FORT WAYNE — A three-team tie just became two for first-place in Northeast Hoosier Conference.
Two undefeated teams in the NHC came together Friday night with a top heavy senior Homestead (8-4, 3-0 NHC) hosting a young Columbia City (7-3, 2-1 NHC) squad.
The experience paid off for the Spartans taking an early first quarter lead and grabbing a wire-to-wire win 62-48.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Contrary to the rest of the season, where Logan Irwin and Zac VanDeWater lead Whitko’s scoring, the Wildcats counted on senior Max Elder’s season-high 20 points to runaway with a 70-48 win against Southwood Friday night.
Southwood held the score close in the first quarter, only trailing by one, 14-13, at the end of the first eight minutes.
But Whitko turned on their high pressure defense, forcing turnovers and allowing for quick scoring.
SYRACUSE — Thursday night proved a couple of things about Columbia City girls’ basketball. The Lady Eagles can win and win on the road against sectional competition.
Both become increasingly important as the regular season enters its last three weeks of play.
A 48-37 win at Wawasee (10-3) only solidified that for Columbia City head coach Amy Shearer.
SOUTH WHITLEY — After a four-game winning streak came to an end Saturday to Rochester, the Whitko (7-7) girls’ basketball team had another tough task ahead Thursday.
The top of the Northeast Hoosier Conference came into South Whitley. State-ranked Norwell (13-1) came in as the third best team in class 3A and showed it against the Lady Wildcats 71-49.
Four Lady Knights went into the night averaging seven points or more.
LAGRANGE — High hopes turned to an early exit for Churubusco basketball teams Wednesday night.
A night after having the opening round postponed, ’Busco squads took the court at Prairie Heights for the first of what it hoped was four games and a championship in the North East Corner Conference tournament.
That didn’t happen as the Lady Eagles (3-11) opened the girl-boy doubleheader with a 47-32 loss to the Lady Panthers (7-7).
WATERLOO — When coaches find their team in the midst of a difficult season, they begin to look for little signs of improvement. They begin to set the more basic goals in order to move the team closer to the larger goal of overall success.
With six varsity wrestlers out of the lineup due to injury or match limits, the Columbia City wrestling team traveled to Northeast Hoosier Conference rival DeKalb Wednesday to face the Barons.
Tuesday’s snowfall not only reeked havoc on the roads but made for a log jam of games on the back half of this week’s sports schedule.
After games were canceled Tuesday, the North East Corner Conference Tournament is off to a late start with the first round coming tonight.
Churubusco girls and boys basketball teams will travel to Prairie Heights for a doubleheader starting with the Lady Eagles at 6 p.m.
There is an important battle to be won both on and off the court Saturday.
While the Columbia City Lady Eagles basketball team looks for a major Northeast Hoosier Conference win over Homestead, everyone attending can help fight a battle of bigger stakes.
Back for its second year, the ‘Pink Night’ will again use the Indiana high school basketball stage as a platform to raise money for those dealing with cancer in Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY — Preservation is what Columbia City girls’ basketball did Saturday night in a Northeast Hoosier Conference home game.
With one of its top scorers out due to injury, the Lady Eagles (9-5, 1-3 NHC) fought through first-half struggles to overcome Bellmont (6-7, 1-3 NHC) in the fourth quarter and grab their first conference win, 48-38.
FORT WAYNE — Maybe as simple as his last name, Smith, a first-year Columbia City Eagle swimmer came in, dove into the pool and made a name for himself.
Despite not having competed until his junior year, Cole Smith had the talent Saturday to be among the best in the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
The annual meet that brings all seven teams together at Homestead High School. Not known to many in the swimming realm yet, Smith came in under the radar but left with a spot on the first-team all-conference.