#1StudentNWI: The Beginning of March at Kouts High School

#1StudentNWI: The Beginning of March at Kouts High School
By: Nicole Fackelman Last Updated: March 3, 2016

Hunt the Wolves:
To quote a brilliant man by the name of Robin Williams, “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” And change is something that Bailie Frazier, Truitt Anweiler, and Hanna Freeland had in mind.

Pep Block had seemed to fall rather flat- Black and Gold, Hawaiian Night- boring, generic themes that made Pep Block seem- well, ehh. That’s when an idea sparked. The Mustangs were battling for the keg and Boone Grove had it. So, Bailie proposed an idea. What if we had a different theme for the game against Boone? Camo. Something you wear while hunting. We were going to hunt the wolves! With flyers, snapchat, and tweets, the news soon spread like wildfire.

“Are you going to the game?”

“Hey, you’re going to the game, right?”

“Went out and bought camo for the game!”

It was a whirlwind of school spirit and finally the night came. People were pumped and man did the Pep Block explode! It was the JV game and the bleachers were already full. By the time the Varsity took the court, the Pep Block was elbow-to-elbow. Decked out in camo, the students led cheers, chants, and stood on their toes as the Mustangs battled hard for the keg.

Unfortunately, the wolves got away without a scratch and the hunt was a fail, but not completely. The Pep Block theme was a great success and the student body couldn’t wait to do it again. Special Shout-out to Bailie Frazier who all the posters, hung them, and rallied everybody together for a really awesome night!

Boys Basketball:
The Mustangs traveled to Lake Station on February 4th and dominated. Alex Garavalia scored 20 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and handed out 5 assists. Following Alex was Ethan Ketchmark who added 11 points and snatched up 6 rebounds. Jared Birky had 4 assists, Brent Wireman had 3 steals, Dylan Bruce and Trevor McCormick each grabbed 4 rebounds. The Mustangs traveled came home with a victory against Morgan Township on February 11th 49-45. Alex Garavalia drained 20 points and grabbed 5 steals. Dylan Bruce was close behind with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Trevor McCormick added 6 points and snatched 5 rebounds. Jared Birky had 5 points and 3 assists.

The Mustangs South to Tri-County and took on the Cavaliers only to be defeated 67-52. Dylan Bruce guided the team with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Trevor McCormick followed with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Then came Brent Wireman who added in 10 points. Alex Garavalia snatched up 5 rebounds and contributed 9 points. The Mustangs made their way to Hanover February 19th and came home with a win in their pockets.

The overall score of the game was 51-30. Trevor McCormick was leading the team with 5-5 from the court and 2-2 from the free throw line. He scored a total of 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Alex Garavalia followed with 11 points and 4 assists. Dylan Bruce added in 10 points and snatched up 7 rebounds. The Mustangs ended their regular season on a high note after a win over the LaCrosse Tigers.

The overall game score was 73-48. Trevor McCormick proudly led the team with 25 points and 8 rebounds, followed by Dylan Bruce with a dazzling 18 points and 7 steals, and Ethan Ketchmark with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Alex Garavalia added 11 points and the season was amazing! Great job, boys!

The JV boys defeated Morgan Township February 11th 33-35. Jake Stewart scored 7 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Tyler Heimberg followed with 6 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots. Next was Hunter Schultz scoring 8 points, followed by Dillan Matthes who scored 10, and Casey Dulik followed with 4 points.

The JV boys traveled to Tri-County February 17th and unfortunately lost. Casey Dulik scored 10 points, followed by Tyler Heimberg with 8 points, and Jake Stewart who grabbed 8 rebounds. The JV boys scored a victory against Hanover Central on February 19th. The overall score was 60-52. Tyler Heimberg led the team with 20 points and 7 boards, followed by Hunter Schultz who added 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Jake Stewart who had 11 points and 6 boards.

The team, all together, hit 20 out of 25 free throws. The JV boys finished their season with 13 wins and 8 losses by seizing a victory over LaCrosse 54-46. Tyler Heimberg led the team with 15 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Hunter Schultz with 17 points, and Casey Dulik with 7 points. Jake Stewart added 6 points and 8 rebounds. Great season, boys!

Girls Basketball:
The Fillies took an unfortunate loss in the sectional game against Michigan City Marquette on February 5th. This marks the last game for the Fillies. The Fillies did, however, finish the season 14-10 overall and 5 and 2 in conference. Great season, girls!

Rube Goldberg:
The Rube Goldberg team headed their way up to Purdue University on February 20th to compete in the 2016 Regional competition. The spunky Kouts team’s first run was a great success and had no interventions. The second, however, only had one. But, of all the teams in the competition, even the college teams, Kouts was the ONLY team to have no interventions in the first run.

This gave them a leg up in the competition and enough to win them first place! This year’s goal for the machine was that the machine must be able to open an umbrella because you guessed it! The theme was “Rainy Day”! For this task to be completed, the team’s machine used up to 44 steps!

The next competition will be Nationals during April! Big shout-out and congratulations to Travis Brubaker, Lukas Mergenthaler, Kyle Mergenthaler, Kyer Knifel, Cole Vick, Tristan Lane, Ian Garavalia, John Wehner, Alex Gurekovich, Brendan Ready, and Malachi Wittmer. Good luck at Nationals, boys!

Student Shout Out:
Kyley Pittman and Amanda Gardin: This student shout-out goes out to sophomore Amanda Gardin (left) and senior, Kyley Pittman (right). These two solo vocalists participated in the ISSMA competition January 28th and received golds in the Group 1 division which qualified them to the State Solo and Ensemble Festival on February 20th. Both of these talented singers did receive silver at State. Congrats to both of you ladies, and also the other gold solos of Lauren Drang and Hollie Schweller.