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Swimmer: Extra kicks too ‘risky’

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CODY Taylor doesn’t want to mess with success.

The reigning state 100-yard breaststroke champion from Columbus North said he likely won’t take advantage of a rule adjustment the IHSAA passed last week that allows breaststrokers to execute a single butterfly kick at the start or turn at any time prior to the first breastsroke kick. Previously, swimmers could take the butterfly kick only when their hands were going from the streamline position to their sides during the pullout motion.

“People were pressing it further and further so they were doing it before their pullout,” said Taylor, a junior. “The idea behind that was you were separating your motion into two different motions, and you would get more distance, and therefore, it’s quicker.”

Only one butterfly, or dolphin, kick will still be permitted.

“I don’t do it (early), because it’s really risky,” Taylor said. “One of the things you see people doing is, they take two or three dolphin kicks. They’re already in the habit of taking one in the pullout motion, because it’s second nature, so I’m not going to do it.”

Hoops star earns another honor

North sophomore Ali Patberg has been selected to another All-State basketball squad.

Patberg is one of 15 players on the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association first team. The 5-foot-9 combo guard averaged 18.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals in leading the Bull Dogs to a 25-1 record, Conference Indiana and sectional championships and a No. 1 state ranking.

North primed for conference

Several North track and field athletes are among the top seeds in their respective events for Friday’s Conference Indiana meet at Bloomington North.

Junior Mackenzie Caldwell is the top seed in the girls 1,600 and 3,200 meters, and junior Gabby Sims has the fastest time in the 400. Junior Tessa Krempel in the discus, freshman Sierra Lax in the 3,200 and the Bull Dogs’ 4x800 relay team are seeded second.

For the boys, senior Nate Green is seeded second in the pole vault, and junior Andy Carr has the second-  fastest time in the 3,200.

Hauser announced award winners

Trey Shipley and Ellie Trotter were selected as Hauser’s boys and girls basketball most valuable players at the school’s awards banquet.

Other varsity boys winners included Ryan Christy (best field-goal percentage and leading rebounder), Rory Thayer (best defensive player and most assists), Dalton McKinney (best free-throw percentage) and Mason Ramsey (most improved).

Varsity girls winners included Breanna Lange (Bob Carroll Award and best defensive player), Leslie Sims (best field-goal percentage and most assists), Paige Miller (best free-throw percentage), Erynn Shaw (leading rebounder) and Abbey Ashbrook (most improved).

Haley Webster was named best all-around varsity cheerleader. Jillian Forney and Makayla Knight shared the Joyce Israel Award and Brittany Young won the Mental Attitude Award for cheerleading.

events rescheduled

North’s baseball game at Lawrence Central, which was rained out Tuesday, has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. today.

Columbus East’s girls tennis match with Seymour has been rescheduled for 4:45 p.m. Friday at East. The East at Seymour softball game has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday. The Jennings County at East golf match has been rescheduled for May 10.

The Edinburgh at Indian Creek boys golf match has been rescheduled for today, and the Lancers girls tennis match with Indian Creek has been rescheduled for Monday. The Lancers will not play Trinity Lutheran Monday so they can get the conference match played.

Brown County has rescheduled its softball game at Northview for May 8 and baseball games at Northview for May 13 and Owen Valley for May 15. The Eagles’ baseball game at Indian Creek has been moved from May 7 to May 8 since the Braves need to make up a conference game on May 7.

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