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Winter sports Top 25

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TOP 5: Sophomore Jalen Blackmon continued his trek into Marion boys basketball history and led the Giants to an NCC title and a spot in the Class 3A final four in 2018-19. After just two seasons, Blackmon is already 10th on Marion's all-time scoring list.
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TOP 5: Oak Hill junior Taylor Westgate put together her third-straight standout varsity season and played a major role in helping the Golden Eagles to the program’s first Class 2A girls basketball state championship. Westgate was named to the IBCA Underclass Supreme 15 and will be an Indiana Junior All Star this summer.
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TOP 5: Oak Hill’s Stewart Mossholder finished his senior season at 42-5 with CIC, sectional and regional championships. Mossholder was a runner-up at the New Haven Semistate and finished seventh in the 195-pound weight class at the 2019 state finals.
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TOP 5: Jazmyn Turner led Grant County in scoring in her senior season and led the Giants to the program’s best season in three decades. She played her best basketball in Marion’s biggest moments and led the Giants to NCC, sectional and regional titles.

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com

1. Caiden Lake, Sr. Oak Hill diving

State Champion .... boys diving. 250 divers entered the state tourney, 80 qualified for regional, 32 advanced to state before Lake reached the top of the medal stand. His 525.85-point total for 11 dives at the IUPUI Natatorium in the state finals re-established his own school record and capped off an amazing senior season and high school career. For more on Caiden Lake’s C-T top Athlete of the Winter season, see his story on B1.

2. Jalen Blackmon, So., Marion boys basketball

Blackmon put together a dominant and at times spectacular sophomore season for the Giants. He was seventh in the state in scoring at nearly 27 points per game and is on his way to rewriting Marion’s record book. He scored 725 points this winter and has 1,327 points in two years. Blackmon needs 570 next season to become the leading scorer in Giants’ history, supplanting his dad and coach James Blackmon (1,897). He’s averaging 24.6 points through two seasons which is better than four points higher than Dave Colescott’s school-record career average of 20.1 ppg. He twice topped the 40-point mark with a career-high of 42 at Lafayette Jeff. Blackmon was first-team All-NCC and named to the IBCA’s Underclass Supreme 15.

3. Jazmyn Turner, Jr., Marion girls basketball

Turner led Grant County in scoring this season at 17.2 points per game and put the Giants on her back in their biggest moments to help deliver North Central Conference, sectional and regional championships. Turner’s accolades include IBCA Large School All-State first team honors and all-NCC first team, and she attended the Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 Workout. Her 29-point, 10-rebound performance at Lafayette Jeff helped seal the NCC title. Turner also scored 25 in the Giants’ regional championship win over Angola, and she made several key plays in the last minute of regulation and in overtime to help Marion advance to the Class 3A final four.

4. Taylor Westgate, Jr., Oak Hill girls basketball

Westgate was instrumental in helping the Golden Eagles win the Class 2A state championship for the first time in school history. She hit nearly 60 percent of her shots from the floor to lead Oak Hill with a 14.4-point average to go along with a team-leading 8.1 rebounds. Westgate topped the 1,000-point career mark Jan. 22 with her 17 points against Eastern and scored a season high 24 in the Eagles’ regional championship win over Tipton. Westgate had a season-high 17 rebounds Nov. 6 against Marion, then scored eight points, grabbed nine boards and came up with five steals against Winchester in the state championship game. Westgate was All-CIC for the third-straight year and was named to the IBCA’s Supreme 15 underclassmen team. She’ll spend part of her summer competing for the Indiana Junior All-Stars.

5. Stewart Mossholder, Sr., Oak Hill wrestling

Mossholder was one of the leaders in a historic season for Oak Hill wrestling. The Golden Eagles compiled a 26-0 record in dual meets, won a sixth straight CIC title along with sectional and regional crowns, and Mossholder was the 195-pound champion in all three tournaments. He then added a runner-up finish in the New Haven Semistate before finishing seventh in the state championship. Mossholder finished his season 42-5, with three of his losses coming in the semistate and state rounds of the tournament.

