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Michael Vogel has an interesting perspective when it comes to playing football through fall break.
The Columbus North senior quarterback turned H-back, his teammates and other athletes at North and Columbus East have been able to turn their full attention to sports the past two weeks since school has not been in session. Because of a balanced calendar and Aug. 5 start, BCSC schools have two weeks of fall break this year.
“It kind of gives us a chance to feel what it’s like to be a pro football player,” Vogel said. “You’re thinking 24-7 about football. You don’t have any outside distractions, so it’s kind of nice in that aspect.”
North and East play their final regular-season football games Friday night and begin sectional play next week. Cross-country sectional and regional action is this week, and volleyball sectionals are next week.
Boys and girls soccer sectional action was last week, with the North boys and East girls winning sectional titles to advance to this week’s regional play.
“I feel like practices, we’ve actually been able to push each other more since we haven’t been so tired from getting up early and being worn out and stressed out from school,” said senior Rachel Amlung, the leading scorer on East’s girls soccer team. “That’s not even there right now, so I feel like we’re all very focused on soccer.”
Because East girls soccer coach Ilya Schwartzman is a doctor and works until late afternoon, the Olympians have stuck with their 4:45 p.m. practice time.
“The break has been probably a savior for them because we had a pretty stringent game schedule,” Schwartzman said. “They had to do all their homework, and we had a lot of away games. They were pretty fatigued, so the break was a welcome relief.”
“Having practice at the same time has maintained the routine for them, so that has been helpful for us,” Schwartzman said. “I do think that they’ve been able to focus. They’ve continued to work hard, and the fall break has not interfered with any of that.”
Meanwhile, North boys soccer coach Andy Glover has had the Class 2A No. 1-ranked Bull Dogs practicing in the mornings leading up to today’s North Regional semifinal battle with Bloomington South.
“(Fall break) helps us focus on soccer more because we’re not as busy with school,” Belding said. “We come out here every morning and work hard, and it’s nice to be able to relax and get a little time off (from school).”
Sectional volleyball times set
Times and dates have been determined for next week’s volleyball sectionals.
Class 4A No. 8 Columbus East will play East Central at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Bloomington North Sectional. Columbus North will face Bloomington South at 11 a.m. Oct. 26, and Bloomington North will meet the Columbus East-East Central winner to follow in the semifinals.
Class 4A No. 7 Seymour will play 4A No. 6 Floyd Central at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Floyd Central Sectional. The winner will meet Bedford North Lawrence or New Albany at 10 a.m. Oct. 26, and Jennings County will face Jeffersonville to follow in the semifinals.
Brown County will play Owen Valley at around 12:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the semifinals of the Class 3A Edgewood Sectional.
In Class A, host Hauser will play Jac-Cen-Del at around 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24. The winner will meet No. 10 Oldenburg Academy or Rising Sun at 11 a.m. Oct. 26, with South Decatur and Madison Shawe to follow.
Edinburgh will play Class A No. 3 and host Indianapolis Lutheran at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The winner will meet Southwestern (Shelby) or Baptist Academy in the semifinals at 11 a.m. Oct. 26.
Trinity Lutheran will play Medora at around 12:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the semifinals of the Class A Orleans Sectional. The sectional includes No. 9 Springs Valley.
All championship games in sectionals involving area teams are scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 26.
Columbus Christian to host state
The Columbus Christian soccer team will host the Indiana Christian State Tournament Saturday at Ceraland, and the Crusaders hope to be playing.
Columbus Christian visits Bloomington Lighthouse in today’s regional final. A win would put the Crusaders in Saturday’s final four.
Semifinal games are scheduled for 10 a.m. and noon at Ceraland. The championship will be at 4 p.m.
The Columbus Christian volleyball team will begin play in the ICST Regional Monday at Bloomington Lighthouse. The final four will be Oct. 26 in Indianapolis.
Top North golfer finishes sixth
Columbus North senior and defending champion Michael VanDeventer carded a 147 for 36 holes Saturday and Sunday to tie for sixth in the Hoosier Junior Championship at Otter Creek.
Christian Fairbanks tied for 14th at 151, and fellow North senior Ian Coffey tied for 62nd at 166. East junior Zach Sutton tied for 74th at 170, and North senior Zack Lee tied for 77th at 171.
On the girls side, North junior Sydney Anderson finished sixth with a 160. Seymour senior Paxton DeHaven tied for ninth at 164.
Tyler Gray of Huntingburg won the boys tournament with an even-par 144. Morgan Nadaline of Anderson won the girls division with a 150.
East seeks diving coach
Columbus East High School is seeking applicants for boys and girls varsity diving coach.
Interested applicants should contact athletics director Bob Gaddis, firstname.lastname@example.org or 376-4365.
Ted Schultz is a sports reporter for The Republic. Send comments to email@example.com
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