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January 9th, 2012
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Columbia City swim senior Cole Smith won the 50-yard freestyle race Saturday, meriting a spot on the Northeast Hoosier Conference 1st team.
Smith finished with a 22:23 time, .12 seconds faster than his nearest opponent, from Bellmont.
Fellow boys teammate Tucker Daniel was also recognized by the NHC Saturday, making the Honorable Mention All-NHC team. Daniel placed eighth in both the 200 and 500-yard free events. He also competed with the 200 and 400-yard freestyle relay teams, which both placed fourth.
CHURUBUSCO ‚Äď It usually is a good thing when a basketball team outscores their opponent from the free throw line. However, it is an unfortunate thing if that is where half your points come from. That was the case for the Churubusco Lady Eagles Saturday night in their contest with Northeast Corner Conference foe, the Hamilton Lady Marines.
The Lady Eagles managed only four field goals through the first three periods and fell to the visitors by a 45-32 score. ‚ÄôBusco started well, jumping out to a 5-0 lead on two free throws by Haleigh Gross and a three pointer by Chandler Blake.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ The Whitko girls hoops team has been unable to defeat Rochester since the current batch of seniors were in eighth grade.
In fact, aside from a two-point loss in 2005, the Lady Wildcats haven‚Äôt managed to keep the Lady Zebra‚Äôs margin of victory within single digits since the millennium began.
That changed Saturday night, as Whitko hosted ‚ÄĒ and defeated ‚ÄĒ Rochester, 51-48, in a close game that was within one point with under a minute left in the contest.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Bell-mont‚Äôs boys basketball team took nearly the same approach Saturday at Columbia City as the girls used Friday against the Lady Eagles ‚ÄĒ a low-possession, low-scoring ball game. Unfortunately for the Braves, they lost 47-38 like the girls did Friday in Decatur.
Columbia City pulled out to a 5-0 lead one minute into the game with a bucket by Daniel Woll in the first possession and a 3-point play by senior Austin Paul.
By JOE SPAULDING
for The Post and Mail
DECATUR ‚ÄĒ One observer at the press table Friday night at the Bellmont gym wryly noted, ‚Äúthe first team to 30 will win.‚ÄĚ
That prediction came true as Columbia City held on to win a 35-29 girls varsity decision over Bellmont in Northeast Hoosier Conference action by shutting down the Bellmont inside game with what Eagle coach Amy Shearer called ‚Äúgood pressure and a good defensive effort.‚ÄĚ
FREMONT ‚ÄĒ Churubusco girls basketball got down early Friday and was never able to recover, losing to Fremont Lady Eagles 49-31.
The ‚ÄėBusco Lady Eagles kept it close in the first quarter, scoring nine points to Fremont‚Äôs 12.
‚ÄúWe played well in the first quarter,‚ÄĚ Churubusco Head Coach Jamie Perlich said. ‚ÄúThen we started struggling defensively.
‚ÄúWhen we play well on defense the rest falls together. We started getting tired and started standing up instead of moving our feet on defense and our shots stopped falling.‚ÄĚ
John Davis and teammate Audrey Gruettert dove Thursday night at Homestead in the conference meet. The meet will conclude Saturday with the swim events, starting at 11 a.m.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City wrestling alumni ‚Äď on hand for Alumni Night Wednesday ‚Äď didn‚Äôt quite get the show they were hoping for.
The Eagles lost to East Noble, 60-10.
‚ÄúI was very proud of our guys,‚ÄĚ said Eagle Head Coach Blane Culp. ‚ÄúFor the most part our guys really went after them. It‚Äôs a tough team. (Head Coach) Keith Koffar‚Äôs got them going.‚ÄĚ
After five matches, East Noble led 21-4.
Despite the loss, the Eagles only surrendered four pins in 12 matches, something Culp said the coaches have stressed to the team this year.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Eagle junior varsity wrestling got a taste of victory Wednesday, winning three of its four matches and defeating East Noble‚Äôs JV squad 15-6.
Brice Bauer opened the meet at 145 pounds with a 9-3 win over his Knight opponent. Bauer was down 3-0 heading into the final period.
Head Coach Blane Culp said the team preaches that it is a six-minute match and Bauer showed that by continuing to work.
At 152 and having to mount several counters, Columbia City‚Äôs Hunter LaRue got a pinfall victory with time expiring in the first period.
WOODBURN ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs boys basketball team traveled to Woodlan Wednesday night to post a 71-49 win and improve the Eagles to a winning record (4-3).
‚ÄôBusco‚Äôs Josh LeFever scored 10 of the Eagles‚Äô 16 first-quarter points, while the defense held the Warriors to nine.
‚ÄúHe (LeFever) got off on a real good roll in the first quarter,‚ÄĚ Churubusco Head Coach Mike McBride said. ‚ÄúIn the first quarter we did a nice job defensively, they have some kids that shoot it pretty well and we stopped them.‚ÄĚ