CAROLINE Smith didn’t let a lack of out-of-state tournament experience slow her down last weekend.
Playing in her first tournament outside Indiana, the Columbus East junior won the girls high school division of the All-American Junior Golf Tour Tournament in Knoxville, Tenn.
“It’s pretty awesome to be able to go somewhere and win and make it worth it to go there,” she said.
Smith carded rounds of 85 and 78 in cold and windy conditions at Avalon Golf Club. She trailed by one shot after the opening round before rallying to win by four.
“The first day, I was very upset with my putting,” Smith said. “It was a mountain course, so the greens were really sloping, and that threw me off quite a bit. The second day, I just putted better.”
Smith, who sprained her wrist during a practice round the day before last month’s Hoosier Junior at Otter Creek, will hit the road again this weekend. She is entered in the Tarheel Junior Tour event at Pinehurst’s No. 2 and Pine Needles courses in North Carolina.
“My expectations are normally just to play as well as I can for that day,” Smith said. “Most of the time, I’m not happy with my scores, but it’s hard to be happy with your own scores.”
Tays, Lax win races
Senior Karson Tays won the Boys Junior-Senior race, and freshman Sierra Lax took the Girls Freshman-Sophomore race to highlight a host of Columbus North runners’ performances in Saturday’s Foot Locker Midwest Region Championships in Kenosha, Wis.
Tays ran 16 minutes, 8 seconds to win by 3 seconds over Matt Graves of Milford, Mich. North senior Blaike Travis finished 20th in 16:51.
Lax ran 18:33 to win by 38 seconds over Rachael Yergensen of Wildwood, Mo. North freshmen Nina Bouthier and Allison Coffey took 10th and 12th in 19:48 and 19:58.
Junior Mackenzie Caldwell finished 18th in the Girls Seeded race in 18:08. The top 10, led by Mishawaka sophomore Anna Rohrer (16:54) qualified for the Dec. 8 Foot Locker National Championships in San Diego.
Junior Kaden Eaton was North’s top finisher in the Boys Seeded race, taking 45th in 15:45. Jake Leingang of Bismarck, N.D., won in 14:56.
Sophomore Chase Ballard finished 11th in the Boys Freshman-Sophomore race in 16:36. Sophomore Seth Williams was 17th in 16:45.
East volleyball awards
Faith Myers was selected most valuable player of the regional champion East volleyball team at its awards banquet.
Myers and Sara Bean were co-Mental Attitude Award winners. Bean also won most improved, most kills, most blocks and highest hitting percentage, while Myers took most assists and outstanding hustle.
Carly Robertson won most aces and highest serving percentage. Courtney Ping took best serve reception passer and most digs. Erin Mack won most service points. Alexa Husmann-Miller was Rookie of the Year.
Caitlyn Williams was named junior varsity MVP, while Courtney Williams won mental attitude, Lexi Kimmel was most improved, and Ashlyn Robbins won outstanding hustle. Christina Claycamp was freshman MVP, while Katie Mack won mental attitude, and Kansas Bottomly took most improved.
HHC wrestling duals
The eight Hoosier Hills Conference schools will compete in a round-robin event this weekend.
East, Jennings County and Seymour each will wrestle two matches Friday night at Bedford North Lawrence. Floyd Central, Jeffersonville, New Albany and Madison each will wrestle two matches at Floyd Central.
Saturday, each school will wrestle the five schools they didn’t wrestle on Friday.
North ticket information
North girls basketball fans can save money for upcoming special events by purchasing tickets in the North athletics office.
Advance tickets for the Dec. 8 game against Greenwood at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are $10. Tickets will be $12 at the door.
Advance tickets for the Dec. 27 Hall of Fame Classic are $10 and are good for both sessions. Tickets at the door will be $10 for each session.
Any questions can be directed to the North athletics office at 376-4265 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.