In the aftermath of winning the school's first boys soccer state championship, Columbus North is getting a little national recognition.
The Bull Dogs are ranked 14th in the country this week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. North went 17-1-4 and beat Warsaw 1-0 for the state title Oct. 27.
"For us to get recognition when the game has undergone so much change, it's a nice way to cap the season," North coach Andy Glover said. "A state championship and a national ranking really illustrates the caliber of program we've established at Columbus North."
North is the only Indiana school ranked in the top 25. Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's Prep is ranked No. 1.
The Bull Dogs are ranked No. 2 behind Louisville St. Xavier in Region V.
North girls ranked No. 2
The boys soccer team isn't the only squad from North receiving attention from pollsters.
The Bull Dog girls are ranked No. 2 in the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association preseason poll, which is for all classes. North went 24-3 and lost to North Central in overtime in the Class 4A state title game last season.
Columbus East and Seymour are among schools receiving votes in the IBCA poll.
Hamilton Southeastern is ranked No. 1 by the IBCA. The Bull Dogs and Royals will meet in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Classic Dec. 27 at New Castle.
Stuckwisch named Academic All-State
Trinity Lutheran senior Sarah Stuckwisch has been selected to this year's Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Academic All-State team.
East's Sara Bean and Trinity's Kyra Klosterman are honorable mention selections in volleyball. East's Emma Dwenger, Laura Barkes and Kirstin Kulich are honorable mention in girls soccer.
Hauser selects award winners
Lauren Gross, who led the Hauser volleyball team to sectional and regional titles, has been named the team's most valuable player.
Gross also won awards as the squad's kills leader and blocks leader. Other awards went to Mikala Greenlee (most assists), Haley Webster (highest serving percentage), Danielle Giles (most digs), Jordan McDaniel (most improved) and Makayla Knight (mental attitude).
Andrew Paetzel and Hannah Shoaf won awards as the leading boys and girls cross-country runners. Josh Adams and Kelsie Mires won most-improved runner awards, and Dalton McKinney and Sarah Anderson took the mental attitude awards.
Andrew Brod and Josh Elliott are the most valuable players for boys tennis. Brod also was honored for best record, while Alex Saylor took most improved and Will Rose won the mental attitude award.
Reserve volleyball awards went to Ellie Trotter (most valuable), Lucie Lortz (most improved) and Mckayla Hamilton (mental attitude). Adam Carr won most improved and Avery Tallent took the mental attitude award for boys tennis.
Cougars to host fund-raiser
The South Decatur girls basketball team will host "Hoopin for Heroes" at its Dec. 13 game with Morristown.
Hoopin for Heroes is a USO fundraiser to help support soldiers returning from the fight in the global war on terrorism.
Dinner begins at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria with special speakers and a video presentation. Cost is $10 for the dinner or $15 for the dinner and game. A silent auction will also begin at 5 p.m. and continue until the beginning of the fourth quarter of the varsity game.
For more information, call South Decatur coach Amy Macy, 603-1085. To donate, make checks payable to Hoopin For Heroes c/o Amy Macy, 1225 S. U.S. 31, Columbus, IN 47201.