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October 18th, 2010
This time a year ago, Veterans Marathon officials weren’t sure what they had with the inaugural 26.2 mile run throughout Whitley County.
After roughly 400 runners came out in mid November in 2009, small improvements are being made for an estimated field that race director Gary Bird expects to more than double in its second year.
“We definitely picked up where our issues were,” Bird noted. “We’ve addressed those for this year and made some changes.”
MARION — Given the mix of veteran runners and talented newcomers, people have expected big things from the Columbia City girls’ cross country squad this year.
The No. 17 Lady Eagles are living up to those expectations. Saturday, Columbia City repeated their sectional winning performance, placing five runners in the top 15 finishers, including a 1-2 finish by freshman Samantha Roush and senior Renee Menzie to take the Marion regional crown run at Indiana Wesleyan University.
MARION — Fresh off a championship at the Marion cross country sectional, the Whitko boys’ team returned to the same course for regional competition. The Wildcat boys put together a solid performance, highlighted by a second-place individual finish by Brian Menzie, to place third as a team, thereby qualifying for next Saturday’s New Haven semistate.
The Wildcats, sectional winners last week, scored 80 points to take third behind Homestead, who won with 54 points and Huntington North who was second with a score of 75.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The junior varsity version of the Columbia City-Norwell game was held Saturday at Max Gandy Athletic Field. Columbia City running back Jacob Johnson carries a load of Knight defenders in the Eagles 14-8 win.
OSSIAN — Even in the mind of Columbia City head coach Randy Hudgins, Friday night’s 32-10 victory at Norwell was unbelievable.
That’s because in one season, the Eagles went from the basement of the Northeast Hoosier Conference to the top, clinching a share of their second NHC title in school history and first since 1990.
CHURUBUSCO — “We played tough,” ’Busco head coach Lee Etzler said as he addressed his team in postgame comments. “We need to play tough again next week.” With those comments Etzler both summed up Friday night’s 45-28 Northeast Corner Conference title clinching win over the visiting Lakeland Lakers, and set the tone for next week’s opening round of the IHSAA sectionals.
The Eagles clinched their second consecutive share of the NECC crown, dropping the Lakers for the second year in a row.
AKRON — Whitko continued its shock and awe for the season on Friday night clinching its first solo Three Rivers Conference title in the last 20 years.
In a close battle against TRC powerhouse Tippicanoe Valley, the Wildcats carried the honor of Coach Wayne Swender’s Indianapolis Colts Coach of the Week award to a 21-14 victory.
After the game, as the players chanted, “Coach of the Week,” Swender broke into the huddle interrupting his team, “No, no, no, it’s team of the week!”
FORT WAYNE — The end of a high school career comes for every senior.
The end came Thursday night for eight Columbia City girls’ soccer members.
After winning a definitive sectional opener over FW North Side 12-0, the Lady Eagles took on the tough task of playing another Fort Wayne team in the semifinal round, No. 8 Bishop Dwenger.
Led by Division I recruit Sarah Killion’s four goals, the Lady Saints beat Columbia City 5-0, advancing to the sectional championship versus Homestead Saturday.
When the postseason opens up for Indiana high school football next week, the fans will need an extra buck at the ticket booth.
Tickets for the sectional round had a one dollar hike from the regular $5 cost from seasons prior. The new cost was determined by the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA).
Fans don’t have to worry about buying tickets early. Tickets will be sold both in athletic offices during school hours and at the entrances on game night.
SOUTH WHITLEY — The Whitko football team’s first Three Rivers Conference championship since 2002 came with an extra trophy Monday.
After a 27-24 overtime victory on the road at Rochester, the Wildcats not only locked up a share of the TRC title but had its head coach recognized by Indianapolis Colts for its accomplishments.
Third-year coach Wayne Swender was selected as the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week for week eight of the Indiana high school football season.