Boys Varsity Football
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.