For the second consecutive year, Bob Gaddis has been inducted into a Hall of Fame.
Last summer, the Columbus East football coach entered the Indiana Football Hall of Fame. This year, he was inducted into the Delaware County Hall of Fame.
Gaddis played football at Muncie Southside, which recently consolidated into Muncie Central. He was captain of the team at Southside and graduated in 1974.
However, Gaddis went into the Hall of Fame as a high school coach. He is 277-131 in 37 years as a head coach in Indiana, including 159-31 in 15 years at East, with a Class 4A state championship in 2013.
Gaddis was happy that some of his family members from the Muncie area were able to attend the ceremony. Also in attendance was Jim Burress, who was Gaddis’ middle school wrestling and football coach and gym teacher. Gaddis went back and student taught for Burress and was his assistant wrestling coach.
“It was just great to see those guys,” Gaddis said. “There were a lot of my former teachers in high school were there. You grow up looking up to those guys and how they influence you, and it was great to get that honor in front of them.”
East grad wins scholarship
Recent Columbus East graduate Andrew Thomasson is the boys winner of the Eighth Annual U.S. Youth Soccer William J. “Billy” Goaziou Scholarships.
Thomasson was an All-State selection and The Republic Boys Soccer Player of the Year last year. He also was an Academic All-State selection the past two years and was a member of East’s National Honor Society.
For 10 years, Thomasson played with Columbus Express Soccer Club, and last year he played for the Indiana Fire Juniors, which competed in the U.S. Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League. He traveled to Costa Rica to play on the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Region II team and was named an ODP Interregional All-Star in 2014.
Thomasson also was named the 2015 Indiana TopSoccer Buddy of the Year. He is now playing at Drake University.
Bull Dogs pick colleges
Three Columbus North girls soccer players have announced decisions to play at the collegiate level.
Last week, senior midfielder Chloe Chambers picked Franklin College, and senior defender Marina Hughes opted for St. Francis. Earlier this week, senior goalkeeper Charlotte Verbanic decided on Hanover.
The Bull Dogs were rained out of their season opener Monday at Center Grove and are now scheduled to open the season tonight at home against Heritage Christian. The varsity game is set for 6 p.m.
East seeks diving coach
Columbus East High School is looking for a boys and girls diving coach for the upcoming swimming and diving season.
If interested, contact East athletics director Pete Huse at 812-376-4365.
Several local sporting events that were rained out Monday and Tuesday have been rescheduled.
The Columbus North at Greenwood girls golf match will be today at Hickory Sitck. The East Central at North boys soccer game will be Saturday, with the JV beginning at 5 p.m. and the varsity to follow. The North at Center Grove girls soccer game will now be Sept. 8.
The Seymour at Columbus East girls golf match also will be Sept. 8. The Floyd Central at East boys soccer game will be Sept. 21.
The Jennings County at Madison Shawe boys soccer game will be today. The Jennings and Bedford North Lawrence at Seymour girls golf match has been rescheduled for Aug. 22. The Madison at Jennings girls soccer game will be Aug. 29.
The Edinburgh at Morristown boys tennis match has been rescheduled for Monday.