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February 25th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One tournament made all the difference in Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketballâ€™s season.
The Lady Eagles had been struggling with a nine-game losing streak, a difficult 2-12 record and several competitive losses in the first part of their season.
Columbia City competed in the two-day, Northridge Holiday tournament in late December â€” and thatâ€™s when the tables turned.
Though the Lady Eagles fell in the first three games, the fourth game was a totally different performance.
Former Columbia City head coaches and Whitley County residents, along with two players from the county are headed to the Indiana Girls Basketball State Finals Saturday. Canterbury topped Lafayette Central Catholic, 74-50, at Crown Pointe in the semi-state game.
From left, former Columbia City head football coach Matt Furthmiller â€” assistant at Canterbury, former Whitko Middle School stand-out Darby Maggard, former long-time Columbia City girls basketball head coach Wayne Krieger and former Indian Springs Middle School hoopster Carly Johnson.
WARSAW â€” South Side knocked Warsawâ€™s girls basketball team out of the state tournament Saturday night.
The Lady Archers beat the Lady Tigers on their own court, 47-44, at the semi-state game.
Warsaw finished the season 24-2, with only one regular-season loss to NorthWood.
Columbia City and Whitko both faced Warsaw earlier in the season, with the Lady Wildcats nearly handing the Lady Tigers their first loss of the season.
Whitko played a competitive 53-45 game against Warsaw in South Whitley.
In Columbia Cityâ€™s match-up, the Lady Eagles fell 60-29 at Warsaw.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team had four players honored by the Northeast Hoosier Conference this week.
The Lady Eagles were led by Emily Whiteleather, who earned 1st-Team All-NHC honors.
Whiteleather, a 6-foot-2 junior, averaged 10.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
She finished the season with 54-of-81 free throw shooting (66 percent) and led the Lady Eagles with 95 offensive rebounds.
Whiteleather ended the year with a team-high nine blocks and 50 percent field goal shooting.
DECATUR â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s wrestling team suffered its first loss of the season Thursday night at Bellmont. The Eagles lost to the undefeated Braves, 47-38.
Despited the loss, AJ Chapin got ISMS off to a good start with a victory by pin.
The win was followed up with another victory by Braden Baker.
The next ISMS wrestler to record a victory was Seth Rosen in the 132-pound class. Rosen won by pin.
In the 150-pound weight class, Jacob Morse was able to pin his opponent.
In the 175-pound class, Mydrae Brown won via forfeit.
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SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The Three Rivers Conference has announced its All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-Conference teams.
Lady Wildcat Cagney Craig was the lone Whitko player to make the top 12 for 1st-Team All-TRC.
Craig averaged more than three steals per game.
Fellow senior Jordan Hall was one of four players awarded honorable mention.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s wrestling team faced a competitive Maple Creek team for a conference showdown Wednesday night.
The match came down to the last wrestlers of the night. ISMS 7th grader Weston Ottinger was able to seal the win for Indian Springs with a pin to make the score 39-35.
â€śThe win was a total team effort,â€ť ISMS coach Brian Bills said.
Indian Springs improved its record to 14-0.
Jacob Wigent got the first victory with a major decision.
Dylan McClure and Drew Rethlake kept the winning streak going with victories by decision.
FORT WAYNE â€” Indian Springs Middle School recently swim in a tri-meet against Maple Creek and Memorial Park at South Side in Fort Wayne.
The Eagle team soared, winning the meet and breaking records.
One record-breaker was Matthew Webber with the 100-yard breaststroke â€” his time was 1:16:65.
Others that dropped times were Joshua Shawver, Arizona Bullard, Libby Dubinsky and Mykaela Crowell.
â€śThis team works hard to do its very best, and the coaching staff is very proud of each and every one of them,â€ť coach Pat Williams said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” It wasnâ€™t derailed. Maybe just thrown off course slightly.
Whitkoâ€™s girls basketball team posted a record in 2012-13 of 7-14. When the season began though, it already felt like the Lady Wildcats were playing from behind.
Whitko was thrown a curve ball early in the season as it had to deal with injuries to a pair of key players. If that was not enough, the team was already staring down being without six seniors who graduated in 2012.