By CHUCK LANDIS – firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak Hill and Madison-Grant continued their dominance of the Central Indiana Conference All-Sports Trophy, and there might be no let up in sight.
The Golden Eagles captured the boys’ all-sports title for the ninth time since entering the CIC 10 years ago. Meanwhile, the Argylls regained the girls’ trophy after winning it three straight years from 2010-13.
While a deep and talented group of seniors helped propel Oak Hill to the boys’ title, there was ample talent throughout the classes – especially among the sophomores. Meanwhile, many of Madison-Grant’s best girls’ athletes were juniors and sophomores.
“The boys’ classes from top to bottom were very, very solid and had a desire to win and play for the team above individual statistics,” said Ryan Fagan, Oak Hill athletic director. “It was an outstanding group.”
Oak Hill finished with 50.5 points and won outright conference titles in wrestling and golf and tied for first with Frankton in baseball. The Eagles didn’t finish worse than a second-place tie in the eight contested sports and easily outdistanced Frankton (43.5).
In the girls’ race, the Argylls edged out the Eagles 37.5 to 37.0, a difference so slight that Fagan said it easily turned on the outcome of one game. Softball was the last sport to be decided and the Argylls gained 6.5 points for finishing in a second-place tie while the Eagles picked up five points for fourth.
“Oak Hill had beat us in the regular season (9-8), but we had one more win than them in the conference,” said Ryan Plovick, Madison-Grant athletic director. “That’s how tight it was.”
Madison-Grant finished in a four-way tie for first in girls’ basketball and shared girls’ tennis with two other teams, including Mississinewa. The Argylls also placed second in golf, tied for third in softball and finished no worse than fourth in any of the seven sports they contested. They did not have enough athletes to fill a cross country team.
“I am very proud to be part of the tennis team that won the conference title,” senior Olivia Crouse said. “We were able to play a part in winning the overall sports championship for the girls and I hope this winning tradition continues in the future.”
Oak Hill’s girls fell just short of winning an all-sports trophy for the first time since 1996 when the Eagles were members of the Three Rivers Conference. The Eagles won titles in golf, cross country and track and field but was hurt because it doesn’t field a tennis team.
“I’m very excited about our future,” Fagan said of the girls’ programs. “Our (incoming) sophomore and junior classes are strong, and I’m excited about the direction of all the programs. Volleyball has a new coach, Diane White who comes from Indiana University-Northwest, and we see good things from them.”
While Madison-Grant’s enrollment is seventh among the eight CIC schools, the girls have remained competitive partly due to established traditions in sports like volleyball and softball. Both teams didn’t win conference titles but won sectionals and the softball team advanced to the final four in the state tournament.
“Historically, we have been a very competitive volleyball school and softball school and our other sports have started to catch up,” Plovick said.
Mississinewa wasn’t far behind the Argylls and Eagles and finished third in the all-sports standings with 34 points, and Eastbrook was fifth with 29 points. The Indians and Panthers were part of the four-way basketball tie, and Ole Miss also shared the tennis title with the Argylls and Alexandria. The Panthers finished second in the CIC track meet behind Oak Hill.
The Indians also took third in the boys’ all-sports with 41.5 points – just two points behind Frankton – and the Panthers were fourth with 38.5. ]While the Indians didn’t win a conference title they had a second in tennis, tied for second in football and had thirds in basketball and track. Eastbrook was champions in three sports – football, cross country and track.