Jennings players shine in all-star events

Baylee Krueger couldn’t have picked a much better way to conclude her competitive softball career.

The recent Jennings County graduate, who is headed to Indiana University-Southeast to play basketball, had a hit and reached base twice in three at-bats Saturday in the North-South All-Star doubleheader at Carmel.

Krueger helped lead the South to a 5-3 win against the North in the first game. The second game ended in a 0-0 tie after eight innings.

“I was pretty pleased,” Krueger said. “I had some fun. It just kind of felt like another game. It was a neat way to end it.”

Krueger caught four innings in the first game. She played right field one inning and caught three innings in the second game.

“I thought she did a nice job behind the plate with her pitchers,” Jennings coach Steve Vanosdol said.

Craig Sims, who led Hauser to the Class A state title, was one of the coaches for the South.

Meanwhile, Tesla Kopitzke, who will be a junior at Jennings County, was named MVP of Indiana Elite North-South All-Star Showcase June 20 and 21 in Indianapolis. Kyndyl Olds and Kaylin Klosterman, who will be seniors at Jennings, also played.

“You always are trying to get your kids out there and have them showcased for the college coaches to see,” Vanosdol said. “They want to go to college and play ball, so anytime something like that comes to my attention, I try to get them signed up for it.

“These kids are gamers,” he said. “Some of them are basketball players or soccer players, but most of them are softball players first, and they love to play the game.”

Recent Jennings graduate Hannah Castor was MVP of that showcase last year. Lisa McIntosh, who graduated from Jennings in 2014, was MVP of last year’s North-South All-Star games.

Hauser junior named All-State

Junior Leslie Sims, who led Hauser to the Class A state softball championship, has been selected first team All-State by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association.

Krueger was named to the second team. Columbus East junior Elyse Babb, Columbus North senior Kelsay Lucas and Hauser freshman Tessa Sims received All-District honors.

Junior named Panthers MVP

Junior Ian Donnell has been named MVP of the Jennings County boys golf team.

John Kelley won the Most Improved Golfer award. Jake Simmons, Garrett Day and Bailey Wilder won plaques for having the second-, third- and fourth-best scoring averages.

North summer runs continue

Columbus North’s cross-country summer runs are from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer for boys and girls entering Grades 9 to 12.

Runners should come dressed to run with a water bottle and meet at the Maple Street entrance to Memorial Gym.

East conducting meeting about camp

The Columbus East cross-country teams will conduct a meeting at 7 p.m. July 9 at Room C104 of the high school regarding the team camp.

The team camp will be at Brown County State Park. All runners must have a new physical on file before attending the camp.

For more information, contact boys coach Ryan Burke or girls coach Leslie Weaver or visit and click on Fall Sports and Cross Country.

East hoops to host golf outing

The fifth annual Columbus East boys basketball golf outing will be at noon July 24 at Timbergate Golf Course in Edinburgh.

Registration will be at 11 a.m. July 24. Cost is $400 per team or $100 for a hole sponsorship. To register, or for more information, contact Mark Meier at or 812-344-4991.