2015 Fab 15 Honors Top Prep Football Players

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – For the third year in a row WANE-TV has honored the best high school football players in northeast Indiana with the “Fab 15.”

WANE-TV send out ballots to all local coaches asking them to list the ten best players they faced this season (coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players). Newschannel 15 then collected those ballots, tallied up the votes, and the top 15 vote-getters were named to the “Fab 15.”

Those players were invited into the studio to tape an on-camera intro for the “Fab 15” segment that airs at 6 & 11 in WANE’s newcast on Christmas Day. Here is your 2015 Fab 15 (alphabetical order):

Hunter Bates – Adams Central – Senior
Running Back/Defensive Back
2015: 289 carries, 1,835 yards, 19 TDs, 2 rec., 12 yards
2015: 75 tackles, 2 interceptions
Career: 497 carries, 3,098 yards, 28 TDs, 17 rec., 194 yards, 2 TDs
Career: 180 tackles, 3 interceptions
-IFCA Class 1A All-State RB

Will Chrisman – DeKalb – Senior
Receiver/Defensive Back
2015: 55 receptions, 979 yards, 14 TDs
2015: 22 solo tackles, 19 assists, 2 interceptions
Career: 123 receptions, 2,177 yards, 27 TDs
-DeKalb’s all-time leader in career receptions, yards, and receiving TDs
-DeKalb’s single-season leader in receptions, yards, and receiving TDs
-IFCA 4A All-State defensive back
-Two-time Fab 15 selection

Amaun Clark – Bishop Dwenger – Junior
Running back/Defensive Back
2015: 255 carries, 1,859 yards, 26 TDs, 9 receptions, 94 yards
2015: 17 tackles, 1 interception
-IFCA 4A All-State Team as running back
-Three TDs in 4A state title game

Dylan Conner – Carroll – Senior
Linebacker/Running Back
2015: 74 tackles, 15 TFLs, 2 sacks
2015: 26 carries, 122 yards, 4 TDs
-IFCA Top 50 Pick
-Two-time Fab 15 selection
-Verbally committed to Ohio University

Caleb Hankenson – Bellmont – Junior
Running back/Linebacker
2015: 1,758 yards rushing, 23 TDs
2015: 65.5 tackles, 16 TFLs, 3 INTs
-Helped Bellmont to first conference title since 1978
-Led Bellmont to sectional title
-First Team All NE8

Mac Hippenhammer – Snider – Junior
Receiver/Returner
2015: 67 receptions, 953 yards, 6 TDs
2015: 23 carries, 129 yards, 2 TDs
2015: 9 PR, 204 yards, 1 TD (22.7 avg.)
2015: 13 KR, 441 yards, 2 TDs (33.9 avg.)
-IFCA Top 50 selection at 5A All-State
-Helped Snider to 5A state title
-Snider record for most receptions & receiving yards in a season

Peterson Kerlegrand – Concordia – Junior
Running back/Defensive back
2015: 177 carries, 1,320 yards, 17 TDs
2015: 16 receptions, 188 yards, 2 TDs
2015: 33 tackles, 4 TFLs, 3 PBUs
2015: 16 KR, 380 yards, 1 TD (23.8 avg.)
-IFCA 3A Junior All-State team as a defensive back
-First Team All-SAC

Joe Lambright – Leo – Senior
Linebacker/Tight End/Fullback
2015: 76 solo tackles, 58 assists, 9 TFLs, 2 sacks, 1 INT
2015: 26 carries, 250 yards (9.6 avg.) 3 TDs
2015: 10 receptions, 237 yards (23.7 avg.), 4 TDs
Career: 203 solo tackles
-Leo’s all-time leader in solo tackles
-Two-time team defensive MVP
-Led Leo to share of NE8 title
-IFCA Top 50 selection

Austin Mack – Bishop Luers – Senior
Receiver/Returner/Defensive Back
2015: 41 receptions, 805 yards, 6 TDs
2015: 76 carries, 718 yards, 13 TDs
2015: 12 KR, 35.5 avg., 3 TDs
2015: 8 PR, 17.8 avg., 1 TD
2015: 29 tackles, 4 INT, 1 INT TD
Career: 167 receptions, 2,672 yards, 24 TDs, 6 KOR for TD
Career: 5,001 all-purpose yards, 49 total touchdowns
Career: 103 total tackles, 5 INT
-Luers all-time leader in career receptions & receiving yards
-Tied for school lead with six career kickoff returns for TD
-Second in Mr. Football voting
-2015 U.S. Army All-American
-Two-time Fab 15 selection
-Has already graduated from Luers and will enroll early at Ohio State

Andrew McCormick – East Noble – Sophomore
Quarterback/Defensive Back/Punter
2015: 120-202 (59.4%), 1,591 yards passing, 20 TDs, 6 INTs
2015: 761 yards rushing, 6 TDs
2015: 6 receptions, 90 yards, 1 TD
2015: 19 tackles
2015: 37.2 yard average on 17 punts
-Led East Noble to share of NE8 title
-First sophomore selected to Fab 15
-IFCA Junior All-State selection at punter
-4A A.P. All-State Honorable Mention

Ben Skowronek – Homestead – Senior
Receiver/Tight End/Defensive Back
2015: 53 receptions, 805 yards, 9 TDs
2015: 19 tackles, 2 INTs
2015: 7 KR, 229 yards (32.7 avg.), 1 TD
Career: 133 receptions, 2,181 yards, 26 TDs
-Two-time Fab 15 selection
-Mr. Football positional winner at TE
-6A First Team All-State
-IFCA Top 50
-Verbally committed to Northwestern

