Girls Varsity Basketball
Two Columbus North girls’ basketball players have committed to Hanover College, it was announced Tuesday (Jan. 23).
Seniors Liz Tynan and Kat Norman each said she plans to join the HC women’s basketball program beginning in the 2018-19 season. The Panthers are an NCAA Division III program in Hanover, Ind., that competes in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Through Jan. 20, Hanover is 12-5 overall and 8-2 in HCAC contests.
Tynan, a 5-9 guard-forward, is averaging 6.0 and 3.5 rebounds for the 16-5 Bull Dogs. Norman, a 6-1 forward, has been limited to just one game this season because of a knee injury suffered in July 2017. Still, Panthers coach John Jones has impressed both players with his consistent recruitment of them.
“Coach Jones is personable, knowledgeable and has been encouraging through the whole (recruiting) process,” Tynan said. “I also really like the scenic campus, how close the team is and how I may be able to make a quick impact in the program.”
Norman echoed that notion.
“Coach Jones is a good coach, and he has made it clear that he wants me,” Norman said. “In addition, I like the campus, the coaches and the players on the team. I also like how you can build your own major on the academic side.”
Tynan, who also considered Thomas More College in Kentucky, plans to major in exercise science with a possible career in pediatric prosthetic physical therapy. Norman, who also considered Indiana University, is planning on a career as a financial advisor after college.
Both players – who both played for the Indiana Faith travel team program guided by Rick Patberg and Denise McClanahan – expect to take part in a college-bound student-athlete ceremony in April at Columbus North.
Tynan and Norman each will earn her fourth letter in girls’ basketball at season’s end. Both have been part of Columbus North teams that have gone 92-16 so far in their high school careers – 28-1 and Class 4A state champions as freshmen, 27-2 and Class 4A state runners-up as sophomores and 21-8 and Class 4A state final four as juniors.
In their careers, their teams have gone 27-1 in Conference Indiana games with four consecutive conference championships. They also have been a part of teams that so far have won three sectionals, three regionals, two semi-states and one state crown.
Tynan also has been a varsity letter winner in soccer, collecting third-team all-state accolades as a goalkeeper, and track & field. Norman has been a two-year member of the Bull Dogs’ unified track program.
The two athletes are part of a five-member Columbus North senior class in girls’ basketball. The group – including Jenna Borger, Kelsey Patberg and Kenzie Patberg – will be recognized during the CN Senior Night game on Thursday (Jan. 25) against Roncalli. The JV game begins at 6 p.m., and the varsity game follows about 7:30 p.m.