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October 31, 2009

A chance at the title

By Andrew Ferrell

When Columbia City headed into the locker room with a 10-6 halftime lead, the Eagle fans begged for something different compared to the regular season game against East Noble.

During the regular season game, the Eagles held a halftime lead similar to the one they held on Friday night.  At the end of the game, all of that begging paid off as the Eagles stomped their way to a 17-13 win.

Scoring came quick for the Eagles as junior Stephen Farrer returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, giving the Eagles an early 7-0 lead.

Columbia City didn’t add any points to the scoreboard, until late in the second quarter when field goal kicker Jared Shoda launched a 20-yard kick for the 10-6 lead at halftime.

Both teams couldn’t find an offensive rhythm, in the rain, during all of the third quarter.  East Noble scored first in the second half on a run up the middle, giving them the 13-10 lead with 11:15 left.

The Eagles faced a 4th and 1 on their ensuing drive and went with a quarterback sneak that was stuffed at the line of scrimmage. 

After the Columbia City defense held East Noble to a three and out on their next drive, the Eagles took over possession with 7:11 left.  After a few unsuccessful passing attempts, the Eagles faced a 4th and 4.  The Eagles ran a fake punt play and freshman Jared Murphy completed the pass for the first down.

As time melted away, and needing to score, Columbia City’s Conner Slavich pitched the ball, inside the 10-yard line, to running back Cody Wildman and he ran the ball into the end zone for the final 17-13 score.


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October 30, 2009

Columbia City Football headed to sectional championship

By Andrew Ferrell 

The Columbia City Eagles pulled off a huge win Friday night against the East Noble Knights, 17-13, to advance them to the sectional championship game next Friday. The championship game is a dual between 3-time defending sectional champs Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger and the Eagles.

Fort Wayne Dwenger holds an 11-0 record on the season and is ranked #2 in class 4A football.  With the win over the Knights, the Eagles own a 4-7 record on the season and give first year head coach Randy Hudgins a 2-0 postseason record. 

The sectional final appearance next week will be the first time Columbia City has been in the championship game since 2003, which is also the last time Columbia City saw a winning season.

(More to come tomorrow)

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October 26, 2009

Lady Eagle runners break 23 year drought, headed to State

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October 24, 2009

State Bound!

The Columbia City Lady Eagle runners are headed to the State Finals next Saturday afternoon in Terre Haute, Indiana.

After a 40-minute wait, Columbia City was announced as a 6th place qualifier for the meet. The last time Columbia City competed in the State Finals was in 1986 and the last time they sent an individual was in 1989.

"The coaches and team are on top of the world. We did an outstanding job and beat a lot of highly regarded state-ranked teams," head coach Bob Fahl commented.

If the Lady Eagle runners didn’t make it as a team, they did also qualify two individuals for the meet. Junior runners Renee Menzie and Laken Lefever placed 10th (19:33) and 15th (19:41), respectively.

"The community should be very ecstatic for this team," Fahl concluded.

More to come later tonight.

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CC volleyball headed to championship

(Talk of the Town photos by Andrew Ferrell) The Columbia City volleyball team beat West Noble in the semi-final game Saturday afternoon. The Lady Eagles lost in the first game and won the next three, 13-25, 28-26, 25-12, and 25-21. The Lady Eagles take on Northwood in the championship game tonight at 7 pm. Top, junior Maddie Hinen goes for the tap at the net. Middle, senior Maddie Pattee jumps in the air for a spike. Bottom left, Pattee tips the ball back at a Charger defender. Bottom right, junior Tabi Worden saves a Charger score with a dig.

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Lady Wildcats volleyball season ends in semi-final sectional round

(Talk of the Town photos by Andrew Ferrell) The Lady Wildcats volleyball team fell to the Northwood Panthers during Saturday afternoon's semi-final sectional match. Whitko was defeated in three games, 25-15, 25-9, and 25-12. Top, senior Courtney Carver sends a spike to the Panthers. Middle, junior Stephanie Camden saves the score wtih a dig. Bottom, junior Rachelle Kessie tricks the Panthers with a tapped ball over the net for the score.

