New Albany running back Tuwan Payton and Floyd Central running back Gaige Klingsmith were named to the All-Hoosier Hills Conference football team.
Payton ran for 2,177 yards and 24 touchdowns for the Bulldogs (6-4), and Klingsmith had 1,589 yards and 25 touchdowns for the Highlanders (8-3). They were joined in the backfield by Columbus East star Markell Jones (2,653 yards and 42 TDs).
The Olympians, the Class 4-A state champions, dominated the team with 10 selections, including quarterback Alex Cowan (1,280 passing yards and 22 TDs plus 1,170 rushing yards and 17 TDs).
Other New Albany players honored included defensive lineman Javier Santiago, kicker Vincent Falcone and offensive lineman Braxton Bragg. Floyd Central’s Chase Herron (linebacker) and Aaron Smith (offensive line) were also on the first team.
Jeffersonville tight end Dionte Allen, defensive lineman Joe Simmons and defensive back Damin Smith made the squad.
The rest included:
* Linemen — Richard Bach, Madison; Dalton Bateman, Columbus East; Brock Patterson, Columbus East. Linebackers — Chandler Nicholson, BNL; Christian Wichman, East; Sam Dwenger, East. Defensive backs — Nick Nixon, Jennings County; John Busack, Columbus East.Defense:
* Linemen Evan Kuhn, East; Seth Frownfelter, East; Deron Hammond, Madison; Colton Castetter, Jennings County; Receivers — J.T. Voelker, East; Zach Schlatterer, Jennings County.Offense: —
Jeffersonville coach Keith Gast recorded his 500th career win during Jeffersonville’s victories over Mt. Vernon and Terre Haute North in Saturday’s North Invitational.
New Albany’s Leondre McBirth was named the Player of the Week for District 3 by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
McBirth scored 30 points as the Bulldogs opened the season with an impressive 64-60 road victory over Bloomington South.
Corydon junior Bailey LaHue is ranked second in the state at 120 pounds by Indianamat.com. LaHue went 42-6 and finished fourth in last year’s state tournament.
Floyd Central’s Cory Troutman is ranked No. 7 at 152 pounds, and Jeffersonville’s Gavan Jolley-Little is ranked No. 6 at 285.