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October 23rd, 2013
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.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s volleyball seniors finished out their final home match with a four-game win over Caston Thursday â€” better than that, the Lady Wildcats finished with the most regular-season wins since 1998 with nine victories.
The Lady Wildcats grabbed a 25-19 win in game one and a dominating 25-12 victory in the second game.
In game three, Whitko fell in a 25-20 match before coming back with an extra-point 29-27 win in the fourth and final game.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A total of 14 records were broken by Burnworth Pool swimmers this summer.
Coached by Pat Willliams, the team saw six relay records and eight individual records fall.
New medley relay records were set by three teams. Sophia Hatcher, Mykaela Crowell, Shauna Jo Young and Lauren Liston set the new record for 11-and 12-year-old girls at 2:27.05.
Charlie Varga, Aaron Fix, Ryan Devito and Telly Varga set the new record for the 11 and 12-year-old boys in the medley relay with a mark of 2:17.45.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s football team had its five-game winning streak snapped last week against Rochester.
Even worse for the 5-3 Wildcats, their loss to the Zebras was their first to a Three Rivers Conference opponent.
This week, though, Whitko still has much to play for when it takes the field. The Wildcats can put the 26-9 loss to the Zebras in the rearview mirror and focus on visiting Tippecanoe Valley.
The winner of the game between the Wildcats and Vikings will get at least a share of the TRC championship, and possibly more.