NEW HAVEN — Columbia City’s boys track team took a dominating win over seven other schools in the New Haven Bulldog Invitational on Saturday, scoring 125 points to second-place Norwell’s 81.
The Eagles garnered 12 first- and second-place finishes. Thrower Liam Hesting won two events, the shot put with a throw of 50 feet, and the discus with a throw of 156 feet, 5 inches.
Alex Scharpenberg took a convincing win in the high jump, clearing 6-foot-5 — five inches higher than his nearest opponent.
Jacob Wigent and Cole Meyer swept the 110-meter hurdles, placing first and second, respectively, and Doug Hill won the 100-meter dash.
Jon O’Dell and Jacob Ianucilli got fourth and fifth in the long jump, respectively, and Garrett Geiger finished fourth in pole vault.
The Eagles scored many points from its performances in the relays. The 6,400-meter, 440-meter shuttle hurdle, and distance medley relay teams took first place.
The 1,600-sprint and 800-meter relay teams got second.
The girls squad finished fifth overall. Felicity Clawson took second in shot put, Sarah Pepple finished second in the 100-meter hurdles, Megan Oilar came in fourth in high jump, and Mariah Schaefer finished sixth in pole vault and fifth in the 100-meter dash.
The girls relay teams won the sprint medley and placed second in the distance medley.
CC softball wins big over Garrett, Wawasee, Marion
GARRETT — Columbia City’s softball team is off to an explosive start, winning big over Garrett, Wawasee and Marion last week.
Columbia City’s softball team finished strong at Garrett last week, scoring an impressive six runs in the seventh inning to come away with a 12-2 victory.
The Eagles led 3-0 through the fourth inning, when the Railroaders got on the scoreboard with two runs, however, Columbia City tacked on nine more runs to end the game in six innings.
Natalie Haselby led the team on the mound, only giving up three hits and no earned runs over six innings, striking out 10 and walking one.
Bella Ross recorded two home runs on the night, one in the fifth and another in the sixth.
The team had 19 hits on the night, led by Gawthrop Natalee Gawthrop who went 4 for 4 at the plate.
The Eagles had another blow-out win over Wawasee earlier in the week, 13-0 in a five-inning game.
Felicity Clawson drove in four runs, going 3-for-3 from the plate, including two home runs.
Brooke Ebersole led Columbia City to the win from the pitcher’s circle, allowing no runs and one hit in three innings.
Against Marion, Columbia City led 5-0 before the Giants scored their only two runs in the third. The Eagles went on to score 12 more runs through the seventh frame.
Brayden Lickey had the hot hand, tallying four hits. Ebersole picked up the win on the mound, giving up two runs on six hits, striking out one and walking one.
Jada Conrad and Ross each had homers in the game.
CC softball beats county rival
SOUTH WHITLEY — Columbia City’s softball team earned a 4-2 victory at Whitko last week.
The game got off to a slow start, with only one run in the first two innings, then Whitko took a 2-1 lead in the third — a lead that held through the top of the sixth when Columbia City tied the score, sending the game to extra innings.
Columbia City ended the game with two runs in the ninth, despite being out-hit 8-7 by Whitko.
Columbia City’s Hayley Urban and Whitko’s Emmalee Duggins each had three hits. Urban also added two RBIs.
Ellie Snep struck out eight and pitched all nine innings.
Whitko baseball downs Lakewood Park Christian
SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s baseball team picked up a 14-4 win on April 11, faring well in the second and fourth innings, scoring five and six runs, respectively, to lead the Wildcats to the win.
Pitcher Evan Wilson had 10 strikeouts and two hits. Pryce Rhoades also had two hits and two RBIs. Mason Lehman had three RBIs with his triple, and Zack Neer added three RBIs of his own.
Whitko baseball falls to Heritage
SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s baseball team took a pair of difficult losses to Heritage on April 13, 18-0, and 19-0. The five inning game one came to a close with an impressive 10-run run by Heritage, which also scored a run in the first and third innings and three apiece in the second and fourth. Whitko managed three hits and committed eight errors. Collecting hits were Evan Wilson, Aiden Hoffman and Zak Neer.
Game two ended similarly, with the visitors scoring 10 runs in the fifth, again.
Eagles drop early season games
COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s baseball team fell to Wawasee, Warsaw and Wayne last week.
