Bull Dogs look to contend at conference meet

If the Columbus North boys and girls track teams are to win Conference Indiana titles tonight at Southport, they’ll have to overcome a couple of ranked teams.

No. 11 Franklin Central and Bloomington South are the favorites in the boys meet, while No. 12 Bloomington South is a heavy favorite in the girls meet. The Bloomington North girls also are receiving votes in this week’s Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches poll.

The Bull Dogs haven’t faced the Flashes this season, but did compete against the Panthers in a dual meet. Bloomington South’s girls won 100-32, while the Panther boys pulled out a 69-63 victory.

“We went toe-to-toe with them in our dual meet,” North coach Lou Sipe said. “I think it’s going to be a very competitive meet. I’m looking forward to it, and I think our kids are really excited. We’ve put in a lot of hard work this year, so we’re excited to have the opportunity to compete for a conference title.”

Several Bull Dogs likely will contend for individual titles. Senior Katrina May is the defending champion in the girls pole vault, and junior Mitchell Burton is the reigning champ in the boys long jump.

North’s boys and girls both finished third last season. The Bull Dogs won their only Conference Indiana girls title in 2014.

East senior lifts South

Parker Chitty scored 10 points Sunday to help the South boys to a 117-107 win in the North-South Indiana All-Star Classic at Vincennes University.

The Columbus East senior went 3 for 5 from the field, including 1 for 2 from 3-point range, and 3 for 4 from the free throw line. He added four rebounds, six assists and three steals for the South, which overcame a 17-point halftime deficit.

In the girls game, Columbus North senior Paige Littrell had one rebound, one assist and one steal in the South’s 82-61 loss to the North. Littrell, who is normally a guard, was used mainly as a post player.

Events rescheduled

Some events which were rained out last week have been rescheduled.

The Columbus East softball game at Bloomington North has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. today, and the softball game against Seymour will now be May 16. The Columbus North girls tennis match at Southport will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Also, the East baseball team will now play at Austin at 10 a.m. May 7, and the East boys golf team’s match at Jeffersonville has been moved from May 18 to May 24. Madison Shawe’s boys golf invitational, which includes Jennings County, has been moved to May 7.

Senior to cheer for Patriots

Hauser senior Faith Titus will continue her cheerleading career at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Titus is a three-time UCA All-American. She will cheer for the Patriots’ football and basketball teams and as part of the competitive cheer squad.

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