The Franklin County Wildcats did not pick up too many team points in the overall Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference standings this winter, but a pair of male athletes earned All-Conference status.

Junior Adam Crouch won the 138-pound weight class at the EIAC meet at South Dearborn in January and sophomore Chad Cox received the ninth-most votes from the opposing basketball coaches in the league.

“Only the top 12 make the team,” hoops coach Eric Ebrens pointed out. “The last player we had on the team was Dylan Little three years ago.”
Cox averaged 16.6 points per contest and led the squad in rebounding as well. He received a total of 32 votes, just ahead of South Dearborn's Alex Shackelford (29) and one vote shy of Greensburg's Miles Wilkison.

Wilkison's senior teammate Andrew Welage was conference MVP, 11 votes better than Lawrenceburg's Gavin Yoon. Greensburg's Lane Sparks was third. Others were Colt Meyer (5th) and Sam Voegele (12th) of Batesville, Luke Collinsworth (4th) and Logan Rohrbacher (7th) of East Central, Jacob Brown of Connersville (6th) and Alec Evans of Rushville (11th). Welage will play for Division I Wright State next year.

East Central, on the strength of wrestling and co-ed swimming championships, stayed in the driver's seat for the all-sports title. Bryer Hall was wrestling MVP and claimed runner-up at the state finals at 152 pounds. Jackson Ketcham, Nick Weber and Franklin County resident Ray Krider were swimming co-MVPs, as were Lady Trojan Kyra Hall and Greensburg's Bailey Menkedick. The Pirates swept the hoops MVPs as senior Aliyah Evans complemented Welage at the top.

The EC wrestlers won sectional and regional titles, while Greensburg combined for a 14-0 EIAC hardwood record and sent both teams to the regional.
The Trojan boys currently have 99 points, ahead of Batesville's 81; FC is last with 40. The race is tighter on the girls end; EC leads with 80 to Greenburg's 78. The Lady Wildcats have 36, ahead of both Rushville and Connersville.