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Football ~ Eagles land six on All-Conference team

by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Eagles land six on All-Conference team
The NECC Conference announced the 2009 All-Conference team this past week. Churubusco has six players representing the Eagles, four on offense and two on defense.
The All-NECC offense includes:
QB  Dakotah Baldridge  LA
QB  Alexx Bauer AN
RB  Kyle Mathewson    CH
RB  Justin Coney           CN
RB  Darin Hostetler       FF
RB  Chris Smith            LL
WR Jeremy Altimus       CN
WR Robby Boots           AN
WR Tanner Foust           FF
WR Kole Heller             LL
TE  Zac Compton          AN
TE  Jordan Turner          CH
OL  Jake Agler              CN
OL  Kyle Gardner          AN
OL  Paul Lay                 ES
OL Jordan Nicodemus  CH
OL  Luke Ratliff            WN
OL  Adam Schrock         LL
OL  Nathan Stichter       FF
OL  Gus Zimmerman     AN
K   Derek Vogelzang     FF
AL  Noah Polakovic     CH
The All-NECC defense includes:
DL    Doug Beiler          FF
DL    Travis Clear          CN
DL    Jamie Gardner       FR
DL    Jacob Hughart       ES
DL    Alex Mills            AN
DL    Alex Vanzuilen     FR
ILB  Jordan Hamilton   CH
ILB   Micah Noble         FF
ILB   Brock Bateman     LL
ILB   Tyler Clark          WN
OLB Jack Musson         FR
OLB Jake Rupright       WN
OLB Mike Tucker         CN
OLB Riley Zimmer       AN
FS  Kyle Monk           CH
FS  Kory Kendall        WN
C    Bryce Bates          LL
C    Tony Folck           FR
C    Cameron Moore    LL
C    Doug Rush           WN
P     Tavo Garcia          WN
AL  Rees Ruchgy         AN

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

The NECC Conference announced the 2009 All-Conference team this past week. Churubusco has six players representing the Eagles, four on offense and two on defense. 

The All-NECC offense includes:

Marcus Fulk baseball scholarship

Fulk wins State American Legion Baseball Scholarship

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(Marcus Fulk, center, has been awarded the 2009 American Legion Baseball Scholarship for the State of Indiana. Pictured with Fulk are, from left, Jay Hilliard, Churubusco American Legion Post 157 Commander; his parents, Tina and Vaughn; and Robert Newman, American Legion State Commander.)


by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Churubusco’s own Marcus Fulk was the recipient of the 2009 American Legion Baseball Scholarship award for the State of Indiana. This is quite an honor to be selected from all the entries in the state.
Marcus, the son of Vaughn and Tina Fulk, stated, “It is a great honor to be selected by the American Legion Baseball program. I was really surprised when I heard that I had won the award for the State of Indiana.”
The American Legion is committed to America’s youth, which is why they have sponsored American Legion Baseball since 1925. American Legion Baseball is the oldest and largest, nationwide teenage baseball program in America. Over 100,000 players, ages 15 to 19, participated in American Legion Baseball in 2008. Since 1985, over 1,900 new teams have registered to play American Legion Baseball. Major League Baseball has supported our program annually since 1926 and currently contributes $40,000 (three percent of the National budget), which helps offset tournament expenses for American Legion teams at Regional and World Series Tournaments. On an average, 52 percent of Major League Baseball players played American Legion Baseball as teenagers and nearly 70 percent of all college players played American Legion Baseball as teenagers.
When asked about playing American Legion baseball Fulk commented, “Even closer with the friendships. It was a little less serious, you know, we had a little more fun, a little more down time. We got closer, we got to know each other maybe a little too much sometimes but you know, that’s what it is all about. It’s all about having fun and getting serious when you have to. You know when you have to boil down and play the game.”
Fulk is attending Trine University and will begin his college career next spring. He already has participated in fall baseball

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

Churubusco’s own Marcus Fulk was the recipient of the 2009 American Legion Baseball Scholarship award for the State of Indiana. This is quite an honor to be selected from all the entries in the state. 

