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Mandi Loving and Erik Babcock named Senior Athletes of the Year

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CHS Spring Sports MVPs: 11 CHS athletes walked away with the MVP awards from their respective sports, Wednesday night at the Spring Sports Award Ceremony. Front row: (left to right) Ryan Rearick (Boys Track Runner), Sam Chumbley (Boys Golf), Mike Gregoline (Boys Golf), Spencer West (Boys Track Field) and Rob Kamaski (Baseball). Back row: Cassie Peller (Girls Track Runner), Emily Prather (Girls Track Field), Lauren West (Gymnastics), Andrea Wiese (Girls Tennis), Marian Benitez (Girls Tennis) and Laura Langendorfer (Softball).

 

By JIMMY KISSEE

Mandi Loving and Erik Babcock have similar athletic resumes. Both have accumulated nine varsity awards in three different sports, along with being honored as captain in two of the three their senior years. They both have also played a major part in the success of their respective teams throughout their four-year tenure at CHS.

They now have one more thing in common. Each were rewarded last night for their impressive careers with the 2002-03 Most Valuable Senior Athlete Award at the Spring Sports Awards Ceremony.

“I didn’t really know if was going to win, because there was a couple of other kids that I thought could get it, but it was a great feeling to win,” Babcock said, who’s trio of sports includes soccer, basketball and track. “This ends things on a pretty high note for me. I struggled a bit my freshman and sophomore years, but every year I got a little better and improved. This is just a great accomplishment for me.”

Although he struggled to improve during his sophomore year, one of Babcock’s fondest memories came from that particular time.

“I will never forget beating Valparaiso twice that year in soccer with both games being decided on shoot-outs,” he said. “That was one of the few times I actually got to beat Valpo and that’s one of the things you remember most.”

Babcock will attend Rose-Hulman Institute next fall, where he’ll continue his soccer career and study engineering. Before he worries about college, he still has some unfinished business to take care of at CHS.

Babcock, who was the sectional champion in the high jump (6-0) last week, hopes to continue his success tonight at the Valparaiso Track and Field Regional.

“I just want to jump well and try to get a personal best,” he said. “6-4 will get you down to state and I think I can do that. That would be a real big accomplishment for me and a nice way to top off my four years.”

Babcock has been a part of two sectional championships and one DAC title. He won the most improved award and best defensive player award in basketball this year, along with being named to the All-DAC soccer team the past two seasons.

He was the Co-MVP in soccer this past fall and has collected 12 scholar athlete awards.

Loving, who is the school record holder in the 400-meter dash, was equally as thrilled to be honored with the most valuable award.

“This is so exciting for me because you put so much time in during the four years with the three sports,” Loving said, who participates in cross country, basketball and track. “It’s nice to get recognized for everything you’ve done and all the hard work you put in.”

Loving is still undecided on what college she plans on attending, but she has narrowed the choice down to two. She plans on walking on the track team at either Indiana University or Ball State where she’ll study nutrition.

She has won 10 scholar athlete awards, while being part of six CHS teams that have made state appearances. She has also been an integral part of the Girls Track team that has won four straight Sectional Championships, including the first Regional Championship in school-history won Tuesday night at Highland.

“Last night I was so nervous going into the 400,” she said. “I was seeded 10th so the odds of me getting out were kind of slim, but I knew if I ran my race and didn’t panic I could do it. I took it one stride at a time and just tried to stay together mentally and finish strong.”

Loving’s will prevailed and the senior sprinter beat the odds landing the final qualifying spot for the state meet after her third place finish.

“I wanted to go out on top and get to state,” she said. “Now I am looking to have fun. The pressure is off of my shoulders because it’s all or nothing now. Whatever happens, happens. It feels good to qualify, because coming off of last week’s sectional I didn’t really feel I ran up to par, so it’s nice to finish off strong individually. I knew the relays would make it down, but I wasn’t sure about me individually, so that’s very special for me.”

Other highlights of the night included the girls athletic programs ending a 22-year drought by swiping the All-Sports Award title from DAC-rival Valparaiso and both gymnastics coaches Mike and Maria Bachuchin and softball coach LouAnn Hopson receiving standing ovations for being named the top coach in Indiana for their respective sports.

Jay Huffmaster was also awarded the David Wayne Sayka Scholarship. Huffmaster, a senior on the CHS baseball team, was presented a plaque by Paul Jancarich and a $1,000 scholarship for his leadership, spirit and overall love of the game.

