SYRACUSE — The hoops were good to one Lady Wildcat Tuesday night but for the Whitko girls’ basketball team it wasn’t good enough for a victory.
As the Lady Wildcats hit the road to Syracuse, junior point guard Micaela Sylvester came away with a career night. Unfortunately, a 29-point scoring game for Sylvester came as Wawasee edged Whitko 68-67.
The Wildcats biggest problem was Kilee Knafel. The sophomore guard lit Whitko (8-9) up for 37 points over four quarters of play.
Two of Whitley County’s very own have been honored in the most recent list of spots in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Both Jenny (Eckert) Zorger and Fred Fields hailed from Huntington North High School and it’s as Vikings that put them among the best Indiana has in the basketball world.
A senior in 1986, Zorger took her team to a sectional title and 25 years later was named to the 2011 Women’s Silver Anniversary Team.
COLUMBIA CITY — While everyone in the stands was helping fight the same battle against cancer, Columbia City and Homestead girls’ basketball teams were in the midst of a contest that had the potential to shake up the Northeast Hoosier Conference standings.
Despite a poor shooting night, a Lady Spartans team, perfect in the conference, remained unblemished. A late rally from Columbia City fell just a basket short in the closing minute as Homestead held on 54-50.
GOSHEN — For 10 of the past 11 years, the winner of the Goshen Invitational wrestling tournament has hailed from Whitley County, with Columbia City ripping off a string of nine straight titles and Whitko following them with a win in 2009 before the host Goshen Redskins broke the string last year.
Both Whitko and Columbia City traveled to Goshen on Saturday with the intention of reclaiming the title.
FORT WAYNE — A three-team tie just became two for first-place in Northeast Hoosier Conference.
Two undefeated teams in the NHC came together Friday night with a top heavy senior Homestead (8-4, 3-0 NHC) hosting a young Columbia City (7-3, 2-1 NHC) squad.
The experience paid off for the Spartans taking an early first quarter lead and grabbing a wire-to-wire win 62-48.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Contrary to the rest of the season, where Logan Irwin and Zac VanDeWater lead Whitko’s scoring, the Wildcats counted on senior Max Elder’s season-high 20 points to runaway with a 70-48 win against Southwood Friday night.
Southwood held the score close in the first quarter, only trailing by one, 14-13, at the end of the first eight minutes.
But Whitko turned on their high pressure defense, forcing turnovers and allowing for quick scoring.
SYRACUSE — Thursday night proved a couple of things about Columbia City girls’ basketball. The Lady Eagles can win and win on the road against sectional competition.
Both become increasingly important as the regular season enters its last three weeks of play.
A 48-37 win at Wawasee (10-3) only solidified that for Columbia City head coach Amy Shearer.
SOUTH WHITLEY — After a four-game winning streak came to an end Saturday to Rochester, the Whitko (7-7) girls’ basketball team had another tough task ahead Thursday.
The top of the Northeast Hoosier Conference came into South Whitley. State-ranked Norwell (13-1) came in as the third best team in class 3A and showed it against the Lady Wildcats 71-49.
Four Lady Knights went into the night averaging seven points or more.
LAGRANGE — High hopes turned to an early exit for Churubusco basketball teams Wednesday night.
A night after having the opening round postponed, ’Busco squads took the court at Prairie Heights for the first of what it hoped was four games and a championship in the North East Corner Conference tournament.
That didn’t happen as the Lady Eagles (3-11) opened the girl-boy doubleheader with a 47-32 loss to the Lady Panthers (7-7).
WATERLOO — When coaches find their team in the midst of a difficult season, they begin to look for little signs of improvement. They begin to set the more basic goals in order to move the team closer to the larger goal of overall success.
With six varsity wrestlers out of the lineup due to injury or match limits, the Columbia City wrestling team traveled to Northeast Hoosier Conference rival DeKalb Wednesday to face the Barons.