By KEN PETERSON
Athletes for one of the best Spring sports seasons in recent CHS history
were honored at the Spring Sports Awards Banquet Wednesday night at
Chesterton High School.
In the Spring alone, Chesterton High School brought home three sectional
championships (boys and girls track, tennis) and won conference
championships in softball and tennis. The softball team won the school’s
first DAC title since 1988 and the girls tennis team won the school’s
first-ever conference title.
In a very talented class, Steve Vrska and Lindsay Hattendorf were named
Chesterton High School Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
The accomplishments of both athletes are very impressive.
Vrska is an eight-time School Athlete, earned eight varsity letters in cross
country and track and has been the Most Valuable Runner all four years he’s
competed at Chesterton. He’s been the MVP track runner for the past three
seasons and a three-year captain of the cross country team as well as this
year’s track team captain.
He’s been on the all-Duneland Conference cross country team all four years
in high school and was DAC MVP his junior and senior years. He was
all-conference in track his junior and senior seasons and was the recipient
of the Larry James Memorial Scholarship.
He has won 10 individual DAC, sectional and regional championship races and
was a part of the 4x1,600-meter relay team which set the school record. He’s
a four-time state qualifier in track. Vrska’s led the Trojans to DAC,
sectional, regional and semistate championships in cross country, the first
in the history of the program. He’s finished eighth and 14th at the state
cross country finals the past two years and was The Vidette-Times Runner of
the Year this fall.
Hattendorf’s accomplishments are just as impressive. She’s a three-year MVP
of cross country, winner of eight varsity awards in track and cross country
and led her team to three sectional championships and two regional
championships. She was instrumental in helping Chesterton to four top 10
finishes at the state meet during her career and was named five-time
In cross country, she finished eighth as an individual her sophomore and
junior seasons and fourth as a senior. In track, she finished eighth in the
4x3,200-meter relay team and eighth in the 3,200-meter run.
She’s a recipient of the Larry James Scholarship Award, was named three
years to the DAC All-Conference team in cross country and two years in track
and was DAC MVP in cross country this year.
She was the captain of the cross country team her final two years and was
track captain this year. She’s an eight-time Scholar Athlete and holds four
CHS records -- in the 3,200-meter run, the 4x800-Meter Relay, 4x1,600-Meter
Relay and the Distance Medley Relay.
In the individual sports, the boys track team, coached by Tim Ray, was
honored. Coach Tim Ray’s Trojans won the school’s first sectional title
since 1993 and finished second in the Duneland Conference.
Vrska was named MVP runner and Spencer West MVP in the field. Joe Bailey was
named Most Improved, Jeff Bachman and Dylan Germick received the Mental
Attitude Award and Adam Hunt the Josh Phillips Memorial Award.
The baseball team, coached by Jack Campbell and fresh off its 4-0 upset of
Penn Friday night, was honored. Tony Cunningham was named Most Valuable,
Most Improved went to Jayme Giesick. The Mental Attitude Award went to Brian
Scott and Tony Cunningham and Brian Scott picked up the James W. Arvin
Award. The Kurt E. Ruoff Memorial Award went to Sean Rizer and Matt Gillikin
had the Most RBI (21). The Lowest E.R.A. Award went to Brian Scott and Matt
Gillikin and John Shaffer each had game-winning hits (two each).
The baseball team plays Friday night at 7 p.m. against Crown Point at the
Coach Chuck Craycraft introduced his boys golf team, who’ll play in the
sectional Friday afternoon at Forest Park Golf Course in Valparaiso. The
Trojans finished 12-7 overall and tied for third in the DAC.
Sam Chumbley was named MVP, All-around player, number of greens and number
of fairways. Mike Gregoline was named Most Improved, Mike Cho received
Mental Attitude Award and Steve St. Germain low putts.
The girls track team coached by Steve Kearney, won the sectional and was
runner-up in the Duneland Conference. Cassie Peller was named MVP Runner and
Emily Prather MVP Field. Most Improved went to Jessica Johnson and Stephanie
Nothelle. The Mental Attitude Award went to Mandi Loving and Sara Taylor.
Most Versatile went to Nicole Hartford and Tina Wozniak and Sara Cobbs won
the Heather Bearup Memorial Award.
Coach Brian Norris and his sectional champion and co-Duneland Conference
champion girls tennis team was honored. Andrea Wiese was named MVP, Marian
Benitez Most Improved and Brittany Cooley the Mental Attitude Award.
