Archive for October 18, 2016



MISHAWAKA, Ind. – A former Lady Wildkat is now on the bench at Bethel College. Rebekah (Basinger) Grudda, a 2007 Kokomo High School graduate, was recently named an assistant coach for the Lady Pilots. The former Bethel All-American joins the staff of first year head coach Eric Gingerich and will work alongside the other assistants Kat Gingerich and Ryan Ehm.

Grudda played in 70 games as a Lady Wildkat over her three years at Kokomo. During her career, she helped the Lady Kats to a 56-18 overall record with two sectional and two regional titles playing for three head coaches: Chris Huppenthal (2004-2005), Charlie Hall (2005-2006) and Jason Snyder (2006-2007).

“We are very excited to see Rebekah and this opportunity for her,” said Snyder, now the KHS athletic director. “She was a great player here at Kokomo and was always interested in the breakdown of games. She often traveled with the coaches and helped scout. This is going to be a natural move for her and she will be helpful with any program she is with.”

After Kokomo, she was a standout for the Lady Pilots from 2008 to 2011 and a member of two NAIA National Tournament teams (Elite Eight in 2008 and Sweet Sixteen in 2009), a pair of NCCAA national championships (2010 and 2011), back-to-back MCC regular season championships (2008 and 2009) and the program’s first MCC Tournament championship (2008). During that time, the Lady Pilots tallied up an impressive 98-39 record, including the team’s first 30-plus win season by going 31-4 in 2008.

“Her experience at Bethel was outstanding as a player,” said Snyder. “I know she gathered a lot of knowledge there. She will be able to pass on that knowledge and what she garnered from Coach Hall to the players at Bethel.”

During her time donning the No. 22 jersey, Grudda poured in 1,366 career points, which places her 10th on the all-time scoring list in Lady Pilot history. She also is a member of the 500 career rebound club. Her 591 rebounds are 11th on the all-time list. In addition, upon graduation, Grudda finished eighth in program history for made three-point field goals in a career (163).

For her efforts, Grudda collected a handful of individual accolades, including being named the Most Valuable Player after the 2011 NCCAA National Tournament, receiving NCCAA All-American honors in 2010 and landing all-conference recognition twice.

Grudda and the Lady Pilots kick off the 2016-2017 season on Oct. 26 at Holy Cross College. BC holds a 5-1 all-time series record over the Saints, including a 69-63 win over HCC last season. The season opener will tip off at 5:30 p.m.

Courtesy of Bethel College and Sports Journal staff



Western's Victoria Gingerich tees off at the state finals. (SJ Photo/William Gibson)

Western’s Victoria Gingerich tees off at the state finals. (SJ Photo/William Gibson)

CARMEL, Ind. – For the 10th time in school history, the Western Lady Panthers advanced to the IHSAA Girls Golf State Finals. Playing on a soggy Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, Western shot a 36-hole 670 to finish eighth in the two-day event. Evansville North won its third consecutive state title, shooting a 618 in the 44th annual event.

Western senior Minka Gill found herself one shot short of being on the podium. The Panthers leader shot a 72-80 for an eight-over-par 152 to tie for 11th place. Columbus North senior Holly Anderson earned low medalist honors with a 146, followed by Elyse Stasil of Chesterton (148). 2015 state champ Alexis Miestowski (Lake Central) and Reece Malapit (Yorktown) each shot a 149 to tie for third place.

For Western, junior Lauren Tuchscherer placed 37th (165) and was followed by senior Victoria Gingerich (169), sophomore Trina Gill (184) and junior Andrea Patterson (210).

Playing as individuals, Tipton sophomore Emma Kelly shot a 158 (79-79) for 24th place and Kokomo freshman Kiah Parrott finished 29th with a score of 159 (85-74).

Evansville North’s top four players all finished within six strokes of each other led by junior Hadley Walts with a 151 who finished tied for seventh overall. She was followed by senior Katelyn Le at 154, sophomore Katelyn Skinner at 156 and senior Brittany Skinner at 157. Freshman Abby Whittington ended at 164 for the Huskies. They were coached by Ken Wempe and joined Martinsville as the only schools to win three consecutive state titles in the sport.

North’s team total of 618 was two strokes better than top-ranked Westfield (620) which settled for the runner-up spot for the second straight year. Fourth-ranked Columbus North ended third at 623, followed by No. 5 Zionsville at 638 and No. 3 Carmel at 655.

North’s 618, Westfield’s 620 and Columbus North’s 623 ranked as the third, fourth and fifth best scores ever posted at the state finals. Evansville North entered the weekend red-hot after posting the lowest sectional score in state tournament history with a 290 two weeks ago and following up with a 296, the second-lowest regional score ever posted a week ago.

The rain stayed away from Saturday’s final round before letting loose during the post-tournament awards ceremony. Friday’s first round endured two rain delays that totaled three hours and two minutes. Play was finally suspended at 7:21 p.m. that evening due to darkness with 11 groups totaling 33 golfers who returned to finish where they left off first thing Saturday morning.

At the conclusion of the state finals, Katelyn Le of Evansville North High School was named the winner of the mental attitude award by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee. She is the daughter of Phil and Kim Le of Evansville. She is undecided on her college choice but intends to study pharmacy.

Dean Hockney and the IHSAA contributed to this story