Heading into this year’s boys soccer season, defending Class 2A state runner-up Columbus North figured to have an experienced and talented midfield with juniors Andre Abedian, Riley Belding and Will Bridgeman.
But until Saturday night’s sectional final win against Columbus East, the Bull Dogs trio had been together only once all season, and that was in a victory against Class A then-No. 1 Fort Wayne Canterbury in the Canterbury Classic. Abedian, who returned from a calf injury Saturday, and Bridgeman had missed parts of the season because of injuries.
North coach Andy Glover, whose sixth-ranked team (12-1-4) hosts Richmond (14-4-2) in tonight’s North Regional semifinals, still doesn’t think his team is at full health.
“Andre is probably at about 80 percent, at best,” Glover said. “We still have some nicks and knacks that we’re weathering, but we’re getting closer to a full contingent. Once we get that full contingent, I think we’re going to be a difficult team to beat.”
East Central, which beat Jennings County in Tuesday’s Jennings Sectional final, will play Bloomington South in tonight’s first regional semifinal at 6 p.m. The championship game will be 7 p.m. Saturday, with the winner moving on to the Evansville Semi-state.
Don’t expect a whole lot to change from the Brown County Sectional when four area boys and girls cross-country teams compete in Saturday’s Brown County Regional at Eagle Park.
The North, Seymour, East and Brown County boys and girls advanced with top-five finishes Tuesday. They’ll be joined by the top five teams from the Southwestern (Hanover) Sectional, none of which are ranked.
North’s fifth-ranked girls and eighth-ranked boys will be the only top-25 teams in the field. The Bull Dog boys scored a perfect 15 points Tuesday, while the girls won with 20.
“There’s still 2 1/2, 3 1/2 weeks in the tournament, so we’re excited to start this way, but we have big sights set ahead,” North coach Rick Weinheimer said.
Jets, Lancers tie for MHC title
Edinburgh’s volleyball win against Eastern Hancock on Monday night created a three-way tie for the Mid-Hoosier Conference title.
The Lancers and Royals each finished with one loss in the conference, as did Hauser. The Jets had earlier lost to Eastern Hancock and beaten Edinburgh.
Sectional volleyball times set
Times and dates have been announced for volleyball sectionals involving area teams.
Columbus North will play East Central about 8 p.m. Oct. 18 in the opening round of the Bloomington South Class 4A Sectional. The winner will meet either Bloomington South or Shelbyville at 11 a.m. Oct. 20, followed by a matchup between 4A No. 5 Columbus East and Bloomington North. The championship game will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 20.
Hauser will play Jac-Cen-Del about 12:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in the semifinals of its own sectional. The title game will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 20.
Hashimoto, DeHaven honored
Columbus East senior Amanda Hashimoto has been named to the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association Academic All-State squad. She is one of 15 girls on the team.
Seymour junior Paxton DeHaven made the 15-member All-State team, which was announced immediately following the state finals.