NPHS inducting a dozen into Wall of Fame
December 10, 2012By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
New Palestine High School will induct 11 members of the school's Class of 2012 into its sports Wall of Fame, as well as one coach. The ceremony will be held Saturday night during the boys basketball game against Franklin Central.
The Wall of Fame, which is displayed in the hallway behind the NPHS main gymnasium, features NPHS championship teams and athletes, and includes specific criteria to be inducted.
The 2012 Wall of Fame class is:
Jacob Barnes (baseball): Jacob hit .424 with nine homers and 34 RBI during his senior year, helping lead the Dragons to a regional championship and an appearance in the Class 4A final four. He hit seventh-inning game-winning homers in both the sectional and regional championship games. He was named Class 4A First-Team All-State by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Alexa Cavin (softball): Alexa hit .495 with 14 stolen bases and 45 runs scored for the Dragons. She also started every game at shortstop as a senior for the Hoosier Heritage Conference champions. A four-year starter, she was a key player on three regional championship teams. Alexa was named Class 4A First-Team All-State by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association. She is currently playing softball at Indiana State University.
Brandon Collins (football): Brandon was an All-State receiver during his senior year, when he helped lead the Dragons to an 11-1 record and the No. 1 ranking in Class 4A for the regular season. He is second all-time in NPHS history in career receiving yards (1,149) and holds the single-season records for receiving yards (929) and receptions (61). He is also the all-time leader in career receptions (77). Brandon is now playing football at Butler University
Audrey East (softball): Audrey was an All-State catcher during her senior year, named to the team by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association. She hit eight homers with 54 RBI and 25 extra-base hits as a senior. She also posted a .485 batting average. Audrey was a key part of three regional championship teams, and is New Palestine's career home runs leader. She is currently playing softball at Butler University.
Nicole Fluegel (track and field): Nicole was a State Finalist in three events during her senior year in track and field. She advanced to the IHSAA State Finals in both the 200 meter dash, the 4x100 relay and the 4x400 relay. She was part of a 4x400 relay that finished seventh. She was also a sectional and regional champion in the 4x400.
Lauren Kehrt (track and field): Lauren was a State Finalis in two events during her senior year in track and field. She competed in the 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay, finishing seventh in the latter event. She was also a sectional and regional champion in the 4x400.
Sonya Napariu (track and field): Sonya was a State Finalist two years in a row during her high school career. She placed in two events as a senior, finishing fifth in the shot put and ninth in discus. She was a sectional and regional champion in both events last season. She is currently competing for the University of Maryland.
Josh Penley (football): Josh was named All-State in football for his play as a wide receiver and defensive back for the Dragons, who finished his senior year 11-1 and won back-to-back Hoosier Heritage Conference championships. The Dragons also finished the year ranked No. 1 in Class 4A. Josh caught 17 touchdown passes for the 2011 season and 20 for his career -- both school records. He also had six interceptions and his 894-yard receiving campaign for his senior year was second to teammate Brandon Collins in school history. He is third in school history in career receiving yards, with 1,163 yards.
Connor Robinson (wrestling): Connor was the IHSAA state runner-up in the 160-pound weight class as a senior. He finished the year 39-9, and then had a tremendous run at the State Finals, defeating three higher-seeded wrestlers -- including one semistate champion -- to get to the state championship match. Connor is currently wrestling at Indiana Tech.
Connor Simmons (football): Connor was named All-State in football for his play at quarterback, leading the Dragons to an 11-1 record his senior season and a 20-3 record over two years as a starter, including a perfect 14-0 record in HHC play. The Dragons were No. 1 in the state his senior season. His 2,975-yard passing season in 2011 is the most prolific in NPHS history. He is second all-time in NPHS history in passing yards (3,469), second all-time in completions (202). He holds NPHS school records for single-season (35) and career (39) touchdown passes, single-season completions (174) and single-game touchdown passes (5). Connor is currently a member of the football team at the University of Indianapolis.
Corinne Zehner (track and field): Corinne was a four-event State Finalist in 2012, competing in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay. She placed seventh in the state in the 4x400. She was also a sectional and regional champion in both the 300 and 4x400 her senior season. Corinne is currently competing in track and field at Hillsdale College.
Diane Roudebush (coach): Diane spent many years leading the NPHS gymnastics program. New Palestine won the first four of its seven sectional championships under her direction, in 1998, 1993, 1994 and 1995.