Girls Varsity Basketball
Columbus North senior Riley Eder has been named a winner of a 2020 HBCA Carolyn Pieper Scholarship, it was announced Thursday (May 21).
The recognition from the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association – a southern Indiana group of coaches – considers athletic achievement, academic achievement and community service in making its awards.
Eder met criteria in all the areas, and she was nominated for the scholarship by Bull Dogs coach Pat McKee and Columbus North principal David Clark. She is one of four girls to win a Pieper Scholarship, while four boys were recognized as winners of the HBCA Jack Butcher Scholarship.
Each of the eight recipients will received a $500 grant to be applied to the college fees.
Eder plans to attend Purdue University, where she will major in neurobiology with ultimate plans to become a veterinarian. She recently learned that she had been accepted for direct admission to Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
“Thank you for all you have done to make the sport of basketball better in the state of Indiana,” HBCA secretary-treasurer wrote to inform Eder of her award. “I wish you all the best as you move into the next phase of your life.”
On the floor, Eder was two-year varsity letter winner and a valuable support player who helped Columbus North teams post a 72-32 record at the varsity level during her four seasons. Specifically, she helped the Bull Dogs to an 18-8 record as a junior and a 16-9 ledger as a senior. She also won the team's Spirit Award for her positive attitude and uplifting personality as a senior.
In the classroom, Eder has been a strong student who compiled a 4.19 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. She ranks in the top 6 percent of her class and posted a composite score of 31 on the ACT. She previously was named first-team Academic All-State by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association and honorable mention Academic All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Eder was selected to National Honor Society while also participating in the Speech Club, C-4 and Health Occupations Students of America programs at Columbus North. She also was a three-year volleyball player and a four-year track & field athlete. Outside of school sports, Eder excelled as an equestrian rider, winning several prestigious competitions and faring well in many others.
In the community, Eder was highly involved in FFA and 4H programming. She also volunteered annually as a sorter in the Columbus Fire Department’s “Cheer Fund,” the local holiday gift program for children of families in need in the Columbus area, and as a student coach in the Columbus Comets youth basketball program for two seasons of play.
Eder is the third Columbus North girls basketball player to receive an HBCA Scholarship in the past 10 seasons. Previous honorees were Jocelyn Hamilton in 2011 and Becca Brougher in 2012.
Other winners of the 2020 HBCA Pieper Scholarship were Ali Barber of Washington, Regan Carrollof Jac-Cen-Del and Jacqulin Gerkin of Orleans. Winners of the 2020 HBCA Butcher Scholarship were Kaden Boyd of Barr-Reeve, Clay Garrison of Connersville, Aidan Neel of Gibson Southern and Parker Sullivan of Paoli.
The scholarship awards are named in honor of Pieper, a former coach and administrator at South Knox, a founding board member of the HBCA and longtime director of the annual HBCA All-Star Classic; and Butcher, an Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame coach who won 806 games in 45 seasons at Loogootee, another of the HBCA’s founders and a former executive director of the organization.
PHOTO: Columbus North senior Riley Eder posts up against Franklin junior Lauren Sandrock (32) during the Bull Dogs’ 50-13 victory on Jan. 21, 2020. Eder has been named the winner of an HBCA Carolyn Pieper Scholarship for 2020.