CHS Senior Athletes of the Year: Four CHS student-athletes were named
as Co-Senior Athletes of the Year at Wednesday nightís Spring Awards
Program. Pictured are (l to r) CHS Athletics Director Garry Nallenweg, Katie
Behrendt, Jon Watson, Ryan Cutter and Claire Holba. (Tribune photo by Dana
Behrendt, Ryan Cutter, Claire Holba and Jon
Watson don their uniforms, the maroon and gold canít look any better.
Although their physical attributes are obvious, itís the passion and hard
work they exhibit during every minute of every event and every practice that
sets them apart.
Thatís why each member of the quartet was named the CHS Co-Senior Athletes
of the Year at the 2011 Spring Sports Awards Program on Wednesday night.
Behrendt earned nine varsity letters and six Scholar-Athlete awards during
her high school career. She was a Sectional champion in the 200 and 400
during track as a senior and is a State qualifier in the 400 and 4x400 this
She was named MVP of track as a junior and senior and was also a member of
two Sectional and Regional Championship soccer teams. Behrendt was also a
member of two Swimming and Diving DAC and Sectional title teams.
The senior will be attending Ball State University to run track.
Cutter earned eight varsity letters in cross country and track. He was a
four-time state qualifier in cross country, a three-time state qualifier in
track and is a two-time MVP in track and was DAC MVP in track as a senior
and cross country as a junior.
In cross country, he was a member of the 2011 IHSAA State Runner-up team,
while also garnering two Sectional title, two Regional titles and a
Semistate title. In track, he has been a member of two Regional team titles
and a Sectional title.
Cutter will be attending IUPUI to run cross country and track.
Holba earned seven varsity letters and eight Scholar-Athlete awards during
her high school career. She was an Indiana All-State selection in basketball
and Honorable Mention All-State in volleyball, while also earning Academic
All-State honors in Basketball.
She was a two-time DAC MVP in basketball and earned Player of the Year
recognition from the News-Dispatch and the Times of NWI. She was also a
two-time DAC All-Conference selection and two-time CHS MVP.
In volleyball, she holds the school record for blocks, made the DAC
All-Conference team and was a two-time CHS MVP.
Holba will be attending IUPUI on a basketball scholarship.
Watson earned nine varsity letters and was a three-year three-sport athlete
who earned DAC All-Conference honors in track three times and football
In football, he was CHS MVP as a junior and senior and is tied for the
schoolís all-time lead in touchdowns.
In track, he is a two-time state qualifier in the 400 and has earned
Sectional titles in the 400 and 4x400 Relay. He has also been a member of a
Sectional championship team and two Regional championship teams.
Watson will be attending Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio on a football and
CHS Athletic Director Garry Nallenweg also honored the schoolís three-sport
athletes with awards going to seniors Ashley Ballestero (cheerleading,
gymnastics, track), Katie Behrendt (soccer, diving, track) and Will Butz
(football, basketball, track).
The lone junior receiving the award was Kyle Schmidt (football, basketball,
Sophomore award winners were Joe Bishop (football, basketball, track), Sara
Filipek (soccer, basketball, track), James Halpin (soccer, swimming, track),
Riley Harlow (football, wrestling, track), Dana Konchar (football,
wrestling, track), Ariane Mahaffey (volleyball, basketball, track), Julian
Raudry (football, wrestling, track), Colin Ringas (soccer, swimming, track),
Hunter Royer (football, wrestling, track), Mike Thanos (football,
basketball, baseball) and Abbi Milligan (cheerleading, cheerleading, track).
Freshman award winners were Bruce Burch (football, swimming, track), Steffan
Dines (football, basketball, baseball), Patrick Freeze (football, wrestling,
track), Brent Downey (football, wrestling, track), Kristen Homme (soccer,
basketball, track), Jonathan Horvath (football, wrestling, track), Kevin
Jones (football, basketball, baseball), Jonathan Kindmark (football,
swimming, track), Colin McEuen (football, basketball, baseball), Trey
Moffett (tennis, soccer, baseball), Andrew Ralph (football, basketball,
baseball), Erin Socha (cross country, swimming, tennis), Cole Teal
(football, basketball, baseball) and Cody Watson (football, wrestling,