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Sydney Anderson expects to be a little calmer at the the beginning of the Girls Golf State Finals on Friday morning than she was last season.
The Columbus North junior will be looking to improve on a tie for 11th individually in last year’s state tournament. She will be in the first group to tee off at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
“I won’t be as nervous this year,” Anderson said. “Last year, I was really concerned about not shooting a crazy-high score or embarrassing myself because I was a sophomore. This year, I’m more excited to try to win.”
Anderson is playing similar to the way she did last postseaon. She won medalist honors in the Greensburg Sectional with a 2-over-par 72, then tied for first in the New Castle Regional with a 2-over 74 before falling on the first hole of a playoff.
“I think I’m playing better than I have all year,” Anderson said. “I’m playing smarter, and I’m doing the simple things that count — hitting fairways and getting up-and-down. The ultimate goal is to try to win, but top five would be an OK goal.”
Seymour senior Paxton DeHaven, who qualified as an individual out of the Washington Regional, also has an 8:30 a.m. tee time, but she will begin on No. 10. Anderson will start on No. 1.
East, North meet again
The Columbus East volleyball team has had North’s number in recent years, but the Class 4A No. 9 Olympians received a shock from the Bull Dogs on Saturday afternoon.
North gave the Olympians all they could handle in the first set of their fifth-place match in the Muncie Central Invitational. East recovered for a 26-24, 25-16 win.
“We had just lost close to Yorktown, and I don’t think our kids were in it yet,” East coach Faith Wilder-Newland said. “But North came out aggressively and had us on our heels a little bit. It was like we were not ready to play mentally, and by the time we got to the second set we were a little bit more focused.”
The Olympians (13-6) and Bull Dogs (8-14) will meet again tonight at East. While North hasn’t played since Saturday, East downed Bloomington South in three games Tuesday.
“We played a lot better (Tuesday) night,” Wilder-Newland said. “Hopefully, we’ll carry that over into this match. There’s a lot of outside distractions, and hopefully we’ll shut that out and be ready to play.”
Newcomers play for North
Juniors Andrew Ng and Michael Behling weren’t even on the Columbus North roster Friday night when they made their varsity football debuts in a 49-17 loss at Terre Haute North.
Ng performed all four kickoffs, putting two of the first three inside the 10 and trying an onside kick with the fourth. Michael Behling was in on the kickoff return team and had one return for nine yards.
“They were two late additions to the roster and have been good sparks for us,” North coach Tim Bless said. “Andrew has great potential as a kicker and has big-time upside for the future. (Behling) is really coming along as a JV wide receiver and is pushing for varsity minutes.”
Lancers selling mini-helmets
Friday is the deadline to order Edinburgh Lancer Riddell mini football helmets.
The mini-helmets are being sold for $20 as a fundraiser for the Edinburgh football team. The helmets are black with the red and white “E” on the sides and a red stripe in the middle.
To order a mini-helmet, or for more information, stop by the Edinburgh athletic office or call Tim Jordan, 526-5501, ext. 2236.
Tech, South Side punished
The IHSAA reacted swiftly to Friday night’s brawl between Indianapolis Tech and Fort Wayne South Side, putting both football teams on probation through the 2014 season.
The IHSAA suspended head coaches Emil Ekyior of Tech and Eddie Fields of South Side for a game and Tech assistant Angelo Muhammad and South Side assistant Dan Mulcher for the rest of the season. Several players on both sides also will have to miss a game.
In addition, all coaches on both sides must complete the NFHS Sportsmanship Course and NFHS Teaching and Modeling Behavior Course, and all players who were at the game must complete the NFHS Sportsmanship Course before Oct. 25 to be eligible to play in the postseason.
Ted Schultz is a sports reporter for The Republic. Send comments to email@example.com.
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