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Mey and McDowell show their sectional championship trophies.

Tennis ~ And still undefeated

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
And Still Undefeated!
Ryan Mey and Alex McDowell continue their quest for perfection, as they claimed the Sectional title at Concord Friday night.
It was another exciting win for the #1 doubles team. Their undefeated season continued with a win over Warsaw. The match was  moved to Eastlake Athletic Club in Elkhart because of all the rain.
The ‘Busco duo started out strong with a 5-2 lead in the first set. Then the Warsaw team of Andrew Cutshall and Shawn Carmichael made a come- back and  tied up things at 5-5. Both teams took the first set to a tie break where Mey  and McDowell pulled ahead and won the first set tie-break  7-4.
The second set was a nail biter as well. The ‘Busco duo started out with  the lead only to let Warsaw back in it. When ‘Busco finally went up 6-5 Mey held  his serve and the duo became the first tennis team from Churubusco to win the  Sectional title.
Their victory was celebrated at half-time of the football game against Fairfield. This win makes the duo 20-0 on the season.
It’s off to LaPorte next Saturday for the Regionals. If the Churubusco duo wins at LaPorte, then it’s off to the state finals in Indianapolis.
by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

Ryan Mey and Alex McDowell continue their quest for perfection, as they claimed the Sectional title at Concord Friday night.

Alexis Bankson

Volleyball team gaining momentum

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Volleyball Gaining Momentum
The Lady Eagles defeated Heritage on Monday night to go two and one this past week. Playing against an always tough Heritage team Churubusco started out erratic. They lost the first game 25-13, and it looked like a short night for the Lady Eagles.
“The first game was all about unforced errors and us giving away points,” said Coach Mark Bankson.  “You don’t do that when you have the opportunity to compete.”
But the Eagles didn’t give up as they forced Heritage to play their game, taking games two  and three by scores of 25-20 and 25-17.
In game four Heritage took control early and paced their way to a 25-19 win, forcing game five.
The score bounced back-and-forth until Churubusco took the lead 8-7. Then the Lady Eagles put a couple points on the board and came away with a 15-12 win to beat Heritage three games to two.
“We wanted to control the momentum of the game,” explained Coach Bankson. “As long as we can do that it gives us a better chance to win the game. With Conference and Sectionals coming up this is the kind of momentum we need to have going into these tournaments.”
Last Tuesday the Lady Eagles defeated Lakeland 25-22, 15-25, 25-18 and 25-17.
Thursday ‘Busco lost to Fairfield 25-8, 25-9 and 25-12.
Churubusco now heads into the Conference tourney with some much needed confidence. The NECC tourney will take place Thursday and Saturday, with Sectionals getting under way the following Thursday.

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com 

The Lady Eagles defeated Heritage on Monday night to go two and one this past week.

