Olivia Shearer, daughter of Columbia City Girls Basketball Head Coach Amy Shearer and former Churubusco athlete Chad Shearer, was the sole local hoopster to advance to the Elks Hoop-Shoot Indiana State Finals. Shearer placed fourth in her age group (age 10-11) at New Castle.
WATERLOO â€” After suffering a one-point loss earlier this season to the Barons, the Columbia City boys basketball team exacted revenge Tuesday night in Waterloo, winning 47-40 and advancing to the sectional semi-finals Friday night.
The semi-final game against North Side is scheduled for 6 p.m. The Eagles took a 14-8 lead in the first quarter with Derek Hinen scoring all six of his points in the first eight minutes.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s standout performance in the post-season came to an end Friday at the swimming state finals in Indianapolis.
The Eagles broke six school records at sectionals and advanced to state in three events.
Senior Cole Smith participated in three events in Indianapolis, the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Smith broke his own school record, set at sectionals, in the 50 free with a time of 21.76.
Smith was seeded 28th going into the meet and improved to finish 19th.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The seniors â€” along with the rest of the Columbia City basketball team â€” are heading into the tourney having finished their regular season with a win.
The Eagles beat the visiting Fort Wayne Concordia 64-55 on senior night, the final regular season contest of the season for the twelfth graders.
â€śThose guys are all amazing,â€ť said junior Derek Hinen. â€śWe have a special bond with each one of those guys; in a system like Columbia Cityâ€™s I think you get to know each other better than a lot of other systemâ€™s in the state.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys basketball team defeated Wayne in South Whitley Friday night, 65-63.
Logan Irwin scored 36 points for the Wildcats, adding to his already 2,000 plus career points.
Irwin started the game off with Whitkoâ€™s first seven points to take the Wildcatsâ€™ first lead, 7-5, with 5:12 left in the first quarter. Jordan Sims hit one of his two 3-pointers with three minutes left in the quarter and Alex Stoddard chipped in seven in the stanza.