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The outdoor resolutions for 2010

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NWN week 52
The outdoors resolution for 2010?
by Chris Crapser
Every year I’m asked by scads of people what exactly my New Year’s resolution is, and every year I tell them that I try to live every day the best I can, or want to, not just January 1st.
That may have been the problem. Since I ran that crazy half marathon in September, I have wanted to eat everything I have seen since I crossed the finish line, hence the sea food diet I have been on.
My workout partners have been asking me to start this new workout called “Insanity” since Thanksgiving. Basically, it is supposed to be so hard that only the insane can accomplish the 60 day total body transformation without needing a personalized tombstone. That’s been weighing a little heavy, since I know that my self-restraint around every holiday cookie known to man, the full refrigerator of desserts, and of course every main dish cooked just like grandma did during the Christmas season couldn’t be passed up. It would be disrespectful to my family and my stomach.
So my response to the “new improved kill myself workout” was “I’ll start it January 4th, since my holiday buffet will be all but over and my new life insurance policy will be kicked in!” That’s not a resolution, but just a fact. Who can pass up the delights of the season, and stay on a workout regiment during a festive time meant to spend with family and friends?
For many people January 1st is the official start of their newly attempted workout program and the hundreds of workout videos and equipment in the weekend advertisements prove it.
Being physically fit to an outdoorsman oftentimes doesn’t seem to be a priority, but it should be. This last deer season there seemed to be more deaths from the deer stand than in years past. The first thing that entered into most of our minds when there was a report of a death from a tree stand was an accidental fall, but I’m referring to heart attacks.
Twenty years ago, a safety belt or harness for a deer hunter was nearly unheard of, but now it is just a common sense article of equipment for the serious hunter. With that said, we as a group are safer in the stand, except for our personal health.
A couple weeks ago, I observed my own chubby self as I made the trek to the stand. The walk to the stand was not just a leisurely nature hike, but instead a watchful, cautious, well foot placed creep. The body was attempting to balance itself with every step, and with every misplaced step on a twig there was some sort of advanced heart rate to follow.
If we hunters are lucky enough not to spook a herd of thirty-pointers by the time we grab a hold of the stand we are usually happy! With each step of the stand and each grip of the step above, hunters try and prevent that metal creek, or “clink” from the gun scope upon the ladder. After arriving atop our perch and finally getting zipped up, weapon in place, and gloves back on, one can’t help but sweat after that elevated sense of awareness. As deer hunters know, that needed next half an hour is a cool down period for the woods as well as the hunter. And then oftentimes without warning, there is that apparition of a monster buck that basically appeared from nowhere only 20 yards out. How does that happen? What happens to our heart rate then?
Well, there is a nuclear style adrenalin explosion that seemingly could kill a gold medal, Olympic long-distance runner. That same cardiac stress occurs while walking through dense brush and snow jumping rabbits, or flushing those mind-boggling pheasant. That’s why outdoorsmen need to keep some of the pounds off while achieving some level of cardio fitness. That’s the only way to hunt longer fields at older ages, which is what we all want.
I don’t claim to be a fitness trainer or dietician, but there are some basic pieces of information that everyone should know to help stay more fit. We all hear about calories, but what exactly are they? Calories are nothing more than units of energy that we acquire from eating food. Our body uses these units of energy to function, but when we take in more calories than needed to supply our body with the needed energy, the excess is stored as fat.
Everybody generally burns calories at different levels, and when men reach the age of 30, their body oftentimes burns 100 less calories per day than they did at a younger age. As one gets older, the body continues to burn calories at a slower rate which is bad on the doughnut gut!
There is a key to this predicament. First of all it is staying active. The more active you stay, the faster your metabolism will become, which is what you want to burn extra calories. I know that hunters and outdoorsmen in general just want to be outside and explore, and what better way than to cross-country ski. I picked up a set cheap at a garage sale last summer, which made it nice. I can basically ski anywhere I hunt, and oftentimes on property that doesn’t allow hunting. It’s a great way to introduce younger kids to the outdoors and skiing in general. Cross-country skiing builds the skills needed for beginner downhill skiing as well.
Allen County has two parks that rent cross-country skis and also allow skiers to bring their own. They are Metea Park and Fox Island. These parks only rent skis when there are at least four inches of snow on the ground, but oftentimes will allow you to bring your own if there is less.
The next key to keeping the extra pounds off is watching your calorie intake and how many calories you burn through activity. I’m not saying to keep a note pad and write it all down unless you want to take it to the next level, but just being aware oftentimes does the trick.
For example, a 45-year old guy weighing 170 pounds, with the height of nearly 6’, that does very little exercise from their desk job, should only have a 2000 calorie intake per day to keep those extra pounds from building up.
The good news is that the more activity or exercise one does, the more they can eat and stay fit. Eating is one of my favorite things to do, and exercising is almost worth being able to eat whatever I want and make the long day hunts.
Here are just a few approximate examples of how many calories are burned per hour during different activities; sleeping 71, ice fishing 150 (depending on if they are biting), hunting 387, ice-skating 387, cutting wood 469, sledding 530, and downhill skiing 673.
If you get the hankering to learn how to downhill ski and enjoy what winter has to offer while burning some calories, look into Swiss Valley Ski Area, Bittersweet Ski Area, or Timber Ridge Ski Area. They are all within a couple of hours from here in the lower part of Michigan and make a great day trip, while not spending tons of money. Before you go, make sure to research daily specials or coupons, most times you can save 50% by being researching first.
Lastly, when thinking calories, just remember if you burn more than you take in, you are bound to lose some weight! Before getting too crazy with your fitness program, make sure your doctor is on the same page you are, and make the most of our winter wonderland. Have a Happy New Year!

