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Boys swimming, diving event might come down to relays

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IF the Columbus North boys swimmers are to capture their first sectional title since 2003, they’ll have to overcome the depth of Bloomington North.

The Cougars, who won the Conference Indiana meet, are the favorites, said Bull Frogs coach Jim Sheridan. North will host the meet beginning with prelims tonight, diving prelims at 9 a.m. Saturday and swimming and diving finals at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“The last three or four years, they’ve been building for this one year,” Sheridan said. “(Coach David Tanner) has a good group of kids there that will win some races. Bloomington North has an opportunity to win all three relays, as does Columbus North, as does Bloomington South. I think the key will be, Bloomington North has a little bit more depth than South or Columbus North.”

The Bull Frogs have one top seed. Senior Sam Parker, the Conference Indiana champion in the 200-yard freestyle, has the fastest time in that event and also is the No. 2 seed in the 500 freestyle.

Junior Cody Taylor is the second seed in both the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. Junior Sam Loescher is seeded second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 50 freestyle. Sophomore Matthew Freudenthaler is seeded third in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 100 butterfly, and junior John Rupp is the No. 3 seed in the 500 freestyle.

North is seeded second in the 200 freestyle relay, third in the 400 freestyle relay and fifth in the 200 medley relay.

Columbus East junior Isaac Walling is seeded third in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 200 IM. The Olympians are seeded fifth in the 400 freestyle relay and sixth in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays, and senior Matt Schutte is sixth in the 200 freestyle and seventh in the 500 freestyle.

4 area girls in Top 100

Four area girls basketball players have been selected as Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 100 senior girls.

Columbus East’s Mikala Lomax, Brown County’s Sasha Robinson, Edinburgh’s Jennifer Stinson and Seymour’s Brianna Gillaspy are among those recognized. They are eligible to be selected for the 32nd Annual Top 60 Workout, which will be March 10 at Marian University.

Regional tickets on sale

Tickets for Saturday’s Bedford North Lawrence girls basketball regional are on sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday in the Columbus North athletic office.

The Class 4A No. 1 Bull Dogs (25-0) play 4A No. 2 BNL (24-0) in the second semifinal about 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Franklin Central (19-4) and Castle (19-4) play in the opening semifinal at 10:30 a.m., and the championship game will be at 8 p.m.

Crusaders to host regional

Pairings for the Indiana Christian State Tournament have been released, and Columbus Christian will host the South Region.

The Crusader boys, who are the top seeds in their region, will play the winner of Tuesday’s Christel House-Southside Christian game at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. The championship game will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

The Columbus Christian girls are seeded fifth in their region and will play Indianapolis Lighthouse at 11 a.m. Feb. 23. The winner will play in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Feb. 25. Since there are only two regions for the girls, both semifinal winners advance to the state’s final four.

The state finals will be March 1-2 at Heritage Christian (Dyer).

North to host ‘Black Out’

The theme for Class 4A No. 2 Columbus North’s boys basketball game against Bloomington North on Friday will be “Black Out.” Bull Dog fans attending are encouraged to wear black.

There will be a student drawing for two gift cards at halftime of the varsity game.

At Edinburgh, Tuesday’s game against Brown County will be senior night and alumni night. The 1972-73 sectional champion squad will be honored at halftime of the varsity game.

Also, the Lancers will wear special National Guard-styled uniforms. Military personnel and their immediate families will be admitted free by showing their military ID or by attending the game in uniform if standards permit. Donations will be collected at the ticket tables for the USO and their service.

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