LIGONIER — A large and talented field met local cross county teams at the West Noble Invitational Saturday.
With the likes of the No. 7 hosting Lady Chargers and No. 20 West Noble boys’ squad, a stacked field had Columbia City and Whitko both posting high finishes.
The No. 22 Lady Eagles had its freshman-senior combination of Samantha Roush and Renee Menzie put them in third out of 24 teams.
CHURUBUSCO — A dash of Kyle Mathewson. A hint of an overpowering Churubusco defense along with a couple of pounds of Kyle Monk and you’ve got a recipe for what class 3A No. 8 Angola experienced Friday night.
The Hornet team that was set to dispose the class A No. 3 Eagles in a battle of unbeatens had troubles of their own. Mathewson's 219 rushing yards on the ground combined with a stuffing ’Busco defense, silenced the questions of which team was better by putting Angola away early 34-7.
WATERLOO – One of the true measures of a successful team is how they handle both success and disappointment.
The Columbia City Eagle football team handled the success of opening wins to move to a 3-0 record to begin the season.
Friday night the test for the Eagles was to see how they would react to the disappointment of last week’s heartbreakingly close 31-28 loss to Homestead. The Eagles responded by traveling to Northeast Hoosier Conference DeKalb and dropping the Barons by 28-3 score.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Giving Whitko’s homecoming crowd something to cheer about, Whitko totally dominated winless Wabash on both sides of the ball leading the Wildcats to another win Friday night, 38-0.
“It’s just a good total team effort tonight,” Whitko Head Coach Wayne Swender said.
On offense, the ‘Cats' running backs controlled the offense, totaling 292 yards on the ground compared to Wabash’s minus 25.
FORT WAYNE — It’s been a while since Columbia City volleyball has experienced what it did Thursday night.
Not since the 2008 season have the Lady Eagles recorded a win in the Northeast Hoosier Conference. That changed in the conference opener at Homestead.
Behind the frontline attack of senior Paige Moore, City snapped its losing streak in the NHC with a commanding 25-21, 25-21, 25-14 rout of Homestead.
COLUMBIA CITY–– It was a battle between brothers Thursday night at DeVol Field’s tennis courts, with Columbia City tennis coach Doug Stoffel feuding with older brother and coach for the Carroll Chargers, Kyle Stoffel.
After a long hard-fought battle first with the weather, then with the Chargers, Columbia City knocked off the No. 22 state-ranked Chargers, 3-2.
COLUMBIA CITY — With wind gusts strong enough to roll a golf ball across the greens at the Links of Eagle Glen, the Columbia City Lady Eagle golf team squared off against county rival Whitko and the Manchester Lady Squires.
On the cold, wet afternoon scores ballooned for everyone but the Eagles still managed a split falling by a narrow 206-208 score to Manchester, while taking a 208-231 win over the Lady Wildcats.
SYRACUSE – A last-minute change in its lineup and an unlucky bounce cost the Columbia City boys’ soccer team a 1-0 loss to the Wawasee Warriors Wednesday evening.
“One of our varsity starters, the outside midfielder, is sick and in the hospital, and our kids were very concerned about that,” Eagle head coach Chris Bechtold said. “Our kids were focused and were ready to go, and then we had to change the lineup at the last minute when we found out that he wouldn’t be able to play.
All three Whitley County teams take winning records into week five. No. 3 ’Busco gets its first true test at home against No. 8 Angola. Columbia City hits the NHC road to DeKalb. Whitko hosts Wabash for homecoming.
COLUMBIA CITY–– The Lady Eagles Golf team ‘lit it up’ Tuesday night against the Huntington North Vikings with a score of 179-205.
“This is what you call ‘lighting it up,’” Columbia City head coach Jim Thompson said.
The Lady Eagles, now 5-9, posted their lowest score of the season.
“We could’ve beaten almost anybody tonight, this is a real solid score for high school girls’ golf,” Thompson said.