September 19th, 2013
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys soccer team lost a narrow contest to visiting Manchester Wednesday.
The Wildcats dropped a 1-0 contest to the Squires in a match that Coach Jason Ehrman said showed how far his team has come.
â€śTheyâ€™re a great team,â€ť he said. â€śJust to compete with them, from where we started, is great.â€ť
The one goal came with just under 15 minutes left to play in a somewhat fluky situation. Manchester scored on a throw-in when Whitkoâ€™s goalkeeper, Jacob Helton, had the ball slip out of his hands for the score.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Big defensive efforts and excellent goalkeeper play forced a 0-0 tie between Whitko and Manchester Wednesday.
Whitko Girls Head Soccer Coach Gary Sims said he was surprised, and that it could have been a different result.
â€śIt was a shock to me because of how we played,â€ť he said. â€śThey controlled the ball the whole game. It seemed like we only played for about five minutes at a time.â€ť
One difficulty for the Lady Wildcats was that career-leading scorer Ellyana Blue was focused on by the Lady Squires.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s football team, currently ranked sixth in Class 2A in Indiana according to the Associated Press, will take on a larger school Friday.
The 4-0 Eagles will play the 2-2 Hornets in a game that kicks off at 7 p.m.
Angola is 2-1 in the conference, with wins over West Noble and Eastside. The Hornets fell last week to Lakeland, 31-0.
For Churubusco, the Eagles trailed for the first time last week against Eastside. After the Blazers took a 13-0 lead, â€™Busco stormed back with 31 unanswered points to win 31-13.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It is homecoming week, and Columbia Cityâ€™s football team will try to put a difficult loss in the past.
The Eagles fell to Homestead last week, 20-7, in a game with a couple of missed opportunities.
To shake that disappointment off, Columbia City welcomes DeKalb for homecoming in a game with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
The Eagles are 2-2 entering the game and 1-1 in the Northeast Hoosier Conference. DeKalb is winless.
Last year, Columbia City rolled up a 62-10 victory against the Barons. DeKalbâ€™s last win over the Eagles was a 27-13 triumph in 2008.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s football team is on a two-game winning streak and hopes to keep the trend going Friday.
The Wildcats sit in a tie with Rochester at 2-0 atop the Three Rivers Conference. At 2-2 overall, Whitko will hit the road to take on Wabash Friday with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Whitko rolled over Manchester 46-24 last week. The Apaches, who are winless on the year, lost last week to North Miami 21-0.
The Wildcats have the edge in the rivalry with the Apaches. Whitko had a 51-19 win last year, and has not lost to Wabash since the rivalry became annual in 2006.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Despite testing difficulties and internet connection issues, ISTEP+ results have been released for local schools.
The testing, which occurred earlier this year, was fraught with problems for students who took it online.
Test-takers had difficulty connecting to the server, and at other times, students would be kicked off of the testing website at random.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Visiting Fremont edged past Churubuscoâ€™s boys tennis team due to a forfeit at No. 3 singles.
â€™Busco forfeited that match, which ended up being the difference in a 3-2 win for the visitors.
Churubusco got wins at No. 1 singles and No. 2 singles, with Luke and Landon Lillmars getting straight-set wins, respectively, in each match.
At the doubles level, Landon Pearson and Derek Bowyer of â€™Busco lost to Wane Regandenz and Mason Kolberg of Fremont, 6-2, 7-5.
LAGRANGE â€” Churubuscoâ€™s volleyball team fell to Prairie Heights Tuesday.
The Lady Panthers defeated the Lady Eagles in four games by scores of 20-25, 25-13, 25-20 and 25-20.
â€śWe came out strong, serving tough and passing well to take the first set,â€ť said Churubusco Volleyball Head Coach Trinda Goings.
Even though the Lady Eagles lost two narrow games in three and four, Goings said the team never quit.
â€ś(We) fell short, but battled with scrappy court play â€” never quitting,â€ť Goings said.
Offensively, Goings touted the efforts of Caylee Knafel and Shyenne Greve.
WINONA LAKE â€” With the girls golf sectional scheduled for Saturday at Stonehenge Golf and Country Club near in Winona Lake, the Whitko Lady Wildcatâ€™s and Warsaw played a match Tuesday afternoon on the same course.
The Lady Tigers shot a 164 to defeat Whitko, who carded a 236.
Whitko Girls Golf Head Coach Bryan Sprunger said, â€śThis was a good opportunity to become a little more familiar with the course here at Stonehenge before the sectional on Saturday.â€ť
For the season after the dual meet with Warsaw, Whitko now has a dual record of 7-15, according to Sprunger.
ALBION â€” It is sometimes hard to explain how a team can dominate an entire half and still come up short for the game.
That, unfortunately, is exactly what happened to the Whitko Wildcat boys soccer team Monday night.
The Wildcats took on the home standing Central Noble Cougars and, after a first half that ended in a 1-1 tie, Whitko played an aggressive second half, with several scoring opportunities that went just wide. However, a long Central Noble shot with less than two minutes left in the game sent the Wildcats to a 2-1 defeat.