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IT will be “Showcase Saturday” for the Columbus North boys and girls basketball teams this weekend.

Both teams will play in showcase events against top-level competition. The Class 4A No. 3 Bull Dog boys will play 4A No. 4 Cathedral at 4:15 p.m. in the Forum Credit Union Tipoff Classic at Southport. The 4A No. 5 North girls will face Kentucky powerhouse Anderson County at 6 p.m. at Louisville Iroquois High School.

North’s boys will play a Cathedral team that is 1-0 following a season-opening win against Broad Ripple. The Irish will play at Class 4A No. 5 Tech on Friday.

“It’s an opportunity to play a highly ranked team on a neutral floor,” North boys coach Jason Speer said. “They’re very well coached. They have a very, very good tradition. We’ll have to be able to handle their pressure defense to be successful. They do not beat themselves, so we’ll have to go up there and have a great effort.”

The Bull Dogs (2-0), who first visit Franklin Central on Friday, will be without starting guard Kooper Glick, who sprained an ankle late in the season-opening win against Hauser game and missed Saturday’s win at Martinsville.

The North girls will play an Anderson County team that advanced to the final four in Kentucky’s one-class tournament last year and was ranked No. 1 in the Kentucky Max Preps preseason rankings. The Bearcats are 4-0 going into Friday’s game with Lincoln County (Ky.).

Anderson County features two seniors who were on the Kentucky Junior All-Stars team that lost twice in June to the Indiana Junior All-Stars, which featured North’s Tayler Goodall. Eriel McKee is a 5-foot-11 slasher, and Makenzie Cann, a 6-foot wing, has committed to University of Cincinnati.

“I thought that one of the girls (Eriel McKee) on the Anderson County team was the best player on the Kentucky Junior All-Stars,” North girls coach Pat McKee said. “I thought (Cann) was good, too. Obviously, they’re very good. If we play well, I like our chances.”

Goodall and Eriel McKee became acquainted when they were on a recruiting trip to Florida Gulf Coast at the same time. Goodall committed to the school in the spring.

Pairings announced for upcoming events

Pairings have been announced for upcoming basketball tournaments in which North will compete.

In the girls eight-team Subway/Columbus North Invitational, the Bull Dogs will play perennial Ohio power Dayton Chaminade-Julienne at 6 p.m. Dec. 27. North then will play the winner of the Richmond-Park Hills (Ky.) Notre Dame Academy game at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 28. The fifth-place game will be at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 28, followed by the third-place game at 5:15 p.m. and the championship game at 7 p.m.

In the boys 16-team Bob Wetting Tournament at Richmond, Jennings County will play Connersville at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 2, and North will face Indianapolis Tindley at 1 p.m. Then on Jan. 3, the Panthers would play at 10 a.m. (if they lose) or 4 p.m. (if they win) against the loser or winner of the Indianapolis Metropolitan-Fort Wayne North game. The Bull Dogs would play at 11:30 a.m. (if they lose) or 5:30 p.m. (if they win) against the loser or winner of the East Central-Bedford North Lawrence game.

North and/or Jennings could play in a consolation round game at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 4 at Earlham College or the semifinals at 11:30 a.m. that day at Richmond High School. The third-place game will be at 6 p.m., followed by the title game at 7:30 p.m. at Richmond High School.

East-North tickets to go on sale

Tickets for next week’s East-North girls and boys basketball games will be on sale next week from 7:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the East athletic office and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the North athletic office. The Bull Dogs host the girls game on Dec. 19, and the Olympians host the boys game on Dec. 20.

East will get to keep $1 from every presale ticket it sells for the girls game at North, and North will get to keep $1 for every presale ticket it sells for the boys game at East.

East also will have a T-shirt and Subway gift card deal next week in the athletic office. Students and fans can purchase an orange T-shirt and $5 Subway gift card for $10.

Sporting events rescheduled

Several events that were postponed because of snow last weekend have been rescheduled.

Columbus East’s girls basketball homes game with North Harrison and Southwestern (Shelby) have been rescheduled for Jan. 3 and 4. The Hoosier Hills Conference wrestling duals at Jeffersonville will be at 9 a.m. Jan. 4.

North’s boys basketball game at Shelbyville has been rescheduled for Jan. 24. The Trinity Lutheran at Salem boys basketball game will be Jan. 28.

Brown County’s boys and girls basketball games at Northview have been rescheduled for Jan. 11, with the girls playing at 2:30 p.m. and the boys at 6:30 p.m. The Eagles’ boys basketball home game with Sullivan will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15, with no JV game.

Brown County’s home wrestling match scheduled for tonight against Indian Creek has been postponed.

Elwood senior named state’s best

Elwood senior Sammy Mireles, who set the state’s career rushing yardage record, has been named the Gatorade Indiana Football Player of the Year.

Mireles finished with 8,110 career rushing yards and became the first player in state history to rush for at least 2,000 yards in three seasons. This year, he carried 254 times for 2,719 yards and 39 touchdowns.

Ted Schultz is a sports writer for The Republic. Send comments to

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