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’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.”

’Busco boys win, girls lose to Angola in opening round of NECC tourney

January 11, 2012

ANGOLA — Churubusco traveled to Angola Tuesday night and beat the Hornets 44-32 in the first round of the Northeast Hoosier Conference Tournament.

Three Eagle hoopsters scored in double digits; Chris Jones had 12, Josh LeFever chipped in 11 and Tyler Arrowsmith tallied 10. The three combined for 33 of ’Busco’s 11 points.

With a close 8-7 score in favor of Churubusco at the end of the first quarter, the Eagles pulled away at the half, outscoring the Hornets 12-4. ’Busco added to its 20-11 score at halftime with an 8-5 advantage in the third quarter.

Columbia City hangs on for win

January 11, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Lady Eagles came out victorious Tuesday, hosting the Wawasee hoops team and winning 55-46.
Columbia City jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on the heels of a Kalisha Goree jumper and an Emily Whiteleather put-back from an offensive board.
The Lady Warriors bounced back with a trey from Kilee Knafel, one of her five 3-pointers on the evening.
Wawasee scored again to take a 5-4 lead.
Whitleather converted on an assist from Goree, who followed the helper with a jump shot to give the Lady Eagles an 8-5 lead before Macie Hinen added another two points.

Smith takes 1st team All-NHC

January 10, 2012

FORT WAYNE — Columbia City swim senior Cole Smith won the 50-yard freestyle race Saturday, meriting a spot on the Northeast Hoosier Conference 1st team.

Smith finished with a 22:23 time, .12 seconds faster than his nearest opponent, from Bellmont.

Fellow boys teammate Tucker Daniel was also recognized by the NHC Saturday, making the Honorable Mention All-NHC team. Daniel placed eighth in both the 200 and 500-yard free events. He also competed with the 200 and 400-yard freestyle relay teams, which both placed fourth.

’Busco girls lose second game in two days

January 9, 2012

CHURUBUSCO – It usually is a good thing when a basketball team outscores their opponent from the free throw line. However, it is an unfortunate thing if that is where half your points come from. That was the case for the Churubusco Lady Eagles Saturday night in their contest with Northeast Corner Conference foe, the Hamilton Lady Marines.

The Lady Eagles managed only four field goals through the first three periods and fell to the visitors by a 45-32 score. ’Busco started well, jumping out to a 5-0 lead on two free throws by Haleigh Gross and a three pointer by Chandler Blake.

Lady ’Cats beat Rochester

January 9, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — The Whitko girls hoops team has been unable to defeat Rochester since the current batch of seniors were in eighth grade.
In fact, aside from a two-point loss in 2005, the Lady Wildcats haven’t managed to keep the Lady Zebra’s margin of victory within single digits since the millennium began.

That changed Saturday night, as Whitko hosted — and defeated — Rochester, 51-48, in a close game that was within one point with under a minute left in the contest.

Eagles hang on for win over Bellmont

January 9, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Bell-mont’s boys basketball team took nearly the same approach Saturday at Columbia City as the girls used Friday against the Lady Eagles — a low-possession, low-scoring ball game. Unfortunately for the Braves, they lost 47-38 like the girls did Friday in Decatur.

Columbia City pulled out to a 5-0 lead one minute into the game with a bucket by Daniel Woll in the first possession and a 3-point play by senior Austin Paul.

Columbia City girls top Bellmont

January 7, 2012

By JOE SPAULDING
for The Post and Mail

DECATUR — One observer at the press table Friday night at the Bellmont gym wryly noted, “the first team to 30 will win.”

That prediction came true as Columbia City held on to win a 35-29 girls varsity decision over Bellmont in Northeast Hoosier Conference action by shutting down the Bellmont inside game with what Eagle coach Amy Shearer called “good pressure and a good defensive effort.”

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