Columbus East Olympians continue on the road to
back-to-back State Football Championships as
they travel to New Palestine Friday night for a
4A Semi-State. Join Sam Simmermaker and
John Foster at 6:20 PM for the pre-game and kick
off at 7:00 PM.
Columbus East semi-state football tickets are $8
and will be available at the athletic office
Tuesday through Friday. Same special deals as
last week: Ticket & hoodie $25, ticket and
T-shirt $15, & ticket, hoodie and T-shirt
$30. New Palestine officials are
encouraging fans to get tickets early in order
to avoid the probability of long lines.
East fans are invited to attend a team send-off
at 4:00 PM Friday in the East athletic parking
lot. Fans may caravan to New Pal after the
players board the bus. Gates will open at New
Palestine H.S. at 5:40 PM.
Recommended route to New Palestine: State Road 9
to US 52. Left on 52 to the school.
Markell Jones now #2 in the nation, #1 in
Indiana in rushing yards & rushing TDs.
He is two shy of state record for TDs in a
season. He is also 333 yards away from the state
career yardage mark.
East kicker Joe Krause and a kicker from North
Vermillion High School are tied with 84 PATs, a
state record (previous mark 79), and both are
playing Friday night in Semi-States.
Former Columbus East baseball and boys
basketball coach Lou Giovanini, 75, passed away
early Wednesday in Florida. Sifting through
countless Facebook posts, I think Bill Foreman
said it best: "Great competitor, great
opponent, great coach, great teammate and a
It's official: Columbus East will move from
Class 4-A to 5-A in football next season.
Three Columbus North baseball players make
college choices: Collin Lollar, Jr., Ohio State;
Cody Burton, Sr., Indiana State; and Evan Finke,
Sr., Snead State (Ala.) Community College.
Columbus North boys basketball scrimmage:
Columbus North 86 Bedford North Lawrence 76
(Varsity) Columbus North 29 Bedford North
Lawrence 17 (Reserve)
Columbus North's Ali Patberg has been cited as
an IBCA/Subway Player of the Week.
Local runners participated in the Nike Midwest
Cross Country Meet at Terre Haute over the
weekend, running as the Columbus Thorn. Both
boys and girls finished 8th.
Hauser held its annual boys basketball Black and
White scrimmage Monday night. Coach Bob Nobbe
says nine or ten players should see lots of
action this season as he envisions a deep bench
and a team that will be able to run and press
like Hauser teams of the past.
Chase Ballard of Columbus North signs a national
letter of intent to run track & cross
country at Belmont University.
Columbus East girls golf MVP: Rebecca Smith
Columbus East volleyball MVP: Ashlyn Robbins.
Columbus North boys soccer MVP: Jason Fier.
Columbus East Lady O's are doing a fundraiser
"Layups for Lauren" to collect money
to fight pediatric brain cancer and raise
awareness about the disease. The event will be
Thursday when East plays East Central. The
fundraiser honors Lauren Hill, 19, of
Lawrenceburg, who is suffering from the disease.
Donkey Basketball Saturday at Hauser High School
at 7:00 PM.
Columbus East's Micayla Speidel named KIAC
All-Conference volleyball at IU Kokomo.
28 athletes from Columbus North earned
first-team all-Conference Indiana honors in
eight fall sports, along with 12 honorable
mention citations. Coaches of the Year: Scott
Seavers in girls golf, Derek Stewart in girls
soccer, and Rick Weinheimer in girls cross
3 Columbus East baseball players signed
college letters-of-intent Friday: William
Anderson, Northern Illinois; Cam Curry, St.
Joseph's; and Sam Claycamp, Dayton.
The Indianapolis Star reports that a 2-day high
school boys basketball class at the Fairgrounds
Coliseum in Indy on December 22nd & 23rd has
been canceled. Columbus North was to play Bowman
Academy on the 23rd.