October 18th, 2010
MARION — Given the mix of veteran runners and talented newcomers, people have expected big things from the Columbia City girls’ cross country squad this year.
The No. 17 Lady Eagles are living up to those expectations. Saturday, Columbia City repeated their sectional winning performance, placing five runners in the top 15 finishers, including a 1-2 finish by freshman Samantha Roush and senior Renee Menzie to take the Marion regional crown run at Indiana Wesleyan University.
MARION — Fresh off a championship at the Marion cross country sectional, the Whitko boys’ team returned to the same course for regional competition. The Wildcat boys put together a solid performance, highlighted by a second-place individual finish by Brian Menzie, to place third as a team, thereby qualifying for next Saturday’s New Haven semistate.
The Wildcats, sectional winners last week, scored 80 points to take third behind Homestead, who won with 54 points and Huntington North who was second with a score of 75.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The junior varsity version of the Columbia City-Norwell game was held Saturday at Max Gandy Athletic Field. Columbia City running back Jacob Johnson carries a load of Knight defenders in the Eagles 14-8 win.
OSSIAN — Even in the mind of Columbia City head coach Randy Hudgins, Friday night’s 32-10 victory at Norwell was unbelievable.
That’s because in one season, the Eagles went from the basement of the Northeast Hoosier Conference to the top, clinching a share of their second NHC title in school history and first since 1990.
CHURUBUSCO — “We played tough,” ’Busco head coach Lee Etzler said as he addressed his team in postgame comments. “We need to play tough again next week.” With those comments Etzler both summed up Friday night’s 45-28 Northeast Corner Conference title clinching win over the visiting Lakeland Lakers, and set the tone for next week’s opening round of the IHSAA sectionals.
The Eagles clinched their second consecutive share of the NECC crown, dropping the Lakers for the second year in a row.
AKRON — Whitko continued its shock and awe for the season on Friday night clinching its first solo Three Rivers Conference title in the last 20 years.
In a close battle against TRC powerhouse Tippicanoe Valley, the Wildcats carried the honor of Coach Wayne Swender’s Indianapolis Colts Coach of the Week award to a 21-14 victory.
After the game, as the players chanted, “Coach of the Week,” Swender broke into the huddle interrupting his team, “No, no, no, it’s team of the week!”
Joyce â€śMaxâ€ť Ummel, 70, Columbia City, died and went to his heavenly home at 1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Columbia City, where he had been a resident for 17 years.
He was born July 31, 1940 in Elkhart County to Edward and Edith (Anglemyer) Ummel, where he was raised on a Holstein dairy farm until he was 18.
Kenneth Bruce Kline, 73, of Columbia City, died at 2:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 at the Kingston Care Center, Fort Wayne.
He was born Nov. 27, 1936 in Coldwater, Mich., a son of Kenneth L. and Catherine Jean (Brokaw) Kline. He served in the U.S. Navy.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Mary Warrick and a brother, Robert Kline.
Ruth Leon Whiteman, 87, died at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 at her home.
She was born May 11, 1923 in Kosciusko County, a child of Lela Mildred Atchison. Her formative years were spent in Pierceton where she completed her education in the Pierceton High School
On July 7, 1943, she was united in marriage to Henry â€śHankâ€ť L. Whiteman and they made their home in Columbia City, then moved to Kimmell.
Mr. Whiteman died Jan. 8, 1981 and since 2003, she has made her home in Columbia City. She was a homemaker.