May 19th, 2013
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia City rode two home runs to victory in a 9-7 win over Northrop Friday night.
The first was a two-run shot over the left field fence off the bat of Eagle third baseman Jordan Bickle. His dinger came in the top of the first inning, giving Columbia City a lead it wouldnâ€™t relinquish.
â€śI think the key to the game was starting it off offensively with Bickleâ€™s home run. I think that got us going,â€ť said Columbia City Head Coach Zac Bireley.
The other homer, also to left field, was a grand slam by right fielder Keaton Reed in the third frame that put the Eagles up 7-1.
LAGRANGE â€” Whitkoâ€™s baseball team lost a road contest to Prairie Heights Saturday.
The Wildcats fell by a final score of 7-3.
Both teams struck early. Whitko opened with a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning. The Panthers quickly struck back in the bottom of the first with three runs of their own to tie the score.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia City took two from Bishop Dwenger in a double header Saturday at Shoaff Park.
The Eagles won the morning game 8-3, and then beat the Saints again by a final of 13-3.
Columbia City betters its record to 13-8 with the two wins. Both victories are part of an important turn-around for the Eagles, who before Saturday had a 4-6 record so far in May.
â€śI think we were in the game, as opposed to other games weâ€™ve had this last month,â€ť said Columbia City Head Coach Zac Bireley.
NEW HAVEN â€” Freshman Tyler Green finished his first Northeast Hoosier Conference Golf Match in prime fashion Saturday at Whispering Creek Golf Course.
Green was named 1st-Team All-NHC at the match, after scoring a one-over par, 73.
The freshman scored a 35 in the front nine, and 38 in the back half.
Columbia City finished fourth as team with a score of 325, as Carroll took the conference title with 295 strokes.
Fellow freshman Spencer Klimek also had a stand-out performance, making 2nd-Team All-Conference with a score of 77.
FORT WAYNE (AP) â€” A study by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs shows that in much of Indiana, public officials aren't aware their counties have 211 systems in which callers can find social services for help.
The Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations surveyed nearly more than 1,000 local government officials, including mayors, county auditors, council members, school board members and township trustees.
Whitko High School seniors that earned scholarships through Kosciusko County Community Foundation included Chelsee Christoffel, Becca Thomson, Jamie Wall, Natasha Anderson, Aaron Horn and Holly Frantz. Scholarships were presented by KCCFâ€™s Amy Cannon.
See Page A5 of the May 20 issue for more photos and a complete list of award recipients.
Cory and Maudie Sickafoose, along with their three daughters, helped plant flowers, clean the park, and picked up a lot of litter from alleys and streets.
They were just one of several families who came out to volunteer during South Whitleyâ€™s Spring Spruce-Up Day Saturday.
Garrett Shepherd, a kindergartner at Little Turtle Elementary School, participated in a nation-wide initiative to teach children how to run and operate a lemonade business.
Students were given a booklet to follow and specific instructions. Shepherd had to complete a business plan, create a menu, build a booth and serve customers as part of the program.
Shepherd said he intends to use the money he makes, after he takes out his expenses, to purchase a video game.
Pictured is Shepherd (right) and his father, Marty, operating the lemonade stand on Saturday.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is a series highlighting unique jobs and activities held by area students during the summer months.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Kirstie Crisp will soon don a cap and gown and graduate with the rest of Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s Class of 2013.
However, while others go off on summer vacations and senior trips, Crisp will be starting her career â€” in cosmetology.
â€śI had visited colleges and I knew they that they wouldnâ€™t work for me,â€ť Crisp said. â€śCosmetology is something that I love. Why would I do something that I didnâ€™t love just to conform to everyone else?â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko High School recognized seniors who excelled in academics, attendance and service at a ceremony held Friday night.
Honors were given to students who had outstanding attendance, had earned academic honor diplomas, and were achievers on the sports field as well as the classroom.
Among the honors given was an award presented by WHS Principal David Parker. The Principalâ€™s Awards are given to Chelsee Christoffel and Alex Stoddard.
â€śThese students exemplify everything we strive to present at Whitko,â€ť Parker said. â€śOverall, I am so proud of the Class of 2013.â€ť