SOFTBALL

Whitko 9, Columbia City 4

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitko’s defense prevailed in the Lady Wildcats’ win over county-rival Columbia City April 13.

The Lady Wildcats held Columbia City scoreless through the first two innings, only allowing two runs in the third before shutting down the Lady Eagles in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Columbia City scored two runs in the seventh to make the final score 9-4.

“It was a great game and a great team effort,” said Whitko head coach Michelle Garr.

Ellie Snep got the win on the mound and hit two singles for the Lady Wildcats.

Whitko’s Lexi Hall was on fire with four singles. Emmy Duggins hit two singles and a triple, Anna Ousley tallied two singles, Shi Bradley had a sacrifice bunt, Madison Smith hit a single and Augusta Garr hit a single and had a sacrifice bunt.

Anna Weigold pitched for Columbia City. The Lady Eagles were led at bat by Ciarra Ivy with a home run, and Delaney Stahl hit a double.

Whitko tallied 13 hits to Columbia City’s 10, and Columbia City had four errors to Whitko’s two.

Columbia City 14, Wawasee 1

SYRACUSE — Columbia City’s softball team took a blow-out win at Wawasee April 10, 14-1, racking up 16 hits.

Anna Weigold was the winning pitcher for Columbia City, taking the mound in all five innings. Ciarra Ivy and Felicity Clawson each hit home runs for the Lady Eagles. Clawson, Allison Conrad and Anna Weigold each recorded doubles.

The Eagles’ defense played “extremely” well, according to head coach Dan Weigold, commenting on the team’s error-less game.

Hayley Urban scored three runs, Ivy scored twice with two RBIs. Brayden Lickey scored a run, Bella Ross scored twice with two hits and an RBI. Weigold tallied three hits and four RBIs. Clawson also recorded four RBIs. Brooke Ebersole scored one run, and Allison Conrad went 3 for 4 with two singles and a double.

“We played a solid game both offensively and defensively,” coach Weigold said. “The best part of this team is that everybody is contributing in some way to help us succeed.”

Whitko 12, West Noble 1

LIGONIER — Whitko’s softball team downed West Noble April 11, 12-1.

The game was scoreless in the first inning, but Whitko quickly started its scoring barrage, adding two runs in the second inning, two in the third, four in the fourth and three in the seventh inning. It wasn’t until the bottom of the seventh that Whitko scored its run.

Whitko tallied 17 hits to the Lady Chargers’ six.

Ellie Snep took the win on the mound with 11 strikeouts. Reannon Hopkins hit a single, double and triple with three RBIs. Anna Ousley hit two singles with two RBIs. Lexi Hall hit a single, and Shi Bradley hit an in-the-park home run, as well as a single and two RBIs. Augusta Garr hit a single and triple, Harley Bradley hit a single and Madison Smith hit a single.

“It was a good team effort,” said head coach Michelle Garr.

Columbia City 10, Marion 0

COLUMBIA CITY — The Lady Eagles’ softball team took a shut-out win over Marion April 9, 10-0, in five innings.

Columbia City scored four runs in the first inning, and two runs each in the second, third and fourth innings to bring-on the 10-run rule.

Brooke Ebersole was the team’s winning pitcher, throwing four shutout innings, only giving up two hits and recording three strike-outs with two walks. Anna Weigold finished the last inning, facing three batters.

“We played a solid five innings defensively and came through with some timely hits in very cold conditions,” head coach Dan Weigold said.

NorthWood 4, Whitko 3

NAPPANEE — Whitko’s softball team lost a close game at NorthWood, 4-3, on April 10.

Augusta Garr, in her first high school start as pitcher, along with Ellie Snep, led the team on the mound in the 10-inning loss. Reannon Hopkins hit a single and a double with an RBI. Anna Ousley hit a single, Lexi Hall hit a single, Emmy Duggins hit a single, Ellie Snep hit a single, Madison smith hit a double and Garr hit a single with two RBIs.

Columbia City 7, Garrett 2

COLUMBIA CITY — After a slow start, Columbia City’s softball team had a strong sixth inning to beat Garrett April 11, 7-2.

“We struggled in the first four innings defensively and offensively before regrouping and finishing strong,” said Columbia City head coach Dan Weigold.

The Lady Eagles led 2-1 after the first inning, but struggled to score through the next four innings. Meanwhile, Garrett tied the score with a run in the fourth frame.

In the sixth inning, Columbia City rallied to score five runs and win the game, 7-2.

Brooke Ebersole was the winning pitcher for Columbia City. Scoring for the Lady Eagles were Haley Urban (two runs), Ciarra Ivy, Brayden Lickey, Felicity Clawson, Allison Conrad and Delaney Stahl.

Fairfield 7, Churubusco 1

GOSHEN — Churubusco’s softball team lost at Fairfield April 10, 7-1.

