IndyStar honors these amazing sports moms



Kathy Loggan (center), spouse of the late Paul Loggan, talks alongside her youngsters Sami (left), Will (center left) and Michael, along with his fiancé Megan Sizemore at North Central Excessive College on Thursday, Might 7, 2020.

Indianapolis Star

For the 2020 model of “Sports activities Mother of the Yr,” Kyle Neddenriep obtained heartfelt nominations from fathers, moms, husbands, sons, daughters and associates with compelling the reason why that they had the proper choice. And so they did.

Kyle wished to share a few of their tales with you this Mom’s Day.

(A few of the submissions have been edited for house.)

Extra: ‘It may not be easy, but I’ll be here.’ Kathy Loggan is this year’s Sports Mom of the Year


I need to nominate Toby Etchison (mom of Gus, Tillman and J.P. Etchison).

I do know you’re accustomed to the story surrounding the household’s lack of Tony Etchison in a farming accident. Even with that apart, Toby is greater than deserving of this recognition.  She has volunteered in our group to assist different youngsters, opened her dwelling up for a deprived household in want of economic help and is now elevating three boys by herself. 

She is a particular lady, who’s greater than deserving of this honor and recognition. 

Thanks for bringing mild to the particular girls supporting our scholar athletes.  


Bob Letsinger 


I want to submit a nomination for Sports activities Mother of the Yr. Jennifer Pierson of Warren Central. Two of her sons, David Pierson and Jeivan Ross are juniors on the Warren wrestling group. 

David and Jeivan have been athletes their complete lives. They performed basketball, soccer, and wrestled at one level of their youthful years. Jennifer is the last word, devoted, supportive sports activities mother on and off the mat. 

As I’m certain you’re conscious, wrestling is a year-round sport. Her boys don’t take a break so, naturally, neither does she! She NEVER misses a meet or match (it doesn’t matter what state it is in). She’s at all times working/organizing/main the hospitality companies for the group, its volunteers, and referees throughout tournaments. She solely takes a break when it’s David or Jeivan’s flip to wrestle. She heads the Warren Wrestling social media pages on Instagram and Twitter.  She is even on the ISWA (Indiana State Wrestling Affiliation) board that governs off season wrestling. 

She is at all times on the transfer busing a van filled with wrestlers to and from observe, placing up with main attitudes when it is time to minimize weight (which is an admiration all in itself!), and giving help to wrestlers who won’t have it at dwelling. She is greater than David and Jeivan’s mother… she is a group mother. 

Sports activities mother apart, Jennifer is solely simply a tremendous mother. She deserves all the popularity though she’d by no means admit it. I hope you’ll think about this nomination. 


Abbi Turner 


I want to nominate Shannon Thompson, mom of three boys, all athletes. 

All three boys are a number of sport athletes — the oldest, Liam, began two years at North Central at quarterback, and now begins at Wabash. 

I’ve served on the Panther Soccer Membership Board with Shannon for 2 years. She served as president, after which as co-president to coach final 12 months’s new president. 

What strikes me most about Shannon is her humility and dogged willpower to get executed what must get executed for the athletes. On Friday nights even when her son was on the sphere enjoying and there was nobody to work the concession stand, she’d work the concession stand. That’s her essence, roll up her sleeves, and get issues executed. 

Not solely does she serve on the Panther Soccer Membership board, however she additionally works with the mum or dad board for North Central baseball. 

She is in every single place, on a regular basis. My son performed QB at North Central this 12 months… we joked at a recreation this fall that I solely have a month left on the board, she has 7 extra years. She simply rolled her eyes and laughed…”Yep, you are proper.”

Shannon Thompson is the actual deal.

Sort regards,

Stan Abell


The girl I want to nominate for Sports activities Mother of the Yr is Kimberly Deckard.  Kimberly is a mom of three boys who all play ice hockey. The 2 older boys play for the South Stars Hockey Affiliation and the youngest performs for the Indy Gas.  Maintaining three totally different hockey schedules straight could be lots for any household, however this activity is very troublesome as a result of she does it alone. Husband and father John Deckard was a bigger than life supporter of all issues youth hockey who handed away in the summertime of 2018, leaving Kim to complete elevating the three boys on her personal. Previous to his passing, Kim and John have been the quintessential hockey household. Their weeknights and weekends revolved round their boys’ hockey schedules. Not solely is Kim the last word “hockey mother,”  she can be a full-time elementary trainer and up to date “trainer of the 12 months” recipient. There shouldn’t be sufficient hours within the day to perform every little thing she does, however in some way she nonetheless manages.

