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March 12th, 2011
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
Conference championships and 10 plus wins will get you recognized among your peers —possibly honored with postseason accolades — in Indiana high school football.
For Columbia City head coach Randy Hudgins and two Eagles from Whitley County, the state took notice and placed them amongst the North All-Star selections.
As the Columbia City boys’ basketball team went home with a sectional championship Saturday night, the three Eagles that led in scoring in a 67-66 win over Wawasee had another reason to celebrate.
Monday, the Northeast Hoosier Conference announced its all-conference teams.
The NHC was a conference filled with sophomore talent in the 2010-11 season. That also included Columbia City.
Five sophomores made the first-team list with Columbia City (17-5) garnering two of those.
COLUMBIA CITY — After 5,308 passing yards and nearly every conceivable throwing record at Columbia City High School, senior quarterback Logan Rehrer as he says in his own words “ready to take it to the next level.”
Friday, the Eagles all-time passing leader announced he’s taking his talents to Indiana State University.
Rehrer joins the Division I Sycamores of the Missouri Valley Conference as a preferred walk-on.
SYRACUSE — Embroiled in their first sectional title game in five years against a Wawasee team that has had their number over the past several seasons, the Columbia City Eagles dealt out the losing to the Warriors after facing a 12-point first quarter deficit to take a nine-point lead of their own.
With the game coming down to a single possession, the Eagles needed a defensive rebound on a missed Wawasee free throw to claim the class 3A Wawasee sectional title 67-66 over the host Warriors.
GARRETT — With 3:49 left and a 32-31 lead in Saturday night’s class 2A sectional championship at Garrett, Churubusco boys’ basketball was on the verge of doing something no other team in school history had done.
However, offensive woes in the second half, where the Eagles shot 3-for-15 and scored just 11 points, helped Prairie Heights rally to deny ’Busco its first title 38-36.
SYRACUSE — When Columbia City and Whitko square off, no matter what the sport, it is always and intense affair. Friday night’s Class 3A sectional semifinal at Wawasee was no different.
The game came down to the long and the short of things, as Columbia City’s ability to hit the long range shot and Whitko’s difficulties at the free throw line propelled the Eagles to a 57-47 win.