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October 4th, 2010
It took seven weeks and back-to-back wins over state-ranked teams but Columbia City football went from beating ranked opponents to becoming one itself.
After their thrilling 56-55 win at East Noble Friday night, the Eagles opened week eight of the Indiana high school football regular season ranked No. 8 in class 4A.
Currently, Columbia City stands at 6-1 overall in a four-way tie atop the Northeast Hoosier Conference with a 4-1 record.
COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City boys’ soccer team closed out the home portion of its 2010 season with a 2-0 shutout win over Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Norwell in a game that saw the Eagles make the most of their opportunities and take increasing control as the game went on.
The Eagles were on the defensive most of the first half, but when they did get an offensive opportunity they made the most of it.
FORT WAYNE — The gap wasn’t much at the top of Saturday’s Northeast Hoosier Conference meet.
State-ranked No. 8 Carroll came in as the odds on favorite looking to defend its crown in the girls’ race for a seventh consecutive year. However, the No. 17 Lady Eagles used a school record from freshman Samantha Roush to tighten the field.
Despite five Eagles in the top 20, Columbia City couldn’t overcome Carroll’s NHC dominance falling to the Lady Chargers by 14 points.
CULVER — Saturday was the first time all season Churubusco football had experienced it.
A deficit in the fourth quarter. Having run the board in the first six weeks of the Indiana high school football season, the No. 2 Eagles had its toughest test to date in its only non-conference game of the season.
’Busco took trip to Culver Military Academy Saturday for its first meeting with the school. A turnover plagued game saw the Eagles trailing 14-8 at halftime.
KENDALLVILLE — “Champions find ways to win games.”
It was a simple message but one that had meaning with seconds remaining on the clock Friday night.
Overtime was just an extra point away, but that was the message when Columbia City head coach Randy Hudgins passed up a tie for a chance at knocking off the Northeast Hoosier Conference leader No. 8 East Noble.
SOUTH WHITLEY — For the best part of this football season, the Whitko Wildcats have ridden a strong running game to an undefeated 4-0 record in the Three Rivers Conference. But in Friday night’s matchup of conference unbeatens, Whitko and North Miami, two pass plays ultimately determined the outcome of the contest. The first was a 39-yard scoring strike by the Wildcats, and the second an interception deep in Whitko territory that preserved the 21-13 senior night win for the host Wildcats.
COLUMBIA CITY — Not only did the Columbia City Lady Eagles face a heartbreaking five-game loss to East Noble Thursday night, but six senior Lady Eagles walked off the court for one of the final times at Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium.
“We fought hard, they just fought a little harder,” Lady Eagles head coach Trish Hinen said.
FORT WAYNE — A windy afternoon greeted area boys’ tennis teams as they opened the postseason Thursday.
The weather wasn’t the only thing both Columbia City and Whitko had to battle in the Homestead sectional, however.
Both facing a state-ranked opponent, the tennis season ended for Whitley County squads with 5-0 losses.
Columbia City boys’ soccer honored its senior class Wednesday night in a home win over Garrett 10-0. Six Eagle seniors in all were recognized. Front row, from left: Matt Marty, Austin Porter. Back row: Tyler Peterson, Jordan Esterline, Devin Rice, Grant Wood. The Eagles have two more games before wrapping up the regular season.
Six weeks into the Indiana High School football season someone has to ask it.
Is this the best season ever for Whitley County football?
Think about it. Between the three local high school squads, Columbia City, Churubusco, Whitko, only two losses stand against 16 wins.
Not to mention one of those losses is to the other when Columbia City renewed its rivalry against Whitko with a 30-0 win earlier this season.