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Football ~ Eagles grab share of Conference title

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(Jordan Hamilton fights for more yardage against Lakeland. Hamilton finished the game with 44 yards on ten carries. He also added two fumble recoveries.)

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Eagles grab share of Conference title
As the clock ticked away the Eagle sidelines began to charge the field. The Churubusco Eagles had beaten Lakeland 12-7, to claim their share of the Conference title.
“We really didn’t know what our attitude was going to be, coming off the hard loss to Fairfield,” stated Coach Lee Etzler. “We told them that we still had a shot at the title. And we prepared them for what we thought would be a physical game and it was an extremely physical football game.”
It was a hard hitting game from the start. The Eagles had the ball first and drove 41 yards on 12 plays, to the Laker 30 yard, before turning  the ball over on downs.
The Lakers got on the board quickly on their sixth play from scrimmage, Dakotah Baldridge hit Cameron Moore for a 48 yard touchdown pass and with the extra point the Lakers lead 7-0.
Churubusco answered quickly, scoring after four straight runs by Kyle Mathewson first for five yards , then 20 and then for 14 more. On his fourth carry Mathewson broke through the Laker defense and dashed 18 yards for the score. The missed two-point pass attempt left the Eagles down 7-6.
After trading punts on both teams first posessions in the second quarter the Lakers put together an eight play drive that ended in a fumble recovered by Jordan Hamilton.
Churubusco took more time off the clock with a nine play drive. That resulted in a fourth down and 13 attempt, a fake punt by Mathewson. He was caught by a Lakeland defender after an eight yard gain, turning the ball over to the Lakers with 47 seconds remaining in the half. The Laker passing attack faltered and they had to punt to the Eagles with eight seconds left. The Eagles ran one to Mathewson for nine yards and on the last play of the half they threw an incomplete pass. The score at the half was Lakeland 7 Churubusco 6.
Lakeland received the kickoff in the second half and was stopped on a fourth down attempt by a stingy Eagle defense giving the Eagles the ball at the ‘Busco 45 yard line. After a first down on a pass from Kyle Monk to Bryce Shively complete for ten yards the Eagles again turned the ball over on downs, as a pass from Monk to Hamilton came up short of the first down.
The Zach Dock defense again held its ground forcing the Lakers to punt after three plays. Churubusco went to work, a 14 play drive consuming almost seven minutes. The Lakeland defense stopped the Eagles at the Laker 28 yard line on an incomplete pass intended for Hamilton.
With just over ten minutes remaining time was running out for the Eagles. But after an incomplete pass Lakeland‘s quarterback fumbled the snap and Hamilton came up with his second fumble recovery of the game.
With the Eagles deep in Lakeland territory, the offensive line did a gut check and created some hard fought yards for the Busco running backs. Churubusco converted on two fourth down attempts before Hamilton bulled his way across the goal line to give the Eagles a 12-7 lead.
Lakeland wasn’t done yet as they completed a pass for 16 yards. A hard rush by the Eagles almost resulted in a sack, but was completed to a Laker back that took the ball 22 yards down to the Busco 28 yard line with 3:03 remaining in the game. A pentality and a completed pass left Lakeland with a fourth and 13 as 2:03 remained was left on the clock. An incomplete pass to Moore gave the Eagles the ball.
Busco couldn’t move the ball and had to punt back to the Lakers with 46 seconds remaining. A punt off the side of Mathewson’s foot gave the Lakers the ball at the Lakeland 45 following a 14 yard punt. Lakeland got a first down to the Eagles’ 45 yard line. Another incomplete pass and just six seconds remained. Lakeland completed a pass for seven yards as time ran out. The Eagle defense held again!
“It’s a good accomplishment for the kids, it’s a good accomplishment for the program and it’s a lot to be proud of,” added Etzler. “We’re playing schools that are bigger than us and we feel our kids work harder than the other kids. You want to see the rewards for that hard work. We haven’t had that success in conference in past years, so this is something for our guys to be proud of.”
The Eagles will host Adams Central this Friday night in the first round of sectional play at 7:00 p.m. The postseason games start a half-hour earlier than the regular season games did so get there early.

