Archive - Sports Article
July 13th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â Itâs not every day an athlete gets a call to participate in the Olympic Trials.
But for former Columbia City High School stand-out Leah Eber, itâs only fitting.
Ranked as one of the top 24 long jumpers in the nation, Eber performs at the Olympic level. She got the call just hours before she was expected to jump.
She got up the next morning to get on a plane and fly to Omaha, Neb.
Athletes had 48 hours prior to the event to declare if they were going to compete in the trials, leaving Eber restless until she got the news.
Matco Tool won the girls lob ball tournament at Morshes Park Tuesday.
Above, Hailey Whiteleather and Cyllviea Kroeger pose with their trophies.
For more photos, see Thursday's Edition of The Post & Mail
COLUMBIA CITY â Holzinger Seed won the major division tournament 2-1 with a walk-off RBI by Devin Baker.
Holzinger Seedâs minor division team also won and finished the season with a 19-0 record. Photos from that game will appear in Fridayâs edition of The Post & Mail.
In girls lob ball, Matco Tools took the title Tuesday night. Photos from the girlsâ game will appear in Thursdayâs edition of The Post & Mail.
The girls major and minor divisions will complete their seasons Friday night at Morsches Park with championship games scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â Despite excessive heat and last weekâs storm, Eagle Glen Golf Course in Columbia City hasnât had a decrease in customers.
Though temperatures passed the 100-degree mark, employees said avid golfers are still on the course.
âPeople have been golfing early in the morning or later in the evening (after 4 p.m.),â employee Shelly Davis said.
Last week, the course provided free bottled water to linksters who played during the 100-degree heat, with coolers set up throughout the course.
COLUMBIA CITY â Most Columbia City volleyball fans know when Gabrielle Hazen is making her approach and the ball is in the air: the Lady Eagles are about to score a point.
At 6-foot-2, Hazen towers over the net, and her opponents. Her arms reach several feet over the net, helping her to be Columbia Cityâs dominant force.
She led the team in both blocking and hitting last season as a sophomore, was named 2nd-Team All-Conference and was on the All-Area Honorable Mention team.
With all of those accolades, itâs hard to imagine sheâs only played volleyball for four years.
Columbia City High School awarded six players for baseball.
From left: Connor Slavich - 1st Team All Conference and MVP Award; Austin Clark - Pitching Award; Curtis Shoda - Mental Attitude Award; Trevor Bolt - Most Improved; Brandon Gay - Coaches Award; Jordan Bickle - 2nd Team All Conference and Offensive Award.
Schraderâs lob ball team won the season-end championship game Tuesday evening at Morsches Park.
Above, front row, from left: Chris Butler, Sebastian Cripe, Adi Timin, Andrew Hedrick, Aiden Martinez and James Victor Lewis.
Second row: Coach Kevin Hedrick, Alex Roberson, Logan Trier, Peyton Pope, Alex Hedrick, Ricco Martinez, Coach Jim Pope and Chris Bartol.
See Thursday's Edition of The Post & Mail for photos from Tuesday night's lob ball championship game at Morsches Park.
Columbia City incoming senior Celine Rongos won the Columbia City Girls Tennis Tournament recently.
In her high school season this year with the Lady Eagles, Rongos was 1st-Team All-Conference, All-District, All-State Honorable Mention, team captain and was named Columbia Cityâs MVP in the No. 1 singles position.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitkoâs Ian Pherigo is setting the bar high in the weight room for his fellow football teammates. Pherigo holds the National record in squats for his age and size at 352 pounds.
The senior is a full back on the football team, and wrestled in his freshman and sophomore years.
âI gave up wrestling last season for lifting,â Pherigo said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City stand-out football player Jared Murphy has been tossing around the pigskin with his dad and brothers for as long as he can remember.
His senior year at Columbia City is far from the end of his football career.
Murphy will be making the change from an Eagle to a RedHawk, as he recently verbally committed to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Miami is a Div. I school that belongs to the Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC) along with Ball State and Northern Illinois.