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Elkhart coach searches, Neff's retirement and 5 Concord sectional titles made for one telling year

Jordyn Bontrager’s inspiring personal story was huge in Westview’s run to a 2A basketball title game.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 5:00 a.m.

ELKHART — High-profile coaching landscape changes, record-setting seasons and four sectional champions from one school.

The Elkhart County area certainly had its share of interesting storylines during the 2013-’14 high school sports season.

As spring comes to a close, The Truth sports staff puts a bow on a memorable package of top stories.

Here’s our Top 10:

1. Central and Memorial each lose their boys basketball leaders.

Elkhart begins one search for two coaches

2. Westview’s memorable run to the Class 2A state basketball title game.

Jordyn Bontrager left Elkhart and found a family life at Westview

The Warriors were ‘easy to root for’

3. NorthWood, Goshen football turn to sons of former coaches to kickstart programs.

Nate Andrews will follow his father’s footsteps and coach NorthWood football

Timing wasn’t perfect, but time was right for Goshen’s Kyle Park

4. Steve Neff, NorthWood’s Hall of Fame girls basketball coach, retires.

Neff set to close out a four-decade coaching career

Neff takes loss in final game with wit and ire

5. Elkhart Central volleyball makes a huge run to the IHSAA 4A Final Four

Defensive adjustment helps propel Blue Blazers to regional title

Stahl, Shrieiner different players on the same page

6. NorthWood, Elkhart Christian and Penn enjoy spectacular basketball seasons

Reflecting on one of the best area seasons ever

Wilkinson, Zurcher make it a grand night at NorthWood

7. Carla Herschberger ends tremendous volleyball career at Fairfield

Fairfield’s Herschberger to ’try something different’

8. Elkhart Memorial girls tennis wins the NLC, a sectional, a regional and a semistate for the first time in school history

Krystal Grubb adds a new chapter to a powerful sister act

Chargers make a bucket list with a twist

9. Concord logs sectional championships in football, boys basketball, softball, boys tennis and baseball

Football: Concord has seen this kind of story in itself

Softball: Minutemen success grows with Rae Ann Miller’s confidence

Basketball: Minutemen ’money guard’ cashes in for a sectional crown

Baseball: Competitive fire propels Brenden Curry

Boys Tennis: Minutemen knock off East Noble for regional title

10. Northridge football goes from 2-9 to first 7-win season since 1977

Raiders the most intriguing chapter in a season full of great stories




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