Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ High school softball is a game dominated by pitching and solid defense behind the plate.
When a team loses its ace All-Northeast Hoosier Conference pitcher and its All-NHC catcher, normally the other teams in the conference would be licking their chops in anticipation of this year‚Äôs season.
But that may not be the case this year, as the Columbia City squad still returns a senior-laden team full of experience.
Last year, the Lady Eagles posted a 19-9 overall record including a 7-0 sweep of the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Last year‚Äôs season may not have turned out the way that Churubusco‚Äôs baseball team was hoping for, but this season‚Äôs team returns a strong nucleus from that squad and looks to improve on last year‚Äôs 7-24 record.
The Eagles graduated pitcher Austin Geoprich, who was 3-3 on the season and batted .278.
Also gone from the Churubusco lineup are infielder Alan Meeks, a .374 hitter who also had 13 stolen bases, and Adam Boggess, who batted at a .278 clip with 21 RBI from his left field position.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Fourteen, 1,057 and 24. What do these numbers mean?
Fourteen is the number of losses Churubusco‚Äôs boys basketball team suffered before winning its first game, an agonizing stretch for the Eagles and their fans.
The number 1,057 is the amount of points the 2011-12 Eagles scored. That team went 14-7.
MARION ‚ÄĒ Several local tracksters competed in Saturday‚Äôs Indiana State Indoor Track finals at Indiana Wesleyan.
Leading the area‚Äôs athletes were Austin McClure and Connor Stouder.
McClure, of Churubusco, took first in the shotput in the small school division. His teammate, Eric Kuznar, placed 16th in the same event.
Stouder, of Whitko, was state runner up in the 55-meter dash.
Churubusco‚Äôs Cory Miller came in eighth in the pole vault, and Whitko‚Äôs 1,600-meter relay team placed ninth.
‚ÄôBusco‚Äôs Connor Hogeston finished 10th in the 3,200-meter run.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs baseball team returns a solid core of players and will be taking on some of the best competition in the state.
The Wildcats are in the same Class 3A sectional as Bellmont, which went to the semistate game a year ago. In the Three Rivers Conference, Northfield was the Class 2A state champion from last year.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre not the favorite on paper,‚ÄĚ said Whitko coach Erik Hisner. ‚ÄúBut we like what we see and are setting some goals going forward.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Saturday will be the final day residents can register for the summer softball season.
There will be a special registration period at the pavilion in Morsches Park Saturday. People can come between 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. to sign-up.
Softball evaluations will be on Saturday, March 23 at noon for the 9 to 11 age group and at 2:30 p.m. for the 12 to 14 group. Those who wish to play up from their age group will have their time at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.
Opening day is set for April 27. So far, registration numbers have been solid.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs boys track team comes off a successful campaign last year looking to continue a string of Three Rivers Conference championships that stretches back to 2008.
The Wildcats will need to replace a backbone of seniors from last year‚Äôs team that finished with a 9-1 record.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Having two of three senior players miss time due to injuries would make for a rough season for just about any team.
That‚Äôs what happened to Churubusco‚Äôs girls basketball team during its 2012-13 season, as the Lady Eagles finished the year 3-18.
Savannah Labenz had returned for her senior season to start at point guard for the Lady Eagles. Unfortunately, her high school finale was cut short by a torn labrum suffered shortly before Christmas that caused her to miss the remainder of the season.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ The end is better than the beginning.
That statement was certainly true for Whitko‚Äôs boys basketball team in the 2012-13 season. The Wildcats, under first-year head coach Scott Wessel, finished with a record of 6-16. However, Whitko ended its season playing its best basketball of the year and was able to avenge an early-season defeat in the sectional tournament.
‚ÄúWe ended the year the way you want to be playing,‚ÄĚ Wessel said.
Whitko was 4-4 in the final weeks of the season, claiming close wins over conference foes in the process.
Six Columbia City girls tracksters are headed to the Indiana Indoor State Track Finals after placing in the top 10 of their events Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Pictured above, Samina Qureshi, along with her distance medley team of Carlee Hearld, Hanna Wappes and Samantha Roush placed fourth on Saturday.
Also advancing are Kalisha Goree in two events, long jump and 55-meter hurdles. Tiffany Harber came in sixth in the 3,200 meter run.
The state finals will also be held at Indiana Wesleyan this Saturday.