CHS Men’s Basketball Team Rises to Number One


Head Coach Ryan Osborn helps senior Karsten Windlan with a drill during practice. The team is now preparing for its last home game followed by the first round of sectionals.

Jess Canaley

The CHS men’s basketball team’s season peaked this past weekend as it faced off against the number one ranked Warren Central warriors and came out with a win 69-52. Following Friday night’s win came another victory against Warsaw, 54-35. Andrew Owens, varsity basketball player and senior, is very pleased with his team’s performance against such strong competition.

“It felt amazing (to win). We knew we had to get some revenge on them from last year,” Owens said. “Winning was an amazing experience.”

Head Coach Ryan Osborn said the team’s goals have stayed consistent throughout the season, however, his focus has now shifted once again to the basics.

“You have to go back in terms of the basics. You start in November, and then you get to the middle of the season and at times you feel like you’re good at what you do. This is a great time to go back and start over and emphasize all the little details that get lost along the way,” Osborn said.

Owens agrees and said that there are still things the team can improve on even after having one of the toughest schedules in the state.

“We can improve on the defensive side of the ball, keeping the ball out of the lane and rebounding,” Owens said. “Having the top schedule in the state shows we can’t take a night off.”

Osborn also notes the team’s tough schedule this year and how it has helped prepare his players for an opponent like Warren Central.

“We play the number one schedule in the state. If you look at our conference and the ratings, seven of the eight in the conference are ranked in the top ten,” Osborn said. “From what I can remember, that’s never been the case. It’s always been a strong conference but top to bottom it’s better than it has ever been. There’s no reason for our guys to not play with confidence.”

The CHS men’s basketball team will be back in action on Feb. 22 at home against Ft. Wayne Bishop Dwenger for senior night, followed by the first sectional game on Feb. 26.