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February 10th, 2011
One final hurdle stands in the way of nine wrestlers from Whitley County. Saturday, the Indiana high school individual semistate tournament splits the contenders from the pretenders.
Across 14 different weight classes, 224 wrestlers are vying for a top-four finish that will get them to Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the 73rd annual individual state finals tournament.
The path for five Wildcats and four Eagles goes through the Woodlan semistate held at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
COLUMBIA CITY — The postseason got underway for Whitley County girls’ basketball teams Wednesday night with a rivalry rematch at the class 3A Columbia City sectional.
A hot and cold night from the field, Columbia City got the better side of the shooting beating rival Whitko for the fourth consecutive time, 63-44. That leaves the Lady Eagles in a semifinal rematch from a season ago against two-time defending sectional champion NorthWood Friday night.
When the Indiana high school swimming state finals get underway Friday in the Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI the familiar Richter name will be back in the pool but with a new face.
Four-time finalist Haley Richter had her time end as a Lady Eagle last season. Following up her big sister, Andrea Richter dove into this season as a freshman with high expectations set on her shoulders.
Back in November the plans were simple for Rob Irwin.
As head coach, it was his only purpose to get the state ranked Whitko Wildcats to a sectional championship and possibly much more.
Within the last two weeks, that purpose got benched and the focus was turned to another battle for Irwin — one that came off the court.
COLUMBIA CITY — Last week the Indiana high school basketball schedule took nearly a week off due to heavy amounts of snow fall.
Monday, Columbia City boys’ basketball had no trouble keeping pace with the top teams in the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
Entering the night, the Eagles remained in a two-way tie for second-place with non-other than the opponent coming to town, Norwell.
A game honoring seniors Ben Murphy and Tyler Mosher turned into a sophomore’s game for Columbia City.
FORT WAYNE — As a result of competition at Saturday’s Carroll individual regional wrestling tournament nine Whitley County wrestlers will take the next step toward an individual state title.
By placing in the top four at the regional those wrestlers will advance to next Saturday’s semistate at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
The Whitko Wildcats will advance five wrestlers by virtue of three second place and two fourth place finishes.
WARSAW — The Richter name is back at the state finals but it’s with a new face.
Saturday, Columbia City freshman Andrea Richter picked up where her older four-time state finalist sister Haley Richter left off.
Andrea Richter went into the Warsaw swimming sectional final Saturday seeded as the top swimming in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle events.
Snowfall has brought the Whitley County sports schedule to a halt again. The Churubusco and Columbia City boys' basketball games scheduled for Saturday night have been canceled. Columbia City's home game against Norwell will be a made up Monday (Feb. 7) in a tripleheader beginning with the freshmen game at 5:15 p.m. Churubusco's trip to Garrett has not been rescheduled yet. Stay tuned to The Post & Mail for further updates.
DENVER — The Wildcats took the court with heavy hearts Friday night at North Miami.
Minus head coach Rob Irwin, who began treatment for Leukemia this week, Whitko was able to pull off a conference win at North Miami 64-51 for their coach. In the process, the Wildcats clinched at worst a share of the Three Rivers Conference title.
Not only was Whitko’s leading scorer lacking his head coach, Logan Irwin has not played as a Wildcat without his father on the sideline.
“I wanted this really bad. I wanted this more than anything.”
Columbia City senior Sierra Burlage got what she wanted Friday night when the Lady Eagles basketball team held their final home game of the regular season.