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

As the clock ticked away the Eagle sidelines began to charge the field. The Churubusco Eagles had beaten Lakeland 12-7, to claim their share of the Conference title.

Seniors on Volleyball team

Volleyball ~ Busco places fifth in Conference

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(The Lady Eagle senior volleyball players Taylor Amber, Hannah Dodson, Danielle Hartmann, Alysa Holloway and Alexis Bankson were recognized before the start of the Carroll game last Tuesday.)

by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
On Tuesday, the Busco girls’ volleyball team hosted the Carroll Chargers. Before the game, Busco honored its seniors, Alexis Bankson, Taylor Amber, Hannah Dodson, Danielle Hartmann, and Alysa Holloway. The girls told about their most memorable moments in volleyball but what they hadn’t realized was how memorable they were going to make the night by honoring Megan Young.
If you came to the game, you saw two communities joined together. Carroll and Busco fans were mixed together in the stands. Carroll and Busco volleyball players were both wearing “Young 4” warm-up shirts and both Carroll and Busco had a Coach Bankson on the team.
Carroll came up with the win in three games 25-18, 25-11, and 25-22, but that didn’t mean the tears weren’t flowing on both sides of the court after the game. The Carroll Chargers presented Chris and Tanya Young with $150 to go towards the Megan Young scholarship fund. They also wore wristbands honoring Megan, which they gave to the Lady Eagles after the game. Busco’s Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Lee Etzler gave $1.00 of each ticket purchased for Tuesday night’s game to the scholarship fund as well.
“The volleyball community is so small and when something affects one family it affects the entire family, obviously nowhere close to the same degree,” stated Carroll Coach Doug Helsom.  “Once again it’s our privilege to be a part of trying to help out in any way we could to honor Megan.”
IFPW’s women’s volleyball coach, Kelley Hartley Hutton, gave Chris and Tanya Young hugs and a blue and white volleyball signed by the IPFW volleyball team. Then Busco’s head volleyball Coach Mark Bankson and the varsity volleyball players presented the Young Family with Megan’s Busco black #4 jersey.
“They’re just a special group, with them coming to us to see what they could do for the Young family,” explained Churubusco Coach Mark Bankson. “They are a class act and they are as talented both on and off  the court and tonight shows just what kind of people the Carroll program has.”
It was a bittersweet ending of the regular season for the Lady Eagles. They have had a rough season without Megan but to honor her like this at the end of regular season and all season long is something amazing. These girls should be proud of themselves. They have done one heck of a job playing so far and they have dealt with something that no team should have to. Thank you, to the Lady Eagles’ volleyball team for keeping Megan Young’s memory alive in all of us!
Thursday started the NECC tournament for the Lady Eagles. They hosted the West Noble Chargers. After a rough first match and starting of the second match, the Lady Eagles finally got it together and won in four games 18-25, 25-23, 25-15, and 25-14. Taylor Amber and Alexis Bankson both had 12 kills and Hannah Dodson had 9. Alexis Bankson had 26 assist and 5 serving aces. Danielle Hartman had 22 digs in the win.
Since the Lady Eagles won on Thursday, they headed up to Westview on Saturday to enter the pool play. They faced Central Noble and were defeated 19-25 and 22-25. Next they went against Angola and lost 21-25 and 22-25. In the third game of the day their opponent was the Eastside  Blazers. The Lady Eagles were victorious in three games 28-30, 25-14, and 15-13.
For their fourth and last game of the day, they played the home team Westview and won 28-26, 22-25, and 15-12. For the whole day, Taylor Amber had 22 kills and Alexis Bankson had 20. Bankson also had 50 assists and 12 serving aces.  Taylor Amber and Taylor Henning each had 8 serving aces as well. Danielle Hartman led the team with 53 digs on the day.
The Busco Lady Eagles finished fifth in the NECC tournament. Their overall record is 15 wins and 18 losses. In the conference, their record is 5 wins and 5 losses.
The Lady Eagles will host the Sectional and will play Central Noble in the second game on Thursday evening. Come out and support your Lady Eagles as they fight for a win over the Central Noble Cougars!