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October 23, 2009

Wildcats fall claw short against Cougars

(Talk of the Town photos by Andrew Ferrell) Whitko's season ended on Friday night as the Wildcats fell to the Central Noble Cougars in the last seconds of the game 29-26. Top, quarterback Gabe Starkey calls out a play in the final drive of the game. Bottom, Whitko's Scott Skiles wraps up Cougar sophomore Justin Coney for the tackle.

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Final scores from sectional round 1

Churubusco vs. Adams Central

The Churubusco Eagles were shocked Friday night when the Eagles fell to Adams Central 20-16.  Churubusco finished the season with an NECC championship and an 8-2 record.

Columbia City @ Fort Wayne Elmhurst

The Columbia City Eagles took out Elmhurst in the first round of sectional play 21-6. The Eagles advance to the semi-final round and host the East Noble Knights.  The Eagles lost to the Knights 31-28 in the final seconds earlier in the season.

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October 22, 2009

Snapshots: Whitko volleyball sneaks past Wawasee

(Talk of the Town photos by Andrew Ferrell) The Whitko Lady Wildcats were victorious Thrusday night in their first round sectional game against Wawasee.  After losing 25-12 in the first game, the Wildcats took out Wawasee 25-20 and 25-16 in the second and third games respectively.  Wawasee came back to win in the fourth game 25-20, but Whitko closed out the fifth game with a 15-9 victory.  The win puts the Wildcats in the second round against the Northwood Panthers on Saturday. Top, senior Sydney Reed goes up for a block on a Wawasee hit. Bottom left, senior Courtney Carver sends over a powerful spike. Bottom right, junior Rachelle Kessie blocks a ball at the net, while sophomore Karissa Olinski assits her.


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October 21, 2009

Indian Springs Middle School's 7th grade football team completes 2009 season


(Talk of the Town photo provided) The Indian Springs Middle School 7th grade football team, above in their official team photo, finished their season.


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A perfect setting for the final football game of the season: sunshine, warm temperatures and a fired up host football team on Tuesday night.

Indian Springs captains for the game Jake Pettigrew, Zane Mullins and Nathan Koch called the coin toss and deferred to the Woodside Warriors.

Woodside opted to kick off to the home team to begin the contest.  The Eagles took the ball up the field and scored on a 2 yard run by Braden Meyer at the 4:43 mark of the opening quarter. The point after kick was no good, making the score 6-0.  Woodside took the kickoff and moved the ball up the field gaining a couple of first downs but turned the ball over on downs to the Eagles on a superb defensive goal line stop. Indian Springs took the ball on their own 2 yard line and marched it up the field into the 2nd quarter. On a fake dive up the middle by Meyer, Josh Whitehead at quarterback broke outside for a 70 yard touchdown run with 4:34 left in the 1st half. The point after attempt was blocked by Woodside, score 12-0. Another outstanding defensive effort put the ball back in the Eagles possession with 1:17 left in the half. Braden Meyer used his running strength to punch in a touchdown on a 17 yard run with under a minute left. A planned fake PAT kick was successful with a pass from kicker Kyle Burns to an open Jake Pettigrew for the extra point. Score at the half 19-0 Indian Springs. 

In the 2nd half the Eagles controlled the ball and used up time as they managed to gain 1st downs and keep possession. With 16.9 seconds left in the 3rd quarter, super back Drew O’Dell scrambled 15 yards for a touchdown, again the point after kick was no good, making the final score 25-0 in favor of Indian Springs.  

“Our kids’ played an outstanding game,” said Coach Brian Bills.

“Kyle Burns was on his game defensively tonight, he contained the corner and put a monkey wrench into their offense,” added Bills.  

Coach Mike Roy commented on his offensive and defensive linemen, saying “These kids on the front line were just awesome this evening, they did everything right, and were as fired up as I have ever seen them.”

Coach Ken Wolfe also praised his receivers and defensive secondary, adding“We had great down field blocking and our defensive backs stepped up their game and shut down the passing game tonight.” 

