The Columbus North boys soccer team captured its first state championship last month, and now the Bull Dogs are reaping some individual honors.
Four North players have been recognized on the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association All-State squad, and fourth-year coach Andy Glover is this year’s ISCA Coach of the Year.
“I’m very happy to have the endorsement of the membership of the ISCA,” Glover said. “But the only way I can accept that is on behalf of the entire Columbus North men’s soccer coaching staff. The entire staff put their heart and soul into making this team the best it could be. It’s just a real nice accolade for the entire coaching staff.”
Glover was an assistant under David Green from 1998-2001 and 2003-08 and was head coach at Jennings County in 2002. He took over the North program in 2009 and was District Coach of the Year in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and Conference Indiana Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011.
Bull Dogs seniors Reid Wilson and Brad Shaw were named to the All-State first team. Junior Andre Abedian made the second team, and senior Chase Francoeur is on the third team.
“It’s a testament to the framework of the program producing quality players and quality results,” Glover said. “Every kid in the community has an opportunity to play at Columbus North, and we hope that they would all consider it.”
Seymour senior Andrew Bailiff was named to the second team. Columbus East senior Mitch Tabler made the third team.
East senior Emma Dwenger is on the girls first team. North senior Elizabeth James made the second team, while North junior Kenadie Carlson is on the third team and East junior Sydney Newell is an honorable- mention selection.
Girls soccer awards
The North and East girls soccer teams have had their awards banquets and announced their season award winners.
James was named North’s MVP. Michelle Amlung won the Bull Dog Award, Carlson was named Offensive Player of the Year, Malissa Hofmeister was named Defensive Player of the Year, Morgan Proffitt won the Outstanding Achievement Award, Emma Risley was Most Improved and Micah Shoaf was the JV MVP.
Newelll was named East’s varsity MVP. Dwenger was named Most Valuable on Offense, Molly Macy and Olivia Smith were named Most Valuable on Defense, Sarah Weaver won the Mental Attitude varsity award, and Bailey Dowd and Spencer Eudy were named Most Improved varsity. Dowd was the JV MVP, Shelby Geilker won the Mental Attitude JV, and Miriana Miranda was Most Improved JV.
Karson Tays and Mackenzie Caldwell, who led the North boys and girls cross-country teams to sixth- and third-place finishes in the state finals, have been named the teams’ Most Valuable runners.
Seth Williams won the boys Bull Dog Award, and Kaden Eaton won the Ricky Richey Mental Attitude Award. Tays, Kevin Rudzinski and Andy Carr were the captains.
For the girls, Sierra Lax won the Bull Dog Award, and Sydney Keaton won the Mental Attitude Award. Rachael Sollman, Caryn Wolfe and Olivia Kelley were the captains.
Invitational pairings set
Pairings and game times have been announced for the inaugural girls basketball Subway/Columbus North Invitational.
The Bull Dogs, ranked No. 1 in the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association all-class poll and No. 2 in the ICGSA Class 4A poll, will play Avon at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in Memorial Gym. Roncalli and Class A No. 1 Fort Wayne Canterbury will play at the same time in the auxiliary gym. At 8:15 p.m., 3A No. 7 Norwell plays Park Hills (Ky.) Notre Dame Academy in Memorial Gym, and 4A No. 4 Fort Wayne South plays Mishawaka in the auxiliary gym.
Consolation semifinals will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 22 in both gyms, followed by championship semifinals at 11:45 a.m. in both gyms. Seventh- and fifth-place games will be at 3:30 p.m. in both gyms, followed by the third-place game at 5:15 p.m. and the championship game at 7 p.m. in Memorial Gym.
Tickets will be available at the games and are $12 for all three sessions, $8 for both Dec. 22 sessions or $5 for a single session.
North boys ranked No. 8
The North boys basketball team is ranked No. 8 in the IBCA’s preseason all-class poll.
In The Associated Press preseason poll, the Bull Dogs received votes in Class 4A, and Hauser received votes in Class A. North opens its season Saturday night at Hauser.