All-Star Games don’t always provide the same ultra-competitive setting that regular-season and tournament games provide, but they do serve at least a couple important purposes.
- They provide small-school players a chance to test their skills against big-school talents.
- They provide a chance for players to show off some skills that might be frowned upon by coaches in a regular game.
Hauser senior Mason Sherman had a few of those moments in Monday night’s boys All-Area All-Star Game at Columbus Christian. He had a couple of dunks and a couple of no-look passes that resulted in baskets for the victorious Maroon team.
Sherman, who finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, was one of four Jets seniors who played with, among others, two Columbus North players and against a team that included four Columbus East players. Although Hauser typically plays several big schools during the season, it does not play the Olympians.
In the girls game, one player who stood out that hadn’t received a lot of previous recognition was Jennings County junior Callie Wilder. Wilder had a couple of nice moves inside and finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for a Gold team that fell to the Maroon.
Columbus Christian athletics director Kevin Roth said the games, which featured selections from The Republic All-Area boys and girls basketball teams, drew about 400 people. Proceeds benefited the family of Levi Sallee, a Crusaders senior who is recovering from a traumatic brain injury from an August 2016 car accident.
East senior picks DePauw
Josh Major, who led Columbus East to the Class 5A state football title, has decided to continue his college career at DePauw.
Major completed 73 of 95 passes for 1,269 passes and 13 touchdowns and ran for 1,401 yards and 22 scores in earning Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 All-State honors. He was a two-time The Republic co-Football Player of the Year.
North senior tabs Taylor
Columbus North senior Bailey Hester will continue his basketball career at Taylor.
Hester averaged 9.9 points a game this season in helping the Bull Dogs to a 14-11 record. He was an All-Conference Indiana selection.
Bull Dog senior honored
Columbus North senior Jaylen Flemmons has been named an Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-State honorable mention.
Flemmons led the Bull Dogs with 11.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in earning All-Conference Indiana honors. He is headed to Ball State to play football.
Hauser senior set for game
Hauser senior Andrew Titus will play in the Indiana Elite North vs. South Boys Basketball College Showcase’s Class 1A game at noon April 7 at Danville High School.
This is the third consecutive year that Titus has been invited to the games. He also played in the Indiana Elite North-South Soccer games all four years of high school.
The Hauser at Brownstown Central softball game that was rained out Tuesday has been rescheduled for Friday.
Also, Trinity Lutheran’s home baseball game with Seymour that was rained out Tuesday will now be Monday.
Jets go all-out for Opening Day
Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet will be the theme for Hauser’s Opening Day Saturday when the Jets host Henryville for a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.
Opening ceremonies will start at 10:30 a.m. The National Guard will present colors, and freshman Marnie Schwartzkopf will sing the national anthem.
Fred Armstrong from Columbus Chevrolet will bring out vehicles to test drive. Apple pies with ice cream and a miniature American flag will be sold in souvenir helmets from every major league team.