At a recent board meeting, the Board of School Trustees along with Dr. Ken Folks, Superintendent, honored the Academic All-State Fall athletes. To receive this distinguished All-State award, an athlete must have played in 70% of games this season, have a minimum of a 3.40/4.0 or 9.1/12.0, and a minimum SAT of 1660 or a minimum ACT of 24. Congratulations
by Johnny Boatright
photos by: Grant Atkinson and Jonathan Boatright
This weekend’s Bulldog Invite at IPFW’s indoor facility proved to be great showing for the future stars of Bulldog Track and Field. This was the second of two Hoosier State Relay Qualifier meets hosted by New Haven High School and the day belonged to the New Haven underclassmen, particularly the freshman class. Top ten finishers for the Bulldog freshmen were Andrea Lawrence (5th Long Jump and 9th High Jump) and James Gardner (6th High Jump). Top twenty finishers were Ashia Howard (17th High Jump), Mariah Campbell (17th Shot Put), and Peyton Christensen (20th Pole Vault). Also finishing well for the Bulldog’s freshman class were Grant Atkinson (27th 3200m Run), Jordan Lahr (39th 3200m Run), and Serenity Baskerville (51st 60m Dash). Grant Atkinson improved his personal record by over 30 seconds and James Gardner broke his PR by 5” to jump 6’1” and secure a spot as one of the athletes tied for 16th to qualify for the Hoosier State Relays. As a dual sport athlete in ! basketball and track this was Mr. Gardner’s first meet for NHHS track and field; a first meet he opened in impressive fashion.
The coaching staff for New Haven Track and Field are very excited about this talented group of freshmen. When asked about the future, Girl’s Head Coach Larry Stemmler said, “It’s a very exciting time for New Haven Track and Field. In all my years of coaching we have had some very talented groups come through New Haven high school. Our current group, from freshmen to senior, could rank among the best of them. I am very proud of this freshman class and feel blessed to be able to coach these athletes.”
Coach Gary Bird, Director of Training for Distance and Jumps added, “Track and Field is really an individual sport, but the meets are scored by the team’s performance. Having such a diverse, and young, group of athletes doesn’t only bode well for some of their individual state rankings, but puts the team in a great position for years to come when these athletes perform to their ability in their individual events. These kinds of performances show what hard work and dedication can achieve. New Haven Track and Field, and Cross Country, are in the process of making history and we really hope that more New Haven student athletes will want to be a part of it.”
As the Bulldogs celebrate the accomplishments of their athletes this indoor season we eagerly anticipate the excitement to come during the outdoor Track and Field season. The Bulldogs open their outdoor season on April 8th, 5pm at Snider High School. As always, we invite you to come out and support them as they represent the city of New Haven and our New Haven high school.
by Johnny Boatright
New Haven Track and Field opened their season at the New Haven Indoor Invitational last Saturday, March 7th at IPFW. The Lady Bulldogs started the season with a strong showing by placing 3rd out of 20 teams while the boys placed 14th out of 19. Top finishers for the Lady Bulldogs included 2nd place finishes in 60m Dash (Kaaniah Creech), and Long Jump (Ja’Nyia Grundy), 3rd place finishes in Pole Vault (Megan Kage), 3200m Run (Paige Boatright), and Distance Medley Relay (Paige Boatright, Brooke Feipel, Kaaniah Creech, and Hayley Newman), 5th place finish in 4x200m Relay (Nakita Turner, JaNyia Grundy, Jakyia Grundy, Kaaniah Creech), and a 6th place finish in 60m Hurdles (Nakita Turner). The men’s team top finishers were a 3rd place finish in 4x400m relay (Adam Hoffer, Jalin Nelson, Brayan Pizaon, and Cristian Salazar) and 5th place finish in 60m Dash (Lamar White). Full results can be seen on: www.directathletics.com/results/track/37060.html
Among those on track to qualify for the Hoosier State Relays (HSR) at Purdue University on March 24th are the Women’s DMR team with a time of 13:38.94, the boys 4×400 team with a time of 3:41.82, Kaaniah Creech with a time of 8.01 seconds, Nakita Turner with a time of 10.0 seconds, Megan Kage in pole vault at 9’, and Paige Boatright in the 3200m run with a time of 11:25.55. Paige Boatright’s time bests her own NHHS indoor 3200m record of 12:08 that she set in 2014. Also, New Haven High School indoor records were set by Kaaniah Creech and and Nakita Turner in the 60m dash and 60m hurdles respectively. The New Haven Track and Field team will compete at IPFW next weekend (3-14-2015) starting at 10am where they hope to add to the number of possible HSR qualifiers. Please come out and support our Bulldog Track and Field team as they kick off what is already shaping to be an exciting season.
While the athletes have much to be excited about from this weekend they, the coaches, and the parents of New Haven High School Track and Field, as well the New Haven Cross Country team, would like to send their most heartfelt and sincere condolences to Coach Larry Stemmler and his family at the loss of Larry’s father, Lorenz Stemmler. Each of us that have had the privilege of knowing Coach Stemmler without knowing his father can marvel at what a wonderful man Lorenz must have been. We know that he will be sorely missed in his passing, but we remain grateful and blessed at what he has left behind for all of us to enjoy. Our prayers and thoughts are with Coach Stemmler and his family in this time of sorrow.
Bishop Dwenger 50, New Haven 44
Team Bird Elite youth running club closed out it’s Indoor Track season at the University of Kentucky HS Invitational, with Paige Boatright of New Haven HS running a personal record performance for a full 2 mile run Saturday. Paige ran a 11:50.2 in the race which included eight plus different states in this high caliber meet. Paige was 10th out of 32 starters in the women’s two mile. Several universities including Clemson, U of Kentucky, Tulane, Arkansas, U Miami were a few asking questions about Paige. “It is always exciting to discuss our athlete’s to colleges and universities” said Coach Bird. “however Paige being a sophomore cannot directly talked to the schools”, Coach remarked. One purpose on these big meets is simply get their name in front of some schools.
Paige was a little scared with having, such a large group on the indoor 291 meter track. We mapped a tactical start to allow her to get in a rhythm with her race and not get box inside on the curve. Paige “coach my heal got step on twice at the start”. Her first mile was a 5:39.8 basically a personal record for her 1600 time. That was right on for our sub 11:30 goals for this meet. However, she found herself running alone between a lead and second pack of women, this was a mistake, slowing her pace. As we entered in the last critical 800 meters of the race Paige made a move to catch some competitors, passing 4 runners in the last lap with the fastest we have seen her in final meters.
TBE is a youth running club open to 8 to 18 years, we run cross country and track & field, open to any student/athletes who are looking for year around competition.
3A at Garrett:
New Haven vs. Bishop Dwenger
Garrett vs. Concordia
Angola vs. Bishop Luers
(Leo has bye to second round.)
New Haven Boys Varsity Basketball falls to Concordia Lutheran High School 49-45
Crowe 8, Stevenson 8, Kinnie 13, Upshaw 10, Mohler 3, Rudolph 2, Workman 5, Kraner 2
Jaquay 12, Dossen 15, Saalfrank 6, Lomow 12, Scott 12
New Haven Boys Varsity Basketball beat East Noble High School 58-47. Senior Tyron Kinnie led all scorers with a career high 30 points. New Haven plays Heritage this Saturday at New Haven