The Chesterton boys
soccer team not only won the IHSAA State Title, now they’ve been recognized
as one of the nation’s best.
The Trojans were
honored by MaxPreps on the 14th Annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented
by the Army National Guard during halftime of Tuesday night’s boys
basketball game at CHS.
the season ranked 43rd nationally by MaxPreps of more than 16,000 varsity
soccer teams nationwide in the fall.
“The MaxPreps Tour
of Champions presented by the Army National Guard honors the very best high
school teams in the nation,” Andy Beal, president and founder of MaxPreps,
said in a press release. “To qualify, you must be highly ranked nationally
by MaxPreps; and you must win a state championship. Those are tough
qualifications considering there are more than 16,000 teams competing in
varsity high school soccer.
the Chesterton Trojans on their amazing achievement. MaxPreps and the Army
National Guard are honored to recognize you for your hard work and amazing
work on the field.”
As one of only 10
teams honored, the Trojans were 21-0-2 on the year including a 1-0 double
overtime victory over Zionsville in the Class 3A championship game.
“To be honored on
the MaxPreps Tour of Champions is an amazing national recognition that I
think these boys deserve,” Chesterton head coach Lucas Sabedra said. “We
have a young team and I hope that it puts a lot of the juniors and
underclassmen on the map. I always believed that this team could give any
other high school team a run. This is the best team that has ever come
through this program and they are all amazing kids.
“I’m honored that
this is the first Chesterton team to be considered for this recognition.”
National Guard Sergeant Danny Lowe and Captain Gino Georgetti, Company
Commander for the Recruiting and Retention Battalion of the Indiana Army
National Guard, presented the Trojans with the Army National Guard national
ranking trophy and a banner for their success.
“The Army National
Guard embodies teamwork and a commitment to community and country,” said
Captain Charlton Grant in a press release. “Just as your team joins together
to defeat adversity and claim the victory, the Army National Guard stands in
solidarity to protect our local communities and the United States of America
as a whole. On behalf of the Army National Guard, I am honored to recognize
this nationally ranked championship team for their dedication, perseverance
The Tour of
Champions recognizes the finest high school football, girls volleyball, boys
and girls soccer and boys and girls basketball teams in the country through
various celebrations and formal ceremonies.
The Tour began in
2005 and has honored over 690 teams nationwide since then.