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Lady Eagles get second win

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by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com

The Lady Eagles had a rollercoaster week that included a tough loss to Adams Central 46-42 on Tuesday, a thrilling double overtime victory over Fort Wayne Blackhawk 62-58 on Thursday and a conference loss Saturday to the always tough Westview Warriors 45-30.

Josh LeFever

Eagles fall to Warriors

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(Josh LeFever scores two and gets fouled while going for a layup. LeFever had 16 points on the night, shooting 6-8 from the floor including two three-pointers.)

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
The Churubusco boys’ basketball team fell to 0-2 on the season, as they were defeated 60-48 at Westview on Friday night. The opening period saw sophomore Josh LeFever take over for the Eagles scoring nine of his sixteen points in the quarter.  LeFever hit two three-pointers and added a lay-up followed by a free throw to complete the old fashion three-point play. The Eagles trailed 16-13 at the end of one period.
With LeFever on the bench with two fouls the Eagles couldn’t get much going in the second quarter. The Warrior defense gave the Eagles trouble down low as they double-teamed Tyler Arrowsmith and Kyle Mathewson. Westview junior Justin Jantzi gave Churubusco all they could handle as he was hitting from any spot on the floor as Westview took a 27-19 lead into the locker rooms.
“They are a very good team and that Jantzi kid is really tough,” commented Coach Michael McBride. “We really worked our tails off trying to take him out of the game and he still scored 22 points.”
In the second half the Warriors came out with a 13-5 run to extend their lead to 40-24 at the halfway point in the third period. The Eagles weren’t finished just yet. With Mathewson leading the way the Eagles pulled to within five points at 40-35. Arrowsmith contributed with four free throws during the stretch and went 8-11 on the night from the charity stripe. The Eagles were unable to get any closer as the Warriors led 47-37 at the end of three quarters.
Westview held the Eagles at bay in the final period as they continued their double-digit lead throughout the final quarter on their way to a 60-48 win.
“When we got down by 13 early in the third we responded well and brought it back to a five-point deficit. We can’t get in that big of a hole, especially on the road in an atmosphere like this,” said Coach McBride.
The Eagles will return home Saturday against West Noble and Tuesday against Manchester.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

The Churubusco boys’ basketball team fell to 0-2 on the season, as they were defeated 60-48 at Westview on Friday night. The opening period saw sophomore Josh LeFever take over for the Eagles scoring nine of his sixteen points in the quarter.

Ron Adams

Wrestlers take third place in Duals

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(Senior Ron Adams defeats West Noble’s Seth Brown 12-8 to give the Eagles a victory over the Chargers, 39-37.)

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
On Tuesday night, the Busco wrestlers traveled to Columbia City. They fell to an always tough Columbia City team 39 to 36.  Churubusco came out hot right from the start. Getting pins for Busco were Adam Boggess at 130 lbs, Zack Armstead at 135 lbs. and A.J. Herron at 140 lbs. putting the Eagles up 18-0 after three matches. Columbia City won the next three matches to tighten the score at 18-9. Jordan Hamilton pinned his opponent and Braxton Siddons won by injury default to give Churubusco a 30-12 lead. Following a Columbia City win at the 215 pound weight class Travis Liggett pinned his opponent to give Busco a 36-18 lead with four matches remaining. Churubusco forfeited the 103  weight class and Columbia City gained pin victories over the Eagles to knot the score at 36-36 leaving the meet to be decided at the 125 pound class. Jason Nicodemus fell behind 5-0 after one period but still fought hard and finished on the short end 10-7. Columbia City escaped with a 39-36 team victory.
On Saturday, Churubusco traveled to West Noble for the NECC duals. The Eagles were without four wrestlers going into the day. With the loss of two more on the day the Eagles remained competitive as the junior varsity wrestlers filled in and did an outstanding job. “We were able to pick up wins despite having a lot of wrestlers out against some respectable programs,” stated Coach Sam Riesen. “That just shows what kind of depth we have in our program the way our junior varsity wrestlers stepped up and contributed the way they did today.”
The Eagles finished three and two on the day, getting wins against Fremont, West Noble and Angola.
Team scores were: Busco 53 Fremont 17, Prairie Heights 50 Busco 18, Busco 39 West Noble 37, Fairfield 59 Busco 12, and Busco 52 Angola 19.
Individual Results:
112 lbs – Clint Bechtold 1-4
119 lbs – Austin Boggess 0-5
125 lbs – Jason Nicodemus 2-3
130 lbs – Adam Boggess 4-1
135 lbs – Zack Armstead 4-1
140 lbs – Brandon Wormcastle 2-3
145 lbs – Sam Siddons 2-3
152 lbs – Bryce Shively 4-1
160 lbs – Stu Hilsmier 2-3
171 lbs – Ron Adams 3-2
189 lbs – Braxton Siddons 2-0
189 lbs – Brian Richardson 1-2
215 lbs – Jay Linscomb 3-2
HWT   – Travis Liggett 1-2
HWT   – Eric Kuznar 2-0
“As a coach, Saturday was one of the more interesting days that I have had. During the day we really found out how much depth we have as we were able to put together a winning record against five tough teams while at times, having five junior varsity wrestlers in the line-up,” said Coach Riesen.
The meet against West Noble was the one that will be remembered. The meet started at the 189-pound weight class and Busco was down 37-36 going into the final meet at 171-pound weight class. Senior Jordan Hamilton was out on Saturday taking SAT’s, so that meant it was senior Ron Adams’ time to shine. Ron was 1-1 going into the match. Adams was almost pinned in the first period, but fought hard and got out of it. Adams was down 5-4 after the first period, but took the lead in the second with a three point near fall to gain a 7-6 lead going into the last period. He then got a reversal and another three point near fall and a take down to finish with a 12-8 win over West Noble’s Seth Brown to give the Eagles a 39-37 win.
“Ron is the kind of kid that works hard each and every day, and listens to his coaches. Unfortunately, in this, his senior year, he is stuck behind two really tough wrestlers. We have said all season that Ron Adams has the ability to be a twenty-match winner if he were in our line-up. I think that he really proved that today. He stepped in and won some huge matches for us. For a senior to not be in the varsity line-up wrestling can be tough. Most people don’t have what Ron has. He has not allowed the fact that he is in a tough spot affect him. He has wrestled hard each practice, and waited for his time. It came today against West Noble. When we needed him, he stepped up like we knew he would. That was a great moment. It showed how wrestling is both a team and individual sport. Ron’s a kid that puts his team first,” said Coach Riesen.
“Bryce Shively really came alive today for us. The senior was winless coming into the match and he went 4-1 for us today. With this only being his second year wrestling, we knew he had the talent and today it came out,” said Coach Riesen.
The Busco wrestlers are back in action on Thursday at home against Central Noble.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

