October  31, 2015

Fort Wayne Canterbury Claims Back-to-Back Championships
An exciting overtime finish lead to Fort Wayne Canterbury claiming a back-to-back state championship with a 3-2 victory over Evansville Mater Dei.

The game, which was a rematch of last year’s state finals match, was a back and forth affair. Mater Dei’s Abby Schoenstein kicked off the day’s scoring with a goal in the opening minutes of the game, but Canterbury late in the half with a score by Sydney Colby to draw the score even. The start of the second half saw a role reversal for the two teams as the Cavaliers’ Abby Bergeron netted a goal in the first 41 seconds of the half. The Wildcats’ defense held Canterbury scoreless the remainder of the half, and they managed to force overtime with a goal from sophomore Lily Hoffman in the 56th minute of the game.

Abby Bergeron, however, wasn’t finished with her offensive production for the day. Just three minutes into the first overtime period, the Canterbury senior found the back of the net for the go ahead goal, and senior goal keeper Alexa Habig kept the Cavalier lead safe to ensure the school’s second consecutive state championship victory.


Canterbury, coached by Jennie Crandal, ended their state finals run with a record of 17-4-1. The Wildcats, under Coach Allison Garrard, wrapped up their season with a final record of 18-4-2.

Kristin East of Evansville Mater Dei wins Mental Attitude Award

Kristin East of Evansville Mater Dei High School was named the winner of the 2015 Mental Attitude Award, sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, for Girls Class A Soccer by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee. 

The Wildcat’s team captain helped lead Evansville Mater Dei to its second consecutive state finals appearance this season. The four-time Academic All-City and 2015 Academic All-State recipient was also named honorable mention all-city this year. She is a member of Mater Dei’s National Honors Society and Spanish Club, and also volunteers with Special Olympics Bowling, is a YMCA Camp Carson Counselor, and helps in the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. In addition to playing soccer and her involvement in school organizations, Kristin also participates on the track and field team in the 3200 M Relay and high jump.

The daughter of John and Ann East of Evansville, Kristin plans to attend either Purdue or Rose Hulman University next year to study engineering.

The IHSAA Executive Committee, on behalf of Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, will award a scholarship for $1,000 to Evansville Mater Dei High School in the name of Kristin East.  Since 1989, more than $840,000 in college scholarships has been presented to deserving high school students in Indiana.