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’Busco’s Poyser hits walk-off single to win, 4-3

May 24, 2012

FORT WAYNE — What better way to open sectional baseball action than a sixth-inning comeback and an eight-frame nail-biter?

When Kody Poyser hits a walk-off single to send Churubusco to the semi-finals.

The Eagles faced Eastside in the opening round of sectional play Wednesday at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne and won 4-3 after facing a 3-1 deficit in the sixth inning.

The Eagles also scored their first run in the opening frame, as lead-off batter Poyser crossed home plate for the ’Busco’s first time of the game.

Columbia City wins last match at Eagle Glen

May 23, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Three Columbia City linksters played their last match as Eagles at Eagle Glen Tuesday night against Wawasee.

Columbia City, led by senior Dustin Parrett, won by four strokes over the Warriors in the back nine, 175-179.

Parrett shot a season-low 40. Fellow seniors Drew Burnsworth and Tucker Daniel also wrapped up the home season with competitive scores.

“It was a good way for Parrett to go out,” Columbia City Head Coach Andrew Thompson said.

Whitko softball loses extra-frame sectional opener

May 23, 2012

OSSIAN — Whitko’s softball team’s season came to an end Tuesday night in what Head Coach Jamilyn Pegan called, a “heart-breaker.”

“It was a heart-breaker but they went down strong,” Pegan said. “I’m proud of them. “We were one run away, one hit away, one play away.”

The Lady Wildcats fell in the fifth frame, 2-1.

After a tough start from the plate, the Lady Wildcats got on the scoreboard for the first time in the sixth inning.

“They hung in there,” Pegan said. “Especially when they were struggling with hitting in the beginning.”

On to state: Local athletes compete in regionals; three advance to state finals

May 23, 2012

FORT WAYNE — Three Whitley County athletes are advancing to the Indiana State Track Finals in four events after strong placings in Northrop’s regional competition Tuesday night.

Columbia City’s Samantha Roush took second in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:04.58, the state-qualifying standard.

Heather Monk from Churubusco is advancing in two events — the shot put and discus.

Monk threw the qualifying standard in both events. She placed second in the shot put with a heave of 41 feet, 9 inches. In the discus, Monk took third with a throw of 128 feet, 11 inches.

East Noble upsets Lady Eagles

May 22, 2012

HUNTERTOWN — Columbia City’s softball season was cut short Monday night at Carroll.

The Lady Eagles faced Northeast Hoosier Conference foe East Noble (17-10) in the first round of sectionals and lost, 6-2.

After winning the NHC with an undefeated 7-0 record and coming of last season’s strong tournament play — a trip to semi-state — fans, parents, players and coaches were disappointed in the early loss.

The Lady Knights scored six runs before Columbia City got on the board.
Whether it be bad luck or strong play by the Lady Knights, the end result was the same.

Barkley, Mayer make 1st-team All-NECC

May 21, 2012

KENDALLVILLE — Churubusco’s boys golf team placed an impressive fourth out of 11 teams in the Northeast Corner Conference Golf Tournament Saturday at Noble Hawk Golf Links in Kendallville.

The Eagles’ score of 333 was just behind third-place Lakeland, second-place Angola and NECC Champion Fairfield, which shot a course blistering 304.

’Busco freshman Beau Barkley waited until conference to shoot his best round of the season, firing an impressive three over par (74). The highlight of the day was Barkley’s second shot on hole No.3.

Undefeated Eagles win conference

May 18, 2012

Indian Springs Middle School’s boys golf team is undefeated after 10 matches. The Eagles won the Northeast Lakes Middle School Conference match last week, and defeated Summitt and Woodside (Homestead) on Tuesday by two strokes.

Tyler Green, second from left, shot a one-under par at Raccoon Run in the NLMSC match (34). Spencer Klimek, fourth from left, finished with an even par, 35.

Matt Benedict, third from left, shot a 41. Garrett Roehling, far right, fired a 44 and Nick Decker, far left, had a 49.

Lady Eagles defeated in 11-inning marathon

May 18, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — For six innings, the Columbia City Lady Eagles clung to a 1-0 lead over visiting Huntington North Lady Vikings.

In the top of the seventh frame, the Lady Vikings scored a run to turn what had been a quickly played ball game into an 11-inning siege.

In the top of the 11th, the Lady Vikings pushed across three runs with two outs to send the Lady Eagles down to a 4-1 defeat.

Columbia City starting pitcher Cassie Vodde had a one-hitter going through the first six innings, recording 11 strikeouts and only one base runner for the first six stanzas.

County track advances 21 qualifiers

May 18, 2012

WAYNEDALE — Though neither Whitko nor Columbia City could top Homestead’s impressive 121 points Thursday night at the boys track sectional, Whitley County athletes qualified for regionals in 21 placings.

Churubusco competed at the North Side sectional and came in sixth as a team. Whitko placed second behind the Spartans with 95.5 points. Wayne (90) took third, New Haven (80) came in fourth and Columbia City placed fifth with 59 points.

“In reality, Homestead is the best team,” Whitko Head Coach Ron Cherry said. “They’re the ones we were chasing all night.”

Lady Wildcats pummel Wabash

May 17, 2012

WABASH — Whitko’s softball team won a lopsided 18-0 game over Wabash Wednesday night.

The Lady Wildcats collected 15 hits at Three Rivers Conference foe Wabash. Every Lady ’Cat starter recorded at least one run.

Whitko opened the game with nine runs in the first inning, including two apiece from Karissa Olinske and Audra Day. Olinske scored again in the third to make the score 10-0.

Eight Whitko players scored in the never-ending fourth frame, ending the game at 18-0.

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