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April 27th, 2012
WINONA LAKE â€” Graceâ€™s baseball team has announced the signing of Whitko High Schoolâ€™s Richard â€śWesâ€ť Gensch for the 2012-13 season.
Gensch has been a central member of Whitkoâ€™s roster the past four years as a pitcher and first baseman.
The 6-foot-3 high school senior was named Academic All-Conference in 2010 and 2011. He was also Whitkoâ€™s Most Improved Player as a junior.
â€śI felt like Grace was where God wanted me to be,â€ť Gensch said.
â€śI want to continue developing my pitching skills and help the Grace program succeed. I am excited to play baseball for Grace this fall.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s baseball team came off a win over Triton Tuesday to fall to Tippecanoe Valley Wednesday night, 6-0.
The Vikings got 10 hits, eight against Whitko starting pitcher Alex Stoddard. Stoddard recorded four strike-outs, three errors and gave up four runs.
Colin Nicodemus and Wes Gensch each went 1-for-2 at the plate, getting Whitkoâ€™s two lone hits.
Tippy Valley scored three runs in the third inning, and one-per inning in the fifth, sixth and seventh frames.
Win over Triton
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s softball team grabbed a Three Rivers Conference win Wednesday night against Tippecanoe Valley, 9-1.
Though the Lady Vikings scored the first run of the game in the first inning, Tippy Valley didnâ€™t cross home plate for the rest of the game.
Whitko, on the other hand, scored nine runs in the third and fourth innings. Karissa Olinske and Hannah Cokl scored two runs apiece.
Audra Day, Hannah Himes, Aly Nicodemus and Emily Weigold each added a run as well.
Olinske pitched all seven innings with nine strikeouts, one walk and gave up seven hits.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” You know itâ€™s a tough ballgame when the losing pitcher who strikes out the first eleven batters she faces, only gives up two hits for the game and gets defeated 3-0.
Thatâ€™s exactly what happened to the Homestead Lady Spartans when they visited the Columbia City Lady Eagles for a Northeast Hoosier Conference softball game on a wet cold Wednesday evening.
The Lady Eagles parlayed a Spartan error and two hits from the bottom of the order and 14 strikeouts from pitcher Cassie Vodde into a 3-0 win.
FORT WAYNE â€” The 20th Annual Nancy Rehm/Border Wars Classic All-Star Games will be Saturday at the University of Saint Francisâ€™ Hutzell Center.
Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict will be coaching the boys team, which has Whitko stand-out Logan Irwin and Churubuscoâ€™s Tyler Arrowsmith on the roster.
The girls game begins at 5 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m.
Also included are 3-point shooting contests for the girls and boys and a slam-dunk contest for the boys.
WABASH â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys and girls track teams both won a four-way meet against Three Rivers Conference foes Manchester, Northfield and Lakeland Tuesday at Northfield.
The boys are now 5-0 in the TRC, collecting 116 points over Manchester (75.5), Northfield (43.5) and Lakeland Christian (4).
Trapper Mize won both the 800- and 1600-meter runs. Derek Snep won the shot put, Alec Wilkinson took first in the pole vault, Brady Herendeen won the long jump and Brandon Nettrouer led the 400-meter dash.
DECATURâ€” Columbia Cityâ€™s baseball team opened its conference schedule last night with a loss at Bellmont High School by a score of 8-5.
Columbia City scored five runs on nine hits with one error, and Bellmont scored eight runs with 13 hits and one error.
Eagle designated hitter Austin McCormick and third baseman Jordan Bickle hit one double each, while first baseman Connor Reed clobbered a home run, his first of the season.
DECATUR â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s golf team traveled to Decatur to face Northeast Hoosier Conference foe and undefeated Bellmont team (4-0, 3-0 in NHC).
The Braves routed the Eagles 167-180 on a windy Tuesday at Cross Creek.
Bellmont had three scores less than Columbia Cityâ€™s best (44). Max Dryer and Drew Burnsworth led the Eagles, each shooting a 44.
Chase Ellsworth of Bellmont was the medalist with a 37. The Braves also posted a 41,42, 47 and 48.
Dustin Parrett and Trent Murphy each got a 46. Derek Philbee rounded off Columbia Cityâ€™s scoring with a 47.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Lady Eagle track team claimed first place in 10-of-16 events Tuesday night to down Northeast Hoosier Conference foes East Noble and New Haven at the Max Gandy Athletic Field.
Columbia City racked up 75 points, outrunning East Noble, who came in second with 62 points and New Haven, who finished with 30.
The Eagles had several multiple-event winners on the blustery evening.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s and Columbia Cityâ€™s tennis teams not only faced each other Monday night in South Whitley, but battled gusty wind.
Columbia City beat the Lady â€™Cats 5-0.
In No. 1 singles, Celene Rongos beat Whitkoâ€™s Abby Marshall 6-1, 6-0. Columbia Cityâ€™s Kennedy Slavicek defeated Aressa Tackwell 6-2, 6-3 in No. 2 singles. Whitkoâ€™s Laura Hippensteel lost to Alaina Beckner 6-4, 6-0 in No. 3 singles.