By Josh Brown
TIPP CITY — A slew of state runner-up finishes. A third straight year with a playoff victory. And plenty of quality individual performances.
It’s no surprise that, come postseason awards time, Tippecanoe cleaned house.
Three Red Devils athletes — Jack Peura, Mitch Poynter and Kennedy Reeder — all won Athlete of the Year honors as Tippecanoe brought home a strong haul in the All-Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division awards, which were announced following the end of the fall season.
It was the last time the Devils will be honored by the CBC — Tippecanoe will leave the division for the Greater Western Ohio Conference once spring season ends.
Tippecanoe lineman Jack Peura, who was fourth in the CBC Kenton Trail in sacks with 4.5 this season, was named the Co-Athlete of the Year, alongside Kenton Ridge running back Jayden Davis — who Peura and company shut down in the final game of the regular season to claim the division title outright in their final year.
The senior was named to the all-division first team along with Logan Ferrell, Brandon Gotthardt, Riley Hadden, Aaron Hughes, Zach Mace, Jakob Prall, Cade Rogers and Dylan Shomper. Noah Carlson, Chris Garber and Cameron Gibbs were all special mention and Bobby Hopkins won the sportsmanship award.
* Cross Country
Mitch Poynter had a senior season to remember, finishing second at the Division II state meet and leading the boys team to a runner-up finish, as well. Along the way, he was named the CBC Kenton Trail Athlete of the Year.
Joining him on the all-division first team were Tim Andrews, Jordan Brown, Thomas Chaney, Keenan Gradell, Spencer Ranft and Jacob Stillwagon. Noah Ballard, Sam Brumfield and Michael Stearns all earned special mention and Ethan Heitkamp won the sportsmanship award.
The girls had a memorable season, as well, also finishing second as a team at the state meet. Seven runners — Kaili Titley, Katie Tatlor, Abbi Halsey, Stephanie and Laura Fink, Mackenzie Dietz and Jillian Brown all earned first team honors, Bekah Shininger and Emily Wolfe earned special mention and Allison Mader won the sportsmanship award.
Kennedy Reeder won the Kenton Trail Athlete of the Year after a stellar season at first singles for the Devils, one that saw the team reclaim the league title before leaving for the GWOC.
Ladia Coning, Jordan Jones and the first doubles teams of Ali Merrick and Sophie McDowell and Sydney Laymon and Victoria Nordquist were named to the first team along with Reeder, Anna Kueterma was given special mention and Coning won the sportsmanship award.
* Boys Soccer
Mitch Colvin led a group of five Tippecanoe boys soccer players on the all-division first team, a team that won the outright Kenton Trail title in its final season in the division.
Zach Bonifas, Dylan Shomper, Adam Grieshop and Wade Timmer were also named to the first team, Jacob Niswonger and Collin Tateman earned special mention and Peyton Smith won the sportsmanship award.
* Girls Soccer
Four Tippecanoe girls soccer players — Alysha Harmer, Hunter McKinney, Lauren Lester and Cassidy Wasson — were named first team all-division after a one-loss season and an outright league title.
Holly Bernhold and Lexi Blair earned special mention and Allie Wasson won the sportsmanship award.
Aubrey Cox, Alyssa Crusey and Taylor Prall were named first team all-division after the volleyball team finished second in the Kenton Trail and won a sectional title this season.
Kara Trimbach earned special mention and Emily Shuk won the sportsmanship award.
* Girls Golf
After making its annual trip to the district tournament this season, the Tippecanoe girls golf team saw Ally Chitwood, Tori Merrick and Sammie Rowland all named first team all-division. Taylor Hudson earned special mention and Emily Doll won the sportsmanship award.
* Boys Golf
Bradley Calhoun and Wyatt Wilson, both of whom qualified for the boys golf district tournament as individuals, were named to the all-division first team this season, and Wilson won the sportsmanship award.
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