Members of Trinity Lutheran’s volleyball, boys and girls soccer, tennis and cross-country teams were honored when the school held its fall athletics program in the Bollinger Athletic Complex Sunday.
Most valuable players, Cougar Award winners, senior awards and letter winners were announced.
All seniors who played their sport for all four years of high school received senior awards.
Most valuable player awards went to Kamzi Gross in volleyball, Kailene Cockerham in girls soccer, Connor Sims in boys soccer and Solomon Hall in tennis.
The tennis team had a record of 6-7 and Coach Kable Walton said, “I thought we had a very good season. We had a lot of goals, and we wanted to improve a lot of things. All of the players improved.”
Walton said naming a most valuable player was a tough decision. “We had a lot of competitive players. I went with the best record and Solomon had the best record.”
Hall had a record of 9-7 and earned a medal at the conference tournament.
Ryan Kleman and Cameron Gruenwald received senior awards.
Nathan Finke received the Cougar Award. Walton said, “Nathan had a lot of spirit and showed a good attitude.”
Evan Hunt was named the most improved player. “I went with a first-year player and Evan surprised me with his play,” Walton said.
Girls soccer coach Thom Hayes said, “We had our ups and downs. We picked up some tough teams and overall I’m pleased with our (7-8) record. We lost a couple matches we probably should have won.
“The freshmen made a big impact. They played a lot of minutes.”
The Cougars lost to Providence in the sectional.
Hayes said Cockerham had an outstanding career in announcing her as MVP.
“She had another good year,” he said. “She had a good number of goals, 21, and she scored 63 goals for her career.”
Cockerham received a soccer ball with the number 63 on it for setting a career scoring record.
Cockerham and Sarah Lemming received senior awards.
Mya Lindroth received the Cougar Award, and Kaydence Miller was named most improved.
Hayes said, “Kaydence did an outstanding job of playing the top of our defense.”
This was Todd Jack’s first season coaching the boys soccer team.
“Our success wasn’t shown in the win column,” he said. “Our six seniors were solid individuals.”
Jack called Sims “a coach on the field. He was a big presence and a voice on the field. We noticed when he was not on the field.”
Preston Kovener received the Cougar award, and he and Sims received senior awards. Jack said, “Preston was an inspiration on and off the field.”
In presenting Kade Hill the most improved plaque, Jack said, “He was so humble, and he was so hard on himself.”
Cross-country coach Jim Kay announced Cheyenne Campbell and Jocelyn Love as letter winners.
“Both girls have a lot of potential,” Kay said.
Neither girl ran in the sectional. Kay did not present any special awards.
Campbell also played volleyball for the Cougars.
Volleyball coach Faith Wilder-Newland said her team had an outstanding record (30-5) and tied the school record for wins.
“We were one point away from the state championship,” she said. “We were ahead of Lafayette Catholic 28-27 in the first set and we needed one more point to win.”
Lafayette won that set before Trinity won the second and third sets, then lost the fourth and fifth sets.
“I’m so excited about this year,” Wilder-Newland said. “Bigger than all the awards is what the kids became inside. I’ve coached many teams and what excited me about this team is their mental toughness. I’m proud of what this team accomplished.
“We had a lot of contributions from our seniors and junior.”
Wilder-Newland said, “Kamzi saved us on defense. She refused to let the ball hit the floor.”
Gross was recognized for having over 2,000 digs for her career.
Stella Kleffman and Bailey Tabeling were named co-most improved, Ruthie Bingham received the Cougar Award, and Bingham and Gross received senior awards.
The coach said Tabeling and Kleffman deserved their most improved awards for the amount of growth they showed this fall.
“Ruthie was the spiritual, the emotional leader of our team, and she gets the most out of her talent,” Wilder-Newland said.
Bingham and Tabeling were recognized for each having over 500 career kills, and Addison Darlage was honored for topping the 1,000-mark in assists as she had 1,147.
“For a freshman setter to run our 5-1 offense like she did is really amazing,” Wilder-Newland said. “(Darlage) also had 260 digs. We played as a team.”
Wilder-Newland said the team received the team academic award from the state coaches association for having a 3.9 grade point average, and Bingham, Gross and Kleffman were named academic all-state for having GPA’s of 3.65 or higher.
Bingham, Gross and Tabeling were named first team all-state and Kleffman was named second team all-state.
The three seniors played for and helped the South Class 1A-2A team defeat the North team earlier Sunday in Indianapolis. Wilder-Newland helped coach the south team.
Wilder-Newland also thanked her assistant coaches, Lindsey Schepman, Gregg Greathouse and Mindy Roeder.
The JV team was 13-8.