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Youth rabbit, squirrel hunt November 7

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Youth rabbit, squirrel hunt at Salamonie Lake, November 7
Those who wish to participate in the youth rabbit and squirrel hunts to be held at Salamonie Lake on November 7 are reminded they need to register in advance by contacting Jim Heasley at (765) 674-3791 to participate.
Participants should meet the property’s office at 7 a.m. Hunters will be in the field for the rabbit hunt until noon. The youth squirrel hunt will follow a free lunch. Instructional sessions regarding game cleaning will be included.
All youth participants are encouraged to have attended and passed a Hunter Education Course and have either a valid Indiana Youth Hunting License or Apprentice License.  Information regarding upcoming Hunter Education courses is available at http://www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/4812.htm.  Youth can bring their shotgun, or have one provided. Those requiring that a shotgun be provided must request one while registering.
Each youth will have a “private mentor” that will supervise and assist him or her during the hunt.  Parents are encouraged to accompany the youth, but that is not mandatory.
The lunch that will be provided after the morning rabbit hunt is for all youth, mentors, and dog handlers.  The event and meals are free for all who attend.  Youth Hunting Licenses cost $7 and will be available at the Salamonie office the day of the hunt.  Licenses are also available anytime at www.IndianaOutdoor.IN.gov. Adults wishing to volunteer as dog handlers or mentors must register in advance by calling the same number listed above.
Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, the National Cur and Feist Breeders Association, the National Kennel Club, and the Indiana Beaglers Alliance will serve as hosts.
The Salamonie Interpretive Center is located in Lost Bridge West Recreation Area, west of Highway 105 in western Huntington County.

Those who wish to participate in the youth rabbit and squirrel hunts to be held at Salamonie Lake on November 7 are reminded they need to register in advance by contacting Jim Heasley at (765) 674-3791 to participate.