The Eagles lost their 4-2 lead against Warsaw when the Tigers went on a 7-0 run in the fourth and fifth frames. Columbia City scored two runs in the top of the sixth, but Warsaw added six more to come away with the win.
Dalton Bell added two hits and Tanner Clark had two RBIs. Zach Platt led the game in strikeouts with four, pitching 4.2 innings.
The Eagles’ game against Wawasee ended similarly, as the teams were tied 1-1 through the fourth inning, and Columbia City tied the score at 2 at the top of the fifth before the Warriors scored eight unanswered runs to end the game at 10-2.
Jordan Lee struck out six in his 5.2 innings pitched.
The boys lost a close game to Wayne High School on April 8, 6-3.
After the game was scoreless for the first two frames, Wayne got on the board with three runs in the top of the third and Columbia City scored two in the bottom of the innings. Wayne scored three unanswered runs through the fourth and fifth innings. Columbia City scored the last run of the game in the sixth, but fell three runs short.
Clark pitched six innings and struck out 10 batters.
Whitko tennis finishes second at South Side Invite
FORT WAYNE — Whitko’s tennis squad finished second at the South Side Invitational on Saturday. Kayla Schipper finished the day in third place, Mahkinsey Meyers fell in the championship round in No. 2 singles to place second. In No. 3 singles, Katherine Ousley finished in third.
In doubles action, Kylie Fugett and Francesca Taddei finished second. In No. 2 doubles, Abigail Metz’s and Ainsley Conner’s day ended early due to an ankle sprain.
The Wildcats lost a close opener to Northfield, 3-2. Schipper won her No. 1 singles match, and Meyers fell in No. 2 singles. Ousley overcame a slow start to pick up a win in No. 3 singles, and both doubles teams lost.
Whitko boys track beats Rochester
ROCHESTER — Whitko’s boys track team won 79-53 over Rochester on a blustery evening. Isaiah Pierce led the way with three wins in the long jump and both hurdle races. Other winners were Zach Gardner in the pole vault, Matt Farner in the shot put, Gage Howard in the discus, Ashton Schuh in the 400-meter dash, a first place tie in the high jump between Zack Freel and Clayton Ebbinghouse, Sean Blaine in the 100 dash, and the 1,600 relay team of Zack Freel, Ashton Schuh, Isaiah Pierce and Clayton Ebbinghouse.
Whitko girls track falls to Rochester
ROCHESTER — Whitko’s girls track team fell three points short of a win at Rochester last week, 64-61.
The following athletes placed first: Hailee Bennett in shot put, Lauren Hollenbaugh in high jump and long jump, Melaina Fugate in the 100-meter dash, Lily Spurlin in the 1,600-meter run, Joradn Courter in the 400-meter dash and the 3,200-meter relay team of Reese Bradford, Lilly Spurlin, May Norman and Courter.
The girls finished in the middle of a three-way meet earlier in the week, falling to Tippecanoe Valley and beating North Miami. Placing first was the 3,200-meter relay team, Fugate in the 100 hurdles, Courter in the 400 dash and Carissa Beck in shot put.
Whitko softball beat West Noble, 7-3
LIGONIER — Shi Bradley earned the win on the mound for her first start of the season, and the Wildcats picked up a 7-3 victory over West Noble on April 10.
The game started with a 2-2 tie after the first inning, but Whitko scored five unanswered runs to pull ahead, leading to the 7-3 win.
Bradly and Guinny Garr picked up two hits and Misha Brandenburg had a sacrifice bunt.
The girls downed NorthWood earlier in the week, 6-2, led by Ellie Snep in the pitcher’s circle.
Eagles down Eastside
The boys and girls teams picked up wins over Eastside in a meet earlier in the week, as the boys won 97.5-30.5 and the girls won 72-58.
Wood won the pole vault, long jump and 110-meter hurdles.
Nick Nondorf won the high jump and 300-meter hurdles. Hunter Bianski won the shot put and Tanner Allen took second in both the shot put and discus.
For the girls, Chassie Gallmeier won the discus and Madison Gaff won shot put. Isabella Zuk took the win in long jump and Maggie Burita won pole vault. Hanna Boersma finished off the field-event sweep with a win in high jump.
The girls team also won all of the relay events, and Hannah Boersma won the 300-meter hurdles and placed second in the 100 hurdles.
Allie Basinger won the two-mile race and Kara Debolt won the one mile. Mariah Hosted also picked up a win in the 100-meter dash.
Compiled by Nicole Minier