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North swimmers closing in on crowns

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IF the Columbus North boys swimmers can swim up to their seeds this weekend, the Bull Frogs will have multiple state champions and a high team finish at the state finals.

North is seeded first in four events and second in two others going into Friday’s preliminaries, which begin at 6 p.m. at the Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI. Diving prelims start at 9 a.m. Saturday, and swimming consolations and finals and diving finals begin at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“These young guys have earned the right to the seeds that they have with the hard work and the determination they brought to the sectional championships, which was one of the fastest sectionals in the state,” North coach Jim Sheridan said. “Now what they have to do is not go out and defend that seeding, they have to go out and improve their times.”

Senior Cody Taylor is the top seed in both the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke. Taylor is the defending state champion in the breaststroke, and his sectional time of 54.55 seconds Saturday was under the state meet record of 54.82.

Senior Sam Loescher is seeded first in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 freestyle. Taylor, junior Matt Freudenthaler, sophomore Chase McQueen and Loescher are seeded first in the 200 freestyle relay and second in the 400 freestyle relay.

Freudenthaler is seeded 21st in the 200 freestyle and 28th in the 100 butterfly. McQueen is seeded 31st in the 200 IM.

“If Sammy gets off the blocks, if Cody goes with the same mindset that he’s had, and Chase and Matt go and chase some things, anything can happen in their individual races, as well as the four guys in the relays,” Sheridan said.

The Bull Frogs are seeded to score 151 points and finish fourth as a team behind Avon (221), Chesterton (188) and Penn (159).

Jennings County junior Trever Wilson is seeded 32nd in the 100 breaststroke, and senior Devin Vanosdol is 36th in the 200 IM. The Panthers also qualified junior diver Lane Sawyer, who finished second behind Seymour senior Chris Robinson in Tuesday’s Bloomington North Diving Regional.

Icemen back in Final Four

The Columbus Icemen hockey team is back in the state’s Class 5A Final Four.

The Icemen, who won the Indiana State High School Hockey Association’s Hoosier League regular-season title, were state runners-up in 2011 and 2012 and made the Final Four last year. They’ll compete in this year’s tourney Saturday and Sunday at the Ice Box in South Bend.

The third-seeded Icemen will face fourth-seeded Lake Central at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, second-seeded South Bend St. Joseph’s at 9:15 p.m. Saturday and top-seed Culver at 1:45 p.m. Sunday. The top two teams from this weekend’s action will play for the state title March 8 in Fort Wayne.

Brown County to induct trio

Three former Brown County athletes will be inducted into the school’s athletics Hall of Fame at tonight’s boys basketball game against Edinburgh.

Danny Fisher (cross-country/track) and Dan and Drake Roberts (basketball) will be honored at halftime of tonight’s 7:30 p.m. game. Gavin Chambers (football) and Jenny Kulow (cross-country/track) also were selected but will be unable to attend.

Sectional passes on sale

The Hauser athletics department will be selling three-session season passes for the boys basketball South Decatur Sectional through Tuesday in the athletics office. Season passes are $10, and single-session tickets, available at the door only, are $6.

The Jets play Oldenburg Academy about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and with a win would play Jac-Cen-Del about 7:30 p.m. March 7. The championship game will be at 7:30 p.m. March 8.

Coaches to put on clinic

The Columbus East and Columbus North baseball coaching staffs will put on a free baseball coaching clinic for all youth coaches in the Columbus area at 2 p.m. Sunday in Room C104 of East High School.

The clinic will feature hitting, pitching, practice organization and team drills. For more information, contact East coach Jon Gratz,

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

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