Melissa Ford Leads Several Eagles In C-T Top 25 Grant County Winter Athletes

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1. Gabe Flores

Senior, Marion

Wrestling

Flores had a highly successful season in the 126-pound weight class with a 33-7 record that included sectional and regional championships and a North Central Conference runner-up. He was the only county wrestler to win sectional and regional titles, and he fell one match short of advancing to the state finals. The four-year varsity performer finished with a 121-50 record and is the second Marion wrestler to receive Chronicle-Tribune Winter Athlete of the Year honors, joining Kyle Mazellan (2006).

2. Laura Friday

Senior, Marion

Girls’ basketball

The C-T’s Player of the Year for girls’ basketball, Friday scored 1,046 points and passed out 460 assists during her four seasons with the Giants. Friday led a young team in scoring, assists and steals and earned coaches’ senior all-state honorable mention and all-North Central Conference first team honors. The University of Evansville recruit was the only county player invited to the Top 60 Workout and plays today in the North-South All-Star game in the Muncie Fieldhouse.

3. Melissa Ford

Sophomore, Oak Hill

Girls’ swimming

With Ford swimming the anchor leg, the Golden Eagles’ relay teams made quite a splash in the postseason. Both the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays set school records at the Fishers Sectional meet, and the 200 team earned a berth in the state finals. Ford also was the county’s highest individual finisher in the sectional with a fifth-place in the 100 freestyle. She was the top point getter for an Eagles team that finished 11-1 in dual meets and won the Central Indiana Conference meet.

4. Daylon Randolph

Senior, Mississinewa

Boys’ basketball

Randolph flourished in the up-tempo offense new coach Mark McFarland installed at Mississinewa this season and earned C-T boys’ Player of the Year honors. The 5-foot-7 guard used his exceptional quickness to break down defenses and led Grant County in scoring (18.1) and assists (4.9) and made the most 3-point baskets (49). With Randolph leading the way, the Indians came within one possession of catching Class 3A state runner-up Norwell late in their sectional game.

5. Jacobey Jones

Senior, Oak Hill

Boys’ diving

Jones returned to Oak Hill for his senior season after two years at Wawasee and established the school’s 11-dive record with 475 points in the CIC meet, eclipsing the mark held by Chris Simmons. Unbeaten in regular-season dual meets, Jones went on to finish second at the Hamilton Southeastern Sectional against a competitive field and then 10th at the Fishers Regional following a promising start.

6. Collin Brown

Senior, Oak Hill

Boys’ swimming

A top point getter and senior leader for the Eagles’ unbeaten (12-0) boys’ dual meet team, Brown put his name on the record board again with a 1:50.83 clocking in the 200 freestyle at the Hamilton Southeastern Sectional prelims. In the finals, Brown helped the 200 freestyle relay set a school record of 1:31.03. He also was part of the relay that set the previous record a year earlier.

7. Olivia Stroup

Senior, Madison-Grant

Girls’ basketball

Stroup was the only county basketball player — boys and girls — to average a double-double this season with 13.1 points and 11.5 rebounds. Stroup helped lead the Argylls to a second consecutive Grant Four Invitational championship and a runner-up finish in the CIC. She was named to the C-T all-county first team and all-CIC team to cap off her career for the Argylls.

8. Jessica Davenport

Senior, Oak Hill

Girls’ basketball

Davenport nearly doubled her scoring and rebounding averages from the previous year. Davenport led the Eagles to a 16-5 season that included the Central Indiana Conference championship and coaches’ top 10 ranking in Class 2A. The 5-foot-8 forward earned all-CIC first team honors and was named to Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s list of Top 100 senior players.

9. Tyler Young

Senior, Madison-Grant

Boys’ basketball

Despite standing 6-feet-1, Young presented a matchup dilemma against taller defenders with his strength, quickness and aggressiveness around the basket. Young was Grant County’s No. 2 scorer (15.4 points) and rebounder (7.7) and, somewhat surprisingly, the top 3-point shooter at 44 percent. He was C-T first team all-county and honorable mention all-CIC.

10. Ryan Spaulding

Senior, Oak Hill

Boys’ basketball

The Ball State baseball recruit also excels on the basketball court. A three-year starter at point guard, Spaulding directed the Eagles to a 13-8 season with a Grant Four Invitational championship and share of the CIC title. Spaulding was the Eagles’ top scorer (13.0) and led in assists (4.1), steals (1.9) and free-throw percentage at 80 percent. He was named to the C-T all-county and all-CIC first teams.

11. Tiffany Petro

Senior, Oak Hill

Girls’ basketball

Like her teammate Davenport, Petro greatly improved on her junior season totals and helped lead the Eagles to an unbeaten CIC season (7-0). The 6-1 center averaged 9.9 points and team-best 7.4 rebounds to earn C-T all-county and all-CIC first team honors. On Thursday, Petro signed a letter-of-intent to play for Grace College.

12. Luke Lance

Junior, Marion

Boys’ swimming

Besides his strong swim skills, Lance proved an able recruiter for the boys’ team. Lance talked several of his soccer buddies into coming out, and they doubled the number of swimmers from the previous year. He was the top local finisher at the Hamilton Southeastern Sectional with a fourth place in the 50-yard freestyle. In the prelims, he finished second in the 100 backstroke in 56.4 seconds and eclipsed a 12-year-old school record.

