You knew their names while they were in high school. They were putting up stats on Friday nights and were the topic of much of the discussion in the community. But high school is only a short four years. Few are fortunate to have the opportunity to continue their talents into the collegiate level; while most develop a new lifestyle without coaching, organized practices and game days.
It has been nearly a year now since these student athletes walked across the stage and received their diploma. Now, they are home from their first year of college. So it makes you wonder…. Where Are They Now? Class of 2016 Edition
Tyler Mundell was a part of the Cougars baseball team all four years of high school and also spent some time on the basketball team during his sophomore year. On the baseball diamond, Mundell’s overall batting average was a .263. He had 20 hits, 9 runs and 8 RBIs during his senior year season. Tyler was involved with National Honor Society, Student Leadership Academy and more during his time at Greenfield-Central. He graduated as Greenfield-Central Class of 2016’s salutatorian.
Mundell is at Notre Dame University where he studies Mechanical Engineering. He has achieved the honor of Dean’s List – which requires a 3.74 GPA. He has spent time outside of the classroom playing Interhall (Notre Dame’s Intramural Program) Baseball and Basketball. He was awarded the “Most Outstanding Player” in the Interhall Basketball B League Final Four. After college, Mundell plans to work as an engineer with hopes to “make cool stuff” and own his own business.
Amanda Flora was a part of the Track & Field team and the basketball program in her four years at Greenfield-Central. During her senior season of Track, Flora competed in the 100 meter dash, 4×100 Relay, 4×200 Relay and the 4×400 Relay. She participated in the IHSAA State Championships last June in the 4×400 Relay along side Sydney Cook, Savannah Girolami and Mackenzie Polster. Flora was a role player for the Greenfield-Central Lady Cougars, where she averaged 2.7 points per game and 2.1 rebounds per game. She was a part of the team that won the 2016 Sectional 9 Championship and advanced to the Regional Championship
Flora is at Eastern Michigan University, where she is studying Occupational Therapy and is a part of the Women’s Rowing team. In her free time, she is involved with Eagle Nation and the Occupational Therapy Club. Flora was awarded the Varsity Rower of the Year – which is the first time a freshman has achieved this honor. She has set the fastest novice 2k time and fifth fastest 6k time in Eastern Michigan’s novice history. She began rowing for the novice 8 boat in the fall. She has worked her way up to the fastest seat on the team and a part of the fastest boat on the team – the varsity 1V 8-boat. She thanks everyone for the support and finished by saying, “None of these accomplishments I have acquired this year would have been possible without the constant support of my family and prior high school coaches and teammates back home.”
Duke Blackwell participated in football and basketball throughout his time at New Pal. In the classroom, he was apart of the National Honor Society and graduated with Academic Honors. On the basketball court, he averaged 3.8 points per game during his years on the Varsity roster. On the gridiron, Blackwell totaled 106 catches, 2238 receiving yards and 30 TDs. He was apart of the 2014 4A State Champion team and the 2015 5A State Championship runner up team.
Blackwell is studying Accounting and playing football at the University of Saint Francis. He has earned the honor of Dean’s List both semesters his freshman year. Blackwell plays slot receiver for the Cougars. He was initially redshirted but that was pulled when he began to get some playing time. His main priority was to be a scout guy against the Cougars’ #1 defense which was “a learning experience.” Blackwell and the Cougars were NAIA National Champions last fall. Outside of the classroom and football field, Blackwell is staying involved with other sports by playing intramural basketball. After college, he plans to get a job in the Indianapolis or Fort Wayne area.
Natalie Kehrt was involved in the basketball and soccer programs during her time at New Palestine. On the court during her senior year, Kehrt averaged 9.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals. She was a key defensive player for a team that allowed less than 40 points per game. She was was an overall contributor in all categories and leader for the Dragons. She also spent time on the soccer team. During her sophomore year, she scored 5 goals and assisted on 4 scores.
Kehrt is at DePauw University, where she is studying Kinesiology and playing guard for the Tigers. Kehrt and the Tigers made it to the second round of the NCAA DIII Women’s Basketball tournament and were NCAC Conference Champions. Kehrt is also involved with the Best Buddies program, apart of Alpha Phi – Gamma Chapter and is a Tiger Host. After her time at DePauw, she plans to attend physical therapy school.
Hope Spaulding was a year-round athlete while she was at Eastern Hancock. In the fall of 2015, Spaulding was a part of the Cross Country team where she competed in the 5000 Meter. During the winter, she was a part of the basketball team where she averaged 5.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.1 SPG and 1 APG. In the spring, she competed in 100M Hurdles, 300M Hurdles, 4×100 Relay and 4×400 Relay.
Spaulding is now at Marian University, where she studies Secondary Education in Math and participates in Track and Field. She is a 400m hurdler and has scored in all of the meets that Marian has competed in this year. Marian University recently won the Crossroads League Championship where Spaulding finished fourth in the 400m hurdles. She has been fighting a back injury since December but felt that freshman year was a success with “finding out my major and growing as a person and athlete.” After college, she intends to become a high school math teacher and coach.
Tom Barton participated in Basketball, Baseball and Football during his tenure at Eastern Hancock. In basketball, Barton was the big man as he averaged 6.8 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game during his senior season. In baseball, he spent some time pitching and threw 124 strikeouts overall with an ERA of 3.64. On offense, his batting average was a .412 with 32 RBIs during his senior year.
Barton is now studying Youth Ministries at Indiana Wesleyan University. He has achieved the honor of Dean’s List – which requires a 3.5 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale). At Indiana Wesleyan, he spends time as a Residential Chaplain. He continues to stay involved with athletics by playing intramural basketball and football. After college, he plans to pursue a career in becoming a Full-Time Youth Minister.
Sydney Shelton played basketball in her years at Mt. Vernon High School. She was involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, I Am Second and Voice. On the court, she averaged 23 points per game, 4 rebounds per game and 3.4 assists per game. In 2015-16, she led the Hoosier Heritage Conference in points per game.
Shelton is now at Butler University, where she is studying Physical Therapy and starting for the Bulldogs as a shooting guard. Academically, she has maintained a 3.77 GPA. She averaged 8.8 points per game in her 27 games played and also earned the honor of being on the Big East All Freshman Team. When Shelton is not in the classroom or on the court, she spends time at Delight Ministries, a Christian organization for Women. Shelton credits much of her success to her faith.
Miles Wayer played basketball for the Marauders in his four years at Mt. Vernon. He represented MV well outside of school as he was a part of the Hancock County Youth Board. Wayer was also a part of the MV Athletic Leadership Academy. On the court, his three year varsity average was 9.4 points per game, 2.0 assists per game and 1.6 rebounds per game .
Wayer is now at the University of Indianapolis where he studies Business Management and plays basketball. Academically, he has achieved the honor of Dean’s list. On the court, he is a part of the “bench mob” and is considered a role player for the Greyhounds. He was awarded the Mental Attitude Award during his first year playing. He is also involved with the Finance Club on campus at UIndy. After college, Wayer plans to help his brother run Competitive Greatness and Grit Strength, a basketball training and weightlifting business.
Today’s focus is 8 athletes from the Hancock County area. This will be a recurring series on Eastside Sports. Statistics were provided by MaxPreps. Pictures were provided by the athletes. If you have an athlete in mind that you would like to see where they are now, please leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org