Lamp handles Merchants

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Lamp handles Merchants
Indiana Lamp out of Huntington owns the Busco Merchants handing Busco its second loss of the season 82-68. A dry spell halfway thru the half, when Busco trailed 19-16 cost them the game as Lamp ended the scoring with a 42-21 lead.
Busco outscored their opponents 47-40 in the last half but that was too late to make a game out of it. Busco did place four men in double figures led by James Ford’s 23, Logan Jones added 16. Kendric Oler and Dan Burkhart both chipped in with 11. Busco goes after win two next week.
Pro Systems, Brevin’s Eatery, Eagle Hardware and Beezley’s Auto Repair help sponsor the local team.

Indiana Lamp out of Huntington owns the Busco Merchants handing Busco its second loss of the season 82-68. A dry spell halfway thru the half, when Busco trailed 19-16 cost them the game as Lamp ended the scoring with a 42-21 lead.

Youth rabbit, squirrel hunt November 7

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Youth rabbit, squirrel hunt at Salamonie Lake, November 7
Those who wish to participate in the youth rabbit and squirrel hunts to be held at Salamonie Lake on November 7 are reminded they need to register in advance by contacting Jim Heasley at (765) 674-3791 to participate.
Participants should meet the property’s office at 7 a.m. Hunters will be in the field for the rabbit hunt until noon. The youth squirrel hunt will follow a free lunch. Instructional sessions regarding game cleaning will be included.
All youth participants are encouraged to have attended and passed a Hunter Education Course and have either a valid Indiana Youth Hunting License or Apprentice License.  Information regarding upcoming Hunter Education courses is available at http://www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/4812.htm.  Youth can bring their shotgun, or have one provided. Those requiring that a shotgun be provided must request one while registering.
Each youth will have a “private mentor” that will supervise and assist him or her during the hunt.  Parents are encouraged to accompany the youth, but that is not mandatory.
The lunch that will be provided after the morning rabbit hunt is for all youth, mentors, and dog handlers.  The event and meals are free for all who attend.  Youth Hunting Licenses cost $7 and will be available at the Salamonie office the day of the hunt.  Licenses are also available anytime at www.IndianaOutdoor.IN.gov. Adults wishing to volunteer as dog handlers or mentors must register in advance by calling the same number listed above.
Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, the National Cur and Feist Breeders Association, the National Kennel Club, and the Indiana Beaglers Alliance will serve as hosts.
The Salamonie Interpretive Center is located in Lost Bridge West Recreation Area, west of Highway 105 in western Huntington County.

Those who wish to participate in the youth rabbit and squirrel hunts to be held at Salamonie Lake on November 7 are reminded they need to register in advance by contacting Jim Heasley at (765) 674-3791 to participate.

