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Columbus North girls basketball feted
March 10, 2012Columbus North High School
The Columbus North girls basketball team was recognized twice Tuesday (March 6) following their Class 4A state runner-up finish.
First, Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown issued a proclamation declaring the day Columbus North Bull Dogs day as part of the City Council meeting at City Hall. Then the squad was feted with a Community Recognition event in Memorial Gym.
At City Hall, Brown read the following proclamation into the record:
"To whom these Presents may come, Greetings.
"Whereas: The Columbus North High School Bull Dogs represent all that is good in today's student-athlete and have achieved a premier level of success in competition while exhibiting the highest degree of character, determination, work ethic and perseverance, having attained a school-record 19-game winning streak and a school record for most wins (23) in a season; and,
"Whereas: The Columbus North High School Bull Dogs won honors as Sectional Champions, Regional Champions, Semi-State Champions and made its first ever appearance at the State of Indiana Championship 4A Basketball Game at the Hulman Center on the campus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, on March 3, 2012; and,
"Whereas: The Columbus North High School Bull Dogs achieved unsurpassed success during the 2011-2012 season with a 23-4 record; and,
"Whereas: The talented members of the Columbus North High School Bull Dogs are senior Rebecca Brougher; juniors Hanna Ballard, Morgan Palmer, Quin Shoultz and Tazia Taylor; sophomores Denisa Brooks, Kenadie Carlson, Kelsey Cunningham, Tayler Goodall, Emmy Schabel and Gabby Sims; and freshmen Brooke Ballard, Debie Gedeon, Ali Patberg, Hannah Poindexter, Sheyanne Street, Jessica Wagers and Macy Wingham; and,
"Whereas: This very impressive team enjoys the leadership and dedication of tremendous team captains Rebecca Brougher, Hanna Ballard and Quin Shoultz; and,
"Whereas: This remarkable team would not have been possible without the astute leadership of head coach Patrick McKee, assistant coaches Stephanie Ford, RaNae Isaak, Ron Patberg and Missy Wade; student managers Ramsey McGrew and Riley McGrew; principal David Clark; and athletic director Jeff Hester; and,
"Now, therefore, I, Kristen S. Brown, Mayor of the City of Columbus, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, March 6, 2012, as
"Columbus North High School Bull Dogs Day
"In the City of Columbus and ask all residents to join me in congratulating all said parties."
In the Community Recognition event, the CN cheerleaders opened the proceedings following by introductions by Bull Dogs' public address announcer Tim Vrana. A recorded message from Hall of Fame broadcaster Sam Simmermaker followed, then Vrana asked McKee for some remarks.
A photo-video presentation with highlights from the season came next. Several players -- Brougher, Shoultz, Goodall, Patberg, Cunningham, Sims and Wingham -- then replied to questions posed by Vrana.
Clark, the school's principal, offered some perspective, and the cheerleaders closed the formal portion of the program that concluded with a photo and autograph session with the players.