Four years ago, Columbus North athletics director Jeff Hester started “Blue and White Day” as a way to bring his fall sports teams together and showcase their talents for fans.
Saturday will mark the fifth edition of Blue and White Day. The festivities will begin with a meeting for parents of all fall sports athletes at 5 to 5:45 p.m. in the gym.
Individual team meetings, at the discretion of team coaches, will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at designated locations. There will be a Blue and White Tailgate Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. at the football field.
From 6:30 to 7 p.m, the boys and girls soccer teams will have a demonstration on the football field. The volleyball team will hold an intrasquad scrimmage from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the gym.
The football team will take the field at 7 p.m. for warm-ups for an intersquad scrimmage. Cheerleaders will be introduced at 7:15 p.m., and the football scrimmage will start at 7:30 p.m.
At halftime of the football scrimmage, the boys and girls cross-country teams will have a 1,600-meter run. That should take place around 8 p.m.
All-sports passes for the 2017-18 school year are available now in the North athletic office and will be available on Saturday at Blue and White Day. Passes purchased now are good for all North regular-season home sports events in the fall, winter and spring sports seasons.
A Family Pass, good for a family of four (two adults and two children), is $200. An Adult Pass, good for one adult, is $90. A Senior Citizen Pass, good for one adult age 60 and older, is $50. A Student Pass, good for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, is $50.
Later in the school year, reduced-price all-sports passes will be available for the winter and spring seasons and for the spring season only.
Four locals in Future Games
Four baseball players from Columbus are among the 26 from Indiana slated to play in the Future Games this week at Grand Park in Westfield.
Columbus East junior Julian Greenwell will play for Team Select. East sophomore Cole Gilley and Columbus North sophomore Grant Trinkle and freshman Austin Bode will play for Team Indiana.
Greenwell and Gilley also are currently playing football for the Olympians.
Father, daughter on opposite sides
The IHSAA volleyball season doesn’t begin until Aug. 14, but Columbus’ two non-IHSAA teams will play each other twice next week, and one family will be represented on both teams.
Chris Lorimor, who has been an assistant coach at Columbus Christian, has taken over the Columbus Hawks home-school program. His daughter Hannah, who graduated this spring from Columbus Christian, is one of his assistants.
Chris Lorimor’s daughter and Hannah’s sister Grace is a returning starter for the Crusaders. Another daughter, Sarah, is on Columbus Christian’s middle school team.
The Hawks will host the Crusaders at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Westside Community Church. The teams will meet again Aug. 10 at Columbus Christian.
East seeks new track coach
Columbus East will have a new boys track coach in 2018. David Miller, who has been head coach the past six years, has resigned.
Miller, who is Dean of Students at East, is continuing in his role as an an assistant football coach. The former NFL offensive lineman coaches the Olympians offensive line.