Photo Credit Morgan Garrison
Two athletic milestones reached in less than 24 hours
October 26, 2015
Coach Alan Loehr and state champ Sam Concannon

UPDATE: Sam Concannon ’16 (Indianapolis) has been named The Indianapolis Star’s Player of the Year.

It was a great weekend to be an Eagle.

Two Culver athletic milestones were reached over the weekend when Sam Concannon ’16 captured the school’s first state championship in tennis and football coach Andy Dorrel won the 100th game of his career.

Concannon captured the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s individual crown with a 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 victory over Steven Christie of Indianapolis North Central. The match, originally scheduled for Indianapolis Park Tudor School, was moved to the Five Seasons Racquet Club due to rain.

I worked hard all year to get back here, and I can’t think of a better way to go out my senior year.

“I worked hard all year to get back here, and I can’t think of a better way to go out my senior year,” Concannon, who was state runner-up in 2014, told The Indianapolis Star. He finished the season 28-0, winning every match in straight sets.

Down 5-3 in the first set, Concannon rallied to force the tiebreaker, jumped to a 6-0 lead in the tiebreaker, and then won the final five games of the second set to win the championship.

He advanced to the championship with a quarterfinal victory over Bryce Bonin (Crown Point), 6-1, 6-3, on Friday and a 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 semifinal win over Eli Steiner (Leo) Saturday morning. He is the Culver’s first state champion in tennis in the 36 years of the individual tournament.

Friday night, Dorrel saw his Eagles come back in the fourth quarter to defeat Fairfield, 24-21, in the first round of sectional play. David Pumarejo ’16 (Queretaro, Mexico) put the Eagles ahead for the first time with a 40-yard field goal with 2:57 remaining in the contest.

The Oliver Field victory lifted Dorrel to 100 wins in his 18-year career as the Eagles’ head coach. He is currently third on the list of winningest football coaches in Culver’s history. Russ Oliver, who the field is named after, is first at 138-80-4. Dave Nelson is second at 116-110. Dorrel is third at 100-93 and Bob Peck is fourth at 80-25-2.

The football team (5-5) will face the Lakeland Lakers (6-4) on Friday, Oct. 30. Game time is 7:30 p.m. in LaGrange, Ind.

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