Kyle Mathewson

Football ~ Eagles shot down by Flying Jets

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Eagles Shot down by Jets
The Churubusco Eagles were on their way to a victory over the Adams Central Flying Jets, leading 16-0 after their first two possessions. The only problem was nobody told Adams Central that they were beaten. The Jets struck late in the half on a 91-yard pass play from Dalton Combs to Ben Mishler. The pair also hooked up for another 25-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Spencer Sharp put the Jets ahead 20-16 with a 57-yard touchdown run to close out the scoring.
“The field affected us a lot tonight, you can’t cut on it and with our running game focused on misdirection it definitely wasn’t in our favor,” said Coach Lee Etzler. “It was a factor but it wasn’t the reason we lost.”
The Eagles wasted no time as Kyle Mathewson returned the opening kickoff 52 yards to the Adams Central 36 yard line. Mathewson, (who rushed for 119 yards on 25 carries), converted a fourth down and three, gaining just over three yards on the attempt. On the next play Kyle Monk handed off to Jordan Hamilton. Hamilton ran down to about the fifteen and as he was about to get tackled he pitched the ball back to Monk who was trailing the play. Monk took it the rest of the way for the touchdown. Hamilton ran in the point after for an 8-0 Churubusco lead.
Adams Central quickly marched down the field on the Eagle defense. With third down and nine yards to go Combs hit Mishler for a 31-yard gain. Mishler kept the ball on the next play and gained 15 yards then another first down on a run by Spencer Sharp, an eleven-yard pick up to the Churubusco 11-yard line. The Eagle defense dug into the mud and held their ground stopping the Jets in four plays, taking over at the five-yard line.
Churubusco put together a 14 play, 95-yard drive, that would run out the clock in the first quarter and score on the first play of the second quarter. A fourth down and one conversion from their own 26-yard line was a key play in the drive. Also Monk (12-17-121) was three for three through the air for 37 yards on the drive. Josh LeFever ran the last 27 yards for the touchdown. Monk scored the two-point conversion giving the Eagles a 16-0 advantage.
After a first down by the Jets the Eagles forced them to punt the ball back to them. Churubusco again had a 14-play drive taking the ball down to the 18-yard line of Adams Central before losing the ball on downs. Monk went four for seven for 34 yards on the series. Adams Central took over at the eight-yard line and after a one-yard gain by running back Ryan Stucky put the ball on the nine.  On third and nine, Combs dropped back and hit an open Mishler in the flats, who turned it up the sidelines and went 91 yards for the score. A missed extra point by the Jets made the score 16-6 Eagles.
“It was the same thing as 2007. We were giving up the corner route,” explained Coach Etzler. “We preached about that all week and worked on it in practice but it was just a little bit faster tonight and we didn’t cover it.”
Adams Central stopped the Eagles on a fourth down try but threw an interception hauled in by LeFever to end the half.
The second half started good for the Eagles as they stopped the Jets’ attack in three plays forcing them to punt the ball. Busco took over at their 15-yard line. Mathewson ran for 14 yards on the first play, then five more. After a two-yard run by LeFever, Mathewson picked up two more first downs on runs of seven and 11 yards. Putting the Eagles into Jet territory a pass from Monk to tight end Jordan Turner brought them to the 30-yard line. A bad exchange on the snap gave the ball to Adams Central. The Jets fired down field going 75 yards in six plays, resulting in another touchdown pass from Combs to Mishler, this time from 25 yards out. Bryce Fuentes connected on the point after to make the score Churubusco 16, Adams Central 13.
The Eagles ran out the clock in the third quarter and faced another fourth down try starting the fourth quarter. The Jets held their ground and stopped the Eagles, taking the ball back on downs. Two plays later Spencer Sharp worked his way through the Busco defense 45 yards for the touchdown. The scoreboard read Adams Central 20, Churubusco 16.
After a first down run by Hamilton, the Eagles were stopped again by the fired up Jet defense and forced to punt. Adams Central ran over five minutes of precious clock off before punting the ball back to Churubusco. With the Eagles in a hole down four points, starting at their 11-yard line and just 3:28 remaining, they came out fighting. They took the ball to midfield in six plays. Monk connected with Turner for a huge gain inside the ten-yard line, but there was a flag on the play. The penalty brought the ball back to the forty and on the next play Eagles’ hopes were crushed with a lost fumble. Adams Central ran out the clock and will advance to the sectional semi-finals next week against Southwood. The loss ends the Eagles’ season with a record of 8-2.
“We don’t do the things we did this season without the seniors stepping up with leadership and having a good attitude day in and day out,” said Coach Etzler. “You cannot have the success we had, without tremendous attitude and tremendous work ethic. You just can’t do it. We understand the things we do in practice gets boring, doing repetition after repetition, but if you don’t stay focused on what you’re doing, then you’re not using that repetition to get better.”

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(Kyle Mathewson breaks free from the Adams Central defense. Mathewson lead all rushers with 119 yards on 25 carries. He finished just 28 yards shy of Drew Bianski’s school record of 1875 yards set in 2005.)

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

The Churubusco Eagles were on their way to a victory over the Adams Central Flying Jets, leading 16-0 after their first two possessions. The only problem was nobody told Adams Central that they were beaten. The Jets struck late in the half on a 91-yard pass play from Dalton Combs to Ben Mishler. The pair also hooked up for another 25-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Spencer Sharp put the Jets ahead 20-16 with a 57-yard touchdown run to close out the scoring.