Kyle Mathewson

Football ~ Eagles shot down by Flying Jets

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by Don Hiatt
buscosports@app-printing.com
Eagles Shot down by Jets
The Churubusco Eagles were on their way to a victory over the Adams Central Flying Jets, leading 16-0 after their first two possessions. The only problem was nobody told Adams Central that they were beaten. The Jets struck late in the half on a 91-yard pass play from Dalton Combs to Ben Mishler. The pair also hooked up for another 25-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Spencer Sharp put the Jets ahead 20-16 with a 57-yard touchdown run to close out the scoring.
“The field affected us a lot tonight, you can’t cut on it and with our running game focused on misdirection it definitely wasn’t in our favor,” said Coach Lee Etzler. “It was a factor but it wasn’t the reason we lost.”
The Eagles wasted no time as Kyle Mathewson returned the opening kickoff 52 yards to the Adams Central 36 yard line. Mathewson, (who rushed for 119 yards on 25 carries), converted a fourth down and three, gaining just over three yards on the attempt. On the next play Kyle Monk handed off to Jordan Hamilton. Hamilton ran down to about the fifteen and as he was about to get tackled he pitched the ball back to Monk who was trailing the play. Monk took it the rest of the way for the touchdown. Hamilton ran in the point after for an 8-0 Churubusco lead.
Adams Central quickly marched down the field on the Eagle defense. With third down and nine yards to go Combs hit Mishler for a 31-yard gain. Mishler kept the ball on the next play and gained 15 yards then another first down on a run by Spencer Sharp, an eleven-yard pick up to the Churubusco 11-yard line. The Eagle defense dug into the mud and held their ground stopping the Jets in four plays, taking over at the five-yard line.
Churubusco put together a 14 play, 95-yard drive, that would run out the clock in the first quarter and score on the first play of the second quarter. A fourth down and one conversion from their own 26-yard line was a key play in the drive. Also Monk (12-17-121) was three for three through the air for 37 yards on the drive. Josh LeFever ran the last 27 yards for the touchdown. Monk scored the two-point conversion giving the Eagles a 16-0 advantage.
After a first down by the Jets the Eagles forced them to punt the ball back to them. Churubusco again had a 14-play drive taking the ball down to the 18-yard line of Adams Central before losing the ball on downs. Monk went four for seven for 34 yards on the series. Adams Central took over at the eight-yard line and after a one-yard gain by running back Ryan Stucky put the ball on the nine.  On third and nine, Combs dropped back and hit an open Mishler in the flats, who turned it up the sidelines and went 91 yards for the score. A missed extra point by the Jets made the score 16-6 Eagles.
“It was the same thing as 2007. We were giving up the corner route,” explained Coach Etzler. “We preached about that all week and worked on it in practice but it was just a little bit faster tonight and we didn’t cover it.”
Adams Central stopped the Eagles on a fourth down try but threw an interception hauled in by LeFever to end the half.
The second half started good for the Eagles as they stopped the Jets’ attack in three plays forcing them to punt the ball. Busco took over at their 15-yard line. Mathewson ran for 14 yards on the first play, then five more. After a two-yard run by LeFever, Mathewson picked up two more first downs on runs of seven and 11 yards. Putting the Eagles into Jet territory a pass from Monk to tight end Jordan Turner brought them to the 30-yard line. A bad exchange on the snap gave the ball to Adams Central. The Jets fired down field going 75 yards in six plays, resulting in another touchdown pass from Combs to Mishler, this time from 25 yards out. Bryce Fuentes connected on the point after to make the score Churubusco 16, Adams Central 13.
The Eagles ran out the clock in the third quarter and faced another fourth down try starting the fourth quarter. The Jets held their ground and stopped the Eagles, taking the ball back on downs. Two plays later Spencer Sharp worked his way through the Busco defense 45 yards for the touchdown. The scoreboard read Adams Central 20, Churubusco 16.
After a first down run by Hamilton, the Eagles were stopped again by the fired up Jet defense and forced to punt. Adams Central ran over five minutes of precious clock off before punting the ball back to Churubusco. With the Eagles in a hole down four points, starting at their 11-yard line and just 3:28 remaining, they came out fighting. They took the ball to midfield in six plays. Monk connected with Turner for a huge gain inside the ten-yard line, but there was a flag on the play. The penalty brought the ball back to the forty and on the next play Eagles’ hopes were crushed with a lost fumble. Adams Central ran out the clock and will advance to the sectional semi-finals next week against Southwood. The loss ends the Eagles’ season with a record of 8-2.
“We don’t do the things we did this season without the seniors stepping up with leadership and having a good attitude day in and day out,” said Coach Etzler. “You cannot have the success we had, without tremendous attitude and tremendous work ethic. You just can’t do it. We understand the things we do in practice gets boring, doing repetition after repetition, but if you don’t stay focused on what you’re doing, then you’re not using that repetition to get better.”

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(Kyle Mathewson breaks free from the Adams Central defense. Mathewson lead all rushers with 119 yards on 25 carries. He finished just 28 yards shy of Drew Bianski’s school record of 1875 yards set in 2005.)

by Don Hiatt

buscosports@app-printing.com

The Churubusco Eagles were on their way to a victory over the Adams Central Flying Jets, leading 16-0 after their first two possessions. The only problem was nobody told Adams Central that they were beaten. The Jets struck late in the half on a 91-yard pass play from Dalton Combs to Ben Mishler. The pair also hooked up for another 25-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Spencer Sharp put the Jets ahead 20-16 with a 57-yard touchdown run to close out the scoring.