Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Sports

March 4, 2013

FROM THE SIDELINES: 3A sectional triggers memories

GOSHEN — Covering the boys basketball sectional at Wawasee in Syracuse last week was like opening a scrapbook for this long-time hoops follower.

Fairfield, West Noble and Lakeland were part of this Class 3A derby. They were also in a single-class sectional at East Noble in Kendallville we covered for The News from 1968-91.

NorthWood and Wawasee also added local flavor to the sectional and we often crossed paths with Tippecanoe Valley coach Bill Patrick during his illustrious career.

Special kudos to Wawasee Athletic Director Steve Wiktorowski and his crew for being gracious hosts to this tournament.

Wiktorowski coached the Fairfield Falcons in the East Noble sectional from 1987-91 and among his top players was current Goshen coach Brian Bechtel who tallied 1,019 points for FHS.

Among tournament workers was Kem Zolman, long-time Wawasee girls coach and the father of Indiana girls basketball career scoring leader Shanna Zolman.

Dick Campbell and Bob Riley were among those spotted in the NorthWood cheering section.

Campbell was the last boys basketball coach at Nappanee High School in 1969 and the first at NorthWood a year later after the merger with Wakarusa. He then became the school’s athletic director.

Riley was a long-time successful baseball coach at NorthWood and, now in retirement, is on a committee for the Elkhart County Sports Hall of Fame.

Hal Farmwald was among others cheering on the Panthers. Currently the Goshen High School baseball coach, he is the father of Panther junior guard Tanner Farmwald.

Dave Hamilton, assistant coach at Fairfield, was back in the gym where he was a player for the Wawasee Warriors.

Hamilton scored 207 points as a junior and 204 as a senior for Wawasee, graduating in 1974. He had a high game of 18 against East Noble as a junior. Tom Spear in 1973 and Bob Heady in 1974 were Warrior coaches.

Also in the Fairfield section were Jim Stack and Jerry Garber.

Stack is a 1965 graduate of Goshen High School where he played football and baseball for the Redskins. His son, John, was a junior member of this year’s Falcon team.

Garber is a 1966 graduate of Jefferson High School where he scored 1,196 points for the Tigers who were coached by Jerry Jones during Garber’s first two years, Larry Randall his junior year and Wayne Lambright his senior season.

Troy Neely, Tim Gonderman and Tom Mortola were among supporters of the Lakeland Lakers at the sectional.

Neely, stepfather of current Laker coach Ryan Yoder, scored 1,159 for the Jimtown Jimmies of 1978-80, coached by former Elkhart player Steve Longfellow. Neely later coached the Westview Warriors to Class 2A state titles in 1999 and 2000.

Gonderman, now athletic director at Lakeland in LaGrange, graduated from Northridge High School in 1981. He scored 91 points for Coach Irv Pratt’s Raiders with a high of 10 against West Noble.

Mortola, father of Laker senior standout Spencer Mortola, was once an assistant golf pro at Maplecrest Country Club in Goshen and is now head pro at Cedar Lake in Howe.

Bill Musser, radio voice of the Goshen Redskins in the late 1960s and early 1970s, was seen in the Wawasee cheering section.

Musser, along with the late Jim Pumroy, were broadcasters for WKAM in 1969 when the Redskins captured Elkhart sectional and regional championships with Art Cosgrove the coach and Indiana All-Star John Ritter the standout player.

Among those on radio row for the Wawasee sectional were Rita Price and Bob Berger.

Price is a Hall of Fame broadcaster (WRSW in Warsaw) who has covered girls basketball since the state tournament’s inception in 1976. She will be following the Tippecanoe Valley boys to the Blackford regional.

Berger was an analyst, teaming with play-by-play voice Craig Wallin, for NorthWood boys games on WFRN this winter.

Berger is a 1963 graduate of Nappanee High School and 50 years ago played in a sectional championship game against Goshen at North Side Gym in Elkhart.

