October  29, 2016

Mishawaka Marian Captures Back-to-Back Title 
Led by a stingy defense and an explosive offense, the Mishawaka Marian Knights pulled away from Providence to secure their second consecutive Class A Soccer Title.

It took most of the first half for either team to gain an advantage, but in the 33rd minute, junior defenseman Roberto Ontiveros found himself in position to head in his fourth goal of the season. But after a slow first half, the Marian offense kept momentum on their side in the second with Jordan Morris’ goal in the 42nd minute. The junior forward netted his second goal of the day, and 15th of the season, near the halfway point of the second half to give the knight’s a comfortable lead. Wanting in on the offensive action, junior midfielder Johnathan Tavarez lasered an unassisted goal to the back of the net from 25 yards out.

While the Mishawaka Marian offense kept the pressure on Providence, the Knight’s defense kept their lead safe by holding Providence to a total of eight shots for the entire game, only five of which were on goal. Freshman goalie Hunter Renner saved all five shots he faced before he turned keeper duties over to his senior counterpart, Michael Cataldo, to close out the match.

Mishawaka Marian, coached by Ben Householter, finished their championship season with a record of 18-5. The Pioneers and Head Coach Nathan Marshall wrapped up their season with a final record of 18-3-1.

Nick Berry of Providence earns C. Eugene Cato Mental Attitude Award

Nick Berry of Providence High School was named the winner of the 2016 C. Eugene Cato Mental Attitude Award, sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, for Boys Class A Soccer by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee.


The Pioneers’ team captain is a three-year letter winner in soccer, where he has led his team to three sectional, two regional, and one semi-state championship titles. He has also earned three varsity letters as a member of both the swim and track teams, where he was voted as captain of the swim team and earned academic all-state recognition in track and field. In addition to his excellence on the athletic field, Nick is a National Honor Society member and has advanced to the Final Four of the Science Bowl twice during his high school career. A volunteer at Mount Saint Francis, Nick serves his community soup kitchen and has also helped rebuild houses in Kentucky through Wolfe Pack Mission Trips.

The son of Phil and Vicki McCombs and Alan Berry, Nick plans to attend either Purdue University, University of Louisville, or Rose Hulman University next year to pursue a degree in engineering and/or chemistry.

The IHSAA Executive Committee, on behalf of Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, will award a scholarship for $1,000 to Providence High School in the name of Nick Berry.  Since 1989, more than $860,000 in college scholarships has been presented to deserving high school students in Indiana.