January 17th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With high school wrestlingâ€™s regular season meets drawing to a close this week, all teams, including the three Whitley County squads (Columbia City, Churubusco and Whitko) are all preparing for their â€śsecond seasonâ€ť of conference tournaments and the month-long Indiana High School Athletic Association Individual State Tournament series.
All three Whitley County teams will be traveling this Saturday for their conference tournaments. Each enters the tournament with differing, yet similar, goals.
KENDALLVILLE â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s 8th-grade Lady Eagles (12-2) traveled to East Noble Monday night and won a hard-fought battle by the score of 50-45.
Three players scored in double figures for the Lady Eagles, with Holly Martinez leading the charge with 15 points. Miranda McConnell had 11 points and Darian Farber added 10, with six points coming in the final quarter. Chelsea Pettigrew contributed eight points inside and Morgan Bales had four â€” including two key free throws in the fourth quarter.
Here are the headlines in Thursday's Post & Mail:
Alleged attempted escapee back in court
Shelter cares for dogs inside and out
Trail to be completed by spring
Turtle Days president talks utilities terms
Central Noble schools to consider arming teachers
Here are the sports headlines in Thursday's Post & Mail:
Columbia City's football season in review, part 3
Columbia City wrestlers fall in final match
Grapplers prep for offseason
ISMS wins three in a row
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the second of a four-part series on Columbia Cityâ€™s football team.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whatever plans the Eagles made for 2012 â€” Columbia City was brought down to Earth in a season-opening loss at the hands of its neighbors to the west, the Warsaw Tigers.
The Eagles fell by a score of 20-14 in a game where their defense gave up 323 rushing yards.
â€śI was disappointed by how we came out in that first game,â€ť said head coach Randy Hudgins. â€śBut, that game got us much more focused.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Former Whitko head coach Rob Irwin tried out his third team against Eagle head coach Chris Benedict Tuesday at Columbia City Tuesday. After taking on the Eagles with Carroll, Whitko and now Huntington North, Irwin fell just short of his first win against Benedict since 2001.
Irwinâ€™s only two wins over Columbia City as Whitkoâ€™s play-caller came in 2008 and 2009, when Benedict was coaching at Valparaiso.
Though Irwin was hoping for the win, he holds no animosity against Benedict.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man who had pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine received his sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday. Nicholas Morthorst, 25, was sentenced 10 years for the charge â€” which is a Class B felony. He will serve six years of the sentence with the other four being suspended.
Morthorst had several family members write to the court who were concerned for the outcome of his sentence. His uncle, Thomas Morthorst, took the stand and testified on behalf of his nephew.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A backhoe was the tool of choice used to knock down the charred walls of Kent Theater, South Whitley. After a fire damaged the building, the structure was untouched for almost a year while South Whitley town officials waited on owner, Mark Minick, to come to terms with his insurance company. South Whitley Town Council members pressed Minick to start demolition by Dec. 29, 2012.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Give a man a fish and heâ€™ll eat for the day. Teach a man to fish and heâ€™ll never grow hungry again. This sage advice is put into action with a new program, The Connection. Whitley County residents who are searching for employment can tap into resources made available through The Connection, such as job listing, resume help and interview tips.
Emily Houser, of Columbia City, is one of the volunteers for the program. The Connection is a joint effort through two already established feeding programs, Forklift and The Line.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees introduced Galen Mast as its new superintendent Monday.Mast previously had a brief stint with SGCS in 2007. During the spring semester, he served as assistant high school principal and athletic director.
Following the 2007 school year, Mast departed from Churubusco to take a job as principal at Parkside Elementary School in the Lakeland School Corporation.
Mastâ€™s departure from SGCS did not diminish his appreciation for what the district, and Churubusco, has to offer.