Northview wins both all-sports trophies
Northview's girls golf team won a sectional title this year to help the school win the All-Sports Trophy. The team: (front row l-r) Kelsey Smith, Madison Kirchner, Millie Akers, Amy Thiemann and Brittney Cheek. (Back) Coach Teresa Akers. Carey Fox photo
Although not many individual teams were able to win conference championships, the Northview Knights were able to win both the boys and girls all-sports trophies for the Western Indiana Conference.
Northview was conference champs in wrestling and boy's basketball as well as golf, cross country and track and field on the girl's side.
'The wrestling team really surprised us and the girl's track team won which was surprising," boy's athletic director Charlie Jackson said.
The award is based on a point total awarded for each sport, which varies according to the number of conference teams in the sport.
"We need to stay in the top two or three (in every sport)," girl's athletic director Jan Gambill said Thursday. "The kids know what they have to do if they want the reward in the end."
The boy's basketball team carried the most success over the past school year, losing in the regional championship to Bloomington North and compiling a 21-5 record.
On the boy's side, Northview edged out West Vigo by four points to win the award. Edgewood and Sullivan tied for third, while Owen Valley, Brown County and South Vermillion rounded out the bottom of the list.
Boys' basketball head coach Mitch Lancaster pointed out recent graduates Logan Whitman and Tyler Akers for Northview's success.
Whitman starred for the basketball team, being named to the second-team Associated Press All-State squad and as the quarterback of the football team. Akers recently ended his golf career in regional competition while also participating in basketball and tennis.
"We have to have athletes that can play two sports to be successful," Lancaster said. "You have to attack with a small school mentality."
Jackson also pointed out Austin Staley, Amy Thiemann, Krista Stearley, Nicki Royer and Shandra Kirby as noteable two sport athletes.
The girls were able to overcome a deficit heading into the spring to narrowly defeat Edgewood by seven points. Sullivan finished in third followed by Owen Valley, West Vigo, Brown County and South Vermillion.
"In the winter, things kind of went topsy turvy," Gambill said. "But the track team probably finished higher than expected and tennis finished third to keep Edgewood behind us. It was kind of given that Edgewood would win softball.
"It really puts a lot of pressure on the spring sports to come through, but its a good pressure."
Northview won the overall WIC honor, beating Edgewood by 27 total points. Edgewood finished seven points ahead of Sullivan and 10 points ahead of West Vigo. Owen Valley, Brown County and South Vermillion rounded out the standings.
"It means a lot to the kids to have a patch to put on their (varsity letter) jackets that everyone can be proud of," Gambill said.