IndyStar Sports Awards 2018-19 fall sports awards nominees
See which fall athletes are up for this year’s IndyStar Sports Awards
The IndyStar Sports Awards recognizes and honors the top athletic accomplishments in Indiana high school sports. This event is hosted by the IndyStar and will take place May 5, 2019 at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University. The show features various awards, contests and a Q&A with a celebrity guest.
Here are the nominees for fall sports.
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Bruch won the individual title in the state finals, shooting a 68 on the first day and a 75 on the second day to finish 1-under par, winning by six strokes. Her first-round score tied for the second-lowest round ever in the finals. She was the school’s first individual champion. Bruch was won top medalist honors in her sectional and regional.
Madison Dabagia, Homestead
The freshman finished tied for fourth in the state finals, helping the Spartans to a fourth-place team finish. She won medalist honors in sectionals (70) and regional (68).
Nina Hecht, Carmel
Hecht finished tied for sixth in the state finals, helping Carmel to a third-place team finish. She was the medalist in her sectional, shooting a 68, and finished second in her regional.
Emma Kelly, Tipton
Kelly finished tied for sixth in the state finals. She was the medalist in her sectional and finished second in her regional. She was the Hoosier Conference Champion and was a medalist in the Lafayette Jeff Invitational.
Annabelle Pancake, Zionsville
Pancake finished tied for fourth in the state finals, helping the Eagles to a second-place team finish. She shot a 64, winning the Brownsburg sectional by seven strokes and finished tied for third at the Roncalli regional.
Madeleine Pape, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers
Pape finished in a tie for second in the IHSAA state finals, shooting a 73 on the first day and a 76 on the second day. She finished with the team’s top score at sectionals and with the fifth-best score overall. She placed fourth in the East Noble regional.
Maggie Schaffer, Bishop Chatard
Schaffer finished second overall in her sectional and was the medalist by seven strokes in the Lapel regional. She finished 21st in the state finals for the Trojans.
Katelyn Skinner, Evansville North
Skinner finished second in the state finals, helping Evansville North to its fourth team title in five years. She shot a 76 in the first round and a 73 in the second round. She was also named the Mental Attitude Award winner. Skinner finished second in her sectional and was the medalist in her regional.
Ian Brady, North Central
Brady helped the Panthers to an appearance in the state finals, where they fell short in the championship 3-2 to Carmel. In the team’s 5-0 sweep of Culver Academies in the quarterfinals, he picked up a win at No. 1 singles. Earlier in the year, the four-star recruit, ranked No. 3 for his class in Indiana, helped the team to a Marion County tournament title with wins over Brebeuf Jesuit and Park Tudor.
Aidan Harris, Park Tudor
Harris finished as the runner-up in the state singles tournament, suffering just two losses all season. The four-star recruit is ranked No. 2 for his class in Indiana and advanced to the finals with a straight-set win in the semifinals. The Middlebury College commit was also the Mental Attitude Award recipient and helped the Panthers to an appearance in the state finals.
David Heiney, Homestead
The senior helped Homestead to an appearance in the state finals, where he dropped a quarterfinals match to Presley Thieneman. Heiney finished the season 23-3.
Eli Herran, Leo
The Ball State commit and three-star recruit won the doubles state title with Isaac Steiner, defeating Carmel’s duo in three sets. Herran and Steiner finished 10-0 on the season and 9-0 in the tournament.
Sajin Smith, Perry Meridian
The junior advanced to the semifinals of the individual state tournament and finished 20-1 in the regular season and 8-1 in the tournament. The four-star recruit, ranked No. 4 for his class in Indiana, defeated Bellmont’s Cole Shifferly in straight sets in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals.
Isaac Steiner, Leo
The Indiana Wesleyan commit and three-star recruit won the doubles state title with Eli Herran, defeating Carmel’s duo in three sets. Herran and Steiner finished 10-0 on the season and 9-0 in the tournament.
Presley Thieneman, Carmel
The junior captured the individual singles title in 6-0, 6-3 fashion over Park Tudor’s Aidan Harris, finishing the season 11-1 and 10-0 in the state tournament. The five-star recruit, ranked No. 1 for his class in Indiana, also helped Carmel to a third straight team state title.
Aaron Thompson, Evansville Mater Dei
The four-star recruit and Xavier commit made an appearance in the semifinals of the singles tournament. He finished 21-0 in the regular season and 7-1 in the tournament.
Brennan Butche, Mississinewa
Butche finished third in the state finals, finishing in 15:42.7. He was the top finisher at his sectional and regional, and finished third at semistate. Butche was named the 3A runner of the year by the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches.
