HUNTINGTON â Austin Paul, former Huntington North hoopster, joined Columbia Cityâs basketball squad this season as a senior and a starter.
Paul faced a little extra anxiety Tuesday night when the Eagles traveled to Huntington for his first game against his former teammates since the transfer.
Despite the anxiety, Paul helped the Eagles to a 64-48 win over the Vikings.
âI was really nervous at first. I didnât know what the environment would be like,â Paul said.
CHURUBUSCO â The IHSAA Class 2A Churubusco Boysâ basketball team stepped up a class Tuesday night when they played host to the 3A Leo Lions.
The schoolsâ enrollments werenât the only difference, as the Lions came into the contest with a high-powered offense averaging over 84 points-per-contest, while the Eagles were scoring slightly under 47 points-per-game.
The sharp contrast continued on the defensive side as the Eagles came into the game giving up just under 43 points each game, while the Lions were surrendering over 79 points-per-contest.
SOUTH WHITLEY â The Lady Wildcats basketball team trailed the entire first quarter Saturday in South Whitley. They took the lead early in the second period. They never trailed again, beating the Southwood Lady Knights, 52-44.
Southwoodâs Mollie Harn-ish scored the first bucket and four of the Lady Knightâs first eight points as Whitko went down to an early 8-2 lead.
Lady Wildcat Michaela Sylvester scored the only goal for Whitko in the series until senior Katie Reiff hit a trey nearly three minutes into the game to make the score 8-5.
GOSHEN â Two of the three Whitley County schools â Columbia City and Whitko â competed Saturday in the 44th Annual Goshen Invitational, with the Eagles finishing in third place while the Wildcats came in seventh.
At 182 pounds, Eagle Russell Hazelet came in second overall after defeating Bronsonâs (Mich.) Leo Mora almost six minutes into the match and falling to Fairfieldâs Dalton Hinen in almost identical fashion.
Representing the 220-pound weight class was Columbia Cityâs Tristan Anglin, who made it all the way to the finals before being pinned.
SOUTH WHITLEY â A short-handed Whitko Wild-cat Wrestling squad rallied from a 15-0 deficit to down visiting Three Rivers Conference foe Rochester 36-33 on a cold blustery Thursday night.
The Wildcats forfeited in five weight classes as injuries depleted the Whitko lineup. Rochester forfeited three classes of their own.
Fortunately for the Wildcats, two classes were double forfeits, so the effect of the limited lineup was lessened.
CHURUBUSCO â The Lady Eagles, playing in a consolation game as part of the Northeast Corner Conference Basketball Tournament, picked up their seventh straight loss to visiting Prairie Heights Thursday, 61-43.
âBuscoâs starting five produced only six points in the first quarter; the team scored just one basket, earning four points from the free-throw line.
Lady Panther Tressa Terry also scored six in the first quarter, part of her game-high 17.
TOPEKA â Churubusco dropped out of the Northeast Corner Conference Tournament Wednesday night with a loss to the 10-1 Westview Warriors.
The Eagles faced Westview in their second game of the season and lost 47-31. Churubusco improved Wednesday night, only losing by an eight-point margin, 38-30.
The Eagles had a 6-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and matched Westviewâs scoring in the second at eight to make a 14-13 score at halftime in favor of Churubusco.
The Warriors took over in the third quarter, outscoring âBusco 15-6 and taking a 28-20 lead going into the fourth quarter.
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.