by Chris Crapser

Every year I’m asked by scads of people what exactly my New Year’s resolution is, and every year I tell them that I try to live every day the best I can, or want to, not just January 1st.

Busco Madness postponed until January 12

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by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
Busco Madness postponed
With the holidays falling the way they did we decided to wait until January 12th to start. That way we can assure that we will have a full field in the contest.
Due to the overwhelming success of the Beatbigdaddy pick ‘em contest the Churubusco News is proud to announce “Busco Madness,” a pick ‘em contest for college basketball.
The contest will be sponsored by Brevin’s Downtown. The prize for the person with the most correct picks for the season is a 32”  flat screen TV. Weekly winners will receive a $10 gift card for Brevin’s Downtown.
Make sure you fill  out all games and include the scores for the tiebreaker. Games that I am not sure of or any left blank will not count towards your score. Please include your email address so that I can contact you when you win. You can enter only once per person and you must be 18 years old to receive the top prize.
Get your sheets in by Mondays at 5:00 p.m. to the Churubusco News or the Northwest News. You can also return the sheets to Brevin’s Downtown by 6:00 p.m. Or you can email me your picks at beatbigdaddy@gmail.com.
Stop in at Brevin’s and fill out your sheets while listening to the sounds of “Hubie and Sunny,” January 8th from 8:00 -11:00 p.m.
The contest will run for eight weeks beginning with the games on January 12th thru the NCAA Tourney. There will be 20 games each week with all games worth one point.
It will then roll into the March Madness tournament. The tournament will be scored 1,2,3,4, 5 and 6 points. Winner will be determined as the person with the highest point total of the season games plus the tourney games.
Tiebreaker will be the combined points of featured game, second, the winners points and third, tiebreaker will be losers points.
So brush up on your basketball knowledge, dust off your favorite flipping coin, pick your favorite mascot, whatever you have to do but get ready for the “Busco Madness” basketball contest. Tell your friends and neighbors about the contest.
The cost is nothing, just fill out your picks, cut out the sheet and return it one of the ways listed above.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

With the holidays falling the way they did we decided to wait until January 12th to start. That way we can assure that we will have a full field in the contest. Due to the overwhelming success of the Beatbigdaddy pick ‘em contest the Churubusco News is proud to announce “Busco Madness,” a pick ‘em contest for college basketball.

