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Merchants fall short

The Busco Merchants put up a good fight against a much taller opponent Sunday but were dealt their third loss…

Haleigh Gross

Basketball ~ New start for Lady Eagles

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by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
New start for Lady Eagles
The Churubusco Lady Eagles begin a new era on the court. Jamie Perlich has taken over the program and is looking forward to this season. After going 10-75 the past four seasons the Lady Eagles look forward to a change. Perlich was the boys basketball coach from 2000-2008 and is embracing the challenge of turning around the girls program. The Lady Eagles have one winning season (the 1997 team went 15-7) in the last thirty years of girls basketball here at Churubusco. There will be plenty of room for improvement.
Coach Perlich feels that experience is one of the teams biggest strengths. With the lack of seniors on last year’s squad a lot of underclassmen had the opportunity to gain some valuable playing time at the varsity level. The Eagles are lead by seniors Taylor Amber and Alysa Holloway who have shown good leadership and lead by example. Coach Perlich would like to see them become more vocal on the court helping out the younger players. There are three returning juniors, Nichole Wormcastle, Melissa Bueker and Haley Brumbaugh. Wormcastle will be handling the ball for the Lady Eagles this year. Bueker and Brumbaugh gained valuable time off the bench last season and should help out this year. Sophomores Morgan Young, Heather Monk and Haleigh Gross saw a considerable amount of minutes on the floor for the Eagles last season as freshmen. From watching them in the scrimmage and the first couple of weeks of practice they have come a long way. Casey Gibson is the only freshman on varsity now but several of them could see some playing time as the season progresses. After a successful season at the eighth grade level these girls are asked to make the jump to junior varsity ball. It is a big jump and they should be ready for the challenge. “This group has played together for a long time and you can tell. They know each other and they know the strengths and weaknesses and you can see that on the floor,” commented Coach Perlich.
The Lady Eagles played a scrimmage game with Wawasee this past Saturday and Coach Perlich was happy with their performance. “We won a couple of quarters, our offense will come, we struggled with a little bit early. We are just getting in too much of a hurry,” stated Coach Perlich. “Defensively I was happy with the way the girls were getting after it and we did a great job boxing out. Free throws we struggled a little bit, which has been the case for the past several years. Anytime you get to the foul line you need to knock those shots down.”
Churubusco participated in a summer league at East Noble, playing twelve games. The program helped the new staff figure out what parts of their game needed more emphasis and it introduced the players to the new coaching staff.
Angola should be the one to beat in conference play this season along with Fairfield. Other than the couple top of teams, everyone else seems even. The Lady Eagles should be able to compete with the rest of the conference.
“I have been really pleased with the effort that the girls are putting into this season. We have had two good weeks of good hard intense practices. I am pleased with the attitudes and what seems like a good desire to want to play well. If we continue to play as hard as we are right now it will allow us to compete with a lot of teams out there,” added Coach Perlich. “We have been working on conditioning, and they haven’t liked that but I tell them we are going to be in shape. When it gets down to the fourth quarter and we are in a ball game we are going to be able to stay there, instead of losing it because we were too tired to compete. The girls have been working hard and we are getting in shape where we need to be and hopefully that will help us towards a sucessful season.”

(Haleigh Gross demonstrates her dribbling abilities. Gross is a sophomore for the Lady Eagles. She saw a lot of time last season as a freshman and expects to contribute more this year.)

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

The Churubusco Lady Eagles begin a new era on the court. Jamie Perlich has taken over the program and is looking forward to this season. After going 10-75 the past four seasons the Lady Eagles look forward to a change.

Merchants post win

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Merchants post win
The Busco Merchants got their record even again Sunday with a 50-47 win over Fort Wayne Metals after trailing 26-25 at the half.
Busco opened up an eight point lead, 38-30 but the Metal Boys ran off nine in a row to again lead 39-38. It was clutch free throw shooting that made the difference down the stretch that keyed the victory.
Busco placed four men in double figures in the low scoring game. Jerry Partin and James Ford both netted 12; Kendric Oler and Dan Burkhart added 10 apiece; and Logan Jones again played defense like a man possessed.
National City Bank, Jones Greenhouse and Nursery, Gap Inc. and Churubusco News help sponsor the local team.

The Busco Merchants got their record even again Sunday with a 50-47 win over Fort Wayne Metals after trailing 26-25 at the half. Busco opened up an eight point lead, 38-30 but the Metal Boys ran off nine in a row to again lead 39-38. It was clutch free throw shooting that made the difference down the stretch that keyed the victory.

Todd Sherman

Sherman has best season ever

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(Todd Sherman and crew, Mike Fahl and Rick Kanis, pictured here with his collection of trophies from the 2009 racing season.)

On Saturday, October 31 Todd Sherman picked up his 19th A-Main feature win of the season. Sherman ends his 25th year of racing with his best season ever.

