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He’s the one and only at Columbia City High School. Not the talented teammates around him nor the names that join him on the top 10 career scoring list can say what he can.
Indiana All-Star Doug Sheckler.
One of the many elements of a 2004 state finalist team in boys’ basketball, Sheckler was the go-to scoring threat for the Eagles in their pursuit of a state title.
“Doug was the spark of the team. When he left the floor, the team went flat,” one voter said of the second-place male athlete of the decade.
Sheckler ranks among the top five in Columbia City’s prestigious basketball program. Sheckler is fifth in scoring all-time with 967 points. Second only to Zach Coverstone, Sheckler’s 55.6 career field goal percentage is one of the best of any Eagle.
“Doug was the guy, obviously, if we needed a bucket, it was Doug who got the basketball,” Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said. “Everyone knew Doug was going to get the first opportunity.”
Sheckler was selected as the only player from Columbia City High School to be an Indiana All-Star in 2004. Along with three consecutive conference titles, Sheckler went undefeated at home in his final three seasons.
On to Huntington University, Sheckler continued to shine as a Forester.
By the time his senior year rolled around, Sheckler stood 13th on the scoring list at Huntington with 1,732 points.
His 18.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game earned Sheckler NAIA All-American status in his senior season. The national honors went along with player of the year recognition in the MCC conference.
Sheckler was atop a talented pool of male athletes up for The Post & Mail award.
Behind teammate Marcus Moore in the results, Sheckler had two other teammates in the voting process.
Scott Moore, the twin of Marcus Moore, got his fair share of votes as part of a talented team.
“Each of the twins alone were good, but together they were special,” a voter commented.
“He was a great point guard for us,” Benedict said. “When Doug needed the ball, Doug got the ball and the same for Marcus.”
Kyle Rucks didn’t go without recognition from voters as “great at football and basketball and so enjoyable to watch.”
The talent of wrestling carried in the voting as well with Bryan Deutsch in the mix for being “great in wrestling and football,” and “outstanding in football and wrestling.”
Other wrestlers also included were Dillon Deutsch, Austin Egolf and Nick Peppler.