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February 16th, 2012
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.
CARROLL ‚ÄĒ Lady Eagle basketball season has come to a close. In round two of sectional play Friday, Columbia City traveled to Carroll, host of the Class 4A Sectional 5, and lost to Fort Wayne Snider in a tough fought contest. The Lady Panthers were victorious by a score of 56-47, a much smaller margin than the 35-point Snider victory in November.
GAS CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls basketball team battled back from a 34-14 third-quarter deficit to come within four points of a win Friday night in the semi-final sectional game at Mississinewa against Bellmont.
After a 26-13 advantage at halftime, the Squaws scored six points to the Lady ‚ÄôCats‚Äô one, giving Whitko a 20-point deficit with just over three minutes left in the third quarter.
HAMILTON ‚ÄĒ Churu-busco‚Äôs boys basketball squad traveled to Northeast Corner Conference foe Hamilton Thursday night. The Eagles put the Marines away early, holding the hosts scoreless for the first fourteen minutes of play on their way to a dominating 62-25 win.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys basketball team broke a four-game losing streak Thursday night at home against Carroll.
The Eagles beat the Chargers by 10 points earlier this season at the holiday tournament and won 45-39 in the official Northeast Hoosier Conference match-up.
The low-scoring game had only eight Columbia City field goals in the entire 32 minutes.
Both teams only had three points each after over four minutes of play and Carroll finished the first quarter with the lead, 13-8.
MONROE ‚ÄĒ The Churubusco Lady Eagles began their ‚Äúsecond season‚ÄĚ with a trip to Adams Central High School to take on a statistically similar South Adams Lady Starfire squad with the winner advancing to meet host Adams Central in the semifinals.
‚ÄôBusco‚Äôs season will continue as they jumped out to a big first quarter lead and used a stifling defense to take a 42-27 win over the Lady Starfires.
The Lady Eagles extended their defense keeping the Lady Starfires off balance the entire first half, holding South Adams to three first quarter points and only seven in the entire first half.