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Before former Columbus East girls basketball assistant Willie Humes took the head coaching job at Madison two years ago, he and East head coach Danny Brown would talk about the importance of a good start to the season.
The Olympians always had done that under Brown. They started 6-0 in 2004-05, 7-0 in 2005-06, 4-0 the next two years and 6-0 in 2008-09. Two years ago, they began 8-0.
“Coach Humes and I used to talk about the first four games,” Brown said. “We always talked about getting off to a good start to have a good season.”
So at first glance, this year’s 0-3 start might be cause for alarm. But when considering the losses are to teams with a combined 15-0 record, including two top-ranked opponents, it’s understandable.
After opening the season with a six-point loss at Class 3A No. 1 Rushville, the Olympians suffered lopsided defeats to 2A No. 1 Heritage Christian and at East Central.
“One team liked to get out and run (Heritage Christian),” Brown said. “One liked to set up the offense (Rushville), and East Central was a combination of both. They’re having one of their best years.
“They’re all tough teams,” he said. “But we’re better having played them.”
It doesn’t get much easier tonight. The Olympians host Class A No. 2 Southwestern (Shelby) at 7:30 p.m. The Spartans are 5-0.
East will be without starter Megan Galle, who sprained an ankle in practice Monday. Brown is hopeful she can return for Saturday’s 2 p.m. matchup with North Harrison.
Olympians make All-HHC
Ten members of the Hoosier Hills Conference and Class 4A state champion Columbus East football squad have been named to the All-HHC first team.
Senior quarterback Alex Cowan, junior running back Markell Jones, senior wide receiver JT Voekler, senior tackle Seth Frownfelter and senior guard Evan Kuhn made the first team offense. Senior defensive end Brock Patterson, senior defensive tackle Dalton Bateman, senior linebacker Christian Wichman, sophomore linebacker Sam Dwenger and senior defensive back John Busack are on the first team defense.
Jennings County tackle Colton Castetter and defensive back Nick Nixon and Seymour wide receiver Zach Schlatterer also are on the first team.
Honorable mention selections include East sophomore tight end Rhett Myers, senior center Jared Whiteside and junior defensive end Brock Greiwe.
Bull Dogs run in Wisconsin
Several Columbus North cross-country runners competed in Saturday’s Foot Locker Midwest Region Championships in Kenosha, Wis.
Senior Kaden Eaton led the Bull Dog contingent with a 22nd-place finish in the boys race in 15 minutes, 41 seconds for 5,000 meters (3.1 miles). Junior Seth Williams took 35th in 15:56, while senior Andy Carr was 65th (16:14), junior Chase Ballard 110th (16:40) and junior Ben Porter 138th (17:05).
In the girls race, senior Mackenzie Caldwell finished 37th in 18:37. Sophomore Sierra Lax took 61st in 19:00, while sophomore Allison Coffey was 101st (19:36), sophomore Nina Bouthier 105th (19:39), senior Olivia Kelley 171st (20:53) and senior Sydney Keaton 244th (24:43).
The top 10 boys and girls from the championship races qualified for the Foot Locker National Championships in San Diego.
Sophomore Haley Duke finished 12th in the girls freshman/sophomore race in 20:49. Senior Sam Ford took 20th in the boys junior/senior race in 17:07. Freshman Elijah Brooks was 30th in the boys freshman/sophomore race in 17:30.
Fans can donate to Cheer Fund
The Columbus North girls basketball team is encouraging fans to make donations to the Cheer Fund on Saturday at its home game with Pike.
Cheer Fund will accept donations of new or gently-used toys, games, etc., and will have boxes set up at the school. Columbus Fire Department also might have a fire truck at the game if weather and circumstances permit.
Doors will open at noon. The junior varsity and C team games begin at 1 p.m., and the varsity game will follow the JV game at around 2:30 p.m. The Bull Dogs (3-1) are ranked No. 5 in Class 4A, while Pike (3-1) is No. 11 in 4A.
Ted Schultz is a sports writer for The Republic. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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