STATEHOUSE (Aug. 12, 2016) – State Reps. Mike Aylesworth (R-Hebron) and Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) honored the Boone Grove Wolves softball team at the Porter Township school board meeting Thursday for their successful season.
The Wolves were the IHSAA Class 2A state runners-up for the second consecutive year. Led by head coach Ron Saunders, Boone Grove compiled a 25-3 record and went on to win the Knox sectional, Whiting regional and LaVille semistate before falling to Evansville Mater Dei in the state finals.
“Over the last two years, Boone Grove has been among the best in the state on the softball field, which is a testament to the teamwork and determination this team displayed,” Aylesworth said. “Both on and off the field, the players and coaches have made Porter County extremely proud through their accomplishments.”
“The Boone Grove Wolves proudly represented Porter County during the IHSAA Class 2A championship,” Olthoff said. “They once again came close to bringing home a state title. They are all champions in my mind, and I want to applaud their efforts during the 2016 season.”
Individual accomplishments also helped propel the Wolves this past season. Centerfielder Sarah Brown was named the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award winner for displaying a strong mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability in softball.
Rep. Aylesworth represents House District 11, which includes the southern portions of Lake and Porter counties.
Rep. Olