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Preston Hansel 9/20/14

Our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week for this week is Preston Hansel, a member of the Football Team at Culver High School.

Preston is the first ever recipient of this award for an outstanding performance in a losing effort, but his effort in the Class 1-A Cavaliers 56-33 loss to Class 4-A 11th-ranked New Prairie was one for the record books!

The 6-1, 185-pound Quarterback led his team in virtually every statistical category on both sides of the ball. He was 13-of-32 in passing for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions. He also rushed the ball 38-times for 241 yards and 2 more touchdowns and scored on a 2-point conversion attempt as the Cavaliers jumped out to a first quarter lead as the Cav’s beat the powerful Cougars in virtually every statistical category except for the one on the scoreboard.

Not only did the veteran Senior account for 475 of his team’s 491 total offensive yards and 26 of the team’s 33 points, but he led the defense in tackles from his strong safety position with 5 plus an assist and a tackle for loss!

While the team lost, Preston showed great Senior leadership in turning in one of the greatest, if not THE greatest individual performance ever seen at Culver High School!

Preston is the son of Amy and Scott Hansel and will be featured next week here on the “Saturday Sportsline with Nathan Welter” on K99.3 and will have a featured picture and story on

Congratulations to Preston Hansel of Culver High School, our “Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week”

Justene Charlesworth 9/13/14

Our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week for this week is Justene Charlesworth, a member of the Cross Country Team at LaCrosse High School.

Justene led her team to victory in the Kouts Invitational Cross Country meet on a cold and wet night with a time of 23:03. While the weather conditions didn’t allow her to come close to her season-best time of 21:10, Justene was helped by teammates Dana Wherrett in 2nd place and Erin O’Connor in 6th to score 36 points, beating out Gary West with 43 and Knox with 60.

Just a Freshman, Justene also is looking forward to participating in basketball and track for the Lady Tigers this year.

Justene is the daughter of Juli and Ray Charlesworth and will be featured next week here on the “Saturday Sportsline with Nathan Welter” on K99.3 and will have a featured picture and story on

Congratulations to Justene Charlesworth of LaCrosse High School, our “Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week”

Mavrick Pitts 9/6/14

Our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week for this week is Mavrick Pitts, a member of the Football Team at North Judson-San Pierre High School.

Mavrick led his team to a 40-14 victory over arch-rival Knox with outstanding play on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the 5-10, 173-pound running back accounted for 22 of his teams points, rushing for 3 second-half touchdowns that turned a close game into a route. His 14 and 10 yard scores were topped by a 70-yard sprint for a score as he carried the ball 12 times for 164 yards.

In addition, the veteran Senior kicked 2 extra points and ran for a 2-point conversion as the Jays evened their record at 1-1.

Defensively Mavrick was the second leading tackler on the squad with 5 stops.

Mavrick will be featured next week here on the “Saturday Sportsline with Nathan Welter” on K99.3 and will have a featured picture and story on

Congratulations to Mavrick Pitts of North Judson-San Pierre High School, our “Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week”

Parker Fritz 8/30/14

Our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week for this week is Parker Fritz, a member of the Football Team at West Central High School.

Parker led his team to a 34-0 upset of the Culver Cavaliers on opening night of the new season, helping his team send a resounding statement to their former Head Coach, Darren Rodriguez, now the Coach of the Cavaliers, and giving the Trojans new Head Coach, Marc Hall, his first win at West Central.

The 5-9, 170-pound Senior had a career night on both sides of the ball. On offense, he carried the ball 16 times for 242 yards and three touchdowns and also picked up 34 yards on a pass reception.

On defense, Parker again showed great leadership with 6 tackles, including one for loss, one for a quarterback sack and one that forced a fumble!

Parker is the son of Jamie and Shannon Fritz and will be featured next week here on the “Saturday Sportsline with Nathan Welter” on K99.3 and will have a featured picture and story on

Congratulations to Parker Fritz of West Central High School, our “Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week”

Local Scores 9/9/14

Boys Cross Country

NJSP-15  LaCrosse-No Score  North White-No Score

John Glenn-15  Knox-31  LaVille-60

Girls Cross Country

North White-33  NJSP-43  LaCrosse-47

Girls Golf

NJSP-228  West Central-240  Knox-250

Boys Tennis

NJSP-5  LaVille-0


Culver-3  Argos-1

John Glenn-3  S.B. Adams-0

Week 2 Football Predictions

Harold’s Picks (3-1)

Jimtown over John Glenn

South Central over Culver

West Central over Caston

North Judson over Knox

Winamac over Pioneer

Nathan’s Picks (3-1)

