Prep sports notebook: Dibble nets ‘Gifts of Game’ scholarship

Columbus North senior Carson Dibble has been honored with a “Gifts of the Game” scholarship by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Dibble has played basketball for four years for the Bull Dogs and is a starter this season. He also played football last fall and is a member of North’s Unified Track and Field team.

Aside from athletics, Dibble is an active member of the Foundation for Youth Boys and Girls Club, volunteers for Toys for Tots and the Alzheimer’s Association and mentors younger students.

Dibble is one of three winners of the renewable college scholarships, worth up to $4,000. The other winners are Madison Axsom of Elkhart and Bailie Stephens of Warsaw.

The “Gifts of the Game” scholarship program was created to recognize high school seniors who have been involved in Indiana high school basketball as a player, manager, statistician, student trainer or other similar role, with consideration given to their scholarship, leadership and extracurricular activities.

Dibble will be honored at the Bull Dogs’ Feb. 11 game against Bloomington South.

North bowlers headed to semistate

The Columbus North boys and girls bowling teams went into Saturday’s regional from different ends of the spectrum, but they ended with the same results.

The girls team came in seeded second and finished as the regional runner-up. The boys team entered as the No. 10 seed out of 10 teams, but they too came away with a runner-up finish to join the girls in qualifying for semistate.

Girls team members are juniors Skye Thomas, Savannah Steele and Joycee Redman and sophomores Ragan Mathis, Alexis Jones and Ella Howard. Coaches are Tom Howard and Chris Jones.

Boys team members are seniors Skylar Harrison and Ethan Staples, junior Brody Voss, sophomore Andrew Steinkoenig and freshmen Landon Million and Issac Carter. Coaches are Clint Million and Kevin Voss.

Prior to the team competition, Jones finished third and Mathis took seventh in the girls singles event, and Staples was eighth in the boys singles event to advance to semistate competition.

The semistate will take place on Saturday in Richmond.

North swimming set for conference

The Columbus North boys and girls swimmers will compete in the Conference Indiana meet Saturday at Terre Haute South. Diving begins at 9 a.m., followed by swimming at 1 p.m.

Bloomington North’s boys and Bloomington South’s girls are the favorites to win the team titles. The Bull Frog boys are hoping to give Bloomington North a big challenge.

“Bloomington North is a really good team,” Columbus North coach Brett Findley said. “They beat us pretty well (in a dual meet). I think we’re just going to take it one day at a time and see how it goes. We’re going to go and obviously give it our best shot. But ultimately, our goal is sectional.”

The Bull Frogs will host the girls sectional Feb. 3 and 5 and the boys sectional Feb. 17 and 19.

Pairings show set for Sunday

The IHSAA girls basketball tournament pairings show will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday and will be livestreamed at ihsaatv.org.

The boys basketball tournament pairings will be at 5 p.m. Feb. 20, also at ihsaatv.org.

North softball to hold callout

Columbus North softball will hold a callout meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in the school’s cafeteria for parents and players.

Everyone planning on trying out for the 2022 season will need to attend. North hopes to have enough players to field a junior varsity team this year.

If any questions, text or call coach Ron McDonald at 812-344-6993 or email him at [email protected]

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