Bull Dogs, Panther qualify for state

Bull Dogs pair, 1 from Jennings qualify for state

BLOOMINGTON — Columbus North ended a state diving drought Tuesday night by claiming two of the top three places in the Bloomington North Diving Regional.

Kaemon Jiles won the meet with 421.5 points, outscoring Jennings County’s Lane Sawyer, who finished with 398.15. North’s Danny Wheeler took third with a personal-best 389.75.

“They did very well,” North diving coach Lauren Hawes said. “They went in confident with their dives, confident with themselves. They knew what they needed to do to pull it off, and they did it.”

Jiles and Sawyer went back and forth the first five dives, and Jiles led the rest of way. Wheeler was in the top five the entire time and moved up to third in final three dives.

Columbus East’s Cordell Glass finished 11th with 342.95 points. The top eight qualified for Saturday’s state finals.

Jiles and Wheeler are the first Bull Dog divers to qualify for state since Jiles’ brother, Keegan, made it in 2009.

“I’m extremely proud of them,” Hawes said. “They worked extremely hard all season with this goal in mind — to go to state. They practiced as if they were at state every day.”

BOYS BASKETBALL

Lancers nip Spartans

SHELBYVILLE — In a game that saw 12 ties and 16 lead changes, it took a free throw by Matt Heagy to give Edinburgh a 55-54 Mid-Hoosier Conference victory at Southwestern (Shelby).

Matt Heagy led the Lancers (13-9, 5-4) with 17 points. Kyle Pendleton added 12, and Bobby Simpson had 11.

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at tschultz@therepublic.com or 812-379-5628.