Sports briefs – June 30

Locals invited to showcase

Three basketball players from Columbus East will take part in the 14th annual Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/IHSAA Underclass Showcase events, which will take place July 12 and 13 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

Guard Britney Ballard, who will be a junior at East this year, is one of the 108 players expected to participate in the girls showcase, which will be from 2 to 8 p.m. July 12.

Tanner McFall, who will be entering his senior season for the Olympians, and junior teammate Max Nolting are among the 114 expected to be on hand for the boys showcase, which will run from 3 to 9 p.m. July 13.

Also expected to be at the boys showcase is Romeo Langford, who led New Albany to a Class 4A state title as a sophomore last season.

The showcase events are NCAA certified for 2016, which means college coaches from all levels may attend to evaluate the participants.

The showcase events are also open to the public at a cost of $5 per person per day.

North grad takes 68th

Columbus North graduate Cody Taylor finished 68th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2 minutes, 19.70 seconds Wednesday in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Taylor, who will be a junior at Indiana University, was 71st in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.33 on Sunday.

On Monday, former Columbus North swimmer Grace Haskett tied for 138th in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.72. Haskett swam for the Bull Frogs for 2½ seasons before transferring to Bloomington South midway through her junior year this winter.

Michael Brinegar, who will be a junior at North, finished 83rd in the 400 freestyle in 4:00.88 on Sunday. He will compete in the 1,500 freestyle preliminaries on Saturday.