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East runner gave up football to start fishing club


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Chase Banister watched the Columbus East football team put together a 15-0 season and a Class 4A state championship last fall.

The view from the stands was just fine for Banister, who had been a starting cornerback as a junior when the Olympians went 13-1 and made it to the semistate. He gave up football this year to focus on his senior project — starting a bass fishing club at East.

“I’m proud of how (the football team) performed,” Banister said. “It’s the best season they’ve had in a long time. I was happy for them. A little bit on those days of the big games, you’re going to miss it, but I don’t regret a thing.”

While Banister got the bass fishing program off the ground, he was also able to go into this spring’s track season completely healthy. That’s been a big benefit for the Olympians, who are expected to battle with Floyd Central for the Hoosier Hills Conference title tonight

at Jeffersonville.

“The season has been great,” Banister said. “I’ve been healthy all year, so I’m thankful for that. We’re looking for a good postseason.”

The postseason begins a week from today with the Columbus North Sectional. Banister was a regional qualifier last year in the 200 meters and as the leadoff runner on East’s 4x100-meter relay team.

Banister also runs the 100 in some meets and recently became part of the Olympians’ 4x400 relay team. He had never been a 400 runner, but while running for East’s second 4x400 relay team in a dual meet against Columbus North, he ran a 52-second split, which was good enough to put him among the top four on the squad.

“He’s had a good year,” East boys coach David Miller said. “He’s come out and done well in the 100 and 200 and the 4x100 obviously. Then, we also threw him in the 4x400, so I’m definitely happy with the year he’s had so far.”

Miller, who is an assistant coach on the football team, knows the Olympians could have used Banister’s speed on the football field in the fall.

“We wish he would have played,” Miller said. “We definitely missed him, but we had some other guys

step in.”

Banister, who is president of East’s bass fishing team, said the club has doubled in size and now has

17 members. He plans to attend Indiana University, where bass fishing is a club sport, and join its team.

“I’m hoping to fish at the college level, so I wanted to jump-start it by starting a high school team here,” Banister said. “I thought it was a cool idea for my senior project.

 “That would be fun, but that’s a lot of money involved,” he said, “so I’m just trying to have some fun right now.”

While Banister got the bass fishing program off the ground, he was also able to go into this spring’s track season completely healthy. That’s been a big benefit for the Olympians, who are expected to battle with Floyd Central for the Hoosier Hills Conference title tonight

at Jeffersonville.

“The season has been great,” Banister said. “I’ve been healthy all year, so I’m thankful for that. We’re looking for a good postseason.”

The postseason begins a week from today with the Columbus North Sectional. Banister was a regional qualifier last year in the 200 meters and as the leadoff runner on East’s 4x100-meter relay team.

Banister also runs the 100 in some meets and recently became part of the Olympians’ 4x400 relay team. He had never been a 400 runner, but while running for East’s second 4x400 relay team in a dual meet against Columbus North, he ran a 52-second split, which was good enough to put him among the top four on the squad.

“He’s had a good year,” East boys coach David Miller said. “He’s come out and done well in the 100 and 200 and the 4x100 obviously. Then, we also threw him in the 4x400, so I’m definitely happy with the year he’s had so far.”

Miller, who is an assistant coach on the football team, knows the Olympians could have used Banister’s speed on the football field in the fall.

“We wish he would have played,” Miller said. “We definitely missed him, but we had some other guys step in.”

Banister, who is president of East’s bass fishing team, said the club has doubled in size and now has

17 members. He plans to attend Indiana University, where bass fishing is a club sport, and join its team.

“I’m hoping to fish at the college level, so I wanted to jump-start it by starting a high school team here,” Banister said. “I thought it was a cool idea for my senior project.

 “That would be fun, but that’s a lot of money involved,” he said, “so I’m just trying to have some fun right now.”

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