Most Valuable awards were handed out to Rob Kamaski (Baseball), Ryan Rearick (Boys Track Runner), Spencer West (Boys Track Field), Sam Chumbley and Mike Gregoline (Boys Golf), Cassie Peller (Girls Track Runner), Emily Prather (Girls Track Field), Marian Benitez and Andrea Wiese (Girls Tennis), Laura Langendorfer (Softball), and Lauren West (Gymnastics).

Mental attitude awards went out to Casey Martin (Baseball), Travis Dunlap (Boys Track), Mike Cho (Boys Golf), Mandi Loving and Lexi Yelton (Girls Track), Liz Kozlik (Girls Tennis), Rachel Bergauff (Softball) and Amber Vogan (Gymnastics).

Most Improved awards were given to Josh Malone (Baseball), Ed Lawson (Boys Track), Eric Beckley and Alex Cook (Boys Golf), Jessica Johnson (Girls Track), Brittany Cooley and Kristin Totten (Girls Tennis), Nicole Fetla and Kayla Vargo (Softball), and Jessica Gravel and Margret Kleppe (Gymnastics).

SCHOLAR ATHLETES

SPRING, 2003

GIRLS TRACK

Mary Ballinger (cc), Alissa Bishel (cc), Alison Bishel (cc), Brianna Blohm (cc), Brittany Collins (cc), Rachel Fisher (cc), Sarah Greene, Emily Haas (cc), Jenny Janosky (gy), Sarah Kehe (cc), Jesse Kowalski (cc), Liz Levrio (vb, bb), Mandi Loving (cc, bb), Kathryn Lucas, Laura Mishler (vb), Tess Mullin (cc), Stephanie Notehlle (cc), Lauren Paunicka, Cassie Peller (cc), Kelly Peller (cc, bb), Jessica Pesut (cc), Whitney Phillips (so), Katrina Pradziad (vb,bb), Kendra Prather (sw), Amanda Ritthaler (go), Holly Sagarsee, Patricia Seeburger, Brittani Seely (w,ch), Heather Seerup (so), Tanja Semler, Kelly Starcevich, Lindsey Stauffer (go), Susan Swarner (cc), Tori Talsma (so), Val Teets, Amber Vogan (vb,gy), Lauren West (gy), Tina Wozniak, Lexi Yelton (cc,sw) BOYS TRACK

Erik Babcock (so,bb), Joe Bailey, Curt Bradford (bb), Abel Castaneda (fb,ch), Alex Chrzan (so), Travis Dunlap, Geoff Durso (fb,ch), Rob Felton (te), John Hanson (fb), Steve Joyce (fb,so), Dan Keller (te), Geoff Lambert (cc), Robbie Lira (fb,bb), Adam Martin (cc), Adam Nallenweg (fb,bb), Bryan Nallenweg (cc), Ethan Newham (fb,wr),David Novotney (fb,wr),Greg Osborn (so), Tom Ruff, Ryan Rearick, Michael Schuster (bb), Kevin Small, Kynan Wallace (fb)

GIRLS TENNIS

Marian Benitez, Brittany Cooley, Amy Dresicherf, Laura Duda (gy), Mia Fioritto, Katie Franzen, Liz Kozlik, Kate Nevitt (ch), Kirsten Olson, Jessica Recchia, Libby Schnabel (so), Chie Takeo, Kirstin Totten, Andrea Wiese (go), Chelsea Wolanyk

BOYS GOLF

Eric Beckley, Sam Chumbley, Alex Cook, Mike Gregoline, Brian Hicks, Kyle Huber (cc), Ryan Kokesh, Chris Montagano

SOFTBALL

Lisa Anderson, Rachel Bergauff, Amanda Bishel, Amanda Bissonnette (bb), Laura DeLeon (so), Cori Ellis, Laura Langendorfer, Holly Meton (vb, bb), Erica Sanchez (bb), Katie Stahura (bb)

BASEBALL

Jim Bard, Tyler Cawby, Josh Coleman, David Evers (w), Jon Evers (w), Ryan Hutnick (fb,bb), Jayson Jeffries, John Lambert (bb), Matt Lambert, Aaron Martin (cc), Casey Martin (fb,bb), Alex Montagano, Brett Newton, Sean Rizer

STUDENT TRAINERS

Dan Barber, Stacie Beckett (sw), Ruthie Carlson (gy), Katelyn Dawson

SOFTBALL AWARDS

2002-03

VARSITY AWARDS SENIORS

Lisa Anderson, Rachel Bergauff, Stephanie Bernier, Nicole Fetla, Allison Goebel, Laura Langendorfer, Jessie Vargo JUNIORS

