ANGOLA â Churubusco traveled to Angola Tuesday night and beat the Hornets 44-32 in the first round of the Northeast Hoosier Conference Tournament.
Three Eagle hoopsters scored in double digits; Chris Jones had 12, Josh LeFever chipped in 11 and Tyler Arrowsmith tallied 10. The three combined for 33 of âBuscoâs 11 points.
With a close 8-7 score in favor of Churubusco at the end of the first quarter, the Eagles pulled away at the half, outscoring the Hornets 12-4. âBusco added to its 20-11 score at halftime with an 8-5 advantage in the third quarter.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Lady Eagles came out victorious Tuesday, hosting the Wawasee hoops team and winning 55-46.
Columbia City jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on the heels of a Kalisha Goree jumper and an Emily Whiteleather put-back from an offensive board.
The Lady Warriors bounced back with a trey from Kilee Knafel, one of her five 3-pointers on the evening.
Wawasee scored again to take a 5-4 lead.
Whitleather converted on an assist from Goree, who followed the helper with a jump shot to give the Lady Eagles an 8-5 lead before Macie Hinen added another two points.
FORT WAYNE â 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 â 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. âBusco 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 â 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 havenât managed to keep the Lady Zebraâs margin of victory within single digits since the millennium began.
That changed Saturday night, as Whitko hosted â and defeated â Rochester, 51-48, in a close game that was within one point with under a minute left in the contest.
COLUMBIA CITY â Bell-montâs boys basketball team took nearly the same approach Saturday at Columbia City as the girls used Friday against the Lady Eagles â 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.
DECATUR â One observer at the press table Friday night at the Bellmont gym wryly noted, âthe first team to 30 will win.â
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 âgood pressure and a good defensive effort.â
FREMONT â Churubusco girls basketball got down early Friday and was never able to recover, losing to Fremont Lady Eagles 49-31.
The âBusco Lady Eagles kept it close in the first quarter, scoring nine points to Fremontâs 12.
âWe played well in the first quarter,â Churubusco Head Coach Jamie Perlich said. âThen we started struggling defensively.
âWhen 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.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City wrestling alumni â on hand for Alumni Night Wednesday â didnât quite get the show they were hoping for.
The Eagles lost to East Noble, 60-10.
âI was very proud of our guys,â said Eagle Head Coach Blane Culp. âFor the most part our guys really went after them. Itâs a tough team. (Head Coach) Keith Koffarâs got them going.â
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.