With the holiday a little over one week away, area Indiana high school basketball teams are getting in their final games before break.
Tournaments and showcases fill the schedule for the last week of 2010 but Friday and Saturday serve as one of the final jam-packed weekends until the new year.
Adding to six games in two days between the six county teams, all come in important conference match-ups whether its in the Northeast Hoosier Conference, North East Corner Conference or Three Rivers Conference.
LAGRANGE — Despite an 8-6 record for the season, Churubusco wrestling has had two seniors remain perfect.
After a 58-24 win at Lakeland Tuesday night, the Eagle seniors improved to 28-0 for the season.
Seniors Braxton Siddons and Zack Armstead both took pinfall wins against the Lakers proving their leadership this season, according to head coach Sam Riesen.
WARSAW — Despite several Lady Eagle attempts at a comeback, Warsaw’s Lindsay Baker always had an answer.
With six three-pointers and 23 points, Baker crushed any of Columbia City’s chances at a comeback, handing the Lady Eagles their third consecutive loss 63-39 Tuesday night.
The game kicked off with a quick basket by Columbia City’s Sarah Opliger, putting the Lady Eagles up 2-0.
But Baker retaliated with back-to-back baskets, including a three-pointer.
Churubusco head coach Michael McBride, left, took his team to Manchester Tuesday night for a second consecutive road game. The Eagles came away win a 51-45 win against the Squires. The win is the second for ’Busco on the season. Senior Hunter Nicodemus led the way with a game-high 19 points. Post & Mail file photo / Andrew Shultz
SYRACUSE — The weekend wrapped up with Columbia City swimming having its best all-around week so far of 2010. After competition Saturday, one team came home with a trophy while both finished in the top three.
The Lady Eagles were at the Wawasee Invitational with the likes of 10 other teams also competing.
Columbia City came away as the top team on the day winning the invitational by one point over the hosting No. 17 state ranked Lady Warriors 289-288.
SYRACUSE — Wawasee’s student section chanted, “Over-rated,” throughout the first three quarters of play, until the fourth quarter rolled around, they were silenced.
After trailing the entire game, Whitko’s Logan Irwin led his team to a comeback, leaving the Warriors stunned with their first loss of the season 80-75 Saturday night.
The Wildcats (4-1) were down by 11 points going into the fourth quarter, but out scored Wawasee (4-1) 31-15 in the final eight minutes to rally for the win.
FORT WAYNE — There is no question the Northeast Hoosier Conference has been one of the best in Indiana high school wrestling for several years.
Whether its Bellmont, Carroll or Columbia City, the NHC has always had state caliber wrestling.
Youth and inexperience has some powerhouses rebuilding for the future while others are primed for more postseason glory.
LIGONIER — The season started late for Churubusco boys’ basketball but the Eagles first win didn’t take long.
On the road Saturday for the second game of its season, ’Busco wasted no time sealing up a 74-51 win by halftime over West Noble.
After dropping a season opening loss to Columbia City Tuesday, the Eagles hit the road to open the North East Corner Conference schedule.
OSSIAN — The point totals weren’t the only statistic lighting up the scoreboard Friday night when Columbia City (5-3) girls’ basketball team took to the conference road at class 3A’s No. 3 Norwell Lady Knights.
Blocking fouls, shooting fouls, over-the-back fouls, whatever it was sounding off.
In the first half alone, the two Northeast Hoosier Conference rivals combined for 25 fouls and 35 free throw attempts.
CHURUBUSCO — Lacking two of their top scorers, the Churubusco Lady Eagles fell short to West Noble Friday night, losing 52-30.
Leading scorer Haleigh Gross and senior Nichole Wormcastle had to watch their team from the bench, due to injuries.
“We were a little short-handed tonight,” Churubusco head coach Jamie Perlich said.
The Lady Eagles held the score close in the beginning of the game, with ’Busco only trailing by three points at the end of the first quarter.