John Glenn over Jimtown

Culver over South Central

West Central over Caston

Knox over North Judson

Winamac over Pioneer

Tom’s Blind Picks (1-3)

John Glenn over Jimtown

South Central over Culver

Caston over West Central

North Judson over Knox

Winamac over Pioneer

Local Scores 8/29/14

Boys Cross Country

Triton-25  Knox-30 (Top Finisher: Knox-Seth Hernandez)

Girls Cross Country

Knox-15  Triton-No Score (Top Finisher: Knox-Sophie Flora)

Girls Golf

John Glenn-200  Triton-240  Knox-303 (Medalists: Glenn-Anna Schmeltz-46; Knox-Kindrick Joseph-60)

Boys Tennis

LaLumier-4  NJSP-1 (Winners: NJ- #1 DBLs Kaden Shepherd and Bane Stayrook)


John Glenn-3  Triton-0

Oregon-Davis-3  NJSP-1

Plymouth-3  Knox-1


8/28/14 Local Scores

Girls Golf

John Glenn-182  Mishawaka-218 (Glenn Medalist: Anna Schmeltz-42)

Pioneer-224  Knox-266 (Knox Medalist: Kourtney Wagner-55)

Boys Tennis

John Glenn-4  Tippecanoe Valley-1 (Glenn Winners: #1 Singles-Hunter Jaworski; #2 Singles-Calvin Kretchmer; #1 DBLs-Drew McDonald and Evan Rhodes; #2 DBLs-Kevin Auman and Drew Sheffer)

Knox-3  Triton-2 (Knox Winners: #1 Singles-Jordan Anderson; #3 Singles-Daulton Materna; #2 DBLs-Tyler Wallingford and Kooper Broeker)


John Glenn-3  S.B. Clay-0

Morgan Twp.-3  Oregon-Davis-0

Local Scores 8/26/14

Boys Cross Country


Winamac-16  Knox-56  West Central-63  NJSP-89  Oregon-Davis-No Score (Top Finishers: Winamac-Kyle Collins; Knox-Seth Hernandez; WC-Max Wuethrich; NJ-Nick Snyder; OD-Kevin Avery)

Girls Cross Country


Winamac-23  NJSP-40  Knox-64  West Central-No Score  Oregon-Davis-No Score (Top Finishers: Winamac-Claire Collins; NJ-Casey Korniak; Knox-Sophie Flora; WC-Aerial Barlow)

Boys Tennis

Knox-4  Kankakee Valley-1

New Prairie-5  NJSP-0


John Glenn-3  Jimtown-1

S.B. St. Joe-3  Knox-0

Washington Twp-3  NJSP-1

Gabby Behny 8/23/14

Our first Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week for the 2014-15 season is Gabby Behny, a member of the Girls Golf Team at Winamac High School.

Gabby led her team to the Bi-County Girls Golf Tournament Championship last weekend copping Medalist honors in the Starke-Pulaski County shootout. After a slow start with a 50 on the front 9 at the challenging Moss Creed Country Club Course, she put together a 42 on the back 9 to lead her team to the championship for the first time in 3 years.

The Sophomore had to fight for the #1 spot on her team and gained that spot by shooting in the 40’s for 3 consecutive meets to open the season. She is also a member of the Winamac Softball team.

Gabby is the daughter of John and LeeAnne Behny and will be featured next week here on “The Saturday Sportsline with Nathan Welter” on K99.3 and will have a featured picture and story on

Congratulations to Gabby Behny of Winamac High School, our “Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week”

Power from the Past Comes to Winamac This Weekend

 The 37th annual “Power from the Past” show will take place in Winamac July 17-20.

The show is geared towards educating younger generations on what farm life was like in its heyday. Featured in this year’s show will be Case Farm Tractors and Equipment, Case L&G Equipment, as well as Hit & Miss Engines L & G Tractors. Those interested in food vending should contact Rachelle Ortman at 574-946-3206, interested flea market vendors can contact Alicia Cotner at 574-205-0188.

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Proceeds From Psi Iota Xi Rummage Sale to Fund Scholarships

The Psi Iota Xi Sorority will be holding a Rummage Sale this Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. CST at the Knox United Methodist Church. The proceeds from this sale will be used to fund preschool and college scholarships for Starke County residents. Psi Iota Xi contributed over $3,000 to Starke County scholarships this year and are looking to increase that number. The Sorority is constantly looking for ways to give funds throughout our are with events like their Rummage Sale. Donations are made to worthy causes by Psi Iota Xi on a monthly basis. If you would like to get involved with their charity events, contact Tammy Fletcher at 574-772-4348.

