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Churubusco Eagles improve to 7-6

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(The Eagles demonstrate their stingy defense against a Cougar ball handler. Coach McBride instills in his players that defense will win games for the Eagles.) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
Eagles improve to 7-6
The Churubusco boys defeated Central Noble 53-42 on Friday night to improve their record to 7-6 on the season. It’s the first time in over five seasons the Eagles have seen the top side of .500 basketball. There is an excitement in the gym as the Eagles continue to improve under second year coach Michael McBride.
With nearly a full gymnasium Churubusco got off to a good start as Kyle Mathewson took the opening tip and laid it in. The Eagles scored seven before the Cougars got on the board. They worked the ball in the paint to Mathewson for ten first quarter points. That opened up the outside for Dylan and Tavin Herendeen who each hit a three-pointer to give the Eagles the lead at the end of one period 17-11.
Another three by Tavin Herendeen and eight out of ten from the line gave the Eagles a 30-19 lead at the half.
Churubusco’s lead stayed around ten the rest of the way as they couldn’t shut down Travis Clear who had a game high 21 points. Clear added eleven of those in the third quarter. Mathewson answered back with eight of his own giving the Eagles a 42-33 lead into the final stanza.
With the lead Churubusco  went to work on their offensive sets working each play until they had a clear shot and taking time off the clock as they did so. The Eagles finished the game shooting 12-17 from the free-throw line as a team while the Cougars shot 9-15 from the stripe.
“Our ball movement wasn’t as good as I thought it needed to be and that’s something we need to get better at,” explained Coach Michael McBride. “One thing we talked to our kids about in the beginning of January was last year we went 1-7 in January and now this season we are 4-2. We have now won seven of our last nine so we should be playing with a lot of confidence. Now we hit February and now we have to take it up a notch. This is the time of the year you have to be playing your best.”
Central Noble(1-12) 11    8  14    9    42
Churubusco   (7-6)   17  13  12  11    53
Scoring Leaders: Mathewson 20, Tavin Herendeen 10, Monk 7, Dylan Herendeen 7, LeFever 5, Jones 2, Turner 2.
The Eagles will be back in action on Friday night in a boys and girls Varsity doubleheader. Let’s all come out and fill the gym to show our support for the Churubusco basketball teams.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

The Churubusco boys defeated Central Noble 53-42 on Friday night to improve their record to 7-6 on the season. It’s the first time in over five seasons the Eagles have seen the top side of .500 basketball. There is an excitement in the gym as the Eagles continue to improve under second year coach Michael McBride.

CHS Cheer Camp 2010

A Cheer Camp will be held at Churubusco High School Commons area Monday-Thursday, February 15-18 from 6-8 p.m.
Participants will learn a dance and three sideline chants while learning how the CHS cheerleaders prepare for games. They will perform what they have learned at half-time of the high school boy’s basketball game on Friday, February 19.
Cost for the camp is $40. Please send a check made out to CHS Cheer Fund, a form and child’s name, grade and shirt size, YS 6/8; YM 10/12; YL 14/16; Adult small, medium or large to CES by February 5.

A Cheer Camp will be held at Churubusco High School Commons area Monday-Thursday, February 15-18 from 6-8 p.m. Participants will learn a dance and three sideline chants while learning how the CHS cheerleaders prepare for games. They will perform what they have learned at half-time of the high school boy’s basketball game on Friday, February 19.

