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Quartet of Trojans named CHS Senior Athletes of the Year

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CHS Senior Athletes of the Year: Four CHS student-athletes were named as Co-Senior Athletes of the Year at Wednesday nightís Spring Awards Program. Pictured are (l to r) CHS Athletics Director Garry Nallenweg, Katie Behrendt, Jon Watson, Ryan Cutter and Claire Holba. (Tribune photo by Dana Gilbertson)


Behrendt, Ryan Cutter, Claire Holba and Jon Watson 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 quartet was named the CHS Co-Senior Athletes of the Year at the 2011 Spring Sports Awards Program on Wednesday night.

Behrendt earned nine varsity letters and six Scholar-Athlete awards during her high school career. She was a Sectional champion in the 200 and 400 during track as a senior and is a State qualifier in the 400 and 4x400 this season.

She was named MVP of track as a junior and senior and was also a member of two Sectional and Regional Championship soccer teams. Behrendt was also a member of two Swimming and Diving DAC and Sectional title teams.

The senior will be attending Ball State University to run track.

Cutter earned eight varsity letters in cross country and track. He was a four-time state qualifier in cross country, a three-time state qualifier in track and is a two-time MVP in track and was DAC MVP in track as a senior and cross country as a junior.

In cross country, he was a member of the 2011 IHSAA State Runner-up team, while also garnering two Sectional title, two Regional titles and a Semistate title. In track, he has been a member of two Regional team titles and a Sectional title.

Cutter will be attending IUPUI to run cross country and track.

Holba earned seven varsity letters and eight Scholar-Athlete awards during her high school career. She was an Indiana All-State selection in basketball and Honorable Mention All-State in volleyball, while also earning Academic All-State honors in Basketball.

She was a two-time DAC MVP in basketball and earned Player of the Year recognition from the News-Dispatch and the Times of NWI. She was also a two-time DAC All-Conference selection and two-time CHS MVP.

In volleyball, she holds the school record for blocks, made the DAC All-Conference team and was a two-time CHS MVP.

Holba will be attending IUPUI on a basketball scholarship.

Watson earned nine varsity letters and was a three-year three-sport athlete who earned DAC All-Conference honors in track three times and football twice.

In football, he was CHS MVP as a junior and senior and is tied for the schoolís all-time lead in touchdowns.

In track, he is a two-time state qualifier in the 400 and has earned Sectional titles in the 400 and 4x400 Relay. He has also been a member of a Sectional championship team and two Regional championship teams.

Watson will be attending Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio on a football and track scholarship.

CHS Athletic Director Garry Nallenweg also honored the schoolís three-sport athletes with awards going to seniors Ashley Ballestero (cheerleading, gymnastics, track), Katie Behrendt (soccer, diving, track) and Will Butz (football, basketball, track).

The lone junior receiving the award was Kyle Schmidt (football, basketball, track).

Sophomore award winners were Joe Bishop (football, basketball, track), Sara Filipek (soccer, basketball, track), James Halpin (soccer, swimming, track), Riley Harlow (football, wrestling, track), Dana Konchar (football, wrestling, track), Ariane Mahaffey (volleyball, basketball, track), Julian Raudry (football, wrestling, track), Colin Ringas (soccer, swimming, track), Hunter Royer (football, wrestling, track), Mike Thanos (football, basketball, baseball) and Abbi Milligan (cheerleading, cheerleading, track).

Freshman award winners were Bruce Burch (football, swimming, track), Steffan Dines (football, basketball, baseball), Patrick Freeze (football, wrestling, track), Brent Downey (football, wrestling, track), Kristen Homme (soccer, basketball, track), Jonathan Horvath (football, wrestling, track), Kevin Jones (football, basketball, baseball), Jonathan Kindmark (football, swimming, track), Colin McEuen (football, basketball, baseball), Trey Moffett (tennis, soccer, baseball), Andrew Ralph (football, basketball, baseball), Erin Socha (cross country, swimming, tennis), Cole Teal (football, basketball, baseball) and Cody Watson (football, wrestling, track).



Posted 6/2/2011