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Merchants get Tourney win on Sunday

The Merchants won their third game in a row Sunday, again against a much taller opponent with a thrilling 59-58 final. Trailing at the half, 27-25, Busco found themselves down 39-30 early in the second half before they started pecking away at the lead. But a turnover with 15 seconds left gave the ball back to the Ft. Wayne Metal team with a chance for a game winning shot, a missed shot and two rebound attempts.  All went ajar as the Merchants held on to the victory.
Busco placed three in double figures with James Ford netting 20, Jerry Partin 16 and Kendric Oler 15 in the win.
Pro Systems, The Gap, Jones Greenhouse, Do It Best Hardware, Beezley’s Auto Repair and Churubusco News & Printing all help sponsor the team.
Busco goes up against their rival, Indiana Lamp next in the Allen County Tourney.

The Merchants won their third game in a row Sunday, again against a much taller opponent with a thrilling 59-58 final. Trailing at the half, 27-25, Busco found themselves down 39-30 early in the second half before they started pecking away at the lead. But a turnover with 15 seconds left gave the ball back to the Ft. Wayne Metal team with a chance for a game winning shot, a missed shot and two rebound attempts.  All went ajar as the Merchants held on to the victory.

Softball

Lady Eagles looking for solid season in softball

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(Churubusco High School Lady Eagles Softball, left to right, front row, Taylor Fry, Ashlie Shelton, Jessica Tartaglia, Kasey Gibson, Chandler Blake, Chelsey Penley, Savannah Labenz; middle row, Kelary Crabill, Alexis Bankson, Nichole Sells, Taylor Amber, Brianne Burkhart, Karissa Labenz; back row, Coach Keith Heffelfinger, Coach Daniel Burkhart, Coach Todd Ramsey, and Head Coach Wayne Gibson. photo by hiatt)

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
Wayne Gibson begins his second season as Head Coach of the Churubusco Softball team. He feels good about this year’s squad and believes they should improve on last season’s 13-16 record.
We lost five girls from last season, McClure, Gibson, Miller, Arrowsmith and Jones that accounted for almost half of the offense. But Coach Gibson thinks he has the players to fill the void left by the graduating class.
Seniors Taylor Amber, Jessica Tartaglia, Alexis Bankson and Karissa Labenz are leading the way. Brianne Burkhart (junior), is looking strong pitching this preseason and Ashley Shelton (junior) is in right field and Nichole Sells (junior)will be the designated hitter and backup catcher. Taylor Fry (sophomore) is in the outfield. Kasey Gibson (freshman) will be playing centerfield and brings an element of speed to the lineup. Savannah Labenz (freshman) will play shortstop and Chandler Blake (freshman) will see time at third base and outfield. Chelsey Penley (junior) will also see time on the varsity along with Kelary Crabill (freshman) and given the opportunity should help out at the varsity level.
“I think we have a real good coaching staff,” explained Coach Wayne Gibson. “We have Keith Heffelfinger who has been with the program for the past fifteen plus years and Daniel Burkhart who begins his second season and he brings a lot of enthusism to the club. Nancy Herron returns for another season bringing her knowledge as a former Lady Eagle and the addition of Todd Ramsey brings with him a lot of knowledge as he has coached travel ball for the past several years. He knows what we are teaching on offense and knows the defensive drills as well.”
This season the IHSAA is moving the pitcher’s mound to 43 feet, back three feet from the past seasons. It should give pitchers a little more room for movement on their pitches. It also gives the runners a little more time to get a jump on stealing bases. “We have been playing this in the last few seasons in travel ball so it’s not really new to us,” stated Coach Gibson. “I think it can be a positive change for our team with the speed we have.”
With 21 girls out for softball this season it brings back the JV schedule. The JV season was cancelled last season because of lack of numbers. “It hurt the younger players on the squad last season,” commented Coach Gibson. “By not having the JV team a lot of girls didn’t get the much needed playing time to improve their skills. That’s what we are all about, developing our younger talent to make our program stronger. Last season we worked with the middle school 14 and under teams and now we are holding some mini camps for the youth league on Sunday afternoons.”

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

Wayne Gibson begins his second season as Head Coach of the Churubusco Softball team. He feels good about this year’s squad and believes they should improve on last season’s 13-16 record.

Girls Track

Monk breaks school record

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(Churubusco High School Girls Track Team, left to right, front row, Peyton Summers, Peyton Hunsberger, Emily Hively, Emma Frericks, Rachel Fehring, Emily Bar; middle row, Paige Roe, Haleigh Gross, Alex Eyer, Heather Monk, Erica Lehner; back row, Head Coach Zach Dock, Coach Paul Sade, Coach Jon Pelz, Coach Kip Griffin, Coach Todd Lortie. photo by hiatt)

