Local kids competing in indoor track meet

The Hoosier State Relays is billed as the unofficial state indoor track and field meet.

Saturday morning and afternoon, a handful of local athletes will have a chance to see how they stack up against the state’s best before they dive into the outdoor track season.

This year, schools who are Class A, 2A and 3A in football will go in the morning, starting at 8 a.m. at Indiana University’s Gladstein Fieldhouse. The big schools (those who are classes 4A, 5A and 6A in football) will begin at 2 p.m.

Athletes with the top 24 performances in each event in each class from this indoor season qualified for the Hoosier State Relay finals, except in the pole vault and high jump, where the top 18 in each class qualified.

For the big school boys, Columbus North senior Brigham Kleinhenz is tied for ninth in the pole vault. The Bull Dogs are 13th in the distance medley relay and 20th in the 4×200-meter relay.

Jennings County junior Kayla Truesdell, who is third in the shot, was the lone area big-school girl to qualify.

In the small school division, Brown County’s boys are fifth in the distance medley relay and seventh in 4×800 relay. The Eagles’ Vivien Crimmins is 12th in the girls 60 hurdles, and Brown County is 20th in the 4×800 relay and 24th in the distance medley relay.

Seniors selected All-State

Two Columbus girls who led their teams to championships this season have been named third-team All-State by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association.

Columbus North senior Jenna Borger, who led the Bull Dogs to the Conference Indiana title, and Columbus East senior Addy Galarno, who led the Olympians to a sectional crown, were honored.

Locals make Academic All-State

All five Columbus North senior girls and all three Columbus North senior girls have been named honorable mention Academic All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

North’s Borger, Kat Norman, Kelsey and Kenzie Patberg and Liz Tynan and East’s Britney Ballard, Galarno and Kristen Lyons were selected. Also making honorable mention were Hauser’s Grace Hasler and Sarah Tedder, Jennings County’s Alexus Brown and Macy Roth and Trinity Lutheran’s Jodi Goecker and Abby Hackman.

North’s Ross Gill and Drew Wilson and East’s Max Nolting were boys honorable mention selections.

Jets selected All-MHC

Three players from the Mid-Hoosier Conference champion Hauser boys basketball team have been named to the All-MHC team, and coach Griff Roth is the MHC Coach of the Year.

Seniors Justin Compton, Alex Gross, Mason Sherman made the All-MHC boys squad. Senior Sarah Tedder made the All-MHC girls basketball team.

East gives swimming awards

Junior Evan Wieneke and senior Whitley Eicher have been named MVPs of the Columbus East boys and girls swimming and diving teams.

Nathan Hatchett was named the boys Most Improved New Swimmer, and Mason Curry and Chad Kelly shared the Most Promising New Swimmer Award. Will Bruin, Tanner Hatton and Griff McGaha were honored as captains.

For the girls, Marin Wieneke was named most improved. Anna Andress won the Olympian Heart award, Olivia Lewis took the Olympian Spirit award and Lizzy Frazier captured the Olympian Way award. Eicher and Frazier were honored as captains.

East sets freshman parent meeting

Columbus East girls basketball will hold an incoming freshman parent meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room G043 (next to the athletic office).

Coaches will discuss spring open gym dates, summer basketball, and the upcoming 2018-19 season. Any questions should be directed to head coach Danny Brown at brownda@bcsc.k12.in.us.

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