Volleyball won sectionals (the program’s fourth, first since 2001), defeating Hamilton, Lakeland Christian, and then host Lakewood Park in the championship. At regionals, the Bruins came back from a two-set deficit to defeat No. 3 ranked Morgan Township; the team then lost to Pioneer in the championship in four sets. The team won 9 of its last 10 games to finish with an 18-14 record (after starting the season 1-7). Senior Anya Kauffman finished her career with 818 digs (4th), 706 kills (4th), and 165 serving aces (6th). Junior Jadyn Kaufmann had 637 assists which is the third best season mark for a 5-1 offense and is third career with 1486. Sophomore Sadie Brenneman’s 340 kills were fourth best for a season and her 32 block assists moved her into 5th for her career. Receiving Bruin awards: Sportsmanship: Emma Bontrager; MVP Offense: Sadie Brenneman; MVP Defense: Anya Kauffman; Team Player: Jadyn Kaufmann. Anya Kauffman received Academic All-State Honorable Mention. See See Elkhart Truth article: Kauffman finds home at Bethany Christian and Goshen News article: Cedric, Sadie keep family legacy rolling.
Boys Soccer won its second consecutive sectional and program’s fifth this decade (sixth overall), defeating Eastside 4-1 and then Westview 4-0. In regionals the Bruins lost to Argos 1-0, a team they had defeated 4-3 a week before to win the Northern Indiana Soccer Conference championship. The Bruins finished with an 11-8 record. Cedric Brenneman set a school record for most goals in a season: 41 and was one of 18 players in the state to be named to the 1st Team All-State. (See Goshen News article on 9th grader Alann Torres and Elkhart Truth article on senior Cedric Brenneman. Also Goshen News article: Cedric, Sadie keep family legacy rolling.) Earning Northern Indiana Soccer Conference Awards for 1st team were Cedric Brenneman, Alann Torres, KeShawn Smith, and Omar Gonzalez; and for 2nd team Dylan Horning and Nick Yoder. Receiving honors from the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association were Cedric Brenneman (1st Team All-District 1), Nick Yoder (Top Team Award) and Nick Yoder and Alex Cartwright (Academic All-State). Receiving Bruin Awards: Alex Cartwright, sportsmanship; Cedric Brenneman, MVP; KeShawn Smith, defensive MVP; Allan Torres, offensive MVP; Dylan Horning, most improved; Joseph Gonzales, JV MVP; David Caiceros, JV most improved.
Girls Soccer had aspirations of a sectional championship, but lost 1-0 in double overtime to host Westview. The team finished with a 9-7-1 record. Earning Northern Indiana Soccer Conference Awards for 1st team were Kassy Miller and Caroline Cartmel and for 2nd team Rilynn Kaufmann and Hannah Rose. Receiving Bruin awards were Karina Kern, sportsmanship and goal of the year; Jackie Barber, resilience; Mackenzie Mast, most improved; Reyna King, rookie of the year. Meg Heinisch earned Academic All-state from the Indiana Coaches of Girls Soccer Association. The Indiana Soccer Coaches Association named Kassy Miller the Bruins top player and awarded academic all-state honors to Meg Heinisch and Caroline Cartmel.
Cross Country teams did not advance in sectional play, but Clara Lind advanced to regionalsas an individual with a time of 22:32. Receiving Bruin Awards: Sportsmanship: Hanbing Wei and Jacob Plank; MVR: Clara Lind and Kelby Youngberg; Bruin Paw Award: Naomi Torres and Caleb Mast. Earning Academic All-State honorable mention were Clara Lind and Fiona Yeakey.
Boys Tennis improved its record from last year, finishing the season 9-11. The team lost to Goshen in the NorthWood sectional. A season highlight was placing second in the Wabash Invitational at the end of the regular season, losing only to Wabash 2-3. Receiving Bruin awards: Sportsmanship: Nathan Oostland; MVP: Philip Krabill; Leadership: Most Improved: Tyson Miller; JV MVP: Braden Bohn. Philip Krabill was named Academic All-State and Jonah Farran Academic All-State honorable mention.
Sportsmanship Awards: Karina Kern, Alex Cartwright, Emma Bontrager, Jacob Plank, Hanbing Wei, Nathan Oostland
MVP awards: Clara Lind, girls cross country; Cedric Brenneman, boys soccer; KeShawn Smith, defense boys soccer; Anya Kauffman, volleyball defense, and Philip Krabill, boys tennis. Not pictured: Kassy Miller, girls soccer, Kelby Youngberg, boys cross country, Sadie Brenneman, volleyball offense; and Alann Torres, offense boys soccer.