Archive - Jan 2012 - Sports Article
GOSHEN ‚ÄĒ Two of the three Whitley County schools ‚ÄĒ Columbia City and Whitko ‚ÄĒ competed Saturday in the 44th Annual Goshen Invitational, with the Eagles finishing in third place while the Wildcats came in seventh.
At 182 pounds, Eagle Russell Hazelet came in second overall after defeating Bronson‚Äôs (Mich.) Leo Mora almost six minutes into the match and falling to Fairfield‚Äôs Dalton Hinen in almost identical fashion.
Representing the 220-pound weight class was Columbia City‚Äôs Tristan Anglin, who made it all the way to the finals before being pinned.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ A short-handed Whitko Wild-cat Wrestling squad rallied from a 15-0 deficit to down visiting Three Rivers Conference foe Rochester 36-33 on a cold blustery Thursday night.
The Wildcats forfeited in five weight classes as injuries depleted the Whitko lineup. Rochester forfeited three classes of their own.
Fortunately for the Wildcats, two classes were double forfeits, so the effect of the limited lineup was lessened.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ 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.
‚ÄėBusco‚Äôs 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.
TOPEKA ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄôBusco 15-6 and taking a 28-20 lead going into the fourth quarter.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm really proud of how well the guys competed tonight,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Head Coach Blane Culp said. ‚ÄúWe were questioning if we were even going to win a match tonight.‚ÄĚ
ANGOLA ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄôBusco‚Äôs 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. ‚ÄôBusco added to its 20-11 score at halftime with an 8-5 advantage in the third quarter.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ 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.
CHURUBUSCO ‚Äď 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. ‚ÄôBusco started well, jumping out to a 5-0 lead on two free throws by Haleigh Gross and a three pointer by Chandler Blake.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôt managed to keep the Lady Zebra‚Äôs margin of victory within single digits since the millennium began.
That changed Saturday night, as Whitko hosted ‚ÄĒ and defeated ‚ÄĒ Rochester, 51-48, in a close game that was within one point with under a minute left in the contest.