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Dalton Brenneke

Brenneke has outstanding season

Seven year old Dalton Brenneke finished up an outstanding rookie season, in go-karts, Friday, September 11,  at Baer Field Speedway. His second place finish in the feature secured his second place standing in the points championship. This season was an up and down one that brought two feature wins and five heat race wins. Dalton had only one DNF all season, which came in a heat race very early in the year due to mechanical failure. He learned some hard lessons, but also achieved great success this year. Dalton was the youngest participant in his class but he did not let that scare him. The young man that won the championship, Tommy Weible, is nine years old and has raced for three years.

Beezley wins at Gas City

cn  9-9-09 Beezley wins at Gas City At Gas City, Tommy Beezley won the rained out 20 lap Modified Main…

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Hamilton’s four TD’s lead Eagles

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Hamilton’s four TD’s lead Eagles
Churubusco sixth in state
The Eagles are ranked sixth in the state in the Indiana Football Coaches Association poll released on Monday. This follows a 53-20 win over Prairie Heights. Churubusco came out throwing the ball after having no completions a week ago.
“It’s important for us to have more than one weapon on our offense,” explained Coach Lee Etzler. “We need to be able to have this combination to be a real good football team.”
The  ‘Busco offense kept the Panthers off guard as they scored on all six possessions in the first half. While the ‘Busco defense forced the Panther offense to six straight three and outs.
Jordan Hamilton had an outstanding evening against the Panthers. Hamilton collected four touchdowns on the evening, one through the air, and the other three on the ground.
Meanwhile Kyle Mathewson continued to terrorize Eagle opponents. Mathewson broke the 200 yard barrier for the first time this season, ending the game with 222 yards and one touchdown.  He now has 587 yards on 40 carries for the season.
Jordan Hamilton’s first score came on a 36 yard pass from Kyle Monk. Monk had 106 yards passing on the night, completing on five of twelve attempts. The Eagles continued to tear up the Panther defense, with several runs over ten yards on the drive. Hamilton would find the end zone from two yards out for his second score of the game.
Sophomore Josh LeFever returned a punt down the Panther sideline for 70 yards.
Hamilton again found the end zone in the second quarter, this time from 11 yards out. On the Eagles next position, Mathewson broke through the Panther defense for a 72 yard touchdown.
The ‘Busco defense gave up its first score of the season, a 20 yard pass play from Brennen North to Lance Feeney. The Eagle offense wasted little time on their next drive, just 30 seconds. Scoring on a 32 yard scamper by Hamilton, his fourth touchdown of the game.
A halftime lead of 41-6, gave the Eagles the opportunity to give underclassmen  varsity experience.
Backup quarterback Jordan Turner got the chance to get some snaps in as he led ‘Busco on a drive late in the third quarter. Sophomore Alex Zolman took over after Turner, and completed his first varsity pass. Stuart Hilsmier carried the ball eight times for 34 yards.
The Eagle defense again held their opponents to under 60 yards rushing for the third straight week.
Looking ahead to next week, Coach Etzler stated, “Eastside is more athletic and stronger than they have been in the past.”
Churubusco will host Eastside this Friday night at Homecoming.

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Jordan Nicodemus leads the way for Jordan Hamilton on one of his

our touchdowns on the night. Hamilton scored on a 36 yard pass

from Kyle Monk and touchdown runs of 32, 11 and one yard.        (CN PHOTO BY HIATT)

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com 

Churubusco sixth in state

The Eagles are ranked sixth in the state in the Indiana Football Coaches Association poll released on Monday. This follows a 53-20 win over Prairie Heights. Churubusco came out throwing the ball after having no completions a week ago. 

Girls Volleyball picks up Conference win

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Girls Volleyball Pick up Conference win
Tuesday night, the Lady Eagles had black and gold night against Columbia City. The Lady Eagles fell to Columbia City 25-22, 25-22, and 25-19. Taylor Amber led the way for the Lady Eagles with 18 kills, 2 aces, and 16 digs. Alexis Bankson had 31 assists and 3 aces. Danielle Hartmann had 19 digs and Taylor Henning had 2 aces. JV lost 25-24 and 25-16.
“We had to handle the middle. The effort wasn’t there tonight. They have to find it inside them to win,” said Coach Bankson after Tuesday night’s game.   Well, what he said must have gotten to the Lady Eagles because on Thursday they hosted Eastside and fought their way to a victory. The Lady Eagles won three out of the four matches, the first one by a score of 25-14, second 25-18, lost 23-25 in the third, and finished play in the fourth with a 25-19 win.
Leading the way for the Eagles was Taylor Amber with 18 kills and 20 digs. Alexis Bankson with 30 assists and 3 aces. Hannah Dodson had 2 aces and 16 digs. Danielle Hartmann had 3 aces and 33 digs. Ashlie Shelton had 15 digs. The JV also won 25-12 and 25-20.
The Lady Eagles are back in action on Thursday at Fremont and Monday they travel to Prairie Heights. The Lady Eagles will return home next Tuesday for a match against Lakeland Christian Academy.

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com 

Tuesday night, the Lady Eagles had black and gold night against Columbia City. The Lady Eagles fell to Columbia City 25-22, 25-22, and 25-19. Taylor Amber led the way for the Lady Eagles with 18 kills, 2 aces, and 16 digs. Alexis Bankson had 31 assists and 3 aces. Danielle Hartmann had 19 digs and Taylor Henning had 2 aces. JV lost 25-24 and 25-16.

Boys Tennis gaining experience

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Boys Tennis Gaining Experience
On Thursday, the Churubusco boy’s tennis team traveled to Prairie Heights. Alex McDowell and Ryan Mey remain undefeated on the season at number one doubles, winning their match 6-0, 6-0 against the Panthers. This was the first shutout of their careers as partners. In singles, freshmen Brandon Wormcastle and Andrew Biddle both fell with blank scores. The new doubles team of Jesse Lich and Grant Stephen also fell to the Panthers 3-6, 2-6.
On Friday, they hosted the Westview Warriors. Alex McDowell and Ryan Mey kept their undefeated season at number one doubles finishing with a win of 6-0 and 6-0. In singles, Brandon Wormcastle and Andrew Biddle lost 0-6 and 0-6. Jesse Lich and Grant Stephen also fell to the Warriors 1-6 and 1-6.
The tennis team is back in action Wednesday at home against FW Northrop and Thursday night at Bethany Christian.

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com 

On Thursday, the Churubusco boy’s tennis team traveled to Prairie Heights. Alex McDowell and Ryan Mey remain undefeated on the season at number one doubles, winning their match 6-0, 6-0 against the Panthers. This was the first shutout of their careers as partners. In singles, freshmen Brandon Wormcastle and Andrew Biddle both fell with blank scores. The new doubles team of Jesse Lich and Grant Stephen also fell to the Panthers 3-6, 2-6.

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.”