Girls Varsity Basketball
Columbus North senior Annie Anderson has committed to attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to continue her athletic and academic career.
Anderson plans to compete in women’s golf for the Fightin’ Engineers, an NCAA Division III program in Terre Haute, Ind. Rose Hulman, coached by Kevin Robinson, won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship last fall with four players earning all-HCAC honors.
“I’m really interested in engineering, and Rose-Hulman is an outstanding school,” Anderson said, noting she plans to study optical engineering. “I’ve met the coaches and the players, and I’m really excited for the opportunity.”
Anderson officially committed in a phone call to Robinson on Thursday (March 26).
“Coach Robinson was pleased to have me join the program,” Anderson said. “He thinks we will have a good team.”
Anderson is a four-year varsity letter winner for Columbus North girls golf, coached by Scott Seavers and Brett White. Anderson averaged 82.90 strokes in 10 18-hole rounds as a senior with a best of 75. She helped the Bull Dogs place eighth in the 2019 IHSAA girls golf State Finals after winning Conference Indiana, Greensburg Sectional and Lapel Regional championships.
A two-time first-team all-conference player in golf, Anderson was the individual medalist in the 2018 Conference Indiana championships and was the CI individual runner-up in 2019. As a senior, she also served as a team captain as was selected honorable mention Academic All-State by the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association. She also helped the Bull Dogs to a seventh-place team finish at state as a junior and a fourth-place team finish at state as a sophomore.
Anderson is the third child in her family to earn the opportunity to play college golf. Her sister Sydney played three seasons at Ball State, one year at Evansville and now is an assistant coach for the Purple Aces. Her sister Holly played one year at Ball State and two seasons at Purdue-Fort Wayne. Holly Anderson has one season of eligibility remaining with the Mastodons.
Annie Anderson also earned four letters and was a three-year starter in girls basketball at Columbus North, twice being named honorable mention all-conference. She also was named honorable mention Academic All-State in basketball by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association.
“I want to thank all my teachers, coaches and teammates for helping me along the way,” Anderson said.
The Engineers were to represent the HCAC in the NCAA Division III women’s golf National Championships on May 12-15 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. However, that event – and all NCAA events this spring – has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rose-Hulman also has canceled its participation in two April women’s golf invitational events.
Anderson is the 14th Columbus North athlete in the class of 2020 to make a commitment for college athletics. Ten CNHS athletes have taken part in college-bound student-athlete ceremonies earlier in the school year. Anderson, softball player Brooke Bruin (DePauw University), girls track athlete Adrienne Salemme (Samford University) and basketball player Nicholas Schiavello (Wheaton College) are expected to take part in a ceremony sometime this spring.
COLUMBUS NORTH CLASS OF 2020
Student, Sport, College Choice
* Annie Anderson, women’s golf, Rose-Hulman
* Brooke Bruin, softball, DePauw University
^ Casper Clark, baseball, Indiana University
# Mitchel Collier, football, Central Michigan
^ Caroline Hollenkamp, women’s soccer, Brandeis University (Mass.)
^ Betsy King, women’s swimming, Ball State
^ Olivia Morlok, women’s swimming, Ohio University
^ Sierra Norman, softball, Marian University
^ Lauren Opalka, volleyball, Muskingum University (Ohio)
# Landon Robbins, football, Valparaiso University
* Adrienne Salemme, women’s track & field, Samford University (Ala.)
^ Erica Samuel, women’s swimming, Indiana Wesleyan
* Nicholas Schiavello, men’s basketball, Wheaton College
^ Grant Trinkle, baseball, University of Kentucky
^ took part in ceremony on Nov. 13, 2019
# took part in ceremony on Dec. 18, 2019
* taking part in a later ceremony; date TBA
PHOTO: Annie Anderson watches the flight of her ball after a shot during the Conference Indiana championships at Timbergate Golf Course on Sept. 16, 2019. She shot a 75 that day to place second individually in the event.