North, East girls basketball players commit to colleges

Kat Norman and Liz Tynan might have been improbable candidates to play college basketball.

Tynan was a third-team All-State goalkeeper in soccer, and that arguably is her best sport. Norman has been limited to a handful of games over the past two seasons because of ACL tears each of the past two summers.

But on Tuesday, the two Columbus North seniors decided to continue their basketball careers at Hanover College.

“Coach (John) Jones is a good coach, and he has made it clear that he wants me,” Norman said. “In addition, I like the campus, the coaches and the players on the team. I also like how you can build your own major on the academic side.”

Norman plans to major in finance with the goal of becoming a financial advisor. Tynan plans to major in exercise science with a possible career in pediatric prosthetic physical therapy.

Tynan is averaging 6.0 points and 3.5 rebounds, who are 16-5 going into tonight’s regular-season finale against Roncalli.

“Coach Jones is personable, knowledgeable and has been encouraging through the whole (recruiting) process,” Tynan said. “I also really like the scenic campus, how close the team is and how I may be able to make a quick impact in the program.”

Norman, who played in one game earlier this month, is not expected to play the rest of the season, with the exception of a few minutes in tonight’s senior night contest. She and Tynan will be among five North seniors honored prior to the game.

East senior picks Franklin

Columbus East senior Britney Ballard has committed to continue her basketball career at Franklin College.

The senior point guard has been a four-year varsity player and a three-year starter for the Olympians, who are 15-8 going into tonight’s regular-season finale at Martinsville.

Ballard plans to double major in psychology and exercise science.

“I just like the program,” Ballard said. “The coaches and the team feels really friendly and welcoming and I like all the academics they have that they can offer me.”

Locals named All-Region

Three seniors from Columbus East and three from Columbus North have been selected to this year’s All-Region 10 football team.

East quarterback Josh Major, running back Jamon Hogan and defensive back Ethan Summa were selected, along with North wide receiver Jaylen Flemmons, linebacker Brigham Kleinhenz and defensive back Damon Hunter Jr.

With their selections, the players are eligible to be picked for the North-South All-Star Classic, which will be July 13 at North Central.

HHC meet starts today

The Hoosier Hills Conference boys swimming and diving meet will begin at 6 p.m. today at New Albany with divers performing their first eight dives.

The swimming finals will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, also at New Albany. Divers will take their final three dives at the normal point in the competition.

Lancers offer hitting camp

New Edinburgh coach Greg Mose will host the Inaugural Edinburgh Baseball Hitting Camp on Feb. 3, 10 and 18 and March 3 and 10 at the hitting barn next to the high school.

First- and second-graders will be from noon to 1 p.m.; grades 3 and 4 from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.; grades 5 and 6 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; and grades 7 and 8 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Cost is $25 and includes an Edinburgh baseball T-shirt and shorts. Registration is needed by Friday to ensure delivery of shirts and shorts by the first day of camp.

For more information, contact Mose at or 989-329-9158.

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