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Haleigh Gross

Lady Eagles working hard

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(Haleigh Gross shoots over a very aggressive Woodlan defense. Gross finished with eight points on the night. She scored 11 in the Lady Eagles’ loss to Eastside on Friday.) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
Last Thursday the Lady Eagles traveled to Woodlan to for a contest with the Warriors. Churubusco was defeated 61-42, by a solid Warrior team.
Woodlan applied pressure on the Lady Eagles all game long forcing 30 turnovers. The Warriors converted the turnovers into points.
Churubusco fell behind 6-0 in the first minute and a half. But clawed back to a 10-8 deficet before  Woodlan pushed the score to 15-10 after one quarter of play.
Alysa Holloway scored six of her 12 points in the opening period.
Woodlan went on a 10-0 run to begin the second quarter and outscored the Eagles 16-5 in the quarter. Heather Monk scored four of the points as she hit two shots down in the paint. Woodlan went to the locker rooms with a 31-15 halftime lead.
The second half Woodlan again used the press to their advantage. Pushing the lead to 39-19 early in the third period. Finishing out the quarter with a 47-27 advantage.
The Lady Eagles never gave up, even as Woodlan hit it’s biggest lead at 60-34. Busco closed out the game with an eight to one run.
Churubusco 10 5 12 15 42
Woodlan 15 16 16 14 61
Player FG FT PTS R
Gibson 0-1 2-3 2 1
Gross 2-12 4-6 8 2
Young 0-1 2-2 2 1
Bueker 0-0 1-2 1 2
Wormcastle 1-3 0-0 2 3
Holloway 4-6 4-4 12 6
Amber 5-11 1-4 11 7
Monk 2-3 0-0 4 6
Labenz 0-0 0-2 0 1
Diller 0-0 0-0 0 0
Blake 0-0 0-0 0 1
Assists: Holloway 3, Gross 1.
Steals: Gross 2, Wormcastle 2, Holloway 2, Bueker 1, Monk 1.
Fouls: Churubusco 21, Woodlan18.
Rebounds: Churubusco 35, Woodlan 20.
Friday night the Blazers from Eastside came to Churubusco.
The game went back and forth in the opening quarter. As the Lady came out on top 10-9 for the early lead. Haleigh Gross paced the Eagles in the first quarter with six points.
In the second period the Lady Eagles saw their last lead at 17-16 with three minutes to go.  The Blazers ran their lead to 27-21, with a 11-4 run as the half closed.
The Eagles fell hard in the third quarter. With 13 turnovers that the Blazers converted to 17 points. Eastside continued to build their lead. Churubusco poor shooting was also a factor going just 1-9 from the floor and 2-6 at the line. Eastside scored 21 points in the period to Busco’s four.
Eastside took its biggest lead at 58-29 with 5:46 remaining. The Eagles out scored the Blazers 12-2 the rest of the quarter.
Eastside 9 18 21 12 60
Churubusco 10 11 4 16 41
Player FG FT PTS R
Gibson 0-2 1-2 1 3
Gross 3-6 5-7 11 1
Young 1-5 0-1 2 2
Bueker 0-0 0-0 0 2
Wormcastle 0-3 2-6 2 4
Holloway 1-14 2-2 5 2
Amber 6-13 6-8 18 13
Monk 1-6 0-4 2 3
Labenz 0-0 0-0 0 0
Diller 0-0 0-0 0 0
Blake 0-0 0-0 0 0
Assists:  Wormcastle 3, Gross 1, Gibson 1, Amber 1.
Steals: Holloway 4, Amber 3, Wormcastle 2, Monk 2, Bueker 2.
Fouls: Churubusco 18, Eastside 26.
Rebounds: Churubusco 38, Eastside 40.
The Lady Eagles will be at home on Thursday against Blackhawk. Saturday they will host Westview with the JV starting at 6:00 p.m.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

Last Thursday the Lady Eagles traveled to Woodlan to for a contest with the Warriors. Churubusco was defeated 61-42, by a solid Warrior team. 

Woodlan applied pressure on the Lady Eagles all game long forcing 30 turnovers. The Warriors converted the turnovers into points.

