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February 19th, 2011
CHURUBUSCO — A busy and wild week of Indiana high school boys’ basketball finished with a upset within the Whitley County lines Saturday night.
Coming off a loss at Fort Wayne Wayne Friday, the class 3A No. 2 Wildcats suffered their first consecutive losses of the season at the hands of the Eagles 65-59.
The Churubusco boys' basketball team traveled to Fairfield Friday night and pulled out an overtime victory over Fairfield 38-35. The win keeps the Eagles one game back of North East Corner Conference leader Westview who suffered a non-conference loss in overtime to Wawasee 61-54. The Warriors are 9-0 while ’Busco's 8-1 record had its only loss come to Westview. Both teams have one conference game remaining. Westview hosts Fremont (11-7, 4-4) Tuesday. Churubusco ends its season at home against Eastside (3-14, 3-5) Friday.
FORT WAYNE — A familiar face rejoined the Wildcat sideline earlier than expected Friday night.
Three weeks to the day since he left the hardwood for chemotherapy treatment, Whitko boys’ basketball head coach Rob Irwin was on the bench for the No. 2 Wildcats’ road game at Fort Wayne Wayne.
In late January, Irwin was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. After a receiving intense treatment over a seven-day period, Irwin set out a goal to be back by the sectional round in the first week of March.
NORTH MANCHESTER — In baseball, it’s not always necessary to swing for the fences when singles will do. In basketball, its not always necessary to hit the long three-point bomb when going inside for the close shot is working.
The Columbia City Eagle boys’ basketball team worked that adage to near perfection Friday night as they used a strong inside game to build a commanding first half lead on their way to a 54-39 win over the hosting Manchester Squires.
WARSAW — The Indiana high school boys’ swimming and diving sectional at Warsaw started with a school record performance for the Columbia City Eagles and ended with Eagle swimmers qualifying for Saturday’s 9 a.m. finals in every event including several swimmers with legitimate shots at sectional titles.
COLUMBIA CITY — Heading into Wednesday night’s home game, Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict preached ‘stop the penetration.’
But that’s not all the Eagles did in a statement victory over Fort Wayne Northrop 64-55.
The veteran leadership of a sophomore guard led Columbia City to one of its most complete games of the season shooting better than 65 percent from the field and topping an athletic and sizable Bruins team.
INDIANAPOLIS — The season started with two rivals meeting in Whitley County boys’ basketball.
Why not have it end with one.
Sunday, the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) drew up the path for over 400 teams across the state of Indiana.
Among them, three county teams are vying for a sectional championship.
Columbia City (14-5) and Whitko (14-4) opened the regular season with a buzzer-beating thriller 59-58 in the Eagles favor.
GARRETT — One glaring statistic stuck out Tuesday night when the Churubusco boys’ basketball team hit the road to Garrett.
3-for-12 (25 percent).
That is what the Eagles shot from the free throw line in the second half of a road loss to the Railroaders 47-40.
“It’s been a little bit of an issue all year and tonight it got us,” Churubusco head coach Mike McBride said. “It comes back to bite you and it bit us tonight.”
After an exit earlier than they expected, Columbia City girls’ basketball got some good news Monday to lift the spirits of four Lady Eagle seniors.
The Northeast Hoosier Conference announced its all-conference teams for the 2010-11 season. Among them, Columbia City (12-10, 1-6) landed four starters within the various team selections.
For first-year head coach Amy Shearer, it’s some comfort at the end of a 12-10 season.
SOUTH WHITLEY — As the final minutes ticked down Saturday afternoon the chant began at Whitko High School.
“This is Rob’s House.”
As the class 3A No. 4 Whitko Wildcats locked up the outright championship in the Three Rivers Conference against Manchester 61-34, head coach Rob Irwin remained at home recovering from chemotherapy treatments.
However, it didn’t take long for leader of the Wildcats to find out about his team’s newest title.