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HEADED TO SEMI-FINALS: Lady 'Cats big third quarter fuels win

February 12, 2015

SYRACUSE — Sporting one of the winningest teams in recent history, the Whitko Lady Wildcats started down the road to an IHSAA Sectional basketball title on Wednesday night when they opened play at the Wawasee Class 3A Sectional.

The Lady Wildcats blew open a close game with a strong third quarter to down the West Noble Lady Chargers, 56-39.

Points were hard to come by for either team in the first quarter, as the Lady Chargers took a one-point, 4-3 lead into the second quarter.

HEADED TO SEMI-FINALS: Col. City halftime adjustments lead to win

February 11, 2015

OSSIAN —”That’s why we have a halftime,” said Columbia City Head Girls’ Basketball Coach Amy Shearer after the Lady Eagles’ 61-46 opening-round sectional win over the Heritage Lady Patriots Tuesday night.

Down three and shooting only 21 percent from the field at halftime, the Lady Eagles’ locker room adjustments unleashed a third quarter offensive and defensive barrage on the Heritage Lady Patriots, turning a three-point halftime deficit into a 14-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

MOVIN' ON: Lady Eagles head to the next round

February 11, 2015

Columbia City’s girls basketball team defeated Heritage in the opening round of sectional play on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles will move on to face Mississinewa in the semi-finals on Friday night. See Page A12 for more coverage of the game. Above, Macie Hinen drives to the basket.

CC VS. HERITAGE: Sectionals start tonight

February 10, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County’s girls basketball teams are preparing for sectional play this week.

Columbia City’s girls travel to Norwell to face Heritage in the opening round tonight at 7:30 p.m.

HACKWORTH HEADED TO STATE: Lady Eagles swim team compete in sectional

February 10, 2015

WARSAW — Columbia City’s girls swim team traveled to Warsaw Saturday for IHSAA sectionals.
Rylee Hackworth is headed to the state finals in the 100-yard backstroke after placing first in the event at Warsaw.

Overall, the Lady Eagles placed seventh out of 12 teams. Culver Academies won the sectional title, followed by Rochester and Warsaw.

WILDCATS: Whitko boys win conference game

February 9, 2015

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s boys basketball team split a pair of weekend games, winning a conference game on Friday and falling to Farifield Saturday.
The Wildcats beat North Miami 62-58 on the road on Friday, taking their second Three Rivers Conference win of the season.
The Wildcats were led by Nate Walpole with 28 points, and Devon Adkins and River West with 12 points apiece.

WRESTLING: Eight grapplers headed to semi-state

February 9, 2015

HUNTERTOWN — The IHSAA Wrestling Tournament series has been compared to the Bataan Death March with bodies strewn along the side of the road along the way.

On Saturday, more wrestlers fell by the wayside, as regional competition took place. Nineteen wrestlers from Whitley County entered the competition at Carroll High School, looking for a top four finish that would qualify them for next Saturday’s Fort Wayne Semi-State.
Eight Whitley County wrestlers will continue on the path to a state championship.

43-36 WIN: ’Busco honors seniors

February 6, 2015

CHURUBUSCO — Four Churubusco Lady Eagle basketball players played, and won, their last home game on Thursday night, 43-36.

Seniors Montana Martin, Darby Allen, Brook Yarnelle and Olivia Huelsenbeck played host to the Lady Lakers from Lakeland.

WITH A WIN: Lady Eagles end regular season

February 6, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Lady Eagle basketball team closed out the regular season by picking up their 20th win of the season, a 59-50 home win over a stubborn Huntington North Lady Viking team.

The Lady Eagles jumped on the visitors from the start, both on the scoreboard and quite literally. The Lady Eagles turned the defense on high to start the game, scoring the first six points in a rush, thanks in part to several steals including two by Elise Cormany that resulted in baskets and another by Macie Hinen, forcing a Huntington time-out.

REGIONALS: County wrestlers set

February 6, 2015

FORT WAYNE — Wrestlers from all three Whitley County high schools will take the next step toward an IHSAA individual state wrestling championship on Saturday when they travel to Carroll High School for wrestling regional competition.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the Fort Wayne Semi-State on Feb. 14.
At 113 pounds, Whitko’s Lane Collier (12-9), seeded third, will face no. 5 seed Dane Martin (19-8) from Leo. Also at 113 pounds, Columbia City sophomore Dylan McClure will square off against Huntington North’s Zach Johnson (28-10), the number four seed.

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