Archive - 2014 - Sports Article
Columbia City soccer player Shila Tolliver signed to play soccer at Huntington University Thursday afternoon.
Pictured, from left: Huntington University Coach Chris Tillett, Tolliver, father Robert Tolliver and mother Melody Tolliver.
CHURUBUSCO â€” With a 5-2 win in the season opener against Woodlan and another win over Oak Hill Thursday night, Churubuscoâ€™s baseball team is off to a 2-0 start to the season â€” an impressive feat as the team only had one practice on the field before the season opener.
As of March 10, Churubuscoâ€™s baseball field still had 14 inches of snow on it, forcing the Eagles to practice in the gymnasium and on the parking lot.
â€śWe tried to give them all the game situations through practice,â€ť said Churubusco Head Coach Mark Grove. â€śExperience is key.â€ť
HUNTINGTON â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys track team opened its season with a loss at Huntington North Thursday night.
Though the team didnâ€™t open the season with a win, Head Coach Krystal Zoltek said she was happy to be on the track.
â€śIt was nice to participate after the early cancellations and cold weather,â€ť Zoltek said. â€śWe are a young team and looking for great improvement as the season progresses.â€ť
The Eagles missed their first two meets to weather â€” the county meet March 20 at Churubusco, and a dual with Wawasee March 24.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s football team officially sent off another athlete to play at the next level.
Brient Hicks, a defensive stalwart for the Eagles, will continue his football career at Wabash College.
Hicks was part of a Churubusco team that won three conference titles during his career. In his senior year, he was one of the leading Eagle defensive players. He had 9.5 tackles-for-loss and more than 50 solo or assisted tackles throughout the year.
His contributions on the defensive side of the ball were noted by Churubusco Football Head Coach Paul Sade.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s girls basketball team started the 2013-14 year with a new head coach who vowed to change the fortunes of the program.
Dustin Beucler took over a program that had not had a winning season for 10 years. While the Lady Eagles did not attain a winning mark in 2013-14 (9-13), there were several marks of progress.
â€śThere were a lot of learning experiences, little things,â€ť Beucler said â€śWe. a lot of close games early on. We learned a lot, and I hope it carries over.â€ť
At 4-6, â€™Busco finished in a tie for seventh place in the Northeast Corner Conference.
BERNE â€” Despite a fourth-quarter rally, Churubuscoâ€™s boys basketball team ended its season with a loss in the sectional semi-final Friday night against Woodlan at South Adams.
After a long bus ride, the Eagles were off to a sluggish start, trailing 19-8 at the end of the first quarter, and 30-16 at halftime.
Churubusco played a more competitive third quarter, outscoring Woodlan 18-17 to make the score 47-34 going into the final period.
In the last eight minutes, the Eagles nearly doubled their score, tacking on 25 points while holding Woodlan to 15.
OSSIAN â€” Jaws dropped. Fists clenched. Heads buried. Complete silence â€” again. Columbia Cityâ€™s boys basketball fans were dealt another heart-breaking sectional semi-final loss.
Last year, the Eagles fell by one point to DeKalb with a pair of free throws with less than two seconds to play, leaving fans speechless.
The crowd was yet again shocked and awed as the buzzer sounded Friday night in Norwell, after the Eagles fell 41-40 to Mississinewa.
The Indians didnâ€™t have the lead for the entire game â€” until the last possible moment.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s athletic hall of-fame welcomed two new members last week.
Jeff Schumaker and Mike Venable, Wildcat stars of the 1980s, were welcomed at halftime of the boys basketball game between Whitko and NorthWood.
Schumaker was elected for his role on the Wildcat golf teams. He played from 1984 to 1987.
He was the individual conference champion for the Three Rivers Conference for three years â€” 1984, 1985 and 1987.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys basketball team is working for its first sectional title since 2011, advancing to the semi-final game Friday night in the Norwell Sectional against Mississinewa.
The Indians are 13-7, and finished off the regular season with a four-game win streak, topped off with a victory over New Castle, 51-43.
â€śThey had a really good year,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict said.
Columbia City fell to New Castle in the holiday tournament, 52-47, but Benedict said the Eagles have improved since that game.
SYRACUSE â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys basketball saw its season end in a sectional quarterfinal game against West Noble Tuesday.
Playing one another for the second time this season, the Chargers came out victorious in the postseason game, 63-30.
West Noble also won the regular season game, 67-38.
The game opened with Whitko down early, 12-0.
The Wildcats pushed the score to 12-4, but then ran into a familiar problem.