Olympians raising money for weight room iPads

Columbus East strength coach Scott Pherson is hoping to ditch the paper and binders and go to an electronic method of documenting his athletes’ and students’ performances in the weight room.

So for her senior project, McKenna Downey is attempting to raise $2,000 to purchase five iPads for the school. Saturday is the last day to donate.

“If we have an iPad, they can go to the team app and, boom, it’s going to show everything,” Pherson said. “They can just click on their name, input their data and do their workout. It will really streamline the process and make it more efficient.”

Downey, a diver on the swim team and pole vaulter on the track and field squad, coorinated a lift-a-thon at the beginning of year, where people could pledge so much per pound. She put together a video where a couple of players from the Class 5A state champion football team demonstrated the improper and proper techniques for doing squats.

Pherson said he can enter the lifts onto the iPad with the correct technique.

“They’re going to hear me say it, and they’re going to see me demo it,” Pherson said. “But they’re kids. They’re going to forget. Maybe they need to see it in a video, and now they have that through the app, and they can even do that on the iPads.”

The video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/prUbKFD3mhA

The Go Fund Me page is at https://www.gofundme.com/east-high-school-athletic-training

East senior is All-American

Columbus East senior wrestler Dawson Combest earned All-American honors with a fourth-place finish at 132 pounds in last weekend’s Flo National Championship in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Combest is a three-time state medalist and finished fourth at 138 pounds in this year’s state finals. He plans to continue his career at University of Indianapolis.

Senior named North MVP

Senior Jaylen Flemmons has been selected MVP of the Columbus North boys basketball team.

Senior Matt Boldrey won the Bull Dog Award. senior Ross Gill and junior Trenton Kelley shared the McDonald Mental Attitude Award.

Senior Trey Vincent won the Behrman Big Dog Scholarship. Senior Bailey Hester took the John Carmichael Memorial Award. Senior Drew Wilson won the team’s Scholar-Athlete Award.

East games rescheduled

Columbus East has rescheduled its home baseball game with Madison for 5:30 p.m. today. Also, the Olympians doubleheader with Mooresville on Saturday has been moved to Mooresville.

East’s softball doubleheader at Mt. Vernon, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been moved to 6 p.m. Friday at Mt. Vernon.

Lancers hosting fundraiser

Edinburgh will host its 2018 Red and Black fundraiser and silent auction at 6 p.m. Saturday in the high school cafeteria. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m.

Raffle items will include a Lancer Stadium Seat, Chicago Cubs Not Just Popcorn tin, Lancers gameday baseball hat, Lancer Cornhole board set and two free 18-hole rounds to Timbergate Golf Club.

Silent auction bundles will include:

— Four one-day park hopper passes to Walt Disney World, Taylorsville Tire oil change and Casey’s General Store $50 gift card for gas

— Two box seats for Indianapolis Indians game, Indianapolis Colts drawstring bag (filled with various goods), Pacers hat autographed by Bojan Bodganvic and two t-shirts from Hoosier Sporting Goods

— Edinburgh Pool family summer pass, Rascal’s Fun Zone family ticket, four haircuts from Sherman’s and four Indianapolis Motor Speedway hats

— Four Urban Air Trampoline park passes, Highway Lanes bowling passes and two Casey’s General Store large pizzas

Teams set callout meetings

The callout meeting for next year’s Columbus North football team will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the school cafeteria, following the sports physicals being held at Northside Middle School, for all incoming freshman through seniors and their parents. Adidas player pack and gear orders also will take place.

The Columbus East girls soccer team will have a callout meeting at 6 p.m. April 25 in the school cafeteria. All players who are interested in playing soccer at East HS next year and their parents are encouraged to attend. The coaching staff will provide information regarding the program, expectations and preseason schedule. For more information, call coach Ilya Schwartzman at 812-378-9938.

East’s boys soccer program will have its callout meeting for any current at 6 p.m. April 26 in Room 110 of the school for any students in Grades 8 to 11 who are interested in playing soccer this fall. The coaching staff will discuss the program and provide information about the upcoming summer schedule. For more information, contact coach Brad Barber at barberb@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.