Carroll honors Megan Young

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

On Tuesday, the Busco girls’ volleyball team hosted the Carroll Chargers. Before the game, Busco honored its seniors, Alexis Bankson, Taylor Amber, Hannah Dodson, Danielle Hartmann, and Alysa Holloway. The girls told about their most memorable moments in volleyball but what they hadn’t realized was how memorable they were going to make the night by honoring Megan Young.

McDowell returns one

Tennis ~ M & M Boys stopped at Regional

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(Alex McDowell returns one during Regional action at LaPorte. The duo (Ryan Mey, right) lost to LaPorte 6-3 and 6-4 to end their season.)

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

Ryan Mey and Alex McDowell, the number one doubles team for the Eagles, set numerous records and claimed a Conference title and a Sectional Championship. “I feel we played pretty well for how tough they were. They got to everything and kept hitting everything back to us. We pushed it as much as we could and they outplayed us,” recalled Mey. “I’m really happy I played with Alex this season. It was great playing my senior year with him.”

Summer Trap League results

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Summer Trap League results
The Ideal Fish & Game Club Summer Trap League held their League Banquet on Sunday, October 18. The League shoots the second Sunday of each month from March thru September. Trophies were awarded to the top five teams in this year’s event. The winners are: First Place, Dennis Tomlinson and Randy Dellinger. Second Place, Ron Dunn and Scott Gordon. Third Place, Ken and Carl Liggett. Fourth Place, Ken Fulk and Tom Mast. Fifth Place, Scott and Nick Leitch.
Dennis Tomlinson was presented the High Gun award for most actual targets hit. He hit 314 out of a possible 350 targets.
A Lewis Class Trophy Shoot was also held for all league members present. Those winners are: A-Class, First Place, Mike Foote. Second Place, Tim Leazier, Third Place, Nick Leitch. B-Class, First Place, Lou Ann Leazier. Second Place, Tom Mast. Third Place, Ken Fulk. C-Class, First Place, Rob Bufkin. Second Place, Mike Haines. Third Place, Roger Hauser.

The Ideal Fish & Game Club Summer Trap League held their League Banquet on Sunday, October 18. The League shoots the second Sunday of each month from March thru September. Trophies were awarded to the top five teams in this year’s event. The winners are: First Place, Dennis Tomlinson and Randy Dellinger. Second Place, Ron Dunn and Scott Gordon. Third Place, Ken and Carl Liggett. Fourth Place, Ken Fulk and Tom Mast. Fifth Place, Scott and Nick Leitch.