On Tuesday night, the Busco wrestlers traveled to Columbia City. They fell to an always tough Columbia City team 39 to 36.  Churubusco came out hot right from the start. Getting pins for Busco were Adam Boggess at 130 lbs, Zack Armstead at 135 lbs. and A.J. Herron at 140 lbs. putting the Eagles up 18-0 after three matches.

Merchants still struggling

The Busco Merchants record dropped to 2-6 with a 75-63 loss to Ambassador Steel Sunday night. Trailing 44-40 at the half, Busco again battled a much taller team well, but into the second half, the wear started to show as the Steel boys controlled the boards on both ends of the court to assure the win.
Busco did put three men in double figures with Logan Jones and James Ford netting 14 apiece and Deric Adams tossing in 13.
Busco is sponsored in part by Eagle Hardware, Beezley Auto Service, Pro Systems, Jones Greenhouse, Brevin’s Downtown Eatery and Churubusco News.

The Busco Merchants record dropped to 2-6 with a 75-63 loss to Ambassador Steel Sunday night. Trailing 44-40 at the half, Busco again battled a much taller team well, but into the second half, the wear started to show as the Steel boys controlled the boards on both ends of the court to assure the win.

Payne Ball Association hosting Skills clinic

The Payne Ball Association will be hosting a throwing/defensive skills clinic on Monday, December 28. The featured clinician will be Defiance High School head coach, Tom Held along with other members of the Defiance coaching staff and players.
Session one involving boys in fourth grade or younger is from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Session two involving boys in fifth grade or higher is from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact Mike Krouse (419-263-1393) or Kevin Wannemacher (419-263-0805). You can also e-mail the association at payneball@verizon.net.

The Payne Ball Association will be hosting a throwing/defensive skills clinic on Monday, December 28. The featured clinician will be Defiance High School head coach, Tom Held along with other members of the Defiance coaching staff and players.

Foresters present Holiday Baseball Camp

HUNTINGTON, IN—The Huntington University baseball team will host the 2009 Holiday Baseball Camp on December 29-30 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Merillat Complex for Physical Education and Recreation.
The team invites boys ages 8-14 to participate. To attend the camp, participants need to complete a registration form and send it along with a payment of $55 per child. Previous attendees and families with two or more children in the camp will receive a $5 discount for each child. Children of Huntington University faculty and staff will be given a $10 discount. All checks should be made payable to the Huntington University Dugout Club.
Campers will receive a T-shirt and their personal hitting video. Parents are welcome to stay and watch during the camp.
The registration deadline is December 19. The registration form is online at http://www.huntington.edu/athletics/baseball/holiday-campform.htm.
“We look forward to making this a great learning experience for every participant,” said Mike Frame, head coach of the Huntington University baseball team. “It is our hope that everything learned would benefit each child in his future as a baseball player.”
For a registration form, call Mike Frame at 359-4082 or  356-7491 or download the form at www.huntington edu/athletics/baseball/.