The Falcons took a 4-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, taking a 5-0 advantage going into the sixth frame.

Churubusco got on the scoreboard in the sixth, with Mariah Hosted scoring on a hit by Madison Simmons, but Fairfield scored two more runs to make the final score 7-1.

Simmons had two hits, as well as Abigail Erwin. Amanda Erwin added a hit and Brianna Baughman had a hit as well.

Kara Williams and Bri Brice each pitched three innings.

Churubusco 4, Manchester 3

NORTH MANCHESTER — Churubusco’s softball team beat Manchester in a close game April 11, 4-3.

The Lady Eagles took a 2-0 lead through the fourth quarter, when Manchester scored a run. Churubusco answered by scoring in the top of the fifth. The Lady Squires attempted to rally in the sixth, scoring two runs, but were unable to overcome Churubusco’s defense.

Scoring runs for Churubusco were Kurstin Clark, Darian Manth, Abigail Erwin and Brianna Baughman.

Erwin, Madison Simmons and Amanda Erwin each had an RBI.

Abigail Erwin led the team in hits with two. Manth, Simmons, Amanda Erwin and Katy Krider all had one hit apiece.

Kara Williams pitched all seven innings with five strikeouts and one walk.

Garrett 5, Churubusco 1

GARRETT — Churubusco’s softball team lost its third game in three days. The Lady Eagles hosted Northeast Corner Conference foe Garrett, losing 5-1.

Both teams scored all of their runs in the first inning, with Churubusco taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and Garrett retaliating to take a 5-1 lead in the first frame.

Neither team scored in the rest of the game.

Churubusco had five hits compared to Garrett’s four. The Lady Eagles tallied three errors to the Lady Railroaders’ one.

Brianna Baughman scored Churubusco’s lone run. Baughman also led the team in hits with two. Other players earning hits were Katy Krider, Hayley Morgan and Mariah Hosted.

Kara Williams pitched four innings, earning one strikeout, and Bri Brice pitched two frames, earning two strikeouts.

Concordia 9, Churubusco 4

FORT WAYNE — Churubusco continued last week’s road-game tour of northeast Indiana on Friday, traveling to Fort Wayne to face Concordia Lutheran, falling 9-1.

Concordia scored four runs in the first inning, four in the second and its last run in the third.

Churubusco scored one run in the first inning, and one in the fourth, fifth and seventh frames.

Churubusco had seven hits compared to none for Concordia, but the Lady Eagles recorded four errors.

Madison Simmons led the team in RBIs with two. Melanie Geiger and Abigail Erwin also had an RBI.

Scoring for Churubusco was Simmons, Erwin, Brianna Baughman and Mariah Hosted.

Baughman and Erwin each tallied two hits. Recording one hit were Hosted, Geiger and Darian Manth.

Kara Williams pitched four innings with one strikeout, and Bri Brice pitched two innings.

 

BASEBALL

Whitko 3, Lakewood Park Christian 2

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s baseball team defeated Lakewood Park Christian in a close game, 3-2,

on April 12.

The game was scoreless in the first two innings. Whitko got on the scoreboard first, picking up two third-inning runs. Lakewood Park responded with a pair of runs in the fourth, but Whitko scored one last run in the fifth to take the win.

River West was the winning pitcher for the Wildcats, throwing a complete game and only allowing two runs on four hits while striking out eight batters.

Offensively for the Wildcats, Auston Hollowell, Kyle Knutson and Evan Wilson all had hits. Spencer Sroufe had the go-ahead sacrifice-fly in the bottom of the fifth to put the Wildcats ahead for good. The win brought Whitko’s record to 1-2 on the season.

Churubusco 9, Canturbury 4

FORT WAYNE — Churubusco’s baseball team used a fifth-inning rally to beat Fort Wayne Canterbury April 11, 9-4.

The Eagles trailed 3-0 after the first four innings, but Churubusco got on the scoreboard in the fifth, tallying four runs. The Eagles scored another five runs in the seventh to take a 9-3 lead. Canterbury scored one run in the last inning to make the score 9-4.

Churubusco had nine hits to Canterbury’s 7.

Parker Curry led the game in hits with three. Dalton Blessing and Issac Smith each tallied two RBIs.

Smith pitched five innings with six first-pitch strikes and two strikeouts.

Churubusco 8, Garrett 7

GARRETT — Churubusco’s baseball team rallied in the seventh inning to beat Northeast Corner Conference foe Garrett April 12, 8-7.

Churubusco took a 2-0 lead through the bottom of the second, when Garrett got on the scoreboard with a run. The Eagles scored three more unanswered runs to make the score 5-1, but the Railroaders fought back.

