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Kreiger’s best half: Coach’s wife heads to state finals with Canterbury

March 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It wouldn’t be a surprise if basketball was a condition in the Kreigers’ wedding vows.

Debbie Kreiger, wife of Wayne Kreiger, a Columbia City basketball coach for more than 30 years and current Canterbury girls head coach, has been to more than 500 of Wayne’s games in their 23 years of marriage.

“The basketball season always brings high energy and much excitement into our home,” Debbie said.

In 23 years, Debbie has only missed two of her husband’s games.

ISMS 8th grade advances in tourney

March 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It was a close finish at the Indian Springs Middle School 8th grade Lady Stars conference tournament opener — beating Lincoln by only one point, 34-33.

It wasn’t a close finish in Whitko’s tournament opener against Wawasee, as the Lady Wildcats won 69-14.

In the ISMS game, the Lady Stars started out strong, leading 14-8 in the first quarter. As the game progressed, both teams became more aggressive, especially toward the end of the fourth quarter, where the two teams teetered back and forth with the lead.

Baseball registration ends this Saturday

March 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Registration for youth baseball in Columbia City ends Saturday. Softball’s deadline will be in two weeks, on March 16.

The age groups are 4 to 14. There will be a registration time at the pavilion at Morsches Park Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m.

Players are able to be registered for either sport at those times.

Columbia City Park Director Mark Green said people may still register after those dates, but there is a late fee.

“I don’t like charging late fees,” he said.

Indian Springs grapplers top Woodside, 76-8

March 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Indian Springs Middle School's wrestling team battled against Woodside Thursday night.

The Eagles came out triumphant with a lopsided score of 76-8.

Winners for Indian Springs were: AJ Chapin, Braden Baker, Joe Willson, Jacob Wigent, Dylan McClure, Drew Rethlake, Hunter Reed, Matthew Wright, Seth Rosen, Jacob Morse, Jacob Whitehead, Jacob Elkins and Weston Ottenger.
The team is currently 19-2.

Also picking up victories for ISMS were Brenden Schaper, Jon O’Dell, Tyler Hare, Karson Rider, Trevor Fries, Josh Piquignot and Mydrae Brown.

Lady Eagles fall to Lincoln, 35-13

March 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Indian Springs Middle School’s 7th grade Lady Stars ended their season with a 35-13 loss to Lincoln in the first round of the conference tournament Thursday.

Hannah Behm led Indian Springs against Lincoln with a total of seven points.

Shayla Harris chipped in an additional four points and Emilee Smith had two.

Columbia City handles Knights, 74-28

February 28, 2013

HUNTERTOWN — "You never know what's going to happen in game one," Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said after the Eagles' sectional opener against a struggling East Noble team.

There were no surprises at Carroll Wednesday night, as Columbia City took a lopsided 74-28 win over the Knights.

"Everybody had to come out ready to go," Benedict said. "I'm really happy with the way our guys came out defensively, it put us in control of the game from the get-go."

The Eagles held East Noble to only one basket, a 3-pointer, in the first eight minutes.

CHANGING CLASSES: Numbers may mean changes for local schools

February 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The IHSAA has released its enrollment figures that will determine sports classification for the next two years.

2013-14 and 2014-15 are the schools years covered by the new figures.
Official reclassification has not occurred yet. Sectional assignments for the sports affected by the enrollment numbers (football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer) will happen in April and will receive final approval April 29.

While the assignments are not official, a glance at the enrollment numbers could indicate changes for some area schools.

Col. City sectional play begins tonight

February 27, 2013

HUNTERTOWN — Carroll High School is playing host to what many northeast Indiana basketball advocates are calling one of the toughest sectionals in northeast Indiana.

Sectional play began last night, as Northrop knocked the host Chargers out of the state tournament by a 58-46 score.

Columbia City plays its opening round tonight, taking on a struggling, 2-20, East Noble squad.

Though the Eagles may have a nearly effortless win tonight, considering their 76-35 domination of the Knights in regular-season play, Columbia City has had two strong wins coming into sectional action.

17-0 rally sends ’Cats to round 2

February 27, 2013

OSSIAN — It was a tale of two halves at Norwell’s opening-round sectional game between Whitko and Bellmont Tuesday night.

The Wildcats opened up the first half scoring a slim four points, but tore the game open in the final two quarters, multiplying their score by more than 10 and topping the Braves, 41-35.

“We came out and played with a sense of urgency,” Whitko head coach Scott Wessel said. “At halftime, I just told them to go out and play hard.”

Churubusco’s season ends, 54-33

February 27, 2013

BERNE — Churubusco’s boys basketball team took the 100-mile round-trip drive to South Adams High School Tuesday for the opening round of the Starfire-hosted sectional.

The Eagles faced a competitive Adams Central team, falling 54-33.

The Flying Jets jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first quarter, with Churubusco’s lone bucket coming from Corey Sarrazin.

The second quarter was a different story for the Eagles, as ’Busco outscored Adams Central 14-12, led by Brent Simmons with eight points.

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