By JIMMY KISSEE
CHESTERTON - Chesterton High School held its annual Spring Sports Award
Banquet Tuesday night in the CHS Auditorium, honoring athletes, coaches and
trainers for their hard work and dedication.
Taking home top honors with Athlete of the Year trophies were softball and
soccer star Laura DeLeon, and three-sport sensations Matt Maple and Casey
DeLeon, the senior ace pitcher of the Lady Trojans softball team, who
recently led the girls in maroon and gold to their first sectional title
since 1994, has a list of athletic and academic accomplishments second to
She has received scholar-athlete awards all four years and currently has a
grade point average of 3.83.
On the softball diamond, DeLeon holds the single season record for no-hit
games, shutouts, perfect games, strike outs and fewest hits allowed.
She also has the career record for no-hit games and perfect games thrown.
She has been named to the Duneland Athletic All-Conference the past two
seasons, and was honorable mention all-state as a junior.
This year, DeLeon became the second player in school-history (Debbie Lang,
1988) to be named first team All-State and she will pitch for the North team
in the Indiana All-Star Softball Game later this month.
In soccer, DeLeon has won two varsity letters, a most improved award and has
been a part of Chestertonís Duneland Athletic Conference, Sectional,
Regional, Semistate and Final Four Championship teams.
DeLeon will take her 16-1-1 record to the mound on Saturday at the Elkhart
Memorial Regional when Chesterton takes on South Bend Adams in the second
semifinal starting at 1 p.m. with a potential match-up against defending
state champ and undefeated Lake Central or Penn in the championship.
DeLeon plans on attending Loyola University in Chicago this fall.
Martin and Maple have not only excelled in football, baseball and
basketball, but in the classrooms as well. Both were named co-captains in
all three of their sports and combined have 14 scholar athlete awards and 17
Maple was the assist leader in basketball and was named the defensive MVP.
He also won the coveted Trojan Award as a junior and a senior. He brought
back MVP honors as a junior and senior in football and received all-state
recognition as the Trojans top wide receiver and defensive back.
Martin has been named most valuable in both football and baseball, and was
the leading rebounder on the Trojans basketball team the past two seasons.
He was also Chestertonís RBI leader the past two seasons in baseball.
He also received all-state recognition in football and baseball, and will be
attending Indiana State University in the fall to continue his baseball
Both Martin and Maple led the Trojans baseball team to a sectional title in
Martin also shared the back the Most Valuable Player Award in baseball this
season with Nick Chase, while Maple earned the Sportsmanship Award.
Other MVP Awards were given to Adam Martin (Boys Track), Ethan Newham (Boys
Field), Jessica Pesut (Girls Field), Sarah Kehe (Girls Track), Brittany
Cooley (Girls Tennis), Sam Chumbley and Alex Cook (Boys Golf).
Mental Attitude Award winners were Amy Dreischerf and Lynn Gackowski (Girls
Tennis), Maggie Sharpe (Girls Track), Ken Frank and John Torabi (Boys
Track), J.D. Williamson (Baseball), and Ryan Kokesh and Steve St. Germain
Most Improved Award winners were Alex Cook (Boys Golf), Zack Novak
(Baseball), Jeremy Castaneda (Boys Track), Ashley Fozkos and Emily Leckenby
(Girls Track) and Elaine Schnabel (Girls Tennis).
Sportsmanship Award winners were Katie Paulson (Girls Tennis), Tori Talsma
(Girls Track), Kyle Yelton (Boys Track) and Eric Beckley (Boys Golf).
Other special awards were given to Jon Schwoegler (Baseball - James A. Arvin
Award), Jayson Jeffries and John Lambert (Baseball - Kurt E. Ruoff Memorial
Award), Nick Chase (Baseball - David Sayka Scholarship Award) and Max Goldak
(Boys Track - Josh Phillips Memorial Award).
Softball awards will be distributed at the conclusion of their season.
Also honored Tuesday night were Athletic Trainer Kim Stento and softball
assistant coach Kevin Gates, who both have decided to step aside from their
respective positions at Chesterton High School.
Stento, a Valparaiso High School graduate who came to Chesterton from a
small college in Pennsylva-nia, was CHSís first certified athletic trainer
nine years ago.
She was welcomed with a standing ovation and presented a plaque for her
Gates, an assistant coach under his sister LouAnn Hopson the past 21 years
on the softball diamond, has also decided to leave to spend more time with
He was also presented a plaque after being named the District One Assistant
Coach of the Year.
In all, Chestertonís sports team accumulated three sectional championships
(Girls Tennis, Track and Softball) and a pair of regional championships
(Girls Track and Tennis) so far this spring with four teams still active
with hopes of bringing back more hardware.
