By JIMMY KISSEE
CHESTERTON - Student athletes, coaches, administration, parents, family and
friends all gathered Tuesday night in the Chesterton High School Auditorium
for the annual Sports Award Banquet to honor the accomplishments of all this
Once again, the Trojans had a remarkable winter season.
Both the boys and girls swim teams repeated as sectional and conference
champs, along with turning in another solid showing at state where the girls
placed sixth and the boys ended 16th.
The 200 free relays earned top finishes on both sides as the girls foursome
of Talor Whitaker, Taylor Lipniskis, Sarah Kehe and Christy Grcevich brought
home the schoolís first ever relay title, while the boys quartet of Robert
Fozkos, George Grcevich, Kyle Pawlak and Gage Barry placed fourth.
In all, Chestertonís senior swimmers, both girls and boys, have won
conference and sectionals all four years, while each has placed in the top
10 at state 3-of-4 years.
Senior star George Grcevich, who was this seasonís Duneland Athletic
Conference MVP and was honored with an outstanding achievement award from
head coach Kevin Kinel Tuesday night, was a 12-time DAC champ, along with
holding two school records, three conference records and five sectional
records. He also secured the top spot in all 16 of his sectional races
throughout his brilliant four-year career.
Other swimming awards went to Kehe (Mental Attitude), Pam Johnson
(Sportsmanship), Christy Grcevich (MVP), Whitaker (MVP), Kyle Pawlak (Mental
Attitude), Casey Rosiecki (Sportsmanship), Barry (MVP) and Fozkos (MVP).
The divers, although fewer in numbers, were just as impressive.
For the first time Kinel could remember, Chesterton had both a boy and girl
representative at state.
Mat Sommers and Carlie Frech, both sectional champs, earned MVP honors.
Although neither of their records indicate the hard work and dedication put
forth throughout the entire season, both the boys and girls basketball teams
remained positive throughout and have reason to be excited for next season
with the amount of talent coming back.
Junior Kelly Peller and freshman sensation Zack Novak, who each led their
respective teams in almost every category, were named MVPs and will both be
back in action next season. Other award winners who will return next season
are Molly Rau and Adam Hutnick, who each were named Most Improved.
Heather Banghart and Casey Martin earned Mental Attitude awards, and Katrina
Pradziad claimed the Sportsmanship Award. Martin also received the
In an emotional moment, Stephanie Boyle, whose final season wasnít meant to
be, after the senior star tore her ACL in the off-season only to fight her
way back and get cleared to play, and then suffer a season ending injury in
her other knee, received the first-ever Todd Talbert Award.
Talbert was a teacher, coach and parent, and just an all-around special
person to be around at CHS, whose life was tragically cut short in an auto
accident last June.
Although they seldom get the recognition, the Chesterton cheerleaders also
had an exceptional past few months. The Lady Trojans, behind MVPs Veronica
Walton and Lisa Christensen, won the LaPorte Invite on both the varsity and
junior varsity level, along with taking the top spot at a Midwest
Competition held at Notre Dame University.
The win earned the team the right to compete at the upcoming Nationals in
Virgina Beach, and also a grand champion banner from the competition, which
features over 40 schools throughout the Midwest.
Other cheerleaders winning awards were Angela Stewart (Most Improved),
Ashlee Johns (Mental Attitude), Ashley Thomas (Sportsmanship) and Alessandra
Wrestling head coach Chris Joll added some comic relief and has also brought
the Trojans wrestling program back to respectability.
State qualifier and MVP Andy St. Germain, a 125-pound sophomore, led the way
for the Trojans, winning conference, sectional and regional titles, before
placing third at semistate. He finished this season 33-3 in the 125-pound
Other award winners were Ethan Newham (Mental Attitude, Sportsmanship), who
also won the conference championship in the 215-pound weightclass and was a
semistate qualifier; John Hanson (Most Improved) and Myles Evans
Hanson, Newham and John VanDenburg also received state-wide recognition for
their academic accomplishments.
Last but not least, Chestertonís gymnastics team, which recently placed
third at its own sectional, and will compete at the Valparaiso Regional this
Friday named underclassmen Juliana Weaver and Lindsay Whittaker MVPs,
Jessica Pesut Most Improved and Jessica Kuehl Mental Attitude. Weaver also
won the Sportsmanship Award.
Weaver and Whittaker were each scholar athletes and first team all-DAC
Altogether, 70 scholar athletes (40-percent) were awarded for grade point
averages of 3.5 or better.
