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Kyle Mathewson

Eagles drop pair

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(Kyle Mathewson shoots for two against West Noble on Saturday. Mathewson led all scorers with 27 points on the night.)  photo by hiatt

The Churubusco Eagles lost on the road to county rival Columbia City 76-43 on Tuesday night then fell to West Noble 56-48 at home on Saturday night.
Coach McBride told his team going in that the Columbia City team was hungry for the win after losing to Churubusco 34-32 last season. With the Columbia City tough press the Eagles struggled right from the start. Columbia City outscored the Eagles 18-8 in the opening quarter.
Opening second quarter Columbia City went on a 16-1 run and that helped put the game out of reach by the half with a 40-15 lead.
In the third period Columbia City extended their lead to thirty-three points.
Kyle Mathewson and Jordan Turner led the Eagles in scoring with eight points each.
On Saturday the Eagles hosted the Chargers from West Noble. Mathewson led the way for Churubusco scoring a game high 27 points.
The Eagles remained winless on the season as they fell to the Chargers 56-48. After trailing 14-9 in the opening quarter, the Eagles pulled to within four at the half trailing 24-20.
“We got man-handled on the boards tonight,” said Coach McBride. “We need to have a better effort on the boards than we did tonight.”
Churubusco fought back to within one point late in the fourth quarter. The score was 43-42 with just over two minutes remaining but the Chargers dashed the Eagles hopes as they ran off four quick points. They never let Churubusco any closer, as they pulled away to the 56-48 victory.
“Close games come down to free throws and rebounding and we didn’t do either one of those very well tonight,” commented Coach McBride, on his team’s fifty percent shooting effort from the free-throw line Saturday night.
The boys will be in action Friday at Prairie Heights, their last game before Christmas break.

The Churubusco Eagles lost on the road to county rival Columbia City 76-43 on Tuesday night then fell to West Noble 56-48 at home on Saturday night. 

Coach McBride told his team going in that the Columbia City team was hungry for the win after losing to Churubusco 34-32 last season. With the Columbia City tough press the Eagles struggled right from the start. Columbia City outscored the Eagles 18-8 in the opening quarter.

Nichole Wormcastle

Chargers zap Lady Eagles

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by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
The West Noble Chargers handed the Lady Eagles a 65-46 loss last Friday night. The Chargers used their height advantage and excellent shooting (sixty percent from the floor) to claim the victory over Churubusco.
The Eagles fell behind 11-2 halfway through the first period of play but were able to trim the lead to 13-6 at quarter’s end.
With two three-pointer’s from Nichole Wormcastle and one by Morgan Young the Lady Eagles pulled within five points at 20-15 with four minutes remaining in the half. The rally was short lived as the Chargers stormed back with a 14-7 run to close the half giving West Noble a 34-22 lead at the break.
Again the third quarter woes haunted the Lady Eagles as they managed just seven points in the period. In the closing quarter the Lady Eagles played hard but weren’t able to gain any ground. With the Chargers stretching their lead to 24 points at the 4:24 mark, the Busco girls fought back trimming the lead as they fell 65-46 to the Chargers.
With the advantage in the low post the Lady Chargers shut down Churubusco’s leading scorer, Taylor Amber to just four points on the night. The Lady Eagles had some good looks at the bucket too, but the shots just weren’t falling as they finished 16-67 for the night.
Wormcastle led in scoring with 11 points followed by Alysa Holloway with nine and Young with eight. Amber led the Eagles with 11 rebounds and Young added eight as they out-rebounded the Chargers 46-32.
The Lady Eagles host Leo on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. and Prairie Heights on Saturday with the JV starting at 1:00 p.m.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

The West Noble Chargers handed the Lady Eagles a 65-46 loss last Friday night. The Chargers used their height advantage and excellent shooting (sixty percent from the floor) to claim the victory over Churubusco.

Hamilton, Mathewson awarded All-State

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by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
Hamilton, Mathewson awarded All-State
The Indiana Football Coaches Association announced the All-State teams this past week and a pair of Eagles landed on the Class A teams.
Senior Jordan Hamilton was named All-State first team at the linebacker position. Hamilton was the Eagles’ leading tackler with 74 on the season along with 18.5 tackles for a loss.
Kyle Mathewson was named to the Junior All-State team at running back. Mathewson led the Eagles in rushing with 1847 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The Journal Gazette also announced their All-Northeast Indiana teams this weekend, honoring seven Churubusco athletes. In football, senior Jordan Hamilton at linebacker and junior Kyle Monk at safety were named to the second team defense. Three other Eagles received honorable mention awards, senior Jordan Nicodemus, offensive line, Kyle Mathewson at running back and Jordan Turner at tight end.
Alexis Bankson was named to the second team in volleyball and Danielle Hartmann received honorable mention.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

The Indiana Football Coaches Association announced the All-State teams this past week and a pair of Eagles landed on the Class A teams. Senior Jordan Hamilton was named All-State first team at the linebacker position. Hamilton was the Eagles’ leading tackler with 74 on the season along with 18.5 tackles for a loss.

