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East, North gymnasts ready for showdown

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SOME confusion about the schedule almost led to this year’s Columbus East-Columbus North gymnastics meet being canceled.

After facing each other the first week of January for several years, last season’s meet between the two schools was moved back to the second week of January. North thought it would stay there, while East figured it would go back to the first week.

As it turned out, the Bull Dogs couldn’t make the first week work, and the Olympians couldn’t do the second week. Finally, North athletics director Jeff Hester and East AD Bob Gaddis settled on Jan. 27.

“We wanted to find a different date,” Gaddis said. “Last year, it moved off the date it always had been because of a scheduling conflict. We thought it was going back to the original date, and they thought it was going to be the corresponding date as last year. Neither coach thought that those dates would work into their schedules, so we had to find a different time.”

The meet will begin at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at East.

“We like to compete against them in all of our sports,” Hester said. “Bob and I worked it out. We have it figured out for this year, and we’re going to try to figure out a date for next year.”

The meeting will be the first of what could be four battles between the Bull Dogs and Olympians. They will square off again in the East Sectional and possibly in the East Regional and the state finals.

As is the case with most sports, the East-North battle draws the biggest crowd of the regular season.

“Anytime we play them in anything, that’s a big night for anybody,” Gaddis said. “We’re hoping there will be a lot of people here.”

Speidel earns honor

Junior Josh Speidel, who led North to Richmond’s Bob Wettig Memorial Tournament title, was named the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/Subway District 3 Boys Player of the Week for Dec. 30-Jan. 4.

Speidel averaged 20.3 points and 10.5 rebounds in four games as the Bull Dogs beat Indianapolis Tindley, Bedford North Lawrence, Fort Wayne North and Richmond. He was named the tournament MVP for the second time in three years.

Crusaders collecting soc ks

Columbus Christian School is collecting packages of midcalf youth socks to send to Kabul, Afghanistan as part of its Sock-it to Kabul event.

The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday and continue throughout Saturday’s Crusader Classic elementary and junior high boys basketball tournament and conclude with the varsity boys game against Trinity Christian. All coaches will coach in their stocking feet.

For more information, call Columbus Christian at 372-3780.

Section time altered

The finals of the North boys swimming sectional have been moved back an hour because the Bull Dogs are also hosting a girls basketball regional on Feb. 22.

The swimming finals will begin at 2 p.m. instead of the usual 1 p.m. Diving competition will still begin at 9 a.m., but will be completed before the swimming finals begin.

Eagles’ games rescheduled

Brown County has rescheduled Western Indiana Conference basketball games that were postponed in the past couple of weeks.

The Eagle boys and girls will make up their games at Northview on Saturday. The girls varsity game will be at 2:30 p.m., and the boys varsity game will be at 6 p.m.

Brown County’s girls will host Sullivan on Jan. 28. That will be a varsity-only contest beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Carmel runner honored

Carmel senior Kelcy Welch, who edged Columbus North senior Mackenzie Caldwell by less than three seconds to win the state championship in November, has been named the 2013-14 Gatorade Indiana Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Welch won the state race in 17 minutes, 53.9 seconds to lead the Greyhounds to the team title. Caldwell finished second in 17:56.8 to lead the Bull Dogs to a third-place team finish.

Ted Schultz is a sports writer for The Republic. Send comments to

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