(Based on a 1st semester final grade or cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.)
Gage Barry (11), Jake Cross (9), Eric Foor (10), Greg Franzen (9), Patrick
Glasgow (10), George Grcevich (12), Sean Handly (10), Albert Miller (9),
Kyle Pawlak (12), Michael Schlundt (10), Mat Sommers (11).
Katie Cahillane (10), Jamie Detmar (11), Ashley Furmankiewicz (11), Christy
Grcevich (10), Pam Johnson (11), Stacey Kammerer (9), Sarah Kehe (11),
Taylor Lipniskis (9), Stephanie Maggio (10), Brandi Nay (9), Kendra Prather
(11), Jessie Reeder (12), Miranda Taubert (9), Talor Whitaker (10).
John Hanson (12), Peter Horban (10), Erik Ledbetter (10), Ethan Newham (12),
John VanDenburgh (12), Jim Wilson (9).
Holly Brady (9), Courtney Jurick (9), Rebecca Kharsa (10), Brittany Newton
(11), Tara Vogan (10), Veronica Walton (11).
Heather Banghart (12), Kate Bement (10), Kristin Chemma (10), Rachel
Kristin Kalita (10), Kaelyn Marcus (9), Kathleen McMannes (9), Mel Mitchell
(9), Kelly Peller (11), Karli Smith (10), Katie Stahura (11), Katie Talbert
(10), Kristin Talbert (9), Maddie Wilk (11).
Sarah Cohn (10), Allana Koziczynski (9), Chloe Lawson (9), Jessica Pesut
(11), Julian Weaver (10), Lindsay Whittaker (9).
Mark Babcock (10), Curt Bradford (11), Colton Charlson (9), Andrew
Huddleston (10), Adam Hutnick (10), Jordan Lewis (9), Matt Mabry (9), Casey
Martin (12), Zack Novak (9), Chase Saylor (10), Evan Schmidt (10).
Alessandra Horban, Ashlee Johns, Jennin Michels
Lauren Carr, Lisa Christensen, Brittany Newton, Ashley Thomas, Veronica
Brittany McCoy, Kari Ross, Angela Stewart.
Holly Brady (9), Rebecca Kharsa (10), Susan Lowe (10), Crystal Suitor (10),
Tara Vogan (10).
Alyssa Berindei, Sarah Hass, Natalie Jackson, Samantha Kattalie, Kodie
CAPTAINS: Lisa Christensen, Alessandra Horban.
Sportsmanship Award: Ashley Thomas
Scholarship Award: Alessandra Horban
Jessica Kuehl, Jessica Pesut. SOPHOMORES
Sarah Cohn, Ashley Crepps, Juliana Weaver.
Allana Koziczynski, Chloe Lawson, Lindsay Whittaker.
Britney Cisarik (9), Lovisa Johansson (11), Ali Lawson (11).
MAROON and GOLD AWARD: Juliana Weaver, Britney Cisarik.
TOP LEVEL II SCORER: Ashley Crepps
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD: Juliana Weaver
BOYS BASKETBALL AWARDS
Chris Allison, Matt Maple, Casey Martin.
Curt Bradford, Adam Nallenweg. SOPHOMORES
Mark Babcock, Adam Hutnick, Evan Schmidt.
Nick Axelsson (11), Mike Briggs (10), Nick Holt (10), Andrew Huddleston
(10), Simon Jeffrey (10), A.J. Jones (10), Jordan Lewis (9), Chase Saylor
(10), Ryan Wells (10), Josh Zimmerman (10).
Alex Beierwalter, Kevin Berglund, Colton Charlson, Jack Houpt, Erik Huber,
Brian Kehe, Matt Mabry, Alex Mannen, Andy Reyes, Mark VanDenburgh, Robbie
CAPTAINS: Matt Maple, Casey Martin.
BOYS SWIMMING AWARDS
George Grcevich, Kyle Pawlak, Jon Sichtermann.
Adam Alfaro, Gage Barry, Rob Fozkos, Andrew Majchrowicz, Mick Radtke, Casey
Rosiecki, Mat Sommers.
Thomas Darnell, Eric Foor, Sean Handly, Craig Hasbargen, Steve Oates, Troy
Pawlak, Michael Schlundt.
Greg Franzen, Erik Kozuszek.
Ryan Brogan (9), Jake Cross (9), Patrick Glasgow (10), Sean Swibes (9),
Cameron Wright (10).
