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Coaching change-ups becoming a trend in football

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With the retiring of Churubusco’s Lee Etzler and Whitko’s Wayne Swender this season, at age 31 Randy Hudgins is most veteran football coach in Whitley County — a concept that seems almost unimaginable in a sport that formerly relied on tradition and consistency.

“Unfortunately it is kind of a trend now — there are quite a bit of coaching changes,” Hudgins said.

Hudgins (25-20) is prepping for the start of his fifth season with the Eagles.

Saturday soccer scrimmages

August 19, 2013

In preparation for the season starting this week, Columbia City’s boys soccer team hosted its scrimmage Saturday.

Pictured, freshman Matt Hartley moves the ball against East Noble.

Lady Eagles take second at Wawasee

August 19, 2013

SYRACUSE — Columbia City’s girls golf team took home second place at a 10-squad meet Saturday at South Shore Golf Club in Syracuse.

The Lady Eagles shot 392 at the Wawasee Invitational, missing first place by one stroke as host Lady Warriors had 391 from their gold squad.

Columbia City was 26 strokes ahead of third-place Goshen.

“We played very well,” said Lady Eagle Head Golf Coach Jim Thompson. “We had actually been shooting over 400 when we played 18 holes, to get down to 392 was a giant step forward for us.”

Whitko sports briefs

August 15, 2013

Whitko girls get 1st win

WARREN — Whitko’s girls golf team picked up its first win of the year Tuesday.
The Lady Wildcats outshot Southern wells 231-241 at Dogwood Glen Golf Club. April Bishop paced Whitko with 53, two behind the leading golfer from Southern Wells. Samantha Shell chipped in 57 and Elizabeth Gensch had 59.
Kennedy Krull and Aurelia Stephens had 67 and 69, respectively, to round out Whitko’s scoring.
The Lady Wildcats are now 1-4 for the year.

Lady ‘Cats fall in triangular

Football scrimmages Friday

August 15, 2013

All three of Whitley County’s high school football squads will take the fields Friday for scrimmages. Columbia City travels to Goshen, Whitko hosts Garrett and Churubusco hosts Heritage. Pictured above from left: Drew O’Dell, Wayne Smith, Travis Herbst, Sam Dailey and Justin Bachelder of Columbia City.

Lady Eagles fall to Warsaw linksters

August 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Columbia City’s girls golf team fell to visiting Warsaw at in the team’s home-opener at Eagle Glen Monday.

The Lady Eagles shot 201 — 11 strokes behind the Lady Tigers.

Taylor Daniel paced Columbia City with a 43, two strokes behind Alexis Manwaring of Warsaw, who was the meet leader at 41.

Mackenzie Lane carded a 48 for the Lady Eagles, Allison Yoder and Cheyenne Johnson both shot 55 and Bethany Yoder rounded out the Columbia City varsity scoring at 56. For the season, the Lady Eagles are 0-3.

Moore to coach tennis, strength at Grace

August 13, 2013

WINONA LAKE — Scott Moore is far from a new face to Grace Athletics. Starting this fall, however, he will be adding several new responsibilities to his title.

Moore, starting his second year assisting the men’s basketball team, will become the next women’s tennis head coach and the school’s first strength and conditioning coach.

Additionally, he will oversee scheduling of practices and events at the Gordon Recreation Center.

Whitko football camp

August 12, 2013

Whitko football campers for 2013.

First row, from left: Third graders Reise Thomas, Owen Hobbs, Alex Yohe and Hunter Miller.

Second row, from left: Fourth graders Austin Kreeps, Wyatt Slusher, Slater Craig, Hunter Sills, Ashton Sheppard and Rob Werstler.

Third row, from left: Fifth graders Hagan Slusher and Zachardy Rimersma and sixth graders Mason Lehman and Clayton Ebbinghouse.

Fourth row, from left: Eighth graders Shad Ebbinghouse, Logan Busz and Kaleb Busz and seventh graders Zach Gardner, Cade Bechtold and Brad Trump.

Not pictured: Brighten Back (eighth grade).

Main Bowl revitalizing for the future

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A desire to give local bowlers excellent facilities has led a long-time alley to remodel.

Main Bowl plans to open for the bowling season Labor Day Weekend. Right now, though, the building is in the middle of extensive renovations.

According to owner Kent Miller, the remodel is part of changing with the times.

“I guess I am a believer that if you don’t continue to update your business, you won’t have a business to worry about,” he said.

NEAR MISS: Golfers survive wind storm

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Golf is not considered as violent or dangerous of a sport as football, rugby or hockey.

But golf courses can have their moments of danger, as area linkers found out Wednesday.

A strong storm cell hit Crooked Lake Golf Course Wednesday evening. Course owner Bill Schumaker said he had warned golfers on the course of the coming storm, but that nobody expected it to be very serious.

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