Also, first year assistant girls tennis coach Mike Styles was announced as
the new boys tennis coach after Brian Norris stepped down this past fall.
Mary Ballinger (11), Ali Bishel (11), Bri Blohm (11), Sam Bozak (9), Katie
Cahillane (10), Kristin Chemma (10), Malorie Crafton (9), Cori Ellis (12),
Lyndi Fekete (10), Claire Forszt (9), Christy Grcevich (10), Chelsea
Gustafson (9), Jennie Humpfer (9), Sarah Kehe (11), Jessie Kowalski (12),
Emily Leckenby (10), Becky Lewis (9), Stephanie Maggio (10), Kathleen
McMannes (9), Amanda Miller (10), Mel Mitchell (9), Tess Mullin (11), Kelly
Peller (11), Jessica Pesut (11), Kendra Prather (11), Lena Raffin (10),
Cassie Recker (9), Erica Sanchez (12), Mansi Sharma (10), Maggie Sharpe
(12), Karli Smith (10), Katie Talbert (10), Kristin Talbert (9), Tori Talsma
(12), Kate Watson-Weber (9), Juliana Weaver (10), Paige Winey (9).
Curt Bradford (11), Joe Estep (12), Nathan Erxleben (9), Nathan Ferguson
(10), Max Goldak (12), Riley Golden (9), Alex Gordon (9), Sam Harmison (10),
Peter Horban (10), Andrew Huddleston (10), Adam Hutnick (10), Kyle Lawrence
(10), Jason Lewis (12), Jordan Lewis (9), Adam Martin (11), Ethan Newham
(12), Brandon Patterson (11), Nathan Pavlovic (11), Richie Raffin (11),
Michael Schuster (11), Alex Sisto (10), Joe Stahura (9), Drew Thorstad (9),
John Torabi (10), Jimmy Wilson (9), Karl Young (12).
Laura DeLeon (12), Danielle Dummel (10), Nikki Gamblin (9), Tara Hiteman
(12), Kristin Mann (10), Katie Stahura (11), Amanda Vasquez (9).
Mark Babcock (10), Shane Brietzke (10), Tony Celebucki (10), Matt DeLeon
(10), Frank Filippini (9), Steve Hargarten (10), Steve Janes (9), Jayson
Jeffries (11), Dustin Kaptur (9), Ryan Koziczynski (11), Ryan Krepp (12),
John Lambert (11), Matt Mabry (9), Matt Maple (12), Casey Martin (12), John
Miller (10), Alex Montagano (12), Zack Novak (9), Jon Schwoegler (12), Andy
Sirko (9), Chris Smith (12).
Emeline Chatenet (11), Brittany Cooley (12), Amy Driescherf (11), Lynn
Gackowski (11), Amanda Gore (9), Stacey Kammerer (9), Christine Lambert (9),
Kelsey Marchak (9), Kaelyn Marcus (9), Bharathi Muthasamy (9), Kirsten Olson
(11), Elaine Schnabel (10), Sara Torabi (9), Talor Whitaker (10).
Sam Chumbley (12), Alex Cook (12), Erik Huber (9), Nick Kendall (10), Ryan
Kokesh (11), Alex Mannen (9), Curtis Mannen (12), Scott Woods (12).
Sarah Cohn (10), Kate Dawson (12), Danielle Dummel (10) (SB); Kim Marshall
(12), Kirsten Olson (11) (TE).
Brittany Cooley, Katie Paulson.
Amy Dreischerf, Lynn Gack-owski, Kirsten Olson.
Emeline Chatenet (11), Gabby Chumbley (9), Amanda Gore (9), Lauren Ingram
(9), Katie Johnson (11), Stacey Kammerer (9), Kelsey Marchak (9), Kaelyn
Marcus (9), Tia Mortensen (9), Bharathi Muthusamy (9), Sara Torabi (9),
Gabrielle VanDenburgh (11), Talor Whitaker (10), Cristin Williams (9),
Chelsea Wolanyk (11).
Brittany Cooley, Katie Paulson.
Wade Breitzke, Jeremy Castaneda, Dale Chube, Joe Estep, Max Goldak, Jason
Lewis, Ethan Newham, Matt Osborn, Nick Stevens, Karl Young.
Curt Bradford, Jimmy Korthals, Adam Martin, Greg Osborn, Adam Nallengweg,
Brandon Patterson, Nathan Pavlovic, Ray Raffin, Richie Raffin, Josh Ribar,
Michael Schuster, Patrick Small, A.J. Thompson, Kyle Yelton.