Finally, the Duneland Conference champion softball team was honored. Coached
by LouAnn Hopson, Chesterton won 19 straight games during the regular
season. Laura Langendorfer was named MVP, Jessica Vargo Most Improved, Lisa
Anderson Mental Attitude and Most Productive Hitter.
Also, the Team Hustle Award went to Allison Goebel and Megan Sutton the Team
Jessica Doyle, Colleen McGinty and Megan Sutton.
Lisa Anderson, Rachel Bergauff, Stephanie Bernier, Nicole Fetla, Allison
Goebel, Laura Langendorfer, Jenni Lightfoot and Jessie Vargo.
Alicia Babcock, Julie Furois and Holly Melton.
JUNIOR VARSITY AWARDS
Amanda Bishel (10), Jessica Brannagan (9), Laura DeLeon (9), Cori Ellis (9),
Kelly Gaston (9), Tiffany Hise (10), Betsy Maher (9), Dana Pecina (9),
Jessica Richardson (10), Erica Sanchez (9), Mallory Seeley (9), Shay
Thompson (10), Sara Toles (9), Kayla Vago (9) and Maggie Yagelski (9).
CAPTAINS: Jessica Doyle, Colleen McGinty and Megan Sutton.
GIRLS TENNIS AWARDS
Maggie Alberti and Jackie Squires.
Shea Bardeson, Marian Benitez, Katy Franzen, Liz Kozlik and Andrea Wiese.
Elizabeth Gonzales and Kristin Totten.
Brittany Cooley and Katie Paulson.
Val Brown (10), Megan Dancisak (10), Laura Duda (10), Mia Fioritto (11),
Mary Herrod (11) and Jessica Recchia (10).
CAPTAINS: Marian Benitez and Andrea Wiese.
GIRLS TRACK AWARDS
Kelly Allison, Sara Cobbs, Elana Habib, Nicole Hartford, Lindsay Hattendorf,
Amber Kuehn, Jodi Stephens and Sara Taylor.
Kelly Ball, Kate Cartwright, Rachel Fisher, Emily Haas, Jenny Janosky, Mandi
Loving, Angie Nielson, Stephanie Nothelle, Emily Prather, Amanda Ritthaler,
Susan Swarner, Tina Wozniak and Lexi Yelton.
Katie Alberti, Alissa Bishel, Aja Brown, Eric Caldwell, Renae Cavanaugh,
Brittany Collins, Ali Hall, Meg Halpin, Jessica Johnson, Emma Klein, Rebecca
Nidelchoff, Cassie Peller, Megan Pierce, Holly Sagarsee, Brittani Seely,
Tanja Semler, Sara Sosnowski, Val Teets, Lisa VanDenburgh and Amber Vogan.
Tara Hiteman, Jessie Kowalski, Whitney Phillips, Rachel Poracky, Maggie
Sharpe and Tori Talsma.
Elizabeth Bates (9), Stephanie Berglund (9), Annie Campbell (11), Dayna
Charlson (10), Sarah Greene (9), Lauren Kadish (9), Monica Morgan (9),
Lauren Paunicka (9), Megan Reed (10), Jenny Rietman (9), Ally Ruoff (9),
Elizabeth Sosnowski (9), Kelly Starcevich (9) and Lindsey Stauffer (9).
CAPTAINS: Kelly Allison, Sara Cobbs, Nicole Hartford, Lindsay Hattendorf,
Amber Kuehn and Sara Taylor.
BOYS GOLF AWARDS
Mike Cho and Mike Gregoline.
Eric Beckley, Sam Chumbley and Steve St. Germain.
JUNIOR VARSITY AWARDS
Alex Cook (9), Kyle Huber (9), Curtis Mannen (9), Tom McLaughlin (10), Ryan
Metz (9), Tom Thorstad (10) and Scott Woods (9).
CAPTAINS: Chris Montagano and Chris Virtue.
Eric Ashton, Tony Cunningham, Vince Emanuele, Matt Gillikin, John Gebert,
Ryan Huffmaster, David Lambert, Ryan Pack, Brian Scott, John Shaffer and Tom
Drew Bradford, Jayme Giesick, John Huffmaster, Rob Kamaski and Sean Rizer.
Chris Allison, Garrett Baker, Drew Bruggeman, Eric Crownover, Ryan Crownover,
Brandon Downey, Kyle Goranson, Ryan Krepp, Wayne McClellan, Alex Montagano,
Justin Roberts, Jon Schwoegler, Kevin Scott, Kevin Smith, Dom Tornincasa and
JUNIOR VARSITY AWARDS
Tom Albano (10), Jim Bard (10) Robb Blakely (10), George Bozak (9), Nick
Chase (9), Josh Coleman (10), Russell Friday (10), Matt Lambert (10), Josh
Malone (10), Matt Maple (9), Casey Martin (9), Chris Nixon (10), Mark
Potrzebowski (10), Tom Ruff (10), Ryne Smitka (10) and Jim Sosnowski (10).