Berger scored 195 points as a junior (high of 25 against Columbia City) and 272 as a senior (high of 23 against Ligonier) for Coach Keith Dougherty’s Bulldogs.

Nappanee was 19-4 in 1962-63, losing that sectional title game 74-68 to a 5th-ranked Goshen team which was 23-1 at the time.

Zach Zurcher, NorthWood junior standout, must have gone through a multitude of emotions playing for the Panthers in this sectional.

His father, the late Kim Zurcher, played in this very gymnasium for the Wawasee Warriors. And his grandfather, Vernon Zurcher, was the first coach of boys basketball at Wawasee in 1968-69 after the consolidation of Syracuse, Milford and North Webster.

Kim Zurcher died of cancer in 2004 at the age of 38.

After graduating from Wawasee in 1984, he went on to play at the University of Minnesota under the coaching of Clem Haskins and averaged 7.8 points in 55 games.

Kim Zurcher scored 145 points as a junior (high of 18 against Westview) at Wawasee and 312 as a senior (high of 25 against Goshen), playing under the coaching of former Fairfield player and coach John Wysong who is now an assistant at Northridge.

Vernon Zurcher coached the first three Wawasee teams. His last Warrior squad was 13-8 in 1970-71 with John Hamilton, Jeff Hughes, Dave Elliott, Tim Blue, Russ Mikel and Mark Workman the top players.

Northridge, NorthWood, Westview and Penn all lost sectional championship games Saturday night. That means, for one of the few times ever, our surrounding area will not be represented in regional play.

There’s always next year.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • GN140418 bulls-gibson Improved Gibson proves key for Bulls' success DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Taj Gibson flashed back to the grueling workouts in the searing Southern California heat last summer. There he was with Derrick Rose, running and jumping and trying to take his game to another level for the Chicago Bulls while thei

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140418 base nr-wv kennedy PREP BASEBALL: A pitcher's duel EMMA -- The pitchers were dominant early on until the offenses could getting things going in a high school baseball game between the Northridge Raiders and the Westview Warriors Friday night at Westview. Both starting pitchers hurled four innings of

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Thunder Pacers Basketball [Duplicate] NBA: Pacers switch into playoff mode against Hawks INDIANAPOLIS -- The Pacers believe things have changed. Instead of chasing the top seed in the Eastern Conference, all they have to do is protect their home court. Instead of pressing, they've been joking around. And instead of trying debating what w

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Paul George making big play for endorsement deals

    Paul George already has a winning resume

    April 19, 2014

  • GN140418 bulls playoff push NBA: Bulls ready to start playoff push against Wizards CHICAGO -- Lose a franchise player, trade away another star. Snag home-court advantage for at least one round in the playoffs? It's not the way the Chicago Bulls mapped it out at the start of the season. But here they are, holding the fourth seed and

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140418 ghs wawa nr btrk 01 PREP BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Warriors triumph GOSHEN -- The Wawasee Warriors showcased a couple of very talented athletes in an NLC meet with the Goshen Redskins and the Northridge Raiders Thursday night at Foreman Field. Juniors Clayton Cook and JJ Gilmer were involved in six first places finis

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140418 bglf goshen hartsough PREP BOYS GOLF: Goshen easily downs Central in 2014 opener ELKHART -- Sometimes, the third time really is the charm. After the first two scheduled meets of the season were postponed due to inclement weather earlier this week, the Goshen High School boys golf team was finally able to start the 2014 season Th

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Golf turns into snooze-fest without celebrities like Tiger and Phil

    The Masters lumbered on last week without two of pro golf's biggest names, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and fans changed the channel. The PGA needs someone with star power if it's going to lure people back to the game.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • TGN Sports Roundtable, Ep. 26

    April 17, 2014

  • Pacers Magic Basketball -3 [Duplicate] NBA: Pacers rest 3 starters, cruise past Magic ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland each scored 19 points as the Indiana Pacers rested their key players and cruised to a 101-86 victory over the Orlando Magic in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Eastern Conference's top se

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism
Poll

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results