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Richter wraps up at state

February 12, 2011

   INDIANAPOLIS — As just one of three freshmen in the 50-meter freestyle race at the Indiana high school state final’s opening day Friday, Lady Eagle Andrea Richter made her debut in 30th-place.
   Columbia City’s only sectional champion in girls’ swimming went into the event seeded 29th out of 32 swimmers.
   Richter swam to a time of 25.87 in the first of four qualifying heats. The top 16 swimmers moved on to today’s finals at the Indiana University Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.

Familiar exit: City bumped by NorthWood

February 12, 2011

   COLUMBIA CITY — We have all seen sporting events where a team digs a themselves a big hole to start the game only to come back with a furious rally to win at the end.
   Friday night’s class 3A sectional semifinal between the host Columbia City Lady Eagles and the NorthWood Lady Panthers was not that game.

City’s NHC hopes dashed at Carroll

February 11, 2011

   COLUMBIA CITY — A win Thursday night had higher stakes attached to it in boys’ basketball Northeast Hoosier Conference.
   In the final games of the conference schedule, Columbia City held on to hopes of a championship barring a little help.
   The Eagles controlled their destiny for, at worst, a second-place finish. A win locks it up.
   However, Columbia City’s chance at a NHC crown were dashed on the road Thursday by a senior-lead Carroll 47-40.

’Busco win keeps NECC hopes alive

February 11, 2011

   CHURUBUSCO — The host Churubusco boys’ basketball team used balanced scoring and a stingy high-pressure defense to run out to a 20-point lead at halftime en route to a 59-39 win over Northeast  Corner Conference foe Hamilton Thursday.
   The Eagles got 15 points each from senior Hunter Nicodemus and juniors Josh LeFever, and Tyler Arrowsmith. ’Busco forced 22 Hamilton turnovers for the game.

Menzie takes running talents to Huntington

February 11, 2011

Whitko senior Brian Menzie signed his letter of intent to join the track and field and cross country teams at Huntington University. Menzie was a state qualifier in cross country this season finishing 48th and collecting a sectional championship in the process. The Wildcats most experienced distance runner holds a school record in the 1600-meter event in track and field at 4:33.93 and is a two-time Three Rivers Conference champion in the event. Menzie will be majoring in ministry at Huntington University. Sitting with Menzie are parents Phil Menzie, left, and Debbie Menzie, right.

Etzler stepping down as AD, staying on as coach

February 10, 2011

   After Monday’s Smith Green Community School board meeting, Churubusco High School began the search for a new athletic director.
   Current AD Lee Etzler announced he will step down from the position effective at the end of the current school year.
   Etzler notes time with his family was the driving force behind his decision.

Final obstacle stands in way of nine wrestlers

February 10, 2011

   One final hurdle stands in the way of nine wrestlers from Whitley County. Saturday, the Indiana high school individual semistate tournament splits the contenders from the pretenders.
   Across 14 different weight classes, 224 wrestlers are vying for a top-four finish that will get them to Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the 73rd annual individual state finals tournament.
   The path for five Wildcats and four Eagles goes through the Woodlan semistate held at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Lady Eagles take rematch

February 10, 2011

   COLUMBIA CITY — The postseason got underway for Whitley County girls’ basketball teams Wednesday night with a rivalry rematch at the class 3A Columbia City sectional.
   A hot and cold night from the field, Columbia City got the better side of the shooting beating rival Whitko for the fourth consecutive time, 63-44. That leaves the Lady Eagles in a semifinal rematch from a season ago against two-time defending sectional champion NorthWood Friday night.

Same name, new face at state

February 9, 2011

   When the Indiana high school swimming state finals get underway Friday in the Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI the familiar Richter name will be back in the pool but with a new face.
   Four-time finalist Haley Richter had her time end as a Lady Eagle last season. Following up her big sister, Andrea Richter dove into this season as a freshman with high expectations set on her shoulders.

A day for Rob: Community backs Wildcat leader in tough time

February 8, 2011

   Back in November the plans were simple for Rob Irwin.
   As head coach, it was his only purpose to get the state ranked Whitko Wildcats to a sectional championship and possibly much more.
   Within the last two weeks, that purpose got benched and the focus was turned to another battle for Irwin — one that came off the court.
   Leukemia.

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