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Home of the Bull Dogs - where 37 state championships have been won and home of 18 ihsaa mental attitude award winners!

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Columbus North Athletics

Home of the Bull Dogs - where 37 state championships have been won and home of 18 ihsaa mental attitude award winners!

Columbus North Athletics

Home of the Bull Dogs - where 37 state championships have been won and home of 18 ihsaa mental attitude award winners!

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1 year ago by Pat McKee

Kelley, Lofton honored as winners of McKain and Armuth awards for 2019

                Trenton Kelley and Bailey Lofton received top athletic honors during the Columbus North Senior Awards program for the Class of 2019 on Friday (May 17).

                Kelley, a letterman in football and basketball, was presented the Dr. Maurice McKain Mental Attitude Award after he demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship, mental attitude and scholarship throughout his career at Columbus North.

                Lofton, a letter winner in softball, was the recipient of the Josephine Armuth Award that also takes sportsmanship, mental attitude and scholarship into consideration.

                Kelley was a standout quarterback for a Bull Dogs’ football team that went 8-2 and won the Conference Indiana championship as a senior. He also was a two-year starter in basketball and helped the Bull Dogs to a 16-8 season and CI runner-up finish in 2018-19.

                As a senior, Kelley passed for 1,772 yards and 16 touchdowns on 145-of-230 accuracy. That included a game against Bloomington South, where he threw for 358 yards, the second-best passing yardage game in CN history. For his career, he threw for 4,017 yards on 300-of-475 accuracy with 41 touchdowns. The career passing yardages is the third-best total in CN annals, and his 25 TD passes as a junior tied a school record when CN posted a 9-2 record.

                In basketball, Kelley averaged 7.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a 6-5 forward. That came after a junior campaign where he averaged 5.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in a season limited to just 15 games because of a late-season football injury. As a sophomore, Kelley averaged 4.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 21 varsity games. He also appeared in 14 varsity games as a freshman.

                Kelley was honored as Academic All-State in football, honorable mention Academic All-State in basketball and was named winner of a Scholar-Athlete Award by the Central Indiana chapter of the National Football Foundation. He plans to attend Morehead State University in Kentucky and play football.

                Lofton, a catcher in softball, is hitting .450 with one double and team bests of eight home runs and 25 RBIs for a Columbus North squad that is 12-8 so far this season and CI champions at 5-0. She is a four-year varsity starter in softball – she hit .274 with five doubles, one home run and 11 RBIs as a freshman; she posted a .324 average with five doubles, three home runs and 17 RBIs as a sophomore; and she hit .491 with seven doubles, seven home runs and 27 RBIs while earning first-team all-conference and team co-MVP as a junior.

                The awards are named after McKain, a former local physician for many years who served as Columbus High’s team doctor and trainer in the 1930s, and Armuth, a longtime educator who gave years of dedicated service to Columbus High students. The McKain Award has been presented since 1940. The Armuth Award was initiated in 1974.

 

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