Kim deserves this recognition for therefore many causes.  She treats each participant (on every of her son’s groups) like her personal. She holds her sons and their coaches accountable to play/coach the sport the best way it’s presupposed to be performed. She is a die-hard supporter of all issues youth hockey. Each group is healthier off for having a Deckard on it. The Deckard boys are hard-working and the sort who lead quietly by instance. It is a direct results of their household’s values and priorities. I’ve had the privilege to educate two of the three boys and nonetheless maintain onto the opportunity of some day teaching the youngest.  As a coach, there was no household I’d quite have in my nook than the Deckards, and that continues to today with Kim. I believe it could be bittersweet given life’s circumstances the previous few years and the truth that her oldest completed his highschool athletic profession this previous season.

Kim Deckard is an inspiration to all who know her and I hope you severely think about her for Sports activities Mother of the Yr.  She’s most likely been deserving of this title for the final decade; I’ll cross my fingers and hope that is her 12 months!

Andrew Todd


Brandi Baxter of Greencastle deserves limitless reward and thanks for her unwavering dedication to her kids. With out hesitation, she works tirelessly to offer each alternative and expertise potential when it coms to her kids and their athletic pursuits. She attends sporting occasions all through each season, starting from pee-wee soccer, baseball and basketball as much as highschool varsity soccer and basketball. She exemplifies the working mother and supportive mum or dad, by no means shying away from volunteering to help in every little thing from meals and clothes for the group and fogeys all the best way as much as operating the concession stand when her kids aren’t collaborating. She travels for hours on weekday and weekend nights to be in help of her kids and their athletic endeavors whereas sustaining the utmost respect for the “scholar” portion of her kids being scholar/athletes. She values the significance of classes realized by athletics and encourages all college students to take part in a wide range of sports activities all through the varsity 12 months. Except for supporting and inspiring her personal kids in athletics, she coaches observe and area on the center college stage. Brandi Baxter is a really supportive mom of 4 scholar/athletes from the elementary to high-school stage and is deserving of a “thanks” for all she does for not solely her personal kids’s athletics, but in addition the group by which she resides and college by which she works (Greencastle Center College).  

I couldn’t be extra proud to offer her title and data for the IndyStar Mom’s Day Sports activities Recognition initiative. Thanks for doing this, Kyle!  

Kevin Kendall


We want so that you can think about our daughter Jennifer White for sports activities mother of the 12 months. Jennifer and her husband Josh have three kids that attend Tri-West. Mollie, 16, is a varsity cheerleader and likewise represents Tri-West on a contest cheerleading group successful many awards across the state. Brady, 14, performs journey baseball spring, summer season and fall. He’s catcher and pitcher. Sophie, 10, performs basketball within the winter and softball in the summertime and fall and soccer cheerleading. Each is an honor scholar at their respective colleges. Throughout COVID-19 with all extracurricular actions shut down Jennifer has arrange sports activities for them of their yard: a baseball batting internet, tumbling mats and a basketball purpose to verify they’re exercising and protecting match for the reopening of their sports activities.  Jennifer is Supermom… She’s their coach, cheerleader, their journey to all of the video games and practices she’s their college tutor, she’s a scheduler of occasions and at all times does it with a SMILE.  It takes a village to lift youngsters and particularly three of them in three totally different colleges and three totally different sports activities, three totally different instances. However she manages, hardly ever asking for assist. One thing very particular is that Jennifer has instilled in every child the significance of teamwork as every sibling helps the opposite with their objectives and attends one another’s sporting occasions. Jennifer is a craft mother so in flip she makes shirts for the seniors’ cheerleaders’  mothers for his or her final 12 months. She supervisors concession stand of Dippin Dots to earn cash for the ladies competitors cheering. 

We’ve watched our daughter’s devoted and tireless efforts sharing her love of sports activities and love for these three youngsters for 10 years. She makes it look straightforward. She stated to me final week, “I really like having the three of them dwelling throughout this pandemic.” 

