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Check out Thursday's edition of the Post and Mail for full sectional previews for Churubusco (9-0), Columbia City (6-3) and Whitko (5-4).
While cross countryâ€™s post season is in full swing, several area teams are preparing for sectionals this week.
Cross Country: Whitkoâ€™s boys, along with Columbia Cityâ€™s boys and girls teams, will be competing Saturday at IPFW in the semi-state meet.
Teams that place in the top five will advance, along with runners that place in the top 15 individually.
Volleyball: Columbia Cityâ€™s, Churubuscoâ€™s, and Whitkoâ€™s volleyball teamsâ€™ sectionals begin Thursday night.
Columbia City will take the short trip to Carroll to face Fort Wayne North Side at 7:30 p.m.
CULVER â€” Columbia City tennisâ€™ history-making season ended Tuesday night in the first round of regionals.
The Eagles faced Ply-mouth, which has racked up 15 straight sectional titles, at Culver Academies.
Though Columbia City lost as a team, No. 1 singles Derek Hinen won his match, advancing to the next round in the singles tournament.
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LAGRANGE â€” The measure of a team is not always how they play when faced with a team that is better than they are, but rather how they play when competing against a team that is not playing at their level.
That was the challenge that the Churubusco Lady Eagles had Tuesday night when they traveled to Lagrange to square off against the Lakeland Lady Lakers in a Northeast Corner Conference match.
The Lady Eagles were able to maintain their focus and came away with a win in three straight games.
LIGONIER â€“ Churubu-scoâ€™s boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ cross country teams competed in the Northeast Corner Conference meet Saturday morning at West Noble, with the girls placing sixth and the boys taking seventh.
West Noble fared well on its home turf with six girls runners in the top 20, led by fourth place Anissa Richards with a time of 19:56, to give the team a second place finish. The Charger boys team won the boys race.
FORT WAYNE â€” Lady Eagle runner Samantha Roush raised her win streak to four Saturday morning at the Northeast Hoosier Conference Meet in Fort Wayne.
Sophomore first team all-NHC Roush finished seven seconds ahead of her nearest opponent (19:15), Olivia Hippensteel of Carroll and the rest of the Lady Charger pack.
Though Roush won the race, Carroll controlled the 2-7 slots in the Lady Chargers win by 59 points over second place Homestead.
WARSAW â€” The Eagles tennis team wasnâ€™t ready to end their stand-out season at Warsawâ€™s sectional Saturday.
After its first win in over 30 years against Homestead a couple weeks ago, Columbia City walked away with its first sectional in the schoolâ€™s history.
The Eagles fought off the weekâ€™s rough weather and a 2-1 deficit to overcome Warsaw in the championship match.
Many area sectional matches were postponed for rain, forcing several teams to play two matches in one day.
The Eagles won in a lopsided 5-0 match over Whitko in the first round.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” There are many reasons that a game can get away from a team. Sometimes itâ€™s missed opportunities that send a team down to defeat, while other times turnovers may be the culprit.
Friday night was a combination of early missed scoring opportunities, five turnovers and a last second field goal that handed the Columbia City Eagles a 17-14 Northeast Hoosier Conference loss at the hands of the visiting East Noble Knights.
â€śWe just beat ourselves,â€ť Eagle head coach Randy Hudgins said. â€śMissed opportunities were the biggest thing.â€ť
DENVER â€” Whitko lost its first Three Rivers Conference game of the season by one point Friday night at North Miami, 14-13.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, a last-minute spark in Whitkoâ€™s offense wasnâ€™t enough to take the win.
With the Wildcats down 14-7 and less than three minutes left in the game, Whitkoâ€™s defense had its hands full. Literally.
Defensive tackle Andrew Warren caught an interception to give the Wildcats the ball on the North Miami 32-yard line.
Quarterback Alex Stoddard and Austin Mort went to work on an under two-minute touchdown drive in an attempt to tie the score.
CHURUBUSCO â€” â€™Busco Head Coach Lee Etzler described the playing predicament as difficult in the teamâ€™s 18-14 win over the Culver Academy.
â€śWe had tough field conditions, tonight. The field gets a little sloppier and weâ€™re spinning in the mud a little bit,â€ť Etzler said.
The field was already water-soiled and muddy from a week of rain, and the weather conditions Friday night did nothing to help the matter.