May 27th, 2011
FORT WAYNE — Churubusco senior Kyle Mathewson was hot at Friday night’s Wayne boys’ track and field regional.
Coming off the track with a hole in his shoe, Mathewson took a turn and burned down the last 100 meters of the 200-meter dash final to take second and earn his first state finals trip.
COLUMBIA CITY — Finally! After almost a week of rain delays, the Columbia City class 3A sectional softball tournament finally got underway Friday night at Morsches Park.
For the Columbia City Lady Eagles, it seemed like they stored up almost a week’s worth of runs as they downed the West Noble Lady Chargers in the opening game 18-1 in five innings.
AKRON — Whitko and Lakeland fought off the weather and traveled to Tippecanoe Valley High School for the first round of the class 3A baseball sectional Friday night.
The Wildcats played a perfect game with no errors, taking the Lakers out of the post-season with a 7-2 win.
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WHITLEY COUNTY â€” The Leatherneck Coffee Club â€” whose membership consists of those from Whitley County who served in the U.S. Marine Corps â€” decorated the graves of former club members with flags for Memorial Day, followed by a brief prayer and a salute this week.
Ron Egolf became a Marine after his older brother, Rodger, serving in Vietnam, was killed on Hill 55, 12 miles southwest of Da Nang. Rodger was 20 years old.
â€śI never knew him as a man,â€ť Egolf said Thursday at his brotherâ€™s grave in South Park cemetery in Columbia City. He was eight years younger than Rodger.
Belinda Sue (Bryant) Beiswanger, 55, of Kendallville went on to heaven from her home Thursday, May 26, 2011, after an eight month battle with cancer.
Mary Elizabeth Fletcher, 82, of Warsaw, died at 3:14 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011 at her residence.
She was born in Dixon, Ohio, Feb. 16, 1929 to Loyd and Virga (Zeigler) Anderson. She was married May 6, 1950 to George Marion Fletcher, who survives.
She was a resident of Warsaw for the past 10 years, moving from Columbia City. She was a homemaker and attended Trinity United Methodist Church of Warsaw and St. Matthews United Methodist Church of Columbia City.
Edward Arnold Hammons, 58, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:47 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne. Born Dec. 14, 1952 in Ossian, he was a son of Harold L. and Betty Jane (Spitler) Hammons.
A former resident of Fort Wayne where he graduated from North Side High School, he moved to Columbia City in 1972. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. On June 11, 1975 he married Cheryl Ann Brandom in Whitley County. He worked at Briggs Fertilizer Plant in the maintenance department.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Coming into his first head coaching job in girls’ basketball five seasons ago, Rob Bell didn’t see it ending like this — but the time was right.
The Lady Wildcats winningest coach in school history turned in his resignation Wednesday, pending board approval June 20.
Bell states in his resignation letter the program “has reached a crossroads, which many growing successful programs do.”
COLUMBIA CITY — Rain, rain going away.
That’s what all the players say.
And coaches, officials and fans for that matter.
Thursday became the fourth consecutive day, the Columbia City class 3A softball sectional has been under water thanks to Mother Nature’s soggy weather conditions.
Columbia City athletic director Geoff Penrod has run his far share of tournaments but this is a new one for him.