Eagles prepare

Eagles ready for challenge on court

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(Churubusco boys prepare for the upcoming basketball season. The Eagles will enter the 2009-2010 season with all underclassmen, no seniors, seven juniors and three sophomores on their varsity roster.) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
As I watched the Churubusco boys basketball team prepare for its opening game Wednesday night against Heritage there was a confidence about the style of play. The kids worked hard at each and every drill striving to better themselves and prepare for the season that is about to begin. Coach Michael McBride will begin his second season at Churubusco after finishing 6-15 last season. Gone from last year’s team are, Tom Zumbrun, Nate Wyss and Cameron Gross all lost to graduation.
With no seniors playing this season it is time for the younger kids to mature a little quicker. A year ago they were several sophomores gaining varsity experience. And this year as juniors they will be asked to step up and fill the leadership roll that the seniors add to a program.
“We have a lot of kids back that seen a lot of minutes last year,” stated Coach Michael McBride. “We are very excited about that and I feel that we are further ahead of what we were a year ago. We have an athletic bunch of kids that can get the ball up and down the floor.”
The team looks to be more physical than last year’s squad. They are getting up and down the court quicker and have better movement. “We had a real good summer in the weight room,” said Coach McBride, when I asked him about the team. “We look more like a varsity team this year than we did a year ago.”
Dylan Herendeen was last season’s leading scorer, and looks to improve his game. Tavin Herendeen is going to do a lot of good things on the defensive end, along with stepping up his offensive production. Kyle Mathewson really has improved and looks to be a force inside. He is a very athletic kid that can do a lot for the team. Jordan Turner had a real good year last year and really came on at the end of the season. He should create problems for opponents. Kyle Monk was a force on the boards for the Eagles last year and looks to expand his skills this season. Hunter Nicodemus has really improved and is ready to take the step to play a lot of varsity minutes.
Three sophomores, Tyler Arrowsmith, Dylan Jones and Josh LeFever, bring a lot of athleticism and heighth to the team and should see a lot of time on the floor.
Dylan Herendeen and Kyle Monk will begin the season on the injured list as both of them have hamstring injuries. “I think that this will benefit us from the standpoint that some other individuals will have to step up and do a little more,” explained Coach McBride. “But once they do return we will be a whole lot deeper and a whole lot better at that time. The main thing is we want them to be one hundred percent when they do come back.”
Some of the strengths on this year’s Eagles should be our rebounding, along with a good inside-outside mix. With Arrowsmith, Mathewson, Jones, Monk and LeFever down low the Eagles look to control the boards on both ends of the floor.
Churubusco is looking to take the next step and compete with Lakeland, Fairfield, Angola and Westview for the Conference title. The one way to do that is by performing on the court. The Eagles are looking forward to making a run at the title and a strong push in the Conference tourney.
The Eagles also look to make a run in the Sectional. A strong Garrett team has won the past couple seasons. The Railroaders are the team to beat along with improved Eastside and Fremont teams. Churubusco looks to make themselves a force in the Sectional.
Following the scrimmage on Saturday, Coach McBride saw things that the Eagles need to improve on to get to the next level. “We need to work on doing a better job contesting shots, and we found that out Saturday. We need to do a better job handling the basketball. There were too many turnovers in our scrimmage and we are addressing that. Also we need to finish stronger inside. The bottom line is when you talk about winning close ballgames we will need to be able to hit our free throws down the stretch, said Coach McBride.”
It should be an exciting season for the Eagle basketball program. Come out and support your Churubusco Eagles. They will be on the road next Friday at Westview.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

As I watched the Churubusco boys basketball team prepare for its opening game Wednesday night against Heritage there was a confidence about the style of play. The kids worked hard at each and every drill striving to better themselves and prepare for the season that is about to begin. Coach Michael McBride will begin his second season at Churubusco after finishing 6-15 last season. Gone from last year’s team are, Tom Zumbrun, Nate Wyss and Cameron Gross all lost to graduation.

Merchants fall short

After a dismal start trailing 31-7, the Busco Merchants narrowed the gap at the half to 36-21 and came within…

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

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Danielle Hartmann

Hartmann signs with Saint Francis

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by Don Hiatt
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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.