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NHC stand-out Carroll defeats Col. City

January 19, 2012

HUNTERTOWN — Car-roll, which lost narrowly to Homestead recently in the Northeast Hoosier Conference meet, defeated both Columbia City’s boys and girls swim teams Tuesday night.

The Eagle boys lost 182-111 and the girls were defeated 196-89.
The Chargers won every event but three, the boys 50 and 100-yard freestyle and the girls 50 free.

Cole Smith, who won the conference meet in the 50-yard free, won by two seconds over his closest opponent. Smith also took the 100 free by over a second.

Garrett downs Columbia City, 42-27

January 19, 2012

GARRETT — Garrett Railroaders wrestling celebrated senior night Wednesday with a victory over visiting Columbia City, 42-27.

“I was proud of the guys. I thought they really wrestled well,” Columbia City Head Coach Blane Culp said.

A Garrett forfeit at 182 pounds gave the Eagles a 6-0 advantage to start the match.The first action on the mat was the 195-pound weight class, with Russell Hazelet facing Railroader Austin Gibson. Hazelet took it to all three periods before losing by a score of 17-3, cutting the Eagles’ lead to 6-4.

Paul, Col. City beat Huntington

January 18, 2012

HUNTINGTON — Austin Paul, former Huntington North hoopster, joined Columbia City’s basketball squad this season as a senior and a starter.
Paul faced a little extra anxiety Tuesday night when the Eagles traveled to Huntington for his first game against his former teammates since the transfer.

Despite the anxiety, Paul helped the Eagles to a 64-48 win over the Vikings.

“I was really nervous at first. I didn’t know what the environment would be like,” Paul said.

LeFever scores 32; ’Busco routs Leo

January 18, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — The IHSAA Class 2A Churubusco Boys’ basketball team stepped up a class Tuesday night when they played host to the 3A Leo Lions.
The schools’ enrollments weren’t the only difference, as the Lions came into the contest with a high-powered offense averaging over 84 points-per-contest, while the Eagles were scoring slightly under 47 points-per-game.
The sharp contrast continued on the defensive side as the Eagles came into the game giving up just under 43 points each game, while the Lions were surrendering over 79 points-per-contest.

Lady ’Cats hang on for win

January 16, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — The Lady Wildcats basketball team trailed the entire first quarter Saturday in South Whitley. They took the lead early in the second period. They never trailed again, beating the Southwood Lady Knights, 52-44.

Southwood’s Mollie Harn-ish scored the first bucket and four of the Lady Knight’s first eight points as Whitko went down to an early 8-2 lead.

Lady Wildcat Michaela Sylvester scored the only goal for Whitko in the series until senior Katie Reiff hit a trey nearly three minutes into the game to make the score 8-5.

Local grapplers compete at Goshen

January 16, 2012

GOSHEN — Two of the three Whitley County schools — Columbia City and Whitko — competed Saturday in the 44th Annual Goshen Invitational, with the Eagles finishing in third place while the Wildcats came in seventh.

At 182 pounds, Eagle Russell Hazelet came in second overall after defeating Bronson’s (Mich.) Leo Mora almost six minutes into the match and falling to Fairfield’s Dalton Hinen in almost identical fashion.

Representing the 220-pound weight class was Columbia City’s Tristan Anglin, who made it all the way to the finals before being pinned.

Wildcats post comeback win over Rochester

January 13, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — A short-handed Whitko Wild-cat Wrestling squad rallied from a 15-0 deficit to down visiting Three Rivers Conference foe Rochester 36-33 on a cold blustery Thursday night.

The Wildcats forfeited in five weight classes as injuries depleted the Whitko lineup. Rochester forfeited three classes of their own.
Fortunately for the Wildcats, two classes were double forfeits, so the effect of the limited lineup was lessened.

’Busco girls fall to Prairie Heights

January 13, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — The Lady Eagles, playing in a consolation game as part of the Northeast Corner Conference Basketball Tournament, picked up their seventh straight loss to visiting Prairie Heights Thursday, 61-43.

‘Busco’s starting five produced only six points in the first quarter; the team scored just one basket, earning four points from the free-throw line.

Lady Panther Tressa Terry also scored six in the first quarter, part of her game-high 17.

Eagles fall to Westview

January 12, 2012

TOPEKA — Churubusco dropped out of the Northeast Corner Conference Tournament Wednesday night with a loss to the 10-1 Westview Warriors.
The Eagles faced Westview in their second game of the season and lost 47-31. Churubusco improved Wednesday night, only losing by an eight-point margin, 38-30.

The Eagles had a 6-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and matched Westview’s scoring in the second at eight to make a 14-13 score at halftime in favor of Churubusco.

The Warriors took over in the third quarter, outscoring ’Busco 15-6 and taking a 28-20 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Eagles host Senior Night

January 12, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s senior wrestlers competed in the Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium for the last time of their high school careers Wednesday night. The Eagles hosted DeKalb and lost, 46-27.

“I’m really proud of how well the guys competed tonight,” Columbia City Head Coach Blane Culp said. “We were questioning if we were even going to win a match tonight.”

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