Lady Eagle basketball moved to 2-4 Friday, hosting and defeating Eastside, 47-32.
It was ‚ÄėBusco‚Äôs first win in three games.
Aggressive play by the defense set the tone early in the game.
The Lady Blazers managed just two field goal attempts in the first quarter; in the opening three minutes of the game and the second attempt was not made until there were two seconds left in the period.
However, it was not the quickest start for the Lady Eagles offense either.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ There are plenty of teams that would be disappointed with a 24-point loss.
Whitko Girls Head Coach Brandon Bradley, on the other hand, is content with the way the team played against a tough Elkhart Memorial Saturday.
Though the 52-28 loss may appear bad, the Lady Wildcats lost to the Lady Chargers by 46 points last season (79-33).
Bradley is happy with the team‚Äôs effort.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs the absolute best they could‚Äôve played,‚ÄĚ Bradley said.
GOSHEN ‚ÄĒ On the heels of the team‚Äôs first win, the Lady Eagles came into their first Northeast Corner Conference hoping to start out on top.
But Fairfield‚Äôs pressure was too much for Churubusco, forcing a 44-23 loss.
Churubusco didn‚Äôt score until 4:30 ran off the clock in the first quarter with a set of free throws by Haleigh Gross.
‚ÄôBusco‚Äôs scorers became more diverse in the second quarter, with baskets by Lacey Pulley, Heather Monk, Morgan Young and another pair of free throws by Gross.
Gross was 6-for-7 from the stripe in the first half.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Many fathers enjoy going out to the backyard and tossing around a baseball or going to the gym to shoot hoops.
But for Whitko Head Coach Rob Irwin and Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict, its drastically different.
Both Benedict and Irwin are coaching stand-out players ‚ÄĒ who also happen to be their sons.
While many players face the typical suggestions from their fathers, Drew Benedict and Logan Irwin get quite a bit more.
Pick up a copy of Thursday's paper for an in-depth article with more photos.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ The Whitko Lady Wildcat girls basketball team has now lost 11 of its last 13 games to Columbia City.
The visiting Lady Eagles trailed for most of the game, however persevered down the stretch to come away with the win, 44-37.
Emily Whiteleather posted double digits in both points and rebounds for Columbia City.
The Lady Eagles host Snider Tuesday and Whitko heads to Churubusco Saturday (Nov. 12).
Columbia City‚Äôs JV team won 32-11.
INDIANAPOLIS ‚ÄĒ Twenty-six point two miles.
From downtown Columbia City to downtown Fort Wayne is less than a marathon; 21.7 miles.
The distance from Churubusco to South Whitley on Ind. 205 is 21.1 miles.
Whitko senior cross country runner, Dylan Cozad, ran 26.2 miles in less than three hours.
Cozad participated in the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Nov. 5, winning the 19 and under age division as a 17-year-old.
The runner finished with a 2:42:48 time which calculates to a 6:12 per mile pace.
Overall, Cozad was 26th out of 2611 runners.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ In the last decade, Columbia City has won 10 out of 12 games against the Wildcats.
But Whitko can‚Äôt be taken lightly this season.
The Lady ‚ÄôCats have a game under their belt already, winning decisively over Central Noble Tuesday night, 63-33.
Whitko is under the direction of new head coach Brandon Bradley, who is working to get the Lady Wildcats their first winning season since 2008.
What better way to prove himself than a win over Columbia City?
The Lady Eagles competed in a scrimmage Tuesday, but have yet to get their first-game jitters out of the way.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko stand-out point guard Logan Irwin is going Division I.
Irwin signed with Stetson University Wednesday, a NCAA Division I school in DeLand, Fla.
Though Florida may be unfamiliar territory for Irwin, the head coach isn‚Äôt.
With Irwin‚Äôs father, Rob, as Head Coach at Whitko, Logan has had the opportunity to get to know several basketball coaches, including former assistant coach at Belmont (University) Head Coach Casey Alexander
‚ÄúI knew that my relationship with Coach Alexander was the best out of all the schools I‚Äôve looked at,‚ÄĚ Irwin said.