Icemen, East gymnast win state titles

Saturday was a day of state championships for Columbus athletes.

The Columbus Icemen captured the Indiana State High School Hockey Association Class 2A state title with a 4-0 win against Leo in Fort Wayne. The Icemen are comprised mostly of Columbus East and Columbus North students.

“I don’t believe it. I don’t know if I’ll ever believe it,” Icemen goalie Cam Stattenfield said. “It’s pretty exciting.”

It was the fifth state title for Columbus, which previously won titles in 1994, 1997, 2002 and 2008.

And for one of the Icemen, it’s the second state title in the same school year.

Columbus East junior Sam Thomasson also won a crown in November as a member of the Class 5A state champion Olympians football team.

“It’s amazing. I can’t even think of words,” Thomasson said.

Meanwhile, Columbus East senior Adi Minor won two individual state titles Saturday at Ball State University’s Worthen Arena in Muncie. Minor capped her career with a pair of individual event titles at the Indiana High School Athletic Association Gymnastics State Finals.

Minor won the vault with a 9.725 and bars with a 9.675, having been co-champion on the bars last year. A fall on the beam cost Minor this year’s all-around title.

“She’s the state champion again on bars, and vaulting is one of her favorite things,” East coach Nancy Kirshman said.

Minor ended up tying for second in the all-around with her best friend, North senior Claire Thompson with a 38.15, to lead the Olympians to a fourth-place team finish. Thompson, who led the Bull Dogs to a third-place effort, was named the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award winner.

“I couldn’t be more happy with the way I ended,” Minor said. “I went out with a bang.”

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