrong.
‚ÄúWe were not going to finish last in the conference, that was a big goal for us after the polls came out,‚ÄĚ Shearer said.
With Saturday‚Äôs 55-34 win over New Haven, Col. City finished the season 3-4 in the NHC, good for a fifth-place finish out of eight teams.
ALBION ‚ÄĒ The Churubusco Lady Eagle basketball team, fresh off a win over South Adams that broke an eight-game losing streak, traveled to Northeast Corner Conference foe Central Noble with the two-fold intent of extending their own winning streak and keeping the 0-17 Lady Cougars winless.
It took every minute of regulation and four minutes of overtime for ‚ÄėBusco to accomplish both feats in a come-from-behind 49-45 win.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚Äď If Whitley Countians think it's been a mild winter so far . . . well, be prepared for a warm-up!
Starting Tuesday expect highs in the low 50s and upper 40s through mid-week with some precipitation. After that, temperatures "drop" to the low 40s and 30s.
Not bad for late January and early February in Northeast Indiana!
The National Weather Service forecast for Monday-Sunday:
TODAY MONDAY...CLOUDY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 40S. SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 20 MPH.
.TONIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE MID 30S. SOUTHWEST WINDS 15 TO
Cleveland Township firemen respond to the scene of a house fire in Larwill Friday morning.
Columbia City's student section was colored blue Friday night for the boys basketball team's prostate cancer awareness night.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys basketball team was feeling a little extra blue after losing its second game in a row Friday night. The Eagles wore blue jerseys in support of prostate cancer awareness and auctioned them during the game, raising over $3,000.
Unfortunately, Columbia City (10-3) wasn‚Äôt as successful on the court, losing 69-63 to New Haven (9-2).
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco Eagle basketball came into Friday‚Äôs game looking to extend its winning record to 8-5, hosting Northeast Corner Conference rival Central Noble. ‚ÄôBusco did so in a convincing fashion, downing the Cougars, 60-43.
In the first half, the game provided the typical feel of an intra-conference rivalry game, according to Churubusco Head Coach Michael McBride.
‚ÄúIt was a good battle, a good game; big rivalry, big crowds. (There was) a lot of excitement and intensity out there. It‚Äôs a great atmosphere for our kids and a great win for our kids tonight,‚ÄĚ McBride said.
Doris Boggs had to wait awhile for her interview. Illness, a crazy start to the New Year, and a death in my family kept postponing our time together.
In typical Doris fashion, when I called to reschedule‚Ä¶again‚Ä¶she said, ‚ÄúI was just praying and thinking about your family and the funeral ALL DAY during that awful weather.‚ÄĚ
It felt wonderful to know Doris had been praying‚Ä¶but I was not surprised.
Doris was gracious, as usual, as she ushered me past her husband, Bob, and into the dining room area of her home. Bob and Doris have hung around together for a long time‚ÄĒ65 years to be exact.