Aidan Smith – Carroll – Senior
Quarterback
2015: 173-266 (65%), 2,174 yards, 23 TDs, 6 INTs
2015: 127 carries, 527 yards, 12 TDs
-Helped Carroll offense average 37 points per game
-IFCA 6A All-State
-First Team All-SAC
-Verbally committed to Northwestern

Isaac Stiebeling – Snider – Senior
Quarterback
2015: 205-316 (64.9%), 3,003 yards, 30 TDs, 6 INTs
2015: 96 carries, 346 yards, 9 TDs
-Guided Snider to 5A state champion
-Threw for 346 yards & 3 TDs along w/ 3 rushing TDs in title game.
-IFCA Top 50 selection
-First Team All-SAC
-Verbally committed to Eastern Michigan

David Turner – Snider – Senior
Receiver
2015: 63 receptions, 898 yards, 15 TDs
2015: 11 carries, 137 yards (12.5 avg.), 1 TD
-Snider’s all-time leader in career receptions
-Helped lead Snider to 5A state title
-Caught six passes for 125 yards and TD in state championship game
-First Team All-SAC
-Awarded Snider no. 1 jersey for hard work & dedication

Mitchell VanBrocklin – Woodlan – Senior
Running Back/Defensive Lineman
2015: 327 carries, 1,896 yards, 22 TDs
2015: 2 receptions, 37 yards, 2 TDs
2015: 40 solo tackles, 10 assists, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery
-2A All-State selection at running back
-IFCA Top 50 selection at defensive line
-Helped Woodlan win first regional since 1988
-Led Warriors to ACAC title
-Ranked no. 1 academically in his class at Woodlan

The NEXT 15 – Players receiving the next most votes (alphabetical):
Jordan Amacker – Bellmont
Bryce Bonewit – Southern Wells
Jordan Delagrange – Woodlan
Conner Dove – Eastside
Garrett Elder – Whitko
D’Wayne Eskridge – Bluffton
Grant Harris – Southern Wells
Landon Harris – Churubusco
Justyn Hart – Heritage
Nishawn Jones – New Haven
Drew Keszei – Homestead
Drew Lefever – South Adams
Zack Norton – Bishop Dwenger
Money Woods – Snider
Tyon Woods – New Haven

HONORABLE MENTION – players receiving at least one vote (alphabetical):

Jajuan Allen – Leo
Jason Ash – Northrop
Bronson Ball – Columbia City
Jaden Baker – Garrett
Cody Barton – Huntington North
Aaron Bergman – Bellmont
Curtis Blackwell – Norwell
Trenton Bonner – Leo
Malik Bramley – Snider
Gunner Brown – Leo
Tanner Burns – Garrett
Dashon Bussell – Bishop Luers
Logan Capps – North Side
Jeremiah Cassell – Woodlan
Kaleb Cook – East Noble
Blake Davis – Garrett
Aaron Dean – Eastside
Mitch Dewitt – Fairfield
Cale Dyson – Northfield
Stephen Eicher – Adams Central
Kiante Enis – Winchester
Jeshua Foster – Heritage
Cameron Fox – Northrop
Carter Friedt – Bellmont
Chance Gallmeier – Churubusco
Hayden Graham – New Haven
Jackson Grahovac – Concordia
Mikeal Griggs – New Haven
Andrew Hammond – Adams Central
Ethan Harvey – Adams Central
Tyler Hensinger – Leo
Jeremy Herber – Bishop Dwenger
Amaud Hill – Wayne
Dakota Horn – Bellmont
Drew Huffman – Jay County
Dylan Hunley – East Noble
Bailey Hurst – Adams Central
Tremon Jackson – New Haven
James Jamicich – Carroll
Keezan Jarrard – Eastside
Elijah Jett – Bishop Luers
David Johnson – North Side
Destin Johnson – Heritage
Javier Johnson – Wayne
Lawrence Johnson – Snider
Kray Klopfenstein – Leo
Austin Krider – Homestead
Luke Leffers – Central Noble
Hunter Leskowyak – Fremont
Bradley Martin – West Noble
Adrian Martinez – West Noble
Tre’von McCarter – Woodlan
Alex McCutcheon – Huntington North
Charlie Miller – East Noble
Patrick Miller – Huntington North
Kaleb Mooney – Central Noble
KeShawn Moore – New Haven
C.J. Morris – South Side
Jesse Newman – West Noble
Nate Ogle – East Noble
Mick Palmer – Bishop Luers
Caleb Partin – Churubusco
Blake Podschlne – Bishop Dwenger
Harrison Price – DeKalb
Ben Purdy – Garrett
Hunter Reed – Whitko
Riley Rhoades – Warsaw
Drake Richter – Northfield
Austin Rinker – Leo
Mario Rodriguez – Jay County
David Salazar – East Noble
Trevor Scharpenberg – Columbia City
Jacob Schlie – Woodlan
Brandon Schoeneman – Adams Central
Blake Schumacher – Carroll
Dylan Schumm – Adams Central
Jarred Short – Northfield
Daniel Sparks – Concordia
Cole Stigleman – Jay County
Garrett Sutton – Garrett
Joc Thomas – Wayne
Jacob Thompson – Eastside
Jeff Tran – Northrop
Eli Wallace – Lakeland
Noah Wezensky – Bishop Luers
Zach White – Heritage
Tyson Whitner – North Side
Daemen Williams – Bishop Luers
Peter Winkeljohn – Bishop Dwenger
Nash Wood – Churubusco
Frank Yanko – Bishop Dwenger

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