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March 25th, 2011
It was all going according to plan for Mark Rickerd and Whitko girls’ track and field team as offseason workouts continued through January.
A good mix of seniors along with past conference champions joined a talented freshmen class.
Atop the group of returners was hurdler Micaela Sylvester coming back for her third season with the Lady Wildcats. Sylvester made an immediate impact as a freshman and was Whitko’s top points scorer in 2010 as a sophomore.
There is a glaring absence from the Whitko baseball program when it comes to the postseason. The Wildcats have been there playing for a sectional championship but never been able to take home the hardware to South Whitley.
The 2011 Wildcats hope to change that with a returning core of seniors bunched with a talented newcomer.
Goals have been set by the Wildcats and head coach Erik Hisner says its time to achieve them.
High school track and field is known for being a spring sport. However, Tuesday it felt more like a winter sport.
Churubusco girls and boys opened the outdoor season at home amid bone-chilling temperatures in the 40s.
When the Eagles weren’t spending time between events applying layers of clothing to fight the cold, they were busy warming up the track for the season.
COLUMBIA CITY — It’s mid March and spring high school sports are getting underway across Indiana with several track and field teams debuting this week.
However, a home opener for the Columbia City Lady Eagles squad had the feeling of May with 60-degree weather and personal best marks being surpassed.
The Lady Eagles come off a sectional championship last season with much of the same team back.
HUNTINGTON — A heartbroken Columbia City received its semistate runner-up trophy Saturday with a message from their head coach.
“The big thing was stay together,” Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said. “You have 1,200 people buying tickets to come see you play...We talk about together a lot. When you win it’s fun to go through it together but now is when you really need to lean on each other and that word comes to mean something.”
Transition to a new coach can come with some hurdles to clear and Columbia City boys’ track and field faced them last season with first-year head coach Kyle Nelson.
In their second season under Nelson, the Eagles look to make the next step in improvement with the help of top scorers and newcomers joining the team.
Nearly two years ago at this time, Columbia City boys’ basketball was without a head coach as the offseason began.
The Eagles program stood at a crossroads with back-to-back losing seasons not what fans had grown accustomed to.
Meanwhile, over in Valparaiso, Drew Benedict, an eighth grader at the time, received a text from longtime friend Derek Hinen.
“Hey, the job is open again. Just have your dad come back.”
The unique golf course well-known around the area for its night golf has new ownership running things.
Roughly a month ago, former owner Kent Miller sold the golf course — on the corner of state Route 9 and county road 500 north — to Russel Fahl.
According to son-in-law Ryan Cook, who will be running the course with his wife, the course was something that interested Fahl as a former resident of the area.
The Columbia City Lady Eagles track and field team will have eight representatives at Saturday’s state indoor finals on the campus of Purdue University. Front row, from left, Megan Deutsch (55-meter dash), Samantha Roush (distance medley relay), Laken Lefever (distance medley relay), Kalisha Goree (55-meter hurdles). Back row: Carlee Hearld (high jump), Samantha Engle (distance medley relay), Renee Menzie (distance medley relay), Corinna Raypole (55-meter hurdles).
Post & Mail photo / Andrew Shultz
COLUMBIA CITY — Coming out as a freshman, Columbia City’s J.T. Biggs wasn’t on the radar for college athletics.
He’ll be the first to admit it.
“My freshman year I wasn’t the greatest at all by any means,” Biggs said. “I was playing at the bottom of the barrel.”
By his senior season, Biggs had changed that helping No. 1 doubles go 7-0 in the Northeast Hoosier Conference and finding a spot at the collegiate level.