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Columbus North boys and girls track coach Lou Sipe changed course a little bit this year when he put a greater emphasis on the indoor season.

As a result, the Bull Dogs have qualified several athletes for the Hoosier State Relays, the unofficial state indoor track meet, Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Seniors Andy Carr, Andrew Jones, Sam Ford and Kaden Eaton have the fastest qualifying time in the boys 4,000-meter distance medley relay. The quartet ran 10 minutes, 33.97 seconds Saturday in winning their race at the Bloomington South Indoor Invitational.

The North boys are also seeded 13th in the 4x800 relay (8:22.65). Chase Ballard is 11th (9:39.08) and Carr is 15th (9:41.89) in the 3,200.

For the girls, North’s Mackenzie Caldwell is seeded second in the 3,200 (10:53.55), while Sierra Lax is 19th (11:29.78) and Rachel Brougher 21st (11:36.57). Debie Gedeon is fourth in the 60 hurdles (9.22), Tessa Krempel is seventh in the shot put (40 feet, 4½ inches), and the Bull Dogs are sixth in the distance medley relay (12:45.30) and 20th in the 4x800 relay (10:25.77).

Jennings County’s Keri Ertel is the No. 1 seed in

the girls 60 hurdles (9.16).

The Panthers’ Tom Alsup is seeded 11th in the boys shot put (51-3¾).

Columbus East’s Sarah Loesch is seeded 18th in the girls shot (36-5¼).

Girls named all-state

North senior Tayler Goodall has been named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Girls Senior All-State team, and junior Ali Patberg is on the IBCA Girls Underclass All-State squad.

East’s Allyson Bunch, North’s Kelsey Cunningham, South Decatur’s Julia Miller and Brown County’s Whitney Williamson are senior honorable-mention selections. East sophomore Audrey Wetzel is an underclass honorable-mention pick.

Players, coaches honored

Thanks to winning Conference Indiana boys and girls basketball titles this season, North has landed the coach of the year and three players on each of those All-Conference squads.

Pat McKee is the girls basketball coach of the year after leading the Bull Dogs to a perfect 5-0 conference record. Cunningham, Goodall and Patberg are on the first team, while sophomore Paige Littrell made honorable mention.

Jason Speer is the boys basketball co-coach of the year after leading North to a 4-1 record and a share of the conference title with Southport. Seniors Evan Henry and Elliott Welmer and junior Josh Speidel are on the first team.

North’s Jim Sheridan was named coach of the year for both boys and girls swimming after leading those teams to conference titles.

North swimmers grab hardware

Senior Cody Taylor and freshman Kaemon Jiles have been named MVPs for North boys swimming, and freshman Grace Haskett is the MVP for North girls swimming.

Sophomores Jared Imlay and Ben Thompson and freshman Harrison Griffin shared the boys Most Improved Award. Senior Michael Vogel and sophomore Craig Athaide shared the boys Mental Attitude Award.

Sophomore Olivia Haskett and junior Mary Jeffries shared the girls Most Improved Award. Junior Karen Wildemann and senior Tierney McAlister shared the girls Mental Attitude Award.

East swimmers earn awards

Senior Isaac Walling has been named East’s Most Valuable boys swimmer, and freshman Cortney VanLiew is the Olympians’ Most Valuable girls swimmer.

Freshmen Derek Alexander and Ricardo Sanchez are the boys co-most improved new swimmers. Sophomore Rebecca Smith is the girls most improved swimmer.

Logansport star honored

Logansport senior Whitney Jennings has been named the Gatorade Indiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-5 Jennings averaged 32.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 5.1 steals in leading the Berries to a 24-3 record and a regional title. She is fifth on the state’s career scoring list with 2,641 points and has committed to play at Iowa.

Ted Schultz is a sports reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at

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