November 1, 2019
Argos Claims First Soccer and School State Title
Argos senior Chino Roque scored two goals and a relentless Dragons attack kept Indianapolis Lutheran at bay en route to a 2-1 victory in the Class A boys state championship game.
The victory gives fourth-ranked Argos its first-ever state championship in any sport in school history. Coach Todd VanDerWeele’s squad finished the season at 18-4. Both schools were making their first appearance in the soccer finals.
Argos had the first golden scoring chance when Pablo Mata blasted a shot off the cross bar in the 15th minute. Six minutes later, Roque opened the scoring by bulling his way through the Lutheran defense and beat Saints goalkeeper Micah Mattes to his left side.
Lutheran did get even on a Trey Lawrence goal in the 26th minute. He took a pass from the left side from Fred Hamer and booted it in the right side of the Argos net.
Lutheran, however, had only one more shot the rest of the game as the Dragons attack proved daunting. Argos finally got the go-ahead goal when Roque headed in a pass from Mata. In six previous tournament games, the Saints allowed just one goal. Lutheran, coached by Ryan Baglow, finished 15-7.
Caleb Ellis of Argos earns C. Eugene Cato Mental Attitude Award
Caleb Ellis of Argos High School was named the winner of the 2019 C. Eugene Cato Mental Attitude Award, sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, for Class A Boys Soccer by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee.
The senior Dragon has helped his team marking the opponent's best offensive player- being a big factor in Argos' four tournament shut outs. Ellis is an active member in FFA and is Vice President of the National Honor Society. He has been an active member in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and his church youth group doing many service projects from raking leaves for senior citizens to decorating the local nursing home for the holidays. He volunteers for the Humane Society as well as many smaller service projects with FCA and NHS.
The son of Craig and Christen Ellis of Argos, Caleb is undecided about his college selection but is interested in pursuing a Sales or Marketing degree.
The IHSAA Executive Committee, on behalf of Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, will award a scholarship for $1,000 to Argos High School in the name of Caleb Ellis. Since 1989, nearly $900,000 in college scholarships have been presented to deserving high school students in Indiana.