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May 17th, 2013

COURT: Padgett receives six-year sentence

May 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “It is rare for me to come in and say entirely positive things about my client.”

Those were the comments of Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz at the sentencing hearing for Christopher Padgett, who pleaded guilty to burglary, a Class B felony, last month.

Voelz made his comments in his testimony on Padgett’s behalf while awaiting sentencing from Circuit Court Judge James Heuer. Heuer handed down a six-year sentence for Padgett.

AQUATICS: Public forum set for Col. City pool

May 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Citizens interested in the future of aquatics in Columbia City will have a chance to give their opinion next week.

Park Director Mark Green said there will be a public forum to discuss the future of aquatics, both in Columbia City and Whitley County, Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall in the Columbia City Common Council Chamber on the second floor.

Much of this discussion sprang from last year’s announcement that Burnworth Memorial Pool will be holding its last season in the summer of 2014, before it is closed.

Girls tracksters prep for regional

May 17, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Nearly 20 Whitley County girls athletes are headed to the Northrop Regional track meet Tuesday.

Though all have different goals and aspirations for the rest of the season, one thing is certain — all are happy to stay in the mix for another week.

For Columbia City junior Samantha Roush, its a state finals bid she’s looking for. For Whitko senior Josie Sparks, it’s a school record.

Undefeated: Whitko’s Winning Wolf

May 17, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — “What we are seeing here is the byproduct of four years of hard work.”

Whitko Head Baseball Coach Erik Hisner didn’t expect to have an undefeated pitcher this far into the season — but he does.
Wyatt Wolf, senior, is 5-0 on the season, including throwing a no-hitter earlier this year.

“It’s not something we emphasize with our pitchers,” Hisner said. “We emphasize controlling the controllable. Sometimes you have no control over your win-loss record. What we do have control over is our attitude, effort and competitiveness.”

PERFORMING ARTS in review

May 17, 2013

(May 17, 2013) — A special feature highlighting Performing Arts at Churubusco, Columbia City and Whitko High Schools is inserted in today's paper. This full-color publication depicts the arts during the 2012-13 school year.

Whitko softball falls to North Miami, Rochester

May 17, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s softball team fell in two Three Rivers Conference games earlier this week.

The Lady Wildcats lost to North Miami Monday. The host-Lady Warriors beat the Lady Wildcats by a final score of 10-0.

The Lady Wildcats dropped their senior night contest Wednesday to Rochester, 14-0.

Whitko golf splits match

May 17, 2013

NORTH MANCHESTER — Whitko’s boys golf team took second in a three-way meet at Sycamore Golf Club.

The Wildcats shot 164. Tippecanoe Valley scored 164 as well, and the tie was broken by the score of the fifth golfer. Manchester came in third with a total of 186.

Lady Eagles defeat Central Noble, 4-3

May 17, 2013

ALBION — Churubusco’s softball team captured a conference win Thursday.

The Lady Eagles beat NECC-rival Central Noble, getting the final run in the seventh inning to get the 4-3 victory.

Both teams got one run in the first inning. The next score did not come all the way until the top of the fifth, when the Lady Eagles put two more on the board to make it 3-1.

Whitko’s Alfieri, Marshall on to regional

May 17, 2013

WARSAW — For most of the team, Whitko’s girls tennis season came to an end Thursday night, as the Lady Eagles dropped a close 3-2 contest to Wawasee in the opening round of sectionals.

But it’s not all over yet.

The No. 1 doubles pair of Laura Alfieri and Abby Marshall won their match over Wawasee, qualifying to move on to the regional with Columbia City’s Celine Rongos in singles, and the doubles pair of Sydney Ford and Macie Hinen.

Alfieri and Marshall took a 6-2, 6-0 advantage over Lady Warriors Jada Antonides and Sam Prins.

Tracksters advance to next round

May 17, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Girls tracksters had their shot at qualifying for the regional Tuesday, and the boys took their turn at Thursday’s sectionals.

Churubusco’s athletes competed at North Side, while Whitko and Columbia City headed back to Wayne for the second year in a row.

Two tracksters had standout performances — Whitko’s Connor Stouder and Churubusco’s Austin McClure.

McClure took first place in both of his throwing events.

He won the discus with a heave of 152 feet, 2 inches — 10 feet more than his closest opponent.

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