Taylor Amber

Volleyball ~ Cougars end Lady Eagles’ season

by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
The third time wasn’t a charm for the Lady Eagles as the Central Noble Cougars defeated them in three straight sets.
The Cougars came out strong in the first set and took advantage of the Eagles’ unforced errors beating them 25-13. In the second set the Lady Eagles kept it close before faltering in the end dropping the set 25-21. Churubusco fought back in the third match but the Cougars won 26-24 to advance in sectional play.
“It was a good year, given the cards we were dealt this year,” said Coach Mark Bankson. “Overall as a whole year it was a good season for us.”
Taylor Amber led the Lady Eagles with ten kills and Hannah Dodson added eight kills. Nikki Sanders and Amber each had a block. Alexis Bankson led with 22 assists. Danielle Hartmann had 26 digs followed by Ashlie Shelton and Amber with 14. Hartmann also led in serving aces with three and Shelton added two.
“The seniors are the class that I came through with. I’m as happy as I can be with them,” stated Coach Bankson. “We asked two of them to play positions that they haven’t played before this year and the other two have been my solid players, four year starters at setter and libero.”
Amber set the school record with 366 kills, Dodson was second with 207 and Bankson placed third with 169. Bankson led in serving aces with 80 followed by Taylor Henning’s 56 and Amber’s 45. Henning led the Lady Eagles in blocks with 32, Bankson was second with 22 and Amber added 18. Leading in digs was Hartmann with 657, second was Bankson with 377 and Amber in third with 340. Bankson had 709 assists averaging 6.4 per game.
The Lady Eagles ended the 2009 season with a 15-19 record and a 6-5 conference record.

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(Taylor Amber led the Lady Eagles with ten kills against the Cougars. Amber set the school record for kills in a season with 366.)

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

The third time wasn’t a charm for the Lady Eagles as the Central Noble Cougars defeated them in three straight sets. 

The Cougars came out strong in the first set and took advantage of the Eagles’ unforced errors beating them 25-13. In the second set the Lady Eagles kept it close before faltering in the end dropping the set 25-21. Churubusco fought back in the third match but the Cougars won 26-24 to advance in sectional play.

Merchants even record

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Merchants even record
The Busco Merchants squared their record Sunday evening with a 65-64 thriller over Meauure Concrete. The Merchants jumped to a 25-14 lead but by the half gave it all up as the score was knotted 32 apiece. Busco trailed by as many as eight, 49-41 during the second half and with 1:21 on the clock, was trailing 64-60.
Logan Jones hit a big three then a solid defensive stand got the ball back with 11 ticks on the clock. With a missed shot and a rebound  Jerry Partin tried to go back up with it and got fouled with 1.5 on the clock. Partin sank both free tosses for the 65-64 win as a desperation shot went astray to assure the win for Busco.
Brevin’s Eatery, Eagle Hardware, Pro Systems, Beezley Auto Repair, Gap Inc. and Churubusco News help sponsor the team.

The Busco Merchants squared their record Sunday evening with a 65-64 thriller over Meauure Concrete. The Merchants jumped to a 25-14 lead but by the half gave it all up as the score was knotted 32 apiece. Busco trailed by as many as eight, 49-41 during the second half and with 1:21 on the clock, was trailing 64-60.

Busco Merchants start season

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Merchants start season
The Busco Merchant Mens Basketball Team began their 18th season Sunday night on a sour note with a 68-60 loss to Mike Thomas Associates of Fort Wayne.
Busco trailed at the half 35-30 but couldn’t cut into the lead in the second half. Busco, who finished 18-9 last year, looks to gain their initial win next week.
Jerry Partin led three in double figures for Busco. James Ford netted 16 and Logan Jones scored 13.
Beezley Auto Repair, Pro Systems, Eagle Hardware, Jones Nursery and Greenhouse, Brevin’s Downtown Eatery and National City Bank help sponsor the local team along with Churubusco News.

The Busco Merchant Mens Basketball Team began their 18th season Sunday night on a sour note with a 68-60 loss to Mike Thomas Associates of Fort Wayne.

Jordan Hamilton

Football ~ Eagles grab share of Conference title

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(Jordan Hamilton fights for more yardage against Lakeland. Hamilton finished the game with 44 yards on ten carries. He also added two fumble recoveries.)

