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Tanner McFall

5.0 years ago

Athlete of the Week

Athlete of the Week: Tanner McFall (Staff Member)

Senior Tanner McFall drives to the hoop.
Picture credit: Brooke Williams

Senior Tanner McFall drives to the hoop.

Dane Denniston, Social Media Team

This week’s athlete of the week is senior basketball player Tanner McFall. The East basketball team knocked off 4A No. 1 New Albany on Saturday, February 4.

In the team’s last game McFall led the team in scoring with 17 points, shooting 5 of 7 from the free-throw line. McFall also finished with four steals and four rebounds.

McFall has been a leader all season for the team, with 11 points per game and about 2 steals per game. McFall hopes the team can win out the rest of their games and carry momentum into the state tournament.

Q: How do you feel about being selected as Athlete of the Week?
A: “It’s a great feeling and I am happy to be the one selected because there are so many great athletes in the school.”

Q: How do you prepare mentally before each game?
A: “I listen to music on my phone and try to focus in on the game and think of our game plan and what we need to do to win the game that night.”

Q: How does your team plan to carry momentum from the New Albany game forward through the rest of the season?
A: “We plan to continue bringing energy every day to practice and to our games and hope to match the energy we played with Saturday through the rest of the season.”

Taylor Gaskill

5.0 years ago

Athlete of the Week

Athlete of the Week: Taylor Gaskill

Dane Denniston, Social Media Team

On Wednesday night, the East gymnastics team competed against Owen Valley. East ended up losing by a score of 107.45 to 107.25 on senior night.

While the team did not come out with the win, there were significant performances by multiple gymnasts, including sophomore Taylor Gaskill. After one of the team’s top gymnasts, junior Adi Minor, did not compete due to injury, Gaskill stepped up for the team.

Gaskill finished in first place in vault and floor, and finished in first place with a score of 36.6 all-around. She also finished in second place on uneven bars and fourth place on beam.

Q: How do you feel about being chosen as athlete of the week?
A: “I am a little surprised by it, but I’m very happy and honored to be chosen.”

Q: How do you prepare before each meet?
A: “Before each meet, I like to listen to music to pump myself up. I’m also sure to get lots of rest, a good stretch in and to visualize my routines.”

Q: How do you think your performance against Owen Valley will help you in the State Tournament?
A: “I think my performance will help my confidence and knowing that I’m capable of hitting all my routines, even after being out sick for a week. I was really happy to be able to step up and be there for my team when we were down gymnasts.”

Olivia Hoeltke

5.0 years ago

Indianapolis Star Athlete of the Week for Swimming ( Jan.23-28)

Olivia Hoeltke of Columbus East was the Indianapolis Star Athlete of the Week for Swimming (Jan. 23-28).

Great Job Olivia!

Jake Schoenegge

5.0 years ago

The Republic Newpaper Athlete of the Week


Schoenegge pinned Greensburg’s Eric Lowe in

33 seconds and Seymour’s Brandon Penegar in

1:26 to win the 138-pound title and help lead the

Olympians to the Jennings County Sectional title


WEEK: “I think I did really

good, but there’s always

room for improvement.”


TO PREPARE? “I just zone

everything else out

and focus on my match



“Mr. Pibb”



Jackson Series”


ROLE MODEL: “Rashaad


BEST ADVICE: “To focus on

yourself and not worry

about anyone else.”


at state”


ANYWHERE: “Aruba. I’ve

been there before, and

it’s really nice.”

Ethan Summa

5.0 years ago

Athlete of the Week

Dane Denniston, Social Media Team

The Athlete of the Week this week is junior Ethan Summa. Summa plays defensive back and wide receiver for the East football team.

Last Friday, East defeated New Palestine 35-7 in the first round of Sectional play. On the first play of the game, Ethan intercepted a pass in the middle of the field and returned it for 31 yards to New Palestine’s 28-yard line, which set up the offense for an early touchdown.

Summa finished with four total tackles defensively, and one reception for 12 yards on the offensive side of the ball. He leads the team in tackles and has been a big boost for the team all season long. East hopes to continue their success this Friday when they take on Martinsville in the Sectional Semifinals.

Q: How do you feel about being selected as the Athlete of the Week?
A: “It’s pretty exciting and I am very honored.”

