North quarterback named a top student-athlete

Trenton Kelley, who led Columbus North to the Conference Indiana football championship this season, has been selected as one of Central Indiana’s top student-athletes by the National Football Foundation’s Central Indiana chapter.

Kelley carries a 3.92 GPA on a 4.0 scale and ranks in the top 20 percent of his class at North. He is headed to Morehead State to play football.

On the field, Kelley completed 145 of 230 passes for 1,772 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior in earning Class 6A honorable mention All-State and The Republic Player of the Year honors. His 25 touchdown passes as a junior is tied for the school record, and his 4,017 career passing yards rank third in school history.

Kelley is one of about 20 players from Central Indiana who will be honored April 14 at the Indianapolis Colts Pavillion.

Locals make Academic All-State

Two local seniors have been named to this year’s Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Academic All-State first team.

Columbus East’s Matt Frost and Hauser’s Sean Miller are on the 39-player boys squad. Columbus North’s Kelley and Patrick McKinley, Jennings County’s Josh Pettit, Edinburgh’s Coltan Henderson, South Decatur’s Trent Nobbe and Trinity Lutheran’s AJ Goecker made honorable mention.

Girls honorable mention selections include East’s Claire Cunningham and Sarah Park, Jennings’ Alana Daeger and Callie Wilder, South Decatur’s Annie Gant and Sam Goodfellow and Trinity’s Savannah Harweger.

Coaches could nominate seniors who had at least a 3.5 GPA, ranked in the top 25 percent of their class and had an SAT score of 1,100 on the reading and math sections or 24 on the ACT. An IBCA committee reviewed the nominations and determined first team and honorable mention.

Pair named to All-State teams

Two local underclassmen have been selected to the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association All-State Basketball second and third teams.

Columbus North sophomore Alexa McKinley made the second team. Columbus East freshman Koryn Greiwe is on the third team.

Athletes qualify for HSR meet

Four Columbus North and one Jennings County athlete have qualified for Saturday’s big-school division of the Hoosier State Relays, the unofficial state indoor track and field meet.

North freshman Tucker Smith (shot put) and Preston Terrell (high jump) are in the boys meet. Freshman Kylah Lawson (long jump) and sophomore Adrienne Salemme (pole vault) are in the girls meet.

Jennings senior Kayla Truesdell is the top seed in the girls shot put. Truesdell broke her own school record in the shot put at last week’s Lawrence North Qualifier with a throw of 45 feet.

Brown County is in the small-school boys division in the 4×400-meter and distance medley relays, and senior Marino Dolph is in the 3,200. Freshman Christy Sebastian is entered in the girls 60 meters.

The big-school meet begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Indiana University’s Gladstein Fieldhouse. The small-school meet will follow at 4 p.m.

East to hold callout meeting

Columbus East girls basketball will hold a callout meeting for incoming freshmen at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the school’s cafeteria.

Coaches will provide information regarding program and team expectations as well as the team workout schedule. For more information, contact head coach Danny Brown at [email protected].

Westlers hosting ‘Mulch Madness’

The Columbus East Wrestling Club is hosting its Eighth Annual Mulch Madness, with help from Hackman’s Farm Market and Greenhouse.

Individuals or businesses can order mulch by going to, then clicking on Winter, Wrestling, Varsity and Mulch Madness, or by texting “Mulch” to 812-343-1882 to receive a text back.

Deliveries begin at 8 a.m. March 30, April 6 and May 13. If rainouts occur any of those Saturdays, a makeup will be on the following day. Those ordering are asked to check the website for weather-related delivery updates.

For more information, e-mail [email protected].

North to host ‘Bull Dog Bites’

Columbus North will host its annual “Bull Dog Bites” fundraiser from 5 to 7:30 p.m. April 6 in the school’s cafeteria.

For $20, patrons receive 10 bites. They can then vote for their favorite North sports team, and the top three teams receive a donation to their account.

North sets Sports Physical Night

Columbus North’s Sports Physical Night will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 10 at Northside Middle School. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and closes at 7 p.m.

Cost is $20 cash or check payable to CNHS Athletic Department. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and complete the IHSAA physical form. Forms are available in the North athletic office and the IHSAA website and will be available the day of the event.

For more information, call the North athletics office at 812-376-4265.

Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at [email protected] or 812-379-5628.