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Team Bird runs away with medals

June 22, 2012

Team Bird youth running club, coached by Columbia City’s Gary Bird, participated in a two-day track meet at Northrop High School for the U.S. Track & Field Indiana Association Meet.

Four runners qualified for the regional meet in July at Franklin College.

Flying to the Olympic trials: Former CCHS stand-out Haley Richter off to Olympic trials

June 21, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Haley Richter can “fly” in the pool. Literally.
Richter will be competing in the Olympic trials Monday in Omaha, Nebraska in the 100-meter butterfly.

She qualified by meeting the qualifying time (101.99) by just a fraction of a second, 1:01.5.

Though Richter said she doesn’t expect to place in the top two to make it to the Olympics, she’s excited about the experience.

“It’s going to be so fun. I’m so excited,” Richter said.

Richter said she’s seeded around 80th place. Her time, 101.5, would’ve been good for the world record in 1974. The record in ‘74 was 101.88.

Columbia City softball awards

June 20, 2012

Seven softball players received awards at Columbia City’s awards night.

From left, Alyssa Brandt — 2nd-team NHC; Kaylee Parks — 1st-team NHC, Most Valuable Player; Megan Giffin — 1st-team NHC, Most Valuable Player; Hannah Schnorr — 1st-team NHC, Defense Award; Allie Vodde — 2nd-team NHC, Offense Award; Cassie Vodde — 1st-team All-State, 1st-team Academic All-State, 1st-team NHC, Pitching Award, Most Valuable Player, Tina Parker Award; Claire Kauffman — Mental Attitude Award.

Col. City Parks host Garrett

June 18, 2012

Columbia City’s youth baseball league got a fresh set of competition Saturday, hosting Garrett’s teams at Morsches Park.

‘Whitley Weighs In’ winners

June 15, 2012

The winning team of the 2012 Whitley Weigh’s in competition, sponsored by the YMCA, Parkview Whitley Hospital and The Post & Mail, finished last week.

The winning team, the Rollie Pollies, showed an 11.4 percent weight loss.

On the team was Peggy Johnson, Matt Strickler, Steve Smith and Chris Thompson.

The winning team received a $1,000 check.

Smith was the top male, losing 28 percent. Nick Schrader was second (23 percent), Chad Whetston was third (12 percent), Johnny Couch was fourth (11 percent) and Randy Bufkin was fifth (nine percent).

Making waves: Susan Meyers takes silver, bronze in International Masters Swim Meet

June 15, 2012

RICCIONE, Italy — Local swimmer Susan Rothert Meyers competed in the 2012 Final World Masters Championships in Riccione, Italy this week. She finished in the top three in her events in the 70-74 age group.

In her first race on Tuesday, she placed third in a field of 17 in the 400-meter individual medley. On Wednesday, Meyers swam the 200-meter individual medley, placing third in a field of 20.

In the 100-meter butterfly, Meyers placed second in a field of 15.

Heckman wins Tinkham’s Run

June 14, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY —Nearly 100 runners of all ages negotiated a hilly and challenging course through the woods and hills of Camp Whitley last Saturday in the 2012 Tinkham’s Run 5K.

The run is held annually as a fund-raiser for Camp Whitley.

Kevin Heckman finished in 20 minutes to claim first place overall. Taking first place among the female runners was Caitlyn Chastain, who ran the course in 22:57.

The youngest finisher, four-year-old Taylor Bock, finished the course in 43:48, just one second ahead of her mother, Julie Bock.

Cavs’ Scott Kreiger changes sides

June 13, 2012

FORT WAYNE — With four state titles and 14 years under his belt as the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Canterbury, former Columbia City High School Hoopster Scott Kreiger announced yesterday that he would be the boys coach for the Cavs.

As the girls coach, Kreiger was 251-88. He won state titles in 2008, ‘09, ‘10 and ‘12. This season, he was the Indiana Girls All-Star team’s coach.

Eber wraps up renowned career

June 13, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Former Columbia City High School stand-out Leah Eber finished an illustrious career in track for Purdue as the Boilermakers’ top long jumper in the school’s history.

Eber’s name has filled both the indoor and outdoor seasons’ record books, including four Big Ten Titles in the long jump. She was recently named Second-team All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association along with teammate Dani Bunch.

Busz signs with Cleveland State

June 11, 2012

Whitko senior Chas Busz signed to wrestle at Cleveland State University.

Chas was a three-time semi-state qualifier, two-time Three Rivers Conference Champion and a 2010 State Qualifier.

 

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