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Heather Monk

Lady Eagles fall to Wayne and Fairfield

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(Heather Monk works for position down low during the Fairfield game Friday. Monk grabbed 11 rebounds and scored three points against the Falcons.)   photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
The girls’ basketball game between Wayne and Churubusco, on Tuesday, November 17, was a tale of two halves. In the first quarter, the Lady Eagles built an 11-6 lead. The smaller Eagle lineup gave the Wayne defense fits as the girls hustled around the floor. Busco led 20-12 in the closing minute of the half, and the Generals finished with four points to make the score 20-16 at the break.
The Generals came out on a mission in the third period as they went on a 15-0 run, in what some would call two touchdowns, an extra-point and a two-point conversion. Wayne stepped up the pressure in the second half forcing turnovers by the Lady Eagles. Nichole Wormcastle had the only points for the Eagles in the third quarter, a three-pointer.  Wormcastle was the leading scorer for the Lady Eagles with eight points on the night. Haleigh Gross pushed the ball into the Generals’ defense and was able to pick up six points for the Eagles.
Two Eagle starters, Alysa Holloway and Morgan Young, were on the bench because of illness and others looked sluggish as well. Holloway, with limited playing time, had five points and three assists. Young meanwhile saw about eight minutes of action and managed two rebounds and was 0-1 shooting. Freshman Kasey Gibson made the most of her first varsity start. Gibson contributed four points, grabbed five rebounds, stole the ball five times and had four assists.
The Lady Eagles traveled to Fairfield Friday night to play the Falcons. They suffered their third loss of the season 40-32.
Churubusco started out a little shaky on offense turning the ball over 11 times in the first quarter. The Falcons jumped out to a 10-2 lead before the Eagles could close it to 11-6 by the end of the period.
The second quarter saw the Lady Eagles battle back as Taylor Amber scored nine of her 13 points on the night in the quarter. Churubusco pulled within four at 22-18 as the half came to a close.
The Lady Eagles came out and quickly tied the game at 22 with just over one minute into the third period. The Falcons stepped it up on defense and shut down the Eagles giving up just one more point the rest of the quarter. The Falcons outscored the Eagles 7-1 in the last six minutes for a 29-23 lead entering the final quarter.
Churubusco could not get any closer as Fairfield put the game away outscoring them 11-8 in the last period.
“We turned the ball over 36 times, and you can not win a game when you do that,” commented Coach Jamie Perlich.  “That’s 36 times that you don’t have the opportunity to score. Free throws, we missed eight of them, it’s the little things that are what’s hurting us. It’s not our effort, the girls are playing hard. We’ve just needed to get the confidence knowing that we can take care of the basketball.”
The Eagles were strong on the boards as they out- rebounded Fairfield 38-21. Heather Monk and Amber each had 11 to lead the Eagles.
“Monk was an animal on the boards. She’s not afraid to go in there and keeps balls alive. Amber was more aggressive tonight with the ball. Our offensive has to run through her. For us to win games, she is going to have to get her touches and score for us. Tonight I feel like she did a better job doing that,” stated Coach Perlich. “We missed Morgan Young a great deal tonight. She is our best defensive player and we missed that type of leadership on the defensive end. I’m pleased with only giving up 40 points, but I think we could have been better defensively with her aggressiveness tonight.”
The Lady Eagles return home for four games beginning Friday against Eastside. Next week they will host Adams Central on Tuesday, Fort Wayne Blackhawk on Thursday and Westview on Saturday.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

The girls’ basketball game between Wayne and Churubusco, on Tuesday, November 17, was a tale of two halves. In the first quarter, the Lady Eagles built an 11-6 lead. The smaller Eagle lineup gave the Wayne defense fits as the girls hustled around the floor. Busco led 20-12 in the closing minute of the half, and the Generals finished with four points to make the score 20-16 at the break.

