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Nicodemus to step on state mat

February 14, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco senior Jason Nicodemus is going to end his season where dreams are made: at the state wrestling tournament in Indianapolis.

Nicodemus has already had a memorable season. Before adding a state trip to his resume, he won the NECC championship at 220 pounds and was also a sectional and regional champion.

This will be the first ‘Busco wrestler to advance to state in two years.

ISMS tops Manchester

February 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Indian Springs Middle School’s 8th-grade Lady Stars played host to the Lady Squires of Manchester Wednesday night.

The Lady Stars improved to 8-5 on the season with a 36-17 win over the visitors.

Mason Van Houten scored 20 points to lead Indian Springs.

Madison Hansen also chipped in 11 points. Crystal Van Houten and Justene Whitehead each scored two points and Bella Krieg added a free throw to round out the scoring for ISMS.

“We finally put four quarters together and it paid off,” said coach Tommy Baldwin. “We won as a team tonight.”

Caddie awarded scholarship

February 13, 2013

Cody Rice, a Columbia City resident and senior at Bishop Dwenger High School, was awarded the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship, a full tuition and housing college scholarship.

Evans Scholars are golf caddies who were selected based on four criteria: A strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character.

Rice was awarded the scholarship to Purdue University, where he will live in the Evans Scholarship House on campus. The scholarship is valued at more than $70,000 over four years.

Rice has been a caddy at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

ISMS grapplers host, win invite

February 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Indian Springs Middle School hosted a wrestling invitational Saturday with four middle schools.

East Noble, Lakeland, Adams Central and Lincoln fell to the Eagles, who went 3-0 on the day and beat last year’s champions from Lincoln.

In the championship match, Indian Springs was trailing Lincoln with two wrestlers remaining. In the third period, Jackson Wilcoxon pinned his man to make the score 44-42. ISMS was behind by two points going into the final match.

Weston Ottinger pinned his opponent in eight seconds to make the score 48-44 — and take the win.

Rhodes signs with Indiana Tech

February 12, 2013

Mason Rhodes, 17, daughter of John And Julie Rhodes, Columbia City High School, signed with Indiana Tech’s girls bowling team last week.

Rhodes is graduating from CCHS as a junior and has been a member of Columbia City’s varsity bowling team for three years. She finished the regular high school season with a 198 average, carries a high game of 266 and a series high of 694. Rhodes is the 2012-13 girls team captain. The girls team was sectional champion and regional champs.

Pictured, from left, Indiana Tech bowling coach Larry Secrist, Mason Rhodes, Indiana Tech coach Greg Kirnberger.

State: And then there was one

February 11, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Eleven Whitley County wrestlers qualified for the Fort Wayne Semi-State tournament, and for all but one of them, the opportunity to advance to the State Finals at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse came to an end.

Churubusco senior Jason Nicodemus took third place in the 220-pound weight class to advance to next weekends’ state finals.

In a semifinal that matched two unbeaten wrestlers, Kokomo junior Fletcher Miller (47-0) scored an early takedown and went on to score a pinfall win over Nicodemus (27-0) in 1:47.

Wildcats keep TRC streak rolling

February 11, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — The Wildcats are getting hot at the right time of the season.

That is the key, according to many coaches, to basketball success. Whitko’s boys team may be finding that fact, as the Wildcats won their third game in a row Saturday, which was also the third straight Three Rivers Conference victory.

Sophomore Coverstone knocks down 3-pointer to top Carroll, 51-49

February 8, 2013

HUNTERTOWN — Columbia City’s boys basketball team beat Carroll by two points for the second time this season, winning 51-49.

The Eagles took on the Chargers in the holiday tournament Dec. 29, topping Carroll in a low-scoring, 45-43, game.

In Thursday’s official Northeast Hoosier Conference match-up, Carroll had a one-point lead with five seconds to go.

Sophomore Mason Coverstone — who hadn’t scored since the first quarter — lined up on the baseline.

’Busco wins, 62-48

February 8, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s boys basketball team took another step of progress in a Northeast Corner Conference win Thursday.

The Eagles were able to build upon a lead and make it larger in their 62-48 defeat of Hamilton at home.

‘Busco now has a record of 2-17 on the year and is 2-6 in the conference. Hamilton drops to 5-13 and is 1-7 in the NECC.

“We played with the lead,” Eagle head coach Michael McBride said. “Not only did we have the lead, but we extended the lead, which is something we have not had the opportunity to do a lot with our season the way it’s gone.”

Eagle swimmers pummel Wabash, 117-42

February 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Senior night is the final home swimming meet of the season and a tune-up for the upcoming IHSAA Sectional.

It all came together for the Eagles Thursday night, providing the backdrop for a 117-42 win for Columbia City’s boys swim team over the visiting Wabash Apaches.

The Eagles took first in 10-of-11 events, sweeping the first three places in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly race.

The Eagles will head into the Warsaw IHSAA Sectional next week.

“I think the boys are ready,” said Columbia City head coach Kristen Swonger.

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