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High school track season gets scheduling shake-up

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The past few years, Columbus North has opened its track seasons in the middle of March with dual meets against Jeffersonville and Center Grove.

With North on spring break when those meets normally would fall this year, the Bull Dogs won’t open the outdoor season until the second week of April.

But this year, North is expanding its indoor track schedule. The Bull Dogs will compete in a qualifier for Hoosier State Relays meet March 8 at Indiana Wesleyan University and in a meet March 12 at Bloomington South. The Hoosier State Relays are March 22 at Indiana Wesleyan.

The Hoosier State Relays are the unofficial state indoor meet. Unlike the outdoor season, where athletes qualify from sectional to regional to state, the indoor season features qualifying meets such as the March 8 event at IWU where athletes have to achieve a specific time or distance standard in an event.

Lou Sipe, who added the girls track coaching duties to his boys coaching job, said North will try to pick up a couple of outdoor meets to replace the ones it is losing during spring break.

“The balanced calendar kind of throws the schedule off a little bit,” Sipe said.

“We have to rework some things, and other schools had to rework some things because of where their spring breaks fell. We’re trying to make it work with a lot of schools going to the balanced calendar. They have two weeks off for spring break, and we’re trying to make those events work.”

Jennings sweeps archery event

Jennings County swept the three boys and three girls places in the Archers for Autism event at Greensburg.

Caleb Howard edged Kyle Howard 284-283, while Klayton Bragg finished third with a 281 in the boys division. Natalie Owens won the girls division with a 290, followed by Tara Tucker with a 282 and Hannah Rennenmeir with a 280.

The competition featured archers from Jennings, South Decatur, Greensburg, North Decatur, Christian Academy of Madison and Park Hills (Ky.) Notre Dame Academy. The event raised $1,600 for the Indianapolis Archers for Autism organization.

Hauser hosting ‘RED OUT’

Hauser will host its first “RED OUT” event to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke at its Jan. 31 boys basketball game against South Decatur.

Students and fans can purchase “GET FIRED UP” T-shirts for $10 at Hauser during heart week next week. The Hauser SADD students will be taking donations all week and getting the message out about a heart-healthy lifestyle.

The “RED OUT” is a community outreach program of the Hauser SADD students. All money raised will support the American Heart Association’s mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke in Bartholomew County.

Games rescheduled

Several basketball games involving area schools that have been snowed out in the past couple of weeks have been rescheduled.

Hauser’s boys basketball team will visit Lawrenceburg on Saturday and will host Milan on Feb. 18. The Hauser girls will play at Knightstown on Jan. 30. Trinity Lutheran’s boys will visit Madison Shawe on Saturday. Brown County’s boys will play at Northview on Feb. 4.

Columbus Christian’s games with Cannelton and Trinity Christian will not be rescheduled.

Terre Haute runner honored

Terre Haute South senior Jackson Bertoli has been named the Gatorade Indiana Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Bertoli won sectional and semistate championships and captured the state title in 15 minutes, 32.4 seconds, in November.

Ted Schultz is a sports writer for The Republic. Send comments to

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