6. Kinsey Price, Sr., Oak Hill girls swimming

Along with twin sister Khole, Kinsey Price left a lasting legacy in the pool at Oak Hill. The Price sisters finished the 2019 season fittingly at the state finals competing with senior Lizzie Wood and freshman Taylor King in the 200-yard freestyle relay, where they finished 17th. Kinsey made a big splash in the Fishers Sectional where she broke her own school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.95 seconds. That record was prelude to Kinsey shattering the longest-standing mark on the Oak Hill record board when she covered the 200 individual medley in 2:18.83 to break Alicia Keown’s 2:20.58 set in 1999. 

7. Khloe Price, Sr., Oak Hill girls swimming

Khloe Price will also take a pair of Oak Hill records with her to Indiana Wesleyan where she and sister Kinsey will compete collegiately in the third season of Wildcats’ swimming. Khloe is the fastest Golden Eagle in history in both the 200 and 500 freestyle races. Both Khloe and Kinsey are part of two record-setting Oak Hill Relay teams including the 2017 200 free relay team that finished a program-best 15th in the state and established the current record of 1:38.12. The 2019 team chased that record at state with a 1:39.57.

8. Harper Dedman, So., Oak Hill wrestling

Dedman accomplished something few others have in the illustrious history of Oak Hill wrestling with his seventh place finish at the state wrestling championships. He finished his season in the 113-pound weight class at 40-7 and captured CIC, sectional and regional championships before finishing as a runner-up in the New Haven Semistate to punch a ticket to state. 

9. Bradley Rosman, Sr., Oak Hill wrestling

Rosman earned Oak Hill a third state medal at the 2019 wrestling state championship with an eighth place finish in the 182-pound weight class. He also won CIC, sectional and regional championships. Rosman was third at semistate and finished 42-5 for the season. Four of his five losses came in the semistate and state rounds of the tournament. Rosman closed his career as an Indiana All-Star and with a win at the Indiana-Illinois All-Star Dual Classic in March. 

10. AJ Jones, Sr., Madison-Grant wrestling

A year after missing an entire season with a torn labrum, Jones proved himself as one of the top heavyweight wrestlers in Indiana. Jones won CIC and sectional championships, finished as runner-up in regional and punched a state ticket with a third place finish at the New Haven Semistate. Jones finished his senior season with a 34-4 record.

11. RaShaya Kyle, Sr. Marion girls basketball

Kyle finished her junior campaign averaging 15.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, nearly three assists and more than two blocks per game. She scored a season-high 29 points against Madison-Grant and pulled down a season-best 19 rebounds against Anderson. She was a key component in helping Marion win the NCC championship as well as aiding the Giants’ advancement into the Class 3A Final Four. Kyle earned all-NCC and IBCA first-team underclass big school all-state honors.

12. Adrianna Trexler, Sr., Oak Hill girls basketball

Many nights during the 2018-19 season Trexler was the MVP for the Golden Eagles and she was the most improved player in Grant County. The Indiana Wesleyan signee increased her scoring average by nearly five points over her junior season and was second to Westgate at 12.2 points. Trexler topped the 20-point mark six times with a career high of 25 against Lewis Cass. She scored a game-high 20 points in helping the Eagles knock off 2A No. 1 and unbeaten Central Noble in the semistate. Trexler was named all-CIC and IBCA Small School All-State first team. Trexler earned an invite to the Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 senior workout.

13. Arik Gamble, Sr., Oak Hill boys swimming

Gamble etched his name into the Oak Hill record books by breaking and then resetting the standard in the 200 individual medley. Gamble’s record-setting swim of 2:02.08 was nearly two seconds faster than his previous best and came in a preliminary race of the Hamilton Southeastern Sectional. He also advanced to the sectional championship race in the 100 breaststroke and finished seventh in both events.

14. Tai McClung, So,. Mississinewa boys basketball

McClung proved to be a force in the paint for a very young Indians’ squad, leading the way with 15-point and 6.8-rebound a game averages. He scored in double digits in 17 of Ole Miss’ 22 games with a career night of 27 points and 15 rebounds Jan. 5 in the Indians win over Taylor. McClung also scored 26 points against both Wabash and Southwood. He earned All-CIC honorable mention.