Seniors

Football ~ Eagles stopped short

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Eagles Stopped Short
As time ran out Kyle Monk hit Hunter Nicodemus for a 31 pass play to the five yard line coming up short of a score and ending the Eagles seven game win streak.
“Our kids didn’t quit, we weren’t taking advantage of our opportunities. We had two chances in the second quarter inside the ten and didn’t score,” recalled Coach Lee Etzler.  “We were just a play or two short, or we would have won the game.”
Fairfield came out aggressive recovering an onside kick. Then advancing to the Eagle 19 in eight plays resulting in a 29 yard field goal for a quick 3-0 Falcon lead.
The Eagles’ first possession saw them convert a fourth and three, on a 16 yard run by Bryce Shively to the Fairfield 46 yard line. On the next play ‘Busco fumbled and the Falcons recovered.
Fairfield went to the air as Chase Pinion hit Darin Hochstetler for a 59 yard touchdown pass. With the extra point Fairfield lead 10-0. The Eagle offense went to work as they drove to the Falcons’ four yard line on 12 plays only to be stopped on fourth down by the stingy Fairfield defense.
Churubusco’s defense held the Falcons’ and forced them to punt after three plays. The Eagles quickly put the ball in the end zone on just five plays, on a ten yard run by Kyle Mathewson. Fairfield answered with a touchdown of their own on their next possession, making the score 17-6.
With only four minutes remaining in the half ‘Busco went to their power backs. As Mathewson rambled for twenty yards to the 36 Jordan Hamilton took the ball to the 27 on a nine yard run. Mathewson carried again for 16 yards down to the 11 yard line but the Falcon defense stiffened, stopping the Eagles again inside the five yard line.
The third quarter was scoreless as the teams got a first down and then had to punt. The Eagles ran out the last three minutes in the third quarter, with a drive  that resulted in a 13 yard touchdown run by Mathewson. With the two point conversion that put the Eagles down 17-14 with nine minutes remaining.
A fired up Eagle defense forced the Falcons to punt after three plays. Churubusco kept the momentum going on offense as they got a first down at the Falcon 41 yard line. Hamilton ran a sweep to the Eagle sidelines and kept it in bounds. By the time he was stopped at the one yard line, most of the players were in the pile, looking like a rugby match. After losing a yard, Mathewson fought hard for yardage and  fumbled the ball into the end zone. As Churubusco hearts began to sink Spencer Conrad came up with the ball for the Eagle touchdown, giving Busco a 22-17 lead.
On Fairfield’s next drive they opened with a six yard run. The following play Pinion hit Tanner Foust in the flats. Foust got by a Busco defender and raced down the sidelines for the touchdown putting the Falcons up 24-22 with 2:31 left in the game.
The Eagle offense never gave up as they drove down the field. As time ran out Monk hit Nicodemus at the five.
“Unfortunately we gave up the big pass play in the fourth quarter, other than that our defense played outstanding in the second half,” stated Coach Etzler. “We are still in the hunt for the Conference title, so we need to have a good week of practice and play hard next Friday. We still have a shot at it.”
The Eagles are still in the race for the Conference title as they travel to Lakeland this Friday night. A Churubusco win will force a three way tie for the Conference title.

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com 

As time ran out Kyle Monk hit Hunter Nicodemus for a 31 pass play to the five yard line coming up short of a score and ending the Eagles seven game win streak.

Football ~ Eagles run over Bowman

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Eagles run over Bowman
The Churubusco Eagles ran for 539 yards as they defeated Bowman Academy 48-18. Junior Kyle Mathewson set the single game school rushing record with 319 yards on 22 carries.  “I just got to hand it all to the offensive line. They work hard every day in practice, work hard on the field and get the job done,” said Kyle Mathewson of his record setting performance. “Their great blocking leads to the big runs and opens up the field.”
“The next two weeks our opponents are going to be bigger, stronger and faster,” stated Coach Lee Etzler. “This was a good game for us, hopefully that puts us in a better position in the next couple weeks.”
Churubusco came out to play against Bowman. Forcing the visiting Eagles to punt after three plays Bowman’s snap was low causing the punter to run the ball, and the Eagle defense stopped them. With great field position the Eagles didn’t waste any time in scoring. Six plays covering 37 yards were topped off by a nine yard Mathewson run. Bryce Shively ran the two-point conversion in to make it 8-0.
Bowman’s next possession again was dominated by the ‘Busco defense. Following a two yard loss Mathewson sacked the visiting quarterback for a 13 yard loss. Another bad snap gave the Eagles the ball on the 19 yard line.
“It’s so important for our defense to be physical,” explained Coach Etzler. “It’s demoralizing and if you come over the middle and get smacked by somebody you are going to think about that the next time you come over the middle. It’s fun to watch and it’s important for the success of the defense.”
A pair of ten yard runs by Mathewson, led to Kyle Monk’s four yard pass to Shively. Cory Miller kicked the extra point for a 15-0 lead. For the third time in the quarter Busco’s defense held  Bowman to three and out.
In the second quarter Mathewson scored on a 30 yard run down the visiting sidelines putting the Eagles up 21-0 with 5:37 remaining in the half. Bowman went to their air attack, completing four of five passes on the drive resulting in a seven yard strike for a touchdown, pulling them closer, 21-6 at the half.
Jordan Hamilton got the Eagles on the board in the third with a 19 yard run. He also ran in the extra point to put them up 29-6.
“With them scoring at the end of the half, that left us up only two scores,” added Coach Etzler. “Then we got the ball in the second half and it was pretty important that we got some points out of that.”
Bowman answered quickly with a third down touchdown pass for 64 yards, to make it 29-12. This was the first time all year the Eagles were scored on in the third period. Busco then put together a nine play 83 yard drive, ending with a nine yard run by Hamilton. With the Bowman air assault in full swing they drove 75 yards in five plays. An 18 yard touchdown pass made the score 35-18 Busco. On their next possession Mathewson ran it in from 24 yards out to put the Eagles up 42-18.
Mathewson had the only score in the fourth quarter, a 74 yard touchdown run to break the school record.
Mathewson’s 319 yards broke Drew Bianski’s mark of 270 yards set against Wabash in 2005. “Drew was one of my heros when I was in middle school. I looked up to him,” explained Mathewson. “Before the season started one of  my goals was to break his record.”
The Eagles host Fairfield this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and travel to Lakeland next week to close out the regular season.