Alicia Babcock, Tiffany Hise, Jenni Lightfoot, Holly Melton SOPHOMORES

Laura DeLeon, Betsy Maher, Kelly Gaston, Kayla Vargo, Sara Toles JUNIOR VARSITY AWARDS

Ryan Barcelli (9), Amanda Bishel (11), Amanda Bissonnette (9), Jessica Brannagan (10), Cori Ellis (10), Jackie Farmer (9), Krista Galloway (9), Alicia Grundell (9), Megan Hawkins (9), Danielle Ostrander (9), Brittany Richardson (9), Erika Sanchez (10), Ashley Scheerer (9), Katie Stahura (9)

CAPTAINS

Lisa Anderson, Laura Landendorfer

TEAM HUSTLE

Holly Melton

DUNELAND ALL CONFERENCE

Lisa Anderson, Stephanie Bernier, Nicole Fetla, Laura Langendorfer

DUNELAND CONFERENCE MVP

Laura Langendorfer

ACADEMIC ALL STATE

Rachel Bergauff, Laura Langendorfer

SECOND TEAM ALL STATE

Laura Langendorfer

HONORABLE MENTION ALL STATE

Lisa Anderson

INDIANA ALL STAR

Laura Langendorfer

GIRLS TENNIS AWARDS

2002-03

VARSITY AWARDS SENIORS

Marian Benitez, Katie Franzen, Liz Kozlik, Andrea Wiese

JUNIORS

Kristin Totten SOPHOMORES

Brittany Cooley, Katie Paulson

FRESHMEN

Lynn Gackowski

JV AWARDS

Megan Dancisak (11), Amy Dreischerf (9), Laura Duda (11), Mia Fioritto (12), Katie Johnson (9), Kate Nevitt (9), Kirsten Olson (9), Jessica Recchia (11), Libby Schnabel (9), Chie Takeo (11), Chelsea Wolanyk (9)

CAPTAINS

Marian Benitez, Liz Kozlik, Andrea Wiese

GYMNASTICS AWARDS

2002-03

VARSITY AWARDS SENIORS

Annie Campbell, Julie Detmar, Katelyn Hanson, Jennifer Janosky, Holly O’Connor, Lauren West, Leslie West

JUNIORS

Jessica Gravel, Margret Kleppe, Mallory Mickus, Amber Vogan, Laura Duda FRESHMEN

Kristin Catherman, Jessica Kuehl, Jessica Pesut

MANAGER

Ruthie Carlson

DUNELAND ALL CONFERENCE

Jessica Gravel, Lauren West, Leslie West

BOYS GOLF AWARDS

2002-03

VARSITY AWARDS SENIORS

Sam Mapp, Chris Montagano JUNIORS

Mike Cho , Mike Gregoline SOPHOMORES

Eric Beckley, Sam Chumbley, Alex Cook JUNIOR VARSITY AWARDS

Brian DeVaney (9), Brian Hicks (10), Kyle Huber (9), Ryan Kokesh (9), Curtis Mannen (10), Bobby Quinn (9), Scott Woods (10)

CAPTAINS

Mike Gregoline, Adam Montagano

ALL AROUND PLAYER

SamChumbley

NO. OF GREENS

Sam Chumbley

NO. OF FAIRWAYS

Mike Cho

LOW PUTTS

Sam Chumbley

STUDENT TRAINER AWARDS

2002-03

SENIORS

Stacie Beckett, Ruthie Carlson, Christina Myers, Holly Parlock

JUNIORS

Dan Barber, Hayley Kittle, Ryan Smith, Val Teets

SOPHOMORES

Katelyn Dawson, Lindsey LaFleur, Bryce Mitchell, Katie Williams

BASEBALL AWARDS

2002-03

VARSITY AWARDS

SENIORS

Drew Bradford, Jayme Giesick, Jay Huffmaster, Rob Kamaski , Sean Rizer

JUNIORS

Tom Albano, Jim Bard, Josh Coleman, Chris Elish, Russell Friday, Josh Goranson, Matt Lambert, Josh Malone, Ryne Smitka

SOPHOMORES

Nick Chase, Casey Martin, Matt Maple FRESHMEN

John Lambert

FRESHMEN AWARDS

Tyler Cawby, Ryan Hutnick, Jayson Jeffries, Ryan Koziczynski, Johnny Lemons, Aaron Martin, Marc Nelson, Brett Newton, Conor O’Brien, Vinny Paliga, Russ Patterson, Evan Pincus, Mike Radtke, Matt Totten