Area Track Athletes Compete in the State Finals

IHSAAIn the Girls State Track Finals yesterday the Kankakee Valley was well represented. Culver Community High School had four girls competing in five events, while North Judson was represented by the school’s record holder in shot put. Kayla Shaffer (Culver) finished in 14th place in the 100m dash, while teammate and fellow senior Denisha Brown (Culver) finished in 24th. In the 200m Dash Shaffer finished in 15th place. Brown then went on to place 27th in the long jump competition. Shaffer and Brown were also two members of the 4×100 relay team which finished in 19th place. The 4×100 team was rounded out by Mickella Hardy and Justine Dexter. Hardy also competed in shot put where she finished 15th overall. Caitlin Dvorscak of North Judson also competed in the shot put where she placed 20th.

Congratulations to all of our area athletes on a job well done representing the Kankakee Valley at the State Finals!

Boys Golfers Participate in Sectionals

 It was a very successful day for our area boys golfers in Sectional play yesterday. The John Glenn Falcons placed 3rd as a team at the South Bend Riley Sectional which advances them to next week’s Regional. Tyler Prentkowski was the meets medalist shooting a 68. The Falcons finished just 3-strokes behind Penn High School for 2nd place overall. In other sectional golf action Adam Gruenig led the Winamac Warriors to a 4th place finish in the Logansport Sectional. While the Warriors did not advance as a team, Gruenig was the medalist for the meet shooting a 78. At the LaPorte Sectional, Austin Howell of South Central was the leader for the 7th place finishing Satellites. Howell shot an 82 which was good enough to advance him as an individual to the Regional round.

The golf Regional rounds will be played next Thursday and Friday. Adam Gruenig and Austin Howell will be competing at Lafayette Jefferson, while the John Glenn Falcons will be at Warsaw. Both of those Regional rounds will be played on Thursday, June 12th.

Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Year is Named

Athlete of the Year Ashley Campbell with Tim and Melinda Roth

Athlete of the Year Ashley Campbell with Tim and Melinda Roth

Our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Year for this year is Ashley Campbell, a member of the Girls Basketball team at Oregon-Davis High School.

Ashley concluded a great high school athletic career by leading her team to a State Championship!

Campbell set an Oregon-Davis school record with 1,863 career points in her 4 years as a starter, breaking the old record of 1,606 points set by Aubrey Minix. In addition, she led her team in assists for 4 years with a total of 509, 2nd all-time behind Gabi Minix who had 711.

The 5-8 senior was the MVP 3 times for her team and led them in free throw shooting for 3 years. She was also named the MVP in the Bi-County tournament while leading her team to 2 Bi-County Championships. Campbell also helped lead the Lady ‘Cats to 3 Sectional Championships, a Regional, and Semi-State Championship. In the State Championship game this year, Ashley set the State Finals record for points in a championship game with 35.

Ashley is the daughter of Emily and Lance Campbell and joins Sarah Konkey, a 2-time winner of the award, as the second Oregon-Davis athlete to be named as our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Year.

Congratulations to Ashley Campbell of Oregon-Davis, our 2013-2014 Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Year!

Volunteers Needed to Spruce Up Tippecanoe River State Park

If the brutal winter has you itching to get outdoors, head to Tippecanoe River State Park this weekend for the third annual volunteer day. Assistant manager Jason Hickman says gate fees will be waived for anyone who comes out to lend a hand. Volunteer activities will start at 10 a.m. EDT at the Nature Center. The big goal is to build a second scenic overlook. The Friends of Tippecanoe River State Park nonprofit organization replaced one last year after securing donations and volunteers to do so. Hickman says they’ve secured money for the other one. Weather permitting he says the goal is to get it framed and decked out. That’s the main project for the weekend, but Hickman says it’s not the only one. Volunteers are also needed to clean and spruce up the Nature Center and remove invasive plants and some small trees from the waterfowl dam. Bird feeders also need to be hung up. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and cordless drills, if possible, and wear long pants and sturdy shoes.




INDOT’s Trash Bash Underway

With the spring season finally upon us, cleaning of our highways and byways will be getting underway.

INDOT’s annual Trash Bash will be running throughout this month and coincides with National Earth Day to aid in raising awareness of litter. Over 20,000 bags of trash were collected by INDOT maintenance crews, Indiana Department of Correction offender crews, and Adopt-A-Highway volunteers last year.

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