The Indian Springs 7th grade football team closes its season with a record of 6-4.

The coaching staff would like to thank the athletes, parents, boosters and fans for all the wonderful support this year.

The football awards banquet will be held in the Carver Center at the middle school on Thursday evening October 29, 2009, at 6 p.m.

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October 20, 2009

Snapshots: CC in the first round of sectional play

(Talk of the Town photos by Andrew Ferrell) The Columbia City Lady Eagles Volleyball team played in the first round of sectionals Tuesday night and hosted the Lakeland Lakers.  The Lady Eagles advanced to the second round of sectional play after defeating the Lakers in three games, 25-15, 25-13, and 25-10.  Top, Eagle senior Abby Chambers prepares to bump the ball over the net. Bottom left, team members Maddie Pattee and Abby Puckett block a Lakeland spike at the net. Bottom right, Columbia City junior Tabi Worden jump serves the volleyball.  Check back later in the week to find out Columbia City's second round opponent.


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October 19, 2009

NECC football champs!

Story and Photos by Chris Tomlinson of the 'Busco Voice, a Talk of the Town partner through the Whitley News Network

LAGRANGE, Ind. (Oct. 16, 2009) — Churubusco won a dramatic, come-from-behind victory tonight over Lakeland to force a 3-way tie for the NECC championship in football.

Here is a quick game recap: Lakeland scored first, Busco answered but missed the two point conversion, both defenses beat the snot out of each other until finally Kyle Monk hit the Laker QB hard enough to make him wish he had never gone out for the position, he fumbled, Busco drove it down and scored.

Busco defense continued to beat the tar out of the Lakeland quarterback, clock shows 0:00 . . . am I forgetting anything?

Churubusco ends the regular season 8-1, winning the conference championship. Is that even possible? Losing a vital player to a horrific car wreck before the season begins, then losing their best lineman to a back problem, then losing a team captain to a brain cramp.

The talk along “the railing” (where all the most knowledgeable guys in town watch the game (second guess the coaching staff, stand all four quarters, and never agree with a referee’s call that goes against us) was that a winning record would be a successful season.

So, I guess a conference championship is pretty good. Are you kiddin’ me?

Coach Lee Etzler has built an amazingly successful program, which over the last 5 years is among the top ten percent of teams in Indiana in win/loss percentage.

Coach Zach Dock’s defense was giving up a little over ten and a half points a game this year, so I guess that will improve also. Don’t anyone tell the team they only have one starter over 200 pounds, and he is a freshman!

These guys are a pleasure to watch, and it all starts with an energetic coaching staff who’s oldest member is 40-year-old Coach John Schmidt (280 in dog years), who has been on the sidelines when things weren’t nearly this much fun.

Congratulations on the conference championship. Everything else from here on out is gravy.

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October 16, 2009

Eagles close regular season with loss

(Talk of the Town photos by Andrew Ferrell) Top, Columbia City's tying touchdown before the half is signaled by the referees. Below, Eagle sophomore Cody Wildman dives for the tackle on a Norwell running back Friday night.  The Eagles lost the game 48-21 and finished the regular season 2-7 (2-5 NHC).

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Final scores from week 9

Whitko vs. Tippy Valley

Tippy Valley took the lead in the game with 1:56 left in the fourth quarter.  Whitko took the ball down the field and scored with 23 seconds left in the game, but missed the two-point conversion, losing to the Vikings 20-21.  Whitko's Gabe Starkey threw for 129 yards and Dakota Harmon rushed for 65 of Whitko's 126 total rushing yards.

 Churubusco @ Lakeland

The Eagles share a piece of the NECC title with Lakeland and Fairfield as they picked up a win against the Lakers, 12-7 Friday night. The Eagles host Adams Central in the first round of sectionals next week.

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October 15, 2009

Friday's Football Forecast

By Andrew Ferrell

Wow! This is the last week of regular season football.  The Wizard can't believe he has a winning prediction record and as long as he can go 1-2 this week, he should stay above .500 for the season; that makes the Wizard happy...very happy! That being said, this week is the most challenging week for the Wizard, with many intriguing games.

