SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko boys’ basketball leading scorer Logan Irwin has gone all season known as a leading scorer in northern Indiana. All-Star selection committees recognized that when Irwin was named a North Junior All-Star.
Irwin was one of six players across northern Indiana selected to play the senior all-stars on June 6 at a to-be-announced site.
Irwin became Whitko’s all-time leading scorer this season with 1,556 points and is on pace to become a 2,000-point scorer upon graduation.
CHURUBUSCO — Dylan Herendeen and Jordan Turner hung up their basketball shoes for bats and sunflower seeds, kicking off Churubusco’s baseball season in prime fashion Tuesday.
The pair of seniors worked together to post a 1-0 shutout against Leo.
Herendeen controlled the defensive side taking Leo out of its offense.
The senior lefty posted nine strikeouts and two outs by rundowns in the first and third innings. Herendeen threw a complete seven-inning shutout at the mound.
SOUTH WHITLEY — It’s only March and Whitko track and field may have already had its biggest test in the Three Rivers Conference.
Tuesday, the Lady Wildcats faced the team that has kept them from a TRC title the past two seasons.
Despite winning eight events, Wabash couldn’t match the depth of the Lady Wildcats.
Whitko served up the first blow of the season beating Wabash 62-52 before the two teams meet again in the TRC meet May 12.
SOUTH WHITLEY — The best offense was a good pitcher Tuesday for Whitko softball.
Opening the 2011 season at home, the Lady Wildcats took a 5-3 lead into the top of the seventh inning against Oak Hill.
After the tying run reached base, Whitko’s Karissa Olinske clinched the win forcing three consecutive outs. She had six strikeouts on the night.
Olinske, or ‘O’ as they like to call her, added to the Whitko offense recording a triple.
SOUTH WHITLEY — It’s baseball’s opening week and Whitko had no time to warm up.
Monday, the Wildcats faced the best class 3A has to offer in their season opener. Preseason No. 1-ranked New Haven traveled to South Whitley.
For three innings, Whitko held its ground against the Bulldogs trailing 1-0.
A four-run fourth inning turned the gears for New Haven. The Bulldogs went on to win 8-1, holding the Wildcats to two hits for the game.
Churubusco swept a home meet Monday night against Northfield. The Lady Eagles topped the Lady Norsemen 115--17 while the Eagles beat Northfield 98-34. Above, the âBusco hurdles crew take the top three spots in the 110-meter high hurdles. From left, Kyle Monk, Austin Boggess and the event winner Josh LeFever. Both Churubusco teams will host Heritage Wednesday for one final meet before spring break.
It’s been three seasons since Churubusco baseball hoisted a trophy.
Known for their dominance in the postseason, the Eagles enter the 2011 season with a chance to restore the black and gold image once feared by many in the class 2A sectional.
A bit of that fear remains with a class of eight seniors back from the title days.
Much of the Eagles power both with the bat and the ball come in the senior class. Along with it comes confidence from the Eagles.
There is one thing that comes up almost daily around Whitko boys track and field.
Not just any repeat but a fourth consecutive Three Rivers Conference championship.
Itâs a broken record that the Wildcats hopes stays that way for another season.
âOne of the things weâre hoping to do is make it four in a row,â Whitko head coach Ron Cherry said. âThatâs our goal that the kids say almost daily. We get together and they yell âfour-peat.ââ
For eight seniors, a conference title is all theyâve ever experienced. According to Cherry, the winning never gets old.
A lot of the time high school athletes are praised solely on what they do with a jersey on.
Earlier this week, two Columbia City Lady Eagles basketball players were recognized among the stateâs best for both their averages on the court and in the classroom.
Seniors Maddie Hinen and Corinna Raypole were selected by the IBCA (Indiana Basketball Coaches Association) as IBCA Academic All-State Honorable Mention members for the 2010-2011 season.
It was all going according to plan for Mark Rickerd and Whitko girls’ track and field team as offseason workouts continued through January.
A good mix of seniors along with past conference champions joined a talented freshmen class.
Atop the group of returners was hurdler Micaela Sylvester coming back for her third season with the Lady Wildcats. Sylvester made an immediate impact as a freshman and was Whitko’s top points scorer in 2010 as a sophomore.