February 8th, 2012
The gym floor of Churubusco High School was rockin' during Saturdayâ€™s Zumba-thon, which had 35 women getting fit, rocking out and having a blast at the inaugural event designed to raise money for the upcoming Churubusco Junior-Senior High School aerobics class. The Zumba instructor was Kellie (Barker) Malone (pictured), of Kendallville. Silent auction items and baked goods were donated by several area businesses and students.
MONROE â€” The Churubusco Lady Eagles began their â€śsecond seasonâ€ť with a trip to Adams Central High School to take on a statistically similar South Adams Lady Starfire squad with the winner advancing to meet host Adams Central in the semifinals.
â€™Buscoâ€™s season will continue as they jumped out to a big first quarter lead and used a stifling defense to take a 42-27 win over the Lady Starfires.
The Lady Eagles extended their defense keeping the Lady Starfires off balance the entire first half, holding South Adams to three first quarter points and only seven in the entire first half.
GAS CITY â€” Whitkoâ€™s girls basketball team is advancing to the semi-finals in this weekâ€™s battle for the sectional title after beating host Mississinewa on its home court Tuesday, 73-43.
After a competitive 12-8 first quarter, the Lady Wildcats built a comfortable lead in the second period and maintained it throughout the rest of the game.
Whitko began the second quarter with 10 unanswered points and held the Lady Indians scoreless for almost four minutes.
Whitko had a 32-18 lead at halftime.
A narrow band of snowfall resulted in five inches of snow in Churubusco Saturday morning. But, that didnâ€™t stop the Skinner family (at right) from building a huge snowman. Left to right are Desiree, Sam, Josh and Wes Skinner of Churubusco. â€śWinter has finally come to us,â€ť remarked mom, Desiree. The finished product was said to be a likeness of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning who won the Super Bowl Sunday on his brother Peytonâ€™s turf in Indianapolis. â€śI was shoveling the snow and it was so heavy,â€ť said Josh Skinner.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” John L. Fries, 83, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:40 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted Saturday evening.
He was born Dec. 7, 1928, in Fort Wayne, a son of Leo J. and Ella Marie (Perry) Fries.
His formative years were spent in Columbia City and Thorncreek Township. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1947, from Indiana University with a bachelorâ€™s degree in education in 1953 and from Indiana University with a masterâ€™s degree in education in 1962.
WARSAW â€” The Warsaw girls swimming sectional finals took place Saturday, and Columbia City Lady Eagle Libby Bower had been here before.
As a freshman and sophomore, Bower finished second in 100-yard butterfly consolation races.
Her junior year, she finished fifth in the sectional final to determine the state tourney representative, missing her trip to the finals by four places. Saturday, the senior again improved upon her previous efforts, taking first place and taking her first trip to Indianapolis with a time of 1:06.27.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Princesses and Prince Charmings were all the rage on Friday night in Columbia City. Hundreds of fathers and daughters attended the seventh annual Father Daughter Dance at First Church of God Friday night. The event was sponsored by Columbia City Parks and several area businesses.
The dads dressed in their finest and daughters, looking like princesses, were able to get their portraits taken by a local photographer. A catered dinner by Jill Daniel featured a crowd favorite, macaroni and cheese.
HUNTERTOWN â€” The season goes on for all three Whitley County wrestling teams as Columbia City, Churubusco and Whitko each qualified a wrestler for next Saturdayâ€™s IHSAA Wrestling Semi-State.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Russell Hazelet qualified with a fourth-place finish at 182 pounds and Churubusco freshman Chase Downing advanced by placing fourth in the 120-pound weight class. Whitko senior Cody Bays will represent the Wildcats by way of a third-place finish at 145 pounds.
CHURUBUSCO â€” The Lady Eagles basketball team opened a boy-girl double-header with a loss Friday, falling to the visiting Lady Lakers of Lakeland, 49-44.
In the first quarter, Lakeland jumped out to an early lead off of consecutive scores from Abi Thompson. After a foul shot from Thompson the Lady Eagles found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-0 deficit three minutes into the game.
Thompson scored again for Lakeland, but it was the last basket the Lady Lakers would score in the opening period.
Savannah Labenz scored four straight points to give Churubusco the lead.
WARSAW â€“ Columbia City High School started its swim program 15 years ago. Assistant Coach Phil Stanczak has been around for nearly all of them.
â€śIn my 14 years of doing this, Iâ€™ve never seen that happen,â€ť said Stanczak. â€śThatâ€ť being sending an Eagle diver â€“ boy or girl â€“ to the state regional tournament.
That changed Saturday. Lady Eagle diver junior Audrey Gruettert finished in the top four at the Warsaw sectional, advancing her to regionals Tuesday. Gruettertâ€™s 306.7 score placed her in fourth.
â€śIâ€™m very excited; still kind of in shock,â€ť Gruettert said.