Girls Basketball ~ Generals push past Eagles

Generals push past Eagles
The game between Wayne and Churubusco was a tale of two halves. In the first quarter, the Lady Eagles built an 11-6 lead. The smaller Eagle lineup gave the Wayne defense fits as the girls hustled around the floor. Busco led 20-12 in the closing minute of the half, and the Generals finished with four points to make the score 20-16 at the break.
The Generals came out on a mission in the third period. As they went on a 15-0 run, in what some would call two touchdowns, an extra-point and a two-point conversion. Wayne stepped up the pressure in the second half forcing turnovers by the Lady Eagles. Nichole Wormcastle had the only points for the Eagles in the third quarter, a three-pointer.  Wormcastle was the leading scorer for the Lady Eagles with eight points on the night. Haleigh Gross pushed the ball into the Generals’ defense and was able to pick up six points during the last period.
Two Eagle starters, Alysa Holloway and Morgan Young, were on the bench because of illness and others looked sluggish as well. Holloway, with limited playing time, had five points and three assists. Young meanwhile saw about eight minutes of action and managed two rebounds and was 0-1 shooting. Freshman Kasey Gibson made the most of her first varsity start. Gibson contributed four points, grabbed five rebounds, stole the ball five times and had four assists.
Churubusco 11 9 3 13 36
Wayne 6 10 18 16 50
Player FG FT PTS R
Gibson 1-2 2-6 4 5
Gross 2-5 2-5 6 0
Young 0-1 0-0 0 2
Bueker 0-0 0-0 0 1
Wormcastle 3-14 0-0 8 0
Holloway 2-9 1-2 5 1
Amber 3-7 1-1 7 2
Monk 3-8 0-0 6 8
Labenz 0-0 0-0 0 0
Assists: Gibson 4, Holloway 3, Gross 1.
Steals: Gibson 5, Gross 2, Wormcastle 2, Monk 2, Young 1, Amber 1, Holloway 1.
Fouls: Churubusco 8, Wayne 19.
Rebounds: Churubusco 23, Wayne 46.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

The girls’ basketball game between Wayne and Churubusco, on Tuesday, November 17, was a tale of two halves. In the first quarter, the Lady Eagles built an 11-6 lead. The smaller Eagle lineup gave the Wayne defense fits as the girls hustled around the floor. Busco led 20-12 in the closing minute of the half, and the Generals finished with four points to make the score 20-16 at the break.

Nichole Wormcastle

Lady Eagles start basketball season 1-1 with big win against Whitko

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(Nichole Wormcastle drives to the hoop, she scored 13 points against Garrett. Wormcastle hit two three-pointers and was 7-8 from the free throw line.) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
Saturday night the Lady Eagles defeated Whitko 57-39 to claim the first win for Coach Jamie Perlich. The win came on the heels of a 39-33 loss to number three ranked Garrett Lady Railroaders last Tuesday.
In the loss to Garrett, Coach Perlich saw many positive points in his Lady Eagle team. The Lady Eagles played a close first half before turning the ball over in the last two minutes of the half, spawning a 11-0 run by the Railroaders. That put the Eagles down 24-10 at the half.
Churubusco came out in the third quarter and out-scored Garrett 9-7. Nichole Wormcastle sparked the Lady Eagles’ charge with seven third quarter points and added six more in the fourth period. Senior Alysa Holloway put up ten second half points with eight of them coming in the final stanza. Holloway led all scorers, with 16 points on the night.
“There was the stretch there in the last two minutes of the half where we went from down two points to down 14 points at the half,” explains Coach Perlich. “And we didn’t give up. A lot of teams would just give up at that point and get blown out in the second half. I was proud of our girls’ effort. We played hard and we actually played with confidence in the second half.”
The Lady Eagles shot 11-25 from the floor and 9-11 from the charity stripe. They pulled down 33 rebounds and had seven steals. After struggling with the ball in the first half with 21 turnovers they calmed down and had only seven in the second half.
The Whitko game saw all of the Lady Eagles put points on the board. Holloway again led the way with 16 points. Morgan Young finished with 11 and Haleigh Gross added nine.
The game was tied at eight all after the first eight minutes of play. The Lady Eagles had seven of the eight players score in the second period. Unlike the Garrett game the Lady Eagles went on a run of their own before the half against Whitko with a 15-0 spurt to extend their lead to 26-12 at the break.
“We took the timeout with three minutes remaining and told them we want to finish the half strong,” commented Coach Perlich. “We did just that, I think we got every rebound and offensively we were on the attack and able to hit our shots.”
In the third quarter Churubusco extended their lead, as they outscored the Wildcats 14-8 to take a twenty point lead into the fourth quarter. Holloway had eight points hitting four of five shots from the floor. In the fourth period the Eagles continued to spread the ball around.
With two players already on the bench by way of fouls the Lady Eagles still played tight on defense. Heather Monk played most of the fourth quarter with four fouls and was still in the mix of things in the middle. She added four of her five points during the quarter, before fouling out herself.
“We shot the ball with confidence tonight, we attacked their defense and good things happen when you take care of the ball,” stated Coach Perlich. “We spread the scoring around well tonight and that’s a good thing about these girls, they don’t care who leads the team, they just want to win.”
Churubusco shot 19-49 on field goals and 17-36 from the free-throw line. The Eagles had 38 rebounds, 13 assists, eight steals and three blocks as a team. They improve their record to 1-1 on the season. The Lady Eagles will be on the road for their next three games with Wayne on Tuesday, Fairfield this Friday and at Woodlan Tuesday the 24th.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

