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Spring Sports Awards 2018

The Hanover Central High School Spring Athletic Awards Night began with Athletic Director, Ben Bachmann sharing some insights, gratitude and exciting statistics regarding our Wildcat teams.

“Student athletes, please be sure to take advantage of the resources you have here.  You have opportunities that schools this size, do not usually have and facilities schools this size do not usually have.  Please take advantage of them, be thankful for them and help maintain them,” he told his athletes noting that education is the, “real reason we are all here.”

Mr. Bachman shared overall statistics for spring athletics.  “This is the night we get to celebrate Hanover athletics and the success of Hanover student athletes,” he said before announcing that 150 student athletes participated in spring sports, representing 22% of the student body.  Spring teams competed to an overall record of 112-31, a 78% winning percentage.  In the Greater South Shore Conference, the winning record is even more impressive; with Hanover amassing a 50-5 record or a 94% winning percentage.  “That is absolutely outstanding,” said Mr. Bachman.  Hanover Central had 22 first team All Conference honorees, 9 second team honorees and 8 honorable mention honorees.  14 Hanover student athletes were selected as Academic All Conference.  Perhaps the most telling statistics of all, and the one Hanover Athletics is most proud of, is the overall GPA of our spring student athletes, a 3.44.  Student athletes Lauren Holden and Jared Tomac were recognized at the #3 and #4 ranked seniors for the Class of 2018.  The Girl’s Track team received the highest academic GPA average, an honor they have received for the third straight year.

trophies on table

Individual Team recognitions were as follows:

Baseball - Coach Ryan Bridges

 19-8 overall record and GSSC Conference Champions with a 13-1 record

boys with trophies

MVP, Bobby Nowak - Most Improved, Nolan Tucker - Sportsmanship, Jake Jackowski and Rookie of the Year, Jared Comia.  Not pictured - Mental Attitude - Nick Lucido

Boy's Golf - Coach Jerry Kienzle

Undefeated Conference Regular Season Champions and Conference Tournament Champions

boys with trophies

MVP, Joe Jackson - Most Improved, Ricardo Vasques - Mental Attitude, Anthony Aiello - Sportsmanship, Jared Tomac and Rookie of the Year, Cody Donovan


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Jerry Kienzle


GSSC Champions with a 6-0 record and three team members advancing to Regional competition

girls with trophies

MVP (Distance) and Sportsmanship, Angela Gonzalez - MVP (Sprinter) Ellen Connor - MVP (Field Events) Sarah Spangler - Most Improved, Madeline Moser - Mental Attitude, Kaylee Huyser and Bri Kickert and Rookie of the Year, Maddy Vicor



Janet Neitzel


23-3 regular season and 5-1 GSSC Conference record with two team members advancing to Regional competition


MVP (Distance), Kevin Paszko - MVP (Sprinter), Tyler Mason - MVP (Field Events), Jacob Weinke - Most Improved, James Maciejewski - Mental Attitude, Austin Fant - Rookie of the Year, Brett Driscoll and Sportsmanship, Cole Cameron


2nd Place finish in Conference with a 7-1 record and earned Academic All State Honors as a team


MVP, Lauren Holden - Most Improved, Paige Kubiak, Mental Attitude, Natialie Haitsma


Finished the year with a second place in the GSSC conference and a 12-2 record  


MVP, Elise Kratkoczki - Most Improved, Kylie Zieminski, Mental Attitutde and Defensive Player of the Year - Ashtyen Barnett - Sportsmanship and Offensive Player of the Year, Tyler Chambers and Rookie of the Year, Leah Mokos

The Todd Szanyi Memorial Outstanding Senior Athletic Scholarship is given out by the family of Todd Szanyi.  Ron Szanyi, father of Todd, shared the story of the scholarship’s origin.

Todd was a Hanover graduate who lost the end of his high school career to a rare disease, Lemierre’s syndrome.  Originally diagnosed as the flu during baseball season, it soon became evident that Todd, who was really sick, was not getting better, but, in fact, was progressively worsening.  Specialists were stumped as Todd dropped from 190 pound to 150 pounds and his symptoms continued to worsen.  Thanks to Todd’s primary physician, Dr. Hockenberry, Todd’ diagnosis of Lemierre’s was confirmed.

Dr. Hockenberry convinced the surgeon not to cut through Todd’s muscles to remove the infection that had attached to Todd’s lungs which might possibly aid in Todd’s return to sports.  Following a successful surgery, Todd was required to take intravenous antibiotics throughout the day.  At school he would spend an hour each day attached to his IV.  It was a common sight for Todd to be hooked up on the bus travelling with the baseball team, as well as in the dugout, as he attended games to support his teammates.

As Todd seemed to turn the corner and be on the road to recovery, fate intervened.  A tragic car accident took Todd’s life while injuring others.  Todd’s friends and teammates held a vigil at the school and the idea for a softball game in Todd’s honor was suggested.  What began as a time to gather and remember Todd turned into a yearly fundraiser to provide two scholarships in remembrance of Todd.

As time passed, the game ended but the scholarship, which began in 2003, continues today through the Crown Point Community Foundation and is managed by Todd’s parents and sister, Lynda LeBlanc.

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Ron Szanyi and Ben Bachmann

This year's recipients of the Todd Szanyi Memorial Outstanding Senior Athlete Scholarship were:  

boy and girl with plaques

Joseph Jackson and Sarah Spangler

The Hanover Central Booster Club presented Triple Cat Awards to those athletes that competed in 3 IHSSA sanctioned sports and maintained a 3.0 GPA.  Booster Club Member Connie Sterkowitz presented the Awards to:

 girls and boys with plaques

(Note: Not all award winners were available for photograph) Juliana Bartoszek, Brianna Behling, Aidan Beilke, Blaze Cano, Madison Fanta, Katie Jackowski, Brianna Kickert, Dillon Koontz, Reagan Noel, Amanda Schreiber and Sarah Spangler.   

“Creating memories, and creating moments, that’s what athletics are all about for me,” said Mr. Bachmann and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Bachmann for creating both memories and moments in his short time as Hanover Central Athletic Director and wish him well in his future endeavors. 

Ben Bachmann

Thank you Mr. Bachman!