Garrett outscored Churubusco 6-1 from the bottom of the fourth through the sixth inning, taking a 7-6 lead, but the lead wouldn’t last long, as the Eagles scored two runs in the top of the seventh to take the 8-7 win.

Parker Curry and Dalton Blessing led the team in runs with two piece. Other scorers were Parker Stultz, Colton Anderson, Jake Fulk and Brendon Hilkey.

Hilkey led the team in RBIs with four, and Blessing added an RBI of his own.

Recording hits for Churubusco were: Anderson (2), Curry (2), Hilkey (2), Blake Trostel (1), Blessing (1), Fulk (1) and Issac Smith (1).

Curry earned the win, pitching three innings with three strikeouts. Trostel pitched four innings.

Warsaw 14, Columbia City 12

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s baseball team lost a high-scoring game to Warsaw April 13, 14-12.

Warsaw jumped out to an early 8-0 lead after two innings, but the Eagles didn’t back down, scoring seven runs in the third frame to nearly even the score.

The teams traded runs in the fourth inning. Warsaw scored three runs in the fifth and another in the sixth, giving the Eagles a five-run hill to climb in its last two at-bats.

The Eagles scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but were unable to catch the Tigers, falling 14-12.

Zach Lonsbury and Tanner Clark each had three runs, and Austin Heiden tallied two runs. Jordan Lee led the team in RBIs with two.

Wawasee 8, Columbia City 6

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s baseball team lost a close home game to Wawasee, 8-6, after the Warriors ran away with the game in the fifth inning.

Columbia City had a 4-0 lead going into the fifth frame, but the Warriors scored eight runs in the fifth to take the lead, 8-4, and never look back. The Eagles scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit.

Tanner Clark scored two runs for Columbia City. Cam Harris and Bryce Martin each recorded two RBIs.

Columbia City tallied six hits to Wawasee’s nine.

Wayne 2, Columbia City 1

FORT WAYNE — Columbia City’s baseball team lost a close game to Wayne High School April 9, 2-1.

Wayne scored one run in the first inning and another in the second. The 2-0 score held until the fifth frame, when Columbia City’s Cam Harris scored. Neither team scored in the final two innings, making the score 2-1.

Wawasee 20, Columbia City JV 0

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s junior varsity squad lost a difficult game to Wawasee April 11, 20-0. The Warriors scored four runs in the first inning, 12 in the second, three in the fourth and another in the fifth. The Eagles recorded seven errors.

Snider 12, Columbia City JV 7

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s junior varsity team took a 7-2 lead in the first inning, but was unable to hold it for seven innings, as Snider rallied to beat the Eagles 12-7 on April 9.

Columbia City led 7-2 after the first frame, but Snider battled to take the lead back, scoring 10 unanswered runs in the remaining innings.

 

TENNIS

Whitko 4, Maconaquah 1

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s tennis team topped Maconaquah April 11, 4-1.

The Lady Wildcats claimed their first conference victory in a fierce battle, with three of the five varsity matches being decided in three sets.

Senior Jackie Werstler won 6-1, 7-5. Junior Kayla Schipper won No. 3 singles 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.

The No. 1 doubles duo of Janna VanCuren and Mahkinsey Myers won 1-6, 6-4, 6-3; and the No. 2 doubles duo of sophomores Katherine Ousley and Izzy Rayner won in a long match, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

On the junior varsity side, junior Lilly Owsley was victorious at No. 2 singles, 8-2, and freshman Maddie Eloph won her match at No. 3 singles, 8-2.

Warsaw 4, Columbia City 1

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s girls tennis team fell to a competitive Warsaw squad April 12, 4-1.

The No. 1 doubles team of Jayma Acres and Hannah Behm won a three-set match, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2, to score the Lady Eagles’ lone point.

In No. 2 doubles, Halie Cearbaugh and Bailee Yount fell 6-0, 6-1. Grace Cotter lost in No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-1. Olivia Campbell fell 6-1, 6-0 in No. 2 doubles, and Lydia Morgan lost in No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-0.

In junior varsity action, Kelci Gilbert and Sam Barcus lost 8-1. Erin Wight and Taylor Tinsley dropped an 8-1 match. Isabelle Kreienbrink fell 8-0 and Grace Newton lost 8-0. Addie Bishop fell by an 8-3 score. In exhibition play, Grace Martinez and Payton Hull fell 8-3. Isabelle Hatfield and Callee Banuelos lost 8-0, and Olivia Wegner and Courtney Weigel fell 8-0.

West Noble 4, Whitko 1

LIGONIER — Whitko’s tennis team lost to West Noble in its season opener in Ligonier April 9, 4-1.

Winning for the Wildcats was Kayla Schipper at No. 3 singles, who defeated Zarelia Guzman, 6-1, 6-1. In the junior varsity match, Lilly Owsley beat Nicole Byers, 8-3.

