By Josh Brown
TIPP CITY — A year-to-year turnaround of epic proportions. A second straight run to the regional title game. And, oh yeah, the school’s first individual state title in swimming.
Winter proved to be a banner season for the Tippecanoe Red Devils — and following the season, the school’s winter sports athletes were honored by the Central Buckeye Conference for the final time before they depart for the Greater Western Ohio Conference next year.
Senior wrestler Jack Peura earned top honors at the CBC tournament this year, being named Wrestler of the Year. Peura (152) and fellow senior Logan Ferrell (285) both earned spots on the All-CBC first team — and both ended up qualifying for the Division II state tournament. Ferrell, who placed seventh at state, also won the sportsmanship award.
In sheer numbers, the boys swimming team raked in the most with eight separate honors. Jay Bell — who won an individual state championship in the 50 free — was first team All-CBC in the 100 free and 100 breast, and Evan Stapp was first team in the 200 IM and 100 fly. All three relay teams were also first team: the 200 medley relay team of Bell, Stapp, Ryan Wall and Ben Jans, the 200 free relay team of Bell, Stapp, Wall and Adam Buynak, and the 400 free relay team of Jans, Matthew Poynter, Mason Doll and Raymond Burkey.
Buynak earned special mention in the 200 free, Buynak earned special mention in the 100 back and Burkey won the sportsmanship award.
In girls swimming, Samantha Williams was named first team in the 500 free and also won the sportsmanship award. The 200 free relay team of Williams, Alexis Cook, Arielle Arnett and Cami Cahill earned special mention, as did Arnett in the 200 IM and 100 free and Cook in the 50 free and 200 free.
The Red Devils’ basketball teams each had four honorees.
On the girls’ side, senior Aubrey Cox — who also earned honorable mention All-Ohio last week — and sophomore Allison Mader both earned spots on the All-CBC Kenton Trail Division first team. Senior Cassidy Wasson earned special mention and senior Sammie Rowland won the sportsmanship award as the Devils finished a 20-6 season with a second consecutive trip to the regional championship game.
And on the boys side, a quartet of seniors earned All-CBC Kenton Trail honors. Carter Mann and Jakob Prall were both named to the first team, Nathan Shirley earned special mention and Joe Tesch won the sportsmanship award as the Devils went from a 3-20 season just a year ago to 16-9, also earning a trip to the sectional championship game.
The Tippecanoe bowling teams had one honoree each. In boys bowling, Wyatt Wilson earned special mention and won the sportsmanship award. In girls bowling, Mary Kate Lee earned special mention and won the sportsmanship award.
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