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
The Churubusco boys track team won 90-42 to collect their second win of the season on Monday at Northfield. The Lady Eagles lost a close meet 66-65 to the Northfield team.
The Lady Eagles were led by Heather Monk as she broke her own school record with a throw of 117’ 8” in the discus and also took first in the shot put with a throw of 36’2”.  Rachel Fehring swept all distance events winning the 800 meter (2:40.0), 1600 meter (5:54.0) and the 3200 meter (13:43.8) for the Lady Eagles.
Peyton Summers won the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.3 and took the long jump with a jump of 14’ 5”. In the pole vault Haleigh Gross took first with a 6’ 6” vault. The Lady Eagle 400 meter relay team finished in 55.5 to take first place.
The Churubusco boys team was on track in the dash events as they swept all of these races. Brian Trump’s 11.37 edged out Mathewson’s 11.38, by a hundredth of a second in the 100 meter. Mathewson took the 200 meter with a time of 23.53 and Dustin Arvola finished in 51.45 to take first in the 400 meter. Monk won the 110 hurdles in 16.3 seconds and Josh LeFever took first with a  time of 44.31 in the 300 hurdles.
The Eagles were solid in the field events taking first place in all events. Skylar Greve won the shot put (40’ 5”) and discus (122’ 1”) and Zach Adams cleared 11’ to take the pole vault. In the high jump Kyle Monk jumped 6’ 1” and Kyle Mathewson went 18’ 4” to claim first place.
Davon Geiger ran the 1600 meter in 4:59 for a first place finish. The 400 meter relay team beat the Northfield team by just over three seconds.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

The Churubusco boys track team won 90-42 to collect their second win of the season on Monday at Northfield. The Lady Eagles lost a close meet 66-65 to the Northfield team.

Kyle Mathewson

Tracksters looking to defend titles

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(Churubusco Eagle junior Kyle Mathewson finished 14th in the Long Jump at the Hoosier State Relays on Saturday, March 20, at Purdue University. Mathewson’s qualifying jump was 20’.05”. Churubusco’s outdoor track season begins this week. photo by hiatt)

Merchants rally for win

The Busco Merchants trailed by as many as eight in the first half Sunday but battled back to only a two point deficit, 42-40, against Terhune, a team who handed them a loss earlier this season.
The second half started the same way as Busco found themselves down by as many as nine. With about eight minutes remaining on the clock the Merchants began to jell with good ball movement, excellent defense and great shot selection as they posted a 76-70 win over the much taller opponent to end regular season play.
Busco placed four men in double figures in the win. Jerry Partin’s 24 led Busco, Kendric Oler added 19 and the Jones boys, Logan and Carter, both tossed in 10.
The Merchants are sponsored in part by Brevin’s Downtown Eatery, Eagle Do It Best Hardware, Beezley’s Auto Repair and Pro Systems. Busco begins tourney play next week.

The Busco Merchants trailed by as many as eight in the first half Sunday but battled back to only a two point deficit, 42-40, against Terhune, a team who handed them a loss earlier this season.

Youth takedown tourney a success

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
“This year’s camp went really well,” stated Coach Sam Riesen. “We are excited about our kids coming up through the program. They show that we have a bright future here at Churubusco. The kids had a lot of natural ability and competitiveness.”
The annual camp is a one week event in which the coaches try to introduce the sport of wrestling to the younger kids in town. By focusing on just a few moves so that the kids will get them down as well as possible, that they can have success in the middle school, or hopefully in youth tournaments across the state. The goal is to have the week long camp grow into a wrestling club for the young wrestlers. That way they can achieve even more through middle school and high school.
Beginning this week there will be an hour long practice from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday nights for the Elementary students who are interested in wrestling. The hope is that these students will wrestle in competitions held each weekend around the state through the spring and summer.
With the camp and weekly practices it offers the skills they need to learn to be complete wrestlers. It also offers the kids a chance to see what it takes to compete at the High School level. Coach Riesen likes seeing that the numbers continue to grow.
“This was where I got my start,” recalled Jordan Hamilton. “Mom was pushing me towards basketball, but after I won this event I said to my dad, ‘hey I’m pretty good at this, maybe we ought to try it out’.”
The purpose is to get as many kids out as possible to introduce them to the sport and this camp is a great way for them to get their start.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

“This year’s camp went really well,” stated Coach Sam Riesen. “We are excited about our kids coming up through the program. They show that we have a bright future here at Churubusco. The kids had a lot of natural ability and competitiveness.” 

Beezley starting racing season

The Beezleys completely rebuilt their #69 Dirt Modified for 2010.
They will show it off Saturday, March 20 at 12 noon at Kruse Military Museum.
R. J. Saylor Go-Karts of Churubusco will also be there along with other area cars and drivers. The public is invited.
Tommy’s first race is Friday, April 9 at Gas City Speedway. He will also race every Saturday night at Montpelier, Indiana Speedway. In 2009 Beezley was Track Champion at Butler Speedway in Quincy, Michigan where he won four main events. He ran fourth in the point standing at Gas City with two main events and was 39th in the nation in UMP points.

The Beezleys completely rebuilt their #69 Dirt Modified for 2010. They will show it off Saturday, March 20 at 12 noon at Kruse Military Museum. R. J. Saylor Go-Karts of Churubusco will also be there along with other area cars and drivers. The public is invited.