Archive - Feb 2012 - Sports Article
INDIANAPOLIS ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs standout performance in the post-season came to an end Friday at the swimming state finals in Indianapolis.
The Eagles broke six school records at sectionals and advanced to state in three events.
Senior Cole Smith participated in three events in Indianapolis, the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Smith broke his own school record, set at sectionals, in the 50 free with a time of 21.76.
Smith was seeded 28th going into the meet and improved to finish 19th.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ The Wildcat basketball team played the final five minutes only putting two points on the scoreboard Friday night, falling to Northwood (9-11) 45-39.
With a 33-30 lead to start the fourth quarter, Whitko was nearly scoreless while the Panthers tacked on 15 points in the last eight minutes to take the win.
The score doesn‚Äôt adequately display the seven lead changes and three-point margins throughout much of the game.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The seniors ‚ÄĒ along with the rest of the Columbia City basketball team ‚ÄĒ are heading into the tourney having finished their regular season with a win.
The Eagles beat the visiting Fort Wayne Concordia 64-55 on senior night, the final regular season contest of the season for the twelfth graders.
‚ÄúThose guys are all amazing,‚ÄĚ said junior Derek Hinen. ‚ÄúWe have a special bond with each one of those guys; in a system like Columbia City‚Äôs I think you get to know each other better than a lot of other system‚Äôs in the state.‚ÄĚ
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs boys basketball team defeated Wayne in South Whitley Friday night, 65-63.
Logan Irwin scored 36 points for the Wildcats, adding to his already 2,000 plus career points.
Irwin started the game off with Whitko‚Äôs first seven points to take the Wildcats‚Äô first lead, 7-5, with 5:12 left in the first quarter. Jordan Sims hit one of his two 3-pointers with three minutes left in the quarter and Alex Stoddard chipped in seven in the stanza.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ In a game that was never farther apart than six points for most of the game, Churubusco won its seventh straight game, defeating visiting Northeast Corner Conference opponent Fairfield in a game that ended with a somewhat misleading score, 58-46.
Coming into the game, both teams likely had the last three years on their minds. Two seasons ago, the Eagles lost in Fairfield by three points on the road and four points in overtime at home. Last year, ‚ÄėBusco returned the favor with a three-point overtime victory on the Falcons‚Äô home court.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Though Head Coach Chris Benedict does all the play calling, look farther down the bench to see a pint-sized boy dressed in a shirt and tie at the end of the Columbia City coaching line-up.
Sam Eberly, 6, has followed the Eagles‚Äô boys basketball team closely for the last several years.
Eberly traveled with the team to the semi-state finals in the 2010-11 season and has spent most practices and every game as Columbia City‚Äôs junior ‚Äúmascot‚ÄĚ.
Sam, as a kindergartner, played in Columbia City‚Äôs youth league against 3rd and 4th graders.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys basketball team turned the tables against Homestead Tuesday night.
Unlike the Eagles‚Äô first meeting with Homestead in late December, when they fell to a 16-0 deficit in the opening minutes, Columbia City scored the first points and had the lead at halftime.
Despite the improvements, the Eagles still fell to the undefeated Spartans, 65-55, Tuesday in Columbia City.
Homestead beat the Eagles by 18 points in their first meeting, after taking out their starters for much of the second half after taking a 32-12 lead.
MARION ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys basketball team held on for a win Saturday afternoon at Marion after the Giants made it a one-possesion game with two minutes left to play. The Eagles walked away with their 12th win of the season, 71-66.
Four of the five Columbia City starters had double-digit scoring with senior Matt Rethlake leading the team offensively for the first time this season with 18 points. Daniel Woll posted a double-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal. Drew Benedict (17) and Derek Hinen (11) also scored in double digits.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Three Whitley County wrestlers traveled to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Saturday for the IHSAA Semi-State competition, hoping to qualify for a trip to Banker‚Äôs Life Fieldhouse and the IHSAA Individual State Finals Wrestling Tournament.
MONROE ‚ÄĒ Coming off an opening round sectional win over South Adams Tuesday, Churubusco‚Äôs girls basketball team traveled to Adams Central High School to play the hosting Lady Flying Jets in its second round
The Lady Eagles knocked off their opponent, 31-24, and will head back today to face Fort Wayne Bishop Luers for the sectional championship.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm proud of our girls for sticking together and giving us a change to win a sectional,‚ÄĚ said ‚ÄėBusco Head Coach Jamie Perlich.