DAILY REPORTER SPORTS EDITOR BRIAN HARMON & SPORTSWRITER GRANT FREKING SELECT THEIR FAVORITE PLAYERS, TEAMS & MOMENTS FROM THE 2013-14 PREP CAMPAIGN
BEST MALE ATHLETE
Brian: CHAD RED
Undefeated halfway through his high school career, New Palestine wrestler Chad Red earns his second straight Best Male Athlete honor from us. The junior-to-be claimed Hancock County’s only state title of 2013-14 when he beat Fairfield’s Forest Glogouski by a 6-2 score in February to win the 120-pound championship. Red will take a 92-0 record into his upcoming junior campaign. The polite and well-spoken young man’s next goal: Pin all four of his State Finals foes, a feat accomplished by only three wrestlers since the four-round state finals format began in 1984. Red pinned his first three State Finals opponents this time around before the decision over Glogouski.
Grant: SPENCER GILBERT
Eastern Hancock’s senior running back was everything to the Royals’ Class A State Finals runner-up squad. Heart and Soul. Force and Footwork. Numbers and No-nonsense. Gilbert’s 308 points represent the seventh-highest scoring season in state history. He broke school records for single-game (360 yards), single-season (2,916 – the eighth-highest total in state history) and career (5,423) rushing. Gilbert, who also started on defense, willed EH back from a 36-21 third-quarter deficit in the sectional title game by steamrolling and deking his way to 320 yards and four touchdowns. Lastly, Gilbert’s emotional and mental transformation as a senior made him an indispensable team leader.