Northfield 3, Whitko 2

WABASH — Whitko’s girls tennis team fell in a close, windy match at Northfield, 3-2. Winning for the Lady Wildcats were senior Jackie Werstler at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-0, and junior Kayla Schipper at No. 3 singles, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

In junior varsity action, senior Blair Creamer won at No. 1 singles, 8-6.

Manchester 4, Columbia City 1

NORTH MANCHESTER — Columbia City’s girls tennis team fell to Manchester April 11, 4-1.

The No. 1 doubles team of Hannah Behm and Jayma Acres picked up the team’s lone point, winning in a three-set match by a score of 0-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Halie Cearbaugh and Baylie Yount fell 6-0, 6-3 in No. 2 doubles. Olivia Campbell lost 6-0, 6-2 in No. 1 singles, Grace Cotter lost 6-1, 6-1 in No. 2 doubles, and Lydia Morgan fell 6-4, 6-3 in No. 3 singles.

In junior varsity action, Isabelle Kreienbrink fell 8-3, Grace Newton lost 8-1, Sam Barcus dropped an 8-3 match, and the doubles team of Addie Bishop and Kelsey Gilbert fell 8-3.

Erin Wight and Taylor Tinsley won their junior varsity doubles match, 8-6.

 

GOLF

Indian Springs 170, Wawasee 226

COLUMBIA CITY — The Indian Springs Middle School boys golf team started the season with a convincing win over Wawasee at Eagle Glen Golf Course in a frigid match April 10, 170-226.

The team total score of 170 was the best team score of any team coached by Mark Green in his three years at ISMS.

“The guys really played well in some pretty cold and windy conditions,” Green said. “We have a very talented team again this year, so I am excited to see how they improve as the season goes on.”

Eighth grader Sam Bledsoe led the Eagle Stars as medalist with a score of 40. Following him was seventh grader Andrew Hedrick with a 41 and sixth grader Kam Hoag with a 44.

Other scores in the top five were Alex Hedrick with a 45 and Brendan Cook with a 46.

The ISMS junior varsity team played well and showed signs of improvement from last season. Leading the Eagle Stars was Sawyer Bales with a score of 53, Tobey Krider shot a 56, Sam Eberly scored a 56, Jacob Reiff finished with a 57 and Taelor Robinson scored 68.

Columbia City 170, Norwell 198

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s boys golf team is on a roll, opening the season with back-to-back wins, including a win in the Northeast 8 opener against Norwell, 170-198.

“It was good to get that first NE8 win tonight and we got some decent weather to play in as well,” said head coach Andrew Thompson. “We’re still a little off out the gate here as a team, but we have had a couple solid individual rounds.”

The Eagles were led by Zach Harker with a 40, Lawson Hahn with a 42 and Nick Decker with a 43. Other Columbia City scores include Spencer McCammon with a 45 and Wyatt Krider with a 49.

“We will keep working and the lower scores will come for the team,” Thompson said.

In junior varsity action, the Eagles beat Norwell 204-239. Columbia City was led by Evan Hochstetler with a 48 and Logan Campbell with a 49. Other scores include Tyler Barnhart (53), Cameron Hall (54), Nick Hull (55), Telly Varga (64), Michael Johnson (69) and Cameron Smith (69).

Whitko 186, Southwood 194

NORTH MANCHESTER — Whitko’s golf team beat Southwood April 12, 186-194.

Cade Bechtold led the team with a 42, followed by Dale Reiff, who finished with a 45. Kaleb Busz had 48 shots, Jonathan Strayer finished with a 51, Kylar Brant scored a 60 and Storm Baldridge had a 71.

 

TRACK

Whitko hosts North Miami, Tippy Valley

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s boys track team hosted Tippecanoe Valley and North Miami April 10, beating both Three Rivers Conference foes. Whitko scored 92 points, Tippecanoe Valley finished with 44 points and North Miami had 26 points.

The girls split the meet. Tippecanoe Valley won with a score of 64, Whitko scored 48 and North Miami finished with 37 points.

Lady Wildcats fall to Rochester

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s girls track team fell to Rochester April 12, 86-35.

Highlights for Whitko include B. Keirn winning both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. C. Beck won the shot put. C. Cripe placed second in the 100-meter dash, Lauren Hollenbaugh came in second in long jump, H. Hathaway finished second in the 800-meter run and Foutz placed second in the two-mile run.

Whitko girls split TRC opponents

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s girls track team split a three-way meet with Tippecanoe Valley and North Miami April 10. Tippy Valley won the meet with 64 points, Whitko placed second with 48 and North Miami came in third with 37 points.

B. Keirn won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. C. Cripe placed second behind Kerin in the 100. Lauren Hollenbaugh finished second in long jump, A. Weeks took second in the 400-meter run and C. Beck placed second in shot put.

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