Football, hockey player gets second state title of year

FORT WAYNE — Winning a state championship is the goal of any high school athlete. To win two in one year is nearly unthinkable.

Columbus East junior Sam Thomasson joined that select group when he helped the Columbus Icemen beat the Fort Wayne Leo Lions 4-0 in the Indiana State High School Hockey Association Class 2A State Championship game in Fort Wayne on Saturday.

The state championship was the second this school year for Thomasson, who also won a crown in November as a member of the Columbus East football team.

“It’s amazing. I can’t even think of words,” Thomasson said. “I’m very fortunate to have a good team and good coaching.”

Thomasson wasn’t just a spectator in his two championship games. He was a perfect 6 for 6 on extra-point attempts in East’s 42-28 win against Kokomo in the Class 5A state football championship in November.

On Saturday, Thomasson scored in the second period against Leo on a slap shot from the right side, Columbus’ third score of the game.

While Thomasson admitted that the football win may have meant a little more, it was hard to pick a favorite.

After all, how many athletes can say they are a two-time state champion in the same year?

“I’m feeling great. This is my second state championship this year,” Thomasson said with a smile. “We just got the job done and it’s a great feeling as a team.”

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