Schank, Jones set to suit up one final time

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After wrapping up an illustrious football career that included a state championship, Southridge's Tucker Schank will be suiting up one final time for the 2019 Indiana North-South Football All-Star Game in Indianapolis this Friday evening. Schank will be joined by a few other Southridge representatives as assistant coach Steve Winkler and manager LeAndra Pund will be joining him on the South sideline this Friday.


For one final time, Tucker Schank will suit up in full football attire. The occasion? The 2019 Indiana North-South Football All-Star Game at North Central High School in Indianapolis this Friday night at 7:15 p.m.

While everyone obviously wants to perform as well as they can, the recent Southridge grad has set some rather lofty goals for himself.

“This is a game where I expect to go off for a million yards and a bunch of scores,” Schank joked. “In all seriousness, I expect it to be a well-fought and fun game. I just want to be able to end my football career on a positive note.”

Schank will be joined by Heritage Hills’ Cade Jones as the two area representatives on the South All-Star team. Schank is one of three running backs on the roster while Jones will be responsible for handling the punting duties.

Forest Park head coach Ross Fuhs and Southridge assistant coach Steve Winkler will be on the South’s coaching staff as assistants while Southridge student manager LeAndra Pund will also be on the sideline.

During his four years with the Patriots, Jones played several different roles — quarterback, running back, defensive back and punter. His senior year saw him average 37.5 yards per punt with a long of 53 yards while also accounting for 643 all-purpose yards.

He’s extremely grateful to be able to compete alongside a multitude of talented athletes from all across the state.

“I’m just excited about the energy and everything that comes with it,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of guys I know up there already and I’m friends with them so it should be fun.”

Schank, who passed Brad Ohanian to become Southridge’s all-time leading rusher this past year with 3,986 yards, is grateful to be chosen as one of only three running backs on the South roster.

“It’s really such an honor to play among such great company and such great players,” Schank said. “It’s a whole new type of game compared to what we’re used to. I look forward to playing one final game with some really good players.”

Cade Jones made an impact at every position he played for Heritage Hills during his four years with the team, from quarterback to lineback. He'll be holding down the punting role for the South All-Star team this Friday after an impressive senior season as the Patriots' punter that saw him average 37.5 yards per punt.

During their tenures at Southridge and Heritage Hills, both Schank and Jones were not only leaders with their play but all their willingness to lead others as both vocal leaders and by example.

The tandem both feel they’ve learned valuable life lessons with their respective programs that will prepare them for what’s to come in their future. Jones will be heading off to Evansville to attend college at the University of Southern Indiana while Schank will be moving north to Bloomington to play baseball at Indiana University with the Hoosiers.

“Coach (Scott Buening) always said that good things come to people who work hard and care about others. That stuck with me from the first time I heard it way back in middle school,” Schank said. “I think my upbringing of being from a small town and small community will help me a lot at IU — I know I’ll be starting from the bottom but hopefully my work ethic will help me work up the ranks to be a contributor for the baseball team.”

Jones added: “I’ve learned to always work hard and never take anything for granted. I realized rather quickly how important it is to have a strong work ethic and respect everyone. I think that will just carry on with me for the rest of my life.”

While the pair have played their last games with the Raiders and Patriots respectively, it’s safe to say that both of them are looking forward to returning in the future to help with the football programs any way they can.

“Oh yeah, I’ve already been up there a lot this summer to help,” Jones said. “I’ll hopefully be up there every Friday night I can, too.”

Schank added: “Whenever my schedule opens up, I’ll be there. I’ll always stay in contact with coach (Buening) since I have a lot of friends still playing there. I’ll be sure to hand out my support to whoever I can.”

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