Columbia City vs. Norwell at 7 pm

Columbia City vs. Norwell is the first intriguing game of the week.  Columbia City comes off of a solid win at Carroll and a strong representation at home, two weeks ago, against one of the top NHC teams with East Noble.  Norwell took out the NHC's best against Homestead, but the field conditions favored the Knights. If the Eagles play like they did against East Noble, it will be the Eagles in a close one on Senior night.

CC 22 Norwell 21

Whitko vs. Tippy Valley at 7 pm

This is a rival game from way back and the second intriguing game of the week.  The Wildcats and Vikings have lost to the same teams in conference and won against the same teams in conference by almost the same margins.  The deciding factor...Whitko is at home.

Whitko 20 Tippy Valley 17

Churubusco @ Lakeland at 7:30 pm

A fight for the conference title and the third game of sweetness this week for the Wizard.  Lakeland is trying to win the conference out right, but the Eagles want a win to guarantee a share of the Northeast Corner Conference Title. Since the Eagles put Lakeland on their schedule in 2005, the two teams are 2-2 against each other. This is 'Busco's time to shine and a piece of the conference title would certainly add another log to the fire between the two schools.

Busco 27 Lakeland 24 

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Sectional pairings announced for volleyball, football

By Andrew Ferrell

The first round of volleyball sectionals for the three county schools begins Oct. 20. 

Columbia City is the host for class 3A sectional 21 and takes on Lakeland in the first round. Whitko is also in the Columbia City sectional as they are against the Warriors of Wawasee in the first round. Churubusco also plays host in class 2A sectional 36 with their first round opponent being Central Noble. For a closer look at the sectional tournaments, click on the IHSAA link below.


The first round of football sectional for the three county schools begins Oct. 23.

In class 4A sectional 11, Columbia City travels to Elhmhurst to take on the Trojans for their first round game.  Whitko will open postseason play with a home game against Central Noble in the class 2A sectional 26 first round game.  Churubusco will also host the first round class A sectional 35 game against Adams Central. For a closer look at the sectional tournaments, click on the John Harrell football link below.


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October 14, 2009

More from Marion












(Talk of the Town photos by Andrew Ferrell) Top left, Whitko's Aubrey Smith rounds the final corner of the Marion cross country sectional Tuesday evening. Top right, Columbia City head coach Bob Fahl cheers on Lady Eagle runner Janie Vorndran. Bottom right, Columbia City stops for a picture with their runner-up ribbons. Below, Columbia City's Carlee Hearld leads a pack of county runners. Behind Hearld is Columbia City's Mercedes Zello, Churubusco's Alexandria Eyer , and Whitko's Smith.

By Andrew Ferrell

All three area schools competed in the cross country sectionals on Tuesday night, with many individual runner advancing to Saturday's regional tournament.

Columbia City advanced both teams to the regional tournament as the girls finished second and th boys finished fourth.

Whitko also hauled in both teams to the regional race as the girls finished fifth and the boys finished second, while Churubusco missed out by one spot for both teams.

Top area runners for the boys:

Brian Menzie (16:41) from Whitko in 5th, Trapper Mize (16:56) from Whitko in 6th, Sean Eberly (17:13) from Whitko in 8th, David Potter (17:37) from Columbia City in 17th, and Davon Geiger (17:53) in 25th from Churubusco.

Top area runners for the girls:

Renee Menzie (18:53) from Columbia City in 2nd,  Laken Lefever (19:13) in 4th from Columbia City, Carlee Hearld (20:08) from Columbia City in 11th, Mercedes Zello (20:10) in 12th from Columbia City, Alexandria Eyer (20:20) from Churubusco in 14th, and Whitko's Aubrey Smith (20:34) in 15th.

