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January 21st, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ After coming out on the wrong side of a thriller against Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Homestead last week, Columbia City‚Äôs boys basketball team won a close game against another conference opponent Saturday.
Eagle Drew Benedict hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 46 seconds left to give DeKalb its first conference loss, 47-46.
‚ÄúThey find a way to get it done,‚ÄĚ Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said. ‚ÄúSometimes it‚Äôs not always pretty.‚ÄĚ
Columbia City had an eight-point lead going into the fourth quarter, a lead that slowly dwindled in the final eight minutes.
LIGONIER ‚ÄĒ Churubusco crowned two individual champions and took second place overall as a team at the Northeast Corner Conference (NCC) Wrestling Tournament Saturday.
The Eagles garnered 182.5 points as a team, placing them 14.5 behind champion Fremont.
The two champions for ‚ÄėBusco were Brian Richardson at 195 and Jason Nicodemus at 220. Richardson earned the crown with two pins and a 7-5 championship match decision over Zach Goodyear of West Noble, who had defeated Richardson at the conference meet last year.
WATERLOO ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs wrestling team came into Saturday‚Äôs Northeast Hoosier Conference wrestling tournament with hopes of an upper-division finish and at least one individual champion. Unfortunately for the Eagles, things did not turn out that way, as several high Eagle seeds fell to upsets and Columbia City finished sixth as a team.
DENVER ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs wrestling team competed in the Three Rivers Conference Wrestling Tournament Saturday morning at North Miami Junior-Senior High School. The Wildcats finished sixth with 150.5 points.
Whitko‚Äôs Lane Wolf took the 120-pound weight class championship after entering the tournament unseeded.
‚ÄúI thought our guys wrestled extremely well,‚ÄĚ said Whitko head coach Frank Bumgardner. ‚ÄúThey wrestled hard and showed improvement, that‚Äôs what we‚Äôve been working on the last couple weeks.‚ÄĚ
Whitko was comparatively short-handed, having wrestlers in 11 of the 14 weight classes.
WABASH ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls basketball team pulled off an upset on Saturday, defeating Class 2A 17th-ranked Northfield on the road.
The Lady Wildcats defeated the Lady Norsemen by a final score of 42-35. The win moves Whitko up to 6-12 for the season and 2-4 in the conference. Northfield falls to a record of 13-4 and 3-3 in the Three Rivers Conference.
Both teams kept the game close throughout. Northfield led by three at halftime, 16-13. Both teams scored eight points in the third quarter to keep the margin in favor of the Norsemen by three entering the final period.
Here are the sports headlines in Monday's Post & Mail:
Eagles finish on right side of NHC dogfight
Churubusco captures second in NECC wrestling
Whitko places sixth in conference tournament
Col. City's high seeds fall to upsets at conference
Whitko girls knock off 17th ranked Northfield
Editor‚Äôs note: The following is the fourth of a four-part series on Columbia City‚Äôs football team
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ One might wonder if anything could have been done to prevent the onslaught of injuries the Columbia City football team suffered in 2012.
‚ÄúSometimes it‚Äôs just a freak-type injury,‚ÄĚ said head coach Randy Hudgins. ‚ÄúYou‚Äôre not really sure you can prevent that, especially with bone breaks and concussions.‚ÄĚ
In regards to seasons to come, Hudgins said concentrated steps have already been taken to lessen the likelihood of players injuring themselves.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ In the final regular season match, two Whitley County wrestling teams squared off on Churubusco‚Äôs Senior Night.
The host Eagles used an advantage in the upper weight classes to build a lead on their way to a 57-19 win over the visiting Whitko Wildcats.
With both teams heading into their conference tournaments Saturday, both the Eagles and the Wildcats were looking to establish some momentum.
Bouts started at 126 pounds, with Eagle sophomore Chase Downing scoring a pinfall win over Whitko‚Äôs Evan Cozad at the 1:02 mark of the first period, putting the hosts up 6-0.
Here are the sports headlines in Friday's Post & Mail:
Columbia City football in review, final part
Churubusco grapplers top Whitko, 57-19
Editor‚Äôs note: The following is the third of a four-part series on Columbia City‚Äôs football team.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Rain was falling that October Friday night. The Max Gandy Athletic Field was soft and slick.
With conditions like those, the game was bound to be a low-scoring affair dominated by defense.
If someone could bust off one big play, that might have been all it would have taken to win the first sectional game.