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The team success of the Columbus Christian boys and girls basketball teams is paying off with individual opportunities.

Seven Crusaders will participate in the Indiana-Ohio All-Star Series today at Knightstown High School.

The Columbus Christian boys, who finished 32-5, won the Indiana Christian Schools Tournament and were second at the National Association of Christian Athletes Tournament. The Crusaders girls were 21-9 and won the NACA Tournament.

Four girls games and four boys games will match teams made up of Indiana athletes against teams comprised of Ohio athletes. The series is conducted to allow small-school players to receive exposure to college programs.

For the Columbus Christian boys, juniors Nick Bridgewater and Austin Straub will play in Game No. 5, a 3 p.m. start, while senior Dalane Shaull and junior Josh Miracle take the court in Game No. 6 at 4:30 p.m.

For the Columbus Christian girls, juniors Kayleigh Reed and Macy Wingham participate in the 9 a.m. Game No. 1, while junior Tori Robinson plays in Game No. 2 at 10:30 a.m.

Crusaders boys coach Kevin Roth will be a coach in the event.

Roth said more than 10 Indiana colleges or universities, mostly at the NAIA or Division 3 level, will have a scouting representative at the event.

Shaull, who is 6-foot-4, is scheduled to work out for the staff of Goshen College next Saturday, and today’s event might earn him another opportunity.

“Dalane is the type of player who can run a couple of positions,” Roth said. “That’s what I liked so much about him. He could run the point or play wing. At times, he could even play inside.”

The other Crusaders have their senior seasons to make an impression.

“Josh is our best athlete overall,” Roth said. “He can put it on the floor and beat you off the dribble. He’s going to be a good two guard.”

Straub was another of the Crusaders’ high scorers.

“Austin talked to me after the season and playing in college is something he would like to pursue if he can find the right fit. Some of the programs that will be there (today) are NAIA schools that have junior varsity programs that will allow kids to come in, practice with the varsity and get their feet wet.”

Roth said Bridgewater will showcase the maturity that he displayed in running the point for the Crusaders.

“He knows how to get the ball to the guys who are scorers,” Roth said. “And he is a 3-point shooting threat.”

Miracle is 6-foot-2, Straub is 6-1, and Bridgewater is 5-10.

Although Reed and Wingham are 5-foot guards, Roth said they will show they “aren’t afraid to mix it up with anybody.”

Robinson excels in the post and will have a chance to show off her rebounding skills.

Six of the seven Crusaders return to play high school ball again next season.

“It should give them a little bit of added confidence,” Roth said. “They were nominated and recognized. And in the back of their minds, I am sure they will think it is nice to get college programs looking at them.”

The Indiana Christian Schools All-Star game is Friday at Covenant Christian High School in Indianapolis. The girls game begins at 6:30 p.m. and the boys game will start at 8:10 p.m.

Wingham, Reed and Robinson will play for the girls squad while Bridgewater, Miracle and Shaull will play in the boys game.

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