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Merritt named All-HHC

Eleven players from HHC champion and 5A No. 1 New Palestine lead the All-Hoosier Heritage Conference football team, which was voted on this week by the HHC coaches.

Shelbyville senior running back Matt Merritt made the All-HHC team after finishing with 732 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He started the season at wide receiver.

Runners-up Pendleton Heights (six players), Delta (five players) and Mt. Vernon (four players) were also well-represented on the squad.

Offensively, the team was led by the state’s leading rusher and scorer Charlie Spegal of New Palestine, and dual-threat QBs Zach Neligh of NP and Christian Conkling of Pendleton Heights. New Castle’s Luke Bumbalough and PH’s Eli Pancol, who led the conference in receiving TDs, and double-digit rushing TD back Rylan Cole of Mt. Vernon also lead the offensive group.

Defensively, HHC interceptions leader Tyler Gilland of Delta (6) and the state’s current sacks leader Kyle King of NP (16) lead the squad, which also includes triple-digit tacklers Nicholas Grieser and Stephen Spears of New Castle.

NP’s Kyle Ralph was named Coach of the Year after leading the Dragons to their sixth straight conference title and fourth sectional title in six years.

2018 All-HHC football


OL: Brady Edwards, Sr., Delta

OL: Jake Slotnicki, Sr., Mt. Vernon

OL: Caleb Kundert, Sr., New Castle

OL: Austin Keele, Sr., New Palestine

OL: Alex Cotterman, Sr., New Palestine

OL: Ben Kuhns, Sr., Pendleton Heights

WR: Luke Bumbalough, Sr., New Castle

WR: Colby Jenkins, Sr., New Palestine

WR: Eli Pancol, Sr., Pendleton Heights

WR: Austin Hill, Jr., Yorktown

QB: Zach Neligh, Sr., New Palestine

QB: Christian Conkling, Sr., Pendleton Heights

RB: Rylan Cole, So., Mt. Vernon

RB: Charlie Spegal, Jr., New Palestine

RB: Kamden Earley, Jr., Pendleton Heights

RB: Matt Merritt, Sr., Shelbyville


DL: Nate Southerland, Sr., Delta

DL: Connor Price, Sr., Mt. Vernon

DL: Max Burhenn, Sr., Mt. Vernon

DL: Trenton Williams, Sr., New Castle

DL: Kyle King, Jr., New Palestine

DL: Tremor Bynum, Sr., Pendleton Heights

LB: Brady Pease, Sr., Delta

LB: Mason Hunt, Sr., Delta

LB: Stephen Spears, Sr., New Castle

LB: Luke Ely, Sr., New Palestine

DB: Tyler Gilland, Sr., Delta

DB: Nicholas Grieser, Sr., New Castle

DB: Maxen Hook, Jr., New Palestine

DB: Ryker Large, Jr., New Palestine

DB: Anakin Allison, Sr., Pendleton Heights


K: Alex Kropp, Jr., New Palestine

P: Eric Roudebush, Jr., New Palestine

COACH OF THE YEAR: Kyle Ralph, New Palestine