AJ Herron and Jordan Hamilton

Eagle Grapplers third in Conference

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(Seniors A.J. Herron and Jordan Hamilton both won their weight classes in the NECC Tourney at Angola last Saturday.) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
The Churubusco Eagle wrestlers placed third in the NECC conference meet held this past Saturday at Angola. Fairfield claimed the top spot with 214 points, just ahead of Prairie Heights who had 208 points. Churubusco took third with 177, Lakeland had 147.5 and West Noble rounded out the top five with 143.5 points.
Fairfield placed 13 of 14 wrestlers with nine advancing to the final round. The Falcons picked up three wins out of the nine to claim the NECC team trophy. Churubusco and Prairie Heights placed 12 wrestlers, with the Panthers getting the edge as they had all 12 in the top four spots.
The Eagles landed three on the All-Conference team with first place wins by A.J. Herron in the 140 pound weight class and Jordan Hamilton in the 171 weight class. Zack Armstead, Busco’s 135 pound wrestler took second place to claim his All-Conference spot.
Out of the six wrestlers in consolation matches for the Eagles five of them brought home third place finishes, Adam Boggess (130), Sam Siddons (145), Jordan Nicodemus (152), Braxton Siddons (189) and Jay Linscomb (215). Travis Liggett took fourth place in the heavyweight class. Clint Bechtold (112) and Jason Nicodemus (125) placed fifth. Bryce Shively took sixth place in the 160 pound weight class.
“We saw some good kids here today and won some really tough matches,” commented Coach Sam Riesen. “Jordan Hamilton beat a kid that a lot of people thought would give him a run but he really didn’t touch him, Jordan was in control the whole match. A.J. Herron beat a really tough wrestler in the finals. Zack Armstead got a couple takedowns in the championship match. A lot of our kids had good matches today and saw some things that will help them in the sectionals to move on.”
The Eagles begin  the quest for Indy this Saturday at the Carroll Sectionals beginning at 9:00 a.m.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

The Churubusco Eagle wrestlers placed third in the NECC conference meet held this past Saturday at Angola. Fairfield claimed the top spot with 214 points, just ahead of Prairie Heights who had 208 points. Churubusco took third with 177, Lakeland had 147.5 and West Noble rounded out the top five with 143.5 points.

