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Individual titles lead Eagles, Wildcats at Goshen

January 17, 2011

   GOSHEN — For 10 of the past 11 years, the winner of the Goshen Invitational wrestling tournament has hailed from Whitley County, with Columbia City ripping off a string of nine straight titles and Whitko following them with a win in 2009 before the host Goshen Redskins broke the string last year.
   Both Whitko and Columbia City traveled to Goshen on Saturday with the intention of reclaiming the title.

Spartans go wire-to-wire

January 15, 2011

   FORT WAYNE — A three-team tie just became two for first-place in Northeast Hoosier Conference.
   Two undefeated teams in the NHC came together Friday night with a top heavy senior Homestead (8-4, 3-0 NHC) hosting a  young Columbia City (7-3, 2-1 NHC) squad.
   The experience paid off for the Spartans taking an early first quarter lead and grabbing a wire-to-wire win 62-48.

Role player leads Whitko in TRC rout

January 15, 2011

   SOUTH WHITLEY — Contrary to the rest of the season, where Logan Irwin and Zac VanDeWater lead Whitko’s scoring, the Wildcats counted on senior Max Elder’s season-high 20 points to runaway with a 70-48 win against Southwood Friday night.
   Southwood held the score close in the first quarter, only trailing by one, 14-13, at the end of the first eight minutes.
   But Whitko turned on their high pressure defense, forcing turnovers and allowing for quick scoring.

Lady Eagles continue to fly

January 14, 2011

   SYRACUSE — Thursday night proved a couple of things about Columbia City girls’ basketball. The Lady Eagles can win and  win on the road against sectional competition.
   Both become increasingly important as the regular season enters its last three weeks of play.
   A 48-37 win at Wawasee (10-3) only solidified that for Columbia City head coach Amy Shearer.

No. 3 Norwell tames Lady Wildcats 71-49

January 14, 2011

   SOUTH WHITLEY — After a four-game winning streak came to an end Saturday to Rochester, the Whitko (7-7) girls’ basketball team had another tough task ahead Thursday.
   The top of the Northeast Hoosier Conference came into South Whitley. State-ranked Norwell (13-1) came in as the third best team in class 3A and showed it against the Lady Wildcats 71-49.
   Four Lady Knights went into the night averaging seven points or more.

NECC tourney ends early for ’Busco

January 13, 2011

   LAGRANGE — High hopes turned to an early exit for Churubusco basketball teams Wednesday night.
   A night after having the opening round postponed, ’Busco squads took the court at Prairie Heights for the first of what it hoped was four games and a championship in the North East Corner Conference tournament.
   That didn’t happen as the Lady Eagles (3-11) opened the girl-boy doubleheader with a 47-32 loss to the Lady Panthers (7-7).

Depleted Eagles show intensity in lopsided loss

January 13, 2011

   WATERLOO — When coaches find their team in the midst of a difficult season, they begin to look for little signs of improvement. They begin to set the more basic goals in order to move the team closer to the larger goal of overall success.
   With six varsity wrestlers out of the lineup due to injury or match limits, the Columbia City wrestling team traveled to Northeast Hoosier Conference rival DeKalb Wednesday to face the Barons.

Postponements crowd end of week

January 12, 2011

   Tuesday’s snowfall not only reeked havoc on the roads but made for a log jam of games on the back half of this week’s sports schedule.
   After games were canceled Tuesday, the North East Corner Conference Tournament is off to a late start with the first round coming tonight.
   Churubusco girls and boys basketball teams will travel to Prairie Heights for a doubleheader starting with the Lady Eagles at 6 p.m.

Lady Eagles Night of Pink

January 10, 2011

   There is an important battle to be won both on and off the court Saturday.
   While the Columbia City Lady Eagles basketball team looks for a major Northeast Hoosier Conference win over Homestead, everyone attending can help fight a battle of bigger stakes.
   Back for its second year, the ‘Pink Night’ will again use the Indiana high school basketball stage as a platform to raise money for those dealing with cancer in Whitley County.

Fourth-quarter spurt lifts City over Bellmont

January 10, 2011

   COLUMBIA CITY — Preservation is what Columbia City girls’ basketball did Saturday night in a Northeast Hoosier Conference home game.
   With one of its top scorers out due to injury, the Lady Eagles (9-5, 1-3 NHC) fought through first-half struggles to overcome Bellmont (6-7, 1-3 NHC) in the fourth quarter and grab their first conference win, 48-38.

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