UPDATED: June 3, 2014 – 12:01 a.m.
BY DEAN HOCKNEY
KOKOMO, Ind. – Kokomo is still the team to beat in the North Central Conference when it comes to boys sports. For the fifth consecutive year, the NCC Boys All-Sports plaque goes to the Kokomo Wildkats. For the second straight year, the Kats out-pointed Richmond for the championship, 68.5 to 58. Huntington North was third with 56, followed by Marion (51.5), Muncie Central (44.5), Logansport (43) and Anderson (38.5).
“The boys really ran away with the boys all-sports this year,” said Kokomo Athletic Director Jason Snyder. “In the spring, we had a nice run with track and golf finishing in first. That is a nice accomplishment, winning 10 points.”
The Wildkats won four championships this year on the boys’ side: swimming, wrestling, golf and track. Second place finishes came from football and cross country, and the Kats got a pair of third places in basketball and baseball. Snyder noted that this year, the Kats won the trophy despite the “big three” sports – football, basketball and baseball – not winning a title.
“Our big three was in the top half of the conference, but we had other teams step up,” said Snyder. “Swimming has been very tough, and they won this year. And golf was a really big conference win after other schools have dominated it. This was just an overall team accomplishment. We just had a group that really took pride in our conference games.”
Huntington North was the overall NCC All-Sports champions for the second consecutive year, topping the Wildkat boys and girls by a mere two points, 118-116. The Vikings placed third in the boys’ race and second on the girls’ side. Marion was third (108), followed by Logansport (105.5), Richmond (102.5), Muncie Central (93) and Anderson (74).
“We were ahead for quite a while, which is really tough considering the position we are in,” said Snyder, explaining that Kokomo is one of two NCC schools that does not field a gymnastics team. “All of the schools at the top have gymnastics teams and field points in that event, and we do not. So I am proud of our group. We have a great senior class, and their efforts and leadership led to Kokomo having a great year.”
The Lady Wildkats finished fifth overall in the girls NCC competition, which was won by Logansport for the second consecutive year. Kokomo’s total of 47.5 points was one shy of fourth place Muncie Central. The Berries had 62.5 points to beat Huntington North by one-half a point. Marion was third (56.5), Richmond was sixth (44.5) and Anderson seventh (35.5). The Lady Kats had no team championships in 2013-2014, but showed vast improvement from its eighth place finish of 2011-2012.
The NCC will look different when the new school year kicks off this fall as Lafayette Jefferson, McCutcheon and Harrison – all from Tippecanoe County – will join the fold. Huntington North will depart at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, with Indianapolis Arsenal Tech taking its spot to maintain a 10-team league.