INDIANAPOLIS — The brackets were drawn up and the postseason road was paved Sunday night for the 36th annual IHSAA girls’ basketball state tournament.
Amongst 397 teams, three Whitley County teams are looking for a March 5 date at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne for the state finals. It began with the sectional draw Feb. 8-12.
Two area rivals will have to go through one another to reach the final game of class 3A.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Heading into the final week of the Indiana high school girls’ basketball regular season, the Three Rivers Conference already had its champion with the No. 1 team in class 2A Wabash locking up back-to-back titles.
Whitko had room to move into a three-way tie for second place when the Apaches came to town on Saturday’s senior night.
A hot shooting Wabash team left the Lady Wildcats alone in third place at the end of the night shooting 23-of-37 from the field and winning 66-47.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The man arrested for operating a rolling methamphetamine lab in Whitley County last November has pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Wayne Lynn Weaver, 40, was arrested Nov. 16 after a traffic stop by a sheriffâ€™s deputy on County Road 275 West near state Route 205.
Police said Weaver had already had an outstanding warrant and was immediately taken into custody, suspected of operating a meth lab.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Light bulbs play a key role in the cleaning process of treated sewage before it leaves Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Pollution Control Facility.
Soon, all ultraviolet bulbs at the plant will be changed in one fell swoop, courtesy of the townâ€™s Board of Works and Safety.
The board approved the purchase of 120 UV lamps at $135 apiece costing $16,200. Whatâ€™s more expensive are the quartz sleeves at $156 per unit, or $18,720.
The bulb replacement project will cost $34,920.
The board approved purchase of the bulbs from Wedeco, the bulbâ€™s manufacturer.
NEW HAVEN — Leading by as much as 16 points in the second half, Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict saw his team grow up in a big way Friday night.
The Eagles had their 10th win of the season all but locked up with a 45-29 lead and 4:35 to go in the fourth quarter.
A little over three minutes later, an 11-0 run by New Haven tested the maturity level of a young Columbia City team, who earlier in the season might have folded.
ALBION — The mark of a quality team is sometimes not measured by how they deal with adversity, but rather with how they maintain their focus and intensity when they are faced with prosperity.
That was the case for a Churubusco boys’ basketball team that was still able to remain focused and execute well, especially defensively in a 62-31 road win over Northeast Corner Conference foe Central Noble Friday night.
WABASH — Offense wins tickets, defense wins games, and rebounds win championships.
Friday night at Wabash, Whitko proved they are ready to win championships by out-rebounding, out-scoring, and attacking defensively to gain a 78-45 advantage over the Apaches on their home court.
Not only did Whitko’s offense come out firing, with 26 points in the first quarter, but the Wildcat defense held Wabash to three points for the first five minutes of the game.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety listened to details of a dispute between two companies at its regular board meeting Friday.
The issue â€” poor drainage on Walker Way and the cost of fixing it.
At stake â€” city takeover of the street.
â€śThe city is not a party to that dispute,â€ť said Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck.
An agreement has been drafted between CLW Investments Inc. and Hooks SuperX, Inc.
Fleck said eventually, once the agreement has been signed by both parties, the town will take over responsibility of the road.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Local officials are paying close attention to Indianapolis, where experts on local government and state lawmakers are discussing strategies that could affect how business is conducted at the grassroots level â€” townships, cities, counties.
According to the Gary Post-Tribune, a government reduction committee, led by Rep. Chet Dobis of Merrillville, met for the first time Tuesday and heard ideas for minor changes to state law that could add up to larger time and dollar savings for Indianaâ€™s towns, cities and counties.
Treva Opal Rex, 104, of Ligonier, widow of Roy Rex, died Jan. 25, 2011 at her residence of natural causes. Born March 30, 1906, she was a daughter of Orson O. and Cora Belle (Gibson) Marshall.
Survivors include a son, James L. Rex, and two daughters, Betty Jane Tuvell and Mary Lou Poyser.
Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South in Ligonier. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Chaplain Ken Weaver officiating, Burial is in the Oak Park Cemetery in Ligonier.