Pilot News Athletes of the Year 2015-16

Argos junior Vinny Stone was a standout in both soccer and basketball. A First Team All-NISC pick and MVP for his soccer team, Stone finished with five goals and three assists in the IHSAA Boys Soccer Tournament while leading his team to its fifth straight regional title.  He also scored 265 points during the basketball season, the second most on the team as the Dragons finished up their year at 12-11, the first winning season for the program since 2009-10.Argos junior Courtney Dunlap distinguished herself in both soccer and basketball over 2015-16. She was named ICGSA First Team All-State in soccer after leading Argos with 17 goals and 12 assists from midfield, moving to fourth and second, respectively, on the school’s career scoring and assists lists in the fall.  In the winter she was named an IBCA/ Subway Player of the week Feb. 16, put up a team-leading 480 points and led the program to its first-ever girls basketball state final.Bremen grad Ryan Topper was a team MVP for his school’s baseball and basketball teams. He was All-NIC Second Team in both sports. In football, he was named to the all-conference first team after leading the Lions in touchdowns, receptions and receiving yardage. He holds several school records — receiving yardage in a game, season and career as well as career receptions and career touchdown receptions — and is a two-time First Team All-State selection by both the AP and the IFCA.Recovering from knee surgery early in the basketball season, Bremen grad Micaela Box became the MVP of her basketball team with a team-high of 15.1 points per game and nearly four assists an outing. She scored a game-high 31 points at the McDonald’s Michiana High School All-Star Game and was named a Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 Senior. On the softball diamond, Box recorded a batting average of .390 and an on-base percentage of .441 with 21 RBIs and 26 runs scored.An ace on the mound for Culver’s baseball team and the Cavaliers’ quarterback, Culver alum Everett Krueger was the leading scorer for the Cavs’ basketball squad, surpassing the 1,000-point career mark with 15 points in a win over Oregon-Davis Jan. 28 and eventually finishing his career with 1,127 points after putting up 416 as a senior to push Culver to a 15-9 finish. He was missed at quarterback in the fall season, sitting out a five-game stretch with a shoulder injury.Culver Community grad Marisa Howard gutted out a tough senior basketball season in which the Lady Cavs finished 2-21.  She scored a team-high 209 points in that span as one of just two main holdovers from the 2014-15 squad. Howard was also a valuable team leader for the Lady Cavaliers volleyball team, leading the team in setting.Culver Military Academy grad Sam Concannon went undefeated his senior season of tennis, going 28-0 on the way to a state singles championship. He never lost a single set all year, capping off a 56-0 season with a straight-set win over North Central’s Steven Christie in the state singles championship and leading the Eagles to a second straight team semistate title.  He was also a solid guard for CMA’s basketball squad, putting up 91 points on the year.Culver Girls Academy alumna Annie Shea was a three-sport athlete for her school participating in cross country, swimming and lacrosse. In XC, she helped the Lady Eagles clinch a regional berth with a third-place sectional finish. She was a member of CGA’s sectional-championship swim team in the winter season and distinguished herself in the spring as an All-Northern Region lacrosse player. She also won her school’s Jane Metcalfe Award for balancing academics and athletics.LaVille grad Isaac Eash was a three-sport standout for the Lancers in football, basketball and track and field.  On the gridiron, he was named an All-State Class A football selection, while helping push his team to a 9-3 finish as a two-way lineman.  He put up 139 points on the basketball floor for the 15-9 Lancers and earned dual regional berths in both the shot put and the discus after winning HNAC championships in both events.Sophomore Aryn Eash was a three-sport standout for LaVille athletics. She led the LaVille girls basketball team with 235 points as the Lady Lancers finished 5-18 in head coach Corey Duncan’s first season at the helm. Eash was also a soccer player player in the fall and competed in track and field in the spring, where she finished up her season in seventh place in the discus and 11th place in the shot put at the Penn Sectional.John Glenn alumnus Daniel Wallace was a leader for his school in both football and basketball.  On the football field, Wallace played key roles in all phases of the game as a starting quarterback, a cornerback on defense and a punter on special teams for the Falcons, who went 3-7 in the first year of Northern Indiana Conference play. He was also a starter for Glenn’s basketball team, where he cracked 100 points during his senior season to help the Falcons to a 10-13 record.John Glenn grad Ashley Burnett finished up her high school career with a total of 12 varsity letters in four different sports. She played soccer and basketball but really excelled as a distance runner and holds school records in both the 3200-meter run and the 5K.  A two-time cross country and track MVP, she finished up her senior cross country season in 17th place at the South Bend Riley Sectional last fall.PHS grad Jack Barron was both an IFCA Class 4A and All-NLC First Team pick in his third year as Plymouth’s starting quarterback, guiding the Rockies to a 10-3 record and their first sectional championship since 2001 at the tail end of an emotionally turbulent season. A starting guard for Plymouth’s basketball team, Barron also had a strong track and field season, running legs on the Pilgrims’ sectional-champion 4x100 and 4x400 relays and qualifying for regional in the 100.A star forward on the Lady Rockies’ soccer team, a guard for the Plymouth girls basketball team and a sprinter for the girls track and field team, Kara Morwood finished up a well-rounded athletic career as PHS’ female Kizer Award-winner.  This spring, she advanced to the regional round of the IHSAA track and field tournament as a member of the Lady Pilgrims’ 4x400-meter relay.Jordan Anderson was a leader for Triton athletics in all three sports seasons. As a basketball player, he led the Trojans with 14.57 points per game, helping power the team to its first sectional championship since 2013 and its first Bi-County title since 2012, for which he was named tournament MVP. A quarterback in his first-ever season playing football, Anderson also played golf, where he qualified for regional after winning a three-hole playoff at the Warsaw Sectional.A sophomore at Triton, Hannah Wanemacher put up a team-best 257 points  to help her basketball team to a 10-13 overall finish and an unbeaten, 8-0 run in the first year of the Hoosier North Athletic Conference. Also an HNAC champion at 1 doubles, she and partner Emma Ross advanced individually out of the Bremen team tennis sectional with a come-from-behind victory over the Lions in the semifinal round. She was a standout setter for the Trojans’ volleyball team in the fall.

Originally published in our June 11 and June 13 editions of the Pilot News, here are our selections for area Athletes of the Year.
In some cases, the selections that appear on these pages are the result of collaboration between area athletic directors and Pilot News Sports Editor James Costello. In other cases, the athletes were chosen exclusively by their schools or by Costello alone.
While there are many other area athletes also worthy of the nominations, every athlete appearing here is deserving of the accolade.