Sincerely Gregg and Pam Kissel. Mother and Dad


I want to nominate Danielle Traylor. This single, tremendous sports activities mother offers her all to her 4 super-talented basketball younger women. She has managed, in some way to maintain her geese in a row, taking every of those women to observe, video games or exercises, no matter it takes she manages. She has labored so arduous to make their future extra attainable. She being a school participant herself, the love of the sport of basketball has been in a position to train them the sport as nicely. Her oldest daughter will likely be a junior, a starter on Purdue’s girls’s group. She’ll have a senior, junior and sophomore in Excessive College subsequent 12 months.  I applaud her for protecting on when issues weren’t straightforward being a single mum or dad. She made it occur and can proceed until the youngest one is in faculty. Nice job, Danielle, you’re a Tremendous Sports activities Mother for certain!

Kay Traylor


I nominate my mom, Danielle Traylor, ‘Sports activities Mother of the Yr!’ She is so deserving of this award, being a single mother of 4 women. It takes a robust individual to be a single mum or dad and tackle two roles. I can’t thank her sufficient for taking good care of me and my sisters and introducing the sport of basketball to us. As everyone knows, sports activities are pricey. She has been wiling to do no matter she will be able to to pay for our bills, to get us the place we must be right now. Not solely has she taught us the sport of basketball, however she has taught us what issues most in life. If I flip into my mom, and even half the individual she is, I’ll think about myself a profitable one!

PaShense Walker


I’d wish to nominate my mother, Danielle Traylor, in your sports activities Mother of the Yr. She is a single mom of 4 women. I play at Purdue and my sisters all play at Martinsville Excessive College! She’s the rationale I’m the place I’m right now! The numerous hours of teaching us on her personal and and the cash she was in a position to collect up with the intention to get us to our tournaments all through the years goes to indicate how dedicated she has been to giving us the very best alternatives potential to do no matter we want to do! She’s hardworking and devoted and has a love for sports activities that she handed onto us 4 as nicely. In my whole basketball profession earlier than Purdue, she has missed MAYBE a handful of video games. She at all times finds a strategy to steadiness all of our schedules and be there supporting every of us it doesn’t matter what. Even on loopy AAU match weekends once we could be at just a few totally different amenities, she would drive between video games to make it. By my first two years at Purdue and my sisters’ highschool season being across the similar time, she’s managed to make it to all of my dwelling video games and even some away video games as nicely!! She is the epitome of a sports activities mother. She has executed all of it on her personal since day 1 and I do know she is going to proceed to be our greatest fan.

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As a lot as my mother has by no means been one for any form of recognition and has ALWAYS put others first, I really feel I might be doing a disservice as a son if I didn’t nominate my mother, Mary Stewart, for the ‘Sports activities Mother of Yr’ award.  Really, it could appear to be extra becoming for her to be ‘Sports activities Mother of Half a Century’.

Slightly background about my mother: she is 70 years outdated with eight youngsters (4 boys, 4 women), 30 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. All eight youngsters performed sports activities rising up and all by highschool, with mother sometimes transporting to/from and never lacking an occasion. Two sons have been soccer state champions at Roncalli in 1985 and ‘88, one son was a part of the ‘92 sectional championship at Beech Grove, and one son a part of the primary Roncalli basketball Metropolis championship in ’93.  Her daughters performed on varied Roncalli volleyball groups throughout that very same timeframe.

Quick ahead to right now… mother has granddaughters enjoying CYO sports activities at St Jude. and Nativity grade colleges, a grandson who’s a junior on Marian College’s basketball group, a granddaughter who was a freshman this previous 12 months and performed on Cathedral’s JV basketball and volleyball groups, grandson who was a freshman at Roncalli enjoying on freshman soccer group and JV basketball group, and twin grandsons at Franklin Central who performed on the basketball group and soccer groups.  For sure, mother is usually at some form of sporting occasion all seven days of the week (pre-coronavirus) and he or she wouldn’t have it another approach. On nights that she could have “off”, chances are you’ll even discover her at an occasional Pacers recreation with kids/grandchildren.

