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March 2nd, 2011
SYRACUSE — What a difference four days and a healthy team makes.
After downing the NorthWood Panthers by a 51-44 margin Friday night, the Whitko Wildcats squared off against the same Panthers in Tuesday night’s opening contest of the class 3A Wawasee sectional.
With the team at full strength, the Wildcats used a smothering defense and hit 22-of-25 free throws to advance with a dominating 61-45 win.
GARRETT — Heading into the third quarter Tuesday’s class 2A Garrett sectional opener, Churubusco center Tyler Arrowsmith hadn’t posted a single point.
Arrowsmith called his own number scoring all of his team-high 14 points in the second half to jump past Fremont 59-49.
NAPPANEE — Not only did Friday night’s 51-44 win at NorthWood end a three-game losing streak for the Whitko boys’ basketball team but it changed the record books.
Another Wildcat joined the best to play basketball as a Wildcat.
With his 13-point performance against the Panthers — including a crucial three-point play with 47.9 seconds left — senior Zac VanDeWater joined the elite 1,000 point club at Whitko High School.
CHURUBUSCO — A starting lineup full of seniors took the court for Churubusco boys’ basketball Friday night as the regular season came to a close.
In front of a packed crowd, the Eagles seniors (Hunter Nicodemus, Kyle Monk, Tavin Herendeen, Dylan Herendeen and Jordan Turner) combined for 49 points in a drubbing of North East Corner Conference foe Eastside 77-41.
GARRETT — When you have a ball game between two more offensively deliberate and patient teams, if one builds an early advantage it becomes extremely difficult for the other to make up the deficit.
That was the case Friday night as the Columbia City Eagles boys’ basketball team took a commanding 18-point lead at halftime and despite a difficult third quarter were still able to garner a 48-31 win.
The Eagles jumped out to an early 6-0 lead behind two straight three-pointers by sophomore guard Drew Benedict.
A first-round sectional exit and a 9-11 record didn’t come without some bright moments in the Whitko girls’ basketball season.
Earlier this week, the Three Rivers Conference announced its all-conference teams where coaches vote for the best-of-the-best among the eight conference teams.
Three Lady Wildcats were recognized in a talent field that made the list. Whitko tied for most first-team all-conference selections with juniors Micaela Sylvester and Karissa Olinske.
FORT WAYNE — It didn’t take long Wednesday night for junior Wildcat Logan Irwin to seal his spot atop the record books at Whitko High School.
With 6:54 remaining in the first quarter, a baseline jump shot made Irwin the new all-time points leader at Whitko.
According to sources, Irwin had the record Saturday at Churubusco in a 26-point performance against the Eagles.
FORT WAYNE — After Wednesday night Whitko boys’ basketball is in damage control.
Despite seeing maybe its most prestigious record, Whitko has been on the worst stretch of the season.
After battling back from as much as 13 points down, the Wildcats surrendered their third consecutive loss as the buzzer sounded at Carroll 54-53.
SYRACUSE — The weather wasn’t the only thing making the roads tough in boys’ basketball Tuesday night.
Churubusco (12-6) not only had to face a 14-4 Wawasee team but traveled to Syracuse on senior night with Riley Stichter hitting the 1,000-point milestone.
“We fully expected them to come out strong, we just didn’t handle it very well,” Churubusco head coach Michael McBride said.
WARSAW — Heading into Saturday’s boys’ swimming finals at Warsaw, Columbia City had high hopes with the top six seeds in several events.
By the end of the day, the Eagles were dealt a narrow miss for the state finals.
“It was a great season and our boys did extremely well,” Columbia City head coach Phil Stanczak said. “We came close in a couple of events to going to state individually but came up just a bit short.”