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ERIN Mack won’t be able to play in Saturday’s Columbus East Invitational volleyball tournament, but she still hopes to make a big impact.
The East senior, who has torn the ACL in her right knee twice in the past six months, is spearheading a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness as her senior project. Players will wear pink, and fans are encouraged to wear pink and donate to the Columbus Regional Breast Health Center to give financial assistance to women in need of mammograms.
“A close relative had breast cancer a few years ago, and I remember how much it affected me emotionally and affected our family,” Mack said.
“Basically, everyone comes in contact with someone who either personally has someone in their family who has had breast cancer or knows a friend who has been affected by breast cancer.”
The Class 4A No. 9 Olympians will play Jasper at 9 a.m., Harrison at 11 a.m., 4A No. 10 Franklin at 1 p.m. and 4A No. 2 Avon at 3 p.m. in the main gym. Columbus North will face Shelbyville at 9 a.m., Franklin at 10 a.m., Jasper at Noon and Harrison at 1 p.m. in the auxiliary gym.
Mack first tore her ACL this spring while playing for her club volleyball team at a tournament in Kansas. She made it back onto the court in September but tore it again in the Brownstown Central Invitational.
A state qualifier in the high jump as a freshman and sophomore, Mack hopes to be ready for track season.
“My doctor did some research on ACL and high jump, and he found that it was a relatively low risk,” Mack said. “In volleyball, I’m adjusting to a hit, so I’m always off balance. High jump, I have the same approach every time, and I’m not landing on it.”
Volleyball, however, is the sport Mack hopes to play in college.
“My goal is still to get recruited,” Mack said. “It’s going to be a lot harder now because no one wants to commit to a player that can’t play. But I do want to find a school that will want me to play for them.”
North star named top 10 junior
North junior Ali Patberg has been ranked as the No. 10 girls basketball player nationally in the Class of 2015 by All Star Girls Report.
Patberg is the top player among five from Indiana ranked in the Top 100. Her travel team teammate, Dominique McBryde of Class 4A state champion Bedford North Lawrence is the second Indiana player at No. 33.
Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge has two players in the top 51, and Pike’s Brittany Ward is listed at No. 61. The Bull Dogs will host Pike on Dec. 7 and will play Rock Bridge Jan. 9 in St. Louis.
Bull Dogs’ back had big night
Columbus North running back Josh Holt’s big night running the football Friday was one for the record books.
Holt carried 42 times for 298 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-42 win against Perry Meridian. The 298 yards is the second-biggest single-game output in school history behind Kobi Cook’s 342 yards against East in 2010.
Holt surpassed the former second-place effort, which was a 287-yard night from Jamaal Halliburton in last year’s win at Perry Meridian.
Gearing up for Hoosier Junior event
Five players from the state runner-up North boys golf team are entered in the Hoosier Junior Championship on Saturday and Sunday at Otter Creek.
Division I commitments Michael VanDeventer (Ball State), the defending champion, and Christian Fairbanks (Indiana) head the local contingent. Also playing are Nick Waskom, Ian Coffey and Zack Lee from North and Zach Sutton from East.
North’s Sydney Anderson and Seymour’s Paxton DeHaven, both of which earned top-20 finishes in last weekend’s IHSAA state finals, are in the girls field.
Seymour senior All-State golfer
DeHaven was selected to the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association Girls Golf All-State Team following last weekend’s state finals.
DeHaven carded rounds of 78 and 76 to tie for 19th in the state.
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