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October 13, 2009

Snapshots: Marion cross country sectionals

(Talk of the Town photos by Andrew Ferrell) The three area cross country teams competed in the Marion regional Tuesday night as the Whitko boys' team and Columbia City girls' team came away with the runner-up spots for the evening.  Top, the Lady Eagles warm-up for the start of the race. Middle, the Wildcats put on smiles after a runner-up sectional finish behind Huntington North. Bottom, Lady Eagle Renee Menzie was the top-runner in the county for sectionals Tuesday night as she keeps pace with a Huntington North runner. Menzie hauled in a second place spot.

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October 10, 2009

Eagles stunned late by Falcons

(Talk of the Town photo by Andrew Ferrell) Churubusco senior Jordan Hamilton hits a Fairfield defender with a stiff arm in Friday night's game.  The Eagles lost the game 22-24 in the final minutes of play, when Fairfield scored on a screen pass for 69 yards.  'Busco travels to Lakeland to try and secure a 3-way tie for the conference championship next Friday.

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Final scores from week 8

Whitko vs. Rochester

Whitko struggled to find their offense against a dominating Rochester defense, a defense who has shutout five teams this season and held opponents to an average of six points per game. The Wildcats gave the Zebras their sixth shutout victory as Rochester beat Whitko 44-0.

Columbia City @ Carroll

Columbia City didn't surprise very many this week, coming off of a heartbreaking loss to East Noble last week, as they pushed their way to a 17-11 victory over the Chargers.

Columbia City took an early 7-3 lead when junior Stephen Farrer returned a punt for the score, busting down field for 74 yards. Eagles quarterback Logan Rehrer threw for 62 yards, ran for 31 yards, and slammed in a QB keeper for a score in the second half, while the Eagle defense forced five Carroll turnovers for the game.

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Eagles ousted by Falcons

(Talk of the Town photos by Andrew Ferrell) Right, 'Busco running back Kyle Mathewson runs through two Fairfield defenders for one of his two scores. Bottom, 'Busco senior Jordan Hamilton throws a stiff arm on a Fairfield defender as he scrambled for a 10-yard gain. Mathewson rumbled for 143 yards and 2 scores and Hamilton busted for 132 yards on the night. 

Churubusco fell behind in the first half 6-17 to the Falcons, but regained the lead with 3:20 left in the game. A flank pass down the sidelines by Fairfield with 2:31 left in the game, gave the Falcons the 24-22 victory over the Eagles.



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October 08, 2009

Friday's Football Forecast

After watching some weird things happen last week, without the bad weather, the wizard says anything is possible this week. This is another week full of hard-nosed football and the crystal ball says all three teams win for the final time in the same week this season.

Churubusco vs. Fairfield at 7:30 pm

This is, without a doubt, the game of the week.  And I am not going to predict how tough Churubusco's opponent is anymore because just when I think I have it figured out...something big happens.  Take last week for example, a tough Bowman Academy team was suppose to give 'Busco all it could handle...Ha! I do know this much, this week sets up a showdown for next week's game at Lakeland.  Fairfield is tough, but 'Busco is tougher.

'Busco 28 Fairfield 21

Whitko vs. Rochester at 7pm

Whitko needs a win this week to give them momentum for sectionals, especially after last week's disappointing loss to North Miami by three.  However, a 6-1 Rochester has other plans.  Good thing for Whitko... Tippy Valley at home next week to let out all the anger from this week's game.

Whitko 14 Rochester 27

CC @ Carroll at 7pm

Last week left many CC fans asking, "When is it our turn?" The Wizard must say he feels bad for the Eagles, they were so close to a huge program-building win last week against East Noble. The Wizard has a sneaking suspicion that this week is Columbia City's turn. Yes, they are at Carroll, but the fire is started.  Columbia City just sneaks by. O, and they both are sitting at 1-4 records in conference play. 

Eagles 21 Chargers 20

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CC volleyball drops three games to Bellmont

(Talk of the Town photos by Andrew Ferrell) The Columbia City volleyball team saw action Thursday night against the Bellmont Braves.  The Lady Eagle varsity squad lost to the Braves in three matches, with the final match going to the Braves 25-21. Left, teammates Abby Puckett and Maddie Hinen block a Bellmont hit at the net. Right, Puckett sends the ball over the net with a soft tap.


