INDIANAPOLIS – Warsaw senior standout quarterback Jake Mangas will be one of 28 outstanding student-athletes statewide honored by the Indianapolis Colts, the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and the Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) with the 2014 Indiana Academic All-Stars Award presented by American Family Insurance.
The student-athletes will be honored during an awards presentation prior to the game against Houston on Sunday, December 14. The ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Meeting Rooms 8 and 9 at Lucas Oil Stadium (event level on the northeast corner of the stadium, access off of Capitol Avenue between the East and Lucas Oil Gates). The 2014 honorees will also be recognized during pre-game in front of the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. EST.
2014 marks the 16th year the Colts, the IHSAA and the IFCA have partnered to present this annual award to Indiana’s top football student-athletes. American Family Insurance – the Madison, WI-based insurance company dedicated to inspiring and protecting the dreams of local high school students, their families and communities – is proud to support this storied program for the first time.
The IFCA polled high school head coaches around the state, and the coaches tabbed 28 athletes ranked in the top of their respective classes. Of the players selected, there are 17 valedictorians and seven salutatorians.
Mangas, one of the top students in the WCHS Class of 2015, led coach Phil Jensen’s Tigers to a 5-5 mark this past season. The 6-3 Mangas set school records for attempts and completions in a game, season and career with a stellar senior season. He also program marks for yards in a season and a career.
Mangas, who was an All-NLC first-team choice as the Tigers went 4-3 in league play this fall, is also a standout on the basketball court for coach Doug Ogle’s squad.
Other area players named to the team were defensive back Nolan Miller of Fairfield and defensive back Austin Traxler of South Bend Washington.
“Congratulations to the 28 outstanding student-athletes who were selected by our committee to represent their schools this past football season. Special thanks to the Irsay family and the Indianapolis Colts organization for their continuing support of Indiana high school football,” said Dave Shelbourne, Chairman of the IFCA Colts Academic All- State Committee.
“On behalf of the Colts organization, I would like to congratulate the 28 student-athletes that have excelled on the football field and in the classroom. These young men have maintained a very high standard of excellence that at times may go unnoticed. They are wonderful ambassadors of the many families they represent,” said Mike Prior, Indianapolis Colts Youth Football Commissioner.
“Each of these student-athletes is unique in the level of excellence they have achieved. They set exceptional examples for those who follow them, and I strongly encourage each and every one of them to continue the interests they have developed, and to keep pursuing their dreams,” said Matt Goins, Indiana State Director, American Family Insurance.