Seven Columbus North High School seniors put pens to paper on Wednesday (Nov. 9) to finalize their commitments for college athletics and academics.
Two women’s basketball players and one athlete each in baseball, men’s golf, volleyball, women’s golf and women’s swimming took part in a signing ceremony in the Columbus North cafeteria.
Four of the student-athletes are joining NCAA Division I programs. They are baseball player Cooper Trinkle (Evansville), women’s basketball player Maliah Howard-Bass (Ball State), women’s golfer Holly Anderson (Ball State) and women’s swimmer Darby Coles (Marshall).
The other athletes are women’s basketball player Imani Guy (Southern Indiana), volleyball player Mackenzie Rooks (Manchester University) and men’s golfer Bryce Turner (Saint Francis, Ind.).
These are the first seven athletes in the CNHS Class of 2016 to sign letters of intent. Additional Columbus North seniors are expected to do so in ceremonies that will be held in February and April.
More information about the athletes who took part in Wednesday's ceremony and their respective college choices follows.
>> Holly Anderson, women’s golf, Ball State: Anderson won the 2016 IHSAA state championship with a 75-71–146, helping the Bull Dogs to a third-place team finish. She was chosen to the all-state team. She joins a BSU squad that placed ninth in the 2016 Mid-American Conference Tournament.
>> Darby Coles, women’s swimming, Marshall: Coles was clocked in 53.25 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle and 2:14.15 in the 200 IM as a junior in the sectional for the Bull Frogs. She also has a best of 23.85 in the 50 free. She is joining a Herd program that placed third in the 2016 Conference USA championships.
>> Imani Guy, women’s basketball, Southern Indiana: Guy helped Columbus North to a 27-2 record and a Class 4A state runner-up finish as a junior. The 6-4 forward averaged 9.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots. She was named to the south group of the 2016 Junior All-Star team and second-team all-state by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association. Guy joins a USI program that went 14-13 last season and 7-11 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
>> Maliah Howard-Bass, women’s basketball, Ball State: Howard-Bass led Columbus North to a 27-2 record and a Class 4A state runner-up finish as a junior. The 5-9 guard averaged 18.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals. She was named to the core group of the 2016 Junior All-Star team and first-team all-state by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association. Howard-Bass joins a Cardinals’ program that went 22-10 last season and reached the second round of the Women’s NIT.
>> Mackenzie Rooks, volleyball, Manchester: Rooks set a school record with 426 digs as the Bull Dogs went 16-14 in 2016. She was chosen a South Junior All-Star in 2015. Rooks joins a Spartans’ program that went 18-12 this fall and reached the semifinals of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
>> Cooper Trinkle, baseball, Evansville: Trinkle hit .416 with six doubles, two triples a team-best six home runs and 27 RBIs in earning first-team all-state accolades and helping the Bull Dogs to a 17-11 last spring. He joins a Purple Aces’ program that went 29-27 overall and 10-12 in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2016.
>> Bryce Turner, men’s golf, Saint Francis: Turner averaged 77.64 strokes in 14 18-hole rounds as a junior and twice has been honored as a first-team all-Conference Indiana selection. He recently tied for eighth place in the 2016 in the Hoosier Junior Championship with a 75-76–151. Turner will join a Cougars’ program that placed sixth in the 2016 Crossroads League Tournament.
Five other Columbus North athletes have announced commitments, but they will take part in a signing ceremony in early February. They include football players Mitchell Burton (Miami, Ohio) and David Redding (Western Michigan) as well as women’s soccer players Chloe Chambers (Franklin College), Marina Hughes (Saint Francis) and Charlotte Verbanic (Hanover College).
COLUMBUS NORTH CLASS OF 2017
Student, Sport, College Choice
Holly Anderson, women's golf, Ball State
Darby Coles, women's swimming, Marshall University
Imani Guy, women's basketball, Southern Indiana
Maliah Howard-Bass, women's basketball, Ball State
Mackenzie Rooks, volleyball, Manchester
Cooper Trinkle, baseball, Evansville
Bryce Turner, men's golf, Saint Francis (Ind.)