Locals selected Academic All-State

All six seniors from Columbus North and all four seniors from Columbus East have been named to the Indiana High School Volleyball Coaches Association Academic All-State team.

North’s Sarah Bennett, Grace Chapman Sydney Cooper, Reagan Kane, Emma Martin and Paige Osborne and East’s Kaitlyn Carothers, Cadence Gilley, Katy Jordan and Reece Whitehead are on the team, along with Hauser’s Andie Clark and Gabby Johns.

Also named to the Academic All-State team are Jennings County’s Kylee Boardman, Lily Ernstes and Lucy Ernstes; Brown County’s Abigail Bowman and Jayda Scales; South Decatur’s Alli Nobbe, Brook Somers and Emma Weisenbach and Trinity Lutheran’s Ruthie Bingham, Kamzi Gross and Stella Kleffman.

Heafner headed

to Lincoln Trail

Columbus North senior Lexi Heafner has committed to continue her softball career at Lincoln Trail in Illinois.

Heafner, a third baseman, helped the Bull Dogs to Conference Indiana, sectional and regional titles in the spring.

IHSAA institutes mercy

rule for basketball

A few years ago, the IHSAA put in a mercy rule for football, where after a team is leading by at least 35 points in the second half, a running clock would commence for the rest of the game.

This week, the IHSAA voted to do the same for boys and girls basketball. Games now will feature a running clock when a team leads by at least 35 points in the second half.

Golf scramble to benefit Streeval Academic Fund

Columbus East senior Noah Lykins is holding a Par 3 golf scramble as his senior project to benefit the Lily Streeval Academic Fund. Streeval was killed by a hit-and-run driver as she was attempting to board a school bus on Aug. 30.

The scramble will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 23 at Par 3 Golf Course. Cost is $25 per player, and freewill donations also will be accepted.

Players can show up at noon Oct. 23 to register or can preregister by calling Lykins at 812-447-9011 or Arnholt at 812-350-5582.

Olympians to host

Rapsodo hitting league

Columbus East baseball will host its first East Baseball Rapsodo Hitting League from Oct. 26 through Dec. 1 for fifth-through-eighth-graders.

Participants will take part in competitions such as Home Run Derby, Exit Velocity Challenges, and Hard-Hit Ball Percentage, and leaderboards will be posted to social media each week. Every participant will receive instruction and drills from the East coaching staff and will have access to their own Rapsodo Hitting Report with metrics and overlayed video.

Dates are Oct. 26; Nov. 1, 9 and 15 and Dec. 1. Fifth-and-sixth-graders will hit from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (times may change based on numbers), and seventh-and-eighth-graders will hit from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Cost is $25, paid by check or cash, If interested, email East coach Jon Gratz at [email protected]

North senior hosting 3-on-3 soccer event

Columbus North’s K.J. Ely is hosting a 3-on-3 soccer tournament at 3 p.m. Oct. 30 at Richard Wigh Soccer Complex to raise money for Beloved Bags for her senior project.

The tournament is for high school players only. Teams can have three to five players, and the cost is $10 per player.

To register, or for more information, call Ely at 812-657-1495.

South Decatur to hold Kickoff Bash

South Decatur’s boys and girls basketball teams are holding a Kickoff Bash at 1 p.m. Oct. 30 at the school.

Admission is one food item. Concessions will be available.

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