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October 24th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A week is only seven days long, but sometimes it can feel like a longer passage of time.
Columbia Cityâ€™s football team will be looking for a much different result this Friday when it plays Norwell than it earned last week.
Norwell beat the Eagles 35-21 in Columbia City. Now, the stakes are higher in the rematch: Win or go home.
Columbia City will have to travel for its sectional quarterfinal. The Knights will host the game, which has a 7 p.m. kickoff, in Ossian.
CHURUBUSCO â€” As the postseason begins this week for high school football, Churubuscoâ€™s football team will try to put two straight losses behind it as sectional play starts Friday.
The Eagles lost by one point to Lakeland last week and to Fairfield two weeks ago. It was the first two-game losing streak for Churubusco in six years, as the Eagles lost to the same two schools in 2007.
â€™Buscoâ€™s football team might hope for a similar postseason. In 2007, the Eagles made it to the semi-state round.
LIGONIER â€” Whitkoâ€™s volleyball team saw its season end against West Noble in a sectional quarterfinal Tuesday.
The Lady Chargers beat the Lady Wildcats 25-15, 22-25, 25-21 and 25-19.
â€ś(We) could not put together consistent strings of points to beat an enthusiastic West Noble team tonight,â€ť said Whitko Volleyball Head Coach Brandy Smith.
Smith said the season did not end the way the team wanted it to, but she is happy with the progress of the team and excited for the future of the volleyball program.
WHITLEY COUNTYâ€” Conventional sports wisdom says that, to be the best, one must beat the best.
That sage advice will be put to the test for Columbia City and Churubuscoâ€™s high school volleyball teams this week.
Both schools, competing in Class 3A and 2A, respectively, have highly-ranked foes standing in their way on the path to a sectional title.
For Columbia City, the foe is a conference rival. Bellmont beat the Lady Eagles in three sets earlier this season.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Family YMCA swimming teams defeated Angola Oct. 12-13.
Whitley County beat the Wavemakers 439-179 in the girls team race, and the Whitley County boys won by a score of 461-182.
Results (Whitley County Family YMCA placers)
Girls 8 & under
100 freestyle: 1) Hadley Snell 1:29.62; 2) Emma Johnson 1:44.09; 4) Grace Schaekel 1:48.73; 6) Mackenzie Miller 2:43.71.
TOPEKAâ€” Churubuscoâ€™s volleyball team posted a 2-2 record at the Northeast Corner Conference Tournament Saturday.
â€™Busco opened pool play against Angola and fell in three sets, 20-25, 25-15 and 15-13.
In the second match-up against Fairfield, the Lady Eagles lost in two sets, 25-12 and 25-15.
â€śScores did not show it, but we competed hard,â€ť said Churubusco Head Volleyball Coach Trinda Goings. â€śWe played with defensive heart and intensity.â€ť
Churubusco finished with two wins. The Lady Eagles swept West Noble, 25-17 and 25-22, and dispatched Fremont in two, 25-11 and 25-21.
LIGONIER â€” Columbia City senior Samantha Roush qualified for the semi-state meet for girls cross country Saturday.
Roush came in fifth at the West Noble regional with a time of 19:03.27. Fremontâ€™s Abigail Hostetler won the girls race at 18:41.94.
It will be the fourth consecutive year for Roush to run at semi-state.
The top five teams and the top 10 individuals not on qualifying teams advance to the semi-state race, which will be held at New Haven at 1 p.m. The other regionals, besides West Noble, that feed into the semi-state are: Delta, Elkhart Central and Marion.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Eagles fought back from a momentum snapping fumble in the first half to close to within a touchdown of visiting Northeast Hoosier Conference opponent Norwell before falling to the Knights by a 35-21 score in a senior night game at the Max Gandy Athletic Field.
LAGRANGE â€” Conventional football wisdom says a team should go for the win on the road, and for the tie at home.
The visiting Churubusco Eagles put that philosophy to practice, losing a one-point game to Lakeland, 14-13, after a failed two-point conversion attempt with under two minutes to play.
It was the final regular season game for both squads, and both end with a 7-2 mark going into sectionals. However, the defeat was the second in the conference for â€™Busco, costing the Eagles a chance to share the Northeast Corner Conference title with Fairfield.
SOUTH WHITLEY Â â€” Whitkoâ€™s football squad rebounded from its first Three Rivers Conference loss last week to down Tippecanoe Valley and takes its share of the TRC title.
The Wildcats fell to Rochester last week, pitting a three-way tie in the TRC, with Whitko, Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley all posting 5-1 conference records.
This week, the Wildcats took on and Tippy Valley, 35-21, to share the TRC title with Rochester, which beat North Miami Friday.
Whitko took the momentum from the get-go.