When an avulsion fracture in his anterior superior pelvis kept him from running early in the cross-country season, Kaden Eaton didn’t lie around waiting to be cleared.
Instead, the Columbus North junior turned to swimming and biking to stay in shape. He was able to return to running in mid-September and became the No. 2 runner on a Bull Dogs team that finished sixth in the state finals.
For his efforts, Eaton has been named the Methodist Sports Medicine November Comeback Athlete Award winner.
“I was motivated by long-term goals and working with my teammates,” Eaton said in a news release. “I knew other guys on the team were running 70 miles each week. Since I wasn’t doing that, I had to make up for it somehow.”
Eaton was treated in August by Dr. Mark Ritter. The Comeback Athlete Award is given to an Indiana high school or college athlete who has overcome adversity or injury and returned to excel beyond expectations in his sport.
North gains national ranking
Beating two nationally-ranked teams the past two weeks has landed the Columbus North girls basketball team in this week’s USA Today Top 25. The Bull Dogs (17-0) make their debut at No. 14.
North beat then-No. 16 Hamilton Southeastern 53-30 Dec. 29 in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Classic at New Castle. Jan. 3, the Bull Dogs downed then-No. 5 Chicago Whitney Young 72-67 in overtime. Both Hamilton Southeastern and Whitney Young dropped out of this week’s poll.
East could get boost
First, the Columbus East girls basketball team got Katie Ritenour back from a knee injury. Then last week, Allyson Bunch returned from her injured knee.
The Olympians may be getting another player back from injury — one they weren’t expecting this season. Sophomore Megan Galle, a starter last season, had surgery on her wrist in September and hasn’t yet been cleared to practice or play but has been doing some shooting.
“We thought we had lost her for the year,” East coach Danny Brown said. “She may be back come sectional time, we hope. We’ll see if we can just pull it all together by then.”
Conference meets Saturday
It will be a big weekend for Columbus’ wrestling and girls swimming teams. The Conference Indiana and Hoosier Hills meets will be Saturday.
North will host the Conference Indiana girls swim meet, beginning with diving competition at 9 a.m. Swimming finals start at 1 p.m. The Bull Dogs have won all 15 titles in the conference’s history.
“If there were a group to get beat, it will be a group that gets beat because somebody resets all the records,” North coach Jim Sheridan said. “That’s how they think, and if you’re going to beat them, then you better get ready to set records because that’s how we’re going to race.”
Columbus East and Seymour will compete in the HHC girls swim meet at Jennings County. Diving begins at 9 a.m., and swimming starts at 1 p.m.
Seymour will host the HHC wrestling meet beginning at 9 a.m. The Conference Indiana wrestling meet will start at 9 a.m. at Bloomington North.
Hoops games recheduled
Columbus East is one of a few area schools who have rescheduled basketball games that were canceled over the holidays.
The Olympian boys will play at Ben Davis at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9. East was scheduled to play Ben Davis and Lawrence Central in the Lawrence Central Shootout but was unable to make the trip.
The Seymour at Edinburgh boys game originally scheduled for Dec. 27 has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22.
The Brown County girls will make up their game with Cascade at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Eagles also have added a game with Monrovia at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21.