FORT WAYNE — And then there were none. For the first time in recent memory, Whitley County will not be represented at Conseco Fieldhouse for the individual wrestling state championships.
All nine Whitley County wrestlers, five from Whitko and four from Churubusco, fell in the first two rounds with several just missing the trip to Indy, including one in a controversial manner.
LAGRANGE — Going into the class 2A Prairie Heights girls basketball sectional not many probably had Churubusco at the top of their lists for winning a title.
However, after a emotional semifinal win over the host Lady Panthers, the Lady Eagles carried their hopes to a title shot.
Churubusco (7-14) took its longest winning streak (four) in more than a decade into the championship Saturday night.
COLUMBIA CITY — Marion, a boys’ basketball team that averages 70 points a game, was held to 52 by Columbia City Saturday night. However, the Eagles were unable to convert on the offensive end losing 52-38.
Marion’s speed and high pressure defense forced 19 turnovers, causing the Eagles to miss out on scoring opportunities.
“When you have 19 turnovers in a game like that, it’s going to be hard to come out on top,” Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said.
LAGRANGE — There is a win every successful program can look back on. The one win that turned the tide and built something more than just a winning team.
Friday night, after seasons of struggle, Churubusco girls’ basketball might have found that break.
The Lady Eagles stared down a 9-2 first quarter deficit to host Prairie Heights in the class 2A sectional semifinal. A switch to the full court press brought with it a fourth consecutive win for Churubusco, 56-46, and a berth in the sectional championship Saturday.
INDIANAPOLIS — As just one of three freshmen in the 50-meter freestyle race at the Indiana high school state final’s opening day Friday, Lady Eagle Andrea Richter made her debut in 30th-place.
Columbia City’s only sectional champion in girls’ swimming went into the event seeded 29th out of 32 swimmers.
Richter swam to a time of 25.87 in the first of four qualifying heats. The top 16 swimmers moved on to today’s finals at the Indiana University Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.
COLUMBIA CITY — We have all seen sporting events where a team digs a themselves a big hole to start the game only to come back with a furious rally to win at the end.
Friday night’s class 3A sectional semifinal between the host Columbia City Lady Eagles and the NorthWood Lady Panthers was not that game.
COLUMBIA CITY — A win Thursday night had higher stakes attached to it in boys’ basketball Northeast Hoosier Conference.
In the final games of the conference schedule, Columbia City held on to hopes of a championship barring a little help.
The Eagles controlled their destiny for, at worst, a second-place finish. A win locks it up.
However, Columbia City’s chance at a NHC crown were dashed on the road Thursday by a senior-lead Carroll 47-40.
CHURUBUSCO — The host Churubusco boys’ basketball team used balanced scoring and a stingy high-pressure defense to run out to a 20-point lead at halftime en route to a 59-39 win over Northeast Corner Conference foe Hamilton Thursday.
The Eagles got 15 points each from senior Hunter Nicodemus and juniors Josh LeFever, and Tyler Arrowsmith. ’Busco forced 22 Hamilton turnovers for the game.
Whitko senior Brian Menzie signed his letter of intent to join the track and field and cross country teams at Huntington University. Menzie was a state qualifier in cross country this season finishing 48th and collecting a sectional championship in the process. The Wildcats most experienced distance runner holds a school record in the 1600-meter event in track and field at 4:33.93 and is a two-time Three Rivers Conference champion in the event. Menzie will be majoring in ministry at Huntington University. Sitting with Menzie are parents Phil Menzie, left, and Debbie Menzie, right.
After Monday’s Smith Green Community School board meeting, Churubusco High School began the search for a new athletic director.
Current AD Lee Etzler announced he will step down from the position effective at the end of the current school year.
Etzler notes time with his family was the driving force behind his decision.