Archive - Oct 2010 - Sports Article
ANGOLA — What is it about the fourth quarter and Columbia City football?
After countless penalties and lost leads, the Eagles found another way to win in the final period.
No. 8 Columbia City (10-1) saw an early 14-0 first-quarter lead disappear Friday night at Angola (9-2). Over two struggling quarters, the Hornets had the Eagles trailing —that is, until the fourth quarter.
PONETO –– The Churubusco Eagles took the long trip to Southern Wells Friday night to take on the Raiders in a sectional semifinal match-up.
Neither team would go down without a fight, but with 24.6 seconds left in the game, it was Churubusco that walked off the field with a 12-6 victory.
“We hung in there — we knew it was going to be a 48-minute football game — and they hung in there,” ’Busco head coach Lee Etzler said.
No longer is it just about being there. Been there, done that.
Now the No. 17 Columbia City Lady Eagles head to the Indiana high school cross country state finals Saturday wanting more than just the experience.
“We’re more focused this year,” senior Samantha Engle said. “Last year it was great just to make it.”
A season capped off with a sectional championship loss doesn’t come without some awards for Columbia City volleyball.
Wednesday, the Northeast Hoosier Conference recognized the Lady Eagles 4-3 record within the NHC with three selections to the all-conference team.
Two seniors grabbed honors in their final season as Lady Eagles. Four-year starter Maddie Hinen led those players with a second-team selection.
For the last four seasons, one of Columbia City’s very own has been among the best the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference has to offer.
In 2007, senior Angela Parry-Lemon was just a freshman at Hanover College when she earned her first all-conference honor in the HCAC.
Four years later, the former Lady Eagle received her fourth award from the conference for a 4-2 record in singles conference play.
Parry-Lemon went 5-5 overall at the No. 1 singles position in her final year as a Panther.
Could it be another East Noble shoot-out? The potential is there.
Two 9-1 teams will meet Friday night in the semifinal round of class 4A sectional 11 when No. 8 Columbia City travels to Angola.
Each touts a highly productive passing offense led by a senior quarterback.
Coming out ahead in a 56-55 offensive marathon at East Noble earlier in the season, Columbia City quarterback Logan Rehrer and the Eagles relish the chance for a repeat.
A pre-sectional championship comes Friday night with Churubusco (9-1) heading to Southern Wells (8-2) for class A sectional 35.
Two teams state ranked for the entire season square off in what has the feeling of a championship caliber game.
On the other side of the bracket two 5-5 teams await a title shot. The winner of the Raiders-Eagles game will go into the match-up as the odds-on favorite with only three losses between the two programs.
Is there a game plan to stop Churubusco fullback Kyle Mathewson?
If there is, no one has figured it out yet.
Not even his own coach wants to know how an opponent goes about stopping the Eagles career leading rusher.
“I have no idea,” Churubusco head coach Lee Etzler said of how to stop Mathewson. “I would not want to have to figure that out.”
“Ever since I started playing football I always knew I wanted to be a quarterback.”
From the Junior Football League days to the first time he stepped foot onto Max Gandy Athletic Field, Columbia City quarterback Logan Rehrer knew what he wanted to be.
The QB. The gunslinger. The man under center.
However you want to put it, Rehrer grew up with hard work put into being the man with the ball every play.
FORT WAYNE — Guess who’s back at the state finals.
If you thought Columbia City girls’ cross country just happened to find its way to the state final in 2009 then they didn’t have a hard time remembering the way back Saturday.