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Four-peat in Wildcat sights

March 25, 2011

There is one thing that comes up almost daily around Whitko boys track and field.
Repeat.
Not just any repeat but a fourth consecutive Three Rivers Conference championship.
It’s a broken record that the Wildcats hopes stays that way for another season.
“One of the things we’re hoping to do is make it four in a row,” Whitko head coach Ron Cherry said. “That’s our goal that the kids say almost daily. We get together and they yell ‘four-peat.’”
For eight seniors, a conference title is all they’ve ever experienced. According to Cherry, the winning never gets old.

Hinen, Raypole honored as top student-athlete

March 25, 2011

A lot of the time high school athletes are praised solely on what they do with a jersey on.
Earlier this week, two Columbia City Lady Eagles basketball players were recognized among the state’s best for both their averages on the court and in the classroom.
Seniors Maddie Hinen and Corinna Raypole were selected by the IBCA (Indiana Basketball Coaches Association) as IBCA Academic All-State Honorable Mention members for the 2010-2011 season.

’Cats search for solutions: Whitko works to fill void of injured top points scorer

March 25, 2011

   It was all going according to plan for Mark Rickerd and Whitko girls’ track and field team as offseason workouts continued through January.
   A good mix of seniors along with past conference champions joined a talented freshmen class.
   Atop the group of returners was hurdler Micaela Sylvester coming back for her third season with the Lady Wildcats. Sylvester made an immediate impact as a freshman and was Whitko’s top points scorer in 2010 as a sophomore.

Whitko vets target team first

March 24, 2011

   There is a glaring absence from the Whitko baseball program when it comes to the postseason. The   Wildcats have been there playing for a sectional championship but never been able to take home the hardware to South Whitley.
   The 2011 Wildcats hope to change that with a returning core of seniors bunched with a talented newcomer.
   Goals have been set by the Wildcats and head coach Erik Hisner says its time to achieve them.

Eagles bear cold for lopsided win

March 23, 2011

   High school track and field is known for being a spring sport. However, Tuesday it felt more like a winter sport.
   Churubusco girls and boys opened the outdoor season at home amid bone-chilling temperatures in the 40s.
   When the Eagles weren’t spending time between events applying layers of clothing to fight the cold, they were busy warming up the track for the season.

City sets bar high in opener

March 21, 2011

   COLUMBIA CITY — It’s mid March and spring high school sports are getting underway across Indiana with several track and field teams debuting this week.
   However, a home opener for the Columbia City Lady Eagles squad had the feeling of May with 60-degree weather and personal best marks being surpassed.
   The Lady Eagles come off a sectional championship last season with much of the same team back.

Eagles grounded at semistate

March 19, 2011

   HUNTINGTON — A heartbroken Columbia City received its semistate runner-up trophy Saturday with a message from their head coach.
   “The big thing was stay together,” Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said. “You have 1,200 people buying tickets to come see you play...We talk about together a lot. When you win it’s fun to go through it together but now is when you really need to lean on each other and that word comes to mean something.”

Eagles clear first hurdle, prep for next level

March 18, 2011

   Transition to a new coach can come with some hurdles to clear and Columbia City boys’ track and field faced them last season with first-year head coach Kyle Nelson.
   In their second season under Nelson, the Eagles look to make the next step in improvement with the help of top scorers and newcomers joining the team.

Fire burns strong again in City

March 18, 2011

   Nearly two years ago at this time, Columbia City boys’ basketball was without a head coach as the offseason began.
   The Eagles program stood at a crossroads with back-to-back losing seasons not what fans had grown accustomed to.
   Meanwhile, over in Valparaiso, Drew Benedict, an eighth grader at the time, received a text from longtime friend Derek Hinen.
   “Hey, the job is open again. Just have your dad come back.”

New owners take over magic at local course

March 18, 2011

   The unique golf course well-known around the area for its night golf has new ownership running things.
   Roughly a month ago, former owner Kent Miller sold the golf course — on the corner of state Route 9 and county road 500 north — to Russel Fahl.
   According to son-in-law Ryan Cook, who will be running the course with his wife, the course was something that interested Fahl as a former resident of the area.

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