Every Monday, we will bring you four student athletes that have been nominated by their school's athletic director, coach, or you! We will write a brief description as to why they are deserving of the award and the rest is up to the fans to vote for the Scholar of the Week. After the votes are tallied, we will announce a winner on Friday. At the end of the regular season a new poll will take place.
Each of the weekly winners will be released via a poll for the Ivy Tech Community College Student Athlete of the Year. Fans will vote throughout the IHSAA playoffs with the winner being recognized during the last Colts home game at Lucas Oil Stadium and being awarded a scholarship to Ivy Tech Community College.
Last week, Eastbrook's offensive lineman Chris Duckwall tallied 38% of the votes to be named the third Ivy Tech Community College Scholar Athlete of the Week. Duckwall excels in academics alongside athletics. He is a peer mentor at his high school and works with the program to help freshman feel welcome and comfortable. He also has a job at a local golf course where he is known for his hard work ethic. Chris was an all-conference player last year as a junior, and is starting off well this year too. He is a starting offensive lineman, and this week he excelled on the defensive side as well. He takes his role as a senior leader very seriously. He loves being a team captain and works hard to encourage and excite his teammates
Here are the fourth week's nominees and a little bit about them:
Josh McDonald /Greenfield-Central High School/WR-DB – Josh has been dealt a hard hand early in his life. He lost his brother two years ago and he remains the inspiration for Josh on and off the field. In the classroom he is able to maintain a 3.3 GPA on top of playing football and working a job. On the field he has been a staple of the Cougars on both sides of the ball.
Jon Furrow/ Pendleton Heights High School/RB-DB-K – Jon is active on and off the field. In the classroom, Jon is an exemplary student. The person who nominated him said that "he is a great person. He always takes time to make people feel welcome in a variety of situations." On the field, Jon is quite the "Mr. Versatility." In addition to being the Arabians leading rusher, he is also one of their best defensive backs, and is their kicker.
Chandler Carroll/Yorktown High School/RB-DB – Chandler is ranked 5th out of 210 students in the junior class at Yorktown High School. He has a 4.022/4.000 GPA. He is taking a heavy load of AP courses, including AP Language, AP US History, and AP Chemistry, and he is receiving a high A in all. Chandler is also a Freshmen Mentor for Yorktown's Freshmen Kickoff Mentoring Program. He is responsible for monitoring the progress of three freshmen on a weekly basis. Chandler rarely leaves the field for the Yorktown Tigers. He is the feature running back, he is the second leading tackler from his cornerback position, he returns kicks and punts, and he is the holder for extra point. On Saturday September 8th against Greenfield Central in the Horseshoe Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium, Chandler rushed for 144 yards on 19 carries and one TD. On defense, he had 11 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 interception. He was the Horseshoe Classic Player of the Game. In four games, he has rushed for 528 yards and 6 TDs. He has 22 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 4 interceptions.
Dane Hurley/ Evansville Memorial High School/ QB- Dane is quite the student-athlete. Aside from being the starting quarterback for the Tigers, he is also ranked No. 1 in his class with a 6.0 GPA. This mix of athletics and academics has caught the attention of Notre Dame, West Point, and the Naval Academy. On the field he leads the charge for the Tigers. Danewas limited to three games with a lower back injury his junior year. However, he was still able to pass for 735 yards (39-of-75) with 14 touchdowns and one interception. A 2011 Class 3A pre-season All-State Team selection, Hurley passed for 2,104 yards with 17 touchdowns and rushed for 259 yards as a sophomore.
Check back next week to see who won this week's Ivy Tech Community College's Scholar Athlete of the Week Program. Also, be sure to be as descriptive as possible when nominating a player.
How to get involved?
-Nominate a current Indiana High School Football Player!
- Check back every Monday for the weekly nominees!
- Vote for the weekly winner!
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