Jordan Hamilton

Eagles wrestle against Cougars

CLICK HERE FOR LARGER IMAGE (Jordan Hamilton picks up his opponent during a match against Central Noble on Thursday. Hamilton…

Merchants fall short

The Busco Merchants played their best offensive game of the year. Putting up 89 points still wasn’t good enough as they suffered yet another loss at the hands of New York Life 98-89, after trailing 53-37 at the half. Busco battled hard again against a much taller Huntington team.
Busco did place five men in double figures led by Jerry Partin with 23; Kendric Oler and Dan Burkhart netted 16 apiece; James Ford scored 15 and Logan Jones scored 13.
National City Bank, Jones Greenhouse, PHP and Brevin’s Downtown Eatery as well as Eagle Do It Best Hardware and Churubusco News help sponsor the team.

The Busco Merchants played their best offensive game of the year. Putting up 89 points still wasn’t good enough as they suffered yet another loss at the hands of New York Life 98-89, after trailing 53-37 at the half. Busco battled hard again against a much taller Huntington team.

Lady Eagles get second win

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by Don Hiatt
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The Lady Eagles had a rollercoaster week that included a tough loss to Adams Central 46-42 on Tuesday, a thrilling double overtime victory over Fort Wayne Blackhawk 62-58 on Thursday and a conference loss Saturday to the always tough Westview Warriors 45-30.

Josh LeFever

Eagles fall to Warriors

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(Josh LeFever scores two and gets fouled while going for a layup. LeFever had 16 points on the night, shooting 6-8 from the floor including two three-pointers.)

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
The Churubusco boys’ basketball team fell to 0-2 on the season, as they were defeated 60-48 at Westview on Friday night. The opening period saw sophomore Josh LeFever take over for the Eagles scoring nine of his sixteen points in the quarter.  LeFever hit two three-pointers and added a lay-up followed by a free throw to complete the old fashion three-point play. The Eagles trailed 16-13 at the end of one period.
With LeFever on the bench with two fouls the Eagles couldn’t get much going in the second quarter. The Warrior defense gave the Eagles trouble down low as they double-teamed Tyler Arrowsmith and Kyle Mathewson. Westview junior Justin Jantzi gave Churubusco all they could handle as he was hitting from any spot on the floor as Westview took a 27-19 lead into the locker rooms.
“They are a very good team and that Jantzi kid is really tough,” commented Coach Michael McBride. “We really worked our tails off trying to take him out of the game and he still scored 22 points.”
In the second half the Warriors came out with a 13-5 run to extend their lead to 40-24 at the halfway point in the third period. The Eagles weren’t finished just yet. With Mathewson leading the way the Eagles pulled to within five points at 40-35. Arrowsmith contributed with four free throws during the stretch and went 8-11 on the night from the charity stripe. The Eagles were unable to get any closer as the Warriors led 47-37 at the end of three quarters.
Westview held the Eagles at bay in the final period as they continued their double-digit lead throughout the final quarter on their way to a 60-48 win.
“When we got down by 13 early in the third we responded well and brought it back to a five-point deficit. We can’t get in that big of a hole, especially on the road in an atmosphere like this,” said Coach McBride.
The Eagles will return home Saturday against West Noble and Tuesday against Manchester.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

The Churubusco boys’ basketball team fell to 0-2 on the season, as they were defeated 60-48 at Westview on Friday night. The opening period saw sophomore Josh LeFever take over for the Eagles scoring nine of his sixteen points in the quarter.

Ron Adams

Wrestlers take third place in Duals

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(Senior Ron Adams defeats West Noble’s Seth Brown 12-8 to give the Eagles a victory over the Chargers, 39-37.)

