The following seven young men have been nominated for the Johnny Wilson Award, given annually to Madison County's top multi-sport athlete.
Austin Castor, Liberty Christian
Excerpt from player statement: “Johnny Wilson is a great man that I look up to and always have, ever since I was educated on all of his accomplishments and true heart that he has put into everything in his life.”
Austin Engle, Madison-Grant
Excerpt from player statement: “To win the Johnny Wilson Award would be a great honor to me. I feel greatly honored that I have been nominated to win this award. I personally believe that because of athletics my life has been significantly impacted in a positive manner.”
Jake Fox, Alexandria
Excerpt from player statement: “I think the Johnny Wilson Award would be a strong symbol of the countless hours of hard work I have put in towards becoming a winner both on and off the court/field.”
Collin Hoskins, Elwood
Excerpt from player statement: “For me to receive an award for playing the sports I love would be a great accomplishment. To receive the award for playing three sports in high school would prove that my hard work paid off.”
Mitchell Richardson, Lapel
Excerpt from player statement: “Even though I previously knew about Johnny Wilson, I did not know about all the struggles and adversity he went through. My great-grandpa used to tell me stories about playing against Johnny and how great he was.”
Kurt Talbert, Pendleton Heights
Excerpt from player statement: “If I were to win this award, I would dedicate it to my parents and coaches. They are the true reasons I have had the success I have had.”
Jared Thurston, Shenandoah
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- Arabians sweep track titles again Beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures greeted the competitors at the Madison County track meet Friday at Madison-Grant. The Pendleton Heights boys and girls teams were looking to take the county for the third year in a row, but Anderson and Lapel had other ideas. It started off as a record-setting meet and finished with a bang as Pendleton was able to wrap up both titles. The girls held off a stiff challenge from Lapel to win 167.5-147, and the boys took the final event of the night to squeak out a 156.5-148.5 win over Lapel.
- Arabians clip Eagles, go for Muller repeat The competitive feeling at Pendleton Height’s Bill Stoudt Field quickly faded Friday during the semifinals of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Arabians once again took advantage of the opposing team’s generosity as Frankton pitchers gave up six walks and hit five batters, and Pendleton Heights took the 14-3 victory.
Arabians win County net title with 5-0 shutout
An intriguing battle awaited and there was no indication what the team scores would be. Considering the Frankton Eagles had home court advantage, the Pendleton Heights Lady Arabians came hungry for the Madison County tennis title. Pendleton aced a 5-0 win and came away with the crown.
- Indians scratch back into Muller final A young and inexperienced Anderson team again proved its mettle Friday in the semifinals of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Indians (2-3), playing without several expected starters to open the season, clawed out a 10-6 victory against Lapel (2-2) at Memorial Field to advance to the championship game for the 10th time.
Pendleton Heights, Frankton to meet for net title
Pendleton Heights and Frankton advanced to today's Madison County Championship title match after posting very different victories. The Lady Arabian tennis team advanced after defeating the Alexandria Tigers 4-1. For Frankton, it came down to a No. 1 singles tie-breaker to put away Lapel.
- Arabians hold off Alex to reach semifinals Good teams don't need much help. That didn't stop Pendleton Heights from accepting a little aid from Alexandria in the second round of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament on Thursday.
- Elwood, Liberty Christian advance in county softball tournament The 2014 Madison County Softball tournament got off to a wild start at Liberty Christian on Wednesday night as Elwood and the host Liberty Christian Lions advanced with victories.
- Tigers, Eagles early winners in Muller Tournament Alexandria and Frankton were the victors in the opening night of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament at Pendleton Heights.
- Bulldogs, Indians impress in openers Lapel and Anderson have very different histories in the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament.
- Wild week will get later start The busiest week on Madison County's high school sports calendar is going to start a day later than expected.
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