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

The Churubusco Eagles ran for 539 yards as they defeated Bowman Academy 48-18. Junior Kyle Mathewson set the single game school rushing record with 319 yards on 22 carries.

Tennis ~ M & M Boys defeat Wawasee

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
M &M Boys Defeat Wawasee
Enter Individuals State Tournament
The Churubusco boys tennis team was beaten by Wawasee in the Sectionals 3-2. Ryan Mey and Alex McDowell defeated their opponents Nick Price and Ryan Smith, 6-2 and 6-1. The number two doubles team of, Jesse Lich and Grant Stephan also won at Sectionals, defeating Jeff Miller and Derek Zurcher, 6-3 and 6-4. Brandon Wormcastle and Andrew Biddle suffered losses in singles play, both of them losing 6-0 and 6-0. Lacking a third singles team the Eagles had to forfeit the spot and lost the match.
The number one teams that haven’t lost advance to play in the individual State Tournament. With their victory the M & M boys will advance to Concord on Wednesday. They will face the duo from Fairfield, which they defeated to claim the conference title.
Mey and McDowell will play at 5 p.m. at Concord High School, with the winners advancing to Thursday matchup at 5 p.m. Should more than one team qualify the Sectional Championship will be Saturday at 10 a.m.
To qualify for the individual State tourney you must be undefeated in Sectional and Regional play. Once your team gets put out, your #1 singles or #1 doubles team can advance, as long as you haven’t lost.

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

Enter Individuals State Tournament

The Churubusco boys tennis team was beaten by Wawasee in the Sectionals 3-2. Ryan Mey and Alex McDowell defeated their opponents Nick Price and Ryan Smith, 6-2 and 6-1.

Volleyball picking up steam

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
The Lady Eagles had three hard matches this week. They started off at home against Fort Wayne Canterbury on Wednesday night  where the Lady Eagles lost in four matches. They lost the first 25-27, then won the second 25-18 before losing the third and fourth 23-25.
Taylor Amber and Hannah Dodson had 13 kills apiece. Alexis Bankson had 26 assists. Danielle Hartmann lead the team with 26 digs. Both Taylor Amber and Taylor Henning had five serving aces for the night. The JV team won 25-14 and 25-14.
On Thursday, the Lady Eagles hosted the West Noble Chargers. The Lady Eagles came up victorious winning the first three games 25-20, 25-18, and 23-13.
Taylor Amber lead the team with 14 kills. Alexis Bankson had 21 assists and five serving aces. Danielle Hartmann had 23 digs. The JV lost 25-14, 22-25, and 15-11.
On Monday night, the Churubusco traveled to play the Westview Warriors. The Lady Eagles won in three games, 26-24, 25-19, and 25-19.
Taylor Amber had 11 kills and 12 digs. Alexis Bankson had 21 assists and Danielle Hartmann had 16 digs. The JV won 25-14 and 25-16.
Busco is on the road to Fairfield on Thursday night and are home both Monday  against Heritage and Tuesday night versus Carroll. On Tuesday night against Carroll there will be some special things planned for the night. The Lady Chargers would like to help the Lady Eagles in raising money for the Megan Young Scholarship Fund. Their goal is to get as many people to the match as possible. The JV match starts at 6:00 p.m. and then events will start shortly thereafter. So please come out and support your Lady Eagles, the Lady Chargers, and the memory of Megan Young.

