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Athletes vie for top SAC awards

Volleyball, football stars in conference to receive honors

– Will a run to the state finals be enough to bring home the two top honors in the SAC?

Concordia’s Tionna Williams and Bishop Dwenger’s Ryan Watercutter are among the nominees for the Glass Spike Award in volleyball and Euell Wilson Award in football, both to be presented at the 2013 Football/Volleyball Awards Program on Monday at IPFW’s Walb Ballroom.

The awards program is co-sponsored by The Journal Gazette and SportONE Ortho Northeast.

The Glass Spike is the annual prize given to the top volleyball player of any grade in the conference, and the Euell Wilson honor is given to the top senior football player in the SAC, based on conduct on and off the field. Williams and Watercutter led their respective teams to state runner-up finishes, Williams in 3A and Watercutter in 4A.

The awards are chosen by The Journal Gazette after nominations from the coaches.

Here are the top candidates for the awards:

Glass Spike

Olivia Current,

Bishop Dwenger

The senior middle hitter had 253 kills, 55 blocks and 28 digs this year in earning All-SAC first-team honors.

The 6-foot-1 Current helped the Saints to runner-up finishes in the SAC and sectional, both times losing out to Concordia.

Her steady influence on the court helped the coaching transition from John Minnick to Tim Houser.

Tionna Williams,

Concordia

The 6-2 junior middle hitter dominated the net.

She registered 526 kills, 291 digs and 90 blocks for the Concordia, which lost in three games to Indianapolis Brebeuf in the 3A state title match.

Williams led the Cadets to SAC regular-season and tournament titles and earned 3A All-State honors.

Euell Wilson

David Morrison,

Concordia

The Ball State recruit helped revive the Cadets’ program with a turnaround season that resulted in a sectional championship.

The 6-2, 190-pound Morrison completed 238 of 377 passes for 3,412 yards and 29 touchdowns.

After going 4-21 in the previous three years, Concordia went 9-4 this year and lost in the regional to West Lafayette 25-21.

Ryan Watercutter,

Bishop Dwenger

The 6-3, 198-pound tight end/receiver/defensive back had 70 catches for 1,150 yards and nine touchdowns on offense and seven interceptions on defense.

Watercutter helped the Saints to the 4A state championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium where they lost 28-27 to top-ranked Columbus East.

Watercutter earned All-SAC first-team offense honors this season at tight end after being on the first-team defense last year as a defensive back.

gjones@jg.net

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