Members of the Chesterton High School Boys and Girls Swimming teams and the
Girls Golf team were honored Wednesday, March 20, for their recent successes
at the state level.
This event is sponsored by local business owners who recognize the efforts
and achievements of these local student athletes.
The night began with dinner at Sand Creek Country Club and was filled with
fellowship and conversation between the student athletes and the event
sponsors and the respective coaches talked about their teamsí achievements.
Specifically, Coach Dale Hewitt recognized Kelly Grassel as the 2012 Girls
Golf State Champion, a feat she repeated from 2011. Grassel was also named
the 2012 Mental Attitude Award winner at state by the IHSAA. Hewitt shared
that the Girls Golf Team has a core of four seniors, Nicole Dutz, Kelly
Grassel, Jennifer Kattalia and Marissa Kroeger, who have achieved an
astounding record of 47-0 during their four year run.
Swim Coach Kevin Kinel highlighted the achievements of the Boys Swimming
team, starting off with their 2013 State Championship. This is the third
time Chesterton has earned a State Title.
State records were set by Aaron Whitaker (100M Butterfly and 100M
Backstroke), Blake Peroni (100M Freestyle), and the 400M Freestyle Relay
team of Peroni, Ethan Whitaker, Patrick Curley and Aaron Whitaker. Coach
Kinel said that while there was plenty of individual success the State
Championship was truly a team effort. Then Kinel recognized the achievements
of the Girls Swimming team, which placed Fifth in the State. Their season
was highlighted by fourth place finishes at State by Vanessa Krause (50M
Freestyle and 100M Butterfly) and the third place finish in the 400M
Freestyle Relay team comprised of Vanessa Krause, Julia Campbell, Kate
Curley and Kelly Craig.
The student athletes were all given a chance to speak about their most
memorable moments throughout their seasons, a favorite of the sponsors.
Finally the sponsors all shared their comments of congratulations and that
the athletes will never forget these accomplishments and whenever possible
to give back to their local communities.
Sponsors who make this event possible are as follows. Mike and Jim Anton of
Anton Insurance, Brandon Kroft of Cassiday Law, Warren and David Canright of
the Chesterton Tribune, John Evans of Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home, Jerry
and Jean Phelps of Express Employment Services, John Marshall of 1st
American Management, Kristin Kroeger of 5 Star Consulting, Kim and Bonnie
Gaston of Gastonís Towing & Auto Repair, Michael Harris of Harris, Welsh and
Lukmann, Kent Mishler of Horizon Bank, David Brendza of Morgan Stanley, Dr.
John Forchetti of Northwest IN Cardiovascular, Cheryl Harmon of Porter
Regional Hospital, Tim Harris of Professional Appraisal Services, Rudy
Sutton of R.V. Sutton Excavating, William Meyer of Republic Services, Mike
Misheck of Sand Creek Country Club, Paul Shinn of Shinn Building and
Development, Jeff and Mike Trout of Trout Glass and Mirror, Jim Jeselnick of
Venturi, LLC and Eric Kroeger of Virtual Innovation, Inc. Community member
sponsors include Christopher and Vickie Craig and Linnea Forchetti.
in Athletics group was formed nearly 30 years ago by local businesses to
support the achievements of Chesterton High School athletics at the state
level. The group is coordinated by Mike Anton.