North runners look to continue sectional streaks

The Columbus North boys and girls cross-country teams have been nothing short of dominant at the sectional level over the past two decades.

The Bull Dog girls have won 20 consecutive sectional titles dating back to 1997. Their 30 overall sectional victories is second in the state only to Carmel’s 33.

The North boys have won 10 straight sectional titles and 19 of the past 20. Their total of 28 ranks third in the state behind Carmel’s 42 and Bloomington South’s 33.

Saturday morning, the Bull Dogs will be favored to add to those numbers when they compete in the Brown County Sectional. The boys race will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the girls race at 11:15 a.m. at Eagle Park.

The 13-team Brown County Sectional also will include Columbus East, Hauser, Edinburgh, Trinity Lutheran and the host Eagles.

The 21st-ranked Bull Dogs are the only ranked team in the girls field. None of the boys teams are ranked in the top 25 in the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches poll.

Meanwhile, Jennings County will run in the Southwestern (Hanover) Sectional at the Hanover College Cross-Country Course. The Panther boys are ranked No. 23.

South Decatur will compete in the South Dearborn Sectional.

Crusaders hosting regional

Columbus Christian is hosting Indiana Christian Schools Athletic Association regional competition in volleyball and soccer this week.

The volleyball games originally were scheduled for Saturday but have been moved to today because of SAT testing Saturday. The Crusaders will play Bloomington Lighthouse Christian Academy in the first semifinal at 5 p.m.

Pleasant View Christian and Madison Christian Academy will meet in the second semifinal about 6:15 p.m. The winners will play for the championship around 8 p.m.

In soccer, Horizon Christian will host Kings Academy at 5 p.m. today, and Columbus Christian will host Bloomington Lighthouse at 5 p.m. Friday at Ceraland. The final will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Ceraland.

North has title shot

Even though Columbus North fell to Bloomington South on Tuesday, the Bull Dogs still have a chance at a share of the Conference Indiana volleyball championship.

Bloomington South and Bloomington North both are finished with conference matches and have clinched a share of the title at 5-2. Terre Haute North is 4-2.

Columbus North is 3-2 with two matches Saturday in Terre Haute. The Bull Dogs will play at Terre Haute North at 11 a.m. and will stay there to play Terre Haute South at 1 p.m.

Columbus North, which hosts a nonconference game tonight against Franklin, would have to win both of Saturday’s games to finish in a three-way tie with the Bloomington schools.

Eagles team takes 8th

A Brown County duo finished eighth in the 2017 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Indiana Open tournament on Lake Monroe.

Travis Ely and Zach Brown caught one bass weighing 3 pounds, 4 ounces. Greenwood and Triton Central finished first and second to advance to the 2018 High School Fishing National championship.

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at tschultz@therepublic.com or 812-379-5628.