Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Thursday afternoon was cold and blustery, but at least it wasn‚Äôt raining, and the Columbia City Eagle baseball team took advantage of the break in the weather to take a dramatic, come-from-behind Northeast Hoosier Conference win 8-7 over the visiting Homestead Spartans.
‚ÄúWe finally had a decent day where we could play some baseball,‚ÄĚ said Eagle Head Coach Zac Bireley, ‚ÄúSo that‚Äôs a plus.‚ÄĚ
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Weather conditions have not been ideal in 2013, but Whitko‚Äôs girls track team is on the same pace as it was one year ago: an undefeated season in the Three Rivers Conference.
After beating Northfield and Manchester earlier this week, the Lady Wildcats defeated Wabash Thursday, 94-37.
LIGONIER ‚ÄĒ A first inning home run from Jordan Howell gave Churubusco‚Äôs baseball team a lead it would not relinquish in a win against West Noble Thursday in the NECC tournament.
‚ÄėBusco beat the Chargers 7-3, although it took nine innings to do it.
Howell‚Äôs homer was part of a three-run first that gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead. West Noble chipped away, bringing about a tie score that pushed the game into bonus baseball. Then, Churubusco added four runs to break the tie in the top of the ninth, and West Noble was unable to respond.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs girls tennis team hosted and fell to Northeast Hoosier Conference opponent Homestead Thursday at DeVol Field.
The Lady Eagles fell by a 4-1 score, with the lone win coming from senior Celine Rongos in No. 1 singles.
‚ÄúThis is the second year that Celine has knocked off Homestead‚Äôs No. 1 singles player,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Head Coach Kathleen Myers said.
Rongos topped Kelsey Vessels by a 6-1, 6-3 score.
Myers also said she was pleased with the No. 3 singles play of Adriana Brown, and the No. 2 doubles team of Breanna Hicks and Alaina Beckner.
Whitko baseball scores first TRC win
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs baseball team picked up a win in its first Three Rivers Conference game of the season Thursday.
The Wildcats shut out Southwood, 1-0, behind a two-hit pitching gem from Alex Stoddard.
Whitko drew first blood immediately, scoring what proved to be the game‚Äôs only run in the bottom of the first inning. Tanner Gaff crossed the plate on a single from Zach Snep. Gaff also had the lone extra-base hit of the night, a double.
Lady Eagles drop game to Lakers
FREMONT ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs softball fell in a NECC Tournament game Thursday to Lakeland.
The Lady Lakers beat the Lady Eagles 6-4.
Offensively, ‚ÄėBusco was able to bang out seven hits on the night. Kasey Gibson led with a 3-for-4 stint at the plate.
Hannah Richards crossed the plate twice for the Lady Eagles as well. Other Lady Eagles with hits included Kristen Krill, Richards, Kellary Crabil and Lacey Pulley.
Courtney Luttmann was the losing pitcher for ‚ÄėBusco, with Krill tossing relief innings as well.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls track team emerged victorious in a four-team meet Tuesday.
The Lady Wildcats defeated two conference foes, Manchester and Northfield, as well as Lakeland Christian Academy.
Whitko rolled up 91 points to edge past Manchester, which had 84.
Lady Wildcat athletes scored first in six events. Josie Sparks was first in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Miranda Terril grabbed a pair of wins in the high jump and the 400-meter dash.
Columbia City‚Äôs cheerleading squad held its awards banquet in March.
Awards winners include, front row, junior varsity, from left: Megan Gawthrop, Positive Attitude Award and Spirit Award; Danielle Reust,Most Outstanding Cheerleader Award; and Mariah Dennis, Leadership Award.
Back row, varsity: Emily Wilder, Most Improved Award; Dezer-Ray Lauz, Leadership Award; Courtney Davis, Positive Attitude Award; Molly Drew, Most Improved Award; Kennedy Slavicek, Coaches Award; Bonnie Smith, Leadership Award; Riley Fry, Most Outstanding Cheerleader.
Indian Springs Middle School 7th grader, Jacob Hinen, took advantage of Monday‚Äôs cooperative weather, placing first in the long jump against Wawasee.
Both the 8th-grade boys and girls were victorious with scores of 77-29 and 58-48, respectively. The 6th- and 7th-grade boys and girls both fell to Wawasee, 68-38 and 75-30, respectively.
The teams are back in action Thursday at ISMS for their last home meet of the season. Monday is the county meet at Churubusco at 4:30 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Park Department‚Äôs Opening Day Ceremony for youth league baseball and softball set for Saturday has been postponed.
The games on tap for Saturday have also been postponed.
Park Director Mark Green said excessive rain has caused the fields at Morsches Park to become overly-saturated.
‚ÄúOur fields are soaked,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúHaving events of this size would put too many vehicles there.‚ÄĚ