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2012 was filled with standout performances

Posted Thursday, December 27, 2012, at 8:55 PM

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Alli Workman of Bloomfield
If I have done my math correctly, there were nine area high school athletic teams that won a sectional championship in 2012, and several that went beyond that success.

None of those would have happened without the sweat and sacrifice of coaches and players and the support of their school and community.

In our Top 10 sports stories for the year that will be appearing in the pages of the Greene County Daily World early in 2013, the focus was on those team accomplishments, with one entry being about all the individuals that stood out this past year.

Today I am going to expound on the individuals student-athletes that had noteworthy performances in 2012.

We had three individuals that earned the rare Division I scholarship.

Eastern Greene's J.T. Yoho, who technically signed his letter-of-intent to play college basketball at Wright State University in November of 2011, but he took the hardwood in Dayton, Ohio in 2012.

Yoho, who was a part of the boys basketball team at Eastern Greene High School that won back-to-back sectionals, went to the regional final two years in a row and won 23 and 24 games respectively, finished second on the all-time scoring list at EGHS.

Yoho, who along with retiring EGHS coach Andy Igel were invited to participated in the Top 60 workout, has already made an early-season impact for WSU.

Scottie Ingram, a senior at Eastern Greene, signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Murray State University in November.

Ingram was part of one of the greatest four-year runs in the history of high school volleyball, in Greene County and the Wabash Valley.

Ingram played on four consecutive sectional and three consecutive regional championship teams and four teams that won a minimum of 30 games each season.

Ingram was a key piece to a Class 2A state finals appearance in 2011 and a trip to the semistate finals this year.

Ingram was recently named to the MaxPreps Small Schools All-American Volleyball Teams.

Also earning a D-I ride was Julie Riggins of Bloomfield. The three-sport Lady Cardinal standout placed 32nd in the 3,200 meters (11 minutes, 57.63 seconds) at the high school girls track and field state finals in June at Bloomington.

Riggins is currently on an athletic scholarship as a runner at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), now a Division I school.

The Miner football team, who posted back-to-back 13-1 seasons and earned sectional and regional championships in Class A, had two players earn All-State honors.

For the second consecutive season, senior Koye Kaiser was selected as a defensive back on the Class A First Team.

Kaiser tied for the team lead with seven interceptions. He was part of a Miner defense that turned out to be one of the best in school history.

Austin Karazsia, who was a second-team selection as a junior, earned All-State First Team honors in 2012.

Karazsia was pivotal in helping the Miners to back-to-back regional titles and consecutive 13-win seasons for the first time in school history.

Karazsia rewrote the Miner passing record book. He owns every game, season and career record expect one -- pass attempts in a game.

That is still owned by Mike Rose, who threw 44 passes against North Knox in 1969.

Tyler Talpas, along with Yoho, became the latest addition to the 1,000-point career scoring mark for boys basketball. The Union High School senior went over the magic mark in a blowout victory against New Harmony earlier this year. Talpas ended up as the eighth all-time leading scorer in the history of UHS.

Micaela Hazlewood of Linton-Stockton and Savannah Turner of Shakamak joined Riggins at the girls track and field state finals in 2012.

Turner placed 26th in the 1,600. Her time was five minutes and 33.06 seconds, becoming one of the first, if not the first from Shakamak to make the track state finals. As I say this, I am sure somebody might have slipped through the cracks.

Hazlewood topped all five athletes that went to the state meet in track, by earning a medal. Hazlewood threw the discus 127 feet, 11 inches to earn a seventh-place finish.

The top nine girls qualify for a medal and score team points.

Linton-Stockton had two boys that earned a trip to the track and field state finals.

Grant Stamm qualified in two events. He was 20th in the 110 high hurdles. His time was 15.36 seconds.

Miner senior Kent Helton made state in the long jump. He placed 28th with an effort of 19-4.

Shakamak senior Brock Dowell was the lone baseball player in the area to earn Class A All-State First Team honors.

The center fielder and left-handed pitcher was pivotal in the success of the Laker baseball team in 2012, culminating with a trip to the state finals in June at Victory Field in Indianapolis.

He was just one of two seniors on the youthful Laker roster, providing leadership for his younger teammates.

Linton-Stockton's Clayton French led his team to a sectional title before advancing to both days of the high school boys golf state championship.

He fired a round of 74 on day one then followed with a round of 83. His two day total left him short of the medal stand but not short of success.

Although they did not make it to the state finals, Alli Workman of Bloomfield, Turner and Hannah Resler of Eastern Greene all advanced to the girls cross country semistate.

The tournament path for cross country teams and individuals runners is not an easy one. To make it out of the regional at either Brown County for Bedford North Lawrence is not an easy feat and Workman, Turner and Resler all did that.

But they finished out of the top 15 at the Brown County Semistate, short of qualifying for the state finals.

This was a great year for sports in Greene County and I am sure that 2013 also will be filled with many exceptional feats.

Happy New Year.

B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12 or at hargisbj@gmail.com.


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