Eagles victory secures top finish in NHC

   COLUMBIA CITY — It’s another season almost over and again Columbia City boys’ tennis is known among the best in the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
   After a 5-0 sweep of Bellmont at DeVol Field Tuesday night, the Eagles 5-1 conference record lands them in no worse than second-place with No. 20 ranked Homestead yet to come Thursday.
   “Tonight's match was a pretty good team effort for us overall,” Columbia City head coach Doug Stoffel said. “This sets the table for a showdown Thursday against Homestead.”
   Columbia City controls its own destiny as the final weeks of the regular season come to an end. A win over the Spartans Thursday would leave the Eagles alone at the top of the NHC after finishing second in   consecutive seasons.
   “We played well at all positions tonight,” Stoffel noted. “We know the rest of the week will be extremely tough.”
   Before meeting with the Spartans, Columbia City squares off against another sectional opponent today.  In a last minute addition to the schedule, the Eagles take on No. 8 Canterbury as they prep for the postseason.
   “Although Thursday is the most important match for us, the Canterbury match will be a good indicator as to where we are,” Stoffel commented. “We believe Canterbury is stronger than Homestead this year, so  we will have to bring our A-game or go home early.”
   Columbia City began the week not surrendering a single match point in two matches.
   Monday at Manchester, the Eagles made quick work of the Squires 5-0. Columbia City not only shutout the match but ever set it played against Manchester.
   Each Eagle won their set by a 6-0, 6-0 score and in turn moving both No. 3 singles Derek Hinen and No. 1 doubles Alan Murphy and J.T. Biggs perfect record forward.
   Not much changed from Monday to Tuesday with Bellmont coming to town.
   Doubles took identical wins of 6-1, 6-0. Murphy and Biggs defeated Matt Stidam and Garrett McCord of   Bellmont. Cole Craven and Gabe Boles took the No. 2 match beating Braves Kyle Smith and Nick Faurote.
   Derek Hinen kept his perfect week intact shutting out Phillip Bauman in straight sets at No. 3 singles 6-0, 6-0.
   Two other wins come in singles for Columbia City with No. 1 singles Dylan Hinen winning 7-5, 6-2 over Bellmont’s Payton Selking and Travis Johnson taking the No. 2 singles match Kodee McIntosh 6-0, 6-3.

Whitko fall 3-2 in back-to-back nights
   In two consecutive nights the Whitko boys’ tennis team has been on the losing end of two close matches.
   Monday at West Noble, the Wildcats fell to the Chargers 3-2 despite taking two of three singles matches.
   No. 1 Alex Winger along with No. 2 Tyler Baugher knotched wins for Whitko.
   Winger defeated West Noble ace Austin King 6-1, 6-1. Baugher took a 6-1, 6-3 match from Kris Handshoe.
   Other scores: No. 3 singles — Jordan Younce (WN) defeats Avery Robbins (W), 6-4, 6-4; No. 1 doubles — Dirk Ormsby and Kevin Marsh (WN) defeat Nathan Sherrard and Tyler Murphy (W), 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 doubles — Tyler Rothhaar and Skylar Campbell (WN) defeat Seth Patrick and Blake Castle (W), 7-5, 6-2.
   Tuesday, Whitko split its two wins against Tippecanoe Valley between singles and doubles.
   Baugher improved his record to 2-0 for the week with another win at No. 2 singles defeating Valley’s Austin Nelson, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-3.
   The Wildcats No. 1 doubles of Nathan Sherrard and Tyler Murphy picked up the other win over Vikings Clayton Adamson and Austin Murphy, 6-1, 7-5.
   Other scores: No. 1 singles — Nick Kindig (TV) defeats Alex Winger (W), 6-3, 6-1; No. 3 singles — Alex Newman (TV) defeats Avery Robbins (W), 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 doubles — Seth Fincher and Trey Peterson (TV) defeat Seth Patrick and Blake Castle (W), 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.