Father, daughter team up one last time

Hauser softball coach Craig Sims will have a chance to coach his daughter Leslie one more time this weekend.

Craig Sims will be one of the coaches for Leslie’s South squad in Saturday’s North-South All-Star Classic. The doubleheader begins at 11:15 a.m. at Carmel’s Cherry Tree Complex.

Jennings County’s Kyndyl Olds also will play for the South in the event, which features the state’s top seniors.

“Last year, I was able to coach in it, and it was a great time,” Craig Sims said. “Having the opportunity to coach with my daughter will be special. I’ve coached Kyndyl in travel ball probably since she was in sixth grade, so that’s going to be special as well.”

Craig Sims said Leslie was one vote short of becoming the South’s nominee for Miss Softball. That honor went to Megan Overton of Greenwood.

Leslie Sims set state records for career batting average (.648), hits (246) and stolen bases (240). She is looking forward to playing with the state’s best on Saturday.

“It’s fun,” Leslie Sims said. “There’s amazing players that I know that I have grown up playing against and with. It’s an experience that I would say is rewarding, and I’m very thankful to have it.”

North trio in All-Star Games

The three Columbus North girls basketball players who were Indiana Junior All-Stars will play in Friday’s Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic at Anderson University.

Ashlyn Huffman and Imani Guy will play on opposite teams in the first Junior Girls game at 12:30 p.m. Maliah Howard-Bass will be in the second Junior Girls game at 2 p.m.

Locals named All-State

Leslie Sims has been selected to the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Class 1A-2A All-State softball first team.

Olds and Columbus East senior Elyse Babb are on the Class 3A-4A second team.

Olympians make All-HHC

Three members of the Columbus East baseball team have been named to this year’s All-Hoosier Hills Conference first team.

The Olympians are represented by Takahiro Yamada, Jon Crawford and Drew Hasson. East’s Caleb Burton and Jennings County’s Tyler Vogel are honorable mention selections.

East’s Elyse Babb and Jennings’ Kyndyl Olds are on the All-HHC softball team. East’s Hayley Smalley and Jennings’ Tesla Kopitzke made honorable mention.

East’s Megna Chari and Adycin Rager are on the All-HHC girls tennis team. Jennings’ Avis McGovern made honorable mention.

Senior named North MVP

Senior Collin Lollar has been selected MVP of the Columbus North baseball team.

Senior Ben Thompson won the Bull Dog Award and also was named the team’s most versatile player. Junior Cooper Trinkle was selected most valuable offensive player, and senior Brice McDaniel was named most valuable defensive player.

Lollar also won the Big Stick Award as the team’s top hitter, and Trinkle took the Black-and-Blue Award for most times hit by pitch and was the Quality At-Bat Champion. Junior Wade Rankin won the Web Gem award for quality defensive plays.

Lollar, McDaniel and Trinkle were cited as team captains. McDaniel was recoginzed as Academic All-State by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Assocition; and senior Canaan Baum, Lollar and McDaniel are IHSBCA All-District selections.

Sophomore Nicholas Stevens won the JV Bull Dog Award. Konner Stahl won the freshman Bull Dog Award.