CAPTAINS: Tony Cunningham, Matt Gillikin and Dave Lambert.
BOYS TRACK AWARDS
Jeff Bachman, Brent Bradford, Mike Darnell, Dylan Germick, Adam Hunt, Jordan
Kellar, Jeff Miller, Ben Nordyke, Aaron Reed, Chris Simmons, Doug Sindelar,
Dan Styf, Steve Vrska and Chris Walthall.
Damien Appel, Eric Babcock, Travis Dunlap, Joe Henrys, Steve Joyce, Eric
Lewis, Matt Paunicka, Ryan Rearick, Nathan Reed, Matt Stevens and Matt
Joe Bailey, Mike Dunlap, Geoff Durso, Carl Hultman, Ryan Kelley, Mike
Koulianos, Geoff Lambert, Bryan Nallenweg, E.J. Neier, L.J. Pol, Spencer
West and Eric Wiesemann.
Wade Breitzke and Max Goldak.
David Bradley (9), Jeremiah Brown (10), Heath Cartwright (9), Jeremy
Castaneda (9), Alex Cornwell (9), Korey Duvall (11), Thomas Haas (9), John
Hanson (9), Jason Hayes (10), Myles Hiteman (10), Nick Johns (10), Ed Lawson
(9), Jason Lewis (9), Mike Micchia (10), Matt Mishler (10), Jake Morton (9),
Robert Nelson (9), Logan Newkirk (9), Mat Osborn (9), Bryan Povliski (9),
Will Rensberger (10), Josh Sibbrell (10), Kevin Small (9) and Nick Stevens
CAPTAINS: Jeff Bachman, Brent Bradford, Dylan Germick, Adam Hunt and Steve
Tom Albano, Ryan Crownover (FB, SW), Tony Cunningham, Matt Gillikin, David
Lambert, Matt Lambert, Casey Martin (B), Alex Montagano (B), Ryan Pack (FB,
W), Sean Rizer and Brian Scott.
Lisa Anderson, Rachel Bergauff, Amanda Bishel (CH), Laura DeLeon (SO,GB),
Cori Ellis (VB), Tiffany Hise, Laura Langendorfer, Colleen McGinty (CC),
Dana Pecina (VB, SW), Erica Sanchez (GB), Kayla Vargo and Maggie Yagelski.
Maggie Alberti, Shea Bardeson (SO, GB), Marian Benitez (ATH.TR), Val Brown
(SO), Brittany Cooley, Mia Fioritto, Katy Franzen, Elizabeth Gonzales (GY),
Katie Paulson, Jessica Recchia (CC), Jackie Squires (SO,GB), Kristin Totten
and Andrea Wiese (GO).
Damien Appel, Erik Babcock (SO, B), Jeff Bachman (FB), Joe Bailey, Travis
Dunlap (CC), Geoff Durso (FB), John Hanson (FB),Adam Hunt (CC), Steve Joyce
(FB, SO), Jordan Kellar (CC), Geoff Lambert (CC), Jason Lewis, Matt Mishler
(CC), Bryan Nallenweg (CC), Bryan Povlinski, Ryan Rearick (FB), Kevin Small
(FB), Dan Styf and Matt Wilder (B).
Eric Beckley, Sam Chumbley (B), Alex Cook, Mike Gregoline, Kyle Huber (CC),
Tom McLaughlin (TE), Chris Montagano and Tom Thorstad (W).
Katie Alberti, Elizabeth Bates, Alissa Bishel, Annie Campbell, Sara Cobbs,
Brittany Collins, Rachel Fisher (CC, SW), Sarah Greene, Emily Haas (CC), Meg
Halpin (SW), Nicole Hartford, Lindsay Hattendorf, Emma Klein (CC), Jessie
Kowalski (CC), Mandi Loving (CC, GB), Stephanie Nothelle (CC), Cassie Peller
(CC), Whitney Phillips (SO, GB), Emily Prather, Jenny Rietman (CC), Amanda
Ritthaler (GO, SW), Holly Sagarsee, Tanja Semler, Kelly Starcevich, Lindsey
Stauffer, Jodi Stephens (VB), Susan Swarner (CC), Tori Talsma, Val Teets
(SW), Amber Vogan (VB, GY), Tina Wozniak and Lexi Yelton (CC, SW).