IndyStar honored greater than 300 student-athletes on the 2023 Indiana Excessive Faculty Sports activities Awards present, offered by the Indiana Pacers, on Wednesday at Clowes Memorial Corridor.
The present celebrates athletes from your complete state. Nineteen athletes have been honored as state-wide gamers of the yr of their respective sports activities, spring watch record athletes have been honored, and eight premier awards have been handed out. Spring sports activities winners will probably be introduced this summer time in any case spring sports activities have completed.
IndyStar Mr. Basketball, offered by Indiana Pacers:Markus Burton, Penn
The 6-1 Notre Dame recruit put collectively a particular senior season as he averaged 30.2 factors, 5.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists and three.3 steals per sport to steer Penn to a 28-2 report and inside one level of a Class 4A state finals look. Burton scored 2,273 profession factors to rank No. 20 on the state’s all-time scoring record.
IndyStar Miss Basketball, offered by Indiana Fever: Laila Hull, Zionsville
The North Carolina commit is Zionsville’s all-time main scorer with 1,668 factors and ranks second in profession rebounds and third in profession steals. She led the Eagles to 57 wins over her 4 seasons. As a senior, she averaged 22.4 factors and eight.3 rebounds per sport, whereas committing a career-low 54 turnovers.
Boys Crew of the Yr:Ben Davis basketball
Ben Davis grew to become the 14th group within the state’s highschool boys basketball historical past to complete undefeated and the primary to go 33-0. The highest-ranked Giants, led by Indiana All-Stars Sheridan Sharp and Zane Doughty gained the Marion County title, Corridor of Fame Basic and Class 4A state title.
Ladies Crew of the Yr:Noblesville soccer
The Millers beat Carmel 1-0 within the Class 3A state championship sport as Mike Brady’s group gained its third state title in 4 years. Over the previous 4 seasons, Noblesville has a report of 70-2-5 and has fully dominated the Indiana women soccer scene.
Coach of the Yr: Don Carlisle, Ben Davis boys basketball
In his fifth season as Ben Davis coach, Carlisle led the Giants to a Class 4A boys basketball state title and undefeated 33-0 report. He was additionally chosen to educate this yr’s Indiana All-Stars.
Braveness Award:Da’John Craig, Lawrence Central boys basketball
Within the early morning hours June 9, 2022, Craig heard his mom yelling. He jumped to his toes and opened his bed room door to see his mom and sister, each panicking as his father, Damon Craig, was face-up on the ground. Da’John tried CPR on his father for a number of minutes earlier than his dad was rushed by way of ambulance to a hospital. Damon Craig died from a coronary heart assault at 46. Basketball helped maintain his dad’s reminiscence shut and Da’John led Lawrence Central in scoring this season and earned all-state honorable point out as a junior, carrying the teachings his dad had taught him.
Marion County Ladies Athlete of the Yr, offered by Kiwanis Membership: Autumn Rucker, Pike
This award is given to an Indianapolis-area feminine athlete who shows management, self-discipline and caring for others in her faculty, group and neighborhood.
Rucker is a three-sport athlete in cross-country, basketball and monitor, Rucker additionally carries a 3.6 grade level common and is lively with extracurricular actions and in her neighborhood. Based on her basketball coach, Keith Hollins, Rucker “has been introduced up in a household that teaches love, forgiveness, and ethical duty. As a highschool pupil, Autumn is confronted with tough selections each single day. She at all times makes the correct alternative. She holds firmly to her beliefs but she is accepting of everybody who crosses her path.”
IndyStar Mr. Soccer, offered by Indianapolis Colts: Drayk Bowen, Andrean
There usually are not many containers Bowen didn’t examine. As a junior, he led Andrean to a Class 2A state championship and was named the state’s Gatorade Participant of the Yr. As a senior, he led Andrean again to the finals earlier than developing quick in opposition to Evansville Mater Dei within the championship sport. A two-way star for Andrean, the Notre Dame certain recruit produced 370 tackles and ran for almost 3,000 yards with 49 TDs in his profession.
Boys Athlete of the Yr: Max Clark, Franklin
Clark is rated the No. 1 highschool prospect by MLB.com and Baseball America. The sweet-swinging lefty is in line to be among the many first picks on this yr’s MLB draft. Clark additionally was a key piece as a receiver for Franklin’s soccer group.
Ladies Athlete of the Yr: Keagan Rothrock, Roncalli
The nation’s high highschool softball participant, Rothrock had a sterling junior season, going 28-0, with 382 strikeouts and eight no-hitters in main the Royals to back-to-back state titles. She’ll look to cap her senior yr with one other title and a spot within the state’s report books.
