Feb. 8—INDIANAPOLIS — In December, the Indiana Football Coaches Association named wide receivers Gabe McGuire of Alexandria and Nick Witte from Lapel as Class 2A Senior All-State players.
This week the IFCA recognized the Madison County playmakers again and added one of McGuire's teammates to the mix as Region All-Stars.
McGuire and Tigers linebacker Carson Cuneo earned the honors from Region 5 while Witte was a part of the Region 8 All-Stars.
McGuire caught 45 passes for 653 yards while also rushing for over 200 yards in 2023. He accounted for 15 touchdowns — nine receiving, one rushing, three on kick returns and two passing — for the 8-2 Tigers.
Also a top performer for Alexandria's basketball and baseball teams, McGuire intercepted two passes and recorded 28 tackles defensively. His multi-dimensional talents led the Tigers senior to recently commit to continue his football career close to home at Anderson University as an athlete, rather than a specific position.
A three-sport talent at Alexandria as well, Cuneo excelled on both sides of the ball as the Tigers enjoyed their most successful season since 2014.
From his linebacker position, Cuneo led the Tigers with 110 tackles — including eight tackles for loss. He added one sack, four forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and a blocked punt while also accounting for nearly 1,200 yards of total offense with 20 touchdowns — 18 rushing and two receiving.
Cuneo is the leading scorer for the Alexandria basketball team and will be one of the baseball team's key contributors this spring but has not announced his post high school plans.
Like McGuire and Cuneo, Witte excelled on both sides of the ball for the Bulldogs again in 2023.
He hauled in 79 passes for 1,078 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Bulldogs and averaged better than 119 yards receiving per game. Defensively, Witte recorded 46 tackles, picked off three passes — returning one for a touchdown — and forced two fumbles.
Also a top performer for the Lapel basketball team, Witte has received football offers from several schools, including Indiana Wesleyan, Wabash and Defiance.
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