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FORT WAYNE — After Wednesday night Whitko boys’ basketball is in damage control.
Despite seeing maybe its most prestigious record, Whitko has been on the worst stretch of the season.
After battling back from as much as 13 points down, the Wildcats surrendered their third consecutive loss as the buzzer sounded at Carroll 54-53.
SYRACUSE — The weather wasn’t the only thing making the roads tough in boys’ basketball Tuesday night.
Churubusco (12-6) not only had to face a 14-4 Wawasee team but traveled to Syracuse on senior night with Riley Stichter hitting the 1,000-point milestone.
“We fully expected them to come out strong, we just didn’t handle it very well,” Churubusco head coach Michael McBride said.
WARSAW — Heading into Saturday’s boys’ swimming finals at Warsaw, Columbia City had high hopes with the top six seeds in several events.
By the end of the day, the Eagles were dealt a narrow miss for the state finals.
“It was a great season and our boys did extremely well,” Columbia City head coach Phil Stanczak said. “We came close in a couple of events to going to state individually but came up just a bit short.”
CHURUBUSCO — Despite a 65-59 loss at Churubusco Saturday night, Whitko junior Logan Irwin stood on top of the record books in boys' basketball. Needing 25 points coming into the night to overtake Steve Nicodemus for all-time points leader at Whitko, Irwin dropped 26 points on ’Busco. Irwin clinched the all-time spot with a three-pointer in the fourth quarter to total 1,475 points.
CHURUBUSCO — A busy and wild week of Indiana high school boys’ basketball finished with a upset within the Whitley County lines Saturday night.
Coming off a loss at Fort Wayne Wayne Friday, the class 3A No. 2 Wildcats suffered their first consecutive losses of the season at the hands of the Eagles 65-59.
The Churubusco boys' basketball team traveled to Fairfield Friday night and pulled out an overtime victory over Fairfield 38-35. The win keeps the Eagles one game back of North East Corner Conference leader Westview who suffered a non-conference loss in overtime to Wawasee 61-54. The Warriors are 9-0 while ’Busco's 8-1 record had its only loss come to Westview. Both teams have one conference game remaining. Westview hosts Fremont (11-7, 4-4) Tuesday. Churubusco ends its season at home against Eastside (3-14, 3-5) Friday.
FORT WAYNE — A familiar face rejoined the Wildcat sideline earlier than expected Friday night.
Three weeks to the day since he left the hardwood for chemotherapy treatment, Whitko boys’ basketball head coach Rob Irwin was on the bench for the No. 2 Wildcats’ road game at Fort Wayne Wayne.
In late January, Irwin was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. After a receiving intense treatment over a seven-day period, Irwin set out a goal to be back by the sectional round in the first week of March.
NORTH MANCHESTER — In baseball, it’s not always necessary to swing for the fences when singles will do. In basketball, its not always necessary to hit the long three-point bomb when going inside for the close shot is working.
The Columbia City Eagle boys’ basketball team worked that adage to near perfection Friday night as they used a strong inside game to build a commanding first half lead on their way to a 54-39 win over the hosting Manchester Squires.
WARSAW — The Indiana high school boys’ swimming and diving sectional at Warsaw started with a school record performance for the Columbia City Eagles and ended with Eagle swimmers qualifying for Saturday’s 9 a.m. finals in every event including several swimmers with legitimate shots at sectional titles.
COLUMBIA CITY — Heading into Wednesday night’s home game, Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict preached ‘stop the penetration.’
But that’s not all the Eagles did in a statement victory over Fort Wayne Northrop 64-55.
The veteran leadership of a sophomore guard led Columbia City to one of its most complete games of the season shooting better than 65 percent from the field and topping an athletic and sizable Bruins team.