April 19th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Individuals who were out driving Thursday evening or Friday morning likely noticed the effects of recent heavy rains in Whitley County.
Spotters reported to the National Weather Service that 3.51 inches had fallen by 1 p.m. Thursday. An additional report said 2.3 inches had accumulated by 4:30 a.m. Friday.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools closed for Friday. Whitko and Smith-Green Community Schools were both on two-hour delays. WCCS Superintendent Pat O‚ÄôConnor said poor road conditions influenced the decision.
Whitley County has been placed under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. by the National Weather Service.
Weather conditions today include strong winds, showers and potentially strong thunderstorms that will become less widespread around late afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY (April 18, 2013) ‚ÄĒ The Northeast Hoosier Conference will cease existence in the summer of 2015.
According to NHC President and Norwell High School Principal Mark A. Misch, all eight member schools will leave the athletic conference in two years.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ After an 11-0 start to the season, Columbia City‚Äôs girls track team split a three-way meet with Norwell and DeKalb Tuesday night.
The Lady Eagles picked up top honors at the Bishop Luers Invitational Saturday, and Head Coach Bob Fahl said the team was still suffering from the effects of the meet.
‚ÄúI think some of the girls were still feeling the effects of the weather and stress from Luers,‚ÄĚ Fahl said.
The Lady Eagles (53) fell to Norwell (61) but topped DeKalb (50).
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Not many coaches can find positives after an extra-inning loss, but Columbia City Head Girls Softball Coach Steve Cox is an exception.
‚ÄúI love those games,‚ÄĚ Cox said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt like losing, but I love those games.‚ÄĚ
The Lady Eagles dropped a 2-0 game to Leo at Morsches Park.
It was a battle of the defenses, as the game held a 0-0 score through the beginning of the eight inning.
In the top of the eighth, with Leo at bat, one out and a runner on first base, the next batter hit a double to put base runners on second and third.
PERU ‚ÄĒ A relay play made the difference in a tight baseball game Wednesday night.
Whitko beat Peru, 4-3 on the road.
The Wildcats held the lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Tigers had a runner on first with two outs.
Peru batter Nolan Brimbury hit a double to right field that could have tied the game.
But the Whitko defense came through. The team executed what Coach Erik Hisner called a ‚Äúperfect‚ÄĚ relay, with right fielder Hunter Sroufe getting the ball to shortstop Ethan Nicodemus.
HUNTINGTON ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs girls tennis team picked up its second win of the season Wednesday night at Huntington North.
The Lady Eagles won a close 3-2 match against the Lady Vikings to improve to 2-1.
Columbia City‚Äôs No. 1 singles player, Celine Rongos, led the Lady Eagles with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Huntington North‚Äôs No. 1, Kylie Fredrick.
Lauren Rivas took the win in No. 3 singles, topping Lady Viking Emily Eherenman in a three-set match. Rivas won the first set, 6-2, but fell by a 6-4 score in the second. Rivas came back in the third set to win 6-1.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls tennis team lost a Three Rivers conference match-up to Rochester Wednesday in just the squad‚Äôs second match of a rain-soaked season.
The Lady Zebras beat the Lady Wildcats, 4-1.
Abby Marshall and Laura Alfieri garnered the one Whitko win in doubles, winning by scores of 6-4, 6-3.
In number-one singles, Laura Hippensteel lost to Rochester‚Äôs Maddie Lewis, 0-6, 2-6.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ At Whitley County Consolidated Schools‚Äô (WCCS) meeting of the Board of School Trustees Monday, April 8, a new high school was publicly discussed for the first time in several years.
At that meeting, WCCS Superintendent Pat O‚ÄôConnor said public input would be important to the district.
The Post & Mail sought feedback from its Facebook followers last week and found public opinion on several sides of the spectrum.
Some felt the new high school was needed as soon as possible, regardless of the price tag.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Design Processes class is already being taught to students at Eagle Tech Academy, but now that technology has the opportunity to advance learning outside of the classroom.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics is a worldwide organization that creates a learning environment and competition for students of all ages.
Representatives from FIRST were on hand last night for a presentation to students and parents on starting a program at ETA.