Thirty-five athletes from Clinton Prairie, Clinton Central and Rossville were recently selected to All-Hoosier Heartland Conference teams in various sports.
They are as follows:
- Football: First Team – Clinton Central: Jordan Petty (Jr.), Jeff Scott (Jr.), Cole Simmons (Jr.); Clinton Prairie: Brian Holcombe (Sr.), Kegan Smith (Sr.). Honorable Mention – Clinton Central: Jordan Crum (Sr.); Clinton Prairie: Austin Martin (Jr.).
- Volleyball: First Team – Clinton Prairie: Abby Clark (Jr.), Jasmine Hanna (Sr.); Clinton Central: Bailey Barrentine (So.), Stephanie Ellis (Sr.), Tenley Orr (So.), Sydney Unger (Jr.); Rossville: Brinsley Cooper (Sr.), Kacie McGill (Sr.). Honorable Mention – Clinton Prairie: Jade Mulvaney (So.); Clinton Central: Keily Campbell (Jr.), Leana Evans (Sr.); Rossville: Emily Martin (So.).
- Boys Soccer: First Team – Rossville: Eli Wilson (Sr.). Honorable Mention – Rossville: Zane Gottschalk (Fr.).
- Girls Soccer: First Team – Rossville: Lindsay Fife (Sr.). Honorable Mention – Rossville: Kelsey Cook (Jr.).
- Boys Cross Country: First Team – Solomon Heffernan, Rossville (So.); Blake Lehr, Clinton Prairie (Sr.); Drew Rodehan, Clinton Prairie (Sr.); Matt Rogers, Clinton Central (Sr.); Adam Miller, Clinton Central (Jr.); Thomas Hill, Clinton Prairie (Sr.).
- Girls Cross Country: First Team – Lauren Bright, Rossville (Fr.); Leilah Miller, Clinton Central (Jr.); Hannah Alling, Rossville (Sr.); Emma Tolley, Clinton Prairie (Jr.); Kelly Fox, Clinton Central (So.); Stephanie Schrock, Clinton Prairie (Sr.).
Petty ran the ball 71 times for 377 yards and three touchdowns. Scott was the Bulldogs’ top rusher with 581 yards with five touchdowns on 87 carries. Simmons ran the ball 85 times for 345 yards.
All three players were two-way starters for the Bulldogs.
Smith led Prairie with 55 tackles and was second in tackles for loss with seven. He also had one sack, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles. Smith is also a three-year starter at center and won the team’s most outstanding offensive lineman award the past two seasons.
“He was a very intense and fiery vocal guy with a motor that never stopped,” said Prairie head coach Shaun Wines. “He would never give up on a play or give up in a game.”
Defensively, Holcombe finished with 34 tackles, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. Holcombe also won the team’s most outstanding offensive lineman award.
“Brian was a fantastic leader with an excellent work ethic that also had no quit in him,” Wines said. “He battled every play during the game and in practice.
“He and Kegan brought some maturity and stability to the defensive line. They were guys I would place where the offense was trying to run and told them to stop it. Usually, they did the job and caused a change in play-calling.”
Martin was the Gophers’ top receiver, catching 18 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns. Crum was s two-way starter on both the offensive and defensive line for Central.
Clark finished the season with 198 kills, 235 digs, 47 blocks and 27 aces.
“Abby plays the size of her heart, not the measurement of her height,” said Prairie head coach Angie Schilling. “She loves facing bigger opponents. She’s a very hard worker and a great player to have on the court.”
Hanna, the team’s setter, had 587 assists, 221 digs, 75 kills, 25 aces and 12 blocks.
“Jasmine’s athleticism helped her to keep balls in play that a lot of other players would’ve given up on,” Schilling said. “Many times she was able to save a ball from going over the net on the first hit so we could attack it.”
Barrentine had 436 digs and 39 aces after moving from setter to libero this season. She was three digs shy of leading the conference.
“She is a very controlled passer and helped to get our offensive started with consistent passing,” said Central head coach Jessica Barrentine. “She responded better to our opponent’s attackers as the season progressed and become more aggressive.”
Ellis tallied 292 kills, 61 blocks and 19 digs.
“Her ability to terminate plays with a kill or a block grew with every match,” Barrentine said. “Steph can find open court with a tip or swing and was relied upon for kills at crucial times in matches. With her improved blocking, she has really grown into a solid player at the net over the past four years.”
Orr, a middle attacker, had 191 kills, 248 digs, 51 aces and 56 blocks. Orr was also the first server for the team in every set.
“Tenley is one of our few players who never came off the court,” Barrentine said. “Her attacking is much improved this season and she provided a block that forced hitters to work hard to get the ball past year.”
Unger finished with 292 kills, 103 digs, 68 aces and 32 blocks.
“She has the ability to swing strong and with good control in her attack placement,” Barrentine said. “Her serve is such a powerful weapon because she can serve anywhere she is asked and if not an ace, her serve can eliminate offensive options for our opponents by forcing them out of system.”
Cooper was a force all season, finishing with 510 kills (4.9/set), 195 blocks, 114 aces and 244 digs. McGill had 539 assists and added 197 digs, 35 kills and 50 blocks.
Mulvaney had a team-leading 217 kills, 231 digs, 37 aces and 15 blocks. Campbell had 704 assists and added 119 digs, 15 blocks and 11 kills while Evans had 182 digs and 24 aces. Martin had 300 kills, 277 digs, 89 blocks and 42 aces.
Wilson was the Hornets’ goalkeeper for three seasons.
“Eli’s goalkeeping abilities provided an anchor in the back of our young team,” said head coach Joel Wilson. “His dedication and leadership helped this team grow throughout the season so we were playing our best soccer at the end. He always put the team first before his personal goals and was willing to play wherever needed. These attributes will allow him to be successful at the next level.”
Gottschalk tied with Griffey Saylor for the team lead in goals with four.
Fife was a four-year starter in goal for Rossville. Cook was third on the team in goals with three. Both players played instrumental roles in the Hornets setting the school record for most wins in a season.
The 10 spots on each of the boys’ and girls’ first teams were determined in the Hoosier Heartland Conference Meet on Oct. 4 at Clinton Prairie. Heffernan placed second in the boys’ race while Bright was the conference champion as a freshman.