This schedule would appear exhausting for many of us or sound like one thing enjoyable to do for a retiree. Nevertheless, mother nonetheless works full-time. And her sports activities schedule doesn’t cease right here. Each single Saturday and Sunday, she cuts out the “Sports activities on TV” part of the IndyStar so she will be able to preserve observe of what video games are on TV throughout her “free time.” One is not going to discover her on a weekend with out that specific part of the newspaper stuffed in her purse. If at a grandkids’ occasion, it’s commonplace for her to ask one in every of her youngsters to test their cellphone for a rating or see if we will get the ultimate minute of a detailed recreation on our telephones. Throughout basketball season, it’s routine to obtain a textual content message from her (and generally not get it till I get up the subsequent morning) saying, “Simply wished to let you know that Bobby Hurley (one in every of her all-time favorites) is on”.  Or, “In case you didn’t see it, Steve (Alford) and Nevada are the late recreation tonight.” Reminder: these are the late video games on TV when most of us are already asleep however she nonetheless has to get her “repair” of basketball. If it’s a Notre Dame soccer recreation or IU basketball recreation, she is usually at one in every of her youngsters’ properties to observe and get into the sport (if she isn’t at one in every of her grandkids’ sporting occasions).

This coronavirus has been scary and tragic on many ranges and it has taken lives of many great individuals. It definitely places sports activities into perspective. Seeing my mother with out her sports activities throughout this time has additionally put into perspective simply how a lot mother has at all times put her youngsters and grandkids first, particularly with regards to their sporting occasions, and the way a lot her life has quickly modified. Whereas she was initially flabbergasted that any form of sporting occasion could be cancelled as a result of this “dumb coronavirus” (her phrases), she understands the seriousness of it. No one is wanting ahead to issues getting again to “regular” greater than mother so she will be able to get again to her sports activities and discover her blissful place once more along with her grandkids.

I’m certain there are various different wonderful and deserving moms who’ve been submitted for this award and I really feel it’s a beautiful factor you’re doing for Moms’ Day weekend. I’m undecided what standards is used so far as nominating the precise winner but when it’s something like nominations for a Corridor of Fame, constant greatness over a protracted time period is typically the deciding issue. Mary Stewart’s constant greatness and love of sports activities for over 50 years involving youngsters and grandkids will hopefully put her excessive.

Respectfully Submitted,

Nick Stewart


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Despite the fact that you did not announce a Sports activities GRANDmother nomination course of, I humbly and earnestly submit my nomination for Terresa Thompson of Spencer. She is the maternal grandmother of 2020 Indiana Mr. Basketball Anthony Leal and 6 different tremendous younger Hoosiers, all of whom she helps and loves on in endearing and unconditional vogue. Along with being the most important fan of Anthony and his older sister Lauren (DePauw), Terresa tirelessly has nurtured the tutorial and sports activities careers of her different grandchildren, three of whom have been/are Bloomington South Panthers and one who excels in STEM programs at Purdue Polytechnic Excessive College.

Terresa is aware of her basketball, along with her expertise analysis expertise having been honed by watching innumerable video games through the years within the firm of her greatest pal Nancy Hanger. At AAU occasions just like the Run ‘N’ Shoot/Spiece occasion she and Nancy is not going to uncommonly watch 8-10 video games in at some point. She does a superb job filming most each contest, and importing them onto YouTube/twitter(@mamawhascamera). If Terresa says “so and so is an efficient participant,” I do know to hear and pay extra consideration to his/her recreation, and finally see the expertise she has been seeing all alongside. Simply final 12 months alone, I imagine she and Nancy drove about 40,000 miles to view her grandkids competing in actions everywhere in the nation. Nevertheless, with Lauren’s profession prematurely shortened by recurrent knee accidents, Terresa has been there to offer consolation and hope.

Thanks very a lot for contemplating Terresa Thompson for the 2020 Indiana Sports activities GRANDmother of the Yr!


Geoff Golembiewski

Indiana Excessive College Basketball Fan


I had seen the place you have been on the lookout for nominations so I believed I might nominate my spouse Lisa. She wouldn’t need the eye however she definitely deserves the popularity nonetheless.

