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Program of the Year: Shenandoah

Pair of state championships lift Raiders to top spot

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Shenandoah Coach David McCollough instructs his team during the second half of last season’s 73-56 Class 2A south semistate loss against Linton-Stockton at Seymour. This week, McCollough was named IBCA District 2 Coach of the Year.

In perhaps the upset of the school year, Shenandoah knocked off defending champion Pendleton Heights to win the THB Sports Awards Program of the Year honors for 2019.

The Raiders scored 478 points in a formula that takes into account county titles as well as sectional, regional, semistate and state championships for teams and individuals.

Undefeated state champs Silas Allred and Erikka Hill — the THB Sports Awards Boys and Girls Athletes of the Year — led the way for the program, accounting for a total of 270 points. That point total alone would have finished ahead of every area school except Pendleton Heights.

Shenandoah also got major points from a boys basketball team that won its first regional title since 2001, three-time state wrestling finalist Hayden Lohrey and track sectional champion Gabe Young.

Altogether, the Raiders’ efforts were enough to unseat perennial juggernaught Pendleton Heights. The Arabians — led by multiple wrestling sectional champions — finished with 369 points.

Alexandria was third with 230 points led by its state championship baseball team.

Elwood (173) and Lapel (164) rounded out the top five. The Panthers featured a pair wrestling regional champions — Jaylen Morgan and Kyle Cornwell — as well as track regional champion Kaylee Lane. The Bulldogs had the overall lead after a fall season that featured state finalist performances from Luke Combs in cross country and Kristen Hobbs in girls golf as well as a football sectional title. Combs returned to the state finals in track, finishing third.

THB sports editor George Bremer has covered the Indianapolis Colts since 2010. He occasionally sports a beard that can rival Andrew Luck's, but he lacks arm strength and durability.

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