DAILY REPORTER SPORTS EDITOR BRIAN HARMON (LEFT) & SPORTSWRITER GRANT FREKING SELECT THEIR FAVORITE PLAYERS, TEAMS & MOMENTS FROM THE 2013-14 PREP CAMPAIGN
BEST FEMALE ATHLETE
Brian: MADDIE WISE
How’s this for a a freshman year: All-Hancock County Volleyball Team selectee, All-Hancock County Basketball Team honoree, track and field state finalist. Along the way, Maddie Wise, the Greenfield-Central youngster, led area volleyballers with 126 blocks, received major Division I basketball offers and set a new track and field program record in the 100 hurdles. We can’t wait to see what she does for an encore. Formerly a five-foot-11 middle hitter/guard/forward/center/hurdler, Wise has already grown an inch this summer and is now a 6-foot multiple-threat. That’s good news for the Cougars; bad news for future opponents.
Grant: REGAN LEWIS
The Greenfield-Central junior jumped her way to the forefront of the county track and field scene for the third year running. With fifth and fourth place finishes in the State Finals high jump competition under her belt, Lewis tied for sixth this year after winning county (where she set a new meet record), Hoosier Heritage Conference and sectional championships (her third straight) along the way. G-C’s record-holder in the high jump, Lewis also ran with the Cougars’ school-record breaking 1,600 relay at state. Lewis was no slouch on the hardwood either, earning an All-County selection after averaging eight points and 7.2 boards for the 14-7 Cougars.
BEST BACK-BREAKING MOMENT
Brian: Schafer scores for MV
The Mt. Vernon-New Palestine tennis rivalry never fails to disappoint, and their sectional title match May 23 in Fortville was typically thrilling. New Palestine was up 2-0 – one win away from a trophy. Instead, the Marauders reeled off three straight wins; key among them being Allie Schafer’s victory at No. 1 singles over a worthy NP foe who defeated Schafer just two weeks earlier. “I think our most important win of what we needed to get was Allie,” Muterspaugh said. “That was huge.”
Grant: Young ends Chatard's run
James Young needed a first down; he got a touchdown instead. The New Palestine junior running back ran 73 yards on 3rd-and-6 with one minute, 14 seconds left to seal the Dragons’ 27-14 regional victory over Chatard, snapping the Trojans’ streaks of playoff wins (21) and regional titles (12). NP started fast behind dual-threat quarterback Blake Luker and received the necessary stops from the Red Rage defense, but it was Young’s final sprint that extended the Dragons’ perfect run to 13-0.