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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.

State champions

March 4, 2013

Canterbury’s girls basketball team won the Class 1A Indiana State Title Saturday in Terre Haute. The team has five Whitley County natives, including Larwill’s Darby Maggard.

Pictured, Maggard reaches into the stands to hug her mother, Dee Dee, after earning her second state title as a sophomore. Maggard scored 11 points in Saturday’s championship game.

Painful payback: DeKalb ends Eagles’ triumphant season with 1-point defeat in sectional semifinal

March 2, 2013

HUNTERTOWN — All good things must come to an end.

Unfortunately for Columbia City’s boys basketball team, the end was Friday night at Carroll.

The Eagles took on DeKalb in the semifinal game, a squad Columbia City beat by one point in the regular season.

The Barons earned revenge in the state tournament, topping the Eagles 46-45 and ending head coach Chris Benedict’s season with a group of seniors he’s coached since they were tykes.

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.

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