Rick Peckinpaugh has spent 30 seasons on the McCutcheon sideline.
This winter marked one of the special ones as the veteran Mavericks coach guided the team to a 22-5 record and a sectional championship.
On Tuesday, the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association announced Peckinpaugh as one of six District Coach of the Year recipients, earning the honor for District 2.
The Mavericks’ season ended in a loss to Carmel in the regional semifinal, but not before McCutcheon defeated Logansport for its first sectional title since 2006 and a runner-up finish in the North Central Conference.
Peckinpaugh is 12 victories shy of 500 in his 36 seasons overall as a head coach.
Peckinpaugh wasn’t the only recent honoree after a stellar 2014-15 season.
Point guard Tre’Shon Heard is one of 60 seniors invited to the Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 Senior Boys workout on April 12 at Marian University in Indianapolis.
Heard will be joined by Wabash River Conference foes Chandler Spring of Covington and Ethan Woodrow of Fountain Central. Also invited is North Montgomery’s Grant Gayler.
Coach of Year
While Peckinpaugh was one of six IBCA boys basketball coaches honored as a Dictrict Coach of the Year, Noblesville’s Donna Keck was one of the six recipients for girls basketball.
The former Donna McCarty is a 1993 Clinton Central graduate, where she played for hall of fame coach Linda Barnett. Keck led Noblesville to a 23-4 record and its first sectional title since 1996.
Three area senior girls basketball players were named first-team all-state for their work in the classroom as well as on the basketball court.
Harrison’s Courtney Jacobsen, Covington’s Avery Chezem and and Crawfordsville’s Lacey Garrett received Academic All-State first-team honors by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Among the honorable mention were Maggie Bobillo, Sammy Bonner and Angela Tharp from Class A state champion Central Catholic, along with McCutcheon’s Allison Boardman, Harrison’s Olivia Crooks, Katie Musi and Maggie Shandrick, North White’s Darian Eccles and Covington’s Kendra Wallace.