COLUMBIA CITY â€” The temperatures were nearly perfect, even if the score wasnâ€™t, as the Columbia City boysâ€™ track team opened its outdoor season with an 86-46 loss to the visiting Huntington North Vikings Monday night at the Max Gandy Athletic Field.
The Eagle boys picked up wins in five of fifteen events, but were swept in the 3,200-meter run, the 800-meter run and were shut out in the relays for a big part of the scoring differential.
7 Michigan State (27-12) 61
1 Duke (34-4) 81
Michigan State came out hot as they hit 5 of their first 7 shots while building a 14-6 lead in the first 4 minutes. After a time out, Duke came out with laser focus on defense. Michigan State could not find open quality shots and turned the ball over at an alarming rate. After the hot start, Michigan State finished the first half shooting 29.7% (8-27). The strong defensive play ignited Dukeâ€™s offense as they closed the half on a 30-11 run.
The Whitley County track meet is this week in Churubusco. Whitko and Columbia City will travel to Churubusco High School for the county meet on Thursday. The meet begins at 5 p.m. Pictured, Churubusco graduate Connor Hogeston paces the mile run in a previous county meet at Whitko High School.
With the end of Spring Break for Whitley County high schools, athletics will begin in force next week. Churubuscoâ€™s Adrian Springer is shown competing in the long jump. Churubuscoâ€™s track team will return to action on Tuesday when they host Heritage High school at 5 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” The Indiana High School Athletic Association has announced the new classifications for IHSAA member schools in several sports for the next two school years. Locally, the Whitko Wildcats will be the only school affected by reclassification, as the Wildcats will move from Class 3A to Class 2A
MARION â€” Whitley County resident and Canterbury High School basketball standout Darby Maggard has been named to the North girlsâ€™ team for the Indiana All-Star Classic to be played at Indiana Wesleyan on April 19.
Maggard, a 5-foot-5 guard, has signed to play next year at Bellmont in Nashville, Tenn., averaged 28.6 points per game and led Canterbury to the Class 2A state championship game as a senior. Canterbury won Class A state titles her freshman and sophomore seasons and was also runner-up in 2A when Maggard was a junior.
HERSHEY, Pa. â€” The Lefever brothers, senior twins Connor and Reece, and younger brother Riley, made NCAA history when all three advanced to the finals of their weight classes at the NCAA Division III national wrestling championships.
This marks the first time in NCAA history that three brothers have been named All-Americans in the same year, and the first time that three brothers have advanced to weight class finals in the same year.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubusco High School Senior Beau Barkley has chosen to continue his football and golf careers at Defiance College in Ohio.
Barkley, who played four years of football, four years of golf and four years of basketball, opted for Defiance over Anderson University, Hanover College, Trine University, St. Francis University and Ferris State University.