We’ve 4 youngsters, two boys and two women. The boys are actually each enjoying faculty ball and the ladies, who’re clearly fairly a bit youthful, have simply began enjoying so spherical 2 has begun. Lisa has not solely held the fort down however she additionally thrown batting observe and executed about every little thing she will be able to probably do to assist our children. We’ve gone by a number of autos as a result of miles now we have logged. The boys have performed journey baseball everywhere in the nation, and I couldn’t have executed it with out her. It has even meant journeys to Cary, N.C. on the USA Baseball complicated the place the boys have been requested to compete for roster spots on Group USA.  

Lisa graduated from Bloomington North HS and was a supervisor at McDonald’s whereas placing herself by cosmetology college. She helped run the McD’s simply off the sting of campus by Meeting Corridor.  

She definitely helped get our boys to the collegiate stage. Dylan is enjoying baseball at Marian and Dustin can be enjoying baseball at Howard School which is a JUCO in Texas. Dustin was a primary group all-state, IndyStar Tremendous Group and likewise PBR all-state (prime 14 gamers general) final 12 months. Dustin was additionally simply 1 of 76 seniors requested to go to USA Baseball in 2018. Dylan additionally performed one 12 months of faculty soccer (Wabash) earlier than deciding to switch and focus strictly on baseball whereas majoring in Enterprise Administration at Marian. 

Our women are actually enjoying golf, basketball, softball and operating observe. The sports activities have modified however Lisa stays the spine and the center of our household so she definitely deserves the popularity despite the fact that she would by no means ask for it.  

Thanks Kyle and sustain the good work!

Kevin Sprong


There are lots of the reason why I’m nominating my spouse, Misty, this 12 months. I’m going to spotlight my prime 10 the reason why Misty is the sports activities mother of the 12 months. Earlier than I provide you with my prime 10 causes let me discuss a bit bit about my household. I’ve two sons. One is known as Ethan who’s in sixth grade at St. Lawrence and AJ who’s a sophomore at Chatard. Ethan performs soccer and basketball for his college together with AAU journey basketball. AJ performs soccer and basketball for his college and AAU journey basketball as nicely. I’m the boys basketball coach at Indianapolis George Washington. Between my boys schedules and my very own there is just one mother/spouse who’s able to ensuring on the finish of the day with all of the hustle and bustle of our lives that when all of the video games and practices are over, and once we are all at dwelling collectively for the night our household is grounded with love. With that stated listed here are the highest 10 the reason why I’m nominating Misty for Sports activities mother of the 12 months.

10. No such factor if you find yourself a mum or dad, however she is the last word Uber amongst our boys for all their practices and rides to and from college.

9. Quick meals isn’t an possibility, irrespective of the time, a home-cooked meal is at all times ready for us.

8. Win or lose she is supportive to our wants whether or not a listening ear or phrases of encouragement.

7. Who wants Travelocity? Each match my boys are enjoying, the inns and journey preparations are scheduled approach upfront.

6. The boys and I at all times have clear garments to put on.

5. House Nurse: a grasp’s diploma in training however with regards to dwelling treatments and patching us males up once we are sick, bruised, and banged up, we’re the luckiest males alive.

4. Pupil First: (Momma don’t play that) with two rising boys, no grades no play coverage, students earlier than ballers and he or she is the human Google that has the best reply to all our issues.

3. The queen of time administration: she is Vice Principal for Arlington Center College, sits on two boards at St. Lawrence the sports activities committee and college fee, she is cheerleading coach at St. Lawrence and is a Chatard mum or dad ambassador, however nonetheless by no means misses our son’s video games.

2. Group Mothers are so underrated: Misty is the actual MVP on this class, from scheduling, footage, snacks, emails, reminders, banquets, thanks letters, open communication to all, extra importantly a pleasant smile to everybody she is available in contact.

1. A Coaches Spouse, want I say extra!

Throughout these unprecedented instances all of us reside in, I’m extra grateful than ever to have my spouse Misty and my boys at dwelling and spending high quality time. Our new regular is being grateful for all of the little issues and discovering the silent victories that dwelling has to supply. Having Misty in my life and the power and construction she gives for our household jogs my memory of the highly effective poem of Maya Angelou when she stated “ I’ve realized that individuals will overlook what you stated, individuals will overlook what you probably did, however individuals will always remember the way you made them really feel” I nominate my spouse Misty for the Sports activities Mother of the Yr as a result of she at all times makes me really feel particular. I really like you child, and from the boys and I Comfortable Mom’s Day.

