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Selecting stars no easy task

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Upon receiving the All-Conference Indiana selections for spring sports, I did a quick glance through the softball honorees.

Somebody was missing. OK, I probably went a little too fast through the names with my speed reading skills. So I started at the top and looked through again.

Hmmm. No Kelsay Lucas.


This can’t be right. I went through it again. It started to have the feel of that search for the lost sock in the dryer.

You just know it’s got to be there.

But it wasn’t.

Considering that Lucas hit .364 with 14 extra base hits and 30 RBIs, it’s hard to imagine that she could be overlooked. Yet, that is the nature of every all-league or all-conference or all-star team that comes out at the high school level.

Someone deserving is going to get left out.

I went down a column. Oh, OK, honorable mentions, there she was, along with teammate Christine Bombardiere, who also had a big year for North.

Well, at least that is something.

I am not busting on coaches who select such teams. It is an impossible task to get right. Every coach wants to protect his/her own players while doing the best they can to pick the overall team. I’m sure those selecting these teams are sensitive to overall numbers as well.

If one team has six players on the squad, do they deserve seven?

For goodness sakes, just look at the longtime rule in Major League Baseball where every team has to have at least one representative on the All-Star team, even if it wasn’t deserved. That means that someone deserving gets left out.

It’s been a common theme since they started picking such teams.

I guess it’s just one of those life lessons for Lucas, that such an oversight will make her stronger in the future. She probably will run General Motors some day because of this.

In the grand scheme of things, no animals were harmed in the selection of this all-conference team. However, believe me, Kelsay, there are people out there who feel your pain, which probably didn’t last more than five minutes.

For every player who has to shoulder some disappointment, there are those who get a little pat on the back. Columbus North softball players Denisa Brooks, Grayson Harney and Tommi Stowers all were first-team selections.

In baseball, Columbus North’s Canaan Baum, Evan Finke, Collin Lollar and Devin Mann were named to the first team while Cody Burton was an honorable mention.

In boys track, Columbus North received honors at 1,600 meters with Kaden Eaton, at the 300 hurdles with Michael Behling, and in the discus with Ezra Followell. In girls track, Columbus North received honors in the 1,600 and 3,200 with Mackenzie Caldwell, in the 400 with Gabby Sims, and in the shot put and discus with Tessa Krempel.

Girls tennis athletes who received first-team, all conference honors for Columbus North were Sydney Anderson, Aubrey Smith and Sara Vanderkolk.

In boys golf, Michael VanDeventer, Christian Fairbanks and Ian Coffey all received first-team honors.

Jay Heater is The Republic sports editor. He can be reached at or 379-5632.

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