A total of 28 girls and 14 boys from Columbus have been named to the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association Academic All-State team.
Columbus East seniors Jeffrey Blanz, Joseph Deckard, Gavin Edgecomb, Joe Hefner, Weston Romine and Branson Young and juniors Henry Bush, Pete Coriden, Max Nash, Cam Trueblood and Sam Witte made the boys team, along with Columbus North senior Will Holliday and juniors Flynn Keele and Michael Wolf.
Making the girls team were East seniors Gabi Schuetz, Kat Soedel and Grace Wiltsey and juniors Sydney Berkemeier, Allison Craig, Elizabeth Deckard, Norah Dwenger, Sophia Leach, Anna Liimatta, Maggie Mathews, Heidi Murphy, Emma Patterson, Hallie Randle, Isabella Saldivar and Alexis Spurgeon, along with North seniors Nitya Chenanda, Emily Ellis, K.J. Ely, Annagail Fields, Ella Furber, Jenna Lang, Claire Lyvers and Rion Stevens and juniors Lauren Barker, Sarah Fulp, Natalie Ho, Ashleyn Perry and Riley Schumm.
Jennings County seniors Grace Kirchner and Morgan Lane and junior Abby McDonald also made the girls Academic All-State squad.
East golfers make
Columbus East seniors Harley Gant and Peyton Meier have been selected to the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Academic All-State girls golf team.
Brown County senior Abby Padgett has been named to the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association Academic All-State squad. Eagles seniors Annika Evenson and Ainslie Winton made honorable mention.
Scruggs invited to
Columbus North senior defensive back Jaxson Scruggs has been invited to the 2021 “Bowl Week” All-American Classic at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
Scruggs leads the Conference Indiana champion Bull Dogs with two interceptions and had 46 tackles during the regular season.
East’s Major commits
to Jackson College
Columbus East senior shortstop Harry Major has committed to continue his baseball career at Jackson College in Michigan.
Major batted .282 with five doubles, eight RBIs and 13 runs scored for the Olympians last spring.
Hauser’s Johnson headed to Indiana Tech
Hauser senior pitcher-first baseman Koby Johnson has committed to continue his baseball career at Indiana Tech.
Johnson went 6-4 with a 2.36 ERA, led the Jets with three home runs and had 18 RBIs and 15 runs scored for the Jets last spring.
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. Saturday 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. Saturday at the school.
Admission is one food item. Concessions will be available.
Olympians hosting Rapsodo hitting league
Columbus East baseball is hosting its first East Baseball Rapsodo Hitting League 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.
Remaining dates are Monday and Nov. 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]
Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at [email protected] or 812-379-5628.