January 24th, 2011
SPEICHERVILLE — For the first time in nine years the Three Rivers Conference wrestling tournament has a team champion that is not the Whitko Wildcats.
By the narrowest of margins the host Northfield Norsemen upended a short-handed Wildcat squad 209.5-202 to take the team title.
The Wildcats, haunted as they have been by injuries all year, were forced to forfeit three weight classes. Those forfeits allowed Northfield to outscore the Wildcats by 28.5 points in those divisions.
COLUMBIA CITY — The Donald S. Weeks gymnasium hosted a dogfight Saturday night between two Northeast Hoosier Conference foes.
The score was close throughout the entire game, but Columbia City (9-3, 3-1 NHC) was able to pick up a four-point lead in the final seconds leaving DeKalb (5-7, 1-3 NHC) behind 44-40.
With the score so low, the game proved to be a defensive battle. The Eagles held DeKalb to just eight points in the fourth quarter.
TOPEKA — After various dual matches, weekend tournaments and ranked opponents in his way, senior Braxton Siddons has yet to see a wrestler he hasn’t been able to beat.
Saturday, Siddons was one of three Churubusco Eagles to return from Westview High School with a North East Corner Conference title.
Along with a third-place team finish, Siddons took a unblemished 23-0 record into the day and came away with four more wins to add to his mark.
Columbia City 119 pounder Trey Hinen, left, suffered what five other Eagle wrestlers did at Saturday’s Northeast Hoosier Conference meet. While the hosting Carroll Chargers ended a 20-year team title streak by the Bellmont Braves, Columbia City finished in eight-place with six different Eagles tying for a team-best finish of sixth-place. Hinen fell in the fifth-place match against New Haven’s Justin Syndram, right.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Statistics truly can tell the story of a ball game, provided that you get the right set of statistics.
For example, through three quarters in Friday night’s Three Rivers Conference boys’ basketball match-up between the host Whitko Wildcats and the Northfield Norsemen, the visitors were shooting a blistering 63 percent from the field compared to 45 percent for the Wildcats.
CHURUBUSCO — The Churubusco Eagles proved they could fly higher than Hornets Friday night against Angola 59-47.
Though the Hornets are winless (0-10), they put up a fight against ’Busco — who didn’t pull away until the second half.
“It’s scary to play someone who hasn’t won,” Churubusco head coach Michael McBride said. “They want to get that win.
“They’ve played some really quality people.”
WATERLOO — It doesn’t seem like much — a 15-foot shot. No one to block the shot, just a shooter and the ball.
It might be known as the freebie in basketball but free throws weren’t a guarantee Friday night.
The foul line proved costly on the road for Columbia City girls’ basketball. Going 5-for-16 at Northeast Hoosier Conference foe DeKalb, the Lady Eagles went 0-for-6 in the fourth quarter opening the door for the Lady Barons.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Countyâ€™s Geographic Information System office in Columbia City is adding a feature designed to eliminate any doubt about where certain convicted felons can live.
Dan Weigold of the Whitley County GIS office made a report this week to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners about the latest feature in online information.
â€śWhitley County GIS Department has developed a new layer for its website,â€ť said Weigold. â€śItâ€™s called the offender layer.â€ť
County Attorney Dan Sigler joined the discussion to add additional explanation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Residents who want to pick up firewood from the city will be expected to sign a statement releasing Columbia City from liability if that wood happens to be ash.
The cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety discussed the townâ€™s ongoing ash removal project at its regular meeting Friday morning.
The city has begun a plan to cut down more than 200 ash trees around the city at a pace of about 50 trees per year.
The resulting work will produce firewood and city officials have agreed to make it available to city residents free of charge â€” with at least one condition.
Whitley County 4-H Inc. board met Tuesday evening, a week late due to last weekâ€™s snows, and were just able to get a quorum as the eighth board member arrived at 7:05 p.m.
Board president Bill Leeuw, handing out the new 2011 director assignments, stressed the need to get more people involved.
â€śI want to see committees,â€ť Leeuw said. â€śThis is a year round event ...weâ€™re (the board members) killing ourselves.â€ť
A call for volunteers was made again, asking for help not only in the concessions but in other ways. Anyone interested may contact a board member or the Extension Office at 244-7615.