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Churubusco softball digs in for 2013

March 28, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco softball head coach Wayne Gibson didn’t have any seniors on his team last year.

The 2012 ‘Busco team still managed to compile a 11-16 record, while finishing 4-6 in the Northeast Corner Conference.

Last year’s Lady Eagles’ season ended in a close 2-1 loss in the first round of sectionals. The opponent that fell them: eventual 2012 2A state runner-up Adams Central.

“We felt we competed last year, and we feel we can compete in the conference and our sectional this year,” said the ‘Busco coach.

O’Dell commits to Earlham

March 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The third Columbia City football player this week has named his college choice.

Buddy O’Dell, senior defensive tackle for the Eagles, has committed to attend Earlham College and plans to major in human development and social relations.

He’s seeking a minor in business and nonprofit management.

Whitko netters capture opener

March 28, 2013

LIGONIER — Despite the weather, Whitko’s girls tennis team scored a victory over West Noble in its opening match of the year.

The Lady Wildcats defeated the Lady Chargers by a final of 3-2. Whitko earned a victory at No. 1 singles from senior Laura Hippensteel, who won 6-1, 6-4.

Whitko’s Aressa Tackwell won the No. 2 singles match, 6-2, 6-2.

The clinching match for the Lady Wildcats was a comeback win at No. 1 doubles. Laura Alfieri and Abby Marshall erased a 3-0 hole in the first set to win 6-4, 6-4.

Area gridders compete in memorial meet

March 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The 2nd Annual Tyler Andreas Memorial Strength Meet was held March 16 at Little Turtle Elementary School in Columbia City.

The event involved football players from Churubusco, Columbia City and Whitko, who competed in several football-related drills, including the back squat, bench press and agility test.

Thirty-nine athletes overall took part in the event — which celebrates the dedication and warrior spirit of Tyler Andreas — while raising money for the scholarship named in his honor.

Neely makes college choice

March 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Stand-out Columbia City running back Adam Neely officially signed with the University of Saint Francis this week.

Neely was the Eagles’ running back and punter in the 2012 season, and despite breaking his leg in the second game of the season, Neely finished the year with a strong performance.

“His warrior spirit in coming back from a seemingly season-ending injury lifted up the entire team as he carried us to a victory in the sectional,” Columbia City Head Coach Randy Hudgins said.

City’s Weigold chooses Manchester University

March 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Three-year letterman Kyle Weigold has committed to attend Manchester University to play football this fall.

Weigold was an offensive tackle for the Eagles last season, and is continuing his football career under the direction of Manchester Head Coach Shannon Griffith.

“Kyle had been a mainstay on our offensive line since his sophomore year,” Columbia City Head Coach Randy Hudgins said. “He displays incredible love of the game and caring for his teammates.”

Lady ’Cats hoping for strong 2013

March 26, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Eight players return to Whitko’s softball team with varsity experience and will lead the squad in 2013.

The Lady Wildcats finished last year with a record of 6-19. They lost to Heritage 2-1 in eight innings last year in the opening round of sectional play.

Looking at the sectional for 2013, Whitko coach Brad Clark said his team could do well against the competition.

Winning hopes permeate ‘Busco

March 25, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — The year 2012 made for impressive seasons by the Churubusco boys and girls track and field teams. Each had at least a dozen team wins. Both won their home invites. Each had an athlete reach the state finals.

In 2013, the Eagle and Lady Eagle tracksters will look to the same man that led them to such a successful performance last year.

Head Coach Zach Dock returns for his seventh season as leader of both the girls and boys track and field teams.

Notre Dame tossed aside 76-58 by Iowa State

March 23, 2013

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Notre Dame's days in the Big East are over. Its troubles in the NCAA tournament linger.

For the third time in four years, the Fighting Irish were bounced in their first game, upended Friday night 76-58 by an impressive Iowa State team that beat Notre Dame on the inside, from the outside and every way possible.

Next year, Notre Dame begins anew as a member of the reconfigured Atlantic Coast Conference. But although they'll be in a different league, the Fighting Irish will carry a label as a team unable to advance in March.

Lady ’Cats ready to defend TRC crown

March 22, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s girls track team excelled in the Three Rivers Conference last season.

For 2013, the Lady Wildcats are back for more and are hoping to take the conference championship once again.

Whitko won the Three Rivers Conference two ways last year, taking first in the conference meet, 48 points ahead of second-place Southwood, and also posting a 7-0 mark in the season, league-wise.

While the Wildcats graduated three seniors from last year’s team, Coach Gary Sims was excited about the talent that remains.

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