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Columbia City hangs on for win

January 11, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

Smith takes 1st team All-NHC

January 10, 2012

FORT WAYNE — 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.

’Busco girls lose second game in two days

January 9, 2012

CHURUBUSCO – 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. ’Busco started well, jumping out to a 5-0 lead on two free throws by Haleigh Gross and a three pointer by Chandler Blake.

Lady ’Cats beat Rochester

January 9, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — 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 haven’t managed to keep the Lady Zebra’s margin of victory within single digits since the millennium began.

That changed Saturday night, as Whitko hosted — and defeated — Rochester, 51-48, in a close game that was within one point with under a minute left in the contest.

Eagles hang on for win over Bellmont

January 9, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Bell-mont’s boys basketball team took nearly the same approach Saturday at Columbia City as the girls used Friday against the Lady Eagles — 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.

Columbia City girls top Bellmont

January 7, 2012

By JOE SPAULDING
for The Post and Mail

DECATUR — One observer at the press table Friday night at the Bellmont gym wryly noted, “the first team to 30 will win.”

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 “good pressure and a good defensive effort.”

'Busco girls lose

January 6, 2012

FREMONT — Churubusco girls basketball got down early Friday and was never able to recover, losing to Fremont Lady Eagles 49-31.

The ‘Busco Lady Eagles kept it close in the first quarter, scoring nine points to Fremont’s 12.

“We played well in the first quarter,” Churubusco Head Coach Jamie Perlich said. “Then we started struggling defensively.
“When 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.”

Flipping into the conference meet

January 6, 2012

John Davis and teammate Audrey Gruettert dove Thursday night at Homestead in the conference meet. The meet will conclude Saturday with the swim events, starting at 11 a.m.

Columbia City wrestling falls to East Noble

January 5, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City wrestling alumni – on hand for Alumni Night Wednesday – didn’t quite get the show they were hoping for.
The Eagles lost to East Noble, 60-10.
“I was very proud of our guys,” said Eagle Head Coach Blane Culp. “For the most part our guys really went after them. It’s a tough team. (Head Coach) Keith Koffar’s got them going.”
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.

Eagles JV beats Knights

January 5, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Eagle junior varsity wrestling got a taste of victory Wednesday, winning three of its four matches and defeating East Noble’s JV squad 15-6.

Brice Bauer opened the meet at 145 pounds with a 9-3 win over his Knight opponent. Bauer was down 3-0 heading into the final period.

Head Coach Blane Culp said the team preaches that it is a six-minute match and Bauer showed that by continuing to work.

At 152 and having to mount several counters, Columbia City’s Hunter LaRue got a pinfall victory with time expiring in the first period.

 

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