CHURUBUSCO Ââ€” Sometimes contests are decided early.
Occasionally, games are considered â€śoverâ€ť at halftime.
Tuesday nightâ€™s basketball game between host Churubusco and the Manchester Squires was decided after the first quarter, as the Eagles used a tight defense and a patient offense to gain a 16-point lead in the first quarter to catapult their way to a 57-25 win.
â€śWe talked about being focused,â€ť said Eagle Head Coach Michael McBride. â€śThey came out, not doing anything fancy, just good hard man-to-man defense and good execution offensively.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Both the CCHS boys and girls swimmers had a strong showing Tuesday, sending the Bishop Luers swim team home with a loss in the Eagles first and only home meet.
The boys meet was a blow-out. The Eagles won by a point score of 121-36.
Though not winning by quite as much as the boys, the girls came away with a strong victory, beating the Lady Knights 100-63.
The boys placed first and third in the 200-yard medley relay.
Eagle Tucker Daniel took the 200-yard freestyle event with a time of 2:07.66.
The boys placed first in every single race.
OSSIAN â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys swim team fell seven points short of second place Saturday afternoon at the Norwell Invitational.
The girls team finished fourth out of ten teams at Wawasee Saturday morning.
â€śSome of the boys had tremendous time drops,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Kristen Swonger said.
Cole Smith won both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events.
Smith was the only Eagle to place first Saturday.
â€śCole keeps getting closer to breaking both school records,â€ť Swonger said.
Swonger said the boys meet was close, coming down to the last two races.
NEW HAVEN â€” Saturdayâ€™s Northeast Hoosier Conference Triple Dual at New Haven High School was a bad news - good news situation for the Columbia City Eagle wrestling squad.
The bad news for the Eagles was that they went 0-3 on the day, dropping matches to Homestead, host New Haven and Carroll.
The good news for Columbia City was that it had several wrestlers turn in solid performances and that the team as a whole was competitive in an opening round loss to a strong Homestead squad.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Un-like I.U.â€™s three-point buzzer-beater to beat No. 1 Kentucky Saturday, Whitkoâ€™s attempt at a final comeback against Wawasee came up short.
After trailing 59-40 just before the fourth quarter, the Wildcats rallied to out score the Warriors 16-4 in less than three minutes of play in South Whitley Saturday, hours after the Hoosiersâ€™ win over Kentucky.
But the comeback wasnâ€™t enough and the â€™Cats lost 72-66.
â€śWe showed signs of improvement,â€ť Whitko Head Coach Rob Irwin said. â€śWe have young guys that arenâ€™t very experienced yet.â€ť
BY NICOLE OTT
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s boys basketball team beat West Noble Saturday night, 57-29.
The Eagles had four players score in double-digits, led by senior Josh LeFever.
The game was competitive in the first quarter, with the Chargers trailing 8-7.
Both Churubuscoâ€™s offense and defense stepped up in the second quarter, holding West Noble to four points while adding 16 to the Eaglesâ€™ side of the scoreboard.
Austin Goepfrich had eight of his 11 points in the second quarter, along with five LeFever points.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City came into Friday nightâ€™s game against Norwell with expectations of a tough competition.
â€śWe knew they were going to be good,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Amy Shearer said. â€śWe prepared as best as we could.â€ť
The Lady Knights defeated Columbia City 54-30.
Norwell, which is ranked second in the Associated Press Class 3A poll, is undefeated at 6-0.
The Lady Knights beat Bluffton 74-12 and beat Homestead with a 3-pointer at the buzzer last Saturday.
The Lady Knights doubled the Lady Eaglesâ€™ score in the first quarter, 18-9.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko Lady Wildcats fell to 3-5 Friday, losing to Manchester, 61-56.
In the first two minutes of the game, Whitko scored several baskets, jumping out to an 8-0 lead.
Lady Squire Kalya Flack hit a three pointer and on the following possession, Lady Wildcat Micaela Sylvester picked up her fourth point in one minute, keeping the lead at seven, 10-3.
Led by Manchesterâ€™s Meika Kennedyâ€™s four points, the Lady Squires scored seven straight.
The first quarter ended with Manchester in the lead, 13-10.
LIGONIER â€” The Churubusco Lady Eagles Basketball team was defeated by West Noble Friday night, 57-20.
The Lady Chargers came out to an early lead, with an 11-2 edge at the end of the first quarter.
West Noble built on its lead in the second quarter, gaining a 25-7 advantage at halftime.
The Lady Chargers outscored Churubusco 17-5 in the third quarter to make the score 42-12.
The Lady Eagles scored the most points in the fourth quarter with eight. But West Noble added another 15 to end the game at 57-20.
AKRON â€” The Columbia City swim team defeated Tippecanoe Valley decisively Thursday night in Akron.
The boys team won 129-49 and the Lady Eagles were victorious 121-46.
Both teams took first place in all 22 swimming events.
Devin Moore won the 100-yard butterfly in a close race.
â€śWe called it a David and Goliath meeting because the other guy was so much taller than him,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Kristen Swonger said.
Mooreâ€™s Viking competitor got off to a quick start, taking the lead for the first 50 yards.
But Moore out-swam Tippecanoe Valley in the final strech for the win.