January 24th, 2011
William J. â€śBillâ€ť Kocher, 72 of Huntington, passed away at 2:55 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 at his home. He graduated from West Rock Creek High School. He worked as a Line Operator at International Harvester/ Navistar, retiring May 31, 1996, and at Erie Department Store until they closed. He was a member of Etna Avenue Wesleyan Church.
Born Sept. 28, 1938 in Huntington County, he was a son of Paul D. and Edna L. (Veilhauer) Kocher.
Gail R. Bowman, 91, of Pierceton, IN passed away at 8:55 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw. He was born Sept. 1, 1919 in Decatur, to Charles A. and Velma O. (Lenhart) Bowman.
He was married to Betty L. Weicht who preceded him in death. He was a World War II Navy Veteran.
Survivors include a son, Samuel E. Bowman; and a brother, Jim Bowman.
Lee J. â€śJoeâ€ť Perry, 87, of Columbia City, died at 11:03 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 at Canterbury Nursing & Rehab, Fort Wayne where he had been a resident for the past year.
He was born Jan. 22, 1924 in McKinley Township, Taylor County, Wisconsin a son of Lee J. and Mayme B. (Smith) Perry Sr. In 1934 his family moved to Union Township, Whitley County. He completed his education at Coesse High School.
On Oct. 26, 1943 he was inducted in the United States Army Railroad Battalion, serving in the European Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged Feb. 14, 1946.
SPEICHERVILLE — For the first time in nine years the Three Rivers Conference wrestling tournament has a team champion that is not the Whitko Wildcats.
By the narrowest of margins the host Northfield Norsemen upended a short-handed Wildcat squad 209.5-202 to take the team title.
The Wildcats, haunted as they have been by injuries all year, were forced to forfeit three weight classes. Those forfeits allowed Northfield to outscore the Wildcats by 28.5 points in those divisions.
COLUMBIA CITY — The Donald S. Weeks gymnasium hosted a dogfight Saturday night between two Northeast Hoosier Conference foes.
The score was close throughout the entire game, but Columbia City (9-3, 3-1 NHC) was able to pick up a four-point lead in the final seconds leaving DeKalb (5-7, 1-3 NHC) behind 44-40.
With the score so low, the game proved to be a defensive battle. The Eagles held DeKalb to just eight points in the fourth quarter.
TOPEKA — After various dual matches, weekend tournaments and ranked opponents in his way, senior Braxton Siddons has yet to see a wrestler he hasn’t been able to beat.
Saturday, Siddons was one of three Churubusco Eagles to return from Westview High School with a North East Corner Conference title.
Along with a third-place team finish, Siddons took a unblemished 23-0 record into the day and came away with four more wins to add to his mark.
Columbia City 119 pounder Trey Hinen, left, suffered what five other Eagle wrestlers did at Saturday’s Northeast Hoosier Conference meet. While the hosting Carroll Chargers ended a 20-year team title streak by the Bellmont Braves, Columbia City finished in eight-place with six different Eagles tying for a team-best finish of sixth-place. Hinen fell in the fifth-place match against New Haven’s Justin Syndram, right.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Statistics truly can tell the story of a ball game, provided that you get the right set of statistics.
For example, through three quarters in Friday night’s Three Rivers Conference boys’ basketball match-up between the host Whitko Wildcats and the Northfield Norsemen, the visitors were shooting a blistering 63 percent from the field compared to 45 percent for the Wildcats.
CHURUBUSCO — The Churubusco Eagles proved they could fly higher than Hornets Friday night against Angola 59-47.
Though the Hornets are winless (0-10), they put up a fight against ’Busco — who didn’t pull away until the second half.
“It’s scary to play someone who hasn’t won,” Churubusco head coach Michael McBride said. “They want to get that win.
“They’ve played some really quality people.”
WATERLOO — It doesn’t seem like much — a 15-foot shot. No one to block the shot, just a shooter and the ball.
It might be known as the freebie in basketball but free throws weren’t a guarantee Friday night.
The foul line proved costly on the road for Columbia City girls’ basketball. Going 5-for-16 at Northeast Hoosier Conference foe DeKalb, the Lady Eagles went 0-for-6 in the fourth quarter opening the door for the Lady Barons.