Contest winner to receive big screen TV

Due to the overwhelming success of the Beatbigdaddy pick ‘em contest the Churubusco News is proud to announce “Busco Madness” a pick ‘em contest for college basketball. The contest will be sponsored by Brevin’s Downtown. The prize for the person with the most correct picks for the season is a 32” TV. Weekly winners will receive a $10 gift card for Brevin’s.
So brush up on your basketball knowledge, dust off your favorite flipping coin, pick your favorite mascot, whatever you have to do but get ready for the “Busco Madness” basketball contest. Tell your friends and neighbors about the contest. The cost is nothing, just fill out your picks, cut out the sheet and return it to the Churubusco News or Northwest News office or your e-mail sent to beatbigdaddy@gmail.com before 5 p.m. on Mondays.
The contest will run for ten weeks beginning with the games on December 29 thru the NCAA Tourney. There will be 20 games each week with all games worth one point. It will then roll into the March Madness tournament. Tournament will be scored 1,2,3,4, 5 and 6 points. Winner will be determined as the person with the highest point total of the season games plus the tourney games.
Tiebreaker will be the combined points of featured game, second the winners points and third tiebreaker will be losers points.
Entrants must be 18 years of age to participate in the contest.

Due to the overwhelming success of the Beatbigdaddy pick ‘em contest the Churubusco News is proud to announce “Busco Madness” a pick ‘em contest for college basketball. The contest will be sponsored by Brevin’s Downtown. The prize for the person with the most correct picks for the season is a 32” TV. Weekly winners will receive a $10 gift card for Brevin’s.

Eagles gain first wins

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Hunter Nicodemus(Hunter Nicodemus lays one in off the glass for two of his 15 points against the Panthers last Friday night.) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com

The Churubusco Boys notched their first win of the season Tuesday by defeating Manchester 66-49 at home then turned around and collected their first road win Friday night at Prairie Heights by a score of 68-60. This gives the Eagles a 2-4 record going into the Christmas break. The Eagles’ came out and grabbed the first quarter lead 13-10 against Manchester. Hunter Nicodemus was hitting from three point range and Kyle Mathewson on the inside paved the way for the Eagles in the first half.

Eagle Wrestlers place third at Carroll

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Jordan Hamilton(Jordan Hamilton pins Logan Raypole of Carroll 45 seconds into the first period. Hamilton went 4-1 on the day losing his first match of the season to Zac McCray of Garrett by decision 4-1.) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com

The Churubusco wrestlers placed third at the Carroll Super Duals this past Saturday. Garrett went undefeated on the day to claim the top spot over host Carroll. “Last year we began to look at making our schedule tougher,” commented Coach Sam Riesen. “This Super Dual is a result of that effort. We knew coming into today that this meet would put us up against some of the best teams in the area. That is what we want, we want to face tougher challenges now. So when we get to the post season we have already seen what it takes to get out of Sectional and Regional. We will know what these wrestlers and teams look like and how we want to go about attacking them.”

Lady Eagles welcome break

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(Alysa Holloway led the Lady Eagles with nine points this past Saturday against the Panthers. Holloway also had three steals for the Eagles) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com

The Lady Eagles fell to 2-9 on the season with a 49-32 loss to Prairie Heights last Saturday. After a back and forth game starting the first quarter Prairie Heights pulled out to a five point lead at 13-8. Alysa Holloway scored five of her team high nine points in the opening quarter.

Merchants fall short again

After trailing 10-0 Sunday night, Busco charged to a 40-35 halftime lead only to start the second half the same way. Now trailing 55-44 this time it was too high a mountain to climb as the Merchants dropped yet another game 78-74 to Terhune.

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.