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Busco Tennis led by seniors

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Busco Tennis led By Seniors
Alex McDowell and Ryan Mey, both seniors on the Churubusco tennis team, are leading by example. They are undefeated together as the number one doubles team. Ryan also has a win in his only singles match.
Together they are (2-0) in conference, at number one doubles defeating Lakeland 6-0, 6-1 and Fairfield 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-2.
“I expect them to do very well in conference at number one doubles,” stated Churubusco tennis Coach Ben Jagger. “I think that their goals of conference champs and a sectional title are well within their reach.”
Jesse Lich, the only junior, is one and two in singles competition. Freshmen Andrew Biddle, is at number two singles and the number two doubles combo of Grant Stephen and Brandon Wormcastle are winless on the season.
You can catch them in action Thursday at Prairie Heights, and on Friday at home hosting Westview beginning at 4:30 p.m.

(September 2, 2009 issue of Churubusco News)

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

Alex McDowell and Ryan Mey, both seniors on the Churubusco tennis team, are leading by example. They are undefeated together as the number one doubles team. Ryan also has a win in his only singles match.

Volleyball – Lady Eagles pick up two wins

by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Lady Eagles Pick up Two Wins
The Lady Eagles were on the road all last week. They defeated cross county foe  Whitko on Tuesday, for their first win of the season, in three straight sets, 25-13, 25-19 and 25-23.
Leading the way for ‘Busco was senior Alexis Bankson. She led the Lady Eagles with  18 assists, three serving aces and seven kills.
Taylor Amber had seven kills also and Taylor Henning added six. Danielle Hartmann led with 20 digs, followed by Henning (8) and Bankson (6).
The junior varsity came away with their second win, with scores of 25-15, 19-25 and 15-10.
At Bluffton on Thursday Churubusco posted a victory over the Tigers, 25-20, 25-17, 25-27 and 25-15.
Amber , Henning and Hannah Dodson led the way with 38 combined kills. Ashley Shelton and Amber both served up three aces apiece.
The JV continued their winning ways collecting a two set win by scores of 25-8 and 25-16.
On Monday the Lady Eagles traveled to Monroe, and lost to a really good Adams Central team, by scores of 15-25, 20-25, 25-22 and 22-25.
“This is the best we have competed against these guys. They are always tough down here,” commented Coach Bankson. “Tonight proves that we are getting better.”
Amber pounded 16 kills at the Jet defense. Bankson had 28 assists and three aces. Morgan Young had two blocks for the Lady Eagles. Hartmann led with 22 digs followed by Dodson with 11.
The Lady Eagles junior varsity dropped two to the Jets by scores of 7-25 and 19-25.
“I am real pleased with the Sophomores that we had throw in their positions, and we have three of them that are playing regularly,” stated Coach Bankson. “These three are doing better than I thought they would at this point, in the season.”

(September 2, 2009 issue of Churubusco News)

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

The Lady Eagles were on the road all last week. They defeated cross county foe  Whitko on Tuesday, for their first win of the season, in three straight sets, 25-13, 25-19 and 25-23.

Eagles drop goose egg on Cougars 39-0

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Eagles Drop Goose Egg on Cougars 39-0
Start season with Back-to-Back Shutouts
The Churubusco Eagles defense has yet to give up a score this season. For the first time since 1985, the Eagles begin the season with consecutive shutouts. Should they post a shutout against Prairie Heights they would tie the 1972 team that started with three straight shutouts to start the season.
With questions early in camp, losing 19 seniors from last year’s team, they have seemed to fill the right holes. The ‘Busco defense has given up just nine first downs and 124 total yards in its first two games. The Eagles’ opponents have run the ball 59 times for 47 yards.
“We’re not extremely dominating at any one position but our kids play hard and they like to hit,” explained Coach Lee Etzler. “Going into the game we felt it necessary to out hit them, that was one of the things Coach Dock said to our players. I think that we did come out and hit well, because of that a lot of things went our way.”
The offense put up similar numbers of week one, over 400 total yards (all on the ground this week). Kyle Mathewson led the Eagle rushers with 187 yards on just seven carries. Kyle also broke the Churubusco record with the longest run from scrimmage, a dashing 93-yard touchdown run. That was one of his three touchdowns on the night, Kyle also scored on runs of 46 and 43 yards. When asked about Mathewson’s performance Coach Etzler responded, “He’s fast, and teams are going to be scared of him, you get him an opening and he goes through there quickly. And I think what we saw a little more tonight was he broke a few more tackles that led to the touchdowns.”
The Eagles took the opening kickoff and drove down deep into Cougar territory. Kyle Monk was on the receiving end of a hard hit that caused him to fumble inside the 10 yard line.
Central Noble was unable to move the ball against a furious Eagles’ defense, going three and out, one of seven times on the night that the Cougars went three and out.
Churubusco bounced right back scoring on their next three drives, the first being a 46 yard run by Mathewson. Jordan Hamilton found the end zone on the following Eagle drive, a four-yard run, capped off by a two-point conversion pass from Monk to Hunter Nicodemus.
The next possession the Eagles were pinned deep in their own territory at the seven-yard line. Kyle Mathewson ran up the middle for no gain, next Kyle took the handoff and went the distance, 93 yards for the touchdown. Mathewson still wasn’t finished assaulting the Cougar defense, as he  ran one more in from 43 yards out before the half ended to make the score 26-0 at the half.
The second half began and the Eagle defense pushed Central Noble back twenty-one yards, before punting to the Eagles. Shawn McCoy received the punt and darted down the sideline to the Central Noble six-yard line, and a penalty moved the Eagles down to the three. On the first play McCoy jumped in the end zone for the score, and Zach Armstead kicked the extra point to extend the ‘Busco lead to 33-0. Central Noble aided the Eagles on their next drive, with two personal foul penalties for thirty yards. Bryce Shively would cap off the drive with a three-yard run at the three-minute mark, finishing the scoring on the evening.
The fourth quarter with the Eagles up 39-0, Churubusco looked to the junior varsity players, time to gain some experience at the varsity level. The Eagles had thirteen different ball carriers, amassing 407 yards on 42 carries.
“We turned the ball over and had quite a few penalties, so there is still things we have to fix,” stated Coach Etzler. “At least we finished drives, unlike last week there were a lot of drives we didn’t finish. I think we are improving on both sides of the ball. A good thing about tonight is that we worked a lot more kids in on the defensive side of the ball.”