Ladies Cross-Nation Runner of the Yr: Lily Cridge, Bishop Chatard
The Bishop Chatard senior repeated because the Indiana particular person women cross-country state champion. She opened the postseason with arguably the quickest 5,000 meters ever run in Indiana highschool historical past, profitable the Brebeuf Sectional in 16:46.3, or 39 seconds quicker than the women course report she set final yr. She is dedicated to run for powerhouse Oregon.
Boys Cross-Nation Runner of the Yr: Kole Mathison, Carmel
Mathison, the Indiana state champion, gained a nationwide championship in December in San Diego, pacing the elite subject of prep runners by 11 seconds. On the state meet, his 1-2 end with Carmel teammate Tony Provenzano helped the Greyhounds win the IHSAA group state title. Final spring in monitor, the College of Colorado commit grew to become the primary junior to win a 1,600 and three,200 meter double on the state meet since 2003.
Ladies Soccer Participant of the Yr: Ava Bramblett, Noblesville
Bramblett, an Ohio State recruit, matched her career-high with 17 targets — together with the game-winner within the state remaining. “Superstars win video games, and he or she received the aim after they wanted it,” Carmel coach Frank Dixon mentioned. The three-time state champion graduates with 49 targets and 23 assists and solely two losses in 4 seasons.
Boys Soccer Participant of the Yr: Saed Anabtawi, FW Canterbury
A two-time United Soccer Coaches All-American and three-time Indiana Soccer Coaches Affiliation All-State choice, Anabtawi led Fort Wayne Canterbury to a few sectional titles and two regional titles. An Indiana College recruit, he totaled 27 shutouts and 294 saves in his prep profession.
Ladies Swimmer of the Yr: Alex Shackell, Carmel
Shackell was part of 4 record-setting wins on the state finals. She broke her personal state report within the 50 free with the fourth-fastest time within the nation. She then broke her personal state report within the 100 butterfly. Shackell, who anchored the Greyhounds’ 200 freestyle relay that established a brand new state mark, was additionally a part of a national-record setting 200 medley relay.
Boys Swimmer of the Yr: Will Modglin, Zionsville
The Texas recruit set a nationwide report within the 100 backstroke prelims at state, breaking the 12-year-old mark of four-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy. Modglin gained his third consecutive state title within the occasion, and likewise three-peated and broke his personal state report within the 200 particular person medley. He then led off for Zionsville’s 200 free relay group, which additionally set a brand new state report.
Gymnast of the Yr: Gabi Grisafi, Valparaiso
The senior gained the all-around title on the state meet, main the Vikings to a state-record 14th group championship. A ‘perfectionist,’ the College of Kentucky-bound Grisafi gained the stability beam, completed second on the vault and was third on the uneven bars on the state finals. She gained regional titles on ground, vault and uneven bars on her method to one other all-around title.
Ladies Golfer of the Yr: Ava Bunker, Columbus North
Bunker gained the IHSAA particular person state title by 9 strokes, ending the finals 2-under-par. She grew to become simply the second freshman to win the person state title, and the primary in almost 20 years. In her first varsity season, Bunker grew to become the primary at school historical past to complete a season with an under-par common.
Boys Tennis Participant of the Yr: Aaron Gu, Harrison (W.L.)
The four-year No. 1 singles participant for the Raiders, Gu accomplished an ideal 30-0 season with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Bloomington North’s Nicholas Shirley within the boys tennis singles state championship match. Gu completed his senior yr dropping only one set all season. He’ll play collegiately on the Naval Academy.
Volleyball Participant of the Yr: Chloe Chicoine, McCutcheon
Chicoine’s trophy room already is affected by awards, most notably Gatorade Participant of the Yr, Class 4A state champion, Greatest Spiker on the Pan Am Cup, the place she led USA’s U21 group to a gold medal, and the newly created Indiana Miss Volleyball award, of which she is the primary winner. A Purdue recruit, she recorded greater than 2,000 kills in her profession for McCutcheon.
Wrestler of the Yr: Bryce Lowery, Roncalli
Ranked No. 1 at 152 kilos, Lowery entered the state finals with an ideal 43-0 report and left along with his first state title. The IU recruit’s profession mirrors that of his older brother, Brayden, who positioned within the state finals 3 times earlier than breaking by way of as a senior with a state title.
Faculty Spirit Award: North Central Excessive Faculty
The award was decided by a state-wide on-line vote. North Central wins $1,000 for its faculty’s athletic division.