Caleb Futter, Christian Academy
Futter finished fourth in the state finals, finishing in 15:44.9. He finished first in his sectional, regional and semistate. Futter was named the Class A runner of the year by the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches.
Quinn Gallagher, Guerin Catholic
Gallagher finished fifth in the state finals, less than a second behind Futter, after finishing first in his sectional and regional and finishing fifth at his semistate. Gallagher was named the Mental Attitude Award winner at the state finals and was named first-team All State.
Austin Haskett, Edgewood
Haskett finished seventh in the state finals, finishing in 15:53.8. He was named first-team All State. He finished second in his sectional, regional and semistate. His runner-up finish at semistate came behind Futter.
Cole Hocker, Cathedral
After finishing as the runner-up last year, Hocker claimed the individual title in this year’s IHSAA cross-country state finals. The Ball State commit, ranked No. 1 in Indiana, finished in 15 minutes, 25.1 seconds. He helped the Irish to a second-place team finish. Hocker was named the Class 4A runner of the year by the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches.
Ethan Meyer, Fishers
Meyer finished ninth in the state finals, finishing in 16:00.1, helping the Tigers to a third-place team finish. The first-team All State honoree finished second in sectionals and fourth in his regional and semistate.
Nick Perkins, Roncalli
Perkins finished 10th in the state finals, finishing in 16:01.8. The first-team All State honoree finished first in his sectional and regional before finishing third in his semistate. His 34-second margin of victory in his regional was the second-largest among the 16 regional winners in the state.
Gabriel Sanchez, Lowell
Sanchez finished second in the state finals, overtaking Mississinewa’s Brennan Butche at the finish. He finished in 15:41.1. He was the top finisher in his sectional, regional and semistate. Sanchez was named first-team All State.
Bates, who had the state’s fastest 5K time, was in fourth place at the state finals meet when she collapsed near the finish line. The Greyhounds finished fourth as a team. The junior and first team All-State selection won her sectional and finished second in her semistate behind state champion Emma Wilson.
Jordan Boyer, Lowell
Boyer, a first-team All-State selection, finished eighth in the state finals with a time of 18:34.2. She finished second in her sectional, first in her regional and second in her semistate.
Annalyssa Crain, Edgewood
The sophomore finished third in the state finals with a time of 18:18.6. The first-team All State selection finished first in her sectional, regional and semistate.
Morgan Dyer, Elkhart Memorial
Dyer finished seventh in the state finals with a time of 18:32.8. The first-team All-State selection Dyer finished first in her sectional and regional and fifth in her semistate.
Meagan Hathaway, Carroll
Hathaway finished fifth in the state finals with a time of 18:30.2. The first-team All-State selection helped the team to its first team title in program history. She finished first in her sectional, second in her regional and first in her semistate.
Kayla McCulloch, East Noble
McCulloch finished fourth in the state finals with a time of 18:20.8, just two seconds off the podium. The first team All-State selection and Purdue commit finished first in her sectional, third in her regional behind Erin Strzelecki and Meagan Hathaway, and fourth in her semistate.
Erin Strzelecki, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger
Strzelecki finished second in the state finals, setting a school and personal record with a 18:00.6 finish, six seconds better than her semistate time. The first-team All State selection was the top finisher in her sectional and regional, and finished second in her semistate.
Emma Wilson, Greencastle
Wilson, a University of Illinois commit, won her second consecutive IHSAA girls cross-country title with a time of 17:53.9. She became the first repeat champion since Alexandra Banfich (2005-07). She was the top finisher in her sectional, regional and semistate, and was also named the Mental Attitude Award winner. She was named the Class 3A Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches runner of the year.
Caitie Baird, Perry Meridian
The Stanford commit and outside hitter had 389 kills, 295 digs and 34 aces, leading the team in each category. She will participate in the Under Armour All-America match in December.
Rose Duffy, Fishers
The Western Michigan commit had 855 assists, 254 digs and 54 kills for the Tigers, who won a sectional title. She averaged 9.5 assists per set, and had 13 matches with 30 assists or more. She was an honorable mention All-American.
Madison Horin, Munster
The USC commit and middle blocker had 310 kills, 88 blocks and 70 aces, leading the team in each category and helping the team to a sectional title.
Kenzie Knuckles, Yorktown
The Nebraska commit had 396 kills, 363 digs, 32 blocks and 30 aces for the Tigers, who went undefeated, won the Class 4A state title and dropped one set all season. She had a team-high 14 kills in the state finals match against Avon. She will participate in the Under Armour All-America match in December.
