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High School Football Season Kicks Off Tonight

FootballHigh school football season starts tonight. Rivalries are renewed and a clean slate means anyone can make the impossible happen. WKVI and sportstothemax.net will be broadcasting a combined 20 regular season football games. Entering his 50th sports broadcasting season, Harold Welter will be ready to go tonight along with sports director Nathan Welter. They will have the call from Winamac, where the Warriors are taking on the Knox Redskins. Their broadcast starts at 6 p.m. CDT on WKVI FM. Continue reading

WKVI Raises $200 for Hoosier Burn Camp

WKVI morning show host Tom Berg and sports director Nathan Welter answered their cold water challenge Thursday afternoon in the radio station parking lot. They were called out by news director Mary Perren to either donate $10 to the Hoosier Burn Camp and get wet or stay dry and write a $100 check. The guys decided to play along, so members of the Bass Lake Fire Department brought their dump tank to our parking lot and filled it with water. Several listeners also stopped by with extra ice and donations to really help the guys chill out. Another Step Forward Walking Challenge Coordinator Ryan Greer had also been called out previously, as had fire chief Les Jensen. They took the plunge as well. So did Knox High School Band Director Craige Phipps, who opted not to prolong his torture when Nathan called him out. WKVI raised $200 in donations for the Hoosier Burn Camp, thanks to the generosity of the listeners who donated and the staff for being such good sports.

Knox Inducts 5 New Members to Hall of Fame

L-R: Nathan Welter, John Kustrin, Jeremy Crittendon, Nichol Mann Altman, Larry Dust, and Harold Welter

WKVI sports announcers Harold and Nathan Welter greeted four of the five inductees into the Knox High School Hall of Fame Saturday night at Weinberg Gym in Knox. The two sportscasters were part of a contingent that met in the Redskin Room before the induction ceremonies. John Kustrin, Jeremy Crittendon, Nichol Mann Altman and Larry Dust were present. Only Oris Fine, of Bradenton, Florida was unable to be attend the event. He was represented by his Scott and Ralph from Michigan City.

The Master of Ceremonies for the event was Indiana University Health Starke Hospital Community Relations Director Ted Hayes. Presenting plaques to the inductees was Knox School Superintendent A.J. Gappa.

Mike Aulby Participates in Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon

Mike Aulby throws a ball during the Bowl-a-Thon

Pro Bowler and PBA Hall of Fame Member, Mike Aulby, was in Knox last night to help support the Junior Achievement organization in a Bowl-a-Thon event at Bowlaway Lanes.

There were several teams that participated in the event, including the WKVI Men’s and Women’s teams. Each team won a game, but the Women’s team won in series points by 23 pins. Several door prizes were given out and a game of chance was won by Tom Berg. The WKVI Men’s team brought in the most in pledges with $380.

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Basketball Regional Tournament Today

WKVI Sports Team: Nathan Welter and Harold Welter

As you’ve heard the Welter boys, Harold and Nathan, say all week, the WKVI microphone will be at the North Judson-San Pierre Gymnasium today for the boys regional basketball tournament.

Fans will be streaming in from four schools to follow their teams and we will be following the Hebron Hawks in first round action. If they win the first game, we’ll be on hand for the championship game at night, too.

Hebron will take on Bowman Academy in game one, and Adams Central plays Westview in the second game.

Nathan Welter Named Starke United Campaign Chair

Nathan Welter gave an address as Starke United's Campaign Chair

The Starke United Campaign Kickoff Breakfast was held yesterday. The breakfast was sponsored by Integrity Trade Services and was prepared by the Country Kettle.

Announced as the 2011 Campaign Chair was Nathan Welter, who also acted as the Master of Ceremony for the event.

Those attending heard presentations by Board Chairperson Todd Zeltwanger and Starke United Director Julie Dessauer. Testimonials were given by Irene Szakonyi of the Starke County Youth Club and Peggy Shidaker of Knox Community Schools. The Key Note Speaker was Pastor Ed Hasnerl, who gave an inspiring “Talking of Many Things” presentation.

Numerous pacesetter checks were presented to end the festivities.

Following the event we talked with Nathan Welter, who is a sports reporter at WKVI, about his involvement with Starke United. Continue reading

Ashley Campbell 11/20/10

Ashley Campbell

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

Ashley was epitome of consistency in the Lady Bobcats first three games, scoring double figures each time as O-D reloads after heavy graduation losses.

