September 8th, 2010
Robert A. Appleton, 79, of Wolf Lake, died at 11:06 a.m. Monday, Sept. 6, 2010 at his residence. Born Sept. 24, 1930 in Lake County, he was a son of Clark and Luella (Bothwell) Appleton.
He graduated from Merrillville High School with the Class of 1948. From 1953-1955 he served in the U.S. Army where he served in the Korean War.
On Nov. 9, 1957 he married Leila H. Wilson in Merrillville. In 1978 he moved with his family to Wolf Lake where he established the family farm, Appleton Farms, retiring in 1992. He was a member of Living Waters Lutheran Church in Wolf Lake.
Virginia M. Pepple, 93, a resident of Avilla and widow of Huber Pepple, passed away at 6:04 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.
Mrs. Pepple was born June 4, 1917 in Green Township in Noble County, a daughter of Martin and Anna (Bianski) Kostielney.
The surviving relatives include her daughter, Rosalie Curtland.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ege, with Father Danney Pinto, the celebrant.
Melvin G. Huber, 87, died at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, at Goshen General Hospital.
He was born March 9, 1923 to G. Fred and Sarah (Shidler) Huber in Goshen. On Nov. 21, 1942 he married Joann A. Detwiler at the First Brethren Church Parsonage, Goshen.
Thomas B. Parrish, 59, a resident of rural Fort Wayne in Eel River Township, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, at his residence.
Mr. Parrish was born in Fort Wayne Aug. 2, 1951, a son of Robert E. , Sr. and Sylvia M. (Shoopman) Parrish. He spent his formative years in Eel River Township and graduated from Carroll High School in 1970.
In 267 wins and nearly 20 seasons as a head coach, there has only been one place for Columbia City boys’ basketball coach Chris Benedict to call home.
“I was very comfortable for 11 years here,” Benedict said. “I had an opportunity to go do something different and took advantage of it but at the end of the day my family and I looked at our time here and said that it was home.”
When looking for the reasons that a coach is considered to be successful, it is easy to look at the obvious things like won-loss records.
Certainly the accomplishments of the Columbia City wrestling team under Randy Kearby in the past decade are enough to justify him being called a success.
Now those accomplishments plus the commitment he made to the betterment of his wrestlers as young men has earned him the title of Whitley County Coach of the Decade.
COLUMBIA CITY — Winning can be contagious but it can also be a curse. With success, breeds complacency for some teams with year after year being just as good as the next.
But for Columbia City boys’ tennis it’s a constant battle the Eagles know they’re fighting to stay atop of the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Eagles boys’ soccer team had trouble generating an offense against a quick DeKalb Baron squad, fighting a tight passing attack the first half and the wind during the second.
This combination kept the ball in the Columbia City half of the field for most of the game. The Barons got two scores in the second half to hand the Eagles a 2-0 Northeast Hoosier Conference loss Tuesday night at the Max Gandy Athletic Field.
Columbia City senior Madi Sjahfiedin bumps a ball over the net as teammate Hailey Woll (7) backs her up. The Lady Eagles hosted Manchester Tuesday night sweeping the Lady Squires in three games 25-23, 25-18, 25-22. Kalisha Goree and Maddie Hinen led in boths kills and digs. Goree had 10 kills and 18 digs while Hinen had eight kills and 16 digs. Sjahfiedin had three aces from the service line while Jenee Schneider led with 15 assists. Post & Mail photo / Mark Parker
BLUFFTON — It’s been a tough stretch for Columbia City girls’ golf.
After opening with an Northeast Hoosier Conference win, the Lady Eagles have struggled to find another win in the conference.
On Tuesday, City hoped to put that to rest at Timber Ridge with a dual match against Norwell.
Unfortunately, dual medalist for the Lady Knights ended those hopes in a Norwell victory 182-213.