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Year in review: A Super (Bowl) effort

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1. Indianapolis hosts Super Bowl XLVI

Although Indianapolis was the host city, the scope of America’s biggest sporting event stretched deep into Johnson County.

Scores of local residents served as volunteers. Area hotels were packed with Super Bowl revelers. Camp Atterbury hosted a salute to service members event that drew a host of NFL players, including Colts linebacker A.J. Edds, a former Greenwood Community High School standout.

An Atterbury training center was turned into Super Bowl Village South for the occasion.

Moreover, a number of area residents, including members of the Center Grove band, performed during Madonna’s much-anticipated halftime show.

Perhaps most memorable of all, the game itself was a classic. Eli Manning led the New York Giants to a thrilling 21-17 comeback win against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, making the Indy Super Bowl an unqualified success and setting the stage for another bid for the game in 2018.

Pictured at right: Giants quarterback Eli Manning was the MVP of Super Bowl XLVI after leading New York past the New England Patriots. Bottom: Lucas Oil Stadium was the site of the annual NFL championship game in February.

2. One win from glory

Powered by a predominantly senior lineup, the Edinburgh boys basketball team won its first regional championship since 1953 and came agonizingly close to reaching the Class A state championship game.

Ranked No. 2 at the end of the regular season, the Lancers — fueled by senior scoring leaders Kyle Wuest and Jordan Burton — took a 15-game winning streak into the semistate against Loogootee. The highest-ranked team in the tournament field at the time, Edinburgh led until late in the second half before losing to the eventual state champion Lions 61-50.

3. Another big splash in finals

For the second time in three years, Center Grove standout Emma Schoettmer (pictured below with coach Jim Todd) won the 100 breaststroke championship at the Feb. 11 IHSAA Girls Swimming and Diving State Finals at IUPUI.

A two-time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier, Schoettmer won the title with a time of 1:00.50. She is now a freshman on the University of Arizona women’s swimming team.

4. Perfect season

On Feb. 18, Center Grove senior Sean Mappes capped a perfect season in Bankers Life Fieldhouse by winning the 170-pound weight class at the IHSAA Individual State Wrestling Finals.

Mappes finished 46-0 after earning a 7-6 decision against Perry Meridian’s Jake Masengale in the title match. He is continuing his career at Tennessee-Chattanooga.

5. Season, interrupted

For the second time in his NFL career, former Greenwood Community High School star A.J. Edds (pictured) saw his season end before it began because of a knee injury.

On the first day of training camp, July 29, the Indianapolis Colts linebacker tore his right ACL during a 7-on-7 drill. He was put on the injured reserve list with the expectation of returning next season.

In 2010, during his rookie season with the Miami Dolphins, he tore his left ACL during a drill on the fourth day of training camp and sat out the entire year.

6. Former Trojans make trials

For the third time in as many Summer Games, three swimmers from the Center Grove High School swimming program qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Emma Schoettmer (2012 graduate), Michelle McKeehan (2008) and Kevin Swander (2002) participated in the June 24 through July 2 trials at CenturyLink Arena in Omaha, Neb. Although they did not reach the finals, each fulfilled lifelong dreams of having a shot at the U.S. Olympic Team.

Pictured at right, top to bottom: Michelle McKeehan, Emma

Schoettmer and Kevin Swander.

7. New county scoring champion

By the time the boys high school basketball season ended, Johnson County crowned a new scoring champion.

Kyle Stidom (pictured, right) of Class A Greenwood Christian Academy capped his four-year career with a county-record 2,059 points, eclipsing the previous record for former Indian Creek standout J.R. Angle (1,689).

Stidom, who is continuing his career at NAIA Davenport University (Mich.), is the only player in county history to reach 2,000 points.

8. Greenwood girls start tradition

Heading into the season, the Greenwood girls basketball team had no postseason tradition to speak of. By the time it ended, the Woodmen had something impressive to build on.

Led by seniors Alexis Swearingen and Kailey Evans and junior Kelsie Ratliff, Greenwood put itself on the Class 4A map by cracking the top 10 of the state poll and winning its first sectional championship in team history.

Ranked No. 7 heading into the postseason, the Woodmen lost only two regular-season games and won a team-record 20 games before losing to eventual state finalist Columbus North in the regional semifinal.

9. Back to semistate

Despite a parade of injuries, particularly in the offensive backfield, the Center Grove football team advanced to the Class 5A semistate for the fourth time in the past five years.

And for the second consecutive year at the semistate, the

No. 6 Trojans lost to the eventual state champion.

Center Grove’s 28-15 loss against visiting Lawrence Central marked the end of an inspired 12-2 season that saw nine different running backs play significant roles because of injuries. The Trojans earned a share of the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference title. (Pictured are, from left, Michael Handlon, Drew Ponder and assistant coach Ruben DeLuna).

10. Grizzlies back in playoffs

Powered by a prolific offense (Ethan Cook is pictured carrying the ball) and an an exceptionally stingy defense, the Franklin College football team won its third consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Division II national playoffs for the fifth time in the past six years.

Ranked No. 16 in the final D3football.com Top 25 poll, the Grizzlies routed host Adrian (Mich.) 42-10 in the first round before losing at No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor 63-17 in the second round.

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