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Basinger named to Indiana Football Digest Prime Time 25

By B.J. Hargis
Contributed photo: North Central's Dawson Basinger, right, poses with Thunderbirds football coach Travis Nolting after Basinger was selected to the Indiana Football Digest Prime Time 25 on Sunday.

For the second time in as many years, Sullivan County will have a representative in the Indiana Football Digest Prime Time 25.
After Sullivan’s Dakota Caton was selected in 2017, North Central linebacker and running back Dawson Basinger was selected on Sunday.
As a linebacker, Basinger paced North Central with 139 tackles, including 50 solos.
He also had four tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, one fumble recovered and a blocked field goal.
On offense, the All-Southwest Conference performer led the T-Birds with 1,968 yards rushing on 173 carries and 25 TDs. He also had 10 receptions for 180 yards.
“Dawson is a tremendous football player,” said North Central football coach Travis Nolting. “Dawson has been a pivotal part of our program since his freshman year.  
“Dawson has helped lead us to three straight sectional championship games. We lost to state runner-up Eastern Greene last year, state champion Linton in 2016 and state runner-up Linton in 2015.”
 Basinger appreciates the honor and those who helped him achieve it.
“It's a great honor to be selected to the Prime Time 25 and to be recognized as one of the best players in Indiana,” said Basinger, who will be on the cover of the Indiana Football Digest along with the other 24 recipients. “I'd like to thank my offensive linemen Luke Passmore, Simon Tierney, Cam Wanninger, Matt Phillips and Malachi England-Elrod for blocking for me and helping me achieve this honor. I have been fortunate to have the best line in the Valley blocking for me.”
Basinger also wanted to thank the rest of his teammates and coaches for helping him achieve this honor.
“We are a brotherhood and everything we do, we do together,”  he said. “I am going to work very hard my senior season with my teammates to help bring North Central High School the first football sectional in Sullivan County history.”
Nolting has often said that in the past seven years, it would be interesting to see what would have happened had North Central been placed in other Class A sectionals throughout the state, but is hopeful it will happen in 2018.
“We have been blessed to have a group of young men come through our program that have truly bought into what our vision is.” Nolting said said. “ The Basigner brothers (Kody, JT and Dawson) all have played for me and have been vital to that success.
“Dawson is a great young man and a tremendous football player. He is also surrounded by a great support staff of very talented teammates that have helped him achieve this honor.”

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