McCutcheon’s Charles Phinisee (Class 4A), Evansville Bosse’s Ethan Thomas (3A), Howe’s Kip Warren and Bloomfield’s Eli Combs (A) were named the Mental Attitude Award winners for boys basketball on Saturday.
The 4A, 3A and 2A awards are named for the late Arthur L. Trester, who served as the first commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association from 1929-1944. This year, the Class A award was renamed in honor of Ray Craft, the longtime associate commissioner of the IHSAA. He was also the starting guard in the 1954 state championship Milan team.
Phinisee, a standout athlete in football, basketball and track, overcame a torn anterior cruciate ligament in football as a freshman and sophomore. He is also a member of the McCutcheon Athletic Council, Project Lead the Way and represented his school at the IHSAA Student Leadership Conference last summer. He plans to study engineering.
Thomas is ranked No. 21 in his class at Evansville Bosse with a 3.56 GPA. He is a member of the basketball, football and cross country teams and is on the National Honor Society, Student Council and Bosse Mentoring Program.
Warren was the first athlete from Howe to win the Mental Attitude Award. He was all-state the last two years and was an all-city selection three times. Warren plans to study sports medicine in college.
Combs ranks fourth in his class at Bloomfield with a 4.3 GPA. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, Art Club, Spanish Club and Beta Club.
The award is presented annually to a senior participant in the state finals who best demonstrates mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability and is nominated by his principal or coach.
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