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Journey ends for Hamilton

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(Parade of Champions, Jordan Hamilton along with coaches Randy Dreilbelbis, Sam Riesen and Rick Hamilton take in the experience of the parade lap at Conseco Fieldhouse.) photo by  hiatt

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com

Jordan Hamilton made the journey again this year with hopes of bringing home a State Championship. He has trained his best for the return trip down to Indy. “I would like to thank my coaches for believing in me and for helping me in my years here at Churubusco,” said an excited Hamilton, as he was getting ready to board the bus on his way to Indianapolis.

Tavin Herendeen

Tough Whitko team too much for Busco

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(Busco junior Tavin Herendeen rips a loose ball away from Whitko’s Jordan Sims during Saturday’s boys basketball game at Whitko High School.  The Eagles were defeated by the Wildcats, 74-51.) photo by schwab

by Ryan Schwab
nweditor@app-printing.com

SOUTH WHITLEY – Churubusco Head Boys Basketball Coach Mike McBride opted to go outside of his team’s comfort zone in an attempt to slow down Whitko’s star guard Logan Irwin.
Busco opened with a zone defense Saturday night at Whitko High School, something they have done little of this season.  While the zone stifled Whitko’s sophomore leading scorer,  teammates Alex Stoddard, a freshman, and Zac VanDeWater, a junior, picked up the slack before Irwin found his shot.

Boys Sectional draw announced

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
The IHSAA released the Sectional draws this past Sunday. The Eagles will compete in Sectional 36 at Garrett.
Garrett (6-13) and Eastside (9-9) will open play on Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:00 p.m. Prairie Heights (7-12) and Churubusco (8-9) will follow half an hour after the final of game one.
Friday night Fremont (8-10) will play the winner of game one at 6:00 p.m. In the late game Central Noble (2-16) will take on the winner of game two.
The Championship will be Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. All games will be held at Garrett High School.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

The IHSAA released the Sectional draws this past Sunday. The Eagles will compete in Sectional 36 at Garrett.

Busco Eagle Baseball Camp

The Churubusco Eagle Baseball Camp will be held Saturday, March 20.
Session 1 is from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and is for age level 13, 14, and 15 year-olds. Session 2 is from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and is for age level 11 and 12 year-olds.
Areas covered are pitching, hitting, fielding and base running. Instruction will be by C.H.S. coaching staff and players.
Cost is $25 and includes a campers T-shirt. The camp will be held in the high school gym.
To register, mail your name, age, address, telephone number and shirt size to Mark Grove, Churubusco High School, 1 Eagle Drive, Churubusco, In 46723. Make checks payable to Churubusco High School. Registrations are due by March 6.

The Churubusco Eagle Baseball Camp will be held Saturday, March 20. Session 1 is from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and is for age level 13, 14, and 15 year-olds. Session 2 is from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and is for age level 11 and 12 year-olds.

Payne Baseball Clinic this Saturday

The Payne (Ohio) Ball Association is sponsoring a baseball hitting/skills clinic on Saturday, February 27 at Wayne Trace High School.
Tom Held, head coach at Defiance High School and one of the most respected coaches in Ohio, is the featured clinician along with the Defiance coaching staff and players. The Wayne Trace coaching staff and players will also be assisting.
Cost of the clinic is $25 and sessions will run from 9:00-11:00 a.m. or 12:00-3:00 p.m.
For more information or to register, please contact Mike Krouse (419-263-1393) or Kevin Wannemacher (419-263-0805) or e-mail to payneball@verizon.net.

The Payne (Ohio) Ball Association is sponsoring a baseball hitting/skills clinic on Saturday, February 27 at Wayne Trace High School.