Waterfowl hunting season opens October 17

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Waterfowl hunting season opens October 17
If a sunrise over fog laden water paints the picture of your hunting passion, then gather your decoys and dust off your gun for the opening of waterfowl season, October 17.
Indiana waterfowl hunters have a lot to be excited about this year, according to DNR waterfowl biologist Adam Phelps.
“Conditions have been good this year on the northern prairies for breeding ducks, much wetter than last year. This is important because more water equals more ducks. Indiana’s breeding Canada geese have also had a strong breeding season due to favorable weather,” Phelps said.
Phelps, however, also cautioned that waterfowl hunting in Indiana is weather-dependent.
“As a migration state, Indiana needs strong cold fronts from the north to push ducks to us. Without strong fronts, ducks are more likely to trickle south a few at a time, rather than in the big pushes we like to see.”
An estimated 17,466 duck hunters harvested approximately 118,500 ducks in Indiana last season. The top five duck species in Indiana were: mallard, 72,400; wood duck, 16,500; gadwall, 6,900; green-winged teal, 5,200; and blue-winged teal, 3,900. An estimated 14,581 goose hunters harvested approximately 67,700 Canada geese.
Waterfowl hunting season in Indiana is divided into three zones: North, South and Ohio River. Each zone has a different season for ducks and Canada geese. Light (snow/Ross) geese, brant and white-fronted geese are regulated statewide.
The North zone is defined as that part of Indiana north of a line extending east from the Illinois border along Indiana 18 to U.S. 31; north along U.S. 31 to U.S. 24; east on U.S. 24 to Huntington; and southeast on U.S. 224 to the Ohio border. Duck season in the North zone is October 17, 2009 – December 15, 2009. Canada goose seasons are October 17, 2009 – October 18, 2009, and November 7, 2009 – January 17, 2010.
The South Zone is that portion of the state south of the North zone boundary and north of the Ohio River zone. Duck seasons in the South zone are October 24, 2009 – November 1, 2009, and November 25, 2009 – January 14, 2010. Canada goose seasons are October 24, 2009 – November 1, 2009, and November 25, 2009 – January 28, 2010.
The Ohio River zone is that portion of the state south of a line extending east from the Illinois border along Interstate 64 to New Albany; east on Indiana 62 to Indiana 56; east on Indiana 56 to Vevay; along Indiana 156 along the Ohio River to North Landing; north on Indiana 56 to U.S. 50; and northeast on U.S. 50 to the Ohio border. Duck seasons in the Ohio River Zone are October 31, 2009 – November 1, 2009, and November 28, 2009 – January 24, 2010. Canada geese seasons are October 31, 2009 – November 1, 2009, and November 21, 2009 – January 31, 2010.
The daily bag limit for ducks is six. This includes any combination of goldeneyes, ruddy ducks, ring-necked ducks, buffleheads, gadwalls, long-tailed ducks, scoters, teal, wigeon and shovelers. There are additional bag limit restrictions on numerous duck species. Review these restrictions online at http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3569.htm.  The possession limit for Canada geese, white-fronted geese and brant is two times the daily limit. There is no possession limit for light geese.
The statewide season for Light (snow/Ross) geese is October 17, 2009 – January 29, 2010, with a daily bag limit of 20 and no possession limit. Brant season is October 17, 2009 – January 29, 2010 with a daily limit of one and a possession limit of two. White-fronted geese season is November 7, 2009 – January 31, 2010, with a daily limit of one and a possession limit of two.
The youth waterfowl seasons are also zone specific. The North zone season is October 10, 2009 – October 11, 2009, South zone is October 17, 2009 – October 18, 2009, and Ohio River is October 24, 2009 – October 25, 2009. The youth seasons are open to hunters 15 years of age or younger. To participate, youths must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. An adult may accompany more than one youth. The accompanying adult may not hunt waterfowl that day (except snow geese or brant when and where the season is open). Bag and species limits are the same as those allowed in the regular season.
A hunter must possess a hunting license, resident youth consolidated hunting license, disabled American veteran’s hunting license, or lifetime hunting license in addition to a state waterfowl stamp privilege and HIP registration number. Any hunter 16 years or older must have a signed federal duck stamp when hunting ducks and geese.  Resident landowners or lessees, hunting on farmland they own or lease, are exempt from the state license requirement except that a federal duck stamp and HIP registration are still required.
See www.wildlife. IN.gov for additional waterfowl hunting regulations.

If a sunrise over fog laden water paints the picture of your hunting passion, then gather your decoys and dust off your gun for the opening of waterfowl season, October 17.

Traveling Trophy Shoot winners

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Traveling Trophy shoot winners
The Ideal Fish & Game Club of Churubusco held its 47th Annual Traveling Trophy Shoot on Sunday, October 11. The top shooter of the event and winner of the Traveling Trophy was Jim Argerbright of Pierceton. Other winners in the Lewis Class Trap Shoot were as follows:
A-Class
First, Mike McGee; Second, Dennis Tomlinson; Third, James Millikan Jr.
B-Class
First, Brian Yager; Second, Greg Leazier; Third, Dustin Dellinger.
C-Class
First, Harvey Steinbach-er; Second, LuAnn Leazier; Third, Terry Herendeen.
D-Class
First, Scott Leitch; Second, Roger Jones and Third, Mike Haines.

The Ideal Fish & Game Club of Churubusco held its 47th Annual Traveling Trophy Shoot on Sunday, October 11.

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.