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HHC titles up for grabs next week


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BY the end of next week, Columbus East will have a good idea of its chances of becoming Hoosier Hills Conference Grand All-Sports Champions for the first time since 2008.

HHC Tournaments in baseball, softball and girls tennis will be played Monday, Wednesday and May 16. The HHC girls track meet is Tuesday at Jennings County, and the HHC boys track meet is May 15 at Jeffersonville.

That will leave only the May 24 boys golf tournament at Bedford North Lawrence to determine this year’s all-sports champion.

Through the end of the winter sports season, East leads the HHC boys All-Sports standings with 52 points, three more than Floyd Central. Floyd Central leads the girls standings with 47 points, 12 more than the second-place Olympians. Overall, the Highlanders lead with 96 points to 87 for East.

Seymour is third in the girls standings with 33 points, while Jennings County is eighth with 18. On the boys side, the Owls are sixth with 25½ points, and the Panthers are seventh with 24½.

The Olympians will host Seymour, and Jennings will host New Albany in first-round baseball games Monday. The East-Seymour winner and loser will host the Jennings-New Albany winner and loser Wednesday, then those teams will be on the road for placement games May 16.

In softball, the Olympians will visit Jennings County, and Seymour will host Floyd Central

on Monday. The East-Jennings winner and loser will visit and Madison-Jeffersonville winner and loser, and Seymour will host the winner or loser between New Albany and BNL on Wednesday. East and Jennings will be on the road for placement games, and Seymour will host its placement game on May 16.

The Olympians will host Jennings, and Seymour will host BNL in first-round tennis matchups on Monday. East and Jennings will host Wednesday matchups with Jeffersonville and New Albany, and Seymour will host Floyd Central or Madison. East and Jennings will be at home, and Seymour will be on the road for the May 16 placement-round battles.

Seniors win Crawley Awards

Two seniors from Columbus have been awarded Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Marion Crawley Awards.

Columbus North’s Emmy Schabel is one of 17 girls to win a Crawley Award. East’s Lee Enkoff is one of three student managers or statisticians to receive a Crawley Award.

The awards are accompanied by a $750 scholarship. Criteria for the Crawley scholarships include achievement in basketball and academics, participation in extracurricular activities and service to school and community.

East, North to meet

The East and North boys golfers will meet today for the first time since the Olympians shocked the second-ranked Bull Dogs and others by winning Saturday’s Bedford North Lawrence Invitational. Columbus North finished fourth.

The Bull Dogs have bounced back this week by beating Bloomington North on Monday and knocking off three of the state’s other top-five teams in winning the Crooked Stick Invitational Tuesday in Carmel.

Today’s match at Otter Creek begins at 4 p.m. and will be the first of two dual matches between East and North. They’re scheduled to meet again May 29 at Harrison Lake.

Olympians add contests

East has added track, baseball and boys golf contests to its schedules within the few days.

The Olympians will compete in a boys and girls track meet at Shelbyville 5 p.m. today. East will play varsity and JV baseball at Mooresville at 6 p.m. Friday.

On Monday, the Olympians will host Madison in boys golf at 4:30 p.m. at Otter Creek.

Jennings doing fundraiser

The Jennings County wrestlers are selling hanging baskets and planters. Flowers are $20, with proceeds benefiting the Logan Mason Family and the Mercy Rescues spay and neuter program.

Flowers will be available for purchase today at Brush Creek and Graham Creek elementaries and the central office, Friday at Sand Creek and North Vernon elementaries and Jennings County High School and Middle schools and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Witkemper Insurance and Farm Bureau Insurance.

For more information, contact coach Howard Jones, 592-1857 or hjones@jcsc.org.

Ted Schultz is a sports reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at tschultz@therepublic.com.

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