Q: How has your personal preparation changed since you’ve started playing both sides of the ball?
A: “It’s a lot more work but it’s fun cause I get to be out there on the field more.”

Q: What are your thoughts on how the team played as a whole against New Palestine?
A: “It was arguably our best game this season.”

Q: How have your practices changed since tournament play has started?
A: “We have picked up the intensity a lot more and focus on the little details more.”

Q: How do you feel your team will do the rest of the tournament?
A: “I think we have a very good chance of going all the way if we come out and play like we did against New Palestine every game.”

Cortney VanLiew

5.0 years ago

Wendy's High School Heisman Awards

Wendy's High School Heisman awards recognize the most esteemed high school senior men and women for excellence in academics, athletics and community leadership. The Indiana girls winner is Cortney VanLiew of Columbus East.

The field of 50 boys and 50 girls winners will be pared to ten (5 boys and five girls) and the top ten will be announced Nov. 7. The ten nominees will then go to New York City where the two winners will be announced December 9 at the ESPN College Heisman Trophy Telecast.

Justin Copas

5.0 years ago

Athlete of the Week

Athlete of the Week: Justin Copas


Eli Newell, CEHS Web Staff- CEHS News

Junior soccer player Justin Copas has taken a bigger role for the Olympians this season. Copas scored 2 goals last Saturday against Fishers along with an assist in their 5-1 victory. Then, the Olympians took down Jennings County 4-0 with 2 assists from Copas.

Q: How does it feel to be athlete of the week?

A: It’s very exciting considering the amount of athletes at Columbus East High School

Q: What is your pregame routine?

A: Usually, I try to get there earlier than normal to get my head in the game more and I like to put headphones in and not let anyone talk to me.

Q: How was your offense able to get going these past few games? 

A: Against Fishers we had a plan to set in and counter attack more and once we got off to a good start and I scored my two goals, the floodgates opened and everyone started to score.

Q: How do you decide where to go on your free kicks?

A: After setting it up, you read where the wall is at and where the goalie is and depending on what direction and where the rest of your team is at. That’s the deciding factor of where you place the ball.

Q: How do you plan on carrying this success throughout the rest of your season?

A: Just try to do the same thing we did against Fishers, just move the ball like we know how and be able to put goals in when we need them.

Neeraj Pandita

5.0 years ago

Athlete of the Week

Athlete of the Week: Neeraj Pandita


Brooke Williams

Senior Neeraj Pandita hits the ball against North.

Eli Newell, Web Staff- CEHS News

Senior Neeraj Pandita is making a huge impact for Columbus East Men’s tennis this year. He brings great senior leadership to the team both on and off the court. The number two singles player was the lone winner for the Olympians last week against crosstown rival Columbus North. Pandita defeated North senior Anay Gangal.

Q: How does it feel to be chosen as athlete of the week?
A: I feel honored to be named athlete of the week, but i couldn’t do it without my team cheering me on from the sidelines.

Q: Was there more pressure last week due to it being against North?
A: Yes there was some pressure because it’s always a tough match, but I was able to focus and win.

Q:Did you prepare for this matchup differently than any other, or was your preparation the same?
A: No, same process, we just practiced harder all week, like usual.

Q: How do you plan to carry this success throughout the rest of the season?
A: Just keep the momentum going and hopefully with some additional practice we could win sectionals.

Paul Bean

5.0 years ago

Athlete of the Week

Klayton Brummett, Web Staff

This week’s Athlete of the Week is senior cross country member Paul Bean. Paul’s most recent race was the Sectional meet two weeks ago, where he placed 2nd. He then went on to place 14th at Regionals last week, advancing to the semi-state meet this Saturday. Among these postseason successes, Paul was also the HHC Champion this year, giving him that extra confidence boost to perform well throughout the remainder of the cross country season.

Q: How does it feel to be chosen as Athlete of the Week?
A: It is cool because I have been able to accomplish a lot in four years.

Q: Did the conditions outside affect your ability to keep a good pace throughout the race? Explain.
A: Yes, I run well in cooler weather and that helped me breathe consistently and maintain a good pace.

Q: Did you train for this race any differently than any other race? Explain why or why not.
A: Not really. I treated this race with the same preparation and focus I do before any race.