JUNIOR VARSITY AWARDS

George Bozak (10), Drew Bruggeman (10), Rob Cochran (10), David Evers (10), Jon Evers (10), Kyle Goranson (10), Ryan Krepp (10), Wayne McClellan (10), Alex Montagano (10), Justin Roberts (10), Jon Schwoegler (10), Kevin Scott (10), Kevin Smith (10), J.D. Williamson (10)

CAPTAIN

Drew Bradford

Frosh Manager

Phil Anderson

BOYS TRACK AWARDS

2002-03

VARSITY AWARDS SENIORS

Erik Babcock, Spencer West, Abel Castaneda, Chris Cogdill, Travis Dunlap, Joe Hroma , Dan Keller, Steven Joyce, Travis Dunlap, Eric Lewis , David Nov-otney, Ryan Rearick JUNIORS

Joe Bailey, Mike Dunlap, Rob Felton , Carl Hul-tman, Nick Johns, Mike Koulianos, Geoff Lambert, Bryan Nallenweg, Jon Nowaczyk, Jon Pol, Spencer West, Billy York

SOPHOMORES

Wade Breitzke, Max Goldak, Ed Lawson,

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Rob Nelson, Ethan Newham, Matt Osborn, Nick Stevens FRESHMEN

Curt Bradford, Adam Martin, Adam Nallenweg, Patrick Small , A.J. Thompson, Kyle Yelton

JV AWARDS

Jason Armstrong (9), David Bradley (10), Heath Cartwright (10), Jeremy Castaneda (10), Alex Chrzan (9), Alex Cornwell (10), Sam Doerr (10), Geoff Durso (11), Jordyn Gorski (9), Andrew Green (11), Eric Griffin (11), John Hanson (10), Jason Hayes (11), Myles Hiteman (11), Ryan Kelley (11), Shawn Lee (10), Rob Lira (9), Clint McGinty (10), Mike Micchia (11), Michael Moore (11), Jake Morton (10), Logan Newkirk (10), Ed O’Neil (9), Greg Osborn (9), Ray Raffin (9), Josh Ribar (9), Paul Robertson (10), Jeremy Rocha (11), Tony Rodriquez (10), Tom Ruff (11), Neill Ryan (10), Michael Schuster (9), Kevin Small (10), Ryan Smith (11), Jim Sosnowski (11), John VanDenburgh (10), Kynan Wallace (9), Eric Wiesemann (11)

CAPTAINS

Erik Babcock, Dan Keller, Eric Lewis, Dave Novotney, Ryan Rearick

GIRLS TRACK AWARDS

2002-03

VARSITY AWARDS SENIORS

Rachel Fisher, Emily Haas, Jenny Janosky, Mandi Loving, Stephanie Nothelle, Emily Prather, Amanda Ritthaler, Heather Seerup, Susan Swarner, Lauren West, Tina Wozniak

JUNIORS

Alissa Bishel, Erin Caldwell, Renae Cavanaugh, Dayna Charlson, Brittany Collins, Jessica Johnson, Cassie Peller, Megan Pierce, Holly Sagarsee, Tanya Semler, Sara Sosnowski, Val Teets, Amber Vogan SOPHOMORES

Elizabeth Bates, Sarah Greene, Tara Hiteman, Jessica Kowalski, Lynzi Lorenz, Kathryn Lucas, Lauren Paunicka, Whitney Phillips, Kourtney Pogue, Maggie Sharpe, Elizabeth Sosnowski, Kelly Starcevich, Lindsey Stauffer, Tori Talsma, Ashley Whalen

FRESHMEN

Mary Ballinger, Alison Bishel, Brianna Blohm, Sarah Kehe, Sagan Newham, Kelly Peller, Jessica Pesut, Katrina Pradziad

JV AWARDS

Lauren Carr (9), Jessica Feitshans (12), Liz Levrio (10), Laura Mishler (9), Kendra Prather (9), Brooke Ricciardi (9), Patricia Seeburger (9), Brittani Seely (11), Maggie Yagelski (10)

CAPTAINS

Emily Haas, Jenny Janosky, Mandi Loving, Stephanie Nothelle, Emily Prather, Heather Seerup, Tina Wozniak

MANAGER

Jackie Leach

 

Posted 5/29/2003

 

 

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