Sports briefs – May 15

Olympians win Charlestown Invitational championship

Columbus East won a pair of baseball games Saturday to capture the Charlestown Invitational.

The Olympians opened with a 3-1 win against Providence in the afternoon. Nash Murphy went 2 for 3, and Jon Crawford threw a five-hitter.

Late Saturday night, East (15-6) posted a 12-6 win against host Charlestown. Julian Greenwell went 3 for 4 and Jonathan Foster and Brady Harrison each went 2 for 3. Luke Hostetler had three RBIs, and Josh Major and Harry Crider each added two RBIs. Jonah Wichman, winning pitcher Eric McMullen and Murphy combined on a six-hitter.

Local golfer records first hole-in-one

Brian Jones of Columbus recorded his first hole-in-one Saturday at Clifty Creek Golf Course.

Jones aced the 143-yard No. 8 at Clifty Creek. His son Chase witnessed the shot.

Former North golfers to play in NAIA golf tournament

Columbus North graduates Jake Coffey and Nick Waskom will play in the men’s golf NAIA National Championship, which begins Tuesday in Silvis, Illinois.

Waskom qualified with his Taylor University team. The junior, who also has been named to the Academic All-District team by the College Sports Information Directors of America, helped the Trojans qualify by winning the Crossroads League Championship April 24 and 25 at Pine Valley Country Club in Fort Wayne.

Coffey qualified by winning medalist honors at that Crossroads League Tournament. The Indiana Wesleyan senior tied with two Taylor players at 4-over-par 217 for 54 holes, and the two Trojans conceded the individual berth to Coffey since they already had qualified with the Taylor team.

North graduate advances to U.S. Open sectional qualifier

Another former Columbus North golfer, Michael VanDeventer, is one step away from playing in this year’s U.S. Open.

VanDeventer, who just finished his junior year at Ball State, placed third with a 68 in a local qualifier May 8 at Delaware Country Club in Muncie. He will play in a sectional qualifier June 5, likely at Springfield (Ohio) Country Club.