September 19th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s seventh-grade Lady Eagle volleyball squad is preparing for the remainder of its season.
The Lady Eagles grabbed their first win Sept. 12 against East Noble, but fell to county-rival Whitko Monday night.
Against Whitko, ISMS Coach Melissa Alexander said the team was caught off-guard in the beginning.
â€śWe were asleep on the court for the first game,â€ť Alexander said.
The Lady Eagles fell 25-13 in game one. In game two, ISMS rallied from a 7-1 deficit to nearly tie the score, but fell 25-19 in the end.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys soccer team lost a narrow contest to visiting Manchester Wednesday.
The Wildcats dropped a 1-0 contest to the Squires in a match that Coach Jason Ehrman said showed how far his team has come.
â€śTheyâ€™re a great team,â€ť he said. â€śJust to compete with them, from where we started, is great.â€ť
The one goal came with just under 15 minutes left to play in a somewhat fluky situation. Manchester scored on a throw-in when Whitkoâ€™s goalkeeper, Jacob Helton, had the ball slip out of his hands for the score.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Big defensive efforts and excellent goalkeeper play forced a 0-0 tie between Whitko and Manchester Wednesday.
Whitko Girls Head Soccer Coach Gary Sims said he was surprised, and that it could have been a different result.
â€śIt was a shock to me because of how we played,â€ť he said. â€śThey controlled the ball the whole game. It seemed like we only played for about five minutes at a time.â€ť
One difficulty for the Lady Wildcats was that career-leading scorer Ellyana Blue was focused on by the Lady Squires.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s football team, currently ranked sixth in Class 2A in Indiana according to the Associated Press, will take on a larger school Friday.
The 4-0 Eagles will play the 2-2 Hornets in a game that kicks off at 7 p.m.
Angola is 2-1 in the conference, with wins over West Noble and Eastside. The Hornets fell last week to Lakeland, 31-0.
For Churubusco, the Eagles trailed for the first time last week against Eastside. After the Blazers took a 13-0 lead, â€™Busco stormed back with 31 unanswered points to win 31-13.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It is homecoming week, and Columbia Cityâ€™s football team will try to put a difficult loss in the past.
The Eagles fell to Homestead last week, 20-7, in a game with a couple of missed opportunities.
To shake that disappointment off, Columbia City welcomes DeKalb for homecoming in a game with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
The Eagles are 2-2 entering the game and 1-1 in the Northeast Hoosier Conference. DeKalb is winless.
Last year, Columbia City rolled up a 62-10 victory against the Barons. DeKalbâ€™s last win over the Eagles was a 27-13 triumph in 2008.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s football team is on a two-game winning streak and hopes to keep the trend going Friday.
The Wildcats sit in a tie with Rochester at 2-0 atop the Three Rivers Conference. At 2-2 overall, Whitko will hit the road to take on Wabash Friday with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Whitko rolled over Manchester 46-24 last week. The Apaches, who are winless on the year, lost last week to North Miami 21-0.
The Wildcats have the edge in the rivalry with the Apaches. Whitko had a 51-19 win last year, and has not lost to Wabash since the rivalry became annual in 2006.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Despite testing difficulties and internet connection issues, ISTEP+ results have been released for local schools.
The testing, which occurred earlier this year, was fraught with problems for students who took it online.
Test-takers had difficulty connecting to the server, and at other times, students would be kicked off of the testing website at random.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Visiting Fremont edged past Churubuscoâ€™s boys tennis team due to a forfeit at No. 3 singles.
â€™Busco forfeited that match, which ended up being the difference in a 3-2 win for the visitors.
Churubusco got wins at No. 1 singles and No. 2 singles, with Luke and Landon Lillmars getting straight-set wins, respectively, in each match.
At the doubles level, Landon Pearson and Derek Bowyer of â€™Busco lost to Wane Regandenz and Mason Kolberg of Fremont, 6-2, 7-5.
LAGRANGE â€” Churubuscoâ€™s volleyball team fell to Prairie Heights Tuesday.
The Lady Panthers defeated the Lady Eagles in four games by scores of 20-25, 25-13, 25-20 and 25-20.
â€śWe came out strong, serving tough and passing well to take the first set,â€ť said Churubusco Volleyball Head Coach Trinda Goings.
Even though the Lady Eagles lost two narrow games in three and four, Goings said the team never quit.
â€ś(We) fell short, but battled with scrappy court play â€” never quitting,â€ť Goings said.
Offensively, Goings touted the efforts of Caylee Knafel and Shyenne Greve.
WINONA LAKE â€” With the girls golf sectional scheduled for Saturday at Stonehenge Golf and Country Club near in Winona Lake, the Whitko Lady Wildcatâ€™s and Warsaw played a match Tuesday afternoon on the same course.
The Lady Tigers shot a 164 to defeat Whitko, who carded a 236.
Whitko Girls Golf Head Coach Bryan Sprunger said, â€śThis was a good opportunity to become a little more familiar with the course here at Stonehenge before the sectional on Saturday.â€ť
For the season after the dual meet with Warsaw, Whitko now has a dual record of 7-15, according to Sprunger.