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October 06, 2009

Whitko tennis members included in All-Conference

Two Whitko tennis team members were awarded to the Three Rivers All-Conference team.  At No. 1 singles, senior Kurt Boggs was placed on the second team all-conference team with an overall record of 11-5 and 3-1 in conference.  The second Wildcat awarded to the  all-conference team was at No. 2 singles, junior Alex Winger.  Winger was also placed on the second team and had an overall record of 8-6 and 3-1 in conference.
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ISMS volleyballers victorious in Garrett Tournament


(Talk of the Town photo provided) The Indian Springs Middle School 7th Grade Eagles Volleyball Team won second place Saturday, October 3, 2009, at the Garrett Volleyball Tournament. Team members include Cassie Bosselman, Dana Fulk, Katarina Junk, Brooke Laux, Hannah Schuck, Bayley Smith, Loryn Usher, Ashlyn Wells, Aubrey Wright and Jessica Wright. Their coach is Melissa Alexander.

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October 03, 2009

Columbia City nicked by Knights

(Talk of the Town photo by Andrew Ferrell) Top, Columbia City junior Ben Murphy lays a hit on an East Noble player.

By Andrew Ferrell

Nights like Friday night at Max Gandy Athletic Field speak volumes about a program, especially a football program waiting to bust away from the problems in the past to a winning tradition. Even though Columbia City suffered a loss in the 30 seconds of Friday night’s game against the East Noble Knights, Eagle fans could see that their team is headed in the right direction.

“I’m proud of the effort, intensity, and fire we showed.  Even though we fought a lot of adversity, we kept battling and kept going,” head coach Randy Hudgins said.

Columbia City got out to an early 7-0 lead, late in the first quarter, after an interception by junior Cory Clifford turned into a touchdown score on a pass from quarterback Logan Rehrer to junior receiver Austin Grim with 5:55 showing on the clock.

Only seconds later, Columbia City would put more points on the board after a sack on the Knights quarterback A.J. Dove caused a fumble and Eagle linebacker Jacob Moser scooped it up and ran it in for the score. With 5:40 left in the quarter, the Eagles led 14-0.

The first quarter closed with East Noble scoring on a nine-play 90-yard drive, led by a 37-yard run by East Noble running back Tyler Truax. At the end of the quarter, the Eagles still led 14-7.

After a Columbia City punt, East Noble opened up their first possession of the second quarter on the legs of Truax, who scrambled for 17 yards to the their own 46-yard line. On the ensuing play, Dove connected with Jordan Gater for a 53-yard touchdown pass, knotting the game at 14-14.

The Columbia City defense stepped up on the next two East Noble possessions as senior Alex Parker intercepted a Dove pass and senior linebacker Tyler Brown caused another fumble, recovering it with 1:42 left to play in the half.

As the Eagles looked to head into the locker room with a halftime lead, a pass from Rehrer to junior receiver Stephen Farrer was picked off by an East Noble’s Patrick Luttman. 

A Columbia City penalty pushed the Knights to a first and goal, where Luax pushed his way in for the score, giving the Knights a 21-14 lead at half.

The Knights started the second half in similar fashion to the first half as Dove threw an interception to cornerback Ben Murphy.  Rehrer hooked up with Murphy on the first play, for a 15-yard gain and then with Farrer for a 27-yard gain.

After an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Knights, Rehrer scored on a quarterback keeper from 10 yards out, evening the game at 21-21 with 10:02 left in the quarter.

The Knights went back on top early in the fourth quarter when Gater took a direct snap, handed off to Truax, who tossed back to Dove, and Dove connected with Tanner Fugate on 48-yard trickery play with 10:37 showing on the clock.

The Eagles didn’t buckle under pressure and methodically drove the ball in for the score on an 11-play 71-yard scoring drive, ending with another Rehrer sneak into the end zone with 6:42 left in the game.

I told the kids in the fourth quarter, after they scored their touchdown, that here is where the old Columbia City might have folded up, but we don’t do that anymore,” Hudgins said. 

