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Craig named All-TRC

February 21, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — The Three Rivers Conference has announced its All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-Conference teams.

Lady Wildcat Cagney Craig was the lone Whitko player to make the top 12 for 1st-Team All-TRC.

Craig averaged more than three steals per game.

Fellow senior Jordan Hall was one of four players awarded honorable mention.

ISMS wrestling wins 14th straight meet

February 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Indian Springs Middle School’s wrestling team faced a competitive Maple Creek team for a conference showdown Wednesday night.

The match came down to the last wrestlers of the night. ISMS 7th grader Weston Ottinger was able to seal the win for Indian Springs with a pin to make the score 39-35.

“The win was a total team effort,” ISMS coach Brian Bills said.
Indian Springs improved its record to 14-0.

Jacob Wigent got the first victory with a major decision.

Dylan McClure and Drew Rethlake kept the winning streak going with victories by decision.

Indian Springs swim team soars

February 21, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Indian Springs Middle School recently swim in a tri-meet against Maple Creek and Memorial Park at South Side in Fort Wayne.

The Eagle team soared, winning the meet and breaking records.

One record-breaker was Matthew Webber with the 100-yard breaststroke — his time was 1:16:65.

Others that dropped times were Joshua Shawver, Arizona Bullard, Libby Dubinsky and Mykaela Crowell.

“This team works hard to do its very best, and the coaching staff is very proud of each and every one of them,” coach Pat Williams said.

Whitko season full of surprises

February 20, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — It wasn’t derailed. Maybe just thrown off course slightly.

Whitko’s girls basketball team posted a record in 2012-13 of 7-14. When the season began though, it already felt like the Lady Wildcats were playing from behind.

Whitko was thrown a curve ball early in the season as it had to deal with injuries to a pair of key players. If that was not enough, the team was already staring down being without six seniors who graduated in 2012.

ISMS wrestling remains undefeated

February 20, 2013

AUBURN — Indian Springs Middle School’s wrestling team grappled against DeKalb Monday and is still without a loss.

The Eagles topped their Northeast Hoosier Middle School Conference foe DeKalb by a 61-22 score.

Winners for ISMS were: AJ Chapin, Braden Baker, Joe Willson, Jacob Wigent, Dylan McClure, Tate Homan, Hunter Reed, Matt Wright, Seth Rosen, Jake Whitehead, Jackson Wilcoxson and Weston Ottinger.

IHSAA boys sectional pairings announced

February 19, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s High School Athletic Association held its sectional draw Sunday.

Whitko and Churubusco play in the opening rounds, which are slated for Tuesday, Feb. 26, and Columbia City is scheduled to play its first game Feb. 27.

Whitko’s sectional is being held at Norwell, and the Wildcats face Bellmont in the 7:30 p.m. game. Churubusco is traveling to South Adams to face Adams Central at 6 p.m.

Columbia City faces East Noble at Carroll at 6 p.m.

The Post & Mail will publish a Boys Sectional Preview tabloid, which is scheduled to be inserted this week.

Bill Schwarz in the stands at Col. City

February 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A legend in Columbia City’s boys basketball was present at the Eagles’ game against Northrop Saturday.

Bill Schwarz, a 1960 graduate and CCHS basketball’s all-time leading scorer, traveled to the Donald S. Weeks gymnasium from his home in Chicago for Columbia City’s senior night.

The Eagles’ senior night had special meaning, as two Columbia City players are the closest to Schwarz’s record that any hoopster has been since 1977.

Local bowler places ninth in WHAC

February 19, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Former Columbia City High School bowler, Devin Arick, finished his sophomore season at Indiana Tech with high honors.

Indiana Tech’s Warriors completed the year in second place in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, and placed fourth in the WHAC Championship.

Arick was named to the WHAC Honorable Mention All-Conference Team.

He bowled in all four conference jamborees, averaging a 186.94 in 16 ga-mes. He ranked ninth in the conference.

Arick’s best finish was at the third competition, when he finished fourth with a 195.25 average.

Kreiger, Maggard prep for semi-state

February 19, 2013

CROWN POINT — Some Whitley County natives are preparing for the girls basketball semi-state game at Crown Point Saturday.

Wayne Kreiger, long time Columbia City girls head coach, and Darby Maggard, former Whitko Middle School hoopster, are looking to take Canterbury’s Lady Cavaliers to its fifth state title in the last six years.

Canterbury is currently 23-3 and faces 17-9 Lafayette Central Catholic. The Lady Cavs are slated to play at 1 p.m. at the Lake County school.

Also competing in semi-state play are Warsaw’s girls, who are playing host to Fort Wayne South Side.

Gross hits buzzer-beater to top ’Cats

February 18, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Saturday night’s basketball game was most definitely a game of very contrasting halves.

The visiting Whitko Wildcats used stellar shooting from the field to win the first half, but the host Churubusco Eagles used a furious fourth quarter and an off-balance shot in the final seconds to win the second half, and the game, by a 42-40 score.

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