COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” The warm, enjoyable football weather came to an end this week, as players took the field in rainy, 41-degree conditions.
Both Columbia City and Carroll faced the same muddy disadvantage Friday night at the Max Gandy Athletic Field â€” but the Eagles also carried the detriment of multiple sidelined starters, and fell 20-6 to the Chargers on senior night.
Garrett Vandersaul had a strong performance on the defensive end of the ball, forcing two fumbles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and five tackles overall.
GOSHEN â€” The clock has six seconds in the fourth quarter. â€™Busco has a third down with five and goal. The score stands at 23-21 with Fairfield leading.
The fans scream from both sides. The snap goes. Junior Cody Conwell makes a breakaway, pushing a defender out of his way. And then, the visiting crowd erupts, somehow louder than before â€” Eagles top the Falcons, 29-23.
The Eagles will spend the week preparing for next Fridaysâ€™ game against what Etzler said is another long time rival, Lakeland.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” All the scoring in host Columbia Cityâ€™s opening match of the IHSAA Girlsâ€™ Soccer Sectional against the North Side Lady Redskins came in the first half. The Lady Eagles made the most of their opportunities against an outmanned North Side squad taking a 7-0 win to advance to Saturday afternoonâ€™s finals.
The win advances the Lady Eagles to Saturday afternoonâ€™s 3 p.m. final against the winner of the second semifinal contest that pitted Huntington North against Homestead.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A successful team has the ability to perform as expected despite distractions and an opponent that is not playing at their level.
Tuesday night, the Churubusco Lady Eagle volleyball team played host to Northeast Corner Conference foe Lakeland.
The Lady Lakers have struggled this season, making it even more important for the Lady Eagles to maintain their focus.
The Lady Eagles also faced the added attraction of â€śPink Out Nightâ€ť to support breast cancer awareness. â€™Busco was able to keep its focus, downing the Lady Lakers in three straight games 25-9,25-16 and 25-18.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s cross country teams, along with the rest of the Northeast Hoosier Conference, competed at The Plex in Fort Wayne for a second week in a row, this time for the conference meet.
Last week, hundreds of runners from all over Northern Indiana competed in the New Haven Classic, where Columbia Cityâ€™s Evan Harney and Samantha Roush had stand-out performances, placing second and fourth, respectively.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” â€śSwenderâ€™s not going to believe this, but Iâ€™ll make him,â€ť said Whitkoâ€™s Assistant Coach Josh Mohr with a laugh in his voice.
Whitko took to the field Friday without Head Coach Wayne Swender, and nonetheless taking the upset over former undefeated Three Rivers Conference foe North Miami. A low scoring game, the Wildcats overtook the Warriors in the fourth quarter, ending 13-10.
Swender returns Monday to prepare for next weekâ€™s game at Rochester.