BASED on the final regular-season rankings and sectional scores, Columbus North would appear to be a heavy favorite going into Friday night’s Columbus East Regional.
The co-No. 6 Bull Dogs put up a 109.75 in winning the East Sectional. No. 13 Bloomington South finished second with a 105.45, and co-No. 10 East took third with a 104.925.
Those three teams will be joined in the regional by the top three teams from the Connersville Sectional. The host and No. 12 Spartans won that title with a 105.425, followed by New Palestine (102.0) and New Castle (100.475).
The top three teams, plus individuals finishing in the top six or meeting the state standard in an individual event or the all-around, qualify for the March 22 state finals at Ball State.
“I plan on being there,” East coach Nancy Kirshman said. “We had some uncharacteristic falls (at sectional), so I don’t plan on having those this time. Our plans are made to go to Muncie. That’s what we’ve said all year long, and that’s what we’re going to go after.”
Competition begins at 7 p.m. Friday at East.
Locals among top 100 seniors
Five area basketball players have been named to Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 100 Senior Boys list.
North had a pair of selections — Evan Henry and Elliott Welmer. They are joined by East’s Bryce Lienhoop, Hauser’s Trey Shipley and Jennings County’s Brad Hunt.
From the Top 100, 60 will be selected to participate in the Top 60 Senior Boys Workout April 6 at Marian University.
Senior star North MVP
Senior Tayler Goodall, who helped lead the Columbus North girls basketball squad to Conference Indiana and sectional titles, was named the team’s MVP at its banquet Tuesday night.
Senior Kelsey Cunningham won the Bull Dog Award, and junior Ali Patberg won the Outstanding Participant Award. Junior Debie Gedeon won the Most Improved Award, junior Sydney Patberg won the Spirit Award, senior Emmy Schabel won the Senior Award and junior Sheyanne Street won the Martha Kalb Memorial Award.
Athletes shine indoors
Several North athletes had standout performances Saturday in the Indiana Wesleyan qualifier to the Hoosier State Relays, the unofficial state indoor track meet.
Mackenzie Caldwell won the girls 3,200 meters in 10 minutes, 53.55 seconds, and Tessa Krempel took the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 4½ inches. Debie Gedeon finished second in the 60 hurdles (9.65), Sierra Lax took third in the 3,200 (11:29.78) and the Bull Dog girls were third in the 4x400 relay (4:21.61) and 4x800 relay (10:25.78) and fourth in the distance medley relay (13:57.79).
For the boys, Kaden Eaton, Sam Ford, Michael Keller and Joe Wright won the 4x800 relay in 8:22.66; and Eaton, Kyle Newland, Elijah Brooks and Ben Rankin took the distance medley in 11:220.5. Chase Ballard finished second in the 3,200 (9:39.08), and Andy Carr in the 3,200 (9:41.89), Chase Millwood in the pole vault (11-3) and Mitchell Burton in the long jump (20-5 ¾ all were fourth.
Meanwhile, in Saturday’s Bloomington North Invitational indoor meet, Jennings County’s Tom Alsup finished second in the boys shot put (51-3 ¾), and Keri Ertel took second in the girls 60 hurdles (9.19).
East’s JT Voelker finished third in the boys long jump (20-7 ¾), and Brock Patterson took fourth in the boys shot (49-2 ¾). Sarah Loesch was fifth in the girls shot (36-5 ¼).
Seymour’s Jack Tormoehlen finished second in the boys 1,600 (4:33.12). Megan Kimbley was fourth in the girls high jump (5-0).
North tops East in volleyball
The North boys volleyball team downed East 25-15, 25-15 and Noblesville 25-21, 15-25, 16-14 Monday night.
Michael Behling pounded 15 kills for the Bull Dogs. Chase Spurling had 12 digs, and Anthony Sanders served six aces.
Ted Schultz is a sports reporter for The Republic.
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