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October 15th, 2012
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.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” After battling through a neck-and-neck first set, Columbia Cityâ€™s volleyball team squashed DeKalb in the second set of the championship game at Whitkoâ€™s volleyball invitational Saturday.
The Lady Eagles were undefeated in pool play, only losing one set to Prairie Heights earlier in the day.
The first set of the final game was back-and-forth between DeKalb and Columbia City, being tied multiple times throughout.
DeKalb prepared for its set point, but the Eagles held strong, scoring after a long volley with a sharp kill.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” The warm, enjoyable football weather came to an end this week, as players took the field in rainy, 41-degree conditions.
Both Columbia City and Carroll faced the same muddy disadvantage Friday night at the Max Gandy Athletic Field â€” but the Eagles also carried the detriment of multiple sidelined starters, and fell 20-6 to the Chargers on senior night.
Garrett Vandersaul had a strong performance on the defensive end of the ball, forcing two fumbles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and five tackles overall.
GOSHEN â€” The clock has six seconds in the fourth quarter. â€™Busco has a third down with five and goal. The score stands at 23-21 with Fairfield leading.
The fans scream from both sides. The snap goes. Junior Cody Conwell makes a breakaway, pushing a defender out of his way. And then, the visiting crowd erupts, somehow louder than before â€” Eagles top the Falcons, 29-23.
The Eagles will spend the week preparing for next Fridaysâ€™ game against what Etzler said is another long time rival, Lakeland.
ROCHESTER â€” Rochester handed Whitkoâ€™s football team another heart-breaking loss this season with a 20-17 win Friday.
The Zebras scored off a 24-yard field goal attempt with 25 seconds left on the clock after the score was tied for more than 16 minutes.
Tanner Hughes had 26 yards on eight carries, and second-string quarterback Trevor Gilbert was 2-for-2 in passing for 19 yards.
Connor Stouder caught two passes for 12 yards. Skylar Fugate led the team in tackles with 14. Gerding and Alex Stoddard recorded 8.