Prep sports notebook: Bunker tied for 35th in Junior Worlds

Ava Bunker

Ava Bunker fired a 1-under-par 71 on Tuesday and came back with a 1-over 73 on Wednesday in the IMG Academy Junior World Championshiphips at Torrey Pines South in La Jolla, California.

Bunker, an Edinburgh resident who will be a freshman at Columbus North, is tied for 35th at even-par 144 at through 36 holes. The final two rounds will be today and Friday.

Kara Kaneshiro of Honolulu leads the tournament at 7-under. Kelli Ann Strand of Challis, Idaho, and Sammie Miller of Brentwood, California, are tied for second at 5-under.

Miles named 6A preseason All-State

Columbus North defensive lineman Savion Miles has been named to the Class 6A preseason All-State team by Indiana Football Digest.

Miles, who will be a senior, recorded 52 tackles, including seven for losses, and two sacks last year in helping the Bull Dogs to the Conference Indiana title.

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Football teams get new head coaches

Besides Logan Haston at Columbus North, two other area football teams have new head coaches this season.

Rodney Martin takes over at South Decatur. He replaces Rick Zimmerman, a former Jennings County coach, who now is an assistant at Seymour.

Martin, who also is the Cougars’ athletics director, previously was the school’s football coach from 2009-14. He posted a 24-27 record in those six seasons, highlighted by a 7-3 mark in 2010.

T.J. Newton is the new Jennings County coach. He replaces Justin Baldwin, who stepped in as interim head coach last season.

Baker named North baseball MVP

Will Baker, who was a senior this spring, has been named MVP of the Columbus North baseball team.

Baker also shared the Defensive Player of the Year award with Trenton McCain. Zach McLean won the Offensive Player of the Year Award, and Zach Wager won the Pitcher of the Year award.

Trent Bodart won the Bull Dog Award. Tyler Blythe was named Most Improved.

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