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PURDUE BOUND: Col. City’s Bickle to play in Big Ten

August 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School 2013 graduate Jordan Bickle is headed to the Big Ten to play NCAA Division I baseball.

Bickle recently signed with Purdue University to play baseball in the 2014 season.

“I’m definitely on the team,” said Bickle when asked about his status on the Boilermakers spring roster.

Bickle’s path to playing collegiate baseball for the Boilermakers wasn’t a straight one. In fact, his mind was not made up until after graduation day at CCHS.

Despite loss, Col. City on upswing

August 21, 2013

DECATUR — Though Columbia City’s girls golf team suffered another loss Tuesday night, the Lady Eagles posted their best score in three years.

Bellmont, which is undefeated, hosted and dropped Columbia City by a 173-179 score at Cross Creek Golf Course.

Though the team went home without a win, Columbia City Head Coach Jim Thompson was very pleased with the Lady Eagles’ score.

“That’s as good as I’ve ever felt with a loss,” Thompson said. “Bellmont is a good team and we were playing on their course. All of our girls played well. We were in it until the end.”

Comeback leads Whitko to win

August 21, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY— A big fourth-game comeback helped Whitko’s volleyball team start 2013 with a win Tuesday.

Whitko downed visiting Lakeland Christian Academy 3-2 — 25-22, 19-25, 17-25, 25-13, 15-11.

By the middle of game three, the Lady Wildcats might have wondered if they would take the match the distance, let alone win. Lakeland took advantage of poor Whitko passing to win game two, then never trailed in taking the third game.

“We struggled getting our passes to the net,” said Whitko Head Volleyball Coach Brandy Smith.

Lady Eagles open with road win

August 21, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Columbia City’s girls volleyball team opened its season on the road at Fort Wayne North Side and Head Coach Trish Hinen was hoping to start the season with a three-game sweep.

Unfortunately for the Lady Eagles, a slow start in the opening game cost them the sweep Hinen was hoping for, but solid and consistent play throughout the night allowed Columbia City to leave Allen County with a win.

After dropping the initial contest 25-15, the Eagles turned the match around, winning the next three 27-25, 25-17 and 25-16.

Volleyball set to serve up new season

August 20, 2013

Churubusco volleyball team.

First row, from left: Molly Green, Andrea Aung, Lacey Pulley, Mariah Nondorf and Elaine Horn.

Second row: Olivia Huelsenbeck.

Third row: Sierra Coil, Danielle Pippenger, Sarah Holloway, Jazlyn Neebler, Valencia Reister, Stacia Fester, Hannah Richards, Samantha Fulk, Caylee Knafel and Mallory Pearson.

Fourth row: Alisha Farner, Alyssa Anderson, Abby Stanford, Coach Audra Moore, Coach Dustin Beucler, Coach Trinda Goings, Paige Stauffer, Shyenne Greve and Katie Monk. Not pictured: Hannah Schaefer.

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.

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