COLUMBIA CITY – While Columbia City linebacker/running back Sam Dailey remains in critical condition at Lutheran Hospital, the community begins to rally around the senior captain.
There are already plans to have T-shirts available for sale for Friday’s home game against Whitley County rival Whitko for Dailey and more fundraising events are on the way, including a hog roast benefit Oct. 5 at the Jefferson-Center Fire Department, with a silent auction, face painting among other planned activities.
Also, there are donation cans at the Columbia City Dairy Queen.
Social media, including #PrayforSam, have had messages constantly for Dailey since last Friday.
This is a caring, service-centered community, said Whitley County Consolidated Schools superintendent Patricia O’Connor, who wouldn’t comment further, citing privacy laws.
Dailey suffered a head injury during the Eagles’ 33-14 loss at Warsaw last Friday.
Dailey was eventually taken to Lutheran Hospital and had surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, Eagles coach Randy Hudgins said Saturday. Hudgins said Dailey was injured while trying to make a tackle in the third quarter against the Tigers.
About 100 friends, family and teammates were at the hospital in support of Dailey and his family last Friday night after the game, Hudgins said.
CARROLL 167, EAST NOBLE 169: Sarah Banister and Kierstin Murphy each had a 37 to lead the Chargers to a win at Cobblestone.
The Knights were led by Alyn Clark’s 38.
LEO 8, COLUMBIA CITY 0: The visiting Lions scored four times in each half.
Millie Adams and Morgan Sanderson each had two goals for Leo.
BLACKHAWK CH. 7, CONCORDIA 0: Aaron Jones and James Freeborn each had two goals for the visiting Braves.
Brooks Smith and Caleb Weaver each had two assists.
BLUFFTON 3, BELLMONT 2: Two close wins propelled the Tigers at home.
Prible beat Robbie Ehlerding, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3 singles, while Jake Garrett and Collin Barker won at No. 1 doubles 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 over Logan Baker and Ryan Okoniewski.
ADAMS CENTRAL 3, HUNTINGTON NORTH 2: The Jets came away with a close road win.
Adams Central wins came from Tommy Bolinger at No. 1 singles, Cameran Buzzard at No. 3 singles and Matt Sieberns and Graham Sereno at No. 2 doubles.
EAST NOBLE 5, CONCORDIA 0: The Knights made quick work of the host Cadets, dropping only four games.
Carl Kramer and Jonathan Toles led the way with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles.
CARROLL 3, BISHOP LUERS 0: The Chargers improved to 5-1 with the home win.
Charlotte Conser led Carroll with 13 kills, while Jaqueline Quade added 11.
WAWASEE 3, LAKELAND 0: The Warriors won 25-13, 25-21, 25-19 at home. Hunter Gaerte led Wawasee with 10 kills and 14 digs.