Several Speedway student-athletes were recognized as All-ICC athletes for the Fall sports season. In football, sophomore DeeJay McFerson, senior Emmanuel Jasper, and junior Reis Walker were selected.
McFerson was a statistical leader on both sides of the ball. On defense he recorded 112 total tackles including 18 tackles for a total of nearly 80 yards in losses for opposing runners. Offensively, he averaged 5.9 yards a carry and scored five touchdowns for an offensive attack that was a 50/50 balance of rushing and passing.
Jasper led the team in sacks defensively while ranking third in total tackles for a defense that was much improved in 2020. Meanwhile Walker was the second leading rusher for the Sparkplugs and also scored five touchdowns.
The girls soccer team finished the season as sectional runner-ups and conference runner-ups while racking up a 14-3 record and ending the season in the Class 1A Top 15. Junior Jordan Davis, senior Lane Hooper and sophomore goalie Tamina Gibson were recognized as All-Conference for their efforts.
Davis scored 34 goals for the Sparkplugs who put together an 11 match win streak during August and September. For her career, Davis has 66 goals while earning three varsity letters. Hooper, one of six seniors, was the sweeper who relentlessly challenged her offensive opponents and was key to keeping things cleaned up for the Sparkplug back end. In goal, Gibson proved herself worthy to the challenge giving up one goal or none in ten of the 17 contests.
Senior Madison Barnes is quite the well-rounded athlete. A member of the 2018 state championship softball team, a leader on the vastly improved basketball team, her leadership in volleyball this season earned her a pair of honors. Barnes was named to the All-ICC and MCCGSA (Marion County Coaches of Girls Sports Association) All-County team for her play in the fall of 2020.
Statistically, Madison led the team in kills with 225 and was second in digs with 321. Her career numbers are 963 kills and 1237 digs. “As a senior captain and a four year starter, Maddie will be an extremely hard player to replace next season,” noted head coach Sadie Pflum. “I appreciate all her efforts and hard work over the past four years and wish her the best of luck in her future.”
The boys soccer team captured the ICC trophy with an unbeaten record in conference play. In addition, the boys finished the season ranked #7 in Class 2A having advanced to the semifinals of the Marion County tournament. As a result, multiple team members were named All-ICC.
Seniors Tha Tha Soe, Brian Soto, Joeli Zavala, junior Jose Escalante, and freshman keeper Cale Bennett were recognized for their efforts leading the 13-3-2 Sparkplugs. Escalante led the Plugs in goals with 19 and assists with 6. Bennett was in his first season as starting goalie and made the most of it. He recorded 7 clean sheets and had a goals against average at 1.11 for the year.
Senior Captain Brian Soto was a strong force in the middle of the field for the Plugs all season long. “He controlled the midfield for most of the season, but was able to move up to offense or back to defense depending on the situation in order to help the Plugs,” according to head coach Dean Heaviland. Brian scored 2 goals and had 4 assists on the year.
“Tha Tha was a quiet leader who always led by example,” noted Heaviland. “He personified what it meant to be a leader…he never complained, always gave his best and took a lot of the younger players under his wing to help their development.”
Another senior captain, Joell Zavala moved from an outside defender to center defender for his senior year and controlled the defense. “He was the leader of our back line and was a main reason for our success this season,” stated Heaviland.
The boys tennis team posted a strong second place showing at the Indiana Crossroads Conference meet. Sam Arle finished as the conference runner-up at #1 singles as did Ryan Pettigrew and Devin Isaac at #1 doubles. The trio earned All-ICC honors for those finishes. Jack Thompson (#3 singles) and the #2 doubles team of Hunter Woodlock and Hay Kaw Htoo also finished as runners-up at the ICC championship meet. The boys won the Speedway Invitational with identical 4-1 wins over Beech Grove, Cardinal Ritter, and Scecina. “Our boys gave it their all every night, whether they were the favorites on the court or if they were quite out-matched which is all I can ask of an athlete,” said head coach Derek Doehrmann.
Junior AJ Dorton finished a strong cross country season in impressive fashion, finishing 7th at the ICC meet and earning a berth in the IHSAA regional for his sectional race. Dorton’s top ten ICC finish earned him All-ICC honors. Sophomore Marion Davis finished 19th at the ICC meet and while not earning All-ICC honors, she also advanced to the IHSAA regional for the second straight season.
And in girls golf, all four Sparkplugs who posted scores helped the team capture its second straight ICC championship. All four girls will also return in 2021 to go for the three-peat. Juniors Kristin Pagach, Madison Beaudry, and Grace Thiele along with sophomore Alex Bridges finished in the top ten at the meet, earning All-ICC honors. Thiele posted a low score of 41 for nine holes this season and Pagach posted a 42 on her best night as the pair frequently finished in the top two for Speedway. The girls posted their second straight winning season under the tutelage of golf professional Rylan Porter.