Scott Brown, Tim Carmody, Andy Falls, Kenny Frank, Chris Hoenke, Jon
Hood-Forney, Peter Horban, Andrew Huddleston, Adam Hutnick, Ryan Myers, Dan
Osborn, John Torabi, Ben Virden, Ryan Wells, Josh Zimmerman.
Jordan Lewis, Mike Moorhouse, Ethan Olson, Chester Vanek, Jimmy Wilson.
Tom Adams (10), Jimmy Armstrong (10), Zack Bloomquist (9), John Butz (10),
Jeff Cook (11), Alex Cornwell (12), Adam Cunningham (11), Brenden Eggen (9),
Jeff Erminger (10), Nathan Erxleben (9), Kurt Fant (9), Nathan Ferguson
(10), Riley Golden (9), Alex Gordon (9), Sam Harmison (10), Matt Jackson
(10), Sam Jaeger (9), Kyle Lawrence (10), Adam Lukach (9), David Marron (9),
Mike Miller (10), Chris Mrak (9), Ed OíNeill (11), Eugene Pettigrew (11),
Nathan Ruge (9), Alex Sisto (10), Neal Sjaaheim (9), Joe Stahura (9), Drew
Thorstad (9), Tim Walsh (11), Doug Wilburn (10).
Jeremy Casteneda, Max Goldak, Adam Martin, A.J. Thompson, Kyle Yelton.
Cori Ellis, Jessie Kowalski, Kathryn Lucas, Erica Sanchez, Maggie Sharpe,
Mary Ballinger, Ali Bishel, Bri Blohm, Lauren Carr, Sarah Kehe, Tess Mullin,
Sagan Newham, Kelly Peller, Jessica Pesut, Katrina Pradziad, Kendra Prather.
Meghan Buckmaster, Katie Cahillane, Kellie Cahillane, Kristin Chemma,
Brittany Craycraft, Lyndi Fekete, Ashley Fozkos, Christy Grcevich, Emily
Leckenby, Stephanie Maggio, Sarah Majchrowicz, Amanda Miller, Alysha Paz,
Nikki Pierce, Sabrina Pradziad, Lena Raffin, Katie Raffin, Rachel Struss,
Katie Talbert, Stephanie Taylor, Katie Trout, Juliana Weaver.
Sam Bozak, Malorie Crafton, Chelsea Gustafson, Allyson Harvey, Elissa
Herakovich, Becky Lewis, Melissa Marchak, Katie McColly, Kathleen McMannes,
Kirstyn Nallenweg, Chrissy Watts.
Jackie Brady (9), Brittany Copollo (9), Kayla Fleming (10), Claire Forszt
(9), Jennie Humpfer (9), Emily Hunter (9), Sandra Kintzel (10), Taylor
Lipniskis (9), Mel Mitchell (9), Cassie Recker (9), Mandy Ruoff (10), Mansi
Sharma (10), Karli Smith (10), Kristen Talbert (9), Kate Watson-Weber (9),
Tiffany Wicks (9), Paige Winey (9).
Cori Ellis, Maggie Sharpe, Jessie Kowalski, Tori Talsma, Kathryn Lucas,
Eric Beckley, Sam Chumbley, Alex Cook, Curtis Mannen, Steve St. Germain,
Brian Devaney, Ryan Kokesh.
Erik Huber (9), Dylan Kittle (10), Josh Lackey (9), Alex Mannen (9), Wesley
Phillips (9), Steve Wuletich (9).
Nick Chase, Ryan Krepp, Matt Maple, Casey Martin, Alex Montagano, Justin
Roberts, Jon Schwoegler, Kevin Scott, Chris Smith, J.D. Williamson.
Ty Cawby, Jayson Jeffries, Ryan Koziczynski, John Lambert, Johnny Lemons,
Matt Bailey, Sean Green, Steve Peterson.
Travis Anderson (10), Mark Babcock (10), Dan Banuelos (10), Shane Breitzke
(10), Tony Celebucki (10), Matt DeLeon (10), Ben Dixon (10), Jeff Gaston
(10), Steve Hargarten (10), Matt Janes (10), John Miller (10), Paul Ruff
(10), Jeff Smith (9), Drew Volk (10), Luke Waters (9).
Matt Cochran, Steve Corona, Danny Detmar, Frank Filippini, Mike Hadley,
Steve Janes, Dustin Kaptur, Jake Lawson, Ryan Lindquist, Matt Mabry, Jeremy
Ross, Joe Schultz, Andy Sirko, Jorddan Vrska, Shane West.
Casey Martin, Alex Montagano.
Andy Young (9)
Kate Dawson, Kim Marshall, Katie Williams.
Danielle Dummel, Mandy Ruoff, Stephanie Taylor.
Ashley Whalen (12), Kirsten Olson (11), Sarah Cohn (10).