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February 11th, 2011

’Busco win keeps NECC hopes alive

February 11, 2011

   CHURUBUSCO — The host Churubusco boys’ basketball team used balanced scoring and a stingy high-pressure defense to run out to a 20-point lead at halftime en route to a 59-39 win over Northeast  Corner Conference foe Hamilton Thursday.
   The Eagles got 15 points each from senior Hunter Nicodemus and juniors Josh LeFever, and Tyler Arrowsmith. ’Busco forced 22 Hamilton turnovers for the game.

Menzie takes running talents to Huntington

February 11, 2011

Whitko senior Brian Menzie signed his letter of intent to join the track and field and cross country teams at Huntington University. Menzie was a state qualifier in cross country this season finishing 48th and collecting a sectional championship in the process. The Wildcats most experienced distance runner holds a school record in the 1600-meter event in track and field at 4:33.93 and is a two-time Three Rivers Conference champion in the event. Menzie will be majoring in ministry at Huntington University. Sitting with Menzie are parents Phil Menzie, left, and Debbie Menzie, right.

February 10th

Etzler stepping down as AD, staying on as coach

February 10, 2011

   After Monday’s Smith Green Community School board meeting, Churubusco High School began the search for a new athletic director.
   Current AD Lee Etzler announced he will step down from the position effective at the end of the current school year.
   Etzler notes time with his family was the driving force behind his decision.

Final obstacle stands in way of nine wrestlers

February 10, 2011

   One final hurdle stands in the way of nine wrestlers from Whitley County. Saturday, the Indiana high school individual semistate tournament splits the contenders from the pretenders.
   Across 14 different weight classes, 224 wrestlers are vying for a top-four finish that will get them to Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the 73rd annual individual state finals tournament.
   The path for five Wildcats and four Eagles goes through the Woodlan semistate held at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Lady Eagles take rematch

February 10, 2011

   COLUMBIA CITY — The postseason got underway for Whitley County girls’ basketball teams Wednesday night with a rivalry rematch at the class 3A Columbia City sectional.
   A hot and cold night from the field, Columbia City got the better side of the shooting beating rival Whitko for the fourth consecutive time, 63-44. That leaves the Lady Eagles in a semifinal rematch from a season ago against two-time defending sectional champion NorthWood Friday night.

February 9th

Same name, new face at state

February 9, 2011

   When the Indiana high school swimming state finals get underway Friday in the Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI the familiar Richter name will be back in the pool but with a new face.
   Four-time finalist Haley Richter had her time end as a Lady Eagle last season. Following up her big sister, Andrea Richter dove into this season as a freshman with high expectations set on her shoulders.

February 7th

A day for Rob: Community backs Wildcat leader in tough time

February 7, 2011

   Back in November the plans were simple for Rob Irwin.
   As head coach, it was his only purpose to get the state ranked Whitko Wildcats to a sectional championship and possibly much more.
   Within the last two weeks, that purpose got benched and the focus was turned to another battle for Irwin — one that came off the court.
   Leukemia.

Eagles keep pace in NHC

February 7, 2011

   COLUMBIA CITY — Last week the Indiana high school basketball schedule took nearly a week off due to heavy amounts of snow fall.
   Monday, Columbia City boys’ basketball had no trouble keeping pace with the top teams in the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
   Entering the night, the Eagles remained in a two-way tie for second-place with non-other than the opponent coming to town, Norwell.
   A game honoring seniors Ben Murphy and Tyler Mosher turned into a sophomore’s game for Columbia City.

Nine wrap up semistate trip

February 7, 2011

   FORT WAYNE — As a result of competition at Saturday’s Carroll individual regional wrestling tournament nine Whitley County wrestlers will take the next step toward an individual state title.
   By placing in the top four at the regional those wrestlers will advance to next Saturday’s semistate at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
   The Whitko Wildcats will advance five wrestlers by virtue of three second place and two fourth place finishes.

Lady Eagle freshman grabs title

February 7, 2011

   WARSAW — The Richter name is back at the state finals but it’s with a new face.
   Saturday, Columbia City freshman Andrea Richter picked up where her older four-time state finalist sister  Haley Richter left off.
   Andrea Richter went into the Warsaw swimming sectional final Saturday seeded as the top swimming in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle events.

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