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CHS quartet earns Senior Athletes of the Year

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When Joe Troop, Chris Katsafaros, Rosie Biehl and Marissa Kroeger don their uniforms, the maroon and gold canít look any better.

Although their physical attributes are obvious, itís the passion and hard work they exhibit during every minute of every event and every practice that sets them apart.

Thatís why each member of the group was named a CHS Senior Athlete of the Year at the 2013 Spring Sports Awards Program on Wednesday night.

Katsafaros, who will attend Indiana State, was a four-time IHSAA Sectional wrestling champion and a three-time state finals qualifier. He also led the team in wins and pins in wrestling in each of his four seasons.

An IHSAA Regional wrestling champion and a Duneland Athletic Conference champion, Katsafaros also was a member of a Sectional and Regional championship wrestling team and a member of the DAC championship football team.

A three-sport athlete award winner he was a two-time captain in football and three-time captain in wrestling, while earning seven varsity letters. He was also an all-area selection in football and wrestling.

Troop, who will be attending the University of Indianapolis, was All-State in football and track and was selected by the Indiana Football Coaches Association to play on the North All-Star team this year.

A five-time CHS MVP, he has won three state medals in track and currently holds two school records in track. A DAC, Sectional and Regional champion in the 400, 4x800 and 4x400, Troop was also a member of a DAC championship football team and a Sectional and Regional championship track team.

All-conference in football and track, Troop was a three-sport athlete and all-area selection in both track and football. He has earned eight varsity letters during his career.

Biehl is a two-time IHSAA state qualifier in track and was a member of a state finalist team in cross country. Also a member of a girls soccer semi-state team, she was a member of a girls regional championship team in soccer, track and cross country.

She has earned eight Scholar-Athlete awards and was academic all-state in soccer, track and cross country. An All-District selection in soccer, she was a team captain in soccer and cross country. Biehl has also earned Most Improved in soccer and the Leonard Tengblad award in cross country.

Biehl won eight varsity letters during her career.

Kroeger was a four-time IHSAA state qualifier in golf and a three-time MVP in girls diving. A member of the IHSAA Regional championship golf team and was also a member of four DAC championship teams.

An All-Conference selection four times, she also won the Mental Attitude award in golf and was Academic All-State. A sportsmanship award winner in golf and swimming, Kroeger was team captain in both sports.

Kroeger was an all-area selection in golf and earned eight varsity letters during her career.

CHS Athletic Director Garry Nallenweg also honored the schoolís three-sport athletes.

In the senior class, recipients were Melanie Buckmaster (cross country, swimming, track), James Halpin (soccer, swimming, track) and Colin Ringas (soccer, diving, track).

In the junior class, recipients were Jonathan Kindmark (football, swimming, track), Colin McEuen (football, basketball, baseball), Andrew Ralph (football, basketball, baseball), Erin Socha (cross country, swimming, track) and Cody Watson (football, wrestling, track).

In the sophomore class, recipients were Jordan Dilosa (football, basketball, baseball), Sawyer Hallas (football, wrestling, track), Lauren Kusbel (cross country, basketball, track), Natalie Petro (soccer, basketball, tennis), Kassidy Scott (cross country, basketball, track), Kaylee Slont (cross country, swimming, track), Josie Tolin (cross country, swimming, track) and Jordan Wadding (soccer, basketball, softball).

In the freshmen class, recipients were Victoria Bain (cross country, gymnastics, track), Niles Dilosa (football, basketball, track), Luke Finke (football, basketball, baseball), Claire Galloway (soccer, basketball, track), Katie Goysich (cheerleading, gymnastics, track), Britta Johnson (cross country, basketball, softball), Vanessa Krause (cross country, swimming, track), Lia Lombardini (volleyball, basketball, softball), Jack Mullen (football, basketball, baseball), Nate Needham (football, soccer, track), Taylor Rodriguez (volleyball, gymnastics, track), Joe Stento (football, wrestling, track) and Marlon Williams (football, basketball, track).



Posted 5/30/2013





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