Archive - Feb 2013 - Sports Article
HUNTERTOWN ‚ÄĒ "You never know what's going to happen in game one," Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said after the Eagles' sectional opener against a struggling East Noble team.
There were no surprises at Carroll Wednesday night, as Columbia City took a lopsided 74-28 win over the Knights.
"Everybody had to come out ready to go," Benedict said. "I'm really happy with the way our guys came out defensively, it put us in control of the game from the get-go."
The Eagles held East Noble to only one basket, a 3-pointer, in the first eight minutes.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The IHSAA has released its enrollment figures that will determine sports classification for the next two years.
2013-14 and 2014-15 are the schools years covered by the new figures.
Official reclassification has not occurred yet. Sectional assignments for the sports affected by the enrollment numbers (football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer) will happen in April and will receive final approval April 29.
While the assignments are not official, a glance at the enrollment numbers could indicate changes for some area schools.
HUNTERTOWN ‚ÄĒ Carroll High School is playing host to what many northeast Indiana basketball advocates are calling one of the toughest sectionals in northeast Indiana.
Sectional play began last night, as Northrop knocked the host Chargers out of the state tournament by a 58-46 score.
Columbia City plays its opening round tonight, taking on a struggling, 2-20, East Noble squad.
Though the Eagles may have a nearly effortless win tonight, considering their 76-35 domination of the Knights in regular-season play, Columbia City has had two strong wins coming into sectional action.
OSSIAN ‚ÄĒ It was a tale of two halves at Norwell‚Äôs opening-round sectional game between Whitko and Bellmont Tuesday night.
The Wildcats opened up the first half scoring a slim four points, but tore the game open in the final two quarters, multiplying their score by more than 10 and topping the Braves, 41-35.
‚ÄúWe came out and played with a sense of urgency,‚ÄĚ Whitko head coach Scott Wessel said. ‚ÄúAt halftime, I just told them to go out and play hard.‚ÄĚ
BERNE ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs boys basketball team took the 100-mile round-trip drive to South Adams High School Tuesday for the opening round of the Starfire-hosted sectional.
The Eagles faced a competitive Adams Central team, falling 54-33.
The Flying Jets jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first quarter, with Churubusco‚Äôs lone bucket coming from Corey Sarrazin.
The second quarter was a different story for the Eagles, as ‚ÄôBusco outscored Adams Central 14-12, led by Brent Simmons with eight points.
Indiana boys basketball teams begin sectionals this week.
Two Whitley County schools start tournament play tonight, including Whitko‚Äôs Alex Stoddard (above).
The Wildcats travel to Norwell to take on Bellmont, and Churubusco faces Adams Central at South Adams tonight.
Columbia City‚Äôs sectional opener is at Carroll against East Noble.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ One tournament made all the difference in Columbia City‚Äôs girls basketball‚Äôs season.
The Lady Eagles had been struggling with a nine-game losing streak, a difficult 2-12 record and several competitive losses in the first part of their season.
Columbia City competed in the two-day, Northridge Holiday tournament in late December ‚ÄĒ and that‚Äôs when the tables turned.
Though the Lady Eagles fell in the first three games, the fourth game was a totally different performance.
Former Columbia City head coaches and Whitley County residents, along with two players from the county are headed to the Indiana Girls Basketball State Finals Saturday. Canterbury topped Lafayette Central Catholic, 74-50, at Crown Pointe in the semi-state game.
From left, former Columbia City head football coach Matt Furthmiller ‚ÄĒ assistant at Canterbury, former Whitko Middle School stand-out Darby Maggard, former long-time Columbia City girls basketball head coach Wayne Krieger and former Indian Springs Middle School hoopster Carly Johnson.
WARSAW ‚ÄĒ South Side knocked Warsaw‚Äôs girls basketball team out of the state tournament Saturday night.
The Lady Archers beat the Lady Tigers on their own court, 47-44, at the semi-state game.
Warsaw finished the season 24-2, with only one regular-season loss to NorthWood.
Columbia City and Whitko both faced Warsaw earlier in the season, with the Lady Wildcats nearly handing the Lady Tigers their first loss of the season.
Whitko played a competitive 53-45 game against Warsaw in South Whitley.
In Columbia City‚Äôs match-up, the Lady Eagles fell 60-29 at Warsaw.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs girls basketball team had four players honored by the Northeast Hoosier Conference this week.
The Lady Eagles were led by Emily Whiteleather, who earned 1st-Team All-NHC honors.
Whiteleather, a 6-foot-2 junior, averaged 10.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
She finished the season with 54-of-81 free throw shooting (66 percent) and led the Lady Eagles with 95 offensive rebounds.
Whiteleather ended the year with a team-high nine blocks and 50 percent field goal shooting.