FORT WAYNE – While one did it in record-tying fashion, and another did it for the first time in 25 years, the Concordia volleyball and the North Side football teams got to celebrate outright SAC championships.
And they both are reaping the benefits with the announcement of the 2013 All-SAC volleyball and football teams Monday.
The Cadets won their fourth straight SAC regular-season volleyball title with a 7-0 league record. Concordia hasnt lost an SAC regular-season match in four years. Snider (1991-94) and Northrop (1996-99) also won four titles in a row.
It says a lot about the character of our kids, Concordia coach Trish Miller said. We always talk about staying humble and playing our best and knowing everybody is going to play their best against us, and we have a mark on our back. We want to rise when we face adversity and hopefully it makes us better.
Our conference was better this year. We dont play our opponents as much as we are playing ourselves every night. No matter who is on the other side of the floor, we should be at the same level because we should be executing what we do.
First-team honors for Concordia went to TeAyla Whitfield, Tionna Williams, Grace Miller, Erica Shively and DeJour Young.
Bishop Dwenger (Olivia Current, Jennifer ODaniel, Megan Coffin) and Bishop Luers (MacKenzie North, Kirsten Comment, Megan Lee) each had three players on the first team.
The Redskins (6-1 SAC) were the outright conference football champions for the first time since 1988.
At this point, (the players) are ready to move on, North Side coach Ryan Hall said. They want to go with the second part of our season. It worked out with us having a bye (last week in the first round of the Class 5A sectionals) because you didnt have to concentrate right away on your first opponent. It has sunk in. They are happy and excited. The (Victory) Bell is still in our locker room. They are looking forward to the playoffs and making a run. It is kind of being done talking about it for now. It is tough if you win the conference and you lose your first playoff game and forget what a successful season you had.
North Side first-team selections were Zach McKinstry, Andre Green, Mike Lovett, Nick Cook, W.R. Sanders, Latavion Guy and Kavon Anderson.
Bishop Dwenger also had six players on the first team in Ryan Watercutter, Nathan Niese, Stephen Colligan, Mike Fiacable, Alex Schenkel, Antonio Blackmon, while Wayne had five in Jari Dada, Austin Yarbro, Edgar Maldonado, Joc Thomas and Kye Black.