by Don Hiatt
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On Tuesday night, the Busco wrestlers traveled to Columbia City. They fell to an always tough Columbia City team 39 to 36.  Churubusco came out hot right from the start. Getting pins for Busco were Adam Boggess at 130 lbs, Zack Armstead at 135 lbs. and A.J. Herron at 140 lbs. putting the Eagles up 18-0 after three matches. Columbia City won the next three matches to tighten the score at 18-9. Jordan Hamilton pinned his opponent and Braxton Siddons won by injury default to give Churubusco a 30-12 lead. Following a Columbia City win at the 215 pound weight class Travis Liggett pinned his opponent to give Busco a 36-18 lead with four matches remaining. Churubusco forfeited the 103  weight class and Columbia City gained pin victories over the Eagles to knot the score at 36-36 leaving the meet to be decided at the 125 pound class. Jason Nicodemus fell behind 5-0 after one period but still fought hard and finished on the short end 10-7. Columbia City escaped with a 39-36 team victory.
On Saturday, Churubusco traveled to West Noble for the NECC duals. The Eagles were without four wrestlers going into the day. With the loss of two more on the day the Eagles remained competitive as the junior varsity wrestlers filled in and did an outstanding job. “We were able to pick up wins despite having a lot of wrestlers out against some respectable programs,” stated Coach Sam Riesen. “That just shows what kind of depth we have in our program the way our junior varsity wrestlers stepped up and contributed the way they did today.”
The Eagles finished three and two on the day, getting wins against Fremont, West Noble and Angola.
Team scores were: Busco 53 Fremont 17, Prairie Heights 50 Busco 18, Busco 39 West Noble 37, Fairfield 59 Busco 12, and Busco 52 Angola 19.
Individual Results:
112 lbs – Clint Bechtold 1-4
119 lbs – Austin Boggess 0-5
125 lbs – Jason Nicodemus 2-3
130 lbs – Adam Boggess 4-1
135 lbs – Zack Armstead 4-1
140 lbs – Brandon Wormcastle 2-3
145 lbs – Sam Siddons 2-3
152 lbs – Bryce Shively 4-1
160 lbs – Stu Hilsmier 2-3
171 lbs – Ron Adams 3-2
189 lbs – Braxton Siddons 2-0
189 lbs – Brian Richardson 1-2
215 lbs – Jay Linscomb 3-2
HWT   – Travis Liggett 1-2
HWT   – Eric Kuznar 2-0
“As a coach, Saturday was one of the more interesting days that I have had. During the day we really found out how much depth we have as we were able to put together a winning record against five tough teams while at times, having five junior varsity wrestlers in the line-up,” said Coach Riesen.
The meet against West Noble was the one that will be remembered. The meet started at the 189-pound weight class and Busco was down 37-36 going into the final meet at 171-pound weight class. Senior Jordan Hamilton was out on Saturday taking SAT’s, so that meant it was senior Ron Adams’ time to shine. Ron was 1-1 going into the match. Adams was almost pinned in the first period, but fought hard and got out of it. Adams was down 5-4 after the first period, but took the lead in the second with a three point near fall to gain a 7-6 lead going into the last period. He then got a reversal and another three point near fall and a take down to finish with a 12-8 win over West Noble’s Seth Brown to give the Eagles a 39-37 win.
“Ron is the kind of kid that works hard each and every day, and listens to his coaches. Unfortunately, in this, his senior year, he is stuck behind two really tough wrestlers. We have said all season that Ron Adams has the ability to be a twenty-match winner if he were in our line-up. I think that he really proved that today. He stepped in and won some huge matches for us. For a senior to not be in the varsity line-up wrestling can be tough. Most people don’t have what Ron has. He has not allowed the fact that he is in a tough spot affect him. He has wrestled hard each practice, and waited for his time. It came today against West Noble. When we needed him, he stepped up like we knew he would. That was a great moment. It showed how wrestling is both a team and individual sport. Ron’s a kid that puts his team first,” said Coach Riesen.
“Bryce Shively really came alive today for us. The senior was winless coming into the match and he went 4-1 for us today. With this only being his second year wrestling, we knew he had the talent and today it came out,” said Coach Riesen.
The Busco wrestlers are back in action on Thursday at home against Central Noble.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

On Tuesday night, the Busco wrestlers traveled to Columbia City. They fell to an always tough Columbia City team 39 to 36.  Churubusco came out hot right from the start. Getting pins for Busco were Adam Boggess at 130 lbs, Zack Armstead at 135 lbs. and A.J. Herron at 140 lbs. putting the Eagles up 18-0 after three matches.

Merchants still struggling

The Busco Merchants record dropped to 2-6 with a 75-63 loss to Ambassador Steel Sunday night. Trailing 44-40 at the half, Busco again battled a much taller team well, but into the second half, the wear started to show as the Steel boys controlled the boards on both ends of the court to assure the win.
Busco did put three men in double figures with Logan Jones and James Ford netting 14 apiece and Deric Adams tossing in 13.
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The Busco Merchants record dropped to 2-6 with a 75-63 loss to Ambassador Steel Sunday night. Trailing 44-40 at the half, Busco again battled a much taller team well, but into the second half, the wear started to show as the Steel boys controlled the boards on both ends of the court to assure the win.