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August 6th, 2012
WARSAW â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls golf season opened Monday morning at the same place it ended last year â€”Stonehenge.
The Lady Eagles were bested by a strong Warsaw team, which opened its season with a score of 184. Columbia City shot a 224. Last seasonâ€™s sectional match was held at Stonehenge, where both Columbia City and Whitko saw the end of their seasons.
Though as a team the Lady Eagles lost by a significant margin, Columbia Cityâ€™s No. 1 linkster Jackie Leeuw shot just one-over Warsawâ€™s medalists with a 45. Lady Tigers Nikke Lalonde and Beth Meadows both fired 44s.
From left, local speedsters, Charles (Don) Shively-driver, David Shively-owner and James (Joe) Shively-owner on May 10, 1953.
Pictured with them is their car, a 1939 Coupe Ford, in Fort Wayne on Speedway Drive.
The group also raced at South Anthony Speedway in Fort Wayne, Big Lake Speedway and New Paris Speedway.
They made appearances at South Bend, Kokomo, Avilla and Hicksville, Ohio.
Last season, Whitkoâ€™s girls soccer team won the sectional title in its first season as an IHSAA sanctioned team.
Head Coach Gary Sims, along with three of the teamâ€™s top four scorers are back this season, with games beginning Thursday.
For more about the Lady â€™Cats and the rest of 2012â€™s fall sports teams from Whitko, Churubusco and Columbia City, watch for The Post & Mailâ€™s Fall Sports Preview, which is scheduled to be in the Aug. 16 edition.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s No. 1 singles netters are no rookies of the sport.
Seniors Derek Hinen and Celine Rongos have both been playing tennis since they were young.
â€śWhen I was five years old, my dad started taking me out to the courts and hitting with me for fun,â€ť Rongos said. â€śAfter that, I never stopped.â€ť
Hinen said his family has played together since he was young.
Both Hinen and Rongos made Northeast Hoosier Conference All-Conference Teams last season.Rongos was also All-District, All-State Honorable Mention and named the Most Valuable Player.
The Phillies won the Pierceton Youth League minor division recently.
Front row, from left: Devon Akers, Jonathan Craft, Colten King and Luke Chalk.
Second row: Logan Akers, Peyton Warren, Tyis Donovan, Clayton Ebbinghouse, Alex Garcia and Blade Morrison.
Third row, coaches: Todd King, Roger Craft and Chad Ebbinghouse.
Not pictured: Noah Groves and Coach Brian Stratton.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Allison Yoder eyes a putt at Eagle Glen last year. Girls golf practice began Friday. Other fall sports begin practice today.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Many athletes aspire to be a record-breaking quarterback, or an Indiana All-Star pitcher, or to average double digits for the basketball team.
Whitkoâ€™s incoming senior Alex Stoddard has done all three.
Stoddard has been a varsity starter in football, basketball and baseball since he's been in high school.
Stoddard had over 1,200 passing yards last season as the Wildcatsâ€™ quarterback, he collected 71 strikeouts (9.44 per game) and averaged 10 points per game in basketball.
Stoddard has been the starting quarterback for the â€™Cats since he was a sophomore.
Running Around Screen Printing won the regular season and the tournament in the minor softball division.
The teamâ€™s record for the season was 20-1.
Front row, from left: Sadie Zumbrun, Ayn-Margret Schaekel, Noelani Stahl (Bat Girl), Grace Schaekel (Bat Girl), Natalee Gawthrop, Sammi Zumbrun, Emilee Pletcher, Sierra Elliott.
Second row: Coach Jeff Ebersole, Coach Wes Stahl, Felicity Clawson, Mackenzie Martin, Ava Underwood, Brooke Ebersole, Delaney Stahl, Breanna Malcolm, Coach Todd Pletcher, Sponsor Jo Ann Bird (Running Around Screen Printing).
Columbia City hosted a tennis camp, teaching young netters the basic skills of the game.
Pictured above, front row, from left: Isabelle Kreienbrink, Ingrid Matchett, Maycee Nix, Sydney Korte, Jasmine Nix, Mattie Dahms and Emma Waugh.
Second row: Grace Cotter, Alaina Rongos, Jessica McFarland, Kristen Baker, Danielle Reust, Lydia Morgan, Rachel Steinbacher, Hannah Wolfe and Coach Celine Rongos. (Not pictured Kiah Myers).
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s not every day an athlete gets a call to participate in the Olympic Trials.
But for former Columbia City High School stand-out Leah Eber, itâ€™s only fitting.
Ranked as one of the top 24 long jumpers in the nation, Eber performs at the Olympic level. She got the call just hours before she was expected to jump.
She got up the next morning to get on a plane and fly to Omaha, Neb.
Athletes had 48 hours prior to the event to declare if they were going to compete in the trials, leaving Eber restless until she got the news.