SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Un-like I.U.â€™s three-point buzzer-beater to beat No. 1 Kentucky Saturday, Whitkoâ€™s attempt at a final comeback against Wawasee came up short.
After trailing 59-40 just before the fourth quarter, the Wildcats rallied to out score the Warriors 16-4 in less than three minutes of play in South Whitley Saturday, hours after the Hoosiersâ€™ win over Kentucky.
But the comeback wasnâ€™t enough and the â€™Cats lost 72-66.
â€śWe showed signs of improvement,â€ť Whitko Head Coach Rob Irwin said. â€śWe have young guys that arenâ€™t very experienced yet.â€ť
BY NICOLE OTT
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s boys basketball team beat West Noble Saturday night, 57-29.
The Eagles had four players score in double-digits, led by senior Josh LeFever.
The game was competitive in the first quarter, with the Chargers trailing 8-7.
Both Churubuscoâ€™s offense and defense stepped up in the second quarter, holding West Noble to four points while adding 16 to the Eaglesâ€™ side of the scoreboard.
Austin Goepfrich had eight of his 11 points in the second quarter, along with five LeFever points.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City came into Friday nightâ€™s game against Norwell with expectations of a tough competition.
â€śWe knew they were going to be good,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Amy Shearer said. â€śWe prepared as best as we could.â€ť
The Lady Knights defeated Columbia City 54-30.
Norwell, which is ranked second in the Associated Press Class 3A poll, is undefeated at 6-0.
The Lady Knights beat Bluffton 74-12 and beat Homestead with a 3-pointer at the buzzer last Saturday.
The Lady Knights doubled the Lady Eaglesâ€™ score in the first quarter, 18-9.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko Lady Wildcats fell to 3-5 Friday, losing to Manchester, 61-56.
In the first two minutes of the game, Whitko scored several baskets, jumping out to an 8-0 lead.
Lady Squire Kalya Flack hit a three pointer and on the following possession, Lady Wildcat Micaela Sylvester picked up her fourth point in one minute, keeping the lead at seven, 10-3.
Led by Manchesterâ€™s Meika Kennedyâ€™s four points, the Lady Squires scored seven straight.
The first quarter ended with Manchester in the lead, 13-10.
LIGONIER â€” The Churubusco Lady Eagles Basketball team was defeated by West Noble Friday night, 57-20.
The Lady Chargers came out to an early lead, with an 11-2 edge at the end of the first quarter.
West Noble built on its lead in the second quarter, gaining a 25-7 advantage at halftime.
The Lady Chargers outscored Churubusco 17-5 in the third quarter to make the score 42-12.
The Lady Eagles scored the most points in the fourth quarter with eight. But West Noble added another 15 to end the game at 57-20.
A â€śFor Saleâ€ť sign is expected to be placed soon in front of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce in Columbia City on Line Street. At its most recent board meeting, the board of directors unanimously agreed to sell the large historic building that houses the chamber offices. If the building sells, the chamber announced it would take advantage of one of several opportunities for smaller office space.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” R. Duane Loe, 44, of South Whitley, passed away quietly at his home surrounded by his family at 9:50 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. He had been fighting cancer.
He was born June 12, 1967, in Columbia City, a son of Raymond Duane Loe, Sr. and Linda (Snyder) Loe.
His formative years were spent in South Whitley. He graduated from Whitko High School.
Following his graduation, he went to work for the South Whitley Electric Department for seven years. He also became a member of the Cleveland Twp. Volunteer Fire Department.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dixie Clingerman â€śSisâ€ť Nei, 71, passed away at 8:12 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis surrounded in love with her daughters and grandchildren.
She had become suddenly ill at her home on Wednesday.
She was born July 27, 1940, in Columbia City, the daughter of William F. and Irene (Heintzelman) Clingerman.
She spent her childhood in the Ormas area and graduated from North Webster High School with the class of 1958.
However, most of her adult life was spent at TriLakes, except from 1980 to 1990 when she resided in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Kim David Jenkins, 57, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:13 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born Oct. 29, 1954, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Cyrus Jack and Wanda Marie (Foulk) Jenkins.
He spent his childhood in Fort Wayne where he graduated from Heritage High School with the Class of 1972 and furthered his education by receiving an Associate Degree at Ivy Tech College.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1975 and attained the rank of specialist.
In 1978, he moved to Coesse and completed his military service as a reservist in 1981.
Paul C. Radke, 70 of Somerset Township in Jerome, Mich., passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at his home.
He was born Oct. 3, 1941, in Detroit to Peter P. and Eloise C. (DeWitt) Radke.
Paul lived his early life in Indiana and then in southern Michigan.
He moved to the Jerome area 14 years ago. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1960.
He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy.