Several Eagles Make C-T Top 25 Fall Athletes

1.Margo Hornocker, Oak Hill girls’ cross country
The Oak Hill sophomore was the only local athlete to qualify for a state final meet. Hornocker qualified for the cross country state finals after finishing 20th at the semistate. She was the ninth of 10 individual state qualifiers. Hornocker placed 123rd in the state finals at Terre Haute.
Hornocker took second at the sectional while helping the Eagles advance to the regional as a team. She placed fourth at the regional while helping the Eagles advance to the semistate as a team. Hornocker also won the Grant Four and Central Indiana Conference Meets.
Hornocker was named Class AA first team all state.
2.Kaylan Williams, Marion girls’ soccer
The Giant senior was named second team all state and was named to the All-North Central Conference team. She helped the Giants to a 16-4-1 record and berth in the regional championship match against Fishers.
She finished her senior season with 30 goals and 18 assists. Williams scored at least one goal in six of the Giants’ final seven games. She scored four goals in the 10-0 win over Western in the sectional championship. Williams also had one goal in an 8-0 win over Twin Lakes in the opening round of the sectional and one goal in a 2-0 win over Kokomo in the sectional semifinals.
Williams will continue her soccer career at the University of New Hampshire.
3.Brennan Butche, Mississinewa boys’ cross country
The Indian freshman won the sectional in a time of 16:08. He placed third at the regional to qualify for the semistate as an individual. Butche won the Grant Four Meet. He also was named to the All CIC team after taking ninth at the conference race.
Also during the regular season, Butche won the Taylor University High School Invite and won the small school race at the Marion Invitational. Butche also won the Oak Hill Invitational at Indiana Wesleyan. Butche was named to the Class AAA honorable mention all-state list.
4.Chandler Julius, Oak Hill boys’ cross country
The Eagle senior helped Oak Hill advance to the regional as a team. He took third at the sectional while helping Oak Hill place second as a team. Julius then took fifth at the regional to qualify for the semistate as an individual. Julius was the top area finisher at the semistate, taking 30th.
Julius won the CIC Meet and took second place at the Grant Four Meet.
Julius was named Class 2A first team all state.
5.Kristi Elson, Mississinewa volleyball
Elson was named to the All-CIC team for the fourth straight year. She helped the Indians to a 30-4 record and berth in the sectional championship match against Bellmont.
Elson led the Indians with 233 kills during her senior season. She also had a team-high 47 service aces. She also had 249 digs. Elson will continue her volleyball career at Indiana University-Kokomo.
6. Alex Gunter, Eastbrook football
The Panther senior linebacker was named the Chronicle-Tribune’s Defensive Player of the Year. Gunter led the county with 139 tackles on the season. He has 111 solo tackles and averaged 11.6 tackles per game. Gunter also had 16 tackles for loss. He led the Panthers with three sacks. Gunter also led the Panthers with six fumble recoveries while causing one fumble.
Gunter was named to the All-CIC team as a linebacker.
7.Michael Neideck, Eastbrook boys’ cross country
The Panther senior helped Eastbrook win its first ever sectional championship and qualify for the semistate as a team. Neideck placed fifth at the sectional in a time of 16:47 while helping the Panthers win the sectional with 51 points.
Neideck placed 12th at the regional to help the Panthers place fourth as a team. Neideck also helped the Panthers win the Grant Four and CIC championships. Neideck placed third at the Grant Four and was at the CIC.
8.Sophie Orrell, Oak Hill girls’ golf
The Eagle junior qualified for the regional as an individual. She had the top score for an individual not qualifying for the regional as a team, shooting a 92 during the sectional. Orrell then led the group of area golfers by shooting an 80 at the regional.
Orrell helped the Eagles win the Grant Four and CIC championships during the regular season. She took second at the CIC Meet and won the Grant Four championship.
9.Riley Worland, Marion boys’ tennis
The Giant sophomore was named to the Region 4 singles team. He also was named to the All-NCC team.
Worland helped the Giants win their third straight sectional championship. Worland finished with a 19-6 record in his first season at No. 1 singles for the Giants.
10.Isaiah Fuller, Marion boys’ soccer
The Giant senior was named first team All-District 3. There were 15 players and two goalkeepers selected as Fuller was picked out of a pool of around 90 nominees.
11.Mallorie Havens, Madison-Grant volleyball
The Argyll senior was named to the All-CIC team for the third straight season. She helped the Argylls win their sixth sectional championship in seven years after they beat No. 1-ranked Alexandria in the sectional championship.
Havens had 33 kills as Madison-Grant beat Alexandria 24-26, 25-18, 25-20, 26-28, 15-9 in the sectional championship match. She also had 25 digs. Havens had 13 kills, six digs and two aces in the Argylls’ 25-11, 25-12, 25-14 win over Eastbrook in the semifinals.
12.Brooke Hasty, Oak Hill girls’ cross country
The senior helped the Eagles qualify for the semistate as a team. She placed third at the sectional in a time of 19:29. She was 20th at the regional.
Hasty also helped the Eagles win the Grant Four and CIC championships. She was third at the Grant Four Meet and second at the CIC Meet.
