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’Cats expect to compete with the best

March 15, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s baseball team returns a solid core of players and will be taking on some of the best competition in the state.

The Wildcats are in the same Class 3A sectional as Bellmont, which went to the semistate game a year ago. In the Three Rivers Conference, Northfield was the Class 2A state champion from last year.

“We’re not the favorite on paper,” said Whitko coach Erik Hisner. “But we like what we see and are setting some goals going forward.”

Saturday last day for softball sign-up

March 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Saturday will be the final day residents can register for the summer softball season.

There will be a special registration period at the pavilion in Morsches Park Saturday. People can come between 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. to sign-up.

Softball evaluations will be on Saturday, March 23 at noon for the 9 to 11 age group and at 2:30 p.m. for the 12 to 14 group. Those who wish to play up from their age group will have their time at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

Opening day is set for April 27. So far, registration numbers have been solid.

Graduation leaves a big gap for Whitko

March 14, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s boys track team comes off a successful campaign last year looking to continue a string of Three Rivers Conference championships that stretches back to 2008.

The Wildcats will need to replace a backbone of seniors from last year’s team that finished with a 9-1 record.

Injuries, inexperience befall ’Busco

March 13, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Having two of three senior players miss time due to injuries would make for a rough season for just about any team.

That’s what happened to Churubusco’s girls basketball team during its 2012-13 season, as the Lady Eagles finished the year 3-18.

Savannah Labenz had returned for her senior season to start at point guard for the Lady Eagles. Unfortunately, her high school finale was cut short by a torn labrum suffered shortly before Christmas that caused her to miss the remainder of the season.

Whitko boys end 2013 season on a surge

March 12, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — The end is better than the beginning.

That statement was certainly true for Whitko’s boys basketball team in the 2012-13 season. The Wildcats, under first-year head coach Scott Wessel, finished with a record of 6-16. However, Whitko ended its season playing its best basketball of the year and was able to avenge an early-season defeat in the sectional tournament.

“We ended the year the way you want to be playing,” Wessel said.
Whitko was 4-4 in the final weeks of the season, claiming close wins over conference foes in the process.

Running to state . . . indoors

March 11, 2013

Six Columbia City girls tracksters are headed to the Indiana Indoor State Track Finals after placing in the top 10 of their events Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Pictured above, Samina Qureshi, along with her distance medley team of Carlee Hearld, Hanna Wappes and Samantha Roush placed fourth on Saturday.

Also advancing are Kalisha Goree in two events, long jump and 55-meter hurdles. Tiffany Harber came in sixth in the 3,200 meter run.

The state finals will also be held at Indiana Wesleyan this Saturday.

Heart-breaking head-scratcher

March 8, 2013

HUNTERTOWN — Puzzled. Frustrated. Confused. Melancholy. Dumbfounded.

That’s how many fans felt in the final seconds of Columbia City’s last game of the season against DeKalb.

A week after the blow, many Eagle followers are still scratching their heads — what happened?

The Eagles suffered a difficult, one-point loss to the Barons in the sectional semifinal last Friday after an extremely rare call by the referees in the last 2.5 seconds — a “blarge.”

A blarge is a slang term used by officials, when a block and charge are called at the same time.

County wrestlers wrap up successful season

March 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The 2012-13 wrestling season wrapped up with one Whitley County wrestler advancing to the IHSAA State Individual Tournament finals at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, and for the three Whitley County Schools the past season is one where each saw certain measures of success.

Baseball registration extended

March 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Registration for youth baseball in Columbia City has been extended.

Previously, the deadline was this past Saturday without having to pay a late fee. Now, according to Columbia City Park Director Mark Green, interested individuals have until this Friday at the end of business hours to register for the 2013 baseball season.

“Our office hours go until 4:30 p.m. Friday,” he said. “Our baseball committee wanted to extend it another week, so we did.”

Softball’s deadline remains the same, March 16.

Undefeated, conference champs

March 5, 2013

Whitko Middle School’s 8th grade girls basketball team finished its season with a 19-0 record Saturday after winning the NELMSC championship over Edgewood.

Above, from left, Emma Neeley, Lyndsey Sapp, Claire Reiff, Kennedy Krull, Aly Reiff, Brianna Cumberland, Haley Yohe, Hannah Yohe and Brooke Christofel; back, 8th grade coach Sean Cumberland.

 

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