Athletes of the Week


Jacob Bell // Columbus Christian eighth-grade basketball player

Bell led the Crusaders with 21 points and 11 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals Saturday in a 60-56 win against Seven Oaks.

His performance last week: “I think we performed pretty well. I was one of the youngest ones on the court, and we all just worked together as a team, and we listed to our coach and got the job done.”

Do you do anything special to prepare? “We always pray every time, and then we get together and get loose.”

Favorite drink: “Water”

Favorite food: “Steak”

Favorite class: “Science class with Mr. B (Brian Buterbaugh)”

Favorite sports team: “Indiana University”

Favorite athlete: “Michael Jordan”

Role model: “My dad (Nate Bell) and my grandpa (Steve Bell). They worked with me on my basketball skills.”

Best advice: “It’s not all about yourself. Your teammates are what make you win games.”

Athletics goal: “I want to get a scholarship so I can get a good job one day, and if I can go beyond that, that would be wonderful.”

If you could travel anywhere: “China, just because it’s a different atmosphere, and everything is completely different from America.”


Allison Craig // Columbus East senior basketball player

Allison Craig

Craig scored 19 points in a 67-54 win against East Central, eight points in a 43-40 win at Mooresville and 10 points in a 59-45 loss to Corydon Central.

Her performance last week: “(Against East Central), we moved the ball really well and created a lot of open shots for everyone. (Against Corydon) we put in a lot of effort, but the end result was a little disappointing.”

Do you do anything special to prepare? “I eat a peanut butter sandwich.”

Favorite drink: “Lemonade”

Favorite food: “Steak”

Favorite class: “Weightlifting”

Favorite sports team: “Iowa women’s basketball”

Favorite athlete: “(Iowa women’s basketball player) Caitlin Clark”

Role model: “My parents (Chris and Karol Craig)”

Best advice: “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

Athletics goal: “For our team to win sectional this year.”

If you could travel anywhere: “Probably Japan, because we had three foreign exchange students in middle school, and I’l like to visit them.”