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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.

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
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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
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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.