Indianapolis George Washington Head Coach,

Ken Roseman


I want to nominate my mom, Mi Mi Hornbuckle, as “Sports activities Mother of the Yr”

My mom is worthy of being named “Sports activities Mother of the Yr,” as she is a large sports activities fan, particularly with regards to basketball. My mom has at all times been my greatest fan ever since I began enjoying basketball on the age of Four and thus far after finishing my senior 12 months. My mom by no means missed one in every of my basketball video games. I might at all times hear her voice and her cheering whereas I used to be enjoying — generally even leaping out of her seat after I scored. It meant lots to have the ability to search for into the stands and see her there. My mom additionally spent numerous hours volunteering to assist with group actions, working the concession stand, planning particular occasions and group meals. I really recognize the entire love and help that my mom has proven all through my highschool basketball profession at Hamilton Southeastern Excessive College. Most significantly, I recognize her for at all times reminding me to go away every little thing that I’ve on the court docket. This lesson not solely applies to basketball however to life typically.

Kole Hornbuckle


My title is Ryan Schebler (husband) and I’m nominating Jenny Schebler for “Sports activities Mother of the Yr”.

Jenny Schebler, has attended greater than 200 sporting occasions up to now 12 months to observe her kids do what they love! She is the mom of three lovely, athletic kids Riley (17), Charlie (15) and Lilly (14) who’re a mixed 32 months aside in age. They’re all three-sport athletes. Riley and Charlie are a junior and freshman at Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception in Oldenburg, and Lilly is an eighth grader at St. Louis Catholic College in Batesville. The 200+ sporting occasions contains baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball and observe and area however not practices, banquets and different necessary capabilities. The numbers solely inform a small a part of the story…

Jenny understands sports activities actions can set a scholar athletes up for failure. Earlier than and after college observe coupled with weekday and weekend competitors make it powerful for teenagers to check and do their homework. After college, she is aware of youngsters are drained and need to bathe, eat and go to mattress. Her unimaginable, constructive affect encourages them to combat by the powerful instances and obtain their greatest. It’s a widespread for her to assist the children with their homework late at night time or early within the morning, at dwelling or on the street. Jenny is proactive and retains observe of the children educational achievement and helps with their challenges as an alternative of punishing them by not attending sporting commitments. To Jenny enjoying sports activities is a privilege so long as you retain your grades as much as her requirements which isn’t straightforward! Her dedication has paid off as she has efficiently helped our youngsters obtain educational excellence validated with a number of alternatives to Nationwide Honor Society, First Honors and straight A’s for all three college students.

Our youngsters are hungry on a regular basis! It’s typical to have 4 meals a day not together with snacks at totally different instances and he or she isn’t a fan of quick meals.

Laundry is the place Jenny is extra like a magician because it appears it doesn’t matter what time disgusting, filthy and terrible smelling garments enter the garments hamper they mysteriously present up the subsequent morning within the youngsters closet clear and searching like new. Day after day…night time after night time!

Just like Pope Francis, Jenny believes sports activities are an awesome supply of values and virtues that assist kids turn out to be higher individuals. … Whatever the complicated weekend schedules, Jenny has at all times managed to verify the children by no means miss a Sunday Mass. She has utilized Saturday night, Sunday morning and night Lots across the nation, generally sweaty and gross, to make sure her kids win an important recreation of all… getting a ticket to heaven!

Ryan Schebler


I might be remiss if I did not submit my spouse, Jen White. She actually amazes me on daily basis the best way she helps our three kids with their sports activities and lecturers, whereas my job retains me fairly busy day-to-day. Right here are some things that come to thoughts about her:

She has the most important coronary heart of anybody that I do know. She has stopped visitors a number of instances to assist these in want and would give anybody her final greenback in the event that they wanted it. I’ve by no means met a extra sort and delicate coronary heart than her.

We’ve three very lively youngsters, with one daughter in highschool, a son in center college and our youngest daughter in elementary college, within the Tri-West college district. 

