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October 24th, 2012
HUNTINGTON â€” Columbia City basketball stand-out Drew Benedict signed with Huntington University last week, as the Forrestersâ€™ first recruit for the 2013 season.
Benedict, a 5-foot-10 senior shooting guard for the Eagles, is one of the areaâ€™s top shooters, holding Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s record for most 3-pointers made for a season and career, and is on pace to score more than 1,000 points by the end of this season â€” making him one of the top five in Columbia Cityâ€™s history.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia City cross country stand-out Samantha Roush isnâ€™t unfamiliar to injuries this season.
After a preseason injury that knocked her out of practice for nearly six weeks, Roush has been rebuilding her stamina â€” and confidence â€” all season.
Just seven days before her third appearance at the New Haven semi-state meet, Roush was in a four-wheeler accident, injuring her tailbone and taking her away from practice most of the week.
â€śItâ€™s been a very stressful and frustrating season with injuries,â€ť Roush said. â€śI was very tired today.â€ť
All three Whitley County football teams won the opening round of sectionals Friday.
Columbia City topped IHSAA Class 4A No. 8 Leo by a 14-7 score.
Whitko won a close game to Garrett 21-16 and Churubusco topped Oak Hill 38-14.
FORT WAYNE â€” The Columbia City Lady Eagle volleyball teamâ€™s season came to an end Wednesday night at the hands of the Fort Wayne Snider Lady Panthers in the opening round of IHSAA Sectional play.
The Eagles fell by a 25-12, 25-21, 25-22 score in a match that turned very competitive after the first game.
LIGONIER â€” Local cross country runners competed in the West Noble Regional Saturday in Ligonier.
While 15 Whitley County harriers entered the regional, only one is advancing to next weekâ€™s semi-state meet at New Haven â€”Â Columbia City junior Samantha Roush.
Roush placed third in the girls race with a season-best time, 18:52.81.
Roush suffered a preseason injury, and Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said sheâ€™s been improving with every meet.
â€śShe was very strong, very focused, very controlled ... very good,â€ť Fahl said.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s football seniors ended their final regular-season game with more than a Northeast Corner Conference title Friday night.
The Eagles topped (formerly) undefeated Lakeland 38-16 to win their fourth and final conference championship of their careers.
Despite taking on the only team withouth a loss in the NECC, Churubuscoâ€™s seniors modeled their familiarity as the conferenceâ€™s top dogs, holding the lead for nearly the entire game.
â€śWe knew it was going to be a big game and we were excited for the challenge,â€ť Churubusco stand-out senior Jason Nicodemus said.
OSSIAN â€” Friday night the Columbia City Eagle football squad wrapped up its regular season with a trip to Northeast Hoosier Conference opponent Norwell.
A review of the game reads like the mixed coverage of a movie blockbuster ... â€śA bang-up start, with a satisfying ending, but a little slow in the middle,â€ť as the Eagles used big plays early and late to post a 26-6 win over the host Knights.
The Eagles started the game with a bang, executing a pop-up onside kick by Jose Perez that was recovered by Columbia Cityâ€™s Wayne Smith on the Norwell 38-yard line.
AKRON â€” Whitko closed out the regular season with a loss to the top team in the Three Rivers Conference, Tippecanoe Valley, Friday in Akron.
The Vikings won a decisive 55-14 over the Wildcats, who are now preparing for the opening round of sectionals next week, as Whitko hosts the Garrett Railroaders.
Tippy Valley came out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter. Whitkoâ€™s touchdown came with 3:17 to go in the quarter with a 2-yard run by Tanner Hughes. Hughes led Whitko in rushing with 51 yards on 14 carries.
CHURUBUSCO â€” For the second time in just nine days the Churubusco Lady Eagle volleyball team played host to the Lakeland Lady Lakers, this time in an opening-round game in the Northeast Corner Conference Tournament.
As Yogi Berra once said, â€śIt was dĂ©jĂ ` vu all over again,â€ť as the host Lady Eagles repeated their earlier performance taking a relatively easy 25-13, 25-6, 25-14 straight set win over the Lady Lakers to advance to Saturdayâ€™s pool play.
â€śItâ€™s the post-season now, the regular season is over ,â€ť said Goings. â€śAnd we are 1-0 in the post season.â€ť
Area football teams play the last game of the regular season this Friday. Churubusco is hosting Lakeland for the Northeast Corner Conference title game. Columbia City travels to 0-8 Norwell and Whitko faces Tippecanoe Valley in Akron.