CAPTAINS: Gage Barry, Rob Fozkos, Kyle Pawlak.
SCHOOL RECORDS: George Grcevich 200 Individual Medley 1:57.45.
Rob Fozkos, George Grcevich, Kyle Pawlak, Gage Barry 200 Free Relay 1:26.87
SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR CAREER ACHIEVEMENT - George Grcevich, Albert Miller,
GIRLS SWIMMING AWARDS
VARSITY AWARDS SENIORS
Kelti Cunningham, Jessie Reeder. JUNIORS
Jamie Detmar, Ashley Furm-ankiewicz, Kathleen Hollingsworth, Pam Johnson,
Sarah Kehe, Kendra Prather.
Ruth Bass, Katie Cahillane, Kellie Cahillane, Cassandra Callaway, Ashley
Fozkos, Carlie Frech, Christy Grcevich, Elizabeth Halpin, Stephanie Maggio,
Nikki Pierce, Katie Stauffer, Talor Whitaker, Lina Yanson.
Lauren Blender, Stacey Kam-merer, Taylor Lipniskis, Chelsea Richardson.
Jade Anthis-Rodriguez (9), Samantha Crownover (9), Brittany Gregg (10), Dawn
McClellan (10), Brandi Nay (9), Katie Raffin (10), Katelyn Stephens (10),
Miranda Taubert (9).
CAPTAINS: Kelti Cunningham, Sarah Kehe
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD: Pam Johnson
MOST IMPROVED FRESHMAN: Taylor Lipniskis
MOST IMPROVED SOPHOMORE: Stephanie Maggio
MOST IMPROVED JUNIOR: Ashley Furmankiewicz
MOST IMPROVED DIVER: Chelsea Richardson
Christy Grcevich 100 Fly :56.56
Talor Whitaker 100 Free :52.44
Talor Whitaker, Taylor Lipniskis, Sarah Kehe, Christy Grcevich 200 Free
1:36.51 amd 400 Free 3:32.72.
VARSITY AWARDS SENIORS
Pat Cubberley, John Hanson, Ethan Newham, Paul Robertson, John VanDenburgh.
Myles Evans, Chris Hoenke, Peter Horban, Alex Sanchez, Andy St. Germain, Ben
Ethan Harbrecht, Ben Williams.
Jim Armstrong (10), Adam Boatright (9), Ian Bohannon (9), John Butz (10),
Justin Dallas (9), Matt Jackson (10), Kirk Johnson (10), Brandon Kniola
(10), Erik Ledbetter (10), Bobby Quinn (11), Ryan Sanchez (9), Bob Shaw
(11), Joe Stahura (9), Scott Thorne (9), Drew Thorstad (9), Mike Tucker (9),
Scott Tully (11), Jeff Wilkinson (9), Jim Wilson (9), Michael Wineland (9).
MANAGER: Liz Dunlap
CAPTAINS: John Hanson, Ethan Newham, John VanDenburgh.
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD: Myles Evans
DEDICATION AWARD: Freshman - Ben Williams. Sophomore - Andy St. Germain
MOST TAKEDOWNS: Andy St. Germain (106)
MOST PINS: Matt Dutcher (17)
MOST WINS: Andy St. Germain (32)
GIRLS BASKETBALL AWARDS
VARSITY AWARDS SENIORS
Heather Banghart, Stephanie Boyle.
Rachel Hargarten, Kelly Peller , Katrina Pradziad, Molly Rau, Katie Stahura,
Kate Bement, Kristin Kalita, Keri OíBrien, Katie Schneckenburger, Katie
Kristin Chemma (10), Julie Farmer(10), Melissa Marchak (9), Angela
Richardson (10), Karli Smith (10), Stacy Stawitcke (10).
Sam Bozak, Gabby Chumbley, Katy Foster, Amanda Gough, Kaelyn Marcus,
Kathleem McMannes, Mel Mitchell, Kirstyn Nallenweg, Brittany Sleicher, Ambe
Skleton, Kathleen Spears, Kristin Talbert, Taylor Walker.
CAPTAINS: Heather Banghart, Stephanie Boyle, Kelly Peller.
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD: Katrina Pradziad
TODD TALBERT AWARD: Stephanie Boyle
MOST REBOUNDS: Kelly Peller - 123
BEST FIELD GOAL %: Maddie Wilk - .393
BEST FREETHROW %: Kelly Peller - .746
MOST ASSISTS: Kelly Peller - 44