IndyStar is recognizing its seven high school American Family Insurance All-USA Indiana athletes of the week. For more information about our Indiana Sports Awards, contact Jennifer Brugh at email@example.com or Matthew Glenesk at firstname.lastname@example.org. These athletes were chosen for the week ending Feb. 20.
HANNAH KAUFMAN, Seymour
As a junior, Kaufman is the 2016 Indiana High School bowling girls state champion. Last year she qualified and finished fourth. This year, she again qualified fourth, but won her semifinal matches 202-145 and 187-186 to get to the championship match. In the final match, she won 178-157 to claim the crown.
NIKOLAS BOWMAN, Ben Davis
Bowman finished his freshman season by winning the state singles championship Feb. 22. He was the No. 1 seed after qualifying and was the only one of the 24 finalists to record a 600 series, with 614. In the championship match, he won 195-186 to claim the crown.
MacKENZIE BALES, Randolph Southern
Bales set personal bests in six events and cut 10 seconds off of her 100 butterfly from last season. She finished her season by making it to the finals in sectionals, where she placed eleventh.
GLEN BROWN, Fisher
Brown won four events at the sectional: the 200 individual medley, the 100 backstroke, the 200 individual medley and the 400 freestyle. He also set a new sectional and pool record in the 200 individual medley.
MALIAH HOWARD-BASS, Columbus North
In the semistate game between No. 1 Columbus North and No. 5 Roncalli, Howard-Bass led her team in scoring to push the Bulldogs to a 55-48 win. The junior guard finished with 18 points, four rebounds and one steal.
DESMOND BANE, Seton Catholic
Bane led Seton Catholic to a victory over Tri on Feb. 16 and followed that up by scoring 62 points in an 85-51 victory over Lincoln on Feb. 19, which was the most points scored in an IHSAA boys game since 1988 and 20th-highest in history. He added 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals.
JACOB COVACIU, Merrillville
Covaciu was a four-time state qualifier and three-time finalist. He will wrestle at the University of Wisconsin next year and was the recipient of IHSAA Mental Attitude award in wrestling this year, which is given to the best all around student-athlete.
Other Nominees: Christian Munson, Guerin Catholic; Trent Pruitt, Warren Central; Shawn Streck, Merrillville; Ashton Johnson, Mooresville; Rachel McLimore, Covenant Christian; Evan Wallpe, North Decature; Jake Mlagan, Bethesda Christian; Kale Morris, Clinton Prairie; Gleason Mappes, Center Grove; Colten Garland, Washington; Paul Scruggs, Southport; Joey Brunk, Southport; Shawn Beeler, Warren Central; Shalia Beeler, Warren Central.
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