September 5th, 2010
SYRACUSE — For Columbia City boys’ tennis Labor Day weekend has been good to them.
Coming off a title at the Wawasee Invitational last season, the Eagles were back in Syracuse to defend that crown Saturday.
After edging out an undefeated Fairfield squad 3-2 in the finals, Columbia City took home its third championship trophy in four seasons.
COLUMBIA CITY — The excitement is back in the air at Columbia City on Friday night and it’s just the start.
Three games into the 2010 regular season, the Eagles are in the midst of their best start in more than a decade. Not since 1997 has a team at Columbia City started the season 3-0.
That was until Friday night.
SOUTH WHITLEY — When the game clock rolled over to 7:00, it became three of a kind for Whitko as they scored the game tying touchdown that made the score 7-7 in the fourth quarter against visiting Southwood.
The magic number sevens kicked off the Wildcats luck on Friday night, leading them to a 17-14 double overtime win.
CHURUBUSCO — Friday night’s Northeast Corner Conference football match-up between the Churubusco Eagles and the Prairie Heights Panthers was clearly a case of the “haves” versus the “have nots”.
Churubusco entered the contest “having” scored 90 points in its first two games, and “having” only given up seven points in the same two contests.
A plan from Whitko Community Schools to have a referendum on the ballot this fall for a tax levy increase is still a go, but the district will only increase the tax rate if there is a shortfall in funding from the state.
After news that the district will get $347,000 in federal education stimulus funding for the next school year, the district will likely not need to do an increase in its tax rate until at least 2012.
A Whitley County native was one of three people murdered Aug. 26 in Suwannee County, Fla., in what police believe was a home invasion robbery.
Sixty-eight-year-old Nancy Militello was found dead in her home along with her husband, Joseph Militello Jr., 57, and their 32-year-old nephew, Angelo Rosales.
The three were found face-down and side-by-side in the living room of the home, all shot in the back of the head, according to police statements to the “Suwanee Democrat.”
MANCHESTER — Coming off their first loss in the Northeast Hoosier Conference Tuesday, the Eagles soccer team looked to bounce back on the road at Manchester.
Thursday, Columbia City prevented a losing streak and got back to winning shutting out the Squires 4-0.
As visitors, the Eagles didn’t take long to gain a sizable lead scoring three goals in the first half.
Sophomore Sam Wight broke a scoreless game on an assist from Grant Wood to put Columbia City up 1-0.
FORT WAYNE — Just as Eagles fly in a flock, the Columbia City cross country team flew in a pack Thursday at the Wayne Invitational.
The boys’ team ran in a tight pack placing five Eagles in the top 10.
Finishing within 30 seconds of one another, Brendon Zoltek led the pack in third while the rest followed: Evan Harney fifth, Adam Bernhard sixth, Trevor Maggart seventh, David Potter 10th.
COLUMBIA CITY — There are times when you can take something positive out of a loss. That was the case Thursday night when the Columbia City Lady Eagle volleyball team played host to the highly regarded Concordia Cadets.
The Lady Eagles played a solid game sticking with the Cadets in each game before falling in three sets 21-25, 19-25, 21-25 at the Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium.
In game one the Lady Eagles matched the Cadets point for point in the early going.
Whitley County voter registration clerk Debbie Beers says online registration through the stateâ€™s new online service has been slow locally.
â€śI usually get a couple a day,â€ť Beers said.
Since the service became available July 1, Beers estimated about 50 Whitley County voters have registered for this fallâ€™s general election.
â€śI think maybe people just arenâ€™t aware that itâ€™s available,â€ť Beers said of the service.