Football ~ Eagles land six on All-Conference team

by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Eagles land six on All-Conference team
The NECC Conference announced the 2009 All-Conference team this past week. Churubusco has six players representing the Eagles, four on offense and two on defense.
The All-NECC offense includes:
QB  Dakotah Baldridge  LA
QB  Alexx Bauer AN
RB  Kyle Mathewson    CH
RB  Justin Coney           CN
RB  Darin Hostetler       FF
RB  Chris Smith            LL
WR Jeremy Altimus       CN
WR Robby Boots           AN
WR Tanner Foust           FF
WR Kole Heller             LL
TE  Zac Compton          AN
TE  Jordan Turner          CH
OL  Jake Agler              CN
OL  Kyle Gardner          AN
OL  Paul Lay                 ES
OL Jordan Nicodemus  CH
OL  Luke Ratliff            WN
OL  Adam Schrock         LL
OL  Nathan Stichter       FF
OL  Gus Zimmerman     AN
K   Derek Vogelzang     FF
AL  Noah Polakovic     CH
The All-NECC defense includes:
DL    Doug Beiler          FF
DL    Travis Clear          CN
DL    Jamie Gardner       FR
DL    Jacob Hughart       ES
DL    Alex Mills            AN
DL    Alex Vanzuilen     FR
ILB  Jordan Hamilton   CH
ILB   Micah Noble         FF
ILB   Brock Bateman     LL
ILB   Tyler Clark          WN
OLB Jack Musson         FR
OLB Jake Rupright       WN
OLB Mike Tucker         CN
OLB Riley Zimmer       AN
FS  Kyle Monk           CH
FS  Kory Kendall        WN
C    Bryce Bates          LL
C    Tony Folck           FR
C    Cameron Moore    LL
C    Doug Rush           WN
P     Tavo Garcia          WN
AL  Rees Ruchgy         AN

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

The NECC Conference announced the 2009 All-Conference team this past week. Churubusco has six players representing the Eagles, four on offense and two on defense. 

The All-NECC offense includes:

Marcus Fulk baseball scholarship

Fulk wins State American Legion Baseball Scholarship

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(Marcus Fulk, center, has been awarded the 2009 American Legion Baseball Scholarship for the State of Indiana. Pictured with Fulk are, from left, Jay Hilliard, Churubusco American Legion Post 157 Commander; his parents, Tina and Vaughn; and Robert Newman, American Legion State Commander.)


by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Churubusco’s own Marcus Fulk was the recipient of the 2009 American Legion Baseball Scholarship award for the State of Indiana. This is quite an honor to be selected from all the entries in the state.
Marcus, the son of Vaughn and Tina Fulk, stated, “It is a great honor to be selected by the American Legion Baseball program. I was really surprised when I heard that I had won the award for the State of Indiana.”
The American Legion is committed to America’s youth, which is why they have sponsored American Legion Baseball since 1925. American Legion Baseball is the oldest and largest, nationwide teenage baseball program in America. Over 100,000 players, ages 15 to 19, participated in American Legion Baseball in 2008. Since 1985, over 1,900 new teams have registered to play American Legion Baseball. Major League Baseball has supported our program annually since 1926 and currently contributes $40,000 (three percent of the National budget), which helps offset tournament expenses for American Legion teams at Regional and World Series Tournaments. On an average, 52 percent of Major League Baseball players played American Legion Baseball as teenagers and nearly 70 percent of all college players played American Legion Baseball as teenagers.
When asked about playing American Legion baseball Fulk commented, “Even closer with the friendships. It was a little less serious, you know, we had a little more fun, a little more down time. We got closer, we got to know each other maybe a little too much sometimes but you know, that’s what it is all about. It’s all about having fun and getting serious when you have to. You know when you have to boil down and play the game.”
Fulk is attending Trine University and will begin his college career next spring. He already has participated in fall baseball

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

Churubusco’s own Marcus Fulk was the recipient of the 2009 American Legion Baseball Scholarship award for the State of Indiana. This is quite an honor to be selected from all the entries in the state. 

Lamp handles Merchants

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Lamp handles Merchants
Indiana Lamp out of Huntington owns the Busco Merchants handing Busco its second loss of the season 82-68. A dry spell halfway thru the half, when Busco trailed 19-16 cost them the game as Lamp ended the scoring with a 42-21 lead.
Busco outscored their opponents 47-40 in the last half but that was too late to make a game out of it. Busco did place four men in double figures led by James Ford’s 23, Logan Jones added 16. Kendric Oler and Dan Burkhart both chipped in with 11. Busco goes after win two next week.
Pro Systems, Brevin’s Eatery, Eagle Hardware and Beezley’s Auto Repair help sponsor the local team.

Indiana Lamp out of Huntington owns the Busco Merchants handing Busco its second loss of the season 82-68. A dry spell halfway thru the half, when Busco trailed 19-16 cost them the game as Lamp ended the scoring with a 42-21 lead.