TERRE HAUTE —
I won’t get to know the kids from Casey and North Putnam until they come to Terre Haute in droves next June for the Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star game, so I guess it’s not too early for the high school football awards from this space.
We got to enjoy winning seasons at West Vigo and Terre Haute North, the Patriots’ success coming with a series of miraculous comebacks that had to be seen to be believed; maybe seeing them wasn’t even enough. Except for about one play per game, we probably could have enjoyed a winning season on the South side too.
Because the Tribune-Star now has the services of a correspondent at Indianapolis, I didn’t get to see as much of the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference as usual, but that freed me up to travel around the neighborhood and see other teams. And for all the thrills at North, the most exciting game I saw all season was at Paris, when the Tigers held off Charleston to start the turnaround from 0-3 to a playoff season.
I also saw the last game in the fabulous careers of Trent Lancaster, Zac Niehaus, Andrew Butts and all the other seniors at Northview, and I couldn’t pull the Miners through to a fourth straight sectional championship on Friday despite wearing my lucky Linton shirt that had worked so well the last time Perry Central had come to town.
Those who know me well are, of course, not at all surprised I have clothing so vintage. We won’t talk about my Christmas sweater, although former Casey coach Bob Durham got to see it a couple of times.
So first of all, the Vigo County awards:
Seniors of the year — Dylan Aff, Mats Alexander, Nick Brownfield, Jacob Cobble, Matt Flesher, Lance Garrett, Luke Kernstein, Cole Lydick, Dustin Montgomery, Ryan Roach and Casey Sereno of West Vigo; Jeremiah Argudin, Elijah Beard, Joel Blakely, Doyle Bledsoe, Kevin Bracken, Antoine Burks, Logan Buske, Dustin Galenski, Nate Hutchinson, Zack Lewis, Tommy Moore, Nate Schuster, Michael Shouse, Tre Stephens, John Story and Aaron Sullivan of Terre Haute South; and Jabari Bradshaw, Daniel Gabbard, Cam Grim, Dillon Hare, Chad Holler, David Knight, Jacob Lunstrum, Michael Mace, Garrett Peabody of Terre Haute North. Now that his senior year is complete, do you think we should tell Jabari Bradshaw he’s really not big enough to be a two-way lineman in the MIC?
Juniors of the year — A.J. Baker, Enreque Brown, Stewart Dagnon, Tyler Evans, Leon Hill, Zach Horstman, Thomas King, Tyler King, Cole Langenfeld, Tsali Lough, Lucas Steward and Gabe Valadez of South; Nick Basile, Scott Finzel, Brian Gehrich, A.J. Hughes, Cayleb Knox, Tyler Lawrence, Dakota Vermillion and Dylan Wilson of Haute North; and Ben Bird, Brandon Blystone, Harley Elkins, Matt Green, Nathan Gregg, Brandon Lorance, Chase Silcock, Jacob Soliday and Cody Thornton of West Vigo.
Sophomores of the year — Dylan Banks, Dillon Bell, Bobby Bennett, Danny Etling, Nic Keller, Howie Lawson, Tyler Seibert, Logan Steward and Derik Whalen of South; Vasco Billberry, Calvin Blank, Lee Davis, Charles Dillahunt, A.J. Grady, Patrick Hart, Austin Lewis, Luke May, Sidney Moore, Brother Scank, Cole Seward, Chris Spencer and Kane Wilford of North; and Ethan Boatman, Danny Creasey, Jacob Creasey, Daniel Mackey, Chris Neidlinger, Jacob Riley, Andy Velazquez and Austin Wallace of West Vigo.
Freshmen of the year — Junior Berry of North and Jacob Johnson of South.
Senior good guys — Hodari Brown, Taylor Collins, Zach Hoke and Ian Kull of South; Joe Gray, Zane Mann and Brentin Owen of West Vigo; and Andrew Fox, Justin Loveland, Johnathon McElroy and Logan Payton of North.
Now a few special awards.
Mr. Clutch — All those Patriot comebacks came with Chad Holler performing miracles.
Competitor of the Year — Dylan Aff.
My All-County Offensive Line — David Knight and Dakota Vermillion of North, Zack Lewis and Nate Schuster of South, Casey Sereno of West Vigo.
Play of the Year — Daniel Gabbard’s one-handed catch for the Patriots on third-and-15 in the sectional win over Zionsville.
Interview of the Year — Zack Lewis.
Manager of the Year — Myra Wright of South; sorry I missed Senior Night.
Penalty of the Year — Linton’s Dyllanne Deischer, even though the referee said he’d called on a different Miner. It did answer any questions I had about how a girl could play for Linton.
And finally, the most dubious honor of all:
The Next Andy Amey — Sophomore lineman Tyler Bouslog of the Tigers played the tuba for the Paris band — in his football uniform — at halftime of the Charleston game, something he probably did all season and something I had to do as a senior at Lowell many years ago.
Tyler is going to turn out to be a better player than I was. If he’d like to confirm that, I can probably get him the telephone number of one of my former coaches.
• Just like old times — Grand Valley State won its ninth straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s cross country championship Saturday in Hillsdale, Mich., getting the top five places for a team score of 15.
Shakamak graduate Anthony Witt led the Lakers — yes, he’s still one — and earned GLIAC Runner of the Year honors. Grand Valley competes Nov. 20 at the Division II regional at Louisville.
Andy Amey can be reached after 4 p.m. at (812) 231-4277 or at 1-800-783-8742; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; by mail at P.O. Box 149, Terre Haute, IN, 47808; or by fax at (812) 231-4321.