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Eagles grab share of Conference title
As the clock ticked away the Eagle sidelines began to charge the field. The Churubusco Eagles had beaten Lakeland 12-7, to claim their share of the Conference title.
“We really didn’t know what our attitude was going to be, coming off the hard loss to Fairfield,” stated Coach Lee Etzler. “We told them that we still had a shot at the title. And we prepared them for what we thought would be a physical game and it was an extremely physical football game.”
It was a hard hitting game from the start. The Eagles had the ball first and drove 41 yards on 12 plays, to the Laker 30 yard, before turning  the ball over on downs.
The Lakers got on the board quickly on their sixth play from scrimmage, Dakotah Baldridge hit Cameron Moore for a 48 yard touchdown pass and with the extra point the Lakers lead 7-0.
Churubusco answered quickly, scoring after four straight runs by Kyle Mathewson first for five yards , then 20 and then for 14 more. On his fourth carry Mathewson broke through the Laker defense and dashed 18 yards for the score. The missed two-point pass attempt left the Eagles down 7-6.
After trading punts on both teams first posessions in the second quarter the Lakers put together an eight play drive that ended in a fumble recovered by Jordan Hamilton.
Churubusco took more time off the clock with a nine play drive. That resulted in a fourth down and 13 attempt, a fake punt by Mathewson. He was caught by a Lakeland defender after an eight yard gain, turning the ball over to the Lakers with 47 seconds remaining in the half. The Laker passing attack faltered and they had to punt to the Eagles with eight seconds left. The Eagles ran one to Mathewson for nine yards and on the last play of the half they threw an incomplete pass. The score at the half was Lakeland 7 Churubusco 6.
Lakeland received the kickoff in the second half and was stopped on a fourth down attempt by a stingy Eagle defense giving the Eagles the ball at the ‘Busco 45 yard line. After a first down on a pass from Kyle Monk to Bryce Shively complete for ten yards the Eagles again turned the ball over on downs, as a pass from Monk to Hamilton came up short of the first down.
The Zach Dock defense again held its ground forcing the Lakers to punt after three plays. Churubusco went to work, a 14 play drive consuming almost seven minutes. The Lakeland defense stopped the Eagles at the Laker 28 yard line on an incomplete pass intended for Hamilton.
With just over ten minutes remaining time was running out for the Eagles. But after an incomplete pass Lakeland‘s quarterback fumbled the snap and Hamilton came up with his second fumble recovery of the game.
With the Eagles deep in Lakeland territory, the offensive line did a gut check and created some hard fought yards for the Busco running backs. Churubusco converted on two fourth down attempts before Hamilton bulled his way across the goal line to give the Eagles a 12-7 lead.
Lakeland wasn’t done yet as they completed a pass for 16 yards. A hard rush by the Eagles almost resulted in a sack, but was completed to a Laker back that took the ball 22 yards down to the Busco 28 yard line with 3:03 remaining in the game. A pentality and a completed pass left Lakeland with a fourth and 13 as 2:03 remained was left on the clock. An incomplete pass to Moore gave the Eagles the ball.
Busco couldn’t move the ball and had to punt back to the Lakers with 46 seconds remaining. A punt off the side of Mathewson’s foot gave the Lakers the ball at the Lakeland 45 following a 14 yard punt. Lakeland got a first down to the Eagles’ 45 yard line. Another incomplete pass and just six seconds remained. Lakeland completed a pass for seven yards as time ran out. The Eagle defense held again!
“It’s a good accomplishment for the kids, it’s a good accomplishment for the program and it’s a lot to be proud of,” added Etzler. “We’re playing schools that are bigger than us and we feel our kids work harder than the other kids. You want to see the rewards for that hard work. We haven’t had that success in conference in past years, so this is something for our guys to be proud of.”
The Eagles will host Adams Central this Friday night in the first round of sectional play at 7:00 p.m. The postseason games start a half-hour earlier than the regular season games did so get there early.

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

As the clock ticked away the Eagle sidelines began to charge the field. The Churubusco Eagles had beaten Lakeland 12-7, to claim their share of the Conference title.

