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’Busco headed to state finals

December 21, 2012

Churubusco's wrestling team is competing in the Indiana State Wrestling Coaches Association's Team State Finals on Saturday. The event was formed because the IHSAA got rid of the team finals tournament this season.

Whitko falls to Plymouth

December 20, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — The Whitko boys basketball team lost to Plymouth on Wednesday at home.

The Wildcats fell by a final margin of 62-36. The loss drops Whitko to 1-7 on the season. Plymouth is now 6-1.

Whitko will play at the North Miami Tournament on Dec. 28-29.

After that, the conference slate picks up again for the Wildcats. The team will play Three Rivers Conference opponents in six of its first seven games of January.

The Wildcats currently stand at 0-1 in conference play, having dropped the inaugural league game on Dec. 14 against Tippecanoe Valley.

Run ‘n’ gun: Eagles rally from 14-point deficit to stay undefeated

December 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s boys basketball team went from hockey-like, physical play on Friday against East Noble to the run-and-gun tempo of Wawasee on Tuesday.

Despite being caught off guard early in the contest and facing a 14-point deficit, the Eagles pulled out an 89-66 win over the Warriors.

“I’m proud of the way our guys stuck with it,” said Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict. “They did a really good job of keeping their composure.”

Hoops . . . or Hockey?

December 15, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City fans saw what looked more like a hockey match than a boys basketball game Friday night.

The Eagles hosted East Noble in the Northeast Hoosier Conference opener — in a game with two technical fouls and two Columbia City players who took a trip to the trainer’s office with injuries.

Despite the rough-housing, the Eagles came out with their sixth victory, by a 76-35 score — improving to 6-0.

The physical play began late in the first quarter, when Columbia City had a 20-12 lead.

Whitko falls in overtime

December 14, 2012

LIGONIER — The Whitko Lady Wildcats traveled north Thursday night to face the West Noble Lady Chargers in a non-conference basketball matchup. A furious fourth quarter rally by the Lady Wildcats put the Lady Wildcats in a position to win, but the loss of two important players and game-long free throw woes sent the Lady ‘Cats down to a 53-51 overtime loss to the Lady Chargers.

Logan Irwin splits with Stetson

December 13, 2012

DELAND — Former Whitko basketball stand-out and freshman point guard at Stetson University Logan Irwin has left the Division I school and plans to transfer closer to home.

“We’re obviously disappointed. We had high hopes for Logan,’’ Head Coach Casey Alexander told the Daytona News Journal. “He was brought here to be part of the solution to get our program headed in the right direction. For him to decide to leave so quickly puts us in a bind, but we understand he’s a long way from home.

Gibson signs with Lipscomb

December 6, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — Lipscomb University Lady Bisons softball coach Kristin Ryman will welcome six new players for the 2013-14 academic year.

Among the six recruits is Churubusco High School’s Kasey Gibson, a 5-foot-5 outfielder who Coach Ryman expects to make an immediate impact.

Lady Eagles fade into 59-52 loss to Carroll

December 3, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — One of the most difficult things to determine in sports is why a team goes away from what has been successful.

The Columbia City Lady Eagle basketball team used an aggressive full-court offense that helped them build double-digit leads against the visiting Carroll Lady Chargers in Saturday’s first half.

Poor free-throw shooting and lack of a consistent offense against Carroll’s pressure allowed the Lady Chargers to escape with a 59-52 Northeast Hoosier Conference win.

Dwenger converts free throws to beat Col. City

November 28, 2012

FORT WAYNE — Columbia City’s girls basketball team fell to Bishop Dwenger Tuesday night in a contest that was largely decided at the free-throw line.

The Lady Eagles were 8-for-12 from the charity stripe as a team in the 46-41 loss, but the Saints were 25-for-32, including a crucial 8-for-8 second quarter, when Dwenger took the lead for good. The trips to the line marred an otherwise good defensive effort by Columbia City.

The defeat dropped the Eagles to 2-4 on the year.

Eagles down Warsaw, 59-49: Benedict scores 27, again

November 26, 2012

WARSAW — Columbia City boys basketball stand-out Drew Benedict scored 27 points for the second game in a row, leading the 2-0 Eagles to a 59-49 victory over Warsaw Saturday.

Columbia City had three players with double-digit scoring — Derek Hinen and Mason Coverstone assisted Benedict with a combined 27 points as well.
Hinen and Coverstone helped the Eagles jump out to a 5-0 lead — scoring on Columbia City’s first two possessions.

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