Boys Varsity Football
Three special events are being planned in conjunction with the Columbus North-Southport football game on Friday (Sept. 6) at Max Andress Field.
The Conference Indiana opener for both schools will be “Youth and Middle School Football Night,” a “Coaches vs. Cancer” game and a reunion for the 1959 Columbus High undefeated football team.
For the “Youth and Middle School Night,” players on local youth teams as well as from Central Middle School and Northside Middle School will be admitted to the game at no charge, provided they are wearing a team jersey or team shirt.
Players may go on the Bull Dogs’ half of the field during pregame warm-ups to observe until 6:40 p.m. In addition, players will be recognized during the evening. Columbus North freshman coaches and players will serve as ambassadors for the youth teams and middle school teams.
With regard to the “Coaches vs. Cancer” activities, Columbus North senior Cameron Wischmeyer has put together a Senior Project program designed to raise funds for cancer charities as well as to provide information about cancer screenings and cancer treatments. Staff members from the American Cancer Society will be on hand to provide information. In addition, Wischmeyer and his helpers will raise funds in these ways:
>> A sale of a custom T-shirt designed especially for this game. The shirts will be sold for $10 each, with 100 percent of the revenue going to charity thanks to sponsors who covered the production cost of the shirts. Those supporting this effort include Coriden Glover LLC, El Nopal Restaurant, ReMax/Carrie Abfall, Southern Indiana Anesthesia Association, Southern Indiana Aesthis & Plastic Surgery LLC, Southern Indiana OB/GYN, State Farm Insurance/Mark Carlson, State Farm Insurance/Scott Wilson and Tynan Equipment Co.
>> A sale of cookies and other homemade baked items.
>> A sale of “display dog bones” in honor of cancer survivors or in memory of cancer victims.
As for the reunion of the 1959 Columbus High team, players on hand are to be recognized at halftime of the game. The 1959 team went 10-0 while playing for Coach Max Andress, outscoring opponents 254-45 for the season.
John Gentry, Bill Spicer, Graham Updike, Jack Hinkle and John Moore were voted first-team all-South Central Conference. Dan Mobley, Al Betz and Skip Lindeman were honorable mention all-SCC, while Andress was named SCC Coach of the Year. In addition, Gentry was chosen first-team all-state while Spicer, Updike and Hinkle were cited as honorable mention all-state.
Kickoff for the CN-Southport game will be at 7 p.m. Friday.
PHOTO: A custom Columbus North-Southport "Coaches vs. Cancer" T-shirt with the image shown will be available for sale this week in the Columbus North Athletic Office and at the football game on Friday.