April 26th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Thursday afternoon was cold and blustery, but at least it wasn‚Äôt raining, and the Columbia City Eagle baseball team took advantage of the break in the weather to take a dramatic, come-from-behind Northeast Hoosier Conference win 8-7 over the visiting Homestead Spartans.
‚ÄúWe finally had a decent day where we could play some baseball,‚ÄĚ said Eagle Head Coach Zac Bireley, ‚ÄúSo that‚Äôs a plus.‚ÄĚ
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Weather conditions have not been ideal in 2013, but Whitko‚Äôs girls track team is on the same pace as it was one year ago: an undefeated season in the Three Rivers Conference.
After beating Northfield and Manchester earlier this week, the Lady Wildcats defeated Wabash Thursday, 94-37.
LIGONIER ‚ÄĒ A first inning home run from Jordan Howell gave Churubusco‚Äôs baseball team a lead it would not relinquish in a win against West Noble Thursday in the NECC tournament.
‚ÄėBusco beat the Chargers 7-3, although it took nine innings to do it.
Howell‚Äôs homer was part of a three-run first that gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead. West Noble chipped away, bringing about a tie score that pushed the game into bonus baseball. Then, Churubusco added four runs to break the tie in the top of the ninth, and West Noble was unable to respond.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs girls tennis team hosted and fell to Northeast Hoosier Conference opponent Homestead Thursday at DeVol Field.
The Lady Eagles fell by a 4-1 score, with the lone win coming from senior Celine Rongos in No. 1 singles.
‚ÄúThis is the second year that Celine has knocked off Homestead‚Äôs No. 1 singles player,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Head Coach Kathleen Myers said.
Rongos topped Kelsey Vessels by a 6-1, 6-3 score.
Myers also said she was pleased with the No. 3 singles play of Adriana Brown, and the No. 2 doubles team of Breanna Hicks and Alaina Beckner.
Whitko baseball scores first TRC win
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs baseball team picked up a win in its first Three Rivers Conference game of the season Thursday.
The Wildcats shut out Southwood, 1-0, behind a two-hit pitching gem from Alex Stoddard.
Whitko drew first blood immediately, scoring what proved to be the game‚Äôs only run in the bottom of the first inning. Tanner Gaff crossed the plate on a single from Zach Snep. Gaff also had the lone extra-base hit of the night, a double.
Lady Eagles drop game to Lakers
FREMONT ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs softball fell in a NECC Tournament game Thursday to Lakeland.
The Lady Lakers beat the Lady Eagles 6-4.
Offensively, ‚ÄėBusco was able to bang out seven hits on the night. Kasey Gibson led with a 3-for-4 stint at the plate.
Hannah Richards crossed the plate twice for the Lady Eagles as well. Other Lady Eagles with hits included Kristen Krill, Richards, Kellary Crabil and Lacey Pulley.
Courtney Luttmann was the losing pitcher for ‚ÄėBusco, with Krill tossing relief innings as well.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ With a multi-million dollar focus on the town‚Äôs waste water utility, South Whitley Town Council members are weighing the possibility of selling the town‚Äôs water utility.
At Tuesday‚Äôs council meeting, town leaders entertained an updated proposal from Indiana American Water Company.
Company representatives had previously brought information to the council on the possibility of IAW purchasing the town‚Äôs water utility.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúThe weather needs to change.‚ÄĚ
Kent Hoffman expressed a mutual feeling of most of his fellow crop growers after a week of flooding and cool temperatures.
Hoffman, a Whitley County farmer of 2,800 acres, is suffering the effects of the area‚Äôs wicked weather conditions.
‚ÄúThe large amount of water has caused erosion, which means extra field work is going to have to be done to get them ready to plant,‚ÄĚ Hoffman said.
This is a totally different story than last planting season, when temperatures began to warm up in February.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ It may not feel like it outside, but some individuals are beginning to anticipate warmer months.
PIERCETON ‚ÄĒ Whitko Community School Corporation has been evaluating the possibility of utilizing more technology in its classrooms.
One-to-One Technology is a plan to incorporate more devices in classrooms to enhance student learning and interaction, as well as equipping teachers with data in a digital format to assess student progress.
The district has been cautious in its movement toward more technology.
Concerns have centered around teacher preparedness and their ability to know the technology in a way that can be taught to students.