Tyler Arrowsmith

Eagles gain momentum heading into post-season

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by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
Coach Michael McBride has to be proud of his team as they went on a three game in five day stretch against and came out of it with two wins. Tuesday they played the up tempo Leo Lions at home and defeated them 122-118 in overtime. One of the all-time highest scoring games in Busco history. Friday night they traveled to Angola to face the Hornets who were unbeaten in conference play. The Eagles fought hard but Angola pulled away in the last period for the 60-49 win. Saturday Churubusco was again on the road playing at Canterbury, always a tough team and defeated the Cavaliers 62-55.
From the opening tip til the final buzzer this was one exciting game to watch. The Leo Lions play a different style of basketball, a run and gun offense that uses the whole team. Coach McBride used his practices to accommodate this style of play and beat them at their own game. With the Eagles in great shape from playing aggressive defense all year long they were ready for the challenge. Just a minute into the game Leo had five subs at the scorer’s bench entering the game. They use this system all game long, keeping players fresh and running the whole game.
Churubusco accepted the challenge and came out on top after one quarter 33-32. The Eagles were connecting on lay-ups as they filtered through the Leo press. From the first basket the Eagles objective was to get the lay-up.
“I thought we did a good job at getting the lay-ups by breaking their press,” said Coach McBride.
The Eagles continued to roll in the second period as they hit basket after basket, as they extended their lead to 56-51 at the half.
Churubusco continued their assault on the Lions in the third period. They led 83-77 after three quarters.
In the fourth quarter Leo connected on several three-pointers to tie the game at 89-89 with 5:25 remaining. Leo took the lead but couldn’t put away the Eagles. It was Leo who broke the century mark first and shortly after the Eagles followed suit. The Lions went up five points with a 108-103 lead with 1:44 remaining. The Eagles trimmed the lead to one point after a steal and a basket by Kyle Monk. A free throw by Leo and a basket by Nicodemus sent the game into overtime.
In the overtime period the Eagles’ Kyle Mathewson put the finishing touches on the Lions as he hit three free throws to close out the game, a 122-118 Eagle victory.
“Being down three with 30 seconds to go Kyle Monk made two incredible plays, one was the steal and the other one on the offensive end where he missed the shot but he somehow magically got the rebound and he scored to give us new life,” recalled Coach McBride. “Our bench did a great job tonight, everybody on our team deserves a lot of credit.”
Churubusco 122
Leo 118
Leo         32  19  26  34  7   118
Churubusco 33  23  27  28 11  122
Churubusco (5-5)
Player FG     FT    Pts   R
T.Herendeen      1-2 2-2 4 0
Monk               9-14 0-2 18    15
D. Herendeen    3-4 4-4 10 3
Nicodemus 11-15 2-2 24 1
Mathewson 11-18 6-11 28 5
LeFever 6-13 2-2 14 5
Jones 2-2 0-0 4 0
Turner 2-2 0-0 4 2
Arrowsmith       8-9 0-0 16 9
Totals 53-79 16-23   122   40
Against Angola the Eagles looked a little worn from the Tuesday night shootout against Leo. Busco played an aggressive defense and controlled the tempo. The game was tied at 11-11 at the end of one period. The Eagles couldn’t get much going in the second quarter as they only managed eight points. Busco came out in the third and made a run at Angola. The game was close right up until the last three minutes where Angola was able to stretch their lead at the free-throw line.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight and that is where the defense needs to help out and create turnovers,” explained Coach McBride. “We had a lot of shots in the paint that didn’t fall for us. We need to get a good shot fake and draw the foul and get to the free-throw line.”
Angola 60
Churubusco 49
Churubusco    11   8   19  11   49
Angola   11  11 18  20   60
Churubusco (5-6)
Player FG     FT    Pts   R
T.Herendeen      3-6 2-4 8 0
Monk                5-12 2-5 12     7
D. Herendeen    3-10 2-6 8 3
Nicodemus 0-0 0-0 0 0
Mathewson 6-15 2-2 14 7
LeFever 1-4 2-2 4      4
Jones 0-0 0-0 0 1
Turner 1-4 0-0 3 2
Arrowsmith       0-3 0-0 0      3
Totals 19-54   10-19   49   27
Saturday at Canterbury the Eagles were victorious as they defeated the Cavaliers  62-55. The Eagles trailed after one quarter of play 16-14 in a physical match up with Canterbury. In the second period each team added 12 points to give Canterbury a two point halftime lead.
The Eagle defense took over in the third period as they held Canterbury to just six third quarter points. Churubusco answered with 11 of their own to take over the lead 37-34 after three quarters of play. The game was close, 47-46 with Busco in the lead and just over three minutes remaining. The Eagles took charge at the free-throw line connecting on 13-14 free throws down the stretch. Canterbury wouldn’t give up  as they hit three three-pointers to keep it close. As the buzzer sounded the Eagles took the game 62-55 from the Cavaliers, to even their record at 6-6 on the season.
“It was a tough physical game, we didn’t get some calls early but we stayed with what we wanted to do,” stated Coach McBride. “I thought defensively in the second half we did a much better job holding them to single digits in the third quarter. This is a testament to our kids with this being the third game in five days. The Leo game was up and down the floor and last night was a real physical game at Angola. And then to come here and beat Canterbury, our first win over an opponent with a winning record. I think our team is heading in the right direction and I felt our kids showed a lot of mental toughness tonight.”
The Eagles will be back in action at home against Central Noble this Friday with the JV beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Churubusco 62
Canterbury 55
Churubusco  14  12  11 25  62
Canterbury   16  12 6  21  55
Churubusco (6-6)
Player FG     FT    Pts   R
T.Herendeen      4-6 0-0       9     0
Monk                1-6 9-10 11     7
D. Herendeen    0-2 5-6 5 0
Nicodemus 0-0 0-0 0 0
Mathewson 8-15 3-3 19 1
LeFever 3-8 4-4 10     4
Jones 0-0 4-4 4 0
Turner 0-1 0-0 0      0
Arrowsmith       2-3 0-0 4     10
Totals 18-41   25-27   62    22

(Tyler Arrowsmith uses his left hand to put in two of his season high 16 points for the Eagles. Arrowsmith shot 8-9 from the floor, blocked two shots and grabbed nine rebounds in the Eagles’ win over Leo.) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

Coach Michael McBride has to be proud of his team as they went on a three game in five day stretch against and came out of it with two wins. Tuesday they played the up tempo Leo Lions at home and defeated them 122-118 in overtime. One of the all-time highest scoring games in Busco history.

Taylor Amber

Lady Eagles drop two

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(Taylor Amber shoots for two of her nine points against Angola. Amber led the Lady Eagles with 18 points last week) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

The Lady Eagles dropped a pair this week to fall to 3-13 on the season. Tuesday the Leo Lions came to town and defeated the Eagles 54-26. Then on Friday the Lady Eagles lost to the Hornets, 61-29 at Angola.

