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.
ROCHESTER — Despite the treacherous snow, Whitko (7-7) traveled to Rochester (8-6) Saturday night in hopes of picking up a conference win.
After having a 12-4 lead in the first quarter, the Lady Wildcats let their advantage slip away and fell short to the Lady Zebras, 59-47.
The Lady ’Cats jumped out to a quick lead and barely held it through the final seconds of the first quarter, when the Zebras hit a three-pointer to put the score at 16-15.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Good teams find a way to make adjustments when things aren’t going exactly the way they usually do.
In a Friday night match-up of two of the Three Rivers Conference’s best teams, it was the Whitko Wildcats who were able to use a rugged defense and adjust when their leading scorer had a bit of an off shooting night.
The end result was a 56-42 win over the visiting Rochester Zebras that kept the Wildcats perfect in the conference.
CHURUBUSCO — It was a battle of the Eagles Friday night in Churubusco’s gymnasium.
After watching the girls’ team suffer a tough loss, the ’Busco boys took the court seeking revenge on Fremont, 73-50.
Churubusco shot down Fremont from the beginning, with ’Busco’s Tyler Arrowsmith scoring six points in the first three minutes of the game.
“We played really solid in the first six minutes,” Churubusco head coach Michael McBride said.
Columbia City hit the road in the Northeast Hoosier Conference Friday night keeping its record unblemished with a 62-45 win over Bellmont. The Eagles are off to their second consecutive 7-2 start under head coach Chris Benedict.
CHURUBUSCO — It’s been almost a year to the day since Churubusco girls’ basketball saw its last win in the North East Corner Conference.
Still in search of their first victory this season, the Lady Eagles (2-10) took to the hardwood at home against Fremont (7-5). ’Busco fought back from a nine-point deficit in the first quarter to tie the game three different times in the second.
However, a 14-2 run before the half took Fremont’s momentuem into the second half where they went on to win 55-39.
No, its not the postseason but it will feel like it next week for Churubusco basketball teams.
It’s one-and-done atmosphere with the annual North East Corner Conference tournament throwing its 11 girls and boys teams into brackets with a championship at the end.
“The NECC tournament is big,” Churubusco head boys’ basketball coach said. “It’s high on what we want to accomplish.