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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.

Road Warriors: City stays perfect in NHC

January 8, 2011

Columbia City hit the road in the Northeast Hoosier Conference Friday night keeping its record unblemished with a 62-45 win over Bellmont. The Eagles are off to their second consecutive 7-2 start under head coach Chris Benedict.

Fremont extends ’Busco slump

January 8, 2011

   CHURUBUSCO — It’s been almost a year to the day since Churubusco girls’ basketball saw its last win in the North East Corner Conference.
   Still in search of their first victory this season, the Lady Eagles (2-10) took to the hardwood at home against Fremont (7-5). ’Busco fought back from a nine-point deficit in the first quarter to tie the game three different times in the second.
   However, a 14-2 run before the half took Fremont’s momentuem into the second half where they went on to win 55-39.

’Busco preps for tourney atomsphere

January 7, 2011

   No, its not the postseason but it will feel like it next week for Churubusco basketball teams.
   It’s one-and-done atmosphere with the annual North East Corner Conference tournament throwing its 11 girls and boys teams into brackets with a championship at the end.
   “The NECC tournament is big,” Churubusco head boys’ basketball coach said. “It’s high on what we want to accomplish.

Churubusco seniors lead way in bounce back win over Woodlan

January 6, 2011

   CHURUBUSCO — After seeing its longest winning streak under head coach Michael McBride fall last week to Westview, Churubusco could have seen the season take a turn for the worse.
   However, this season is different for the Eagles with a ban of five seniors making a difference.
   “Losing last week to Westview was a tough loss for us,” McBride noted. “Practice needless to say has been intense. We needed to get back to doing some things we did prior and I think we did that tonight.

Forrester alone in Eagles takedown by Knights

January 6, 2011

   KENDALLVILLE — With the Indiana high school wrestling sectionals just a little over three weeks away the Columbia City Eagles began the second half of their season by traveling to Northeast Hoosier Conference foe, East Noble Wednesday.
   The Eagles ran into a veteran Knight team and came out on the short end of a 59-10 score.
   The Knights, who Columbia City coach Blane Culp described as “by far the third best team in the conference” claimed 11 of 12 contested matches with each team picking up a forfeit win.

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