Open House Scheduled For Knox Elementary School Palmer Wing

An open house will be held Tuesday, April 2 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Palmer Wing of the Knox Elementary School so you can tour the portion of the building that is up for a proposed construction project.

The construction of the Palmer Wing is in the fate of the voters of the Knox Community School District on May 7 where a yes or no majority vote determines the future of that portion of the building.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the open house is sponsored by the “Whatever it Takes Committee” who supports the project. The event will be held in the all-purpose room in the elementary school.

“That’s kind of the heart of the old building,” explained Gappa. “It’s connected to the affected areas including the kitchen and the boiler rooms. Tours will be offered to anybody who hasn’t been through the building.”

The open house is intended to be an informational meeting to address current building concerns, overview of the project and the impact on community members.

West Central Sectional Champions

Cortney Feuquay
Lexi Gudeman
Marissa Hamilton
Justine Kruger
Alisha Tanner
Alivia Kruger
Samantha Lincoln
Ashton Barkho
Mesha Masters
Sarah Becker
Autumn Wireman
Mickayla Wenzel

The West Central Lady Trojans have won their 2nd consecutive sectional title! The Trojans had very little trouble collecting their championship in the all Midwest Conference sectional at North White. In their first game, West Central outscored Pioneer 26-6 in the first half on their way to a 43-22 win, behind Marissa Hamilton’s game-high 15 points. The Trojans came back in their second game to defeat Tri-County 54-39 and put themselves in the championship game. The duo of Hamilton and Justine Kruger combined for 37 of the team’s 54 points. In the championship game, West Central’s smothering defense was too much for Caston as the Trojans defeated the Lady Comets 43-18. Again, it was the combination of Hamilton and Kruger who lead the offensive charge, this time scoring 34 of the team’s 43 points. This sectional championship is the fourth in the six year coaching career of Gina Hierlmeier, proving that tradition never graduates!

West Central (18-5) will be taking on Fort Wayne Canterbury (21-2) in the first round of the Caston Regional. Congratulations to the West Central Lady Trojans on their 2nd consecutive sectional championship!

Knox Sectional Champions

Chelsea Combs
Shelby Gilbert
Hope Wagner
Kaitlin Zachary
Kara Howard
Nikki Frasure
Sarah Coad
Tori Elliott
Sarah Hodge
Rachael Lenig
Miranda Shepherd

The Knox Lady Redskins have won their first sectional championship since 1995! After starting the year at 2-10, the Lady Redskins have now won 11 of their last 12 games. Their first victory of the Kankakee Valley sectional came against Andrean. The ‘Skins were lead in scoring by Hope Wagner (14) in a 53-38 effort. Knox then came back in the second round and were victorious once again, this time over Calumet 45-26. Once again, Knox was lead by Wagner who scored a game-high 12 points. The Redskins came out in the championship game ready to end the school’s 17 year drought. Knox played an incredible all-around game in a 59-45 win over Hanover Central. Shelby Gilbert was on fire from the start, knocking down four 3-pointers on her way to a 15-point game. Kaitlin Zachary added 12 points and was dominant on the boards, pulling down 15 rebounds. Hope Wagner lead the ‘Skins in scoring with 19 points. Chelsea Combs played solid defense all game long against Hanover’s top player. The Lady Redskins were so focused on being able to cut down the nets, they did not want to wait for the post game championship pictures, immediately going to the ladder after they were given the trophy ready to get their piece of history!

Knox (13-11) will be taking on Western (17-6) in the first round of the Rensselaer Regional. Congratulations to the Knox Lady Redskins on bringing home the school’s first sectional championship in 17 years!

Winamac Sectional Champions

Katy Anspach
Courtney Dix
Stef McGovern
Sarah Redweik
Whitney Hook
Jessica Schramm
Megan Ruff
Stephanie Shorter
Macy Bischoff
Savanna Button
Hannah DeGroot


Beth Brogdon

Winamac Lady Warriors have won their 13th girls basketball sectional championship! The Lady Warriors began their quest for the championship by defeating North Judson for the second time this season in the first round of the North Judson sectional 59-46. Jessica Schramm lead the team in scoring with 13 points. Winamac then turned around in the second game and overpowered North Newton 61-35 behind Stephanie Shorter’s 14 points. Then in a hard fought championship game against Rochester, the Lady Warriors were able to avenge a 4-point loss suffered in Novemeber, by defeating the Lady Zebras 62-59. Sarah Redweik went out with a bang in her final sectional game by leading the team in scoring (19) as well as steals and rebounds.

