February 14th, 2011
SOUTH WHITLEY — As the final minutes ticked down Saturday afternoon the chant began at Whitko High School.
“This is Rob’s House.”
As the class 3A No. 4 Whitko Wildcats locked up the outright championship in the Three Rivers Conference against Manchester 61-34, head coach Rob Irwin remained at home recovering from chemotherapy treatments.
However, it didn’t take long for leader of the Wildcats to find out about his team’s newest title.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s freshman state representative said last week that while the proposed state law expanding charter schools in Indiana is a controversial issue, her ultimate loyalty has to be with students in the Hoosier State.
â€śIn education, I know we are so fortunate to have successful schools, teachers and administrators in our district,â€ť said Rep. Kathy Heuer, R-Columbia City.
FORT WAYNE — And then there were none. For the first time in recent memory, Whitley County will not be represented at Conseco Fieldhouse for the individual wrestling state championships.
All nine Whitley County wrestlers, five from Whitko and four from Churubusco, fell in the first two rounds with several just missing the trip to Indy, including one in a controversial manner.
LAGRANGE — Going into the class 2A Prairie Heights girls basketball sectional not many probably had Churubusco at the top of their lists for winning a title.
However, after a emotional semifinal win over the host Lady Panthers, the Lady Eagles carried their hopes to a title shot.
Churubusco (7-14) took its longest winning streak (four) in more than a decade into the championship Saturday night.
COLUMBIA CITY — Marion, a boys’ basketball team that averages 70 points a game, was held to 52 by Columbia City Saturday night. However, the Eagles were unable to convert on the offensive end losing 52-38.
Marion’s speed and high pressure defense forced 19 turnovers, causing the Eagles to miss out on scoring opportunities.
“When you have 19 turnovers in a game like that, it’s going to be hard to come out on top,” Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said.
LAGRANGE — There is a win every successful program can look back on. The one win that turned the tide and built something more than just a winning team.
Friday night, after seasons of struggle, Churubusco girls’ basketball might have found that break.
The Lady Eagles stared down a 9-2 first quarter deficit to host Prairie Heights in the class 2A sectional semifinal. A switch to the full court press brought with it a fourth consecutive win for Churubusco, 56-46, and a berth in the sectional championship Saturday.
INDIANAPOLIS — As just one of three freshmen in the 50-meter freestyle race at the Indiana high school state final’s opening day Friday, Lady Eagle Andrea Richter made her debut in 30th-place.
Columbia City’s only sectional champion in girls’ swimming went into the event seeded 29th out of 32 swimmers.
Richter swam to a time of 25.87 in the first of four qualifying heats. The top 16 swimmers moved on to today’s finals at the Indiana University Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.
COLUMBIA CITY — We have all seen sporting events where a team digs a themselves a big hole to start the game only to come back with a furious rally to win at the end.
Friday night’s class 3A sectional semifinal between the host Columbia City Lady Eagles and the NorthWood Lady Panthers was not that game.
The winner of South Whitleyâ€™s Got Talent hands down was Ivory West.
The competition concluded Thursday evening at the South Whitley Public Library after a week off for a winter storm.
The competition was tough, with the audience getting to be a part of selecting the winner. The three official judges, whose votes had a bit more pull, were Nate Myers, Teresa Smith and Renee Wozniak Anderson.
West performed â€śCome Togetherâ€ť by The Beatles to earn the title.
Kimberlina (Ickes) Heintzelman of Columbia City passed away Feb. 3, 2011 at Fort Wayne Hospice, to be with her Lord. Her family hopes she is at peace and no longer in pain.
She was born in Bakersfield, Calif. in 1965. She grew up in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. and graduated from high school there. She was married twice and had no children.