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East eyes prize: Olympians pile up All-Sports points in HHC

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In the 40-year history of the Hoosier Hills Conference, Columbus East has won the All-Sports Trophy only six times.

But the Olympians, a charter member of the HHC, appear to be well on their way to claiming their first All-Sports title since 2008. They already have three firsts and two seconds this fall and can clinch an outright football title with a win Friday against Jeffersonville.

“We’re off to a good start,” East athletics director and football coach Bob Gaddis said. “It’s a long year. Every sport counts, but we’re off to a great start, and hopefully we can continue that the rest of the year.”

The Olympians won conference titles in volleyball and boys soccer on Saturday to add to the one they had already won in girls soccer. They finished second in girls golf and boys tennis and fifth in boys and girls cross-country.

East’s All-Sports championships came in 1981, 1983, 1995, 1996, 2003 and 2008.

Halliburton has big day

How big was Columbus North tailback Jamaal Halliburton‘s 41-carry, 287-yard, five-touchdown effort in Friday’s win at Perry Meridian?

Halliburton’s rushing total places him second on the school’s all-time single-game list. Kobi Cook has the record with 342 yards in a win against Columbus East in 2010.

“I am incredibly proud how Jamaal stepped up,” North coach Tim Bless said. “He did a terrific job. But let’s also make note of where such a performance begins, and that’s with the guys on the offensive line, the tight ends and his lead blocker.”

Halliburton, who had been starting at safety, was filling in at tailback for Jesse Tompkins, who is recovering from a shoulder injury. Tompkins is questionable for Friday’s game at Bloomington South.

East to host invite

It will be a big day of volleyball Saturday at East when the Olympians and North compete in the East Invitational.

Class 4A No. 4 East is in a pool with Class 4A No. 6 Shelbyville, Franklin and West Lafayette Harrison. The East-Shelbyville matchup is a preview of a likely sectional showdown and a rematch of last year’s sectional final, won by the Golden Bears.

North has Class 4A No. 3 Avon, Bedford North Lawrence and Jasper in its pool. Avon handed East one of its two losses this season.

The Bull Dogs are hoping to have senior setter Quin Shoultz back for the tournament. Shoultz sprained an ankle in Tuesday’s loss at Bloomington South and likely won’t play in tonight’s match at Franklin.

Jets, Lancers could meet again

Hauser just knocked off Edinburgh in four games Tuesday night, and it’s possible the teams could play again Saturday in the Edinburgh Invitational.

The Class A No. 9 Jets have a tougher road to the championship match with Class A No. 5 Trinity Lutheran and Monrovia in their pool. The Lancers are in a pool with Sheridan and Liberty Christian.

Hauser and Edinburgh also are involved in the Mid-Hoosier Conference title race, with both teams having one loss in the conference. If the Lancers beat Indian Creek tonight and Eastern Hancock on Monday, and the Jets knock off Waldron on Monday, Hauser, Edinburgh and Eastern Hancock would finish in a three-way tie for the MHC crown.

Armuth inducted into Brownstown Hall

Armuth inducted into Brownstown Hall

The late John Armuth, a Columbus native, was inducted into Brownstown Central’s Hall of Fame Tuesday night.

Armuth taught and coached volleyball at Brownstown, leading the Braves to the state finals in 1983. He also coached in the South Central Indiana Volleyball Association for 15 years and was co-area head with Dave Newland of Columbus.

Armuth, who was also a freelance photographer for The Republic and The (Seymour) Tribune, was killed in an auto accident in March 2011 at the age of 59.

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