IF the Columbus North boys swimmers can swim up to their seeds in this weekend’s state finals, they could be headed for a top-three team finish.
The Bull Frogs have three No. 1 and three No. 2 seeds based on times from Saturday’s sectional action. Not since it won three consecutive state titles from 1998-2000 has North been in position to make such a splash.
“It’s been a number of years since we’ve had that many high seeds, and it’s good to see that coming back into the Columbus North family,” veteran North coach Jim Sheridan said. “These kids have certainly worked far and above many folks’ expectations, except ours. These guys can be champions, and they’ve put in the time and the effort to work toward that.”
Junior Cody Taylor is the top seed in both the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke, while junior Sam Loescher is No. 2 in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. The Bull Frogs are seeded No. 1 in the 200 freestyle relay and No. 2 in the 400 freestyle relay.
Senior Sam Parker is seeded 20th in the 500 freestyle and 22nd in the 200 freestyle. Parker and sophomore Matthew Freudenthaler join Taylor and Loescher on both relay teams.
“We had a tough sectional, and these guys certainly rose to the occasion,” Sheridan said. “I believe there’s still more in the tank for them to go faster, and they believe that, as well.”
Jennings County will have two individuals competing in Friday’s preliminaries. Senior Taylor Eder is seeded 20th in the 100 backstroke, and sophomore Trever Wilson is seeded 29th in the 100 breaststroke.
The top eight swimmers in each event from the prelims advance to Saturday’s finals, while the next eight make the consolation heat. The consolations and finals begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI.
Ash, Summa headed to Marian
Two seniors who helped lead Columbus North to a 6-6 season in the fall, have decided to continue their football careers at Marian University.
Linebacker Shaquille Ash and wide receiver/defensive back/kick returner Taylor Summa have orally committed to the Knights, who won the NAIA national championship in the fall. They will join Columbus East senior Rob McKee, who had earlier committed to Marian.
Ash and Summa are the second and third Bull Dog seniors to make college decisions. Offensive and defensive lineman Thomas Shoaf signed earlier this month with BYU.
North honors scholar-athletes
Columbus North honored 53 senior scholar-athletes at Friday’s boys basketball game against Bloomington North. The following seniors have maintained a grade-point average of 9.50 or better on a 12.0 scale through seven semesters:
Andrew Albers, Michelle Amlung, Hanna Ballard, David Benson, Lindsey Britt, Ethan Brown, Dennis Brumfield, Luis Cambron, Cody Clipp, Jacob Coffey, Caleb Copeland, Clint Cunningham, Morgan Donnelly, Mitchell Duke, Mason Engel, Elizabeth Fischvogt, Chase Francoeur, Jessie Freudenthaler, Bethany Gill, McClain Goggin, Chris Gorbett, Nathan Green, Ellen Hacker, Rachel Hart, Malissa Hofmeister, Robbie Hughes, Elizabeth James, Sydney Jarrard, Garrett Larson, Pascal Lee, Shelby Lucas, Evelyn Malcomb, Shannon McDonald, Connor Millwood, Emily Morris, Wesley O’Dell, Conner Oren, Sam Parker, Jacob Phillips, Morgan Proffitt, Kevin Rudzinski, Zak Ruehman, Ian Smith, Rachael Sollman, Jacob Stewart, Taylor Summa, Hannah Thompson, Chelsea Wieland, Marie Wildemann, Reid Wilson, Caryn Wolfe, Emma Wyke and Ernest Xi.
Mater Dei hires ex-Bull Dog
Former Columbus North standout Ashley King has been named volleyball coach at Evansville Mater Dei.
King played four years as a setter at University of Southern Indiana. She takes over a Mater Dei program that has won three consecutive sectional titles.
Sectional tickets on sale
Tickets for next week’s North boys basketball sectional are on sale in the school’s athletic office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through March 1.
Tickets for the Edinburgh Sectional are on sale in the Edinburgh Community High School treasurer’s office.
All sectional season tickets are $10. Tickets at the door are $6 per session.