October 11th, 2010
Whether its Eagles, Wildcats or a team from “The City” that you’re talking about in Indiana high school football, then it probably has to do with a conference title race.
Never before has it happened this late into the season. Three teams with a 7-1 record within Whitley County.
Look through your record books, check your statistics and bring together whatever past thoughts you might have and throw them out the window. The county is in the midst of its best combined football season ever.
The Indiana high school volleyball sectional pairings are out and for two Whitley County rivals, it starts off by getting a shot at each other.
Monday, the Indiana High School Athletic Association drew up the four-class brackets for 397 schools across 64 sectional sites.
The opening round of the tournament gets underway next week Oct. 19 through Oct. 23.
Two of the county’s three high school teams will square off in the first round.
Aldyth L. Cotner, 86, of Woodburn, went to her heavenly home, Oct. 8, 2010 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, surrounded by her loving family. The Assumption, Ill. native was a daughter of the late David E. and Ola Cotner. She was a lifetime member and prayer warrior of Woodburn Missionary Church. She retired from General Electric in 1985 after 40 years of service. She was a member of the General Electric Pen-El, and Elex clubs.
Marcia Mabel Himes, 61, of South Whitley, died at 12:12 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 at The Waters of Summit City in Fort Wayne. Born Oct. 7, 1949 in Huntington, she was a daughter of H. June and Ruby (Jenkins) Mishler.
She graduated from South Whitley High School with the Class of 1967. On June 20, 1969 she married Lee A. Himes in South Whitley. She worked for Gripco and Johnson Brothers in South Whitley, but her favorite career was that of homemaker, wife and mother. A resident of South Whitley for the majority of her lifetime, she moved to Fort Wayne in 2003.
The Indiana high school football regular season comes to a close this week with all three Whitley County teams in contention for a conference title.
Sunday, those same squads had their paths drawn for the postseason that will follow Oct. 22.
Across five class divisions over 300 teams were placed into brackets that begin with three weeks of sectional play.
Among those teams were Columbia City, Churubusco and Whitko.
Columbia City’s Sidney Bunyan lays out for a ball as teammates yell out. Columbia City traveled to the Whitko Invitational Saturday. The Lady Eagles fell in three pool play games (22-25, 21-25 to North Miami; 21-25, 14-25 to Prairie Heights; 22-25, 25-17, 7-15 to Garrett). The hosting Lady Wildcats also struggled, not advancing out of pool play. Whitko fell in three games (21-25, 15-25 to DeKalb; 25-27, 18-25 to Heritage; 9-25, 25-21, 11-15 to West Noble).
ROCHESTER–– The last two undefeated Three Rivers Conference teams took the field in Rochester Friday night, Whitko taking the long trip to face the heavily favored Zebras.
After a close finish in overtime, the Wildcats pulled out the win, 27-24.
Rochester took a quick 14-0 lead in the beginning of the first half, but Whitko wasn’t going to let its undefeated record slip away that easy.
COLUMBIA CITY — Following last week’s emotional roller coaster of a win over East Noble, the concern was that the Columbia City Eagle football team might come out a bit flat for their senior night Northeast Hoosier Conference contest with the Carroll Chargers. The host Eagles erased those worries with a 24-point, first-half outburst on their way to a 31-24 win over the Chargers that was not as close as the score indicated.
GOSHEN — In four consecutive seasons of starting the football season off 7-0, one thing has still eluded Churubusco.
The Fairfield Falcons.
Despite an early lead Friday night, ’Busco had difficulties stopping the Falcons offense. Fairfield used 28 points in the second quarter to carry a slim halftime lead to victory 52-38.
Week eight on the schedule has had its series of bad luck, torment and curses for the No. 2 Eagles.
The City of Columbia City is considering the purchase of equipment that could help city workers see underground.
Televising equipment, or video cameras design to snake through sewer lines and capture images from inside the pipes, could benefit the city in terms of man-hours and dollars, according to city officials.
The possibility was discussed at Fridayâ€™s meeting of Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety.
According to Kelly Cearbaugh, Superintendent of Columbia Cityâ€™s street department, the benefits of purchasing such equipment could be far-reaching.