Archive - Sports Article
August 2nd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs No. 1 singles netters are no rookies of the sport.
Seniors Derek Hinen and Celine Rongos have both been playing tennis since they were young.
âWhen I was five years old, my dad started taking me out to the courts and hitting with me for fun,â Rongos said. âAfter that, I never stopped.â
Hinen said his family has played together since he was young.
Both Hinen and Rongos made Northeast Hoosier Conference All-Conference Teams last season.Rongos was also All-District, All-State Honorable Mention and named the Most Valuable Player.
The Phillies won the Pierceton Youth League minor division recently.
Front row, from left: Devon Akers, Jonathan Craft, Colten King and Luke Chalk.
Second row: Logan Akers, Peyton Warren, Tyis Donovan, Clayton Ebbinghouse, Alex Garcia and Blade Morrison.
Third row, coaches: Todd King, Roger Craft and Chad Ebbinghouse.
Not pictured: Noah Groves and Coach Brian Stratton.
Columbia Cityâs Allison Yoder eyes a putt at Eagle Glen last year. Girls golf practice began Friday. Other fall sports begin practice today.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Many athletes aspire to be a record-breaking quarterback, or an Indiana All-Star pitcher, or to average double digits for the basketball team.
Whitkoâs incoming senior Alex Stoddard has done all three.
Stoddard has been a varsity starter in football, basketball and baseball since he's been in high school.
Stoddard had over 1,200 passing yards last season as the Wildcatsâ quarterback, he collected 71 strikeouts (9.44 per game) and averaged 10 points per game in basketball.
Stoddard has been the starting quarterback for the âCats since he was a sophomore.
Running Around Screen Printing won the regular season and the tournament in the minor softball division.
The teamâs record for the season was 20-1.
Front row, from left: Sadie Zumbrun, Ayn-Margret Schaekel, Noelani Stahl (Bat Girl), Grace Schaekel (Bat Girl), Natalee Gawthrop, Sammi Zumbrun, Emilee Pletcher, Sierra Elliott.
Second row: Coach Jeff Ebersole, Coach Wes Stahl, Felicity Clawson, Mackenzie Martin, Ava Underwood, Brooke Ebersole, Delaney Stahl, Breanna Malcolm, Coach Todd Pletcher, Sponsor Jo Ann Bird (Running Around Screen Printing).
Columbia City hosted a tennis camp, teaching young netters the basic skills of the game.
Pictured above, front row, from left: Isabelle Kreienbrink, Ingrid Matchett, Maycee Nix, Sydney Korte, Jasmine Nix, Mattie Dahms and Emma Waugh.
Second row: Grace Cotter, Alaina Rongos, Jessica McFarland, Kristen Baker, Danielle Reust, Lydia Morgan, Rachel Steinbacher, Hannah Wolfe and Coach Celine Rongos. (Not pictured Kiah Myers).
COLUMBIA CITY â Itâs not every day an athlete gets a call to participate in the Olympic Trials.
But for former Columbia City High School stand-out Leah Eber, itâs only fitting.
Ranked as one of the top 24 long jumpers in the nation, Eber performs at the Olympic level. She got the call just hours before she was expected to jump.
She got up the next morning to get on a plane and fly to Omaha, Neb.
Athletes had 48 hours prior to the event to declare if they were going to compete in the trials, leaving Eber restless until she got the news.
Matco Tool won the girls lob ball tournament at Morshes Park Tuesday.
Above, Hailey Whiteleather and Cyllviea Kroeger pose with their trophies.
For more photos, see Thursday's Edition of The Post & Mail
COLUMBIA CITY â Holzinger Seed won the major division tournament 2-1 with a walk-off RBI by Devin Baker.
Holzinger Seedâs minor division team also won and finished the season with a 19-0 record. Photos from that game will appear in Fridayâs edition of The Post & Mail.
In girls lob ball, Matco Tools took the title Tuesday night. Photos from the girlsâ game will appear in Thursdayâs edition of The Post & Mail.
The girls major and minor divisions will complete their seasons Friday night at Morsches Park with championship games scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â Despite excessive heat and last weekâs storm, Eagle Glen Golf Course in Columbia City hasnât had a decrease in customers.
Though temperatures passed the 100-degree mark, employees said avid golfers are still on the course.
âPeople have been golfing early in the morning or later in the evening (after 4 p.m.),â employee Shelly Davis said.
Last week, the course provided free bottled water to linksters who played during the 100-degree heat, with coolers set up throughout the course.