They rolled out the red carpet at the IndyStar Sports Awards gala last week, and Hamilton County student-athletes certainly left some deep impressions.
Seven county athletes earned top honors at the 2019 awards banquet held at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University in early May.
The winning recipients and The Star should take a bow! The IndyStar Sports Awards production is both a worthy and memorable annual event to showcase such great student-athletes. Just to be nominated should make student-athletes and their parents mighty proud, folks!
Only one sport honored was not sanctioned by the Indiana High School Athletic Association. That was bowling, where Hamilton Heights senior Keagan Trexler, the runner-up in the state finals, was named Girls Bowler of the Year.
Carmel High School came away with three top awards:
*—Junior Presley Thieneman, who helped lead the Greyhounds to a third straight boys tennis championship and also captured the individual Single title, was named Boys Tennis Player of the Year. He also ranked No. 1 in his class for the state.
*—Senior Kelly Pash, winner of two events and a member of two relay teams in helping Carmel capture a record 33rd-consecutive swimming title, is the Girls Swimmer of the Year.
*—Junior Jake Mitchell, who won a pair of events and swam on two victorious relays, was named the Boys Swimmer of the Year.
Noblesville’s Gabe Imes, a junior midfielder, won a fan vote at the awards banquet for his Play of the Year against rival Carmel in boys soccer.
Hamilton Southeastern’s Claire Wilkinson, a first-team all-state selection, as well as All-Academic, was named the Indiana Soccer Coaches’ Association Player of the Year.
Westfield’s Jocelyn Burch, the girls individual medalist in the 2018 state golf tournament, shot 75-71 and her second round score tied for the second lowest ever recorded in the girls finals. She is a Purdue recruit.
Some things you may not have known about or just possibly missed:
*— Annual Hamilton County Golf Tournament a washout on Thursday at Pebble Brook Golf Club in Noblesville.
*—Former Westfield standout Timmy Hildebrand, who played on two state boys championships and tied for third place medalist honors in 2013 and 2015 at Westfield, is listed as the No. 1 golfer for the Purdue University men’s golf team. He recently graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. He led the Boilermakers to an NCAA golf regional that began in Pullman, Wash., on May 13. The top 5 teams in the regional advance to the NCAA Nationals.
*—Guerin Catholic sophomore golfer Christian Hein recently recorded a hole-in-one at Heartland Crossing Golf Course.
*—Jon Hoover, a former Indiana PGA Teaching Professional of the Year who is the Director of Golf at Otter Creek in Columbus, also taught at both Woodwind Golf Club in Westfield and later at Prairie View GC in Carmel. He also coached the Westfield HS boys who won three IHSAA golf championships and were runners-up once.
*—Former Carmel cross-country sensation Ben Veatch, a sophomore at IU, helped the Hoosiers place second to host Iowa in the Big 10 Track and Field Championship last week at Iowa City, Iowa. Veatch secured a first-place finish at 5,000 meters and finished second at 10,000 meters the next race. Veatch was the individual Indiana high school cross-country champion, twice winning the 3,200-meter and 1,600-meter races in both 2014 and 2015.
*—University High School’s Nate Shatkowski hurdled a no-hit shutout, striking out 10, in a 13-0, 5-inning victory earlier in the week against Liberty Christian . . . The Trailblazers also recently won the Pioneer Academic-Athletic Conference baseball championship in 2019.
*—Marc Quaranta, a varsity basketball assistant under first-year varsity coach Bobby Allen last season, has been named to take over the girls varsity basketball program.

From the Oops Department:
*—Former Noblesville HS golf coach Bob Spacey was inadvertently left off the Hamilton County milestone list I compiled and published on May 3. He led the Millers to state titles in 1998 and 1999, after runner-up finishes in 1991 & 1992. The Bob Spacey Invitational, one of the state’s biggest golf events, is played annually at Fox Prairie GC in Noblesville.
*—A reader informed me of another goof. I said that Oscar Robertson was the only NBA player to average a triple double in my ‘’Top players’’ story. Oscar achieved his feat in the 1961-62 season. In the 2016-17 season, Russell Westbrook, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, became the second player to average a triple double for a season. He averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 rebounds.

—Mark Morrow, a Hall of Fame Indiana sportswriter, has resided in Hamilton County since 1989. You can follow him in The Times, and on Twitter at mmediamarko12. He can be reached at or by calling (317) 460-8018.