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12 Knights find a home on WIC list

Tuesday, December 3, 2002

The Northview football team placed six members on the WIC All-Conference team. (clockwise from top left) Justin Keyes, Logan Whitman, T.J. King, Amos Wegner, Jordan Garrison and Doug Porter.

The Fall sports season was quite a successful one for Northview's boys' programs this year. After a third of the year's high school sports have been completed, the Knights sit just behind Edgewood in the All Sports Standings.

The Knights had their highest conference finish in years as Northview tied for second with a 4-2 record. They also tied for second in soccer behind Brown County. Northview was 4-1-1, tying with Edgewood. Their tennis and cross country teams weren't far behind so it is no surprise that the team success has bred individual success as well.

The Knights placed 12 athletes on the Western Indiana Conference teams topped by the football team who had six members.

Northview football has had some tough times the last several years but this year's version showed promise under new head coach George Gettle.

The Knights finished at 5-6 this year and were close to another couple of victories. While Northview had a great deal of youth on this year's squad, several leaders emerged throughout the season and were recognized by the WIC Conference for their superb efforts.

Two seniors will be solely missed from this year's edition of the Knights, Justin Keyes and Amos Wegner.

Keyes, a two-way starter on the offensive and defensive fronts, was an important factor in a Northview defense that got progressively better as the season went on. He registered 37 tackles this season with 20 being unassisted and picked up a pair of sacks on the year.

Amos Wegner was also a two-way starter for the Knights. Though he missed several games this year due to a neck injury, Wegner was near the top of the state in interceptions before teams began avoiding his side of the field. Wegner ended the season with six picks and recovered a pair of fumbles, one of them he returned over 90 yards.

On the offensive side, Wegner caught 13 passes for 208 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 296 yards and four scores in limited action.

A talented junior class at Northview placed three players on the WIC team as Logan Whitman represented the offensive side of the ball while Doug Porter and Jordan Garrison took care of the defense.

Garrison and Porter were tops on the Knights in tackles this year. From his linebacking spot, Garrison had 51 total tackles, 34 unassisted as he roamed the middle for the Knights. He also had six tackles for loss, a sack, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Porter roamed the secondary for Northview and was pressed into heavier duty as teams threw away from Wegner. He also was used on the blitz and had six tackles for loss amongst his four sacks and team leading 61 tackles.

Whitman was one of the Knights' top offensive threats this season. Despite a bit of a slump midway through the year, he threw for 1630 yards and 18 touchdowns in 10 games. In three seasons of action he has close to 4000 yards passing. He also led the Knights in rushing this year with 283 net yards and six rushing touchdowns.

But what would a good quarterback be without a receiver? Sophomore T.J. King topped Northview with 32 catches this season for 550 yards and a team high seven touchdowns. King's sure hands will be important for Northview next year when they return four all-conference selections.

The boys' soccer team had a good deal of success this year as well. They tied for second place in the WIC Conference, losing just once and nearly had an outright title but they tied a contest down the stretch to fall to second place.

The Knights also won a sectional game for the third time in four years as they finished at 8-9-1 this year. A big reason for their improvement this year was the play of a trio of seniors.

Chris Short and Tim Strader were the anchors of a solid Northview defense this season. Both players were bulldogs on the backline and forced opposing teams into mistakes in the midfield and each had the speed to push the ball up front. Jeremy Lankston lent his talents to the midfield area as he forced the tempo for forwards Danny Roeschlein and Derik Pierce. Without his playmaking passes, the forwards would have found the goal much less.

Northview's cross country team fell short of their goal of a team berth in the state cross country finals, but not because of the efforts of Matt Brand and Bryce Smith.

Brand took eighth place in the WIC this year, running a 17:51 and helping lend depth to a Northview squad that dealt with injuries this year. His experience running in the state meet the year before helped guide him to the front running packs all year long.

Teammate Bryce Smith completed his Northview career with another berth in the state meet. Though he finished a disappointing 61st in his final shot at a medal, Smith competed through illness and injury to be one of the best runners that Northview has produced.

Though Northview's tennis program had its struggles this year, Cody Melega earned an All-WIC berth through determination and competitive spirit. He led his team in victories playing in the number two singles spot for the Knights.

These 12 athletes have helped lead the Northview sports programs to the forefront of the Wabash Valley. The Knights currently sit behind Edgewood in the All-Sports trophy race, but don't be surprised to see some of these same faces sway the race in another sport.

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