June 6th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Gnarled hands, ravaged by decades of hard work, held the tiny silver pieces while weathered eyes that have seen both the gallantry and horror of war inspected the shiny medals.
It was a day of commemoration and reflection as the Whitley County Historical Society spearheaded a ceremony that honored local veterans of World War II, while marking the 67th anniversary of Operation Neptune, or the D-Day landings in Normandy, France.
BLOOMINGTON — With temperatures nearing 100 degrees in the stands and maybe more on the track, athletes braved the hot and humid conditions Saturday at the girls’ track and field state finals at Indiana University.
Among the athletes running for a top-9 state medal were three Columbia City Lady Eagles.
Two seniors and a freshman made up the most Lady Eagles to appear in the state finals for Columbia City since 2005.
BLOOMINGTON — Blistering hot, both on track and in the air, the Indiana high school boys’ track and field state finals got under way Friday at Indiana University.
Among the 4,411 fans in attendance, six athletes from Whitley County took to the track.
A pair of seniors from Churubusco, known better as Y2K, capped off a record-setting Eagles career.
MONTICELLO — The Lady Eagles state-bound run ended with a dramatic finish Saturday.
Columbia City was ahead against the No. 12 state-ranked Andrean 3-0 until the bottom of the sixth-inning, when the 59ers took off with a five-run rally to win, 5-3.
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KENDALLVILLE — A pack of Wildcats went into Friday’s East Noble boys’ golf sectional at Noble Hawk Golf Links and one remained after the dust settled.
As Whitko missed one of three advancing positions as a team by nine strokes, Daniel Zawlocki used his round of 77 on the par 71 course to take the fifth and final regional qualifying spot as an individual.
Homestead took the team title at 292 ahead of Carroll (305) and DeKalb (316) — who also advanced to regional.
The success of 2011 for Columbia City girls’ track and field comes down to a trio of Lady Eagles Saturday.
Invitational trophies, conference championships and several school records achieved, three girls and three events remain with one meet left to go.
Through this trio, the young talent of Columbia City comes through in freshman Samantha Roush. The timeless veteran experience of two sectional team championships is held down by seniors Corinna Raypole and Renee Menzie.
There were a lot of unknowns when Whitko’s distance team came into the track and field season.
Not knowing what they truly had on their hands, the Wildcat foursome of Brian Menzie, Jude Stieglitz, Brody Wilson and Trapper Mize began to see signs of something special.
When Churubusco lore looks back on 2011, the success of boys’ track and field will begin with possibly the best the program has ever seen.
Two Eagle seniors have cemented their place in ’Busco athletics to the point where people simply ask, Monk or Mathewson?
Not only bearing the same first name, the two Kyles have been side-by-side in what has been four years of rewriting the record books at Churubusco.
COLUMBIA CITY — In a matter of two nights, Columbia City softball went from just another season to its best since 1997.
After claiming the class 3A sectional Monday, the Lady Eagles returned to Morsches Park to add another title to its season.
Behind the brute power of its offensive lineup and shutdown pitching, Columbia City upset No. 2 Mishawaka Marian 8-3.
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