The 2012 year in sports confirmed that it was another stellar one for Arabians athletics, but Lapel also had athletes who performed well to bring honor and recognition to the Bulldogs. From stand-out individuals to teams carrying on winning traditions, picking the top 10 list for the year proved to be a daunting task. With so many accomplishments between January and December 2012, the list easily could have been much longer. Athletes and coaches spent hours learning practicing and implementing, while fans spent hours cheering their favorites, and basking in the glow of success and achievement. With no offense to any group not on the list, here are The Times-Post best sports story lines for the year.
Dunham rewrites Arabian record book
Kellen Dunham finished his senior year as an Arabian as the most record-breaking player in Pendleton Heights history.
The Indiana All-Star finished third in Mr. Basketball voting and finished the season with 768 points, Dunham squashed his junior year total by 154 points. He broke several single season school scoring records this year, including point total (768), points per game (29.5), free throws made (209 for 92 percent), field goals made (232) and 3-pointers made (89). He also set a single game scoring record this season. He now holds the school record in total career points at 1,899. Former assistant coach Nick Rogers held the old record at 1,366 points.
Dunham totaled 232 3-pointers, eclipsing Matt Broughton’s record from the early 90s of 190. Dunham delivered a 45-point performance against Frankton Feb. 18, 2012 to set the Arabians individual game scoring record.
Dunham, always the team player, downplayed his accomplishment.
“I knew I was just going to come out with intensity and try to do the best I can to play for the win,” he said. “It feels great, but my teammates did a great job. They are so unselfish with the ball.”
Dunham also led the state scoring averaging during the 2011-12 season, averaging 29.5 ppg. As a four-year starter, Dunham played 97 games for the Arabians, averaging 19.5 ppg in his career and was 93 percent from the free-throw line.
He is now a freshman at Butler University where he is averaging nearly 11 ppg.