June 8, 2013

Lakewood Park Christian Wins Second Straight State Championship
In a matchup of the last two Class A state champions, Lakewood Park Christian earned its second straight Class A softball state championship by defeating Tecumseh 10-3 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

The Panthers wasted no time, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.  A double by junior Jaclyn Delagrange scored senior teammate Courtney Sliger followed by another double, this time by senior Suzanne Grimm scored Delagrange.

The score remained 3-0 until the bottom of the fourth when Lakewood Park picked up two more quick runs as senior Nicole Faur and junior Hannah Priskorn scored for the Panthers.  The gap widened in the fifth inning as Lakewood Park tacked on four more on scores from Grimm, sophomore Hannah Sutton, Faur, and Priskorn. 

Tecumseh made a late push in the top of the seventh inning, scoring three runs after back-to-back doubles by sophomore MaKenzie Duncan and freshman Hannah Patterson.  Senior Madison Oxley was brought in by a single from junior Tiffany Summers.

Summers led the Braves with three hits but also suffered the loss on the mound.  Lakewood Park sophomore Brooke Herendeen, Grimm, junior Mikeila Boroff, and junior Kelsey Mosley each had two hits.  Boroff was credited with the win, wrapping up 27-2 year. 

David Carnahan’s Lakewood Park squad finishes the season with a 29-2 record, while head coach Gordon Wood led the Tecumseh Braves to a 21-8 record. Tecumseh had defeated Lakewood Park for the 2011 state championship.

Katie Burkett of Tecumseh Wins Mental Attitude Award
Members of the IHSAA Executive Committee announced Katie Burkett of Tecumseh High School as the winner of this year’s Mental Attitude Award in Class A Softball.

The valedictorian of her class is president of the National Honor Society and secretary of the Student Council.  She has been involved in the Relay for Life and March of Dimes charity organizations.

Burkett was named to the Pocket Athletic All-Conference team for her efforts on the diamond this season, and was a member of 2011 state champion Tecumseh squad.  Burkett will attend Indiana University next year, and plans to major in biology.

She is the daughter of Anthony and Laurie Burkett of Elberfeld. 

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the proud corporate partner of all IHSAA tournaments, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Tecumseh High School in the name of Katie Burkett.