What a Season it Was
There were multiple Hanover Central High School teams who attended the Spring Sports Awards filled with excitement and the knowledge that their seasons, weren’t not only successful, but in fact, not over. It was the first thing on Athletic Director, Kelly Bermes’ mind as she took the podium to welcome her athletes, coaches and parents. Ms. Bermes was quick to point out that not only were her student athletes successful in their sport endeavors, but in the classroom as well.
Kelly Bermes, Athletic Director
“One hundred thirty-five athletes participated in the spring programs,” said Bermes. “and they excelled in the classroom as well as on the field.” Overall the 135 students maintained a combined Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.33, but the Hanover Central Girls Tennis Team took the annual recognition for the most academically successful team with a combined GPA or 3.67. Bermes has always place the emphasis on athletes being students first, and athletes second and the outstanding GPA averages prove her beliefs have taken hold among the students. Bermes also asked seniors to stand and be recognize by their younger peers and reminded the freshmen, sophomores and Juniors in the audience that it is now time to step up and assume the leadership roles that will open up as seniors leave the Wildcat arena.
Ron Szanyi remembers his son and presents Male and Female Athlete of the Year Scholarships.
The evening began with teacher Ron Szanyi presenting the Todd Szanyi Memorial Scholarships to the top male and female spring athletes. While the scholarships were also included at the Senior Awards Night event, Mr. Szanyi took a few moments as a devoted supporter of Hanover athletics to remind those gathered of his late son’s contributions to Hanover and share memories of the struggles and dedication of his son to his teammates. Jenne Voticke and Nolan Tucker both received awards.
Female Athlete of the Year, Jenna Voticke
The irrepressible boys track coach Steve Foulds, took to the stage and shared a few memories of his own. “I remember my senior year of high school and looking out the window listening to “‘School’s Out for Summer.” Foulds said, as he played a small portion of the song on his phone. As the laughter died down, Coach Foulds point out that the team’s season ended with 27 wins and three losses. Coach Foulds noted that Tyler Mason would be competing at the State competition the following day. Tyler finished in 19th place.
Award Winners: (l to r) - Bryce Noble (MVP Distance and Rookie of the Year), Max Warchol (MVP Field Events), Tyler Mason (MVP Sprinter), Luke Maurer (Mental Attitude), Alex Arce (Most Improved), and Cole Cameron (Sportsmanship).
Girl’s Track Coach Janet Neitzel brought her team to the stage and thanked many people before presenting awards.
“Thank you for allowing me to coach these girls,” Coach Neitzel said. “I would like to thank the spring coaches for putting together a practice schedule that we were all happy with. I thank parents for transporting their children to and from practice and for enduring in wet and cold weather at every turn.” The team finished the season 30 and 7 overall and 5 and 1 in conference. “I’d just like to say, great job to all the girls on the track team,” added Neitzel.
Award Winners-Track & Field: (l to r) - Madeline Kartz (MVP-Distance), Ellen Connor (MVP Sprinter), Rebecca Oliver (MVP Field Events), Kailee Moran (Most Improved), Carina Bolanos (Most Improved), Kaylee Huyser (Mental Attitude), Rachel Thibideau (Sportsmanship), and Malia Butler (Rookie of the Year).
Boys’ Golf coach Tim Powers was very excited to present awards to his players. The 2019 season marked his first year as golf coach at Hanover Central High School. This year the team moved their home course to Palmira Golf Course in St. John. “We had a great year and my first year as head coach has been really, really fantastic,” Coach Powers said. “To my golf parents thank you very much for everything you have done. I appreciate you so much. The team finished with a 10-3 record and earned the Conference Championship. One of the teams with time still left to earn a little more hardware finished 5th at the LaPorte Sectional. Cody Donovan finished 2nd overall with a round of 79. He will continue on to the Regional Golf Meet on Friday, June 7th and we wish him the best of luck.”
Award Winners - Golf: (l to r) - Cody Donovan (MVP), Alec Rodgers (Most Improved), and Zach Fleming (Mental Attitude)
Girls tennis team coach Greg Whitacre also thanked coaches and parents for a good season. “Thank you to all of the spring coaches and to the parents for their support,” Whitacre said. “We always have a good group of girls but this year was a particularly good group of girls and I’m not just talking tennis. Mental attitude is most important thing you can have, and this team had it.” As has become tradition at Hanover, each senior member of the team was presented with flowers and a book selected just for them by Coach Whitacre.
Coach Greg Whitacre hands each of his senior players a bouquet of flowers and a book.
Award Winners: (l to r): Natalie Haitsma (MVP), Megan Clark (Most Improved), and Ariana Arce (Mental Attitude).
Baseball Coach Ryan Bridges noted that his team; “Went through our ups and downs, with many new starters. Overall the team posted a season of 15 wins and 7 losses, placing them second in the Conference standings.
Coach Ryan Bridges
Award Winners: (l to r) - Sam Momcilovic (MVP), Kamden Sarkey (Most Improved), Blaze Cano (Sportsmanship) and Brett Matthys (Rookie of the Year).
Excitement fill the auditorium as girls’ Softball coach Jason Bolden brought his triumph team to the stage. He began by thanking Athletic Director, Kelly Bermes for efforts in communication and scheduling through the difficult weather season. “To all the spring coaches, its easy to work with all of you. I want to thank our JV coaches and volunteer coaches. We would not be successful without all of you. Parents, you did a great job of getting the kids to all the games,” The team had a great season claiming both the Sectional and Regional champs.
Award Winners (l to r): Leah Mokos and Taylor Towry (MVP and Mental Attitude), Alyssa Albrecht (Most Improved), Tyler Chambers (Sportsmanship), Sydney Kuzma (Rookie of the Year), Camryn Veteto (Offecnsive Player of the Year) and (Defensive Player of the Year).
On the night of the awards the team was a mere 36 hours from participating in their first Semi-State game. The first game played at Twin Lakes ended the season for the Wildcates, but not before notable accomplishments and recognition was bestowed upon them. The team earned two Sportsmanship awards from the state. “This is one of the most unselfish teams I have ever coached. The players understood it’s not been about me... me… me…as individuals, it was always about what can I do, as a team member to help us to win.“
Following the individual major awards, students who had been identified as All Conference were brought to the stage, followed by the Academic All Conference Student Athletes. The Greater South Shore Conference Academic All Conference athletes must be seniors, meet two out of three academic standars, as well as participate in 50% of contests. The academic standards include a GPA or 3.5, achieve a minimum SAT of 1100 or an ACT of 22 and rank in the top 25% of their Senior class. Recipient in alphabeltical order are Ariana Arce, Ellen Connor, Natalie Haitsma, Kaylee Huyser, Sydney Maciejewski, Madison Miller, Evan Momcilovic, Sam Momcilovic, Rebecca Oliver, Kamden Sarkey, Nolan Tucker and Trevor Victor.
The final awards of the night went to Three Season Athletes who received their awards from Athletic Director, Kelly Bermes and Triple Cat Athletes who received their awards from Hanover Central Athletic Booster Club Officers, Mary Joan Dickson and Kimberly Splant.
Three Season Athletes
In alphabetical order: Mia Forbes, Ally Holtcamp, Madison Miller and Julia Schulde
Triple Cat Award Winners
In alphabetical order: Aiden Beilke, Blaze Cano, Stanley Galbreath, Madeline Kartz, Allison Mueller, Bryce Noble, Maddie Stutsman and Colton Zablekis.
We are immensely proud of our Spring Athletes and join the community in saluting their success!