15. Taylor King, Fr., Oak Hill girls swimming

16. Lizzie Wood, Sr., Oak Hill girls swimming

King and Wood both filled important roles in helping the Golden Eagles’ 200 freestyle relay team earn a trip to the state swimming championship and a 17th place finish. King was the leadoff swimmer and Wood was second and along with Kinsey and Khloe Price, the quartet turned in one of the five fastest times in Oak Hill history by dropping more than a second from their state-qualifying sectional time.

17. JK Thomas, Jr., Marion boys basketball

Despite missing the first 12 games of the Giants’ season while recovering from a broken leg he suffered in football, Thomas brought instant impact to Marion’s lineup upon his return. He finished the season averaging nearly 15 points a game and had a season-high 30 in their NCC-clinching win Feb. 15 at Harrison (West Lafayette) along with 26 in a road win at McCutcheon. Thomas earned All-NCC first team honors.

18. Kyler Funk, Jr., Mississinewa wrestling

Funk narrowly missed his second-straight trip to the state wrestling finals with a close 8-5 defeat in the ticket round of the New Haven Semistate. Funk finished his junior campaign in the 182-pound weight class with a 33-9 record and finished runner-up to Oak Hill’s Rosman in the CIC, Oak Hill Sectional and Peru Regional meets.

19. Aiden Hardcastle, So., Oak Hill wrestling

Hardcastle was a CIC, sectional and regional champion for the Golden Eagles and finished his season with a 38-4 record in the 120-pound weight class. Hardcastle dropped a 5-2 decision in the ticket round of the New Haven Semistate to just miss earning his first trip to the state finals. 

20. Grant Brown, So. Madison-Grant boys basketball

Brown was the orchestrator for a young Argylls team that more than doubled their win total from 2018 by finishing 13-12. He was second in a balanced M-G offense at 11.5 points a game and led Grant County with more than six assists. He also averaged four rebounds and more than two steals. Brown scored 11 straight points in the fourth quarter of Madison-Grant’s stunning 51-48 upset of 2A No. 3 Tipton in the Argylls’ opening sectional game. He was honorable mention All-CIC.

21. Anthony Horton, Jr., Mississinewa boys basketball

Horton was the floor general for the Indians and his versatility was a key both ends of the court. Horton was third on the team in scoring at just under 12 points a game, second in rebounding (3.7) and the team leader in assists (4.3) and steals (2.0). He scored a season-high 22 points against Frankton and handed out 10 assists against Taylor. Horton was an All-CIC first team selection.

22. Caily Bolser, Jr. Mississinewa girls basketball

During Bolser’s first season at Ole Miss, her 6-foot-5 presence earned a lot of attention from opposing defenses. Still, the smooth shooting lefty who has verbally committed to Toledo led the Indians at more than 13 points and seven rebounds a game. On her way to earning All-CIC and IBCA underclass big school honorable mention, Bolser topped the 20-point mark six times and scored a season-high 28 against both Eastbrook and Alexandria.

23. Dalton Scheffer, So., Oak Hill boys swimming

Scheffer earned his way onto the Golden Eagles record board during the Hamilton Southeastern Sectional. Scheffer covered the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:03.60 to shave more than a second off the previous record of 5:04.72. Scheffer advanced to the finals and finished seventh in the championship race.

24. Kylie Standfest, Sr., Eastbrook girls basketball

Standfest earned an All-CIC selection for the second straight season after leading the Panthers with a 12.6-point and 5.6 rebound average. Standfest went over 20 points four times for Eastbrook and had a career-high 25 against Cowan. She helped the Panthers advance to the sectional championship game for the second straight season and had a 15-point, 11-rebound performance in the loss to Tipton to finish her high school career.

25. Victor Lee, Sr., Marion wrestling

Lee put together an outstanding 24-4 season for the Giants and earned himself a North Central Conference championship wrestling in the 195-pound weight class. Lee was runner-up to Oak Hill’s Mossholder in the Oak Hill Sectional and Peru Regional. Lee’s bid for a second straight trip to the state finals ended when he failed to make weight for the New Haven Semistate.