Lou Holtz to speak in Kendallville

The Kendallville Area Chamber of Commerce will host former Notre Dame Head Coach, Lou Holtz, as the guest speaker at its annual banquet on April 22, 2010, Executive Director Anita Shepherd announced today.
The Kendallville Area Chamber of Commerce is planning this annual event to honor local businesses and promote the growth of business and industry within the community.  “Coach Holtz was deemed a perfect fit as our guest speaker because of his connection to northern Indiana and effectiveness as a motivational speaker for businesses facing adversity. His influence could be extremely beneficial to this area during these tough times,” said Shepherd. The event’s highlight will be a speech from Lou Holtz titled the “Game Plan for Success.”  There will also be a silent auction to allow all attendees an opportunity to bid on autographed memorabilia.
Several local businesses, such as Kraft Foods and the Hess team at Orizon Real Estate, have signed on to sponsor the annual banquet, though additional sponsorships are still available.  A VIP reception will be offered to major sponsors, allowing direct interaction with Lou Holtz and an autographed, framed picture with the coach.  Holtz’s motivational speech could assist in creating a “winning drive” for all the efforts the community and Chamber are doing to get through these hard economic times.
Tickets to the annual banquet are limited and are available to purchase through the Kendallville Area Chamber of Commerce’s website, www.kendallvillechamber.com.  Tickets are $69 for members and $89 for non-members and will include access to the event, dinner and dessert.  The event will be held at the Kendallville Event Center.  For more information visit the web- site or call 260-347-1554.

The Kendallville Area Chamber of Commerce will host former Notre Dame Head Coach, Lou Holtz, as the guest speaker at its annual banquet on April 22, 2010, Executive Director Anita Shepherd announced today.

Merchants’ struggles continue

The Busco Merchants played one good half Sunday night leading against World Wide Auctioneers 39-35 at intermission. But the second…

Churubusco Youth League Registration

It is that time of year again to start preparing for baseball, softball, & soccer season. The Churubusco Youth League is proud to announce our registration dates, our website, our coaches meeting, and our draft day. All of the dates are as follows:
Feb. 12 – First Registration Day 6-8p.m. Scout Building
Feb. 13 – Registration Scout Building 9a.m.- Noon
Feb. 19 – 6-8pm Scout Building
Feb. 20 – 9a.m.-Noon
Feb. 21 – 1p.m.-4p.m.
March 5 – 6-8 Coaches Meeting
March 6 – 8 a.m.-Noon Draft, and 1-4 p.m. CPR Training for all NEW members and coaches
March 13 – 1-4 p.m. Umpire Training
April 17 – Opening Day/ Picture Day
April 19 – Little League Season Starts
They are still in great need of sponsorships (this is tax deductible).  For more information contact Shelly Labenz at 693-1513 or 609-1513. They need all the sponsors they can get to have a great year. Please go to the website at buscoball.org to print off sponsor forms and see the costs for sponsorship.
They once again will NOT be raising the fees for the kids to play ball. They WILL be implementing a new Concession Stand fee of $15 per child. There will also be the same choices of fundraisers this years: Candles (sell five candles per child), candy (to be paid for that day $52), or the general buyout of $25 per child, discounts apply to families of three or more.
They will be accepting  cash or checks this year, unfortunately no credit cards. There will also be a $35.00 fee applied to all returned checks. There has been a problem in the past with checks so they will now apply a fee.
The league is in need of Coaching staff and Umpires. For more information please go to the website at busco ball.org or you may call Doug Brown for baseball at 609-6820; and Robin Holloway for softball at 438-6454; Jamie Perlich for Umpires at 241-4634; and you may always call Shelly Labenz for any other questions or concerns.
The league is hoping to have a great year once again, and look forward to having a great turnout, so mark your calendars for the above dates, and they hope to see you all there!

It is that time of year again to start preparing for baseball, softball, & soccer season. The Churubusco Youth League is proud to announce our registration dates, our website, our coaches meeting, and our draft day. All of the dates are as follows: