Archive - Sports Article
February 8th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Senior night is the final home swimming meet of the season and a tune-up for the upcoming IHSAA Sectional.
It all came together for the Eagles Thursday night, providing the backdrop for a 117-42 win for Columbia Cityâ€™s boys swim team over the visiting Wabash Apaches.
The Eagles took first in 10-of-11 events, sweeping the first three places in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly race.
The Eagles will head into the Warsaw IHSAA Sectional next week.
â€śI think the boys are ready,â€ť said Columbia City head coach Kristen Swonger.
FORT WAYNE â€” There are 11 wrestlers from Whitley County schools who are one day away from their ultimate goal.
It is semi-state weekend at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Saturday. Grapplers who managed a top-four finish at the regional meet last Saturday at Carroll earned a bid for the semi-state tournament. There will be a total of 16 wrestlers at the tournament hailing from four regionals the previous weekend. The other three regionals that feed into the Coliseum are the tournaments that were held at Goshen, Jay County and Peru.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team fell on the wrong side of a back-and-forth battle Wednesday at Snider.
The Lady Eagles faced Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Carroll in the sectional opener, losing 65-57 in a closer game than the score depicts.
Until the final two minutes, for most of the game, neither team had a lead of more than five points.
There were 17 lead changes and seven ties, but foul trouble led to Columbia Cityâ€™s demise, as the Lady Eagles had five players foul out in the last four minutes of play â€” when Carroll took the lead and didnâ€™t give it back.
GAS CITY â€” The wait is over.
Whitkoâ€™s girls basketball team was in suspense, waiting find out who it would play in Fridayâ€™s sectional semifinal. The answer is in â€” Heritage.
The Lady Wildcats drew the bye in Class 3A, Sectional 23 at Mississinewa. That meant Whitko had to wait on the winner of Heritage and Bellmont, who played Tuesday. Heritage scored a 61-49 triumph.
These are the sports headlines in Thursday's issue:
County wrestlers one meet away from state
Murphy signs with Miami of Ohio
Whitko to take on Heritage
Lady Eagles suffer loss to Carroll in first round of sectional, 65-57
Jared Murphy signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday at Columbia City High School. By signing, Murphy officially committed to play NCAA Division I football at Miami University in Ohio. The occasion took place on National Signing Day for Division I College Football.
Those seated, from the left, are Coach Randy Hudgins, Jared Murphy, and his parents, Jo and Chuck Murphy. Standing, from the left, are CCHS Athletic Director Geoff Penrod, Coach Chris Benedict, Ben Murphy, Adam Murphy, and Jim Pope.
Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team begins sectional play tonight at Snider. The Lady Eagles take on Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Carroll. Churubusco and Whitko both play their first rounds on Friday.
HUNTERTOWN â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s wrestling team traveled to Carroll Middle School for a conference-rival match.
The Eagles of ISMS fought hard and beat the Chargers by a score of 44-33.
Victorious for the Eagles in the varsity lineup were: AJ Chapin, Braden Baker, Jacob Wigent, Hunter Reed, Matt Wright, Seth Rosen, Jacob Whitehead, Jacob Elkins, Jackson Wilcoxson and Weston Ottinger.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City's boys basketball program hasn't had a player pass 1,000 career points since 1976, when Brent Johnson graduated with 1,074.
The 2013 Eagles' team had its second player pass the milestone, as Derek Hinen scored 12 points against Norwell to set his all-time scoring at 1,005.
His teammate, Drew Benedict, passed the mark earlier this season, in the team's third game of the season against Northfield.
"I'm sure there's not a whole lot of teams that have two players with more than 1,000 points," Hinen said.
HUNTERTOWN â€” Twenty Whitley County wrestlers embarked on the second leg of the IHSAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament at Saturdayâ€™s Carrroll Regional tournament.
Eleven of those, including two weight-class champions, will advance to next Saturdayâ€™s Fort Wayne Semi-State at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
Although wrestlers advance on an individual basis, a team score was also kept, with Churubusco taking second with 92.5 points behind Carrollâ€™s 180.