(September 2, 2009 issue of Churubusco News)

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com 

Start season with Back-to-Back Shutouts 

The Churubusco Eagles defense has yet to give up a score this season. For the first time since 1985, the Eagles begin the season with consecutive shutouts. Should they post a shutout against Prairie Heights they would tie the 1972 team that started with three straight shutouts to start the season. 

Local fisherman places second at Regional

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NWN/CN week 35
Local fisherman places second at Regional competition
by Ryan Schwab
nweditor@app-printing.com
Escanaba, MI – The winds switched, the waters roughened, and the quarters got cramped.
Thus is the story for John Grimm, who lives off of Fogel Road between Churubusco and Huntertown, whose dream run at the National Amateur Bassfishing Tournament, and a possible slot in the Bassmasters Classic, hit a wave.
Grimm, who placed sixth in this same Tournament in 2008, trailed by just four pounds going into the third and final day of the BASS Northern Divisional held August 10-14 at Little Bay de Noc in Escanaba, MI.  A strong northwesterly wind changed the entire complexion of the tournament, crowding the waters, preventing Grimm from getting the size of fish he needed.
Still, Grimm was second on the Indiana State team, 20th overall, and is an alternate for BASS Federation Nation Championship in late October in Tavares, Fl.
Brian Hensley, who lives in Edwardsburg, MI. but fishes in an association in Northern Indiana, caught one more fish than Grimm, providing the difference. Hensley is making his second consecutive appearance in the National Tournament.
“The rough water was my downfall,” Grimm admitted. “I didn’t travel very far (to fish) and it got real crowded where I was at.  When it got crowded, my fish got split up amongst a bunch of us.”
“I improved from sixth to second on the Indiana team, and I have warned (Hensley) that if I improve, next year he is in trouble.  He said, ‘you’re right.  There is no other place to go but take over.’”
Boaters are allowed just five fish to weigh in during each of the tournament’s three days.  Grimm was on the water from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and caught 13 fish, weighing 35 pounds and five ounces.  Hensley caught 14 for a total of 39 pounds nine ounces.
Wes Haney of Baldwin, Wisconsin was the overall winner, catching 15 fish that weighed in at 52 pounds.
“My whole thinking was to put 13-15 pounds of fish in the boat each day, I would compete for the State Title,” Grimm explained.  “If I could have gotten the last two (fish caught), I would have won.  I was five pounds out. I actually lost a fourth fish five foot from the boat.”
Grimm qualified for the Northern Divisional in late May, by placing 12th on the Indiana State team.  Grimm credits his pre-fishing on Little Bay de Noc for his success, as only three of the 12 fishermen from Indiana got to spend time on Little Bay de Noc’s waters prior to the event.
“A local fishing pro told me that the chances of fishing Big Bay de Noc for three days in a row weren’t very good, and I knew I could get to my water and my fish on Little Bay de Noc, so I studied it,” Grimm added.  “Overall, the body was extremely good for fishing.  The amount of fish and the size of the fish, was just excellent.”
The rough waters prevented most boaters from venturing out to Big Bay de Noc, where Grimm said some of the bigger fish were found during the first two days.
Out of 54 boats, three, including the boat with Grimm’s local Association partner Denny Cook of Auburn, sank on the third day.
“It got dangerous,” Grimm reiterated. “My strategy worked, other than the third day, where there were too many other boats around me.”
Weigh-ins were broadcasted like on the Internet, and Grimm was overwhelmed by the number of people in the community who commented on following his progress on line.
Grimm was interviewed right before Hensley’s fish were weighed, admitting live that he thought Hensley had enough fish to beat him.
Still, the experience is one Grimm recalls fondly, and is anxious for a new fishing season to begin.
“I had great people to fish with.  Everyone treated me well,” he added.  “On day two, I had four fish in my boat with a half hour to go, and the other guy had five already, and he handed me his spinner bait off of his rod to make sure I caught my fifth.”
Grimm stated he has no plans on attending the National Tournament, and does not foresee an issue that could prevent Hensley from competing.
Team Indiana placed eighth out of eight, and according to Grimm, were in last from start to finish.
Host Michigan won the Championship, which awards them a fully rigged Bass Boat, edging Wisconsin by under two pounds.
In total, 888 fish were caught, weighing in at 2,506 pounds and seven ounces.  All fish were released back into the water.
“I feel like I belong there, and I will be back,” Grimm concluded.

