Local athletes receive IBCA, WIC honors

Monday, March 22, 2021
North Putnam senior Mason Brooks (right) was recently named to the IBCA Academic All-State First Team, while Nick Sutherlin received honorable mention.

Several local athletes have been honored recently with six receiving recognition from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and another, plus a coach, from the Western Indiana Conference.

North Putnam’s Mason Brooks and South Putnam’s Chloe Custis were both recently named the IBCA Academic All-State First Teams of their respective sports while Eagle Bree Mahoney-Sutherland, Cougars Dane Spencer and Reghan Christy and Greencastle pair Nick Sutherlin and Brody Whitaker were all named to the Honorable Mention All-Academic team.

The IBCA Academic All-State program is one where academic prowess and athletic prowess both are considered in the selections. Items such as grade-point average and academic class rank are considered along with athletic performance in areas such as points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game.

IBCA-member head coaches from schools across the state nominated their senior student-athletes who met criteria that include a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale and a class rank in the upper 25 percent of one’s class.

Brooks finished his senior campaign averaging 21.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg and 3.0 apg while Spencer ended the season averaging 4.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 2.7 apg for 17-8 North Putnam. Christy averaged 11.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 1.0 apg for the 11-13 Cougars.

South Putnam senior Chloe Custis has been named to the IBCA Academic All-State First Team.
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Custis led South Putnam with 13.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 3.2 apg while Mahoney-Sutherland added 4.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 0.8 apg for the 15-2 Eagles.

Whitaker finished his Greencastle career as the school’s all-time leading scorer, averaging 23.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 2.0 apg while Sutherlin backed the cause with 9.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2.5 apg for the 21-7 Tiger Cubs.

Greencastle’s Brach Carrington was recently named Western Indiana Conference Wrestler of the Year.
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In addition to academic honors, Greencastle’s Brach Carrington was named the WIC Wrestler of the Year. Carrington finished his Tiger Cub career as state runner-up at 195 pounds with a record of 40-1.

Kent Menzel

Additionally, Greencastle girls’ swimming and diving head coach Kent Menzel was named WIC Head coach of the Year for guiding the Tiger Sharks to a conference title win at the WIC Swimming and Diving Meet this year.

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