North’s Lang picked for All-American soccer game

Jenna Lang, Columbus North’s all-time leading scorer, has been selected to play in the High School All-American Game for girls soccer.

Lang sustained a season-ending knee injury late in the regular season. She is hoping to be ready, but most likely will not be able to play in the All-American Game, which will be Dec. 11 at Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was the only girl from Indiana selected.

This season, Lang led the Bull Dogs with 21 goals and had six assists in 12 games. She finished her career with 116 goals, including a single-season school-record 44 as a junior, when she led North to the state’s final four in Class 3A.

Lang, who helped lead her Indy Premier club team to a national runner-up finish this summer, has committed to continue her career at Michigan.

Olympians, Panthers make All-HHC teams

Several members of the Hoosier Hills Conference champion Columbus East volleyball and boys and girls soccer teams have been selected to this year’s All-HHC squads, and coaches Ellyn McIntosh (volleyball), Josh Gonsior (boys soccer) and Ilya Schwartzman (girls soccer) are the HHC Coaches of the Year.

East’s Cadence Gilley, Reece Whitehead, Katy Jordan and Gabby Dean and Jennings County’s Megan Vogel made the volleyball first team. East’s Libby Dippold and Saige Stahl and Jennings’ Alivia Elmore are honorable mention selections.

In boys soccer, East’s Chris Quisenberry, Korbin Hatcher, Kevin Galindo Sanchez and Branson Young and Jennings’ Logan McIntosh and Nathan Davis are on the boys soccer first team. East’s Pete Coriden, Cam Trueblood, Ben Sylva and Dathan Wolf and Jennings’ Ian Sawyer and Kai Henneke made honorable mention.

East’s Norah Dwenger, Gabi Schuetz, Alexis Spurgeon, Allison Craig and Anna Liimatta and Jennings’ Abby McDonald are girls soccer first-team selections. East’s Ruth Federle, Maggie Mathews, Kat Soedel, Sydney Berkemeier and Kylie Hatcher and Jennings’ Maddie McInotsh made honorable mention.

The All-HHC football teams will be released after all of the conference schools are out of the tournament.

Lin named North boys tennis MVP

Senior Nathan Lin, who led Columbus North to a state semifinal appearance, has been selected MVP of the Columbus North boys tennis team.

Lin also won the Bull Dog Player Award and was recognized as team captain, along with Matthew Liu. Austin Clark and Amrit Kar were named 2022 team captains.

Most Improved Players were Anvay Atram (varsity) and Sam Song (JV), while others mentioned were Clark, Parth Shah, Michael Crossman, Ritvik Narula and Noe Chretiennot. Liu won the Mental Attitude/Sportsmanship award, while others mentioned were Clark, Hank Lin, Jiaxuan Wang, Yoki Murabayashi and Sid Jain.

Gant selected East girls golf MVP

Senior Harley Gant, who qualified for the Girls Golf State Finals for the second consecutive year, has been named MVP of the Columbus East girls golf team.

Peyton Meier won the Mental Attitude Award and was honored along with Gant as co-captains. Avery Brooks won the Most Improved award.

Dwenger named East girls soccer MVP

Junior Norah Dwenger has been selected MVP of the Columbus East girls soccer team.

Dwenger and Sydney Berkemeier were named Most Valuable on Offense, and Gabi Schuetz and Alexis Spurgeon were named Most Valuable on Defense. Heidi Murphy and Hallie Randle were selected Most Improved, and Schuetz, Kathleen Soedel, Grace Wiltsey and Allison Craig shared the Mental Attitude award.

Cierra Burns, Grace Lykins and Taylor Scott were named Most Improved for junior varsity. Sophia Leach and Grace Lykins shared the Mental Attitude award for JV.

Ianni commits to Jackson College

Columbus East senior Ethan Ianni has committed to continue his baseball career at Jackson College in Michigan.

Ianni went 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 17.1 innings pitched for the Olympians in the spring.

Thompson headed to Franklin College

Jennings County senior point guard Kali Thompson has committed to play basketball at Franklin College.

Thompson averaged 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds a game for the Panthers last season.

Trinity state volleyball tickets available online

Trinity Lutheran volleyball will play Lafayette Central Catholic in the Class A state final at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ball State’s Worthen Arena.

Tickets are $12 person, with children 5-and-under free, and are good for all four games. All tickets must be purchased online using the following link:

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 Tuesday and Nov. 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.