The 5-5 Freshman scored 20 points in her Varsity debut, including five 3-pointers and added 6 assists in a tough loss to Triton. In the ‘Cats first win of the season, over Tippecanoe Valley, she scored 16 points and dished out 6 assists, then came back with 16 points and 7 assists in a win over South Bend St. Joe, all the while shooting over 50% from the field.

Ashley is the daughter of Lance and Emily Campbell and will be featured on “Sports Talk” with Nathan Welter next Thursday at 6:00 o’clock on WKVI.

Congratulations to Ashley Campbell of Oregon-Davis High School, our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week.

Bobby Ponda 11/13/10

Bobby Ponda

Our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week for this week is Bobby Ponda, a member of the Football team at South Central High School.

Bobby helped lead the Satellites to their first-ever Sectional Championship in a 20-7 win over Culver in the championship game with his excellent play on both sides of the ball.

The 6-4, 300 pound offensive and defensive tackle was a dominating force on defense as the Satellites forced the Cavaliers to throw the ball 20 times, then applied such pressure on the passing game that the defending champions threw two interceptions which led to Satellite touchdowns.

On offense, the veteran Senior led the way by helping break open gaping holes which allowed Ethan Biggs to pass the 100 yard mark in rushing, setting a new school record.

Bobby’s play in the Sectional was indicative of the kind of season he had in helping the Satellites to their best record in history being among the top tacklers on the team as well as acting as a body guard for the Satellites backfield.

He will be featured on “Sports Talk” with Nathan Welter next Thursday at 6:00 o’clock on WKVI.

Congratulations to Bobby Ponda of South Central High School, our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week.

Michael Salary 11/06/10

Michael Salary

Our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week for this week is Michael Salary, a member of the Football team at Culver High School.

Michael led his team to a wild 42-35 win over Whiting in the Sectional semi-finals as he rolled up 310 total yards and scored five touchdowns for the Cavaliers.

The 5-10, 210 pound running back rushed the ball 28 times for 202 yards and three touchdowns. He caught a pass for 20 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff 88 yards, evading 8 tacklers, to score another TD as the Cavaliers upped their record to 8-3.

The Senior is a 2-time First Team All-Conference selection and has rushed for over a thousand yards in each of the last two seasons, averaging 8 yards per rush and 17 yards per catch.

Michael is the son of Ricky and Becky Salary.

He will be featured on “Sports Talk” with Nathan Welter next Thursday at 6:00 o’clock on WKVI.

Congratulations to Michael Salary of Culver High School, our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week.

Caity Farus 10/30/10

Caity Farus

Our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week for this week is Caity Farus a member of the Volleyball team at Knox High School.

Caity led her team to their second consecutive Sectional Championship last week, and their first ever Regional Championship three days later.

As the Redskins breezed through the 3-A Sectional at Kankakee Valley by beating Griffith 3-0, KV 3-1, and Andrean 3-0, the 6-3 Senior dominated play with 57 kills, 26 blocks, 7 aces, and 12 digs. She followed that up with 14 kills, 7 aces, and 2 blocks as the ‘Skins beat Hammond Gavit to win the Regional. The four tournament wins broke the school record for wins in a season, with 33 going into Semi-State play.

Caity has made a verbal commitment to play volleyball at High Point University, a Division I NCAA school in High Point, North Carolina, next year.

Caity will be featured on “Sports Talk” with Nathan Welter next Thursday at 6 o’clock on WKVI.

Caity is the daughter of Jeff and Julie Farus of Knox.

Congratulations to Caity Farus of Knox High School, our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Week.

WKVI Crew has Lunch at Kostas in Winamac

(L to R) Nathan Welter, Gus Ress, Deb Ress, Lenny Dessauer, Patty Norwick, Kay Gudeman, Anita Goodan, Harold Welter, Chris Milner, Ed Hasnerl, and Tom Berg

The WKVI staff took a trip to Winamac, Wednesday, for a scrumptious lunch at Kostas Restaurant. We’d like to thank Gus Ress and his friendly staff for hosting us. It gave the staff a chance to greet restaurant patrons, including Mr. and Mrs. David Bennett, Bill Webb, Sheriff Mike Gayer, and Deputy John Rogers.

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