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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.

First-year Eagle flies at NHC meet

January 10, 2011

   FORT WAYNE — Maybe as simple as his last name, Smith, a first-year Columbia City Eagle swimmer came in, dove into the pool and made a name for himself.
   Despite not having competed until his junior year, Cole Smith had the talent Saturday to be among the best in the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
   The annual meet that brings all seven teams together at Homestead High School. Not known to many in the swimming realm yet,  Smith came in under the radar but left with a spot on the first-team  all-conference.

Zebras get past Whitko

January 10, 2011

   ROCHESTER — Despite the treacherous snow, Whitko (7-7) traveled to Rochester (8-6) Saturday night in hopes of picking up a conference win.
   After having a 12-4 lead in the first quarter, the Lady Wildcats let their advantage slip away and fell short to the Lady Zebras, 59-47.
   The Lady ’Cats jumped out to a quick lead and barely held it through the final seconds of the first quarter, when the Zebras hit a three-pointer to put the score at 16-15.

Tough TRC stretch begins with win for Whitko

January 8, 2011

   SOUTH WHITLEY — Good teams  find a way to make adjustments when things aren’t going exactly the way they usually do.
   In a Friday night match-up of two of the Three Rivers Conference’s best teams, it was the Whitko Wildcats who were able to use a rugged defense and adjust when their leading scorer had a bit of an off shooting night.
   The end result was a 56-42 win over the visiting Rochester Zebras that kept the Wildcats perfect in the conference.

Eagles keep pace, ground Fremont

January 8, 2011

   CHURUBUSCO — It was a battle of the Eagles Friday night in Churubusco’s gymnasium.
   After watching the girls’ team suffer a tough loss, the ’Busco boys took the court  seeking revenge on Fremont, 73-50.
   Churubusco shot down Fremont from the beginning, with ’Busco’s Tyler Arrowsmith scoring six points in the first three minutes of the game.
   “We played really solid in the first six minutes,” Churubusco head coach Michael McBride said.

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