Saturday night the Lady Eagles defeated Whitko 57-39 to claim the first win for Coach Jamie Perlich. The win came on the heels of a 39-33 loss to number three ranked Garrett Lady Railroaders last Tuesday.

In the loss to Garrett, Coach Perlich saw many positive points in his Lady Eagle team. The Lady Eagles played a close first half before turning the ball over in the last two minutes of the half, spawning a 11-0 run by the Railroaders. That put the Eagles down 24-10 at the half. 

Alexis Bankson

Bankson selected to North squad

CLICK HERE FOR LARGER IMAGE by Don Hiatt dhiatt@busconews.com Alexis Bankson of Churubusco High School was selected to tryout for…

Danielle Hartmann

Hartmann signs with Saint Francis

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by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
Hartmann signs with St. Francis
Churubusco senior, Danielle Hartmann signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne. Hartmann was a four-year starter for the Lady Eagles at the libero position. She is looking forward to playing back row for the Lady Cougars next season.
“I’ve been practicing with them for a little bit and I feel right at home with their program,” said Hartmann. “They are fun and full of spirit. I am very excited to join them next year and have a successful season.”
Hartmann plans on majoring in graphic design and minoring in business. She made her decision based on the very successful arts program at the University of St. Francis.

(Danielle Hartmann signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at the University of St. Francis. Seated with Danielle are her parents, Shawn and Michael, St. Francis Coach, Kevin Lane and Churubusco volleyball coach, Mark Bankson.) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

Churubusco senior, Danielle Hartmann signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne. Hartmann was a four-year starter for the Lady Eagles at the libero position. She is looking forward to playing back row for the Lady Cougars next season.

Year end tennis awards

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
The Churubusco boys tennis team held their end of the season party at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne on Friday, November 13, 2009. A night of bowling and celebration was the theme for the party. The coaches honored the players with numerous awards. Senior Alex McDowell received his fourth chevron, an academic star, school record patch (#1 doubles), sectional and regional patches, and certificates for All-Area District 2 Team and All-State Honorable Mention Doubles Team, and a plaque for those honors as well.
Senior Ryan Mey received his fourth chevron, academic star, captain star, school record patches (#1 doubles, season record and career wins), sectional and regional patches, certificates for All-Area District 2 Team and All-State Honorable Mention Doubles Team, and a plaque for those honors too.
Both Ryan and Alex had previously received their NECC All-Conference patches. Junior Jesse Lich received his third chevron and a plaque for “Mr. Hustle.” The three freshmen, Brandon Wormcastle, Grant Stephan, and Andrew Biddle all received their varsity letters, first chevron and 2013 numbers. In addition, Stephan received a plaque for “Most Improved,” and Biddle for the “Eagle Spirit.”

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

The Churubusco boys tennis team held their end of the season party at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne on Friday, November 13, 2009. A night of bowling and celebration was the theme for the party. The coaches honored the players with numerous awards. Senior Alex McDowell received his fourth chevron, an academic star, school record patch (#1 doubles), sectional and regional patches, and certificates for All-Area District 2 Team and All-State Honorable Mention Doubles Team, and a plaque for those honors as well. 

Braden Sherman

Sherman shoots 10 point buck

CLICK HERE FOR LARGER IMAGE Braden Sherman, 13-years-old of rural Albion shot a 10 point buck Sunday, November 15, 2009…