BUTLER ‚ÄĒ First came a conference tournament championship. Then came a Northeast Corner Conference regular-season championship. Monday night, Churubusco‚Äôs Eagle baseball team added an IHSAA sectional title with a nail-biting 6-4 win over the Bluffton Tigers in the title game of the Eastside 2A Sectional.
As they have throughout this year‚Äôs sectional, the Eagles used a big inning to build a lead. However, Monday evening, the Eagles had to hang on against Bluffton.
CULVER ‚ÄĒ Columbia City senior tennis players Macie Hinen‚Äôs and Aubrey Wright‚Äôs season came to a close Friday evening in the Culver Academies tennis regional. The Lady Eagle doubles team fell in a three-set match to a team from host Culver.
Wright and Hinen took the first set 7-6, winning the tie-breaker 7-4. The Culver team of Amanda and Regina Padilla came back to take the second set by a 6-3 score. In the third and deciding set, the Culver duo won by a 6-2 score.
BUTLER ‚ÄĒ In a game interrupted by rain and lightning, Churubusco‚Äôs Eagle baseball team took the next step toward an IHSAA sectional championship, overcoming a shaky first inning to post an 8-2 win over Woodlan in the Eastside sectional semi-final game Saturday.
The Eagles scored once in the top of the first inning when pitcher Jacob Howe drew a walk, and scored on a Jackson Wickliffe single.
Col. City‚Äôs McFarland headed for state in 400-meter dash
SOUTH BEND ¬≠‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Andrew McFarland participated at the boys Regional Track Meet at St. Joe High School in South Bend. McFarland qualified for the state finals track meet in Bloomington ‚ÄĒ twice in the same event.
McFarland ran in the 200-meter dash trials and qualified for the finals. McFarland then ran in the fast heat of the 400-meter dash and won with an unofficial time of 48.8, which would have set a new school record.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äės Lady Eagle 1,600-meter relay team received official word that it has qualified for the June 6 state finals track meet at Indiana University in Bloomington.
The team of Regan Decker, Molly Green, Elise Cormany and Hanna Wappes, along with alternates Samina Qureshi, Morgan von Seggern and Lauren Keller, got its ‚Äúcall back‚ÄĚ qualification notice on Wednesday afternoon.
The team placed fourth at the Warsaw Regional in a time of 4:04.45. That time was good enough to seed them in the 21st spot in the 27-team field.
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ All three Whitley County girls track teams competed in IHSAA regional competition Tuesday evening.
At the Warsaw regional, Whitko‚Äôs Kaitlyn Reed was the county‚Äôs only automatic qualifier for the June 6 state finals meet. The Whitko sophomore cleared the state qualifying height of 5 feet, 4 inches in the high jump while placing fourth. Reed also competed in the 100-meter dash, but did not qualify for the finals in that event.