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See Friday’s edition for Athlete of the Year

July 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Selections have been made for The Post & Mail’s 2012-13 Athlete of the Year.

Last year’s top selections were Alex Stoddard, a baseball, football and basketball athlete from Whitko, and Karissa Olinske, who played softball, basketball and volleyball for the Lady Wildcats.

This year, both selections are Columbia City athletes who both have competed in three sports at some point in their high school careers, and have committed to play sports in college.

NU a good fit for Hazen

July 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — When making her college selection, Columbia City volleyball player Gabrielle Hazen looked at the big picture.

While she had the option to attend many schools in the Big Ten Conference, including Ohio State where teammate Kalisha Goree will be attending, Hazen decided to go with a school with strong academics.

“Northwestern is amazing academically,” Hazen said. “When narrowing down schools, I wanted to come out with a great education as well as a great athletic career.

“At Northwestern I’ll be getting both.”

Goree commits to Ohio State

July 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City stand-out volleyball player Kalisha Goree has made her college decision — Ohio State University.

Goree verbally committed to the Big Ten school recently, and said her experience at Columbia City has made a large impact on her successful career.

With some of her family living in Fort Wayne, Goree had the opportunity to attend a Fort Wayne school, but she chose Columbia City.

Salute a soldier

July 22, 2013

Runners competed in the Salute a Soldier 5K run in Columbia City Saturday morning.

Pictured, Angie Smith runs the last mile on North Columbia Parkway.

Running through the city

July 19, 2013

A group of runners take off from the starting line of the Whitley County 4-H 4K last Saturday.

Another running event will be held this Saturday, the Salute a Soldier 5K. The event will start and finish at Tractor Supply Inc., and run through Columbia Shores and Morsches Park.

Pre-race events begin at 7:35 a.m., with a poem, prayer and the National Anthem. The 5K is slated to begin at 8 a.m.

Griswold, Hinen win at demo derby

July 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s 4-H Fair closed its grandstand for 2013 with a loud bang.

It was the powder puff demolition derby Wednesday night, and Arielle Griswold drove the #1 car to victory in the nine-driver field.

Katherine Ernst was second and Whitney Rethlake third. Alyssa Clark placed fourth. Rethlake was named the hardest-hitter in the ladies’ event.

Before the women took to the dirt, there was a men’s pre-run demolition derby.

Morsches to play lacrosse for University of Colorado

July 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — In the 19th century, pioneers traveled from the east, and many of them settled in Colorado.

Annie Morsches, of Columbia City, will have her own pioneering experience in the Rocky Mountain State this fall.

Morsches, who graduated this year from Culver Military Academies, will be playing women’s lacrosse at the University of Colorado.

It will be the first year the Buffaloes have had women’s lacrosse.

However, being new to the sport of lacrosse is one hurdle Morsches has already surpassed. She did not take up the sport until her freshman year of high school.

Cruuunch!

July 15, 2013

The Whitley County 4-H Fair Demolition Derby was held Saturday night at the grandstands.

Pictured above, Kane Johnson (28) backs up while Eirc Romine (88) crashes into him. Also pictured is David Ernst (72).

Jeff Hinen won the Saturday night feature.

Whitley County 4-H 4K

July 12, 2013

Whitley County’s 4-H 4K was held Friday night. Pictured, a group of runners take off from the starting line on Park Street.

Baseball players earn state honors

July 12, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s baseball team had historic individual efforts from some of its players this season.

However, it was in the classroom where these Eagles excelled, not just the ball diamond.

Senior captains Jay Petrie and Chandler Brown were named Academic All-State from Churubusco. Junior Brent Simmons was named Class 2A All-State honorable mention.

Eagle Baseball Head Coach Mark Grove said the leadership of the two captains will be missed.

“They are good kids who showed good leadership,” he said. “They will be missed for the way they led the younger players.”

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