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Olympians in position to win HHC track crown


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FLOYD Central has the state’s No. 11 ranking, but Columbus East will enter tonight’s Hoosier Hills Conference boys track meet as the favorite, based on seed times and distances.

The Olympians are seeded to score 142 points to 121 for the Highlanders when the teams take the track at 6 p.m. at Jeffersonville. Floyd Central has won the past three HHC boys track titles, while East last won in 2008.

“Our conference is really good,” East coach David Miller said. “Floyd Central is one of the better teams in the state. I’m excited to see our kids compete against some good talent. One of our goals this year is to win conference. The kids have been working hard all year to reach that goal, and I’m excited to go up against a good Floyd Central team and Jeff and New Albany.”

East senior James Robinson is the top seed in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, Jason Kimmet is seeded first in the 400, and the Olympians are top seeds in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Senior Brock Patterson in the shot put, sophomore Rhett Myers in the discus, senior Paul Baker in the 1,600 and senior Jacob Hampton in the 800 are No. 2 seeds.

Jennings County senior Tom Alsup is seeded No. 1 in the shot and discus. Senior Danny Gerringer in the discus and senior Jonah Woods in the 1,600 are No. 3 seeds.

Seymour senior Jack Tormoehlen is the top seed in the 1,600 and 3,200.

State golf finals moving

Lost in all the hoopla of last week’s IHSAA changes regarding its girls basketball season was a decision to move the Boys and Girls Golf State Finals.

After 14 years at The Legends in Franklin, the state finals will move to Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel beginning with the girls state finals this fall. The Legends will still host this year’s boys state finals June 17 and 18.

Even though he’ll have to travel a little farther, Columbus North coach Doug Bieker is happy with the move.

“I’m excited about that, actually,” said Bieker, who has led the Bull Dogs to runner-up finishes three of the past eight years. “We’ve tried for a few years now to get it to a golf course that was more competitive and will help identify the best golfers at the high school level, and I don’t think The Legends has done that for a few years.

“Nothing against The Legends — they’ve always had the course in pretty good shape,” he said. “But it’s not difficult enough to identify the best high school golfers in Indiana. I think Prairie View will do that.”

North to face new coach

If the North girls basketball team is to get past its nemesis next season, it will do it against a new coach.

Bedford North Lawrence’s Damon Bailey accepted an offer earlier this week to join another former BNL girls coach, Kurt Godlevske, at Butler University. Godlevske, who led the Stars to the Class 4A state title in 2013, spent the past season as an assistant under Beth Couture at Butler.

Couture was fired last month, and Godlevske was selected as her replacement. Bailey, who had been an assistant under Godlevske at BNL, took over last year and led the Stars to another state title.

Bailey’s daughter, Alexa, who will be a senior at BNL, has committed to Butler.

Eagles’ star breaks leg

Brown County’s chances of winning its first softball sectional title since 2002 took a big hit Tuesday morning when sophomore center fielder Rachel Smith broke her leg in two places.

Smith was injured while playing soccer in open gym before school. She led the Eagles with 18 goals in the fall.

Brown County softball coach Ron McDonald calls Smith his fastest player.

“She has tremendous speed,” McDonald said. “She’s an up-and-coming star for us. She could get to those balls that nobody could get to. We’re hoping she can make it back for soccer next year and then softball.”

Rain-outs rescheduled

East’s HHC Tournament baseball, softball and girls tennis events were rained out Wednesday and rescheduled for today. The Olympians will now play tennis at New Albany at 5:15 p.m., baseball at Jennings County at 5:30 p.m. and softball at Madison at 5:30 p.m.

Jennings will play at Jeffersonville in both softball and girls tennis, with both scheduled for 6 p.m. Seymour will now play baseball at New Albany at 6 p.m., softball at home against New Albany at 6 p.m., and tennis at home against Floyd Central at 5:30 p.m.

North’s home baseball game against Bloomington South, which was rained out  Wednesday, has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. today.

North’s boys golf match with Shelbyville and New Palestine, which was postponed on Monday, has been rescheduled for today at Harrison Lake.

Also, Edinburgh’s baseball game with North Decatur, that was postponed last week, has been rescheduled for May 22. The Lancers were supposed to play at Hauser that day, but since that would be the second meeting of the season between the two teams and a non-conference contest, it was cancelled to allow for Edinburgh to play the Mid-Hoosier Conference game against North Decatur.

Ted Schultz is a sports reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at tschultz@therepublic.com.

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