Three Eagles garner NHC all-conference

   A season capped off with a sectional championship loss doesn’t come without some awards for Columbia City volleyball.
   Wednesday, the Northeast Hoosier Conference recognized the Lady Eagles 4-3 record within the NHC with three selections to the all-conference team.
   Two seniors grabbed honors in their final season as Lady Eagles. Four-year starter Maddie Hinen led those players with a second-team selection.
   “Maddie stepped up as our leader on the team this year,” Columbia City head coach Trish Hinen said. “Her focus this year was leading the team to play as a unit and to have fun. She is a smart player who reads the court as well as anyone in the conference. She brought to the team overall smart, consistent play and a desire to never give up and play hard. Her hard work and dedication will be missed.”
   Fellow senior Paige Moore joined the second-team list as one of the Lady Eagles primary front line attackers in 2010.
   “After sitting out a year Paige came back with an intensity and desire to play hard for herself, her team and to win,” Hinen noted. “She did an outstanding job of controlling the net. She’s a great kid and it was fun having her on the team this year.”
   Columbia City’s future looks bright with first-year Lady Eagle Kalisha Goree earning All-NHC recognition as a freshman. Goree got playing time as both a back row player and front line attacker giving City versatilely.
   “Kalisha started the season in a different role than she ended it,” Hinen commented. “She is a great versatile player who works hard and loves the game of volleyball. Kalisha has great fundamental skills that will give her the basis for continuing to climb up the ladder in the conference. Being only a freshman making second team is definitely an honor and we are looking forward to great things from her in the next three years.”