Winamac (18-5) will be taking on Bowman Academy (18-6) in the first round of the Rochester Regional. Congratulations to the Winamac Lady Warriors on their 13th sectional championship!

Oregon-Davis Sectional Champions

Katie Schwenk
Lincy Jones
Jesse Averone
Ashley Campbell
Ashley Clark
Haley Collings
Alisha McIntosh
Kendra Sauer
Ali Stout

The Oregon-Davis Lady Bobcats are sectional champions once again! The Lady ‘Cats defeated Culver for the third time this year in the first round of the sectional 55-36 thanks to a great scoring effort by Ashley Campbell who scored a season-high 30 points. In the second round, O-D jumped out to a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter en route to a 69-27 win over Westville. The Bobcats had four players score in double digits (Alisha McIntosh-17; Ashley Campbell-13; Katie Schwenk-11; Jesse Averone-10) to put them in the sectional championship game for the sixth straight year. The championship game was a rematch of last year’s championship with Oregon-Davis taking on Triton. The ‘Cats overcame a 13-point deficit and outscored Triton 34-21 in the second half to capture the school’s 8th girls basketball sectional championship!

Oregon-Davis (20-4) will be taking on Morgan Township (13-10) in the first round of the Caston Regional. Congratulations to the Oregon-Davis Lady Bobcats on their championship effort!!!

Knox J.V. Completes 7-0 Conference Season

First Row L to R: Ashley Kreiger and Kazia Stacy. Second Row L to R: Brittany Fletcher, Miranda Shepherd, and Kindrick Joseph. Back Row L to R: Varsity Head Coach Dan Huizenga, Varsity Assistant Cameron Gilbert, Azure Conner, Kourtney Wagner, Torie Elliott, Sarah Hodge, Rachel Lenig, Manager Summer Shepherd, JV Assistant Larry Mullins, JV Head Coach Brian Earnest.

The Knox Lady Redskin J.V. team set a school record this year for wins with an overall record of 16-4. Their 16 wins included two championships in both the Hanover Central Tournament and the Northern State Conference where they were a perfect 7-0! The skins had a seven girl rotation and were lead in scoring by six different individuals throughout their 20-game season. Coach Brian Earnest stated “the key to our success this year was togetherness. I have never been prouder of any group of kids in 13 years of coaching. These girls proved what working hard and believing in one another can allow you to achieve”.

The future of Knox Lady Redskin basketball is in good hands with this group. Congratulations to the Lady Redskins on their record-setting, conference championship season!

North Judson J.V. Team Has Perfect 20-0 Season

Front Row: (L-R) Dakota Stalbaum,Taylor Brandt, Ellie Eccles, Megan Block, Kora Timm. Back Row: (L-R) Darium Stalbaum, Danielle Sallee, Amanda Rose, Coach Chris McGowen, MacKenzie Brandt, Kara Trent, Kimberlyn Skibbe. Not Pictured: Taylor Minix, Carrigan Baxter.

The North Judson San-Pierre Lady Blue Jays J.V. team had one common phrase this year…”20-0″. Coach Chris McGowen stated that “this was a great group of unselfish girls who were very coachable and truly bought in to what they were trying to accomplish”. Throughout the course of the year the Jays averaged 40.2 points per game while giving up just 22.4 points per game. Proof that this team was a truly unselfish one is in the fact that not a single girl on the team averaged in double figures while the team scored 40ppg! Overall team defense was also a major reason the Jays were able to finish with no losses, as they held teams scoreless in 10 of the 80 total quarters played this season. The Jays had major wins throughout the year against quality opponents including Winamac, North Montgomery, and John Glenn, as well as Starke County rivals Oregon-Davis and Knox.

The future is bright for Lady Blue Jay basketball. Congratulations to the North Judson San-Pierre Lady Blue Jays on their perfect 20-0 season!

North Judson vs. Rennselaer

North Judson linebackers work on their drops.
Blue Jay linemen work on blocking before the start of the game.
Caston Sanchez gets ready to take the snap.
Kendall Hochstedler carries the ball against the Bombers.

The North Judson-San Pierre Blue Jays improved their season record to 2-1 on Friday by defeating Rensselaer 26-14. The Jays had a good night through the air behind sophomore quarterback Caston Sanchez who threw three touchdown passes (to three different receivers) and nearly 150 yards.

Knox vs. Winamac

Knox running backs run through drills before game 1.
Winamac warms up before the start of the game.
Knox QB Nevin Miller gets in some throws during pre-game.
Brennon Morning (#62) goes through tackling drills.

The Knox Redskins played host to the Winamac Warriors in the first game of this season. The Redskins came out on top 41-0, and had over 400 yards of total offense.