(September 2, 2009 issue of Churubusco News)

by Ryan Schwab

nweditor@app-printing.com

Escanaba, MI – The winds switched, the waters roughened, and the quarters got cramped.

Thus is the story for John Grimm, who lives off of Fogel Road between Churubusco and Huntertown, whose dream run at the National Amateur Bassfishing Tournament, and a possible slot in the Bassmasters Classic, hit a wave.

Grimm, who placed sixth in this same Tournament in 2008, trailed by just four pounds going into the third and final day of the BASS Northern Divisional held August 10-14 at Little Bay de Noc in Escanaba, MI.  A strong northwesterly wind changed the entire complexion of the tournament, crowding the waters, preventing Grimm from getting the size of fish he needed.

Still, Grimm was second on the Indiana State team, 20th overall, and is an alternate for BASS Federation Nation Championship in late October in Tavares, Fl. 

Brian Hensley, who lives in Edwardsburg, MI. but fishes in an association in Northern Indiana, caught one more fish than Grimm, providing the difference. Hensley is making his second consecutive appearance in the National Tournament.

“The rough water was my downfall,” Grimm admitted. “I didn’t travel very far (to fish) and it got real crowded where I was at.  When it got crowded, my fish got split up amongst a bunch of us.”

Martin still racing

cn  8-26 Martin still racing Churubusco racer Bryan Martin started to work towards the end of the year in good…

Eagles shutout Fremont

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Eagles Shutout Fremont
The Churubusco Eagles defeated Fremont 14-0 on Friday night led by junior Kyle Mathewson’s 179 yards on 18 carries. The Eagle offense ran for 320 yards and passed for 86 yards. And a stingy Eagle defense,  allowed only four first downs along with 68 total yards.
Coach Lee Etzler commented, “I’m really proud of them with their effort. You know the last few seasons we have had some really good defenses, we take pride in it and the way the kids played tonight shows that.”
The Churubusco defense was put to the test early as the Eagles fumbled the first snap from scrimmage. With Fremont deep in Eagle teritory, on the twenty the defense responded holding Fremont to just six yards on three plays forcing them to try a field goal. After a penalty backed them up Fremont missed the 40-yard field goal attempt.
Busco would go three and out on their next offensive possession.
The Eagle defense held Fremont in check the rest of the half. They surrendered just one first down on their next four series with the other three series being three and out for Fremont.
On Churubusco’s  next possession they would begin on their own 25 yard line. Following a motion pentality, Mathewson ran for nine yards. On the next play Kyle Monk ran right and pitched to Shawn McCoy and McCoy took the ball down to the Fremont 44 yard line, a 27 yard gain for the Eagles. Monk ran the sweep for nine yards. Mathewson bulled his way up the middle for a pair of five yard gains. A holding pentality set Busco back to the 37 yard line. Mathewson took the ball, ran left, hit the open hole, kicked it to the outside, shifted to high gear and nobody was going to catch the Busco fullback. Jordan Hamilton came on to kick the extra point but was wide left on his attempt.
“He is probably the fastest kid that I have coached here at Churubusco,” stated Coach Lee Etzler. “Kyle is still learning the position, and this was his first game playing at fullback. He missed a couple of holes early. Kyle will get a better feel as the season progresses.”
On the Eagles’ next position Kyle Monk hit Jordan Hamilton instride for an 82 yard touchdown. Busco decided to go for the two point conversion. Monk dropped back and found a diving Layne Fulk for the two points.
Busco shut down Fremont again pushing them back. Jordan Turner sacked Nick Herndon for an 11 yard loss, all the way back to the five yard line.
The Eagles had two more possessions in the first half, both of them coming up short of a score. A dropped pass in the end zone on fourth down ended one series. In the other one Monk scrambled down the side lines as time ran out in the half.
Rain moved in at halftime and settled in for most of the third quarter. Fremont came out stunning the Eagle defense for two quick first downs, moving into Eagle territory for the first time since their first possession. The Busco defense adjusted and shut down Fremont forcing them to punt.
The Eagles moved the ball against the Fremont defense, but penalties stalled their drive. Two more three and outs by the Fremont offense kept their tired defense on the field most of the second half.
The Eagles continued to chew up yardage. Back-up fullback Bryce Shively, entered the game  in the fourth quarter, gaining 26 yards on four carries.
“I didn’t know what to expect from us up front, and I thought we played very physical up front. Our offensive line was able to out preform the much bigger Fremont defense, creating holes for our backs to run through,” explained Coach Etzler. “ But we kept shooting ourselves in the foot with pentalites and fumbles.”
Fremont didn’t quit, they connected for a 42 yard pass  play, down to the Eagles’ 30 yard line with three minutes remaining. The drive was halted by the Eagle defense. McCoy forced a fumble that was recovered by Jordan Nicodemus.
The offense ran out the clock bringing home a 14-0 victory.