>> Our oldest daughter is a varsity cheerleader and my spouse is the Cheer Mother for the group and coordinates the entire fundraisers,  the group meals, the cheer occasions, and many others. and has for the previous two years. Each soccer recreation she is working concessions simply to lift cash for the group.

>> My son is a baseball participant for the varsity and performs journey ball. She takes him to most practices, his non-public coaching periods and has been a Group Mother for nearly each group he has been on all through.

>> Our youngest daughter performs basketball and softball and he or she has been a Group Mother for a lot of the groups she has been on. She makes bows for the ladies to put on, sweatshirts with the ladies’ numbers on them.

I might go on and on and I’m certain you’re getting some wonderful nominations, however Jen is really a particular individual in so some ways and I could not move up a chance to ship you one thing about her. 

Finest regards,

Josh White


I want to nominate Cathy Allen for Sports activities Mother of the Yr. Cathy had three boys undergo Carmel Excessive College and so they participated in quite a few sports activities — soccer, lacrosse, observe. Her youngest, Erik, will likely be graduating within the class of 2020. For each youngster, each season, each sport, Cathy was at all times the primary individual to supply to assist and take cost. She was Co-President of the Carmel Soccer Mother and father Membership for 2 seasons. By all of this, Cathy fought by breast most cancers three years in the past and simply this previous soccer season, Cathy was recognized with a benign mind tumor that concerned a grueling surgical procedure which left her completely deaf in a single ear. None of this stopped her from impressively fulfilling her position because the soccer board co-President (and for the reason that group gained the state title this 12 months, it was an prolonged period of time), working as a nurse, taking good care of an getting older mum or dad, and being a wonderful mother to her three athletic sons.

I’ve recognized Cathy since our sons began enjoying soccer and lacrosse collectively eight years in the past, and he or she has at all times stood out as somebody who’s at all times constructive and inspiring, irrespective of the circumstances. Within the generally poisonous sports activities tradition, thank God for individuals like Cathy Allen!


Libby Padgett


I want to nominate my spouse, Jennifer Coy. Jennifer is the mom of 4 younger males ranging in age from 14 to 23. Over the previous 15 years, she has been the epitome of a sports activities mother. Our boys have participated in soccer, basketball and baseball. They’ve been on youth groups, center college and varsity highschool groups within the Heart Grove group, high-level journey groups, and now faculty groups. Jennifer has most likely been to greater than 1,000 sporting occasions for our boys. What I really like and admire most about my spouse and her “sports activities mother” mentality, is that she does not simply love and help our boys, she has been the sports activities mother for a whole bunch of different boys and younger males over these years. She has been group mother for each youth, center college and highschool our boys have participated on. She organizes group occasions, works tirelessly with the coaches to offer an awesome expertise for them and the gamers, washes towels, provides water, gives meals and snacks, and encourages every boy and their households to benefit from the sport expertise.

Coach (Eric) Moore has requested a bus to move the gamers from a center college to the highschool for years to no avail. This 12 months, Jennifer was in a position to work along with the center college athletic director to rearrange for a bus to move the boys to the highschool. Someday, coach Moore noticed them getting off the bus and requested one of many boys who organized the bus. The boys replied that Mrs. Coy had labored to get it organized, to which coach Moore chuckled and stated I assume that is sensible!

Why does she do what she does? She’s a mother. She loves her personal boys, however she loves the entire boys/gamers that she will get to know and work together with, and so they love her again. Her reward is easy. She does not need or want recognition, she is completely proud of all the grins and hugs!

Greg Coy


Marcia Luigs is now a grandmother, however allow us to observe her progress

>> two daughters, now adults doing nicely and concerned in civic affairs

>> Early on, a volunteer for preschoolers at church buildings and grade colleges; principally deprived

>> Whereas following daughter one being engaged in golf was appointed to 2 nationwide golf committees progressed by the USGA as a member of the ladies junior committee till she was named chair of that committee.

>> Yearly took as many as 12 Indiana junior women to the nationwide championship, elevating the cash to take action.

>> Grew to become a member of the USGA girls’s committee,  then turned chair of that committee.

>> Was appointed captain of USGA world novice group in Adelaide, Australia, and was an actual mother to that group.

>> Member of Indiana Golf Corridor of Fame.  

