Monday, September 1, 2014


Westview senior Jordyn Bontrager (with basketball) is surrounded by his family after winning the 2A North Judson. Bontrager has been raised by his grandparents LeiLani (far left) and Duane Bontrager (far right) since he was in the sixth grade. (Photo Supplied)

Westview cheers on the court just before the start of the Class 2A state championship game. Park Tudor defeated Westview 84-57 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 29, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Memorial coach Mark Barnhizer yells instructions during the sectional semifinal against Warsaw. (J. Tyler Klassen / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Elkhart Central head coach Troy Noble directs his players Tuesday Feb 26, 2013, during the first game of the 4A sectional at North Side Gym. Warsaw won 45-44 in double overtime. (J. Tyler Klassen / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

New NorthWood football coach Nate Andrews, son of the late Jim Andrews, was named head football coach for the NorthWood Panthers Monday night by the Wa-Nee school board. (Larry Tebo / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Kyle Park was approved to be Goshen High School's new head football coach on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. (Bill Beck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

NorthWood High School head girls basketball coach Steve Neff oversees a practice in the NorthWood gym on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 in Nappanee. (Jon Garcia / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Azariah Stahl (12) of Elkhart Central High School High School spikes the ball during a game against Concord High School in the 2013 IHSAA volleyball sectionals at Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw on Oct. 24, 2013. Elkhart Central swept the set to advance in the tournament. (Jon Garcia / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Jonathan Wilkinson (left) and Zach Zurcher enter their senior seasons for the NorthWood Panthers. (Anthony Anderson / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Ellen Line, Haley Bechtel, Morgan Miller and head coach Carla Herschberger (left to right) celebrate with their runner-up medals at the end of the Class 2A finals in Muncie on Nov. 6, 2010. (J. Tyler Klassen / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Elkhart Memorial's Hannah Dillman (left) cheers with her partner Madison Robison in the No. 2 doubles match. Elkhart Central hosted the Elkhart Regional final in girls tennis on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

The Concord dugout cheers. Concord softball defeated Northridge 4-2 to win the sectional title at Elkhart Central on Friday, May 30, 2014. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Concord coach Steve Austin talks on the sideline. Northridge boys' basketball defeated Concord 62-59 and won the NLC on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Middlebury. The win gave the Raiders a 7-0 record in conference games. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Tom Wogomon gives a speech to the team during the Northridge Raiders' football practice at Northridge High School Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (Julia Moss / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Elkhart coach searches, Neff's retirement and 5 Concord sectional titles made for one telling year
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