Colts Honor 2009 Indiana High School Academic All-Stars
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts will be honoring 24 high school student-athletes Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium during the Colts-Broncos game. In conjunction with the Indiana High School Athletic Association and the Indiana Football Coaches Association, the Colts will cite 24 outstanding student-athletes as 2009 Indiana High School Academic All-Stars.
The Colts, the IHSAA and the IFCA have worked together for the past 11 years to present this annual award to the top student-athletes at each position. This year, the IFCA polled high school head coaches around the state, and the coaches tabbed approximately 80 players who ranked in the top five percent of their respective classes. The IFCA selection committee narrowed the list to 24 winners, and those chosen truly represent the spirit of the award. Fifteen of the 24 honorees are either class valedictorian (six) or salutatorian (nine). Nine of the 10 high school regions throughout the State of Indiana have an award-winner, and each of the state's five classes is represented on the all-star team.
The 24 2009 Indiana High School Academic All-Stars will be honored on Sunday at a morning program, and they will be presented during the Colts-Denver Broncos game (kickoff is 1:00 p.m. ET).
"On behalf of Jim Irsay and the Irsay family, and with deep appreciation for the IHSAA and IFCA, the Colts are pleased to honor 24 outstanding football players who represent their families and schools in an outstanding manner," said Colts President Bill Polian. "The dedication it takes to be an excellent achiever in the classroom and on the playing field is something that goes unnoticed too often. This award honors those young men who carry themselves with dignity, integrity and a sense of purpose. They, like many other students, possess the values cherished in young adults. We are pleased to identify these individuals, and it will be an honor to recognize them on our playing field this Sunday."
"As it has been for the past 10 years, it was a very difficult task to honor the top 24 student-athletes by position for the Indiana High School Academic All-Stars. As the executive secretary of the Indiana Football Coaches Association, I want to thank the committee members for taking time out of their schedules to meet recently to select this unique team. I also want to thank all of the head coaches throughout the state who took the time to nominate these outstanding student-athletes for this very prestigious team. Finally, on behalf of the Indiana Football Coaches Association, I would like to thank Bill Polian and the Indianapolis Colts organization for recognizing and honoring our top student-athletes in the sport of football throughout the state," said Mark A. Miller, athletic director and head football coach at Rochester High School and past IFCA president.
2009 Indiana High School Academic All-Stars
OFFENSE Pos. Name High School
OL Tyler Clavell, Connersville
OL Ethan Wahl, Seymour
OL Jon Lehmann, Portage
OL Andrew Webster, Fort Wayne North
OL Jordan Thomas, Rochester
WR Jack Favorite, South Bend Adams
WR Bryce Biberstein, Norwell
WR Shawn White, Riverton Parke
RB Kyle Whitten, Boonville
RB Aaron Sparks, Floyd Central
QB Andy Walsh, South Vermillion
PK Matthew Konkey, South Bend Riley
Pos. Name, High SchoolDL Evan Staton, Speedway
DL Nick Claise, South Spencer
DL Stephen Roberts, Greenfield Central
LB Andrew Troutman, Lewis Cass
LB Travis Gaff, DeKalb
LB Devon Rush, Fort Wayne Snider
LB James Ringer, Mooresville
LB Kendall Smith, Decatur Central
DB Jacob Rietow, Knox
DB Greg Burns, Lafayette Central Catholic
DB Carlin Hormann, Bellmont
P Matthew Reisdorf, Mishawaka