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Wrestlers take final prep for sectional

January 20, 2011

   For most teams, Saturday marks the end of the Indiana high school wrestling season. The regular season that is.
   Conference meets serve as the last big competition before the Jan. 29 sectional round.
   All three Whitley County wrestling squads head out looking for both team and individual conference glory.
   A young Columbia City squad continues its rebuilding year under first-year head coach Blain Culp. The Eagles travel to Carroll High School for the Northeast Hoosier Conference meet.

Lady Wildcats champions

January 20, 2011

The Whitko Middle School eighth grade girls’ basketball team captured a weekend championship at the Crestview Tourney Saturday. Front row, from left: Michelle Kelsey, Reghan Craig, Darby Maggard, Abby Smith. Back row: coach Jen Howard, Heather Bryan, Maddie Gawthrop, Aly Nicodemus, Aly Long (manager), April Bishop, Tressa Keim, coach Jennaca Juillerat. Post & Mail photo contributed

Col. City overcomes slow start, beats HN

January 19, 2011

   COLUMBIA CITY — Although Columbia City boys’ basketball team faced an uphill battle through the first three quarters against the Huntington North Vikings, they came out victorious at home Tuesday night 47-46.
   Huntington (6-7) came out firing with a three-point basket nearly every two minutes in the first quarter.
   “We talked about having a good start and we got the start we wanted,” Huntington head coach Joe Bradburn said.

Banged up ’Cats fall to Norsemen

January 19, 2011

   SOUTH WHITLEY — Wrestling is a difficult enough sport, with no timeouts, no substitutions, just two minutes of one-on-one conflict.
   Wrestling is a difficult enough sport without having to give an opponent free points due to forfeits. Tuesday night the Whitko Wildcats gave up four forfeits to the visiting Northfield Norsemen.
   To make the job even more difficult the Wildcats were without several regulars for the match. In the end, all the circumstances proved too much for the Wildcats as they fell by a 54-20 count.

Sylvester’s 29 not enough in ’Cats loss

January 19, 2011

   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.

Hall of Fame calls Zorger, Fields

January 17, 2011

   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.

NHC stumble, City rally cut short

January 17, 2011

   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.

Individual titles lead Eagles, Wildcats at Goshen

January 17, 2011

   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.

Spartans go wire-to-wire

January 15, 2011

   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.

Role player leads Whitko in TRC rout

January 15, 2011

   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.

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