Dylan Herendeen

Eagles stop the Marines

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(Dylan Herendeen makes the steal and takes it for the layup for two points. Herendeen finished with 11 points in the Eagles 58-48 win over Hamilton) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
The Churubusco Eagles traveled to Hamilton last Thursday and came out with a 58-48 win over the Marines. Hamilton has just two wins on the year but has been in about every game so far this season. They lost to Fairfield by seven, Lakeland by seven and Angola by just five, three of our conference leaders.
The first half neither team could pull away as the biggest lead was only four points by either team. The score was tied at the end of the first quarter 14-14. Churubusco’s Kyle Monk hit a jumper as time ran out to tie the game 28-28 at the half.
“I thought we got off to a sluggish start and Hamilton has been playing teams tough all season,” stated Coach Michael McBride. “They have had very close games with some of the Conference’s top teams.”
The Eagles scored four quick points to begin the second half, before Hamilton went on a seven to zero run to make the score 35-32 in favor of the Marines. The Eagles pulled together and played nearly flawless basketball for the last four and a half minutes of the third period. Lay-ups by Monk and Josh LeFever put the Eagles up by one. With the Eagles on the attack Hamilton players were forcing passes and hurrying up their offense. The Churubusco defense forced turnovers and converted them into Eagle baskets, two by Kyle Mathewson and another by Hunter Nicodemus that put the Eagles up 42-37 as Hamilton called a timeout. Another lay-up by LeFever and a three-point play by Nicodemus put Busco ahead by ten, 47-37 with 2:41 to go in the third quarter. Churubusco ended the third period with a 49-39 lead over Hamilton.
The Eagles slowed the tempo down in the final quarter looking for lay-ups and working the ball around. Both teams managed only nine points in the last period to make the final score 58-48 Churubusco. The win gives the Eagles a 4-4 record in conference and an 8-7 overall record.
“It was nice to get a better balance tonight. We didn’t feel like we played together as a team versus Lakeland,” commented Coach McBride. “Tonight I felt we played better as a team, in moving the ball around and getting good shots.”
Leading Scorers; LeFever 13, Mathewson 12, Nicodemus 11, D. Herendeen 11, Monk 6, T. Herendeen 3, Arrowsmith 2.
Churubusco will host Fairfield on Friday night and will go to Whitko on Saturday to face the Wildcats.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

The Churubusco Eagles traveled to Hamilton last Thursday and came out with a 58-48 win over the Marines. Hamilton has just two wins on the year but has been in about every game so far this season. They lost to Fairfield by seven, Lakeland by seven and Angola by just five, three of our conference leaders.

Season ends for Lady Eagles

CN Season ends for lady eagles
by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
The Lady Eagles lost 54-50 to Fremont in a hard fought Sectional Semi-Finals game on Saturday night.
Churubusco got off to a four point lead on baskets by Taylor Amber and Morgan Young. A basket by Alex Walker gave the Lady Eagles a 6-3 lead with 2:42 left in the first quarter. Fremont went on a 10-2 run to close out the period to give them a 13-8 advantage after one period.
Churubusco fell behind by 11 points at the four minute mark, but wasn’t giving in to Fremont. They went on a run of their own 9-3 to pull within five at the half.
“We took care of the ball and we executed our game plan well,” stated Coach Jamie Perlich. “Our bench played the best they have all year and everyone contributed in a positive way that gave us a chance to win in the end.”
Beginning the third period, the Lady Eagles came to within one on a basket by Heather Monk and a pair of free throws by Young. Fremont then ran off eight points on three Churubusco turnovers to give them a 30-21 lead with 3:49 to go in the third quarter. The Eagles trimmed it to a five point deficit on a basket by Walker, with two and a half minutes remaining. Fremont closed out the period with a 35-27 lead.
Churubusco cut their lead to three at the 5:31 mark, on a basket by Kasey Gibson. That was the closest they would be able to get as the Lady Eagles continued to fight hard for the upset win. Busco shot 8-10 from the free-throw line down the stretch. Alysa Holloway hit a three-pointer with three seconds left to make the final score 54-50 Fremont.
“Amber had a good game for us on both ends of the floor, with 12 points and ten rebounds. Holloway almost had a double-double also with ten points and nine rebounds,” recalled Coach Perlich. “Morgan Young played well defensively for us but had to sit out the second quarter with foul trouble. Gibson came in and played extremely well for a freshman in a big game.”
The Lady Eagles finished the season 4-16 on the year with a 1-9 record in conference play.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

The Lady Eagles lost 54-50 to Fremont in a hard fought Sectional Semi-Finals game on Saturday night.

