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Columbus gymnasts peaking at right time

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THE Columbus North and Columbus East gymnasts are entering the postseason on a high note.

Both the co-No. 3 Bull Dogs and the No. 5 Olympians posted their highest scores of 2012-13 in their season finales last week. The two teams will enter Friday’s East Sectional as heavy favorites to be among the three teams advancing to next week’s East Regional.

“I would think we are the favorite, but you don’t have to watch a lot of athletics to see upsets,” North coach Sandy Freshour said. “So I don’t think that we count on anything before it happens. I want them focused one skill at a time, one event at a time, and hopefully, we will be on top at the end of the meet.”

The Bull Dogs posted a 111.45 in winning a tri-meet against Owen Valley and Jeffersonville last week.

“I think we’ve done exactly what we wanted to do, as far as adding skills and raising our scores throughout the season,” Freshour said. “Our goal is to do the best that we can do and perhaps even better that team total on Friday night.”

East put up a 108.3 Saturday in winning its Olympian Classic.

“We’re on our way,” East coach Nancy Kirshman said. “That’s how we always plan our season. We did a very good job on Saturday and feel we’re ready to move into tourney time. Whoever hits is going to come out on top.”

The top two teams from the March 8 regional qualify for the state finals, which will be March 16 at Ball State University.

“Right now, the big picture is getting to the state meet,” Kirshman said. “We don’t have all of our tricks in yet. We feel good about our chances and are looking forward to it.”

North ticketed for Class 6A

North is likely headed to the new Class 6A in football when the IHSAA reclassifies schools within the next two weeks.

With 2,034 students in grades 9-12, North is the 29th-largest school in the state, up from 32nd in the most recent classification cycle. The top 32 schools in enrollment will be in 6A, with the next 32 slated for 5A.

East, with 1,461 students, dropped from 66th to 68th. That means the Olympians likely will continue to be one of the largest schools in 4A football.

Also, Jennings County moved down from 62nd to 65th, meaning the Panthers could drop from 5A to 4A.

Classes for area schools in basketball, baseball, volleyball, softball and soccer will likely remain unchanged.

North coach honored

Pat McKee, who led Columbus North to Conference Indiana and sectional titles, has been named Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association District 3 Coach of the Year.

North’s Hanna Ballard, East’s Mikala Lomax and Brown County’s Sasha Robinson were named to the 10-player District 3 team. The HBCA district teams are for seniors only.

East junior named MVP

Junior Isaac Walling was named East’s boys swimming most valuable player at its awards banquet last week.

Sophomore Sam Lewis was named most improved/promising new swimmer. Seniors Michael Hannasch and Matt Schuette were the honorary captains.

Fans can vote for award

For the first time this season, fans are able to vote on the Mr. and Miss Basketball awards. Winners of the fan balloting will receive one vote to go along with the votes from coaches and media members.

The online girls voting runs through March 7 and is available at Robinson is the only area player on the girls ballot.

This year’s Indiana-Kentucky All-Star games will be June 14 in Louisville, Ky., and June 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

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