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

The Lady Eagles had three hard matches this week. They started off at home against Fort Wayne Canterbury on Wednesday night  where the Lady Eagles lost in four matches. They lost the first 25-27, then won the second 25-18 before losing the third and fourth 23-25.

Football ~ Eagles survive West Noble virus

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Eagles Survive West Noble Virus, Improve to 6-0
For the first time this season the Churubusco Eagles trailed at halftime. West Noble took advantage of four Eagle turnovers in the first half and did what West Noble Coach Monte Mawhorter wanted to do. Keep the ball away from Busco’s running backs. “We knew we had to stop those big backs and the  best way to stop them is not to let them have the football,” said Coach Mawhorter.
The Eagles began the game with a nine play drive to the West Noble 24 yard line, ending in an interception near the goal line. The next possession the Eagles ran six plays moving thirty yards before fumbling the ball away at mid field.West Noble wasn’t getting anything going in the first quarter either. They went three and out in their first series and got a first down on an Eagle  penality.
After another interception by the Charger defense early in the second quarter West Noble controlled the ball for the next eight and a half minutes. The West Noble offense ran the clock to perfection. The Chargers ran  fifteen plays on the drive and converted three fourth down plays. Luke Hardesty ran to the end zone with  only eighteen seconds left in the half putting the Chargers up 6-0 after a missed extra point. Kyle Mathewson gave the Eagle fans something to cheer about as he returned the kickoff 54 yards to the 21 yard line with seven seconds remaining in the half. Monk was intercepted for the third time as the halftime buzzer went off.
“They had a good gameplan to defend us and they played really hard,” stated Coach Lee Etzler. “Our kids need to understand that we are going to be in some close games and we need to know how to win at that point.”
The teams traded punts to start the second half. The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard with 2:18 remaining in the third quarter, as Mathewson darted twenty yards for the touchdown. Bryce Shively ran in the extra point for an 8-6 Eagle lead.
On the Chargers’ next possession Shively picked up an errant backwards pass and returned it for an Eagle score, to make it 14-6 Churubusco.
The Eagle defense stopped West Noble on their next series, forcing them to punt. A bad snap gave the Eagles great field position. Four plays later Shively plunged into the end zone from one yard out. Mathewson collected 61 yards on Busco’s next series and scored from eight yards out to give the Eagles a 28-6 advantage.
In the first half the Eagles were held to just 65 yards on 14 carries. The second half looked like the Eagle team we are accustomed to gaining 188 yards on 21 attempts. Mathewson again led the way for Churubusco with 164 yards rushing, bringing his season total to 1099 yards on the ground. Mathewson is averaging 11.7 yards per carry for  the season.
“We needed a game like this to regain our focus,” explained Coach Etzler. “Our first five games were relatively easy and you can lose your focus when things are too easy. You make mistakes, you turn the ball over, you don’t make a block.”
The Eagles move to 6-0 on the season as the Chargers fall to 0-6. Lakeland and Fairfield both ran their records to 6-0 also, with the Lakers defeating Eastside 55-0 and the Falcons beating Angola 29-14. That sets up the meeting between Fairfield and Lakeland next Friday night. Busco will host Fairfield a week from Friday and travel to Lakeland to close out the season.

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com 

Improve to 6-0

For the first time this season the Churubusco Eagles trailed at halftime.

