Zach Martindale was looking for an idea for his senior project and wanted to include his sport of basketball.
So the Columbus East senior has organized a food drive to help those in need this holiday season. The food drive will take place at Friday’s home boys game against Bedford North Lawrence and Tuesday’s home girls game against Bloomington North.
Anyone bringing at least five cans of food to one of the games will get in free. Donations will be given to the Love Chapel before Christmas.
“My dad (J.P.) actually came up with the idea because I was thinking about doing a food drive anyway to help people out, and my dad tried to think of a way to involve it with basketball,” Zach Martindale said.
Shoaf named to Top 50
Columbus North senior Thomas Shoaf has been selected to the Indiana Football Coaches Association All-State Top 50. Shoaf, who played on the offensive and defensive lines, made the Top 50 as an offensive lineman.
North linebacker Shaquille Ash made the Senior 5A squad. East offensive lineman Rob McKee and defensive back Brian Wichman are on the Senior 4A team, while offensive lineman Evan Kuhn and quarterback-punter Alex Cowan, who made it as a punter, are on the Junior 4A squad.
Edinburgh offensive and defensive lineman Dakota Sneed made the Junior A team as a defensive lineman.
Athletes named All-HHC
Nine members of the Hoosier Hills Conference and regional champion East football squad have been named to this year’s All-HHC first team, and Bob Gaddis is the HHC Coach of the Year.
Olympians selected include offensive linemen Kuhn and McKee, running back Markell Jones, defensive linemen Dalton Bateman and Brock Patterson, linebackers Christian Wichman and John Busack, defensive back Brian Wichman and Cowan, who made it as a punter.
Jennings County’s Tommy Taylor and Seymour’s Chandler Miller made the first team as defensive linemen. Jennings County tight end Luke Bozell and linebacker Jordan Diss and Seymour offensive lineman Jeremiah Tracey made honorable mention.
Faith Myers, Sara Bean and Mikayla Speidel from the HHC and regional champion East volleyball squad are on the All-HCC first team, along with Seymour’s Jessica Lucas and Hayden Dailey and Jennings County’s Dani Kirchner and Emily Ertel. East’s Carly Robertson, Jennings’ Mariah Kinney and Seymour’s Abby Speer and Taylor Sutton made honorable mention.
The HHC champion East boys soccer squad landed Mitch Tabler, Colin Singer, Adam Wallace and Luis Sanchez on the first team, while Jennings had Gabe Villa and Zach Andis and Seymour had Andrew Bailiff and Fernando Cervantes. East’s Cameron Layman, Alex Staggs, Zach Herron and JB Baxter; Jennings’ Branden Lewis and Adrian Kirchner and Seymour’s Anthony Rork and Justin Bottorff made honorable mention.
Emma Dwenger, Sydney Newell, Olivia Smith and Molly Macy from the HHC champion East girls soccer squad made the All-HHC first team, along with Jennings’ Ali Kreutjans and Seymour’s Maile Grout and Clare Lenart. East’s Rachel Amlung, Sam Watters, Kirstin Kulich, Spencer Eudy and Hayden Lang; Jennings’ Sydney Kirchner and Seymour’s Brielyn Tidd and Kelsey Nolting made honorable mention.
East’s Faith Wilder-Newland (volleyball), Brad Barber (boys soccer) and Ilya Schwartzman are HHC Coaches of the Year.
East’s Seth Myers, Matt Fuehne and Alex Pegram are on the All-HHC tennis team. East’s Jonathan James and Jennings County’s Evan Land made honorable mention.
North’s big weekend
It will be a big day of athletics for Columbus North on Saturday. The swimming and wrestling teams will host invitationals, and the 4A No. 2 girls basketball team has an 8:30 p.m. (approximate) game against 4A No. 5 Greenwood at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The swimming event is a relays meet and begins with diving at 9 a.m. and swimming at noon. Teams include the Bull Dogs, Center Grove, Bloomington North, Floyd Central and possibly Seymour.
The wrestling invitational begins at 9 a.m. The Bull Dogs are in Pool A with Brown County, Madison, New Palestine and Edgewood. Pool B includes Southport, Bloomington North, Shelbyville, Triton Central and Yorktown. Teams will wrestle each team in their pool, followed by a placement round.
North’s boys basketball team will host Franklin Central Friday night. Fans are encouraged to wear their favorite Christmas sweatshirt or holiday hat.
Lancer game time moved
Edinburgh’s varsity girls basketball game against Greenwood Christian scheduled for tonight has been moved to 6:30 p.m. Greenwood Christian does not have a junior varsity team.
Ted Schultz is a sports writer for The Republic.