Experience and veteran leadership usually reigns supreme in the Indiana high school basketball postseason.
Columbia City (17-5) have defied those notions with a sophomore-loaded team that makes its regional debut Saturday’s class 3A tournament at Blackford High School.
Three of Columbia City’s top four scorers are sophomores including its top two in Drew Benedict (17.0 ppg) and Derek Hinen (8.7 ppg).
The Columbia City Lady Eagles basketball team wrapped up the season with its annual banquet this week. Four players were awarded for helping lead their team to a 12-10 record. From left, senior Kayla Dunn (second-team All-NHC, most steals at 55, defensive award), senior Sierria Burlage (first-team All-NHC, best field goal percentage at 51, most rebounds at 153), senior Maddie Hinen (best free throw percentage at 84.8 and Lady Eagle Integrity Award), junior Sarah Opliger (most assists at 66). Post & Mail photo contributed
Conference championships and 10 plus wins will get you recognized among your peers —possibly honored with postseason accolades — in Indiana high school football.
For Columbia City head coach Randy Hudgins and two Eagles from Whitley County, the state took notice and placed them amongst the North All-Star selections.
As the Columbia City boys’ basketball team went home with a sectional championship Saturday night, the three Eagles that led in scoring in a 67-66 win over Wawasee had another reason to celebrate.
Monday, the Northeast Hoosier Conference announced its all-conference teams.
The NHC was a conference filled with sophomore talent in the 2010-11 season. That also included Columbia City.
Five sophomores made the first-team list with Columbia City (17-5) garnering two of those.
COLUMBIA CITY — After 5,308 passing yards and nearly every conceivable throwing record at Columbia City High School, senior quarterback Logan Rehrer as he says in his own words “ready to take it to the next level.”
Friday, the Eagles all-time passing leader announced he’s taking his talents to Indiana State University.
Rehrer joins the Division I Sycamores of the Missouri Valley Conference as a preferred walk-on.
SYRACUSE — Embroiled in their first sectional title game in five years against a Wawasee team that has had their number over the past several seasons, the Columbia City Eagles dealt out the losing to the Warriors after facing a 12-point first quarter deficit to take a nine-point lead of their own.
With the game coming down to a single possession, the Eagles needed a defensive rebound on a missed Wawasee free throw to claim the class 3A Wawasee sectional title 67-66 over the host Warriors.
GARRETT — With 3:49 left and a 32-31 lead in Saturday night’s class 2A sectional championship at Garrett, Churubusco boys’ basketball was on the verge of doing something no other team in school history had done.
However, offensive woes in the second half, where the Eagles shot 3-for-15 and scored just 11 points, helped Prairie Heights rally to deny ’Busco its first title 38-36.
SYRACUSE — When Columbia City and Whitko square off, no matter what the sport, it is always and intense affair. Friday night’s Class 3A sectional semifinal at Wawasee was no different.
The game came down to the long and the short of things, as Columbia City’s ability to hit the long range shot and Whitko’s difficulties at the free throw line propelled the Eagles to a 57-47 win.
GARRETT — It’s happened only five other times in Churubusco boys’ basketball history with each suffering the same losing effort.
With the help of a 50-32 sectional semifinal win at Garrett over the Railroaders Friday night, the Eagles sixth trip to a sectional championship game has a chance to be a first in the school’s history.
’Busco will go for its first title ever against a familiar North East Corner Conference foe it’s both lost and beaten this season.
It’s funny how basketball doesn’t always give second chances, yet sets up opportunities for payback. A controversial moment to start the season can be settled once and for all by Whitko.
After winning their sectional opener Tuesday over NorthWood, 61-45, the Wildcats earned a chance to avenge a 59-58 regular season loss at the hands of Whitley County rival Columbia City 6 p.m. Friday at the class 3A Wawasee sectional.