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Sunday, December 03, 2017 1:00 am

SAC honors to be awarded

3 football players up for Wilson; 3 for Glass Spike

GREG JONES | The Journal Gazette

How quickly the fall high school sports season goes by.

Teams are sweating during summer workouts, then the season opener happens and before you know it, the state finals during the weekend after Thanksgiving are signaling the end to another high school football season. 

Football caps off the fall season, with the other sports wrapping up at least three weeks prior.

So with the end of football and volleyball seasons, it's time to once again look at the top nominees for the SAC awards, the Euell Wilson Award for the best senior football player in the conference and the Glass Spike Award for the league's best volleyball player, regardless of class. 

Both awards will be handed out Monday at Parkview's Mirro Center in an awards program co-sponsored by The Journal Gazette and Parkview Sports Medicine. 

Euell Wilson

Justin Becker, Carroll

The senior receiver led the Chargers with 60 catches for 1,176 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

Becker, who holds several school receiving records, is headed to Purdue on a track scholarship.

Lawrence Johnson, Snider

The senior defensive end was a pivotal part of the SAC's stingiest defense, giving up only 14.4 points per game. 

A three-year starter on defense for the Panthers, Johnson had 50 tackles, seven sacks and seven tackles for loss. A Purdue recruit, Johnson was a team captain.

The Panthers (11-1) won their second straight SAC championship, running their regular-season winning streak to 18 straight. The 2015 5A state champions moved up to 6A this season and lost a heartbreaker to Carmel in the regionals, 22-21. 

Jiya Wright, Homestead

The senior quarterback led the Spartans to an 8-2 record and an SAC runner-up finish. The Northern Illinois recruit threw for 2,307 yards and 28 touchdowns, while also running for 750 yards and 11 scores. 

Homestead's season came to an end in a loss to SAC rival Snider in a Class 6A sectional opener. The Spartans' only two losses this season came to Snider, which also beat Homestead at Lucas Oil Stadium in a regular-season game in September. 

Glass Spike

Anna Burkhardt, Bishop Dwenger

The junior outside hitter had 262 kills, 369 digs and 28 aces for the Saints who got to No. 1 in 3A early in the year and finished No. 3 in the final poll. 

The Saints (31-2) lost to eventual Class 3A state champion New Castle in the regional semifinals. 

Caroline Morrison, Concordia

A junior setter, Morrison collected 761 assists, 179 digs and 51 kills to lead the Cadets to runner-up finishes in the SAC regular-season and SAC tournament finals. 

Concordia (22-9) lost in the first round of the sectional to Carroll.

Madi Ross, Bishop Dwenger

The junior setter led the Saints to a two SAC championships – regular season and tournament – as well as a sectional championship. 

Ross had 979 assists, 186 digs and 91 kills this season. 

gjones@jg.net