May 14th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Area sports teams are preparing for conference and sectional play in the upcoming weeks.
While many seasons have felt to have been cut short due to a late start from poor weather conditions in March and April, there have been few cancellations in the last two weeks â€” readying teams for post-season action.
Tracksters are the first to begin sectional action, as the girls squads compete tonight and boys are scheduled to run Thursday, weather permitting.
Columbia Cityâ€™s and Whitkoâ€™s girls go to New Haven, and Churubusco is competing in the Northrop sectional.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s girls golf team won its own invitational May 3.
The Lady Eagles scored a 232, 11 strokes ahead of the second-place team, Wawasee. Indian Springs was led by Sydney VanMeter, who was the medalist out of 59 other linksters.
VanMeter scored a 46, her personal best score. Lincoln placed third with 259 strokes, and Whitko came in fourth with a score of 262.
DENVER â€” Whitkoâ€™s baseball squad traveled to Three Rivers Conference foe North Miami, topping the Warriors by an 8-2 score.
Wyatt Wolf improved to 6-0 on the season, pitching five innings with eight strike outs. He had one earned run, five hits and five walks. Weigold closed out the last inning with one strike out.
Tanner Gaff led the Wildcats with 1-for-3 batting, scoring a run, earning an RBI and tallying two stolen bases. Wolf was also 1-for-3 and scored a run.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s freshmen and sophomores on the boys track team competed in the Concordia Relays Saturday.
The distance medley team of Braden Lecklider, Joseph Lude, Davie Fulk and Andrew McFarland placed second. The 1,600-meter relay squad of Lude, Ryan Mosher, T.J. Yagel and Kaleb Greenwood came in fifth.
Michael Simmons also took fifth in the shot put. the 800-meter relay team of Greenwood, Lecklider, Michael Wyrick and Kohltin Green came in sixth.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls softball team took a 10-run win over a Northeast Hoosier Conference opponent Monday at Morsches Park.
The Lady Eagles posted a seven-run fifth inning to take the 15-5 win over Norwell.
â€śWe needed a game like that,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Steve Cox said. â€śIt was fun.â€ť
The Lady Eagles had an 8-5 advantage going into the bottom of the fifth inning.
WARSAW â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys golf team took top honors at the Three Rivers Conference match at Stonehenge Saturday. The Wildcats won with a score of 338.
Wabash was three strokes behind for a second-place finish, and Northfield shot a 343. The Norsemen also had the conferenceâ€™s medalist, Cole Trae, who scored a 77.
Whitko was led by Daniel Zowlacki, who was second overall with a score of 79. Zowlacki shot a 42 on the front nine and 37 in the back half.
Colton LeTourneau placed seventh for Whitko, shooting 42s two finish with an 84.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An alternative program for challenged students could be in the future for the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) district.
Columbia City High School Principal Jennifer Reiff and Indian Springs Middle School Principal Jan Boylen discussed with schoolsâ€™ board of trustees the possibility of Eagle Opportunity to Success â€” a program aimed at alternative paths for students.
There are several primary goals for the program, they said.
Among them are increasing graduation among eligible seniors and decreasing the number of expulsions in grades 6 to 12.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Larwill woman received her sentence for a pair of meth-related crimes in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Stephanie Damron, 27, was sentenced to 10 years at Whitley County Jail, with six to serve and four suspended, for manufacturing methamphetamine and dealing in methamphetamine, both Class B felonies.
Damron pleaded guilty in April. As part of a plea agreement, four other charges from the same arrest in December were dismissed.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Honoring the departed with something living â€” thatâ€™s what family members came out to do Saturday at the Angel of Hope Memorial Garden in Columbia City.
The garden is located in front of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home on Countryside Drive. However, it is maintained by Columbia Cityâ€™s chapter of The Compassionate Friends.
After the death of their daughter, Betsy Jane, Ben and Betsy Gates founded the compassionate friends in 2001. Now the group works to support those who have lost family members with grief support and healing through group discussion and special events.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s County Council voted unanimously to raise the Cumulative Capital tax rate for next year.
Currently, the rate is 1.62 cents. The council approved raising the rate to three cents. With the increase, approximately $400,814 will be raised in property tax revenue. A large portion of the funds are set for bridge repair.
During discussion, Councilman Bill Overdeer discussed using an incremental increase over a period of years. However, immediate needs within the countyâ€™s facilities motivated the one-time increase.