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Columbus North lands Junior-Senior All-Star basketball game


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TAYLER Goodall will have a chance to play in Memorial Gym one more time, and Ali Patberg and Josh Speidel will get an extra game on their home court this summer.

Columbus North has been selected as one of the two sites for the Junior-Senior All-Star exhibitions featuring Indiana’s top players and will host a girls-boys doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m. June 11. Logansport will host the other game June 9.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to be able to host ever since I’ve been an athletic director,” North AD Jeff Hester said. “Having kids from Columbus North that are competing in it makes it more special for us.”

Goodall, a senior at North, is on the girls Indiana All-Star team that will face Kentucky on June 13 at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., and June 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. North’s Patberg is on the girls Junior All-Star team, and Speidel is on the boys Junior All-Stars.

“They’ve known for awhile that we wanted to host it,” Hester said. “Logistically, it made sense with it being so close to I-65, and with three athletes in it, I think that kind of sealed it.”

“It’s nice to have administrators that actually want to do it,” Indiana All-Star game director Charlie Hall said. “They inquired to me about it, and that’s a good sign. We know it will be done right.”

Columbus has never hosted a Junior-Senior All-Star game. Jennings County hosted a game in 1998, and Seymour hosted one in 2012.

Hall said several factors made Columbus an attractive option.

“I liked everything,” Hall said. “The location, the people involved, it has a great gym, the people that will be participating from that area, it made it a real easy choice. We want to get away from Indianapolis a little bit so it doesn’t hurt our ticket sales for the main game, but we don’t want to take it too far away so the athletes don’t get back so late.

“When we choose these sites, Columbus North fits every box,” he said. “Columbus really backs their teams. I think it’s a good place to go from a fan base, too.”

Local players named All-State

Patberg has been selected to the second team, and Goodall has been named to the third team on this year’s Associated Press All-State girls basketball team announced Wednesday.

North senior Kelsey Cunningham is a girls high honorable mention selection. Columbus East senior Bryce Lienhoop and North senior Elliott Welmer and junior Josh Speidel are boys high honorable mention picks.

Trinity Lutheran’s Haley Couch, Ally Posey and Bri Sons made the girls honorable mention list.

Seniors to play in Classic

Two senior girls and two senior boys from Columbus will play in the annual North-South Indiana All-Star Classic on Sunday at Vincennes University.

Goodall and Columbus East’s Allyson Bunch will play in the girls game at 2 p.m. East’s Lienhoop and North’s Welmer will play in the boys game at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling (812) 888-4354 or at alumni.vinu.edu/NorthSouthGame.

North set for Hall of Fame

The second-ranked Columbus North boys golfers will face a big challenge Saturday when they compete in the annual Hall of Fame Classic at Rock Hollow in Peru.

Among the contenders in the tournament will be No. 7 Zionsville, No. 8 Warsaw and No. 10 Carmel.

“It’s a good field,” North coach Doug Bieker said. “It’s on a good golf course, and it will be a good test for the team.”

Games recheduled

Some contests involving area teams that were rained out last week have been rescheduled.

North’s softball game at East Central will be April 23. The Brown County at Trinity Lutheran softball game will be April 21.

Also, North’s home golf match with Franklin Central scheduled for April 18 has been moved to April 17.

Physician must sign physicals

Bill Jensen, director of secondary education for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp., wants to remind parents and students that physicals for high school athletes for the 2014-15 school year must be signed by a physician.

“We don’t want people spending money needlessly because the IHSAA is very clear that it must be signed by a physician, not a nurse practitioner or someone else,” Jensen said.

Ted Schultz is a sports reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at tschultz@therepublic.com.

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