Invite set for ‘great athletes’

Last year’s Columbus North Invitational track and field meet was canceled because of cold weather, but there isn’t much chance of that happening this year.

Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the low 60s on Saturday, when the Bull Dogs will host seven other boys and girls teams, including Columbus East. The meet is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

North, East will be joined by Bloomington North, Broad Ripple, Center Grove, Chicago Whitney Young, Terre Haute South and Tipton. Center Grove’s boys are ranked No. 5, while Bloomington North is ranked No. 15.

“There’s going to be a lot of great athletes here,” Colubmus North athletics director Jeff Hester said. “It’s always fun to host a large meet with a lot of competitive teams.”

Both Bull Dog teams competed Tuesday for the first time in 13 days. The boys and girls both fell at Bloomington South.

East, which lost season-opening dual meets to Bloomington South on Saturday, bounced back with wins against Seymour on Tuesday.

“It’s going to be good to kind of see where we’re at and get that big-meet feel,” Columbus North coach Lou Sipe said. “I think our kids are pretty excited and looking forward to the opportunity to compete on Saturday.”

Gymnasts named All-State

Five gymnasts from Columbus, including three state champions, have been selected to the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association All-State first team.

Columbus North senior Ashley Holliday (vault) and junior Claire Thompson (beam) and Columbus East junior Adi Minor (bars), who won state titles on those events, were named to the first team, along with East senior Seena Greiwe and sophomore Abby Lewis. North freshman Sami Heathcote made the second team.

Holliday also was named to the ICGSA Academic All-State squad. She is joined by East twins Kennedy and Reagan Files.

North trio makes All-State

The three seniors from the regional champion Columbus North girls basketball team have been named to this year’s Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association All-State teams.

Maliah Howard-Bass and Ashlyn Huffman are on the 25-player first team. Imani Guy is on the 25-player second team.

Huffman also was selected to the ICGSA Academic All-State squad, along with Jennings County’s Sidney Gerkin and South Decatur’s Stacy Fox and Mackenzie Kopplin. Trinity Lutheran’s Whitney Rogers made honorable mention.

Seniors in All-Star games

Howard-Bass will play for the South in Sunday’s North-South Indiana All-Star Classic at Logansport High School. The girls game will begin at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a boys contest at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, Howard-Bass and Guy helped the East team beat the West 86-81 in the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game at Bloomington North. Howard-Bass recorded 13 points, three rebounds and four assists; an Guy added eight points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.

All-Star named North MVP

Howard-Bass, who last month was selected as an Indiana All-Star, has been named MVP of the Columbus North girls basketball team.

Huffman won the Bull Dog Award, and Guy won the Senior Award. Junior Jenna Borger won the Most Improved Award, and junior Kelsey Patberg captured the Spirit Award.

Sophomore Peyton Fleetwood won the Martha Kalb Memorial Award, which goes to a junior varsity player who displays characteristics of determination, teamwork, persistence and heart.

Senior selected East MVP

Greiwe, who helped lead Columbus East to a sixth-place finish at the state finals, has been named the Olympians’ gymnastics MVP.

Minor and Greiwe shared the Mental Attitude Award. Sophomore Taylor Gaskill was won the Most Improved Award.