Cougars come to town this Friday

(August 26, 2009 issue of Churubusco News)

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com 

The Churubusco Eagles defeated Fremont 14-0 on Friday night led by junior Kyle Mathewson’s 179 yards on 18 carries. The Eagle offense ran for 320 yards and passed for 86 yards. And a stingy Eagle defense,  allowed only four first downs along with 68 total yards.

Lady Eagles open season with mixed emotions

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Lady Eagles drop two
by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
The Lady Eagles played with a lot of emotion as they opened their season. They had an away match against Leo last Tuesday, dropping three straight sets, 25-17, 25-12 and 25-22.
“We had some heavy hearts out there tonight, and you could see it early on, see the girls struggle without Megan.  I thought we all handled it well,” stated Coach Mark Bankson. “I thought we got better as the night went on.”
Opening the season with an opponent like Leo, will definitly let you know where you stand. The Eagles loosened up by the third game and just had some fun out there. They fought back from nine points down and made a run at Leo in the end.
Alexis Bankson led the Lady Eagles with 13 assists and three blocks. Alexis also added four kills, three digs and a serving ace.
“Do we have technical things we need to work on, absolutely, but as a whole I think we’re pretty pleased with their performance here tonight,” said Coach Bankson.
Thursday Churubusco hosted Garrett, and pre-game ceremonies included the retiring of Megan Young’s framed jersey, number four. It was presented to Athletic Director Lee Etzler by the senior volleyball players. Megan’s jersey will be displayed at all home matches in the commons outside the gym. The players and coaches proudly wore tee shirts with Young 4, on the back of their shirts. Players jerseys displayed a black patch with “MY 4” on their left chest. Their wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Coach Mark Bankson spoke of Megan and presented the jersey to the senior girls.
When asked about the emotions carrying over to the court, Coach Bankson replied, “We had to overcome that, we knew that it was a possibility tonight because you got so many emotions in play.”
The Lady Eagles dropped the match two games to three against Garrett. All five matches went to the wire, with each of the first four decided by two points. Churubusco dropped the first 26-24, but fought back and took the next two by scores of 25-23 and 26-24. The Railroaders won game four by a score of 27-25, forcing a fifth and deciding game. Garrett out- lasted the Eagles taking the game 15-11, and the match three to two.
“Middle play was spotty, we were not consistent throughout the whole match,   we got a little flat and tentative at times,” explained Coach Bankson.  “We have got to learn to have that aggression and that if you got a lead stay on it. When we get that back we’ll be o.k.”
Taylor Amber led the Eagles in kills with 19, followed by Hannah Dodson and Taylor Henning with nine apiece. Ashlie Shelton had four serving aces while Danielle Hartmann added three and Amber with two. Dig leaders were Hartmann 41, Bankson 35 and Amber 24. Henning led in blocks with four, while Bankson added three and Nikki Sanders had two.
The Lady Eagles hit the road this week at Whitko on Tuesday. They travel to Bluffton on Thursday and go to Adams Central next Monday, August 31st.
Tuesday, September 1st will be “Black and Gold” night,  as the Lady Eagles host Columbia City. Any student dressing in “Black and Gold” will be able to purchase a ticket for only $2. Porkburgers will be available at the concession stands. Come out and support your Lady Eagle volleyball team.

(August 26, 2009 issue of Churubusco News)

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com 

The Lady Eagles played with a lot of emotion as they opened their season. They had an away match against Leo last Tuesday, dropping three straight sets, 25-17, 25-12 and 25-22.