Columbus native attending prestigious camp

Brinegar participating in USA Swimming’s rigorous junior national team training

Columbus native Michael Brinegar is attending the USA Swimming Junior National team camp through Feb. 26 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

This weekend has been filled with education programs and acclimation to altitude training. More rigorous pool training will begin on Monday.

Brinegar, who has been training with the Mission Viejo (California) Nadadores, is currently ranked No. 1 in the country for the 18-and-under age group in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 8 minutes, 56.67 seconds. He also ranks second in the 1,650-yard freestyle (14:53.52) and 10th in the 500-yard freestyle (4:19.80). He is ranked No. 2 in the world for 18-and-under in the 1,500-meter freestyle (15:38.89).

Brinegar’s times in the 500 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle would have received invitations to last year’s NCAA Championships.

March 2 through 4, Brinegar will be in Indianapolis for the USA Swimming Arena Pro Swim Series meet at the Indiana University Natatorium.

SOFTBALL

North graduate gets RBI

Tommi Stowers came off the bench to produce Western Kentucky’s lone RBI in her first collegiate at bat in a 13-1 loss to Georgia State in Mississippi State’s Bulldog Kickoff Classic.

Stowers, a freshman from Columbus North, started and caught another entire game against Georgia State. She went 1 for 2 at the plate for the opening weekend of the season.

BOWLING

Bowler rolls 299 game

Randy Rudzinski recorded a 299 game to lead action in the Tuesday Night Men’s League.

Kent Thompson had the high series (770). Stuckwisch Farm Market posted the team high game (1,276) and series (3,648), and Gray’s Pro Shop leads the team standings at 146-46.

Courtney Barker notched the women’s high game (239) and series (660) in the Sunday Night Mixed League. Joshua Hayes had the men’s high game (258), and Rick Wilson Sr. tallied the men’s high series (719). Ziggies rolled the team high game (946), All Mixed Up had the team high series (2,732) and Independents lead the team standings at 110-66.

BASKETBALL

Chargers win Tri-County

The Central seventh- and eighth-grade girls won the Tri-County championships last weekend. The Chargers beat Jennings County 32-30 in the seventh-grade finals and 42-25 in the eighth-grade finals.

Liz Ertel led the Panther seventh-graders (19-8) with nine points against Central. Kennede Gerhard led Jennings with nine points in a 41-18 semifinal win against Seymour.

Lily Ernstes led the Panther eighth-graders (14-9) with 11 points against Central. Ernstes scored 15, and Madisyn Hardesty added 10 in a 42-26 semifinal win against Seymour.