Kylie Murr, Yorktown
The Ohio State commit, a second-team All-American, had 565 digs for the Tigers. She had 12 matches with 20 or more digs, and 11 of those matches were in three sets. She averaged 5.7 digs per set and also had 24 aces.
Jessica Nunge, Castle
The Florida State commit 639 kills, 309 digs and 39 aces for the Knights, who won a sectional title. She had four matches with at least 30 kills and 12 matches with at least 10 kills. She was an honorable mention All-American.
Brooke Phillips, Franklin
The Lipscomb commit had 782 assists, 206 digs and 162 kills for the Grizzly Cubs. She averaged 8.2 assists per match. She was an honorable mention All-American.
Ava Torrance, Avon
The Purdue commit had 475 serve receptions, 342 digs and 36 aces for the Orioles, who made a second consecutive state finals appearance. She averaged 3.5 digs per set. She was an honorable mention All-American.
Allen scored 20 goals and had six assists for the Bears. The first-team All State and All-District selection had a four-goal performance and a pair of hat tricks.
Cedric Brenneman, Bethany Christian
The senior and first-team All State selection scored 41 goals. He had five games with four games and eight games with at least three. He also had four assists. He was named the Northern Indiana Soccer Conference player of the year. He set season records for points scored and goals scored.
Micah Cross, Northridge
Cross had 20 goals and 30 assists for Northridge during its 19-2 season in which it won a sectional title. The first-team All-State and Academic All State selection had five games with at least two goals scored and seven games with at least two assists.
Jack Eaton, Chesterton
Eaton, a Valparaiso commit and senior defender, helped the Trojans finish 21-0-2 en route to a Class 3A title. The first-team All-State and Academic All State selection was named the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year. He scored seven goals and tallied an assist. The Trojans allowed just 14 goals all season.
Kirezi Freddy, North Central
Freddy, a member of the All-American team and a first team All-State selection, scored 13 goals and had four assists for the Panthers during his senior season. He had four game-winning goals on the year, including two which came in 1-0 wins.
Clayton Perry, Fort Wayne Canterbury
Perry tallied 195 saves for the Cavaliers in their Class A state title season, averaging 8.5 saves per game. He allowed just 26 goals on the season. The first-team All-State selection had seven games with at least 10 saves, including two games with more than 20. He had three saves in the state finals match against Covenant Christian.
Jack Seamands, Zionsville
Seamands, a first-team All-State selection and All-District selection, scored six goals and had nine assists for the Eagles in their run to the Class 3A state finals.
Ben Weidner, Zionsville
Weidner was a crucial part of Zionsville’s state finals appearance, scoring 12 goals and tallying 12 assists. The junior first-team All State and Academic All State selection had a goal and an assist in the team’s sectional semiifinal win over Pike and scored the final goal in the team’s first regional championship since 2009.
Brianna Arthur, Brebeuf Jesuit
Arthur, a first-team All-State and Academic All-State selection, scored 11 goals and had 12 assists for the Braves. The Saint Louis University commit had four games with two goals.
Erin Baker, Carmel
Baker, a first-team All-State selection, had 45 saves for Carmel and allowed just four goals on the season during Carmel’s state title run.
Janci Courtenay, Valparaiso
The first-team All-State selection scored 17 goals and had 11 assists for the Vikings, who won a regional title. She had at least one goal or assists in all 18 games she played in.
Sarah Foulk, Eastbrook
Foulk led the state in scoring with 51 goals. The sophomore added 11 assists. She had eight games with at least three goals, including a six-goal performance. She helped Eastbrook to a sectional title.
Morgan Halliwill, Homestead
Halliwill carried the Spartans to an appearance in the Class 3A state finals match, scoring 24 goals and tallying 11 assists. The UAB signee had a four-goal performance, a pair of hat tricks and the team’s lone goal in the state title game.
Maya Lacognato, Penn
The first-team All-State selection led the Kingsmen in goals (14) and assists (17). The IUPUI commit helped Penn to a sectional title, scoring at least one goal or tallying at least one assist in each of the team’s games.
Emily Speidel, Carmel
Speidel was an All-American and first-team All-State selection. The Western Kentucky commit scored six goals and had six assists for the Greyhounds en route to a 3A state title.
Claire Wilkinson, Hamilton Southeastern
Wilkinson was named to the All-American team and was a first-team All State selection. The Academic All-State member and Tufts University commit scored nine goals and had 12 assists for the Royals. She was named the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year.
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