Hauser athletics director ends brief retirement

After four decades at Hauser Junior-Senior High School, the past two as athletics director, Dave Irvine was ready for retirement.

That lasted all of a month-and-a-half.

As the school year grew closer, and Hauser had yet to find a replacement, Irvine began to have second thoughts.

“I was done,” Irvine said. “It got closer to the start of school, and they hadn’t hired anybody, and we got to talking, and I decided to come back. I really enjoyed my month-and-a-half of retirement.”

The 1970 Columbus High School graduate taught at Hauser for 21 years before becoming AD. He is now in his 20th year in that role, albeit in a scaled-back capacity.

“At the beginning of the spring, I got to thinking hard about (retirement), and it seemed like a pretty good time,” Irvine said. “I have some other things I want to do — travel a little bit and spend time with my daughters and granddaughter.

“Then as the season progressed, the more people I talked to, I thought I could make it financially (if I retired),” he said. “I would still be working, just maybe doing something else.”

Although he is still working full-time, Irvine will work fewer days with some built-in days off. One of his previous duties, coordinating transportation for the entire district’s athletics activities and field trips, have been reassigned to transportation and facilities manager Jim Tedder.

Irvine is now working in a one-year contract — an employee contract rather than teacher’s contract.

“It’s not that I was hating the job and wanting to get out of it,” Irvine said. “I still enjoyed going to the games and working with the kids and coaches.

Indy Edge finishes third

Several area softball players were members of the Craig Sims-coached Indy Edge 18U team that finished runner-up earlier this month in the TCS (Triple Crown Sports) East Coast National in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Sims, who led Hauser to the Class A state title in June, was assisted by Crystal Lucas of Columbus North and Keith Olds of Jennings County. The Edge went 8-2 in the tournament, falling to the St. Louis Espirit 5-4 in eight innings by the international tiebreaker.

North’s Kelsay Lucas, who is headed to Oakland University; Seymour’s Emily Bobb, who is headed to Grace College; Hauser senior Leslie Sims and Jennings senior Kyndyl Olds are the four original members of the Lady Jets from six years ago who played with the Edge this season. Elyse Babb, who is now a senior at Columbus East, joined the team five years ago.

Over the past seven years, that nucleus of girls won the 2014 USFA national championship and the 2015 TCS Rising Stars Winter Showcase. The group also has an NSA state championship, two USFA state runner-up finishes, two USSSA World Series top-10 finishes and several other local and regional tournament victories.

Leslie Sims (Indiana State), Babb (Butler) and Olds (IU-Southeast) are all committed to college programs. This year’s Edge team also included Seymour junior Faith Rebber and Hauser sophomore Tessa Sims.

North senior takes third

Columbus North senior cross-country runner and swimmer Chase McQueen finished third in the 16-19-year-old division in this month’s Draft-Legal Junior Elite Nationals triathlon in Cincinnati.

The event, which featured the top 75 juniors in country, consisted of a 750-meter swim, 20K (12.4-mile) bike and 5K (3.1-mile) run. Unlike most sanctioned triathlons, drafting was legal on the bike portion.

McQueen, who finished 42nd last year, came out of the water in second place and was in draft pack of five on the bike. He then ran a 15-minute, 49-second 5K to finish in around 58 minutes.

“It was basically the best race of my life,” McQueen said. “It was awesome. “It’s been an amazing summer.”

Scrimmages set for Friday

High school football teams will have a chance to compete in a scrimmage Friday in a test-run for the regular season, which starts Aug. 21.

Columbus East will host Martinsville at 7 p.m. Friday. Columbus North will visit Greenwood, also at 7 p.m.

Also Friday, Jennings County will host Brownstown Central, Brown County will host Eastern, South Decatur will visit Anderson Prep, Edinburgh will play Indianapolis Marshall at Indianapolis Arlington, and Seymour will visit Corydon Central. All games begin at 7 p.m.

North to recognize youth

Columbus North’s Youth/Middle School Football Night will be Sept. 4.

Players will be greeted at the team gate and will be welcome on the field before the game against Bloomington North. They will also be recognized at halftime.