WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Area football teams are taking a final day of preparation before the season opens tomorrow night. Scrimmages last week were a gauge of the teamsâ€™ progress in the offseason, and the squads open with 7 p.m. games Friday. For previews of Whitley Countyâ€™s Fall Sports, see the insert in todayâ€™s newspaper.
The Columbia City Church of the Nazarene Alpha team won the Church League Softball championship recently. The squad finished the season with a 14-2 record. Pictured, front row, from left: Kyle Shew, Bo Sallee, Marissa Sallee, Carrie Dunn and Andrew Davison. Second row: Clayton Clifford, Travis Janssen, Maddy Minnick and Chuck Minnick. Back row: Josh Smith, Hunter Coyle, John Dunn, Todd Coyle and Jason Shoemaker. League games were played at First Church of God from May thru August.
Lady Eagle Morgan von Seggern flies down the field while being pursued by Antonia Holzmann during a match against the Manchester Squires Monday. The Lady Eagles triumphed against the Squiresâ€™ hard-fought defense, winning 3-2.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls golf team beat the weather and Bellmont Tuesday evening at Eagle Glen Golf Course. With thunderstorms making their way in and out of the area, coaches found a window of opportunity to squeeze in the match, and the Lady Eagles picked up their second Northeast Hoosier Conference win in two days by a score of 197-216.
WARSAW â€” Whitkoâ€™s volleyball team grabbed a 3-0 sweep in its opening match Tuesday night at Lakeland Christian Academy. The Lady Wildcats took a definitive, 25-11, win in game one, while playing more competitive second and third games, winning 25-22 and 25-21.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thunderstorms sparked the Eagles into a dominating win in their season opener Tuesday night against Central Noble, 6-1. After approximately 30 minutes of play, thunderstorms moved into the area, and the game was delayed until the coast was clear.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Lady Eagle volleyball team opened its 2014 campaign hosting the North Side Lady Redskins Tuesday night at the Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium. With the exception of some midgame inconsistencies, the latest version of the Lady Eagles established a good foundation for the coming campaign with a 25-20, 25-18, 25-12 three-game sweep of the visiting Lady Redskins.
On Sunday, Ackermanâ€™s team won the Morsches Park co-ed lob ball league championship in a double elimination series. Pictured, front row, from left: Coty West, Cody Ackerman, Dean Lott, Chelsey Lott, Taylor Lott. Back row: Tyler Hathaway, Paula Kemery, Dea Winebrenner, Baley Noragon, Freddie Hathaway and Sierra Rice. Not pictured: Tyler Noragon.
AUBURN â€” â€śThis is proof that every shot matters.â€ť Columbia City girls golf coach Andrew Thompson was excited about the Lady Eaglesâ€™ Northeast Hoosier Conference, tie-breaking win over DeKalb Monday night.
SYRACUSE â€” After a 100-stroke victory Thursday, Columbia Cityâ€™s girls golf team struggled through the Wawasee Invitational Saturday morning. Though placing fourth, the Lady Eaglesâ€™ individual and overall scores were much higher than Thursdayâ€™s 181 in 9 holes.