April 19th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An historic honor was bestowed Thursday night.
For the first time in the history of Leadership Whitley County, a member of the graduating class received the award for Excellence in Servant Leadership. Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh was nominated by one of his classmates for this honor, and was given it at the Leadership Whitley County Celebration for the Class of 2012-13.
Park Director Mark Green has closed Morsches Park due to severe flooding. The park and ball fields will remain closed until Monday.
In the meantime, for safety reasons, Green asks that everyone stay out of the park.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Individuals who were out driving Thursday evening or Friday morning likely noticed the effects of recent heavy rains in Whitley County.
Spotters reported to the National Weather Service that 3.51 inches had fallen by 1 p.m. Thursday. An additional report said 2.3 inches had accumulated by 4:30 a.m. Friday.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools closed for Friday. Whitko and Smith-Green Community Schools were both on two-hour delays. WCCS Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor said poor road conditions influenced the decision.
Whitley County has been placed under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. by the National Weather Service.
Weather conditions today include strong winds, showers and potentially strong thunderstorms that will become less widespread around late afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY (April 18, 2013) â€” The Northeast Hoosier Conference will cease existence in the summer of 2015.
According to NHC President and Norwell High School Principal Mark A. Misch, all eight member schools will leave the athletic conference in two years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After an 11-0 start to the season, Columbia Cityâ€™s girls track team split a three-way meet with Norwell and DeKalb Tuesday night.
The Lady Eagles picked up top honors at the Bishop Luers Invitational Saturday, and Head Coach Bob Fahl said the team was still suffering from the effects of the meet.
â€śI think some of the girls were still feeling the effects of the weather and stress from Luers,â€ť Fahl said.
The Lady Eagles (53) fell to Norwell (61) but topped DeKalb (50).
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Not many coaches can find positives after an extra-inning loss, but Columbia City Head Girls Softball Coach Steve Cox is an exception.
â€śI love those games,â€ť Cox said. â€śI donâ€™t like losing, but I love those games.â€ť
The Lady Eagles dropped a 2-0 game to Leo at Morsches Park.
It was a battle of the defenses, as the game held a 0-0 score through the beginning of the eight inning.
In the top of the eighth, with Leo at bat, one out and a runner on first base, the next batter hit a double to put base runners on second and third.
PERU â€” A relay play made the difference in a tight baseball game Wednesday night.
Whitko beat Peru, 4-3 on the road.
The Wildcats held the lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Tigers had a runner on first with two outs.
Peru batter Nolan Brimbury hit a double to right field that could have tied the game.
But the Whitko defense came through. The team executed what Coach Erik Hisner called a â€śperfectâ€ť relay, with right fielder Hunter Sroufe getting the ball to shortstop Ethan Nicodemus.
HUNTINGTON â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls tennis team picked up its second win of the season Wednesday night at Huntington North.
The Lady Eagles won a close 3-2 match against the Lady Vikings to improve to 2-1.
Columbia Cityâ€™s No. 1 singles player, Celine Rongos, led the Lady Eagles with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Huntington Northâ€™s No. 1, Kylie Fredrick.
Lauren Rivas took the win in No. 3 singles, topping Lady Viking Emily Eherenman in a three-set match. Rivas won the first set, 6-2, but fell by a 6-4 score in the second. Rivas came back in the third set to win 6-1.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s girls tennis team lost a Three Rivers conference match-up to Rochester Wednesday in just the squadâ€™s second match of a rain-soaked season.
The Lady Zebras beat the Lady Wildcats, 4-1.
Abby Marshall and Laura Alfieri garnered the one Whitko win in doubles, winning by scores of 6-4, 6-3.
In number-one singles, Laura Hippensteel lost to Rochesterâ€™s Maddie Lewis, 0-6, 2-6.