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March 18th, 2011
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.
Five boys and five girls from the Churubusco track and field team will compete at the indoor state finals Saturday on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette. Front row, from left: Danielle Pippenger (long jump), Peyton Summers (55-meter dash), Heather Monk (shot put), Katie Monk (shot put), Erika Lehner (shot put). Back row: Jeremy Forker (800-meter relay), Alex Zolman (800 relay, long jump), Zack Armstead (800 relay, pole vault), Austin McClure (shot put), Kyle Mathewson (800 relay, long jump, 55-meter dash).
Post & Mail photo / Andrew Shultz
“Coming in we were pretty young so it’s kind of a wild-card season,” senior Tyler Mosher said. “No one really knew what we were going to do ... We’re really proving ourselves out here.”
Columbia City proved it can win a regional championship Saturday with last- second senior heroics and big numbers from its sophomore class.
The championship day for Columbia City boys’ basketball began with some heart-stopping drama in the regional semifinal.
The Eagles were featured in the first of two morning games against Delta, who only two seasons ago won the same regional.
Columbia City (19-5) built up as much as a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter before Delta, led by senior Jacob Bryan’s 24 points, surged back to tie the game.
Half a point is all that separated Columbia City girls’ track and field from history in 2009.
Coming off a dominating sectional championship in 2010, the Lady Eagles are setting out for another shot at history.
“We want to win, for the first time ever, two sectionals back-to-back,” Columbia City head coach Bob Fahl said. “We’ve never done it and we’ve got the right group to be able to do that.”
Experience and veteran leadership usually reigns supreme in the Indiana high school basketball postseason.
Columbia City (17-5) have defied those notions with a sophomore-loaded team that makes its regional debut Saturday’s class 3A tournament at Blackford High School.
Three of Columbia City’s top four scorers are sophomores including its top two in Drew Benedict (17.0 ppg) and Derek Hinen (8.7 ppg).
The Columbia City Lady Eagles basketball team wrapped up the season with its annual banquet this week. Four players were awarded for helping lead their team to a 12-10 record. From left, senior Kayla Dunn (second-team All-NHC, most steals at 55, defensive award), senior Sierria Burlage (first-team All-NHC, best field goal percentage at 51, most rebounds at 153), senior Maddie Hinen (best free throw percentage at 84.8 and Lady Eagle Integrity Award), junior Sarah Opliger (most assists at 66). Post & Mail photo contributed