October 14th, 2010
SOUTH WHITLEY — The Whitko football team’s first Three Rivers Conference championship since 2002 came with an extra trophy Monday.
After a 27-24 overtime victory on the road at Rochester, the Wildcats not only locked up a share of the TRC title but had its head coach recognized by Indianapolis Colts for its accomplishments.
Third-year coach Wayne Swender was selected as the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week for week eight of the Indiana high school football season.
The final week of the regular season has all three Whitley County teams vying for a conference title. No. 8 Columbia City travels to Norwell for a shot at its first NHC title since 1990. Whitko can lock up an outright title in the TRC at Tippecanoe Valley. No. 5 Churubusco is going for its second consecutive NECC title against Lakeland at home.
No. 8 Columbia City at Norwell
On a night when the Lady Eagles donned pink shirts to show their support for finding a cure for cancer on “Dig For A Cure” night, it was the Heritage Lady Patriots who left Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium with a victory, taking a hard-fought five-game win over the Lady Eagles.
After dropping the first game 20-25, the Lady Eagles came back to take the next two games 25-17 and 28-26 and had built a 7-2 lead in game four before falling 19-25. The Lady Eagles dropped the deciding fifth game by a 10-15 count to fall in the match 2-3.
At the monthly meeting of the 4-H Inc. board of directors, Bill Leeuw, board president, reported the track wall has been reworked by Superior Excavating, the dirt moved and smoothed by Wigent Excavating and the area has been seeded.
Matt Gibson of 4-H council spoke on behalf of the Beef Club, reporting the organizers of the Beef Show held last weekend at the fairgrounds, Tri State Polled Hereford Club, were very pleased with the facilities and the turnout.
Aaron McDevitt, 4-H Inc. board livestock director said, â€śI canâ€™t tell you how much the people enjoy this fairgrounds.â€ť
Area firefighters are stressing the importance of following the recently-imposed ban on open burning in Whitley County.
On Monday, the Whitley County Fire Chiefsâ€™ Association issued a ban countywide on all open burning until further notice.
While township and city firefighters have said they donâ€™t plan to issue fines for violating the ban, they do say the ban will be enforced.
â€śWeâ€™re going to go put out the fire, thatâ€™s enforcing the ban,â€ť said Thomas E. LaRue, Columbia City fire chief.
â€śThere will also be the added embarrassment of having to have the fire department come out.â€ť
MARION — When it comes to high school cross country, Whitko boys’ cross country came into Tuesday in a new position.
One season removed from reaching semistate as a team for the first time in school history, the Wildcats yet again knocked on the door of history.
Before the Marion sectional Tuesday, Whitko had never before seen a sectional team championship.
MARION — 1-2-5-7-9-13. No those aren’t lottery numbers.
Those are the placings of Lady Eagles in Tuesday’s Marion sectional. Out of a possible fewest points of 15 as a team, No. 17 Columbia City scored 24 on its way to the first sectional championship since 1986.
FORT WAYNE — The old saying goes, “When it rains, it pours.”
In the opening round of the Homestead girls’ soccer sectional, it was the Columbia City Lady Eagles that “rained” goal after goal on the North Side Lady Redskins on their way to a resounding 12-0 win Tuesday night.
James Wayne Chaney, 53, of Harris Brake, Ark., passed away Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. He was born Dec. 7, 1956, in Goshen. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and friend to all who knew him.