North runners compete out of state

Two Columbus North senior cross-country runners shined in out-of-state meets last weekend.

Reese Kilbarger-Stumpff, who won the state boys individual title, won the 3,200 meters on the track at the Lloyd White Memorial Distance Festival in Louisville. His time of 8 minutes, 54,76 seconds ranks 12th all-time in Indiana.

Meanwhile, Katherine Rumsey, who helped the Bull Dog girls to the state team title, ran for Team Indiana in the Mid-East Cross Country Championships in Kettering, Ohio. Rumsey finished 34th in 19 minutes, 25 seconds for 5,000 meters (3.1 miles).

“We are very proud to add another Columbus North name to very distinguished list of Bull Dogs that have been selected to the All-Star team,” North girls coach Rick Sluder said. “This is a huge honor that Katherine earned, and she did her team, her school and Indiana proud Saturday. It is a memory and an honor she will have for a long time.”

North to honor Lewis at basketball game

Columbus North will honor the late Norm Lewis, the longtime voice of the Bull Dogs, at Saturday’s boys basketball game against Seymour.

Lewis was a U.S. History teacher at North. He was the public address announcer for boys basketball from 1982-2008 and also ran the scoreboard at home football games.

Lewis died last November. His wife Linda and daughters Laura and Kelly will be there on Saturday, and a banner will be presented to the school with his catch phrase, “Let’s get loud and be proud for your Columbus North Bull Dogs.”

“We thought it would be a nice little tribute to him,” said Louie Russell, a former assistant athletics director and assistant football and gymnastics coach at North. We didn’t do it last year because there were no crowds as the basketball games, but we wanted to do it this year so people who knew Norm could come.”

Jennings senior headed to Hanover

Jennings County senior Luke Ownbey has committed to continue his baseball career at Hanover.

Ownbey scored two runs and had a .957 fielding percentage last spring in helping the Panthers to a 13-9 record.

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