Senior foursome named to All-NHC

   After an exit earlier than they expected, Columbia City girls’ basketball got some good news Monday to lift the spirits of four Lady Eagle seniors.
   The Northeast Hoosier Conference announced its all-conference teams for the 2010-11 season. Among them, Columbia City (12-10, 1-6) landed four starters within the various team selections.
   For first-year head coach Amy Shearer, it’s some comfort at the end of a 12-10 season.
   “It was quite an honor to get four of our kids recognized,” Shearer said Monday. “All the kids had a great work ethic and attitudes this year. They will all be missed next year.”
   For the fourth consecutive season, senior Sierra Burlage earned a spot on the first-team all-conference. Burlage’s 11.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game joins nine other players, voted by NHC coaches, to be among the best the conference has to offer.
   “She was our vocal leader all season,” Shearer noted. “She had great offensive presence in the post and rebound ability.”
   Homestead (21-2, 7-0) and Norwell (20-2, 6-1) both had three players in the first-team selections. The conference champion Lady Spartans tied with the Knights for most players selected overall with five.
   Homestead head coach Rod Parker was named coach of the year for his team’s perfect record within the conference.
   Fellow senior Kayla Dunn made the list for the third consecutive season. Dunn ends her career at Columbia City as one of three Lady Eagles averaging double figures (10.0 ppg) along with 3.2 assists and 3.1 steals.
   “With Kayla we’ll miss her ability to penetrate and be our defensive stopper,” Shearer said. “She always draws the opponents best player and tried to put the clamps on them, so to speak.”
   The Lady Eagles other forward in the paint was one of two Lady Eagles on the honorable mention list.   Corinna Raypole ranked second in points on the Columbia City roster with 10.2 and 5.5 rebounds per  game.
   Maddie Hinen also got on the list for honorable mention was the top three-pointer shooter for the Lady Eagles. Hinen averaged 6.7 points per game shooting 39.1 percent from three-point range.
   Columbia City tied for third most players receiving all-conference honors.