ANDERSON, Ind. —
No. 8 — Shenandoah bulldozes way to gridiron glory
MIDDLETOWN — The Raiders rushed for 500 yards in the sectional championship game on Nov. 2, leading to a 41-35 upset of Class 2A No. 8 Heritage Christian at Dale Green Field. Shenandoah mounted scoring drives of 94 and 99 yards to erase a 35-21 second-half deficit, and junior Lane Young scored the game-winning touchdown with 18.1 seconds remaining. It was the Raiders’ first sectional title in eight years.
No. 9 — Frankton, Pendleton Heights make cross country history
The Frankton boys and Pendleton Heights girls capped outstanding cross country seasons by winning the first team regional championships in their respective program histories. Both teams ran into tough fields the following week at the semistate in Fort Wayne, but they kept alive the upward mobility that has been trending in the sport for the past decade or so in Madison County.
No. 10 — Lady Tribe wins two for Coach Cook
ANDERSON — This story actually started in the fall of 2011 when Anderson girls basketball coach Chad Cook suffered bleeding in his brain and was immediately hospitalized. Cook somehow returned in time to coach that season, and his girls rallied around him. Anderson won the Madison County tournament title in early 2012 and added its first sectional crown since 2008 to honor its leader.
Honorable Mention — Pendleton Heights’ Mason Todd and Alexandria’s Luke Blanton compete at the state wrestling finals; Anderson’s Kyle Johnson caps his stellar career with his fourth straight trip to the boys swimming state finals; Ross Kenseth wins the Redbud 300 at Anderson Speedway; Anderson breaks a long baseball sectional-championship drought; Anderson University gets new football and men’s basketball coaches; Pendleton Heights wins its first boys tennis sectional title.