Archive - Sports Article
February 6th, 2012
WARSAW ‚ÄĒ The Warsaw girls swimming sectional finals took place Saturday, and Columbia City Lady Eagle Libby Bower had been here before.
As a freshman and sophomore, Bower finished second in 100-yard butterfly consolation races.
Her junior year, she finished fifth in the sectional final to determine the state tourney representative, missing her trip to the finals by four places. Saturday, the senior again improved upon her previous efforts, taking first place and taking her first trip to Indianapolis with a time of 1:06.27.
HUNTERTOWN ‚ÄĒ The season goes on for all three Whitley County wrestling teams as Columbia City, Churubusco and Whitko each qualified a wrestler for next Saturday‚Äôs IHSAA Wrestling Semi-State.
Columbia City‚Äôs Russell Hazelet qualified with a fourth-place finish at 182 pounds and Churubusco freshman Chase Downing advanced by placing fourth in the 120-pound weight class. Whitko senior Cody Bays will represent the Wildcats by way of a third-place finish at 145 pounds.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ The Lady Eagles basketball team opened a boy-girl double-header with a loss Friday, falling to the visiting Lady Lakers of Lakeland, 49-44.
In the first quarter, Lakeland jumped out to an early lead off of consecutive scores from Abi Thompson. After a foul shot from Thompson the Lady Eagles found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-0 deficit three minutes into the game.
Thompson scored again for Lakeland, but it was the last basket the Lady Lakers would score in the opening period.
Savannah Labenz scored four straight points to give Churubusco the lead.
WARSAW ‚Äď Columbia City High School started its swim program 15 years ago. Assistant Coach Phil Stanczak has been around for nearly all of them.
‚ÄúIn my 14 years of doing this, I‚Äôve never seen that happen,‚ÄĚ said Stanczak. ‚ÄúThat‚ÄĚ being sending an Eagle diver ‚Äď boy or girl ‚Äď to the state regional tournament.
That changed Saturday. Lady Eagle diver junior Audrey Gruettert finished in the top four at the Warsaw sectional, advancing her to regionals Tuesday. Gruettert‚Äôs 306.7 score placed her in fourth.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm very excited; still kind of in shock,‚ÄĚ Gruettert said.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ The crowd in Churubusco, having just watched a Lady Eagle loss to Lakeland, watched its boys team return the favor to the Lakers in the second contest of the ‚ÄėBusco-hosted double-header by a score of 47-44.
In the first eight minutes, the score was knotted at two, four and nine. Eagles Smith, Austin Goepfrich, Dylan Jones and Josh LeFever all scored, as did Lakers Tim Abbott, Cody Richardson and Jalen King. King hit from long range as the buzzer sounded to even the score at 9-9.
Tied at 13, Lakeland went on a tear, notching nine of the next 12 points.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls basketball seniors took the court for the last time at home Wednesday night against Triton. Unfortunately, the Lady Wildcats didn‚Äôt walk away with a victory, falling to the Lady Trojans, 55-45.
Whitko‚Äôs six seniors ‚ÄĒ Karissa Olinske, Micaela Sylvester, Katee Reiff, Lynsi Hicks, Cassie Jones and Megan Zumbrun ‚ÄĒ combined for 36 of the Lady ‚ÄôCats‚Äô 45 points.
Sylvester, Reiff and Jones are all four-year varsity letter winners and Olinske has three years of experience.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Despite Columbia City Drew Benedict‚Äôs 5-for-8 shooting from 3-point range, 15-1 Northrop beat the Eagles 70-56 Tuesday night in Fort Wayne.
Northrop‚Äôs stand-out brothers Brenton and Bryson Scott combined for 42 of the Bruins 70 points. Bryson shot 13-of-16 from the field and led the team with nine rebounds, putting on quite a show for Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter, who attended the game in attempt to recruit the Scott brothers.
Northrop jumped out to a 10-2 lead early in the game thanks to 11 points from Bryson Scott in the first quarter.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Both the Whitko Wildcats and Carroll Chargers came into their match-up Tuesday having lost eight games for the season; neither looking for its ninth. Whitko got its wish, sending Carroll back home with a 53-48 loss.
In the first quarter, Logan Irwin scored a basket early and later displayed his range by hitting a 3-pointer. The sharp shooter is just 12 points away from reaching 2,000 career points and is expected to hit the mark Friday.
Irwin, along with Trey Weber who also connected from 20 feet, accounted for eight of the team‚Äôs 10 first quarter points.
SOUTH WHITLEY ¬≠‚ÄĒ Without scoring a single field goal in the fourth quarter, senior Logan Irwin and junior Alex Stoddard combined for 46 points in Whitko‚Äôs 72-52 win over Wabash Friday.
Stoddard scored 10 of the Wildcats‚Äô 21 first quarter points, while Wabash only tallied 11.
Whitko‚Äôs defense held the Apaches to 11 points again in the second period while Stoddard and Irwin combined for 14 of the ‚ÄôCats 18.
The Wildcats built on their 39-22 halftime lead in the third quarter with nine points from Irwin, four from Stoddard and four from Gabe Powell.
NEW HAVEN ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs girls basketball team began the 2011-12 season expected to finish at the bottom of the conference.
Lady Eagle Head Coach Amy Shearer had different plans for the team, making the team‚Äôs goal to prove the polls wrong.
‚ÄúWe were not going to finish last in the conference, that was a big goal for us after the polls came out,‚ÄĚ Shearer said.
With Saturday‚Äôs 55-34 win over New Haven, Col. City finished the season 3-4 in the NHC, good for a fifth-place finish out of eight teams.