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THE Columbus East and Columbus North girls golf teams were sitting in excellent shape to make a run at the state finals before realignment made things a little tougher.
The 15th-ranked Olympians and 17th-ranked Bull Dogs are being sent to the Greensburg Sectional this season after pairings were released last week by the IHSAA. That sectional will feed into the New Castle Regional.
That’s a big change from last season, when the Columbus schools went to the Bloomington North Sectional and played in a regional in Evansville.
“Last year, just going to Evansville, it was logistically tougher,” East coach Troy Buntin said. “The three teams coming out of the Evansville Regional last year were local. If you get a chance to play there quite a bit, that could be a big advantage.”
No. 6 Evansville North, No. 9 Martinsville and No. 10 Floyd Central are the only other ranked teams in a Washington Regional that will be played this year at Country Oaks in Montgomery. The New Castle Regional could include No. 5 Hamilton Southeastern, No. 7 Noblesville, No. 11 Yorktown and No. 14 Cathedral, along with solid teams in Bishop Chatard and Richmond.
“I’m fine with the sectional realignment,” North coach Scott Seavers said. “I’m happy to go and play at Greensburg, but it does make our regional very difficult.”
The IHSAA cut the number of golf regionals from seven to five before last season.
“It’s going to be hard,” Buntin said. “I think when there are only five, they’re all going to be tough. If we play our best golf, we could be there with any of them.”
North star ties school record
North’s Sydney Anderson had been sick all week, so she wasn’t expecting a big round Tuesday.
But in the Bull Dogs’ 175-210 win against Batesville at Hillcrest Country Club, Anderson fired a 2-under-par 33. She was 3-under after seven holes and was putting for eagle on No. 8 but three-putted. She then bogeyed No. 8 and parred No. 9.
“I hadn’t played that course since my freshman year, so the 33 felt nice,” Anderson said. “Our whole team has been sick, so we’ve been kind of holding it together.”
The 33 tied the low nine-hole round, which was set by Erin Sutton’s 2-under 33. Anderson and Taylor Gohn had also shot 2-under 34s at Harrison Lake.
Gohn has the 18-hole record at 4-under 68.
East coach leads Rising Stars
East boys basketball coach Brent Chitty had one of the more memorable experiences of his coaching career this summer when he coached the Indiana Junior All-Stars against Kentucky and the Indiana Rising Seniors in the Rising Stars event.
The Junior All-Stars swept a pair of games from their neighbors to the south, and the Rising Seniors — comprised of many of the same players — went 4-1 and finished second in the six-state event.
The Rising Seniors beat Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Iowa. Their only loss came to Ohio by two-points on a last-second 3-pointer.
Chitty didn’t have big-time recruits Trey Lyles (Indianapolis Tech), James Blackmon (Marion), Trevon Bluiett (Park Tudor) or P.J. Thompson (Brebeuf Jesuit). But he did have Aaron Brennan (Guerin Catholic), Grant Evans (Wapahani), Jake Johnson (Mooresville), D.J. McCall (Fort Wayne Concordia), Bryant McIntosh and Sean Sellers (Greensburg), Mack Mercer (Plymouth), Tayler Persons (Kokomo) and Tyler Wideman (Lake Central).
“Growing up in Indiana, you always hear how good Indiana basketball players are,” Chitty said. “After dealing with the 18 young men with the Indiana Junior All-Stars and this event, it’s confirmed. They were respectful; they were coachable. We all shared the love of the game, the passion of the game. It was a very positive experience.”
Chitty credited Indiana Basketball Coaches Association director Steve Witty for the success of the inaugural Rising Stars event and thinks it will expand in the future.
“I think it was done the right way,” Chitty said. “I think (Hoosier Basketball Magazine publisher) Garry Donna said it best when he said ‘I went to an AAU tournament, and I couldn’t last one game. Then I came to this tournament, and it was unbelievable.’”
North to host District 5 tourney
Four area teams will be among the 13 girls soccer squads playing in Saturday’s District 5 Tournament at Richard Wigh Soccer Complex.
Host Columbus North will play New Albany at 9 a.m. and Jennings County at 10:50 a.m. Columbus East will face New Castle at 9 a.m. and Mooresville at 2:30 p.m.
Following its battle with the Bull Dogs, Jennings will play Richmond at 4:20 p.m. Seymour will face Oldenburg Academy at 10:50 a.m. and Madison at 4:20 p.m.
Olympians QB on magazine cover
Columbus East senior quarterback Alex Cowan is on one of the covers of the 2013 Goal Post Football Yearbook.
The yearbook, published by Excel High School Sports, has two covers. Cowan is one of 20 players on Cover No. 1.
North to host tailgate meal
North will have a tailgate meal from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday before its football game with Plainfield.
A brat or Italian sausage meal is $7, hamburger or cheeseburger meal is $6, and a hot dog meal is $5. Meals include chips, a cookie and drink.
East All-Sports Passes on sale
All-Sports Passes for the 2013-14 school year are on sale in the East athletics office. A family pass (up to five cards) is $200, while an adult pass is $80, a senior citizen pass is $50 and a student pass is $40.
Tickets for this year’s East games are $5 for varsity games, including those with JV and freshman games. Football season tickets are $15.
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