Seniors on Volleyball team

Volleyball ~ Busco places fifth in Conference

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(The Lady Eagle senior volleyball players Taylor Amber, Hannah Dodson, Danielle Hartmann, Alysa Holloway and Alexis Bankson were recognized before the start of the Carroll game last Tuesday.)

by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
On Tuesday, the Busco girls’ volleyball team hosted the Carroll Chargers. Before the game, Busco honored its seniors, Alexis Bankson, Taylor Amber, Hannah Dodson, Danielle Hartmann, and Alysa Holloway. The girls told about their most memorable moments in volleyball but what they hadn’t realized was how memorable they were going to make the night by honoring Megan Young.
If you came to the game, you saw two communities joined together. Carroll and Busco fans were mixed together in the stands. Carroll and Busco volleyball players were both wearing “Young 4” warm-up shirts and both Carroll and Busco had a Coach Bankson on the team.
Carroll came up with the win in three games 25-18, 25-11, and 25-22, but that didn’t mean the tears weren’t flowing on both sides of the court after the game. The Carroll Chargers presented Chris and Tanya Young with $150 to go towards the Megan Young scholarship fund. They also wore wristbands honoring Megan, which they gave to the Lady Eagles after the game. Busco’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Lee Etzler gave $1.00 of each ticket purchased for Tuesday night’s game to the scholarship fund as well.
“The volleyball community is so small and when something affects one family it affects the entire family, obviously nowhere close to the same degree,” stated Carroll Coach Doug Helsom.  “Once again it’s our privilege to be a part of trying to help out in any way we could to honor Megan.”
IFPW’s women’s volleyball coach, Kelley Hartley Hutton, gave Chris and Tanya Young hugs and a blue and white volleyball signed by the IPFW volleyball team. Then Busco’s head volleyball Coach Mark Bankson and the varsity volleyball players presented the Young Family with Megan’s Busco black #4 jersey.
“They’re just a special group, with them coming to us to see what they could do for the Young family,” explained Churubusco Coach Mark Bankson. “They are a class act and they are as talented both on and off  the court and tonight shows just what kind of people the Carroll program has.”
It was a bittersweet ending of the regular season for the Lady Eagles. They have had a rough season without Megan but to honor her like this at the end of regular season and all season long is something amazing. These girls should be proud of themselves. They have done one heck of a job playing so far and they have dealt with something that no team should have to. Thank you, to the Lady Eagles’ volleyball team for keeping Megan Young’s memory alive in all of us!
Thursday started the NECC tournament for the Lady Eagles. They hosted the West Noble Chargers. After a rough first match and starting of the second match, the Lady Eagles finally got it together and won in four games 18-25, 25-23, 25-15, and 25-14. Taylor Amber and Alexis Bankson both had 12 kills and Hannah Dodson had 9. Alexis Bankson had 26 assist and 5 serving aces. Danielle Hartman had 22 digs in the win.
Since the Lady Eagles won on Thursday, they headed up to Westview on Saturday to enter the pool play. They faced Central Noble and were defeated 19-25 and 22-25. Next they went against Angola and lost 21-25 and 22-25. In the third game of the day their opponent was the Eastside  Blazers. The Lady Eagles were victorious in three games 28-30, 25-14, and 15-13.
For their fourth and last game of the day, they played the home team Westview and won 28-26, 22-25, and 15-12. For the whole day, Taylor Amber had 22 kills and Alexis Bankson had 20. Bankson also had 50 assists and 12 serving aces.  Taylor Amber and Taylor Henning each had 8 serving aces as well. Danielle Hartman led the team with 53 digs on the day.
The Busco Lady Eagles finished fifth in the NECC tournament. Their overall record is 15 wins and 18 losses. In the conference, their record is 5 wins and 5 losses.
The Lady Eagles will host the Sectional and will play Central Noble in the second game on Thursday evening. Come out and support your Lady Eagles as they fight for a win over the Central Noble Cougars!

Carroll honors Megan Young

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

On Tuesday, the Busco girls’ volleyball team hosted the Carroll Chargers. Before the game, Busco honored its seniors, Alexis Bankson, Taylor Amber, Hannah Dodson, Danielle Hartmann, and Alysa Holloway. The girls told about their most memorable moments in volleyball but what they hadn’t realized was how memorable they were going to make the night by honoring Megan Young.