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Tennis tournament to benefit prekindergarten education


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The Dave Galle Memorial Golf Classic has raised nearly $200,000 in its first two years for prekindergarten education in Bartholomew County.

Now, Galle’s daughter, Megan, is trying to build on that. For her senior project, she is hosting the Play for Pre-K tennis tournament Friday and Saturday at Columbus North High School.

Proceeds will benefit the Dave Galle Memorial Scholarship Fund.

“Early childhood education was really important to my dad,” said Megan Galle, who will be a senior at Columbus East. “I want to keep showing that is important. It’s a great opportunity for me to be able to carry on what my dad was so passionate about.”

Galle said she had about 20 entrants by Tuesday’s deadline. The tournament will feature divisions for 14-and-under, 16-and-under and 18-and-under boys and girls.

Most of the players are from East and North, including Galle’s teammate, Ashlee Hasson, a two-time Republic Athlete of the Year for Girls Tennis. Galle said a couple cousins from Batesville and their friends will also play.

Galle began working on the project at end of school year. She has ordered trophies for first-place finishers and medals for runners-up in each division, and she has been handing out flyers about the event the past couple weeks.

On Wednesday, Galle met with project mentor Kendal Hammel, the North boys and girls tennis coach, to set up brackets for the tournament.

“It will be nice to see all this work pay off finally,” Galle said.

McKee to lead Rising Seniors

Pat McKee wasn’t expecting to coach the Indiana girls squad in the upcoming Rising Senior Academy event.

That honor was to go to Junior All-Stars coach Kristi Kaniewski Ulrich of Penn. But with Ulrich unavailable early next week, Indiana Basketball Coaches Association executive director Steve Witty asked McKee to step in.

“I wasn’t involved in the decision for choosing me,” said McKee, the girls coach at North. “I’d have been fine with Kristi coaching the team because she coached the Junior All-Stars. She’s developed a chemistry with these kids.”

The Rising Senior Academy, which will be Monday and Tuesday at Ben Davis High School, is in its second year for the boys and the first for the girls. This year’s event will feature boys teams from Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Washington and Wisconsin and girls squads from Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Muncie Central’s Lisa Blalock and North assistant coach Ron Patberg will assist McKee. Patberg coaches three of the Indiana players on his travel team.

“I know most of them because Columbus North has played against most of these kids, but not having coached them,” McKee said. “That’s why I got Ron involved.”

One rising senior who won’t be playing is Patberg’s daughter, Ali, who has committed to Notre Dame. Ali Patberg and Bedford North Lawrence’s Jenna Allen, who were Core Six members of the Indiana Junior All-Stars, have prior commitments.

The teams meet for opening ceremonies at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle. The Indiana girls will play Ohio at 9:50 a.m. Monday, Wisconsin at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Iowa at 8 p.m. Monday and Ohio at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Indiana’s boys will play Iowa at 9:50 a.m. Monday, Washington at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Ohio at 8 p.m. Monday and Wisconsin at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

North’s Josh Speidel, who was a Core Six member of the Junior All-Stars, will be in Chicago for the Adidas Uprising Top 100 Camp.

Area players in showcase

Four area boys and three area girls basketball players are scheduled to participate in the IBCA/IHSAA Top 100 Showcase for underclassmen.

Ali Patberg, who will be a senior; and North’s Paige Littrell, who will be a junior; and Jennings County’s Baylee Krueger, who will be a senior, will be in the girls showcase from 2 to 8 p.m. July 23 at Ben Davis.

Trent Larson and Josh Speidel, who will be seniors at North; Connor Umphress, who will be a senior at East; and Parker Chitty, who will be a junior at East, will be in the boys showcase from 2 to 8 p.m. July 24, also at Ben Davis.

Track athletes honored

Twenty-nine area athletes have been recognized as Academic All-State by the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches.

North seniors Andrew Baldwin, Andy Carr, Kamal Maharjan and Chris Von Hoene and junior Daniel Padilla; Jennings County senior Jonah Woods; and Seymour seniors Ben Coomer, Laurin Schmidt and Jack Tormoehlen and juniors Daniel Hauersperger and Joe Mullis are on the boys first team. North seniors Kaden Eaton, Sam Ford and Michael Keller and junior Ben Porter are honorable mention selections.

East senior Andrea Hendrickson, North senior Mackenzie Caldwell and Seymour senior Michelle Hoene are on the girls first team. East seniors Sarah Loesch and Michaela Richardson; North seniors Mara Krempel, Tessa Krempel and Gabby Sims and juniors Libby Cutler, Olivia Malone and Janelle Peters; and Seymour seniors Kaylee Bauserman, Megan Kimbley and Hannah Kleber are honorable mention selections.

Track coach to lead CC team

Jennings County girls track coach Brian Guthrie has taken over as the Panther boys cross-country coach.

Guthrie succeeds Father Jonathan Meyer, who guided the team last season. Meyer’s job relocated him to a Southeastern Indiana parish near Cincinnati.

Ted Schultz is a sportswriter for The Republic. Send comments tschultz@therepublic.com.

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