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October 1st, 2010
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.
Only three weeks remain in the indiana high school football regular season. Columbia City takes on the NHC's top team for a share of the conference lead. Whitko gets its first big test in the TRC at home against North Miami. No. 2 Churubusco hits the road to Culver Academy for its only non-conference game of the season.
Columbia City at No. 8 East Noble
COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Lady Eagles put their perfect Northeast Hoosier Conference record on the line Tuesday night against the DeKalb Lady Barons.
Despite being down two games to none and trailing 2-0 in the third game, the Lady Eagles came away from the Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium with their NHC record still intact by virtue of a 24-26, 27-29, 25-20, 25-21, 15-8 come-from-behind five game marathon victory.
FORT WAYNE — Six seasons in the making and Columbia City has set a standard of winning when it comes to boys’ tennis.
Tuesday, the Eagles wrapped up a sixth consecutive season with at least 14 wins. Three-set wins by Travis Johnson and No. 1 doubles Alan Murphy and J.T. Biggs helped the Eagles sweep Northrop on the road 5-0.
“It’s been a nice winning tradition,” Columbia City head coach Doug Stoffel said. “We’ve had guys that just understand how to win.”
SOUTH WHITLEY — The Whitko Lady Wildcat volleyball team decided to take the long route to winning Tuesday night against the Wawasee Lady Warriors, dragging the night out to a long five-game battle.
After easily winning the first two games, the Lady Warriors came back and won the third and fourth games, bringing the night to a fifth and final battle, to which Whitko won.