The Columbus East boys soccer team shocked many local fans when it tied perennial power Columbus North 1-1 Saturday night.
Those voting in the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association statewide poll apparently took notice. They ranked the Olympians No. 20 in this week’s Class 2A poll, their first-ever ISCA top-20 ranking.
“In the past, East has had a chance of being a winner in the Hoosier Hills Conference, but when we took over six years ago, we set a goal of becoming a top-20 program,” East coach Brad Barber said.
The Olympians are 4-1-1, with their only loss coming at No. 5 Center Grove. North dropped from No. 4 to No. 10 following the tie with East, which had been honorable mention last week.
Barber, who played at Jennings County, was an assistant under Dave Green at North for five years before taking over the East program in 2009. He credits assistant coaches Josh Gonsior, Ethan Graman, Jon Sandlin and Buster Copas — all of which played for East — with helping raise the program’s level of success.
“They worked very hard to build a program and have been working to get better every day. They work tirelessly,” Barber said. “Our players have bought into our expectations and style of play, and because of that, I think we’re going to be at this level for a long time.”
North soccer on football field
North’s Conference Indiana boys soccer game against Franklin Central tonight will take place on the football field at the high school.
The game was moved because the East girls are scheduled to host Roncalli at 7 p.m. at the Richard Wigh Soccer Complex. The North-Roncalli junior varsity game is scheduled for 6 p.m., with the varsity to follow at around 7:30 p.m.
Runner overcoming injury
The North girls cross-country team won the Conference Indiana meet on Saturday, despite being without top runner Sierra Lax because of a stress fracture.
Lax, an All-State runner last cross-country season and a state medalist in the 3,200 meters in track, hasn’t run for five weeks and has been in a boot for more than two weeks. She was to visit a doctor in Indianapolis on Wednesday to find out when she can start running again.
“It feels a lot better,” Lax said.
Lancer leads in kills
Edinburgh sophomore volleyball player Mara Cox was ranked No. 1 in the state with 155 kills through Tuesday, according to MaxPreps.com.
Cox is hitting .161 in 31 sets for the Lancers, who are off to an 8-4 start, including 3-0 in the Mid-Hoosier Conference. Edinburgh finished only 5-27 last season, but returned all of its players.
A few sporting events which were rained out Saturday and Tuesday have been rescheduled.
The Columbus North at Bloomington North boys soccer game, which was rained out Tuesday, has been moved to this coming Tuesday. North’s home boys tennis match with Silver Creek, which was rained out Saturday, will now be Sept. 17.
East’s girls golf match with Bloomington North, which was rained out Tuesday, has been rescheduled for Sept. 18.
Ted Schultz is a sports reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at email@example.com.