As the 2012-13 high school season officially came to a close last weekend with the IHSAA Baseball State Finals being played at Victory Field in Indianapolis, we at the Stacey Page Online sports desk decided to put together Top 10 lists for individual achievement and team success. The lists begin this morning with the Top 10 individuals from 10 to 6, the teams Top 10 from 10 to 6 being released this afternoon. Our Top 10 individuals and teams from 5 to 1 will be released tomorrow.
These lists are by no means an end-all, be-all in local sports achievement, but a spotlight on moments we felt were noteworthy in retrospect. A quick thank you in photo credits to Tim Creason and Holly McCammack for a trio of Warsaw cross country images.
The wheels of Warsaw football star Tristan McClone will get us up and running with our individual Top 10 list.
10. McClone Motors To Record-Setting Season: To say Warsaw tailback Tristan McClone had a breakout season in 2012 would not do him justice. McClone rushed for a single-season school record 1,718 yards, topping the old mark of 1,652 set by Rod Wildman in 1972. McClone, a humble and hard-working young man, ran over, around and past defenders all season long. He set a single-game rushing mark with 322 yards while playing only three quarters in a 35-21 win at NLC foe Northridge, breaking the old standard of 310 set by Brad Seiss versus Wawasee in 2000. McClone, who had 100 yards rushing as a backup his sophomore season, finished with 16 touchdowns. The best thing about McClone, an AP All-State honorable mention selection, for coach Phil Jensen is that he still has one more season in a Tiger uniform this fall.
9. Jennings Sets Standard: Triton put together a banner softball season in 2013, and at the head of the charge was junior hurler Mallorie Jennings. In helping the Lady Trojans to a record 22 wins this season and just the second sectional title in school history, Jennings set records of her own. Jennings, who went 17-8 this season with a 1.26 ERA, posted 244 strikeouts which set a Triton record. She is also in the process of heading into her senior season as the school’s all-time K leader. Jennings surpassed the old school standard for strikeouts of 350 held by Bethany Kern and now has over 500 in her career.
8. Triton Duo Drives Into Sunset: It was only fitting that golfing standouts Ryan Rapp and Quentyn Carpenter led Triton to the State Finals as seniors. The dynamic duo helped the Trojans make it to State for just the second time in school history, the other coming as they played there as freshmen in 2010. Both earned All-State honors as Triton, just one of two unranked teams at State, earned a 14th place team finish. Rapp shot a four-under, two-round total of 140 to place fifth in the field of 100 individuals, while Carpenter tied for 24th with his two-day total of 147. Rapp, who will play at Marian University, was medalist at the sectional, NSC Meet and the Uebele Invitational in a stellar senior season. Carpenter will play at Ball State University.
7. Valley Peaks On Hardwood: Individual milestone moments were the norm this season for the Tippecanoe Valley boys basketball program. No game was more meaningful than a 57-40 win over Fairfield at home on Dec. 21. That victory, in a first-round game of Valley’s own Winning Edge Holiday Tournament, was the 700th for coach Bill Patrick. Patrick became just the fifth boys coach in Indiana history with 700 wins. The Hall of Famer is now 713-278 in 44 seasons. Valley players Tanner Andrews and Nick Kindig also got into the act. Andrews, a junior, tied a school record with 51 points in a 146-56 home win over Wabash. He also had 31 rebounds in the contest, which saw the Vikings shatter the previous single-game scoring record of 118 points. Senior guard Kindig became just the 10th player ever at TVHS (the fifth boys player to do it) to score 1,000 career points. He reached the milestone at home during a 62-28 win Jan. 11 over Rochester.
6. Knafel In Rare Company: In the sports world at Wawasee High School, when one can be put in the same girls basketball sentence as Shanna Zolman, you are doing things. KiLee Knafel elevated herself into the rarefied air of Zolman territory by becoming the second-highest career scorer in school history by finishing with 1,653 points. Knafel, who will play at IUSB next season, moved past Taylor Goshert into the No. 2 position during a senior season that had her score 24.4 points per game and tie Zolman and Rachel Canen’s made threes in a game with seven, achieved in a 42-point, season-opening bonanza at Westview.
Honorable Mentions: Jon Schram and Tim Ahlersmeyer, Warsaw Golf; Alex Stoddard, Whitko Multi-sport Athlete; Luis Munoz, Warsaw Wrestling; Nathan Kolbe, Diego Lopez and Michael Yantz, Warsaw Boys Soccer; Sarah Ray, Warsaw Cross Country, Basketball and Track; Jamie Lacheta, Warsaw Volleyball and Track; Zac Hershberger, Wawasee Swimming; Jennifer Walker-Crawford, Lindsay Baker, Nikki Grose, Warsaw Girls Basketball; Jared Bloom, Warsaw Boys Basketball; Spencer Davidson and Jayden Parrett, Warsaw Boys Swimming; Abby Schue, Warsaw Girls Soccer.