Sam Concannon ’16 (Indianapolis) was named the best high school boys tennis player in the state at the The Indianapolis Star’s first annual Indiana Sports Awards event in Indianapolis Thursday evening.
Concannon won the singles individual state title in the fall after finishing as the state runner-up as a junior. He finished 28-0, never dropping a set. He is the first tennis player to win a state title for Culver Academies and finished his high school career 87-7. He has committed to Division III Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
The Indiana Sports Awards recognize the top high school athletes in 28 boys and girls sports plus 10 at-large awards. Nominees and winners in specific sports were selected by The Star’s high school sports staff in consultation with coaches associations. At-large nominees and winners were selected by editors, except for the fans’ choice awards.
Five more graduating Culver athletes have committed to play at the collegiate level. Sam Concannon (above) will play tennis at Case Western Reserve. Natasha Wanless (Madison, Wis.) will play hockey at Concordia University Wisconsin. And three rugby players will be on college pitches next year: Cole Winchester (Plano, Texas) at Texas Christian University, Matthieu Menard (Sherman, Ill.) at Western Michigan University, and Bruno Gracian Tapia (Jalisco, Mexico) at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
Moose Krause chapter nominees
Two Culver Military Academy football players were honored by the Moose Krause chapter of the National Football Foundation for academic abilities. Ross Thompson ’16 (Naperville, Ill.) and Matthew Schmidt ’16 (Worthington, Ohio) were two of the South Bend area seniors nominated for the chapter’s annual scholarship.
Thompson, who has a 3.87 grade point average, will be attending the Case Western Reserve University in the fall. Schmidt, who carries a 3.8 GPA, will be attending the University of Notre Dame. They were honored during an April 28 banquet in South Bend, Ind.