>> Co-chair of USGA Girls’s Newbie Championship, Crooked Stick 2007

Joe Luigs


l want to take this chance to appoint Teri Harker for sports activities mom of the 12 months.  Teri is the mom of three former three-sport athletes and one present scholar athlete at Lebanon Excessive College.  Teri is an impressive mum or dad who has raised Four kids who not solely have excelled in athletic competitors however have achieved excellent educational honors.  All 4 kids have been leaders within the classroom and on their athletic groups.  Teri supported all LHS athletic applications and coaches.  She was a mum or dad I might attain out to and name at any time if I wanted help.  She would do something requested of her to assist out athletic applications not simply specializing in her personal youngster or their applications.  She let the coaches coach and her kids remedy their very own issues.  She is a real position mannequin for all mother and father who’ve kids rising up  enjoying sports activities.  I imagine she is a superb candidate to acknowledge as sports activities mother of the 12 months.  I thanks in your consideration. 

Kalyn Harker: 2011 graduate. Volleyball, Basketball, Softball (I imagine is now a nurse for IU Well being)

Isaac Harker: 2014 graduate. Soccer, Basketball, Baseball (Present Quarterback for Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Soccer League)

Tori Harker: 2018 graduate Volleyball, Basketball, Softball (At present attending IU East and enjoying Volleyball)

Garrett Harker: Rising Senior, 2021 graduate. Soccer, Baseball participant dedicated to enjoying baseball at College of Cincinnati.

Phil Levine, CAA

Lebanon Athletic Director


Whereas I do know this can be an anomaly, I want to nominate our 9 Cathedral Softball Senior Class of 2020 mothers: Dana Beesley, Erin Miller, Janet Manship, Kelli Garwood, Lisa Timberman, Liza Dittoe, Megan Amick, Nicole Zelin Wagoner, and Shannon Lorsung. As a highschool trainer and coach for 35 years (basketball/softball), I acknowledge and worth the help of oldsters as a big a part of operating a program. Additionally, as a mother of two kids who have been former student-athletes at Cathedral Excessive College, I used to be in a position to witness the “behind the scenes” work our mother and father present. To not point out that lots of our mothers are within the work power making an attempt to steadiness household {and professional} duties. I can attest that each one mother and father “chip in” and do what they’ll given their very own private {and professional} tasks, however these 9 mothers have gone above and past their duties.  Ever since their daughters enrolled in Cathedral Excessive College within the Fall of 2016, the bar was raised! It was speedy “purchase in” for the student-athletes and their mother and father. We’ve a Valedictorian, a Salutatorian, and 5 different senior softball gamers from the Class of 2020 who’ve met the {qualifications} for being nominated as ICGSA Educational All-State. Our softball mothers are nice position fashions who’re giving in nature and discover a strategy to nonetheless make the expertise of being in our program second to none.  Sure, they supply the customary group meals prior to each recreation, however additionally they coordinate “behind the scenes” work to advertise our program and make the ladies really feel particular and appreciated, which boosts a teenage feminine’s vanity throughout a transitional time. I’ll simply title just a few traditions that our softball program has been in a position to set up with the assistance of those mothers:  Group Christmas reward trade occasion, Halloween pumpkin carving, group service tasks to help the group, bat woman program for each dwelling recreation (honoring a summer season camper or CHS relative), annual Easter Egg hunt, helping with annual IHSAA match draw “watch occasion” for our group, renovating our group locker room (and stocking our provide of group snacks/drinks), coordinating photographer for senior and group banners, supporting our group Twitter account, and above all, supporting the opposite women as one in every of their very own!  In a society that’s extremely aggressive in nature, these mothers have actually embraced the group idea. Though we had hopes of bringing dwelling our first state title in softball, our season was misplaced as a result of coronavirus pandemic.  As coaches and gamers and fogeys, we struggled emotionally with this group loss, but these mothers have continued to help our program by providing help and help. We nonetheless hope to honor our seniors and our mothers (and dads) in July, however transferring ahead we’ll without end cherish and keep in mind the sacrifices these women have made to our program in honor of not simply their very own daughters, however the TEAM!  I share with you this remaining quote in summation: “To the world, you’re a mom. To our Irish softball household, you’re the world!” We love you…Comfortable Mom’s Day!


Coach Linda Bamrick

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