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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 wkvi.com.

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

Volleyball

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)

Volleyball

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)

Volleyball

John Glenn-3  S.B. Clay-0

Morgan Twp.-3  Oregon-Davis-0

Local Scores 8/26/14

Boys Cross Country

(Bi-County)

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

(Bi-County)

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

Volleyball

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 wkvi.com.

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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Jeanene Calabrese Recognized in Top Percentile in IRONMAN 70.3

Jeanene Calabrese of Winamac was recently honored for being positioned in the top 10% in the IRONMAN 70.3 which also gives her Bronze All-World Athlete status.

The IRONMAN 70.3 competition consists of swimming 1.2 miles, followed by 56 miles of biking, and concludes with a 13.1 mile run. Calabrese was able to finish the competition in June of 2013 in a time of 6 hours 20 minutes and 37 seconds. Then in July of 2013 she finished in an impressive 6 hours 14 minutes and 45 seconds.

Don’t Give Pets as Easter Gifts

It is not recommended to give live animals as gifts, according to Suzanne Crider from the Starke County Humane Society.

The Easter holiday is this weekend and some people may think that giving a live chick or bunny as a gift for Easter is a great idea, but Crider has another suggestion.

“We run into this at Christmas time,” noted Crider. “People want to give a Christmas gift so they’re going to get Dad a puppy. What we suggest is if that’s truly what Dad wants, start buying him the supplies. Contact your shelter and see if they give gift certificates. If you know somebody that already has animals, give a gift certificate from their vet or pay something on the vet bill to help with the cost of that. There’s a lot of things that you can do beforehand to help get a person ready to have a new pet in the family. By all means, let them be the one that picks out their companion for the coming years.”

If you’d like to see what animals are available for adoption at the Starke County Humane Society, click here.

 

Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Offers Easter Trains This Weekend

HVRM Tourist Train

HVRM Tourist Train

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson will be giving Easter Train Rides beginning on April 19th.

The excursion is a round-trip from the depot and crosses the Kankakee River and English Lake in a trip that goes over five miles. The trip also travels to a park along the tracks where passengers disembark to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt.

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