HUNTINGTON —The Huntington University baseball team will host the 2009 Holiday Baseball Camp on December 29-30 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Merillat Complex for Physical Education and Recreation.

Jordan Hamilton

Wrestlers open season at Homestead

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(Jordan Hamilton won his match over Heritage with a pin. Hamilton went 5-0 on the day with three pins, one forfeit, and one tech fall. Hamilton also got his 100th career win on Saturday.) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
Saturday the Eagle wrestling program began the 2009-2010 season competing in the Homestead Duals. Teams included in the meet were Heritage, Homestead, Marion, Snider and South Adams. The Churubusco grapplers finished the day in fourth place, behind host Homestead 5-0, South Adams 4-1, Marion 3-2, Churubusco 2-3, Heritage 1-4, Snider 0-5.
The Eagles opened with Homestead who defeated the Eagles 51-18 in the opening match. The Spartans recorded seven pins, and used that momentum to go on to a big win over Busco.
Round two Marion was the opponent and it saw the Eagles compete a little better, but still it wasn’t enough as they lost 40-30.
The Panthers of Snider was the third opponent of the day. The Eagles came out and took all but one weight class above the 135 pound weight class. They recorded five pins in the match and received three forfeits enroute to a 54-25 win over the Panthers.
Churubusco faced a tough Heritage team in the fourth match of the day defeating them 40-24. The lighter weight classes came to life and recorded three of the five pins on the match.
A very solid South Adams team was the Eagles’ opponent in the final match of the day. The Starfires collected seven pins on their way to a 45-25 win over the Eagles.
“All six teams were very competitive today, it is just the difference in who wins the close matches who gets the pins. South Adams and Homestead got them against us today and I wasn’t really happy about that. The scores don’t indicate the talent we have, I feel we could have been closer if it wasn’t for the pins,” said Coach Riesen.
The Eagles had three wrestlers go 5-0 on the day, Jordan Hamilton (3 pins, major dec. and a forfeit), Jordan Nicodemus (3 pins, dec. and a forfeit) and Zack Armstead (3 dec. a pin and a forfeit). Braxton Siddons went 4-1, and A.J. Herron, Sam Siddons and Jay Linscomb all went 3-2. Hamilton also won his one-hunderedth match of his high school career.
Gone from last season’s team are Daniel Thompson, Corey Richards, Lance McParlan and Jared Hill. This group was responsible for a lot of wins at Churubusco and will be missed on the mats this season. But Coach Riesen feels that this year’s squad has rebuilt itself pretty well with several new faces that moved in this year along with the freshman class of solid wrestlers. Even though they are still learning the ropes of varsity wrestling.
Churubusco looks to be a very competitive team as the season progresses.
When I asked Coach Riesen about the schedule changes he commented that, “We just want to make our schedule a little tougher. We want to wrestle some of the better schools around northern Indiana that will be in our Regional and Semi-State. This should prepare us for the post season as well as get tougher for conference.”
“Our older guys are leading the team, so now we need our younger wrestlers to pick up on what the older guys are doing,” stated Coach Riesen. “We have a young team but I feel that we can be competitive when certain individuals step up and perform at the higher level. We need all fourteen weight classes to wrestle all out for us this season, instead of relying on others to get the wins. Everyone has to perform at their best this season.”
Saturday the Eagle wrestlers will be in action at  9:00 a.m. at West Noble High School in a conference dual meet.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

Saturday the Eagle wrestling program began the 2009-2010 season competing in the Homestead Duals. Teams included in the meet were Heritage, Homestead, Marion, Snider and South Adams. The Churubusco grapplers finished the day in fourth place, behind host Homestead 5-0, South Adams 4-1, Marion 3-2, Churubusco 2-3, Heritage 1-4, Snider 0-5.

Contest winner to receive big screen TV

CN 12/02
by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
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 office 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.
Entrants must be 18 years of age to participate in the contest.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

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.

Merchants basketball

Off to their most dismal start in their 18-year history, the Busco Merchants dropped to 2-5 with a 81-67 loss to Wells Fargo Sunday. Missing two starters didn’t help as Kendric Oler and Dan Burchart couldn’t suit up.
Jerry Partin led the Merchants with 27 points as Busco trailed at intermission, 37-31. Busco perhaps has the smallest team in the 16 team Allen County league and lack of rebounding has cost them more than one loss. Two other Merchants hit double figures in the contest. Jake Hyndman scored 14 and Logan Jones scored 10.
Busco is sponsored in part by Brevin’s Eatery, Eagle Hardware, Pro Systems, The Gap and Beezley’s Auto Repair.

Off to their most dismal start in their 18-year history, the Busco Merchants dropped to 2-5 with a 81-67 loss to Wells Fargo Sunday. Missing two starters didn’t help as Kendric Oler and Dan Burchart couldn’t suit up.