Archive - Jul 2012 - Sports Article
Columbia Cityâ€™s Allison Yoder eyes a putt at Eagle Glen last year. Girls golf practice began Friday. Other fall sports begin practice today.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Many athletes aspire to be a record-breaking quarterback, or an Indiana All-Star pitcher, or to average double digits for the basketball team.
Whitkoâ€™s incoming senior Alex Stoddard has done all three.
Stoddard has been a varsity starter in football, basketball and baseball since he's been in high school.
Stoddard had over 1,200 passing yards last season as the Wildcatsâ€™ quarterback, he collected 71 strikeouts (9.44 per game) and averaged 10 points per game in basketball.
Stoddard has been the starting quarterback for the â€™Cats since he was a sophomore.
Running Around Screen Printing won the regular season and the tournament in the minor softball division.
The teamâ€™s record for the season was 20-1.
Front row, from left: Sadie Zumbrun, Ayn-Margret Schaekel, Noelani Stahl (Bat Girl), Grace Schaekel (Bat Girl), Natalee Gawthrop, Sammi Zumbrun, Emilee Pletcher, Sierra Elliott.
Second row: Coach Jeff Ebersole, Coach Wes Stahl, Felicity Clawson, Mackenzie Martin, Ava Underwood, Brooke Ebersole, Delaney Stahl, Breanna Malcolm, Coach Todd Pletcher, Sponsor Jo Ann Bird (Running Around Screen Printing).
Columbia City hosted a tennis camp, teaching young netters the basic skills of the game.
Pictured above, front row, from left: Isabelle Kreienbrink, Ingrid Matchett, Maycee Nix, Sydney Korte, Jasmine Nix, Mattie Dahms and Emma Waugh.
Second row: Grace Cotter, Alaina Rongos, Jessica McFarland, Kristen Baker, Danielle Reust, Lydia Morgan, Rachel Steinbacher, Hannah Wolfe and Coach Celine Rongos. (Not pictured Kiah Myers).
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s not every day an athlete gets a call to participate in the Olympic Trials.
But for former Columbia City High School stand-out Leah Eber, itâ€™s only fitting.
Ranked as one of the top 24 long jumpers in the nation, Eber performs at the Olympic level. She got the call just hours before she was expected to jump.
She got up the next morning to get on a plane and fly to Omaha, Neb.
Athletes had 48 hours prior to the event to declare if they were going to compete in the trials, leaving Eber restless until she got the news.
Matco Tool won the girls lob ball tournament at Morshes Park Tuesday.
Above, Hailey Whiteleather and Cyllviea Kroeger pose with their trophies.
For more photos, see Thursday's Edition of The Post & Mail
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Holzinger Seed won the major division tournament 2-1 with a walk-off RBI by Devin Baker.
Holzinger Seedâ€™s minor division team also won and finished the season with a 19-0 record. Photos from that game will appear in Fridayâ€™s edition of The Post & Mail.
In girls lob ball, Matco Tools took the title Tuesday night. Photos from the girlsâ€™ game will appear in Thursdayâ€™s edition of The Post & Mail.
The girls major and minor divisions will complete their seasons Friday night at Morsches Park with championship games scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Despite excessive heat and last weekâ€™s storm, Eagle Glen Golf Course in Columbia City hasnâ€™t had a decrease in customers.
Though temperatures passed the 100-degree mark, employees said avid golfers are still on the course.
â€śPeople have been golfing early in the morning or later in the evening (after 4 p.m.),â€ť employee Shelly Davis said.
Last week, the course provided free bottled water to linksters who played during the 100-degree heat, with coolers set up throughout the course.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Most Columbia City volleyball fans know when Gabrielle Hazen is making her approach and the ball is in the air: the Lady Eagles are about to score a point.
At 6-foot-2, Hazen towers over the net, and her opponents. Her arms reach several feet over the net, helping her to be Columbia Cityâ€™s dominant force.
She led the team in both blocking and hitting last season as a sophomore, was named 2nd-Team All-Conference and was on the All-Area Honorable Mention team.
With all of those accolades, itâ€™s hard to imagine sheâ€™s only played volleyball for four years.
Columbia City High School awarded six players for baseball.
From left: Connor Slavich - 1st Team All Conference and MVP Award; Austin Clark - Pitching Award; Curtis Shoda - Mental Attitude Award; Trevor Bolt - Most Improved; Brandon Gay - Coaches Award; Jordan Bickle - 2nd Team All Conference and Offensive Award.