On their next drive, East Noble, pushed the ball back down the field to the Columbia City 15-yard line, aided by a facemask penalty. East Noble couldn’t get the ball into the end zone and connected on a field goal from 32-yards out, handing the Knights the 31-28 lead with 2:00 minutes to play.

Rehrer and the Columbia City offense were determined to find a way to win and marched down to the East Noble 17-yard line.  With 30 seconds left, Rehrer threw a pass to the end zone and watched it be picked off by an East Noble defender. 

East Noble ran the clock down and handed Columbia City a heartbreaking loss. 
Meaning it in good fashion Hudgins concluded by saying, “The old Columbia City died on the field tonight and we all witnessed it, this is where we turn the corner.”

Columbia City drops to 1-6 (1-4 NHC) on the season and travels to Carroll before returning home for their senior night contest against Norwell.





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October 02, 2009

Eagles edged by East Noble

(Talk of the Town photos by Andrew Ferrell) The turnovers that helped Columbia City in the first half ended up hurting them in the second half as Columbia City fell in a close 31-28 loss to the East Noble Knights Friday night.  Right, the Eagle defense sacked the East Noble quarterback and caused him to fumble, the Eagles caused five East Noble turnovers for the game.





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Final scores from week 7

Whitko at North Miami

The game worth driving to was exactly what I expected it to be...a back and forth battle. Unfortunately, for Whitko, a powerful offense that passed for 166 yards and rushed for 109 yards, came up on the short end of the stick 21-18 against North Miami.

After a 12-10 halftime lead for Whitko, both teams scored in the third quarter, ending the quarter with an 18-18 score.  It was North Miami who won the game on a 30-yard field goal with 6:25 left in the fourth quarter.

Churubusco vs. Bowman Academy

I have yet to figure out the 'Busco schedule.  Apparently, Bowman Academy proved to be another cake walk for the Eagles as they stomped Bowman Academy 48-18.

Eagle junior Kyle Mathewson rushed for 319 yards and 3 TDs, while senior running back Jordan Hamilton followed with 122 yards and 3 TDs; the two combined for 441 total rushing yards.

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October 01, 2009

Friday's Football Forecast

My crystal ball tells me this week is packed full of good games.  It also tells me that the field conditions will be better than the last week. Finally, it tells me that some upsets are brewing...

Columbia City vs. East Noble @ 7pm

2001 marks the last time the Eagles beat the Knights. Last week's trip to New Haven has the Eagles fired up and the last team to come into Max Gandy Field left with a frown on their face. Problem is, East Noble would be at the top of the conference if it wasn't for Homestead and Bellmont. Tough week for the Eagles, but I won't be surprised if there is an upset!

CC 13 East Noble 21

Churubusco vs. Bowman Academy @ 8pm

I know the Wizard has said Churubusco is finally going to have a tough week and last week looked that way in the first half, but this week the Wizard means it. Bowman Academy averages 42 points per game, close to Churubusco's average. This is the battle of the Eagles and the Busco Eagle turns out sharper talons.

Busco 30 Bowman Academy 27

Whitko at North Miami @ 7pm

This has the potential to be the best game of the night, and the Wizard's game worth driving to. Both teams are sitting at 3-3 and need a break out game to prepare them for sectionals.  This is Whitko's break out game!

Whitko 22 North Miami 17

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CC closes out tennis season

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Columbia City finished up it's tennis season on Thursday night with a tough 5-0 loss to Canterbury in sectionals. 

At #1 singles, Eagle Dylan Hinen lost to Patrick Downs 6-4, 6-1.  At #2 singles Columbia City's Matt Sewell fell 6-2, 6-2.  At #3 singles Andy Moog loses 6-2, 6-4. 

The doubles matches were the closest matches with  Columbia City dropping #1 doubles 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.  Finishing out the 5-0 loss, at #2 doubles, the Eagles lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-7.

"I am proud of the tradition my teams have developed," head coach Doug Stoffel commented. "It's still been fun to beat all the programs we did.  The guys have been great examples of how working hard and and being mentally tough can get you a long way."

Columbia City finished the season with their 4th straight 14 win season.

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