Hasty was named Class AA honorable mention all state.
13.Jenessa Hasty, Oak Hill girls’ cross country
The Eagle freshman had a strong postseason for Oak Hill. She was the second Eagle runner to cross the finish line at the regional, taking 10th in a time of 19:18. Hasty also was the third Eagle finisher, taking fourth at the sectional.
Hasty was second at the Grant Four Meet in 20:42. She was third at the CIC Meet.
Hasty was named Class AA honorable mention all state.
14.Sabrina Porter, Marion girls’ cross country
The Giant senior qualified for the semistate as an individual. She was ninth at the sectional while helping the Giants advance to the regional as a team. She was 12th at the regional, becoming the third individual qualifier for the semistate.
Porter also was named to the All-North Central Conference Team after taking fourth at the conference meet.
15.Jalen Springer, Marion boys’ cross country
The Giant sophomore qualified for the semistate as a team. He was second in the sectional in a time of 16:16. He was sixth the regional, become the third individual to qualify for the semistate.
Springer was named to the All-NCC team. He was named Class AAA honorable mention all state.
16.Joel Durkes, Oak Hill football
The Eagle senior was named to the Chronicle-Tribune’s Offensive Player of the Year. Durkes, who played three years of varsity football, helped lead the Oak Hill football team to an 8-3 record. In nine games played, he rushed for single-season rushing record of 1,906 yards and also had 24 touchdowns. Durkes also caught four passes for 34 yards and one touchdown.
He averaged 211 yards per game and 6.6 yards per carry. He had 25 total touchdowns and 152 points scored, which is an Oak Hill single-season scoring record.
Durkes had two straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He was named All-CIC was a running back and was named to the Class 2A Senior All State team by the IFCA.
17. Gabby Rahrar, Madison-Grant girls’ golf
The Madison-Grant sophomore qualified for the regional for the first time in her prep career. Rahrar qualified for the regional after shooting a 95 at the sectional.
Rahrar won the CIC Meet and took second in the Grant Four Meet.
18.Connor White, Eastbrook boys’ cross country
The Panther sophomore helped Eastbrook win the sectional for the first time in program history. He was 10th at the sectional in a time of 16:51. White was 13th at the regional, helping the Panthers qualify for the semistate.
White was fourth the Grant Four meet while helping the Panthers win the Grant Four championship. He also was fourth in the CIC Meet while helping Eastbrook win the conference championship.
19.Amanda Baldwin, Mississinewa girls’ cross country
The Indian freshman qualified for the semistate as a team. She was 10th at the sectional to become the first individual qualifier for the regional. Baldwin was 19th at the regional to become the eighth individual qualifier for the semistate.
Baldwin placed sixth at the Grant Four Meet and sixth at the CIC Meet.
20.Jerod May, Mississinewa boys’ tennis
The Indian sophomore was named to the District 4 singles team. He also was named to the All-CIC team. He helped the Indians take second in the conference.
May finished with a 17-5 record. He started his season by winning his first five matches. He ended his season by winning five of his last six matches. May has a 34-11 career record.
21.Alex Lyons/Abishek Sehgal, Marion boys’ tennis
The No. 1 doubles duo was named to the All District 4 team. They also were named to the All NCC team.
Lyons and Sehgal finished 14-7 on the season.
22. Luke Elliott, Eastbrook football
The Panther senior was named to the All CIC team as a running back. He set a school record with six touchdowns in a game. He finished the season with 1,377 yards on 238 carries for 5.8 yards per carry. He averaged 114.8 rushing yards per game.
Elliott also scored 25 rushing touchdowns. He also taught nine passes for 168 yards and four touchdowns. He had 174 points with 29 total touchdowns.
23.Jordan Crume/Clayton Retherford, Madison-Grant boys’ tennis
The Argyll duo won an individual sectional championship and advanced to the regional at No. 1 doubles. Crume and Retherford fell to Fort Wayne Carroll’s Jay Stanchin and Ryan VanWyngarden 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round of the regional.
Crume and Retherford finished their season 11-6. They defeated Elwood’s Derek Sims and Will Daily 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 in the individual doubles sectional to qualify for the regional.
24.Jordan Trout, Eastbrook girls’ soccer
The junior helped the Panthers win their third straight sectional championship.
Trout scored one goal as the Panthers beat North Miami 3-1 in the sectional championship match.
Trout scored two goals as Eastbrook defeated Oak Hill 3-2 in overtime in the sectional semifinals. Trout scored her second goal of the game at the 2:16 mark of the first overtime.
Trout scored two goals as Eastbrook beat Whitko 3-0 in the opening round of the sectional.
25. Andrew Barajas, Eastbrook football
The Panther sophomore was named to the All CIC team as a running back. He averaged 157.2 all purpose yards per game.
He finished with 1,277 rushing yards on 126 carries for a 10.1 average per carry. He had eight catches for 244 yards and five touchdowns. He had five punt returns for 151 yards and one touchdown. He had seven kickoff returns for 125 yards and one touchdown. He had 25 total touchdowns for 150 points, scoring touchdowns on runs, receptions, a fumble recovery, punt return and kickoff return. He had 12 scoring plays of more than 40 yards.

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