13. Tyler Arens

Sophomore, Marion

Boys’ basketball

In his second varsity season, Arens emerged as one of the Giants’ standouts and made C-T all-county and all-North Central Conference first teams. The 6-7 frontliner averaged a county-best 8.9 rebounds and was the Giants’ No. 2 scorer at 12.0 points a game. Arens also shot 80 percent from the free throw line. He was accorded coaches’ all-state underclassmen honorable mention status.

14. Kendra Holcom

Senior, Oak Hill

Girls’ diving

During a standout four-year career for the Eagles, Holcom set the school six- and 11-dive records several times. Holcom topped out at 399 points for 11 dives in the CIC meet, and she scored 350.25 to finish eighth against an elite field in the Fishers Sectional. She plans to continue diving in 2012-13 at Lincoln College (Ill.), a two-year school.

15. Kegan Anderson

Junior, Oak Hill

Boys’ swimming

Another mainstay of the Eagles’ unbeaten boys’ team, Anderson was a member of the school record-setting 200 freestyle relay. Anderson also was the Eagles’ highest finishing individual swimmer at the sectional with sixth places in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. His contributions helped the Eagles nearly pull off a top three team finish at the Hamilton Southeastern Sectional.

16. Lauren Heeter

Senior, Eastbrook

Girls’ basketball

Heeter overcame a preseason injury to lead Grant County girls’ basketball players in scoring (16.0 points) and also topped the Panthers in rebounding (7.7). She made C-T all-county first team for the second consecutive year and was named all-CIC honorable mention. In a four-year varsity career, Heeter scored just over 900 points.

17. Cody Staggs

Senior, Oak Hill

Wrestling

Staggs helped lead a young Eagles team that nearly pulled off upsets of heavily-favored Kokomo and Frankton in the sectional and CIC championships. In finishing his senior season with a 30-7 record, Staggs earned his first trip to the semistate in the 120-pound weight class and was a Grant Four Invitational and Oak Hill Sectional champion. He also finished second in the CIC and fourth in the Peru Regional meets.

18. Jacob Singer

Sophomore, Eastbrook

Boys’ basketball

Playing his first full varsity season, Singer blended his outstanding speed, shooting touch and penetration skills to become one of the area’s top offensive threats. Singer ranked third in the county with a 14.9-point scoring average and was among the top five in assists (3.0) and steals (2.8). He was named to the C-T all-county and all-CIC first teams.

19. Katie Kohlmorgen

Junior, Madison-Grant

Girls’ basketball

Kohlmorgen has often excelled in clutch moments for the Argylls over the past two seasons from the foul line or with a timely basket or assist. Playing much of the season with a back injury, Kohlmorgen averaged 12.3 points a game and earned all-CIC first team and C-T all-county second team honors. She helped lead the Argylls to a second straight Grant Four title.

20. Morgan Tinkle, Kendall Drook and Samantha Mauk

Seniors, Oak Hill

Girls’ swimming

Friends and teammates from an early age competing for the Oak Hill Swim Club, the three fittingly ended their high school careers together at the IHSAA state finals. The three, along with Melissa Ford, formed the school’s school record-setting 200 freestyle relay that finished 27th in the state prelims. Tinkle made it back from a serious medical condition and Drook from an ACL injury to swim their senior seasons.

21. Tyler McClellan

Junior, Madison-Grant

Boys’ basketball

McClellan had stretches this season when he took over games with his 3-point shooting and open court skills. Among his best performances was a 31-point outburst against Tipton in the sectional. An all-CIC first team and C-T all-county second team choice, McClellan averaged 13.0 points and 3.1 assists in helping the Argylls earn a piece of the CIC title.

22. Seth Lloyd

Senior, Marion

Wrestling

Lloyd was named team Most Valuable Wrestler after finishing with the Giants’ best individual record at 34-5 in the 106-pound weight class. He competed in his second consecutive semistate meet, was a two-time NCC meet champion, and also finished second in the Oak Hill Sectional and fourth in the Peru Regional. Lloyd had been a fixture in the Giants’ varsity lineup since his freshman year.

23. Seth Sallee

Senior, Oak Hill

Boys’ basketball

Sallee was an all-around contributor for the Grant Four champs at 11.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals a game. A three-year varsity performer, Sallee was named to the C-T all-county second team and all-CIC honorable mention.

24. Donovan Elliott

Junior, Eastbrook

Wrestling

Elliott emerged from the shadow of 2011 C-T top winter athlete Jackson Bratcher to lead an Eastbrook team with one senior wrestler. A first-time semistate qualifier, Elliott won an Oak Hill Sectional title at 145 pounds and placed third in the CIC meet and the Peru Regional. He finished the season with a 25-6 record.

25. Emily Murphy

Freshman, Marion

Gymnastics

Murphy finished the season as Marion’s lone gymnast and advanced to the regional on the balance beam. In her first meet back from an ankle injury, Murphy placed third on the balance beam in the sectional with an 8.45.

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