The Town and District Athletes of the Year form a respected group in athletics, but are also outstanding in the classroom and outside of school.
The award, which dates back to 1950 and expanded to girls in 1979, is considered one of the premier recognition awards for senior high school athletes from the Indianapolis area. In general, two and three athletes are given greater consideration, although this is not always the case.
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Here are the 2020-21 award winners selected by the Marion County Athletic Association:
Marion County Sportswoman of the Year
Ellen Baker, North Central
Baker is a standout three-star athlete in cross-county, swimming, and athletics and earned 10 college letters. In Cross County, she finished fourth in the State Meet as a senior, and led her team to fifth place when she received all conference and county honors and set the school record for a 5K race. On the route she set the school records in the 1,600-meter run and is qualified for the 3,200-meter relay and the 3,200-meter run in the region. She was a member of the 2019 national championship team as a qualification in the 3,200 meter relay. Baker serves as a deacon teacher in her church and on food trips with her pantry in middle school. She will finish eighth in her class of 875 and continue her career and cross-country career at the University of Pittsburgh, where she will pursue a major in sociology and public service.
Marion County Male Athlete of the Year
Donaven McCulley, Lawrence North
McCulley participated in three sports in Lawrence North and received nine college letters in soccer, track and field, and basketball. As a senior in football, he led the Wildcats to a 7-4 record for their first winning season in 15 years. McCulley was named Marion County Player of the Year in 2019 and 2020, along with numerous other awards including the Mr. Football Quarterback Position Award. He set the school season records for passing yards (2,796), passing touchdowns (24) and completions (148), and career records for passing yards (6,555), passing touchdowns (56) and Degrees (391). McCulley also set school records for TD passes in one game (five) and received the longest touchdown with a 90-yard reception on fake punt. He played a key role on the basketball team for two years, helping the Wildcats to a 53-5 record, two consecutive sectional titles and a senior state final. McCulley also competed on the track and field team as a high jumper and helped the Wildcats earn a section title in 2019. As a student on the Honor Roll, McCulley was voted Prom King by his classmates and will visit Indiana, where he will play soccer and study sports and marketing management.
City athlete of the year
Moira McGinley, Bishop Chatard
McGinley has been on the move since her junior year at Chatard and has earned 10 letters in Cross County, Golf, and Basketball. Cross-country skiing and golf were their fun sports, but basketball was their main sport. McGinley, who started 96 games during her career, became the school’s front runner in scoring and steals, leading the program to two sectional titles and the school’s first City title. It was named All-City and All-Conference for four consecutive years and was recognized by the ICGSA as an All-State Second Team Award. McGinley is currently a regional qualifier in both long jump and high jump. Her performances have added depth to a program that has won three city championships and a conference title. A consistent student on the Honor Roll, McGinley is a four-year student council member and served as vice president of the student body for her senior year. She received Chatard’s Medal of Honor, awarded to a graduate who demonstrates the values, beliefs, and actions of the school mission. McGinley will continue her academic and basketball career at DePauw University.
City male athlete of the year
Trey Flatt, Christian Alliance
Flatt, a four-year-old college letter winner in basketball and three times in soccer, is one of Covenant Christian’s most award-winning athletes. He holds 16 program records in basketball and 13 in football. Flatt helped the basketball program to successive section titles and led the soccer team as a senior to a state championship, the first in school history. He won 60 games during his basketball career, the most in school history, and finished second in career with 1,342 points. Flatt was promoted to IBCA All-State as a senior and was a three-time selection of all conferences, along with All-City as a senior first team after being a junior third team. In soccer, he finished second in the state in sacks and tackles against loss. Flatt has been named team captain in basketball for the past three seasons and served as a junior soccer captain. He will play basketball at Franklin College, where he will graduate with a degree in sports science.
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