Board celebrates fall season success

Emily Cooper, School News Team Leader

Girls cross country, girls volleyball, Soren Knudsen, judo, and marching band.

All brought home hardware this past fall season.

“We’ve never had this many students getting recognized at one board meeting,” Mr. Dave DiLorenzo, public relations, said at the MCHS District #111 board meeting on Nov. 15.

The usual board meetings take place in the Career Center at Central Campus, but this time there were too many recognitions to fit in the doors. They traded out the usual setting for the auditorium. This was the biggest recognition in MCHS history.

It started with volleyball head coach Ms. Carrie Prosek thanking Mr. Robert Tyrell, athletic director, for pushing her to become the girls head coach a couple years back. She continued to thank the board members for inviting them. The girls volleyball team finished second in the state in IHSA class 4A.

Then, Mr. Kevin Gummerson, head cross country coach, talked about how amazing this season has been for the girls.

Girls cross country took third at state with four All-State runners: Ashley Tutt, Mackenzie Callahan, Emily Shelton, and Vivian Van Eck.

The two seniors — Tutt and Callahan — will continue their running career at Northern Illinois University in the fall of 2017.

Along with that was Gummerson’s speech about Soren Knudsen.

“Soren, a senior here at Minooka. The best race he ran here was his last, 3 miles in 14.01 minutes. The 10th fastest time in Illinois history,” Gummerson said.

Following that speech was Mr. Rick Undesser, Spanish, with the judo team.

“Our program is starting to speak for itself. Judo is the second largest sport outside of this country, under soccer,” Undesser, said.

And last but not least was the Marching Indians, led by Mr. Rick Anderson.

“There is not a grander stage than U of I Memorial Stadium. We were able to place third at this competition. I’m extremely proud of these students for putting this momentum forward in putting on such a great show, 212 students were involved. Ninety percent of students continue to do marching band after freshman year,” Anderson said.

At Minooka the board members take pride in what the students accomplish. No matter if it’s on the field or in the classroom, the board members cheer the Indians on.