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Braxton Siddons

Busco sends six wrestlers to Regional

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(Braxton Siddons picks up Bishop Dwenger’s Peter Waikel and takes him down in the Sectional Championship match. Siddons lost 3-2 to finish runner-up. He won three matches to get to the final match to improve his record to 27-6 on the season.) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
Busco sends six to Regionals
With tournament time here it’s time to win or go home. The top four wrestlers from each weight class advance in each of the next two weeks. All of the wrestlers are having dreams of bringing home a State Championship. But that spot is reserved for only 14 young men from the State of Indiana. Churubusco has advanced six wrestlers to the Regional next week at Carroll High School, keeping their dream alive for another week.
Whitko won the team Sectional Championship for the second year in a row with 183 points, followed by Garrett (175), Bishop Dwenger (163), Carroll (156.5) and Leo (125.5) in the top five. The Eagles placed sixth with 111 points and had one Sectional Champion.
“We really had ten kids that gave themselves a real good shot at becoming Regional qualifiers,” stated Coach Sam Riesen. “We wrestled hard and with a lot of heart in every match on Saturday. The kids showed a lot of heart, some of them just came up a bit short.”
Jordan Hamilton (28-1), a state qualifier last season at 160 pounds, won the 171-weight class. Hamilton won all his matches by decisions. A ten to four win over Carroll’s Logan Raypole (23-7) got things started for the day. In the next round he defeated Brendan Berghoff of Bishop Dwenger eight to two. In the Championship match Hamilton beat Whitko’s Austin Striggle (31-3) by decision six to three to bring home the 171-pound title.
Churubusco’s 189-pound wrestler Braxton Siddons (27-6) finished runner-up losing a close match to Bishop Dwenger’s Peter Waikel (31-1) three to two. Siddons won three matches to get into the finals. He pinned Alex Parker of Columbia City, won by major decisions over his next two opponents, defeating Alex Jakacki (20-9) of Leo 8-0 and Daniel Sauders (33-6) of Concordia 10-0.
The Nicodemus brothers both took third place in their weight classes. Jordan (25-7) lost his first match to Cord Feasby from Whitko and then he worked his way through the losers’ bracket. He defeated Feasby this time by a pin for third place. Jason (19-18) won by a major decision and then pinned his opponent before losing to the 125-pound Champion Dylan LeTouorneau of Whitko. Jason then defeated his Carroll opponent and pinned Leo’s Austin Farber for the third place finish.
Adam Boggess (28-11) placed fourth in the 130-pound class. He had two pins and won by decision, before dropping the third place match to Bishop Dwenger’s Michael Mix by decision. In the 140-pound weight class A.J. Herron (21-7) won his first match and then lost to the Champion Justin Beck of Leo. Herron defeated his next opponent and lost the third place match to Shea Novy of Garrett by decision 12-4.
The season ends for seven of the Eagle wrestlers, as does the high school careers for seniors Jay Linscomb (18-15) and Bryce Shively (17-21). Other wrestlers who finished their season are Zack Armstead (28-10), Sam Siddons (15-17), Travis Liggett (11-16), Austin Boggess (11-22) and Clint Bechtold (11-23).
“It’s always sad when you have great seniors and team leaders loose out this early but that’s the reality of this time of year, as any match could be your last,” commented Coach Riesen. “We are really excited for the six we have continuing on.”
The Regionals will be this Saturday at Carroll High School beginning at  9 a.m.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

With tournament time here it’s time to win or go home. The top four wrestlers from each weight class advance in each of the next two weeks. All of the wrestlers are having dreams of bringing home a State Championship. But that spot is reserved for only 14 young men from the State of Indiana. Churubusco has advanced six wrestlers to the Regional next week at Carroll High School, keeping their dream alive for another week.

Morgan Young

Lady Eagles earn their fourth win

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(Morgan Young shoots for two of her six points against South Adams. She contributed six steals in the Eagles’ 45-33 win. On Saturday Young led the Eagles with nine points in the 46-36 loss to Central Noble) photo by hiatt

by Don Hiatt
dhiatt@busconews.com
The Churubusco girls basketball team picked up their fourth win of the season with a 45-33 victory over South Adams last Thursday night. On Saturday night they suffered a 46-36 loss at the hands of rival Central Noble. That gives the Lady Eagles a 4-14 record with one game left before sectional play begins.
In Thursday’s game the Lady Eagles had trouble early as they couldn’t get things going. They trailed 12-6 at the end of the first period. It continued into the second quarter for the Eagles as the Starfires went on a 8-0 run to extend the lead to twelve points. With one minute remaining in the half the Lady Eagles began their comeback as Haleigh Gross connected on four free throws to trim the deficit to seven at the half.
The third quarter was all the Eagles as they went on a 21-4 run for the period. The Lady Eagles used six Starfire turnovers and converted them into ten points during that stretch. In the fourth the Eagles forced ten turnovers and made four steals to hold South Adams to just four fourth quarter points. But the Starfires forced seven turnovers and made six steals keeping the Eagles to just six forth period points.
South Adams    12   13    4    4     33
Churubusco       6    12   21   6     45
Scoring leaders; Gross 15, Amber 12, Young 6, Labenz 4, Holloway 4, Walker 4.
Saturday night the Lady Eagles opened with a 6-0 lead as the Cougars didn’t get on the scoreboard until the 2:37 mark with a three-pointer. The Eagles closed out the period with an eight to five lead.
In the second quarter the Cougars took the lead with four points in the first minute. After trading baskets Central Noble went on a 9-2 run to give them a 21-14 lead at the half.
Central Noble kept a double digit lead through the third period as the Lady Eagles only scored six in the quarter.
With the Cougar lead at 15 points beginning the final quarter the Lady Eagle offense came to life. Taylor Amber hit for two, Alysa Holloway made a basket and the foul shot to cut the Cougar lead to ten. Morgan Young hit the next seven points for the Lady Eagles, including a three-pointer to pull the Eagles within five with just under four minutes to go. Holloway pulled Busco within four with a pair of free throws with three minutes remaining. The Cougars were able to hit five out of ten free throws to pull out a 46-36 win over the Eagles.
Churubusco       8   6    6   19    36
Central Noble    5  16  14   11    46
Scoring Leaders; Young 9, Amber 8, Holloway 7, Gross 4, Monk 2, Walker 2, Wormcastle 2, Bueker 2.
Churubusco drew the first round bye in the Sectional and will play the winner of the Fremont/Eastside game on Friday night at Eastside in the late game.

by Don Hiatt

dhiatt@busconews.com

The Churubusco girls basketball team picked up their fourth win of the season with a 45-33 victory over South Adams last Thursday night. On Saturday night they suffered a 46-36 loss at the hands of rival Central Noble. That gives the Lady Eagles a 4-14 record with one game left before sectional play begins.

Defense

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.