High school basketball returns to the spotlight this weekend and next week with a series of games involving the Indiana Junior and Senior All-Stars.
Columbus North’s Tayler Goodall is a member of the Indiana All-Star girls team that will play Kentucky on June 13 at Transylvania University in Lexington and June 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
First though, Goodall and her teammates will play two games against the Indiana Junior All-Stars — which include the Bull Dogs’ Ali Patberg — Monday at Logansport and Wednesday at North’s Memorial Gym. Another Bull Dog, Josh Speidel, is on the Junior All-Star boys team.
The Junior All-Star girls and boys will also play two games this weekend against the Kentucky Junior All-Stars. The games will be Friday at Greenfield-Central and Saturday at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington.
Meanwhile, five seniors from Columbus will play in the Hoosiers Reunion All-Star Classic Friday at Knightstown’s Hoosier Gym, the movie home of the Hickory Huskiers in “Hoosiers.”
Goodall and Columbus East’s Allyson Bunch will play for the Terhune Tigers, and North’s Kelsey Cunningham will play for the Hickory Huskers in the 6 p.m. girls game. East’s Bryce Lienhoop will play for Hickory, and North’s Elliott Welmer will play for Terhune in the 8 p.m. boys contest.
A few tickets are still available for the Hoosiers Reunion game and are $25.
To order tickets call game director Garry Donna at 317-496-1700.
Regional field set
The field is set for Saturday’s Evansville Regional baseball tourney at Bosse Field following the completion of the Whiteland Sectional Tuesday night.
North (23-5-1), ranked sixth in Class 4A, will face Castle (22-8) in the second semifinal at around 1 p.m. CST (2 p.m. EST) Saturday. The first semifinal will feature Jeffersonville (22-7) and Whiteland (11-17), which won a rain-delayed Whiteland Sectional, at 11 a.m. CST (Noon EST).
The championship game will be at 7 p.m. CST (8 p.m. EST).
The Bull Dogs captured the East Central Sectional with a 2-0 win over Bloomington North on Friday and a 5-3 victory over Bloomington South on Monday. The sectional title was the school’s first since 1995.
“The first hand I shook after the win was our principal, David Clark,” first-year North coach Ben McDaniel said. “Those guys had a lot of faith in me, and this is a special group. All we did was bring it together.”
Panther seeded No. 1
Eleven area girls have a combined 16 entries in eight events for Friday’s Girls Track and Field State Finals at Indiana University. Field events begin at 3 p.m., and the 4x800-meter relay is at 4:15 p.m., followed by running prelims at 5 p.m. and finals at 6:15 p.m.
Jennings County junior Keri Ertel is seeded No. 1 in the 100 hurdles based on her winning time from last week’s Shelbyville Regional. Ertel is also seeded sixth in the 300 hurdles.
North senior Mackenzie Caldwell is seeded eighth in the 3,200 and 14th in the 1,600, and senior Tessa Krempel is ninth in the discus and 13th in the shot put. Sophomore Sierra Lax is 11th in the 3,200, sophomore Katrina May is tied for 11th in the pole vault, senior Gabby Sims is 14th in the 400, junior Debie Gedeon is 17th in the 100 hurdles, junior Olivia Malone is 19th in the 300 hurdles and freshman Rachel Brougher is 22nd in the 1,600.
Brown County junior Emily Brady is tied for 13th in the pole vault and is 27th in the 100 hurdles. Seymour senior Zoey Johnson is 17th in the 3,200 and 19th in the 1,600.
Dogs, O’s to compete
North and East will each have a handful of athletes competing in the Boys Track and Field State Finals Saturday at IU. Field events begin at 3 p.m., and the 4x800-meter relay is at 4:15 p.m., followed by running prelims at 5 p.m. and finals at 6:15 p.m.
North senior Kaden Eaton is seeded third in the 1,600. Senior Andy Carr is 11th, and junior Seth Williams is 13th in the 3,200. Seniors Andrew Baldwin, Michael Keller and Sam Ford and junior Joe Wright are 18th in the 4x800 relay.
East senior Jason Kimmet is 10th in the 400, senior James Robinson is 18th in the 300 hurdles and senior Paul Baker is 24th in the 1,600. Senior Jacob Hampton, sophomore Steven O’Neal and seniors Chase Banister and Kimmet are 20th in the 4x400 relay; and Banister, freshman Cam Wilson, Robinson and senior Sean Owens are 21st in the 4x100 relay.
Seymour senior Ben Coomer is tied for fourth in the pole vault, and senior Mitch McCoy is 25th in the 800. Jennings senior Tom Alsup is seventh in the discus and 11th in the shot.
Volleyball camp planned
The Columbus East volleyball coaches and players will put on a Parks and Recreation Volleyball Camp at Monday through June 13 at Central Middle School.
Girls entering Grades 1 to 3 will meet from 1 to 2 p.m, Grades 4 to 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Grades 7 to 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $40 for Grades 1 to 3 and $50 for grades 4 to 9, and participants will receive a volleyball and T-shirt. All campers should wear practice clothes and tennis shoes and bring a water bottle.
Signups are available at Donner Park or at the door on Monday. For more information, contact coach Faith Wilder-Newland, 546-9018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ted Schultz is a sports writer for The Republic. Send comments to email@example.com.