The Columbus North girls cross-country team has been in this position before.
In 2009, the Bull Dogs entered the state finals as an underdog to a top-ranked and defending state champion Carmel team. But North, led by Jessica Richardson and Siri Retrum, pulled off the upset and won their first girls state title.
The scenario is similar this season. Carmel is ranked No. 1 and has won all five state titles since the Bull Dogs were victorious. North is ranked No. 2.
Saturday afternoon, the Bull Dogs hope to do what that 2009 team did and bring home a state crown.
“I like our girls so much and how they’ve trained and how they’ve raced, I don’t put anything past them,” veteran North coach Weinheimer said. “I think they’re capable of achieving anything, so we’re just going to go in with open minds and see where it goes.”
The Bull Dogs boys, meanwhile, are ranked No. 5. They’ll be shooting for a top-five finish, which would put them on the awards podium and earn them medals.
“I think there are a bunch of boys teams that are very similar,” Weinheimer said. “But we’ve been on a good roll.”
The 13th-ranked Seymour girls will compete as a team. The Owls finished 19th last year.
Also Saturday, Jennings County senior Ricky Hendrix and Brown County seniors Cole Chudy and Corrissa Proctor will run as individuals. Hendrix and Chudy are making their first state appearance, while Proctor finished 59th at state last year.
The top 25 individuals earn All-State honors.
“That’s been my goal since the start of the season,” Proctor said. “I really want to be up there, and if I can’t be up there, I want to be better than last year. I ran faster at semistate, so I don’t see why I shouldn’t be up there.”
Olympian makes 2nd team
Columbus East senior Alex Galle has been named second-team All-State in singles by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association.
East senior JoJo Woolwine, Columbus North seniors Aditya Mantri and Kevin Luo and Jennings County senior Owen Land made honorable mention All-State in singles. East juniors Sammy Woolwine and Matt Furnish and North junior Nathan VanDeventer and freshman Kevin Lin are honorable mention All-State doubles selections.
Bull Dog golfer wins event
Columbus North junior Holly Anderson fired rounds of 75 and 76 Saturday and Sunday to win the Covered Bridge Junior girls division by eight shots with a 7-over-par 151.
North junior Bryce Turner tied for eighth in the boys competition with a 155. Another North junior, Matt Vorndran, tied for 23rd with a 162.
North gets new locker room
After having to share its locker room with other girls sports teams, the defending Class 4A state champion Columbus North girls basketball squad has its own locker room this year.
The new locker room and meeting area is in the old athletics office on the east end of Memorial Gym.
“It will be nice having our own space,” senior Paige Littrell said. “We all like it. We like our new lockers. It’s a lot more spacious.”
School funds paid for about half of the $19,000 total cost. The other half came from private donations, including a $5,000 check presented by Toyota representatives in a ceremony on Tuesday afternoon outside the locker room.
“We’re blessed that we were given this big donation by all the other donors and Toyota especially, to be given a brand new locker room,” senior Elle Williams said. “We’re very thankful.”
East teams hosting Chili-Dip
The Columbus East boys and girls golf teams will host the Chili-Dip Open at 11 a.m. Nov. 7 at Otter Creek Golf Course.
Cost is $50 per person and includes greens fees, cart, chili and other goodies, with proceeds going toward golf instruction and to pay for uniforms, golf bags and other expenses for the East boys and girls teams.
To register, text Jeff Smith at 812-344-4109 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.