Archive - Jan 2011 - Sports Article
FORT WAYNE — In most ordinary circumstances a 32-point fourth quarter will get a team the victory.
Tuesday night’s game at Fort Wayne Northrop had no ordinary circumstances.
After being down 26 points at halftime, Columbia City (10-8) outscored the hosting Lady Bruins (8-8) by 14 points in the second half. However, a strong shooting first half by Northrop was too much for the Lady Eagles to overcome in a 74-62 loss.
SPEICHERVILLE — For the first time in nine years the Three Rivers Conference wrestling tournament has a team champion that is not the Whitko Wildcats.
By the narrowest of margins the host Northfield Norsemen upended a short-handed Wildcat squad 209.5-202 to take the team title.
The Wildcats, haunted as they have been by injuries all year, were forced to forfeit three weight classes. Those forfeits allowed Northfield to outscore the Wildcats by 28.5 points in those divisions.
COLUMBIA CITY — The Donald S. Weeks gymnasium hosted a dogfight Saturday night between two Northeast Hoosier Conference foes.
The score was close throughout the entire game, but Columbia City (9-3, 3-1 NHC) was able to pick up a four-point lead in the final seconds leaving DeKalb (5-7, 1-3 NHC) behind 44-40.
With the score so low, the game proved to be a defensive battle. The Eagles held DeKalb to just eight points in the fourth quarter.
TOPEKA — After various dual matches, weekend tournaments and ranked opponents in his way, senior Braxton Siddons has yet to see a wrestler he hasn’t been able to beat.
Saturday, Siddons was one of three Churubusco Eagles to return from Westview High School with a North East Corner Conference title.
Along with a third-place team finish, Siddons took a unblemished 23-0 record into the day and came away with four more wins to add to his mark.
Columbia City 119 pounder Trey Hinen, left, suffered what five other Eagle wrestlers did at Saturday’s Northeast Hoosier Conference meet. While the hosting Carroll Chargers ended a 20-year team title streak by the Bellmont Braves, Columbia City finished in eight-place with six different Eagles tying for a team-best finish of sixth-place. Hinen fell in the fifth-place match against New Haven’s Justin Syndram, right.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Statistics truly can tell the story of a ball game, provided that you get the right set of statistics.
For example, through three quarters in Friday night’s Three Rivers Conference boys’ basketball match-up between the host Whitko Wildcats and the Northfield Norsemen, the visitors were shooting a blistering 63 percent from the field compared to 45 percent for the Wildcats.
CHURUBUSCO — The Churubusco Eagles proved they could fly higher than Hornets Friday night against Angola 59-47.
Though the Hornets are winless (0-10), they put up a fight against ’Busco — who didn’t pull away until the second half.
“It’s scary to play someone who hasn’t won,” Churubusco head coach Michael McBride said. “They want to get that win.
“They’ve played some really quality people.”
WATERLOO — It doesn’t seem like much — a 15-foot shot. No one to block the shot, just a shooter and the ball.
It might be known as the freebie in basketball but free throws weren’t a guarantee Friday night.
The foul line proved costly on the road for Columbia City girls’ basketball. Going 5-for-16 at Northeast Hoosier Conference foe DeKalb, the Lady Eagles went 0-for-6 in the fourth quarter opening the door for the Lady Barons.
WATERLOO — With less than two weeks left before the girls’ swimming sectional, Columbia City is in season form.
The entire regular season schedule leads up to the postseason. At this point, it’s about fine-tuning.
“It’s been a good year but we’re just a few weeks away from competing in sectional,” Columbia City head coach Phil Stanczak said. “We are now focusing on the little things to make us better.”
COLUMBIA CITY — After a season-opening home match against the Bellmont Braves, the Columbia City Eagle wrestling team waited a long time for another chance to compete in front of the home crowd. That chance came Thursday night in the final match of the regular season, as the Eagles took on the visiting Garrett Railroaders in a match postponed from Wednesday due to weather.