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Adam Bowman named to North All-Star Team

PAVING NEW ROADS: While the number suggests otherwise, Maconaquah senior Adam Bowman (87) was named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association North All-Star Roster as an offensive lineman. Bowman is one of eight players from IFCA Region 5 to make the team and is the 13th Brave to play in the All-Star game held in July at North Central High School in Indianapolis.

BY TRENT SCOTT - tscott@perutribune.com

After playing a significant role in clearing running lanes for his Maconaquah teammates over the past four years, Adam Bowman will get the chance to do so again in front of some of the state’s best players in July.

Bowman was selected as the 13th Brave to attend the Indiana Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game, representing the school as an offensive lineman.

The game, featuring 92 graduating players from around the state of Indiana, will take place July 12 at North Central High School in Indianapolis.

Selection to the game comes in a two-step process.

The IFCA has 10 Regions throughout the state, five in the north and five in the south, each selecting their own All-District team.

Bowman was named to the IFCA Region 5 All-District team in February, the only Miami County player to do so.

From there, the five northern and five southern region lists are compiled and coaching staffs representing the districts at the North-South Game select 22 offensive players, 22 defensive players and two special teams players from the All-District teams.

Maconaquah head coach Austin Colby, who went through the selection process as a coach with the North team last year, said Bowman was stoked to be continuing a legacy at the school.

“We had known Adam had made the team last week,” Colby said. “We told him and allowed his parents to know as the coaches met at the IFCA Clinic this past week and made the lists official on Saturday.

“He was pretty excited. He’s a quiet kid in general but asked if this was the same game that Mike Otto and Steve Shine played in.

“The guys that have played in this game have their picture on the wall at Maconaquah and Adam knew it was a huge deal,” Colby added. “Just from what we’ve talked about it, he’s very excited to play.”

Region 5 is made up of 36 schools spanning several counties including Miami, Wabash, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Madison, Howard, Delaware, Randolph, Whitley and Hamilton.

Bowman is joined from district five by Xaine Kirby of Eastbrook, Heisman Skeens of Mississinewa, Aidan Ortega of Southwood, Javais Gray of Kokomo, Andreas Aguilar of Marion, Terrence Wilson of Blackford and KJ Roudebush of Tipton.

Colby said Region 5 was the last of the 10 districts to make their selections ahead of the combined meeting where the lists were whittled down to create the North roster.

“Region 5 gets together to vote on their team the weekend after the Super Bowl,” Colby said. “Each district has a head coach and an assistant coach voted in to the team and once they are selected, they meet at Purdue’s football facilities to select the team.

“Each coach gets to take a kid from their school and each of the six classes has to have at least five kids in the team. Once the regional teams are selected, the coaches select the best from the region teams make the best team of 46.”

Not everything is smooth sailing as many Division I recruits may be held out of the game by their respective schools as the player may be enrolled at the school.

Jack Kiser, this year’s Mr. Football and a Notre Dame recruit, is the latest to win the award that has not participated in the game but is hardly alone in that regard.

Colby added the class minimums force tough decisions as the process goes on.

“There’s some really good kids that get left off with how it has to be represented,” Colby noted. “That makes it all the more special to make the team.

“A lot of times, the only Class A kids are the mandatory five, so you have to be one of the best. One positive is that there is a good streak of guys that have played in the game that have later been drafted in the NFL.”

Having gone through the process last year, Colby shared some of his experience in making selections.

“The way we did it in (2018) was that we had a coach for each position group like running back, receivers, offensive and defensive line,” Colby said. “We picked four or five players that we thought, at each position, would represent the team well and were kids of high character.

“We would watch film, which allowed us to see the effort kids gave every single play rather than just highlight posted online. It was easier to do with two coaches from each region as it was likely a coach from Crown Point or Lafayette would know or would have coached against a kid in that region, meaning they would know more about him than someone from region five.”

Participants will practice in the week leading up to the game with a banquet held Thursday, July 11 at Primo’s South in Indianapolis. The North-South Game will start the following night at 7 p.m.