A season capped off with a sectional championship loss doesn’t come without some awards for Columbia City volleyball.
Wednesday, the Northeast Hoosier Conference recognized the Lady Eagles 4-3 record within the NHC with three selections to the all-conference team.
Two seniors grabbed honors in their final season as Lady Eagles. Four-year starter Maddie Hinen led those players with a second-team selection.
For the last four seasons, one of Columbia City’s very own has been among the best the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference has to offer.
In 2007, senior Angela Parry-Lemon was just a freshman at Hanover College when she earned her first all-conference honor in the HCAC.
Four years later, the former Lady Eagle received her fourth award from the conference for a 4-2 record in singles conference play.
Parry-Lemon went 5-5 overall at the No. 1 singles position in her final year as a Panther.
Could it be another East Noble shoot-out? The potential is there.
Two 9-1 teams will meet Friday night in the semifinal round of class 4A sectional 11 when No. 8 Columbia City travels to Angola.
Each touts a highly productive passing offense led by a senior quarterback.
Coming out ahead in a 56-55 offensive marathon at East Noble earlier in the season, Columbia City quarterback Logan Rehrer and the Eagles relish the chance for a repeat.
A pre-sectional championship comes Friday night with Churubusco (9-1) heading to Southern Wells (8-2) for class A sectional 35.
Two teams state ranked for the entire season square off in what has the feeling of a championship caliber game.
On the other side of the bracket two 5-5 teams await a title shot. The winner of the Raiders-Eagles game will go into the match-up as the odds-on favorite with only three losses between the two programs.
Is there a game plan to stop Churubusco fullback Kyle Mathewson?
If there is, no one has figured it out yet.
Not even his own coach wants to know how an opponent goes about stopping the Eagles career leading rusher.
“I have no idea,” Churubusco head coach Lee Etzler said of how to stop Mathewson. “I would not want to have to figure that out.”
“Ever since I started playing football I always knew I wanted to be a quarterback.”
From the Junior Football League days to the first time he stepped foot onto Max Gandy Athletic Field, Columbia City quarterback Logan Rehrer knew what he wanted to be.
The QB. The gunslinger. The man under center.
However you want to put it, Rehrer grew up with hard work put into being the man with the ball every play.
FORT WAYNE — Guess who’s back at the state finals.
If you thought Columbia City girls’ cross country just happened to find its way to the state final in 2009 then they didn’t have a hard time remembering the way back Saturday.
FORT WAYNE — A large pack of boys’ runners at Saturday’s New Haven cross country semistate had one ’Cat emerge among the leaders.
Senior Brian Menzie fought off injury, bad luck and more throughout his career at Whitko to beat 152 other runners at Fort Wayne’s The Plex. Menzie’s eighth-place finish at the semistate level made him only the second Whitko boy to reach next Saturday’s state finals.
AKRON — The Columbia City Lady Eagles traveled back to Tippecanoe Valley Saturday in an attempt to take home a sectional title.
After a quick 3-0 semifinal game against West Noble, the Lady Eagles prepared to face NorthWood in the finals for the second year in a row.
“They wanted it bad after last year,” Lady Eagle Head Coach Trish Hinen said.
Last year Columbia City fell to NorthWood and came up with the same results this time around, losing 3-0.
CHURUBUSCO — It’s funny how sports presents second chances.
A new season and new brackets drawn up for the 2010 sectional round, Churubusco (9-1) had the same team welcoming them into the playoffs.
Last season, Adams Central (7-3) was moving on to the semifinal round after scoring 20 unanswered points against the Eagles.