Archive - Mar 2013 - Sports Article
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ It was the same results at a different place in this season‚Äôs Whitley County track meet.
As it ended in 2012, Columbia City‚Äôs girls and Churubusco‚Äôs boys track teams led the county.
Whitko hosted the rivalry event and placed second in both the girls and boys meets.
The competition was the first outdoor meet for all three schools, who have hardly had the opportunity to practice outside due to cold, snowy conditions.
Polar opposite from last season, which saw temperatures as high as the 80s in March.
LIGONIER ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs JV baseball team scored a victory over West Noble Thursday.
The Wildcats beat the Chargers 6-2. Sophomore Tanner Hughes was the winning pitcher for Whitko, allowing just one run and striking out nine in four innings. Riley Anderson went the rest of the way for the Wildcats, allowing just one run as well.
CHURUBUSCO ‚Äď A four-run first inning was all the Churubusco team needed to earn a win in its season opener.
The Eagles would go on to add four more runs throughout the game on their way to an 8-0 victory over Woodlan.
Brent Simmons was dominant on the mound for the Eagles. In six innings of shutout work, the junior allowed only one hit. Simmons also struck out 11 batters. Hayden Kilgore closed the game out for ‚ÄėBusco on the mound with a perfect seventh inning.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco softball head coach Wayne Gibson didn‚Äôt have any seniors on his team last year.
The 2012 ‚ÄėBusco team still managed to compile a 11-16 record, while finishing 4-6 in the Northeast Corner Conference.
Last year‚Äôs Lady Eagles‚Äô season ended in a close 2-1 loss in the first round of sectionals. The opponent that fell them: eventual 2012 2A state runner-up Adams Central.
‚ÄúWe felt we competed last year, and we feel we can compete in the conference and our sectional this year,‚ÄĚ said the ‚ÄėBusco coach.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The third Columbia City football player this week has named his college choice.
Buddy O‚ÄôDell, senior defensive tackle for the Eagles, has committed to attend Earlham College and plans to major in human development and social relations.
He‚Äôs seeking a minor in business and nonprofit management.
LIGONIER ‚ÄĒ Despite the weather, Whitko‚Äôs girls tennis team scored a victory over West Noble in its opening match of the year.
The Lady Wildcats defeated the Lady Chargers by a final of 3-2. Whitko earned a victory at No. 1 singles from senior Laura Hippensteel, who won 6-1, 6-4.
Whitko‚Äôs Aressa Tackwell won the No. 2 singles match, 6-2, 6-2.
The clinching match for the Lady Wildcats was a comeback win at No. 1 doubles. Laura Alfieri and Abby Marshall erased a 3-0 hole in the first set to win 6-4, 6-4.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The 2nd Annual Tyler Andreas Memorial Strength Meet was held March 16 at Little Turtle Elementary School in Columbia City.
The event involved football players from Churubusco, Columbia City and Whitko, who competed in several football-related drills, including the back squat, bench press and agility test.
Thirty-nine athletes overall took part in the event ‚ÄĒ which celebrates the dedication and warrior spirit of Tyler Andreas ‚ÄĒ while raising money for the scholarship named in his honor.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Stand-out Columbia City running back Adam Neely officially signed with the University of Saint Francis this week.
Neely was the Eagles‚Äô running back and punter in the 2012 season, and despite breaking his leg in the second game of the season, Neely finished the year with a strong performance.
‚ÄúHis warrior spirit in coming back from a seemingly season-ending injury lifted up the entire team as he carried us to a victory in the sectional,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Head Coach Randy Hudgins said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Three-year letterman Kyle Weigold has committed to attend Manchester University to play football this fall.
Weigold was an offensive tackle for the Eagles last season, and is continuing his football career under the direction of Manchester Head Coach Shannon Griffith.
‚ÄúKyle had been a mainstay on our offensive line since his sophomore year,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Head Coach Randy Hudgins said. ‚ÄúHe displays incredible love of the game and caring for his teammates.‚ÄĚ
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Eight players return to Whitko‚Äôs softball team with varsity experience and will lead the squad in 2013.
The Lady Wildcats finished last year with a record of 6-19. They lost to Heritage 2-1 in eight innings last year in the opening round of sectional play.
Looking at the sectional for 2013, Whitko coach Brad Clark said his team could do well against the competition.