Jordan Hamilton

Hamilton returning to State finals

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(Jordan Hamilton pins Yorktown’s Trent Castner in the semi-final matchup. Hamilton trailed 5-1 with just over a minute to go, gained a reversal and held on for the pin to advance to the finals.) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Jordan Hamilton advanced to the State finals in Indianapolis this Saturday, going three and one on the day. Jordan Nicodemus and Braxton Siddons both lost hard fought first round matches to end their seasons.
Several of the wrestlers were vying for a return trip to Indianapolis, for their shot at the coveted State title. But first they had to get out of the always tough Semi-State held at Allen County’s War Memorial Coliseum. As the tournament rolls on the venues keep getting bigger and bring with it the best competition in the State. Two undefeated wrestlers, Concordia’s Korey Eck (43-1) and South Adams’ Josh Ehr (41-1), saw their seasons come to a close in the “Ticket” round. It is called the ticket round because if you win your second match in the Semi-State you advance to the State finals. There were several upsets throughout the day and a lot of exciting wrestling.
Hamilton traveled that road last season after winning Sectional and Regional and then after placing second at Semi-State he made the trip to Conseco Fieldhouse.
It was there after the fanfare opening where all the wrestlers are introduced and parade through the fieldhouse. Then the long wait, watching half of the wrestlers that went before him lose their matches and were on their way home. Finally time to warm up and get ready for his match. Then came the introduction and the walk to his assigned mat. The site from the floor in Conseco during this event is something to see. Here you are looking up into the stands with very few empty seats, and the bright lights. It was then that it hit him, “Wow I’m at Conseco Fieldhouse, wrestling for the State title,” recalls Hamilton. “It was quite overwhelming for me at that point, That was the same as my sophomore year when I reached the Semi-State, here at the Coliseum. I got caught up in the emotion of being at a big time competition, looking at the lights and all the people, it just kind of got me out of the state of mind that I needed to win my matches and to go on to the next round.”
Hamilton began Saturday with a second round pin  over Ben Pfister from Bluffton. Next was Alex Hostetler of Fairfield, a rematch of the Conference Championship. Hamilton took care of business as he defeated Hostetler by a decision 9-1. In the Semi-Finals Hamilton faced Trent Castner of Yorktown. With just over one minute remaining in the last round Castner was up 5-1. Hamilton had to get something done to move on to the finals. He made a reversal and got Castner on his back. Hamilton quickly secured his hold on Castner and was able to get the pin with 53 seconds remaining.
“I tried to switch on him and he was on his heels,” recalls Hamilton. “With my momentum I was able to get him on his back and get the pin.”
That advanced him to the finals against Jackson Bratcher (34-0) of Eastbrook. The first round ended with both wrestlers at two points each. Hamilton was able to get an escape to take the lead 3-2 after two rounds. In the final round Bratcher escaped and took down Hamilton to take the lead 5-3 with 1:13 remaining in the match. Hamilton was running out of time, but he was able to get an escape. Bratcher gained control and got a takedown as time was running out for the 7-4 win over Hamilton.
“I just got to stay focused and stay calm. I have to come in with a little bit of swagger and confidence letting the other wrestlers know that I am going to take the State Championship or if not the title at least place high in the rankings,” said a confident Hamilton.
The season ended for two other Eagle wrestlers. Jordan Nicodemus (26-10) was defeated by decision 10-6 to Nick Duke (39-3) of Marion. Nicodemus fell behind early but fought back to make it a closer match. In the 189 pound weight class Braxton Siddons (29-8) lost to Yorktown’s Grant Brown by a major decision 13-2. It was Siddons’ first season on varsity this year and to make it to Semi-State is a great accomplishment.
“I thought that Braxton Siddons and Jordan Nicodemus wrestled good matches today even though they came out on the short side of the scoring,” stated Coach Sam Reisen. “Our main goal this week is to get Hamilton healthy. He has been battling through some injuries the past few weeks. Jordan is a top-level wrestler and he wrestled like that today. We are looking forward to seeing him place high at the State tournament next Saturday.”
The State tourney starts on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. in the Conseco Fieldhouse. Resuming Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the quarterfinals, the consolation round begins at 5:00 p.m. and the finals starting at 7:30 p.m.

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

Jordan Hamilton advanced to the State finals in Indianapolis this Saturday, going three and one on the day. Jordan Nicodemus and Braxton Siddons both lost hard fought first round matches to end their seasons.

Merchants avenge loss

The Busco Merchants got a much needed win Sunday evening outlasting James Medical 61-60 in overtime, trailing by eight, 31-23 at the half. Busco got good looks but just couldn’t finish on several plays.
With less than one minute in regulation, the Merchants led 53-51 but the Medical boys knotted it so Busco held for a last shot game winner. James Ford’s number was called and a perfect drive to the hoop rolled off the rim as James was slammed to the floor, with no whistle blown. The Merchants held on in the overtime to avenge a 15 point loss earlier this season and end a three game losing streak.
Busco placed five in double figures in a balanced scoring attack. Jerry Partin and Kendric Oler tossed in 12 each. Ford, Logan Jones and Dan Burkhart all added 11 in the win.
P.H.P., The Gap Inc., Eagle Hardware and Churubusco News and Printing help sponsor the team.

The Busco Merchants got a much needed win Sunday evening outlasting James Medical 61-60 in overtime, trailing by eight, 31-23 at the half. Busco got good looks but just couldn’t finish on several plays.