Q: Did you expect this level of success from yourself prior to the race?
A: Yes, going into the race I had high expectations for how I would finish, especially based off my performance in the past.

Q: How do you plan to carry this success throughout the rest of your season?
A: I plan on being very competitive in the semi-state race, and then advance to state.

Kamebry Wagner

5.0 years ago

Athlete of the Week

Athlete of the Week: Kamebry Wagner


Dustin Rodgers

East forward Kamebry Wagner dribbles the ball.

Klayton Brummett, Web Staff- CEHS News

Sophomore Kamebry Wagner is making a huge difference for Columbus East Women’s Soccer. This is Kamebry’s second year being part of the Varsity team, but her first year not having to split time with JV. Kamebry is a striker and reeks havoc on defenders with her aggressive pressure and fast movement.

Q: How does it feel to be chosen as Athlete of the Week?
A: Great! I was surprised, but it’s exciting to be recognized.

Q: How did it feel to bounce back after suffering a loss to Columbus North the night before? Was there a change in your mindset from the previous game?
A: It was great to come back and win against Madison after a bad loss. The win gave our team the confidence we need to work hard towards our best for the remainder of the season. I was upset about our loss to Columbus North, but we knew had dominated Madison in years past and that was what I expected. I focused on how important our win against Madison would be, conference-wise, rather than dwell on mistakes I made in the game before.

Q: What was going through your head before each goal you scored?
A: I scored early on in the first half from a garbage goal and it took me by surprise. The second goal was a lucky tap into the right corner. Before each goal, I was trying to focus on being where I needed to be and following each shot, which led to both of my goals.

Q: How do you plan to carry this success throughout the rest of the season?
A: I plan on continuing my success throughout the rest of the season by putting forth all effort possible in each game and working hard during practices to improve my footwork and finishing.

Bailey Western

5.0 years ago

Athlete of the Week

Athlete of the Week: Bailey Western


Senior Bailey Western is an important leader on the East volleyball team.

Klayton Brummett, Web Staff

Senior Bailey Western has been playing volleyball at East for four years now. She’s been a Varsity player every year and has continuously shown leadership on and off the court. When not playing volleyball for East, she plays for Circle City Volleyball, a club team based out of Indianapolis. Last weekend, she accumulated 32 kills in six sets played over the course of two matches.

Q: How does it feel to be chosen as athlete of the week?
A: It feels like a great honor to be chosen as athlete of the week.

Q: Did your approach change from last year to this year?
A: Yes, our goal this year is to win a 4a state championship.

Q: How do you plan to carry this success throughout the rest of the season?
A: With seven seniors this year we have a lot of leadership throughout the team. We’ve been hitting it hard in the weight room and the gym since November so we plan to keep grinding and chasing a state title.

Kira Singer & Alex Galle

6.0 years ago

Judson Erne Award Winners

Congratulations to Kira Singer and Allex Galle for winning CEHS's top athletic award, the Judson Erne Award.

Bryn Eudy

6.0 years ago

Lilly Scholarship Award Winner

CEHS student-athlete, Bryn Eudy, has won the prestigious Lilly Scholarship.  Another OUTSTANDING East student receiving a huge award!

Bryn was also named to the 2015-16 NSCAA Girls’ High School Scholar All-America Team






Toni Bizzarro


Mason High School


Mason, Ohio

Grayson Cameron


Hickory High School


Hickory, N.C.

Bryn Eudy


Columbus East High School


Columbus, Ind.

Alex Galle

6.0 years ago

2016 C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship Award

Adi Minor

6.0 years ago

1st place in All-Around Gymnastics Regional

Adi Minor was 1st on Vault-9.8,Bars-9.7,  Beam- 9.55, 2nd on Floor-9.675 and 1st in All Around - 38.725 and a new School Record!!!

Bryce Leinhoop

8.0 years ago

1000 Points / School Rebounding Record

On Saturday Feb 22nd, Bryce scored his 1000th career point and broke the all-time Columbus East rebounding record. He was given the game ball by Coach Chitty during the game!

Jordan Foster

8.0 years ago

Main Source Bank Academic All Star

Columbus East Senior Jordan Foster was recognized on Friday night by Main Source Bank as an Academic All Star!