Tennis ~ McDowell, Mey finish undefeated

by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Churubusco boy’s tennis has made a name for themselves this season.  Alex McDowell and Ryan Mey have done what no other team from ‘Busco has done finish undefeated on the season.
The duo has played well all year and claimed their seventeenth win on Monday against Whitko.
They had a busy week defeating  Adams Central 4-6, 6-3 and 6-2 on Tuesday. Wednesday they beat North side 6-1 and 6-0 and Thursday they shut out Central Noble 6-0, 6-0. Mey and McDowell started Conference play on Friday beating Westview 6-0, 6-0. Then on Saturday they beat West Noble 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the championship match against Fairfield. Mey and McDowell defeated Josh Beck and Derick Troeger 6-2, 6-4 to claim the Conference title.
“I wish we would have gotten together sooner,” said Mey, on being doubles partner with McDowell. “I have really enjoyed my senior year playing partners with Alex. When I get down he helps me get my mind set back and keep working harder. It was just a great way to finish our careers here at Churubusco.”
As a team Churubusco placed seventh in Conference. Jesse Lich placed eighth in #1 singles, Andrew took ninth place in #2 singles. The #2 doubles team of Grant Stephan and Brandon Wormcastle finished in ninth place.
“It’s really been a great four years playing tennis here at Churubusco” stated McDowell. “I’m really glad Ryan convinced me to play doubles this year. It’s been an exciting year going undefeated and winning Conference.”
In Mondays action against Whitko, Jesse Lich and Grant Stephan won a close first set 7-5, then dropping them quickly in the second 6-3. McDowell and Mey defeated their opponents 6-2 and 6-0. Singles players Andrew Biddle and Brandon Wormcastle didn’t fair so well dropping their matches 6-0,6-0.
Sectional begins Thursday at Warsaw, the Eagles will play Wawasee at 4:30 p.m.. Championship match will be Friday at 4:30 p.m.

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

Churubusco boy’s tennis has made a name for themselves this season.  Alex McDowell and Ryan Mey have done what no other team from ‘Busco has done finish undefeated on the season.

Indoor Simulator Golf

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Indoor Simulator Golf Leagues to begin
Eel River Golf Course is announcing the start of the 2009 Indoor Simulator Golf Leagues.
9 Hole League
* Two rounds must be played by November 23.
* Two person teams (men and or women).
* Play at your own convenience, any day/ any time.
* $20 per player entry fee; $13.50 per player weekly booth rental.
For more information or to sign up call 693-3464.

Eel River Golf Course is announcing the start of the 2009 Indoor Simulator Golf Leagues.

Boys Basketball Winter League

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Boys Basketball Winter League
Churubusco High School is sponsoring a Boys Basketball Winter League for boys in the second through fifth grade.
All sessions will run from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday in the middle and elementary school. There will be a total of eight sessions, November 7, 14 and 21, December 5, 12 and 19, and January 2 and 9.
The cost will be $45, which will include a reversible jersey and a Mad Ants Clinic along with a Mad Ants game for free. The Mad Ants Clinic will be held on Sunday, January 3, at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne from 2 to 3 p.m. The game will start at 5 p.m. League participants will get in free to the game, parents will get tickets at a reduced cost of $7.50 per ticket.
The purpose of the league is to teach fundamentals and help develop the basketball skills. Teams will be made up of a combined second and third grade team and a combined fourth and fifth grade team. Fundamentals and practice will take place from 8 to 8:40 a.m. with games from 8:45 to 10 a.m. Games will be two 18-minute halves with a running clock, subs every six minutes using a sub schedule to ensure equal playing time each game.
Volunteers are needed to help coach. A coaching clinic will be held on Monday, November 2 in the high school from 7 to 8:15 p.m. If you would like to help, or for more information contact Coach McBride at 260-409-9387 or Michael.McBride@nacs.k12.in.us.

Churubusco High School is sponsoring a Boys Basketball Winter League for boys in the second through fifth grade.