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NIC Spring Sports Preview - 2014

April 2, 2014
By Greg Humnicky of Northern Indiana Conference

NIC Spring Sports  2014 Preview


Girls’ Track & Field

Last year:

Mishawaka won the NIC Meet with 129.5 points to Penn’s 2nd place 125 points

Penn won the Sectional at Bremen with 129.5 points to Mishawaka’s 123 points

Warsaw, out of the NLC, won the Warsaw Regional with Mishawaka and SB Clay finishing 2nd & 3rd. Clay’s Michelle Adeniyi was a triple winner at the Regional.

At the State Finals, no NIC teams finished in the top 20, but 4 NIC schools scored points.

Mishawaka’s Anna Rohrer won the 3200m state title, while Riley’s Ayinna Gaines was 2nd in the 400m.


In 2014

Mishawaka returns Anna Rohrer to defend her 3200m state title. Mishawaka under coach Chris Kowalewski look to defend the NIC title, which they have won the last two years and challenge Penn, who won the sectional last year. Elkhart Central and St. Joseph could provide some girl’s track competition to the Penn – Mishawaka domination in the last two years.



Boys’ Track & Field

Last year:

Penn won the NIC Meet with 137 points

Penn won the Sectional, by winning seven (6) events.

Penn finished 2nd the Kokomo Regional, with seven NIC schools scoring points, with the NIC taking two of the top four spots.  The NIC had five 1st place finishes at the Regional.

At the State Finals, three NIC schools scored points. The best NIC finish was SB Riley’s Thomas Capers, who finished 2nd in the 400m.


In 2014:

SB Riley’s senior Thomas Capers returns to see if he can capture a state title in the 400m.

Penn is the favorite to earn NIC top honors again, but Mishawaka, SB Adams and Elkhart Central will give chase for the top spots.



Last year:

Elkhart Central won the NIC regular season with a 15-1 record. (Their 1st since 1994)

4A Sectional results – Clay 5-1 over Mishawaka, for the Sectional championship at Clay Field.  Elkhart Central won the Elkhart Memorial Sectional defeating Elkhart Memorial, 3-1 for the title. 3A Sectional results – St. Joseph won the Plymouth Sectional beating Culver Academy, 9-2 for the crown.

In the 4A Regional at LaPorte, Elkhart Central beat SB Clay in 11 innings, 5-4, then beat Lake Central, 4-2 to win the Regional.

In the 3A Regional at Plymouth, St. Joseph lost to Western, 9-8 in the 1st round.

At the 4A Semi-State at Coveleski Stadium, Elkhart Central defeated Lafayette Jefferson , 2-1 to advance to the IHSAA State Finals, to play Indianapolis Cathedral for the title.

At the Class 4A baseball state championship game, Elkhart Central defeated Indianapolis Cathedral, 1-0 to win the state title. Central finished 32-1 on the season. Central’s Matt Eppers won the Class 4A  L.V. Phillips Mental Attitude Award at the state finals.


In 2014:

Joel Reinebold became SB Clay’s baseball coach, as Chad Hudnall passed away after a battle with cancer after the Colonials won the sectional and gave Elkhart Central a battle in extra innings at the Regional final. Elkhart Central went on the win the 4A state championship.  Steve Stutsman will lead the Central Blue Blazers in their effort to retain the NIC and IHSAA crown earned last year. Central has a senior dominated club last year so there will be a rebuilding effort for Central. Clay under their new coach will have junior catcher Joel Lange leading the way. Marian will have 2nd team All-NIC pitcher-cacther duo of  Reed Lewis and Josh Turnock returning.



Last year:

SB Riley and Penn tied for the NIC championship with 7-1 records.

SB Riley beat SB Clay, 12-0 for the 4A Sectional title at LaSalle.

Northridge defeated Riley 3-0 to win the 4A Regional at Northridge to advance to the 4A Semi-State.

In the 3A Sectional, St. Joseph’s upset #1 ranked Marian (3A), 7-6 in the sectional championship match-up at Newton Park.

St. Joseph’s defeated Twin Lakes, 2-1 in the 3A Regional match-up at Twin Lakes in Monticello to advance to the Twin Lakes Semi-State.

St. Joseph’s lost to Yorktown, 12-1 in the 3A Semi-state 1st round.


In 2014

Penn and Riley along with Mishawaka, St Joseph and Marian all figure to battle it out for  NIC honors. Riley has senior All-NIC 1st Team pitcher Kristi Kirkpatrick returning as does Penn with Tori Woodiwiss on the mound. Juniors Anna Irons of St. Joseph and Shannon McCarty of Marian were 2nd team All-NIC pitcher selections.  Marian’s Jamie Young leads the NIC infield prospects from last year. Penn has sophomore Alyssa Griman returning as a 1st team catcher, while Marian’s Cassie Young is the top returning outfielder holding All-NIC honors from  last year. Penn has ultility player Mackenzie Joecken returning as well as Clay’s DH Brooke Vermesse returns.


Girls’ Tennis

Last year:

Penn won the NIC with an 8-0 record in dual matches.

Penn & St. Joseph’s won their respective sectionals, Penn won the Regional, defeating Valparaiso, 5-0 for the Regional title, advancing to the LaPorte Semi-State.

St. Joseph’s lost to Valparaiso, 3-2 in the 1st round of the Regional.

Penn beat Culver Academy, 5-0 at the LaPorte Semi-State to advance to the State Finals.

At the State Finals, Penn beat Park Tudor, 4-1 in the Friday quarterfinals.

Penn lost in the semi-finals to Floyd Central, 3-2.  Carmel won the state title by beating Floyd Central, 4-1.

In the IHSAA individual state single/doubles tournament: At the Individual Doubles Regional at LaPorte St. Joseph’s duo of Emily Lyon and Maddie Minaudo won beating double teams from Plymouth and Chesterton to advance to the Individual state finals.

At the IHSAA Individual Singles/Doubles State Finals, St. Joseph’s team of Emily Lyon and Maddie Minaudo were beaten in the first round.


In 2014

Penn returns NIC MVP player, junior Haylei Snelson to help Penn reload for another trip to the state finals. St. Joseph and Marian figure to lead the chase to unseat Penn from the top spot. Penn looks to win their third straight NIC title under coach Eric Bowers.


Boys’ Golf

Last year:

Penn finished 8-0 in duals, but still won the NIC with a 2nd place finish at the NIC meet.

Elkhart Central won the NIC meet with Central’s Riley Keagle earning medalist honors with a 74.

At the Riley Sectional at Erskine Penn finished in 1st Place and Marian was  3rd to advance to  Warsaw Regional. Marian’s NIC MVP Michael Makris was the Sectional medalist with a 69.

At the Warsaw Regional, Marian’s Michael Makris advanced to the IHSAA State Finals with a 2nd place score of 70.  Penn and Marian’s teams finished in 9th & 10th  place out of a field of 18 schools in the Regional.

At the IHSAA State Finals, Marian’s Michael Makris shot a 69 to advance to the second day of the state finals. Three golfers shot a 68 to lead after the first day. Makris shot a one over par 73 on the second day to finish with a two day total of 142, good for a 7th place tie at the state finals.


In 2014:

Penn, Marian and Elkhart Central all figure to battle for the top spot in the NIC this spring.

Marian has state finalist, Michael Makris returning to lead the Knights.



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