When it comes to sheer numbers, Columbia City girls’ tennis didn’t lose a lot of girls to graduation.
However, where the Lady Eagles lost their lone senior comes at the top singles spot.
Filling the void left by Kaycee Bills, sophomore Celine Rongos hopes to make her own impact on what Columbia City has set as a season with high expectation.
SOUTH WHITLEY — In the bottom of the seventh inning and the winning run on third base, the last thing Blackford expected was for Josh Smith to steal home.
Tied 2-2, Smith did just that breaking for home plate in game one of Whitko baseball’s doubleheader at home Saturday.
Experience goes a long way in high school golf and Columbia City has that with its top four scorers from last season returning.
It may not seem like golfing weather now but the Eagles are already prepping for an April 12 opener against county rivals Churubusco and Whitko. With experience, expectations are higher and it starts with that first match.
CHURUBUSCO — It’s only two games into the regular season and Churubusco baseball head coach Mark Grove is already seeing a drastic difference from his team’s start a season ago.
Starting 0-5 last season, the Eagles have dealt out the losses to open March.
A 1-0 shutout victory by senior Dylan Herendeen Tuesday helped Churubusco beat Leo erasing any fears of a slow start.
INDIANAPOLIS — When the cold temperatures start to set in and fall sports are back in 2011, the postseason will have a drastically different look for much of Whitley County’s local high school teams.
Wednesday, the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) released a new two-year sectional alignments for all of the class sports.
FORT WAYNE — By way of the mercy rule, Whitko baseball needed just five innings Wednesday to record its first win of the season.
The Wildcats hit the road to Fort Wayne Paul Harding in search of a win after falling to class 3A No. 1 New Haven Monday.
Behind a three-hit pitching performance from sophomore Wyatt Wolf, Whitko found an 11-0 victory over the Hawks.
HUNTINGTON — A night after opening the season with a 5-3 win at home, Whitko softball hit the road for its next challenge in a young but undefeated season.
The trip took the Lady Wildcats to Huntington North and sent them home with a tough 2-1 loss.
Whitko saw a late 1-0 lead in the fifth inning fade over the final two innings to the Lady Vikings.
After four scoreless innings of play, Whitko struck first in the top of the fifth inning.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko boys’ basketball leading scorer Logan Irwin has gone all season known as a leading scorer in northern Indiana. All-Star selection committees recognized that when Irwin was named a North Junior All-Star.
Irwin was one of six players across northern Indiana selected to play the senior all-stars on June 6 at a to-be-announced site.
Irwin became Whitko’s all-time leading scorer this season with 1,556 points and is on pace to become a 2,000-point scorer upon graduation.
CHURUBUSCO — Dylan Herendeen and Jordan Turner hung up their basketball shoes for bats and sunflower seeds, kicking off Churubusco’s baseball season in prime fashion Tuesday.
The pair of seniors worked together to post a 1-0 shutout against Leo.
Herendeen controlled the defensive side taking Leo out of its offense.
The senior lefty posted nine strikeouts and two outs by rundowns in the first and third innings. Herendeen threw a complete seven-inning shutout at the mound.
SOUTH WHITLEY — It’s only March and Whitko track and field may have already had its biggest test in the Three Rivers Conference.
Tuesday, the Lady Wildcats faced the team that has kept them from a TRC title the past two seasons.
Despite winning eight events, Wabash couldn’t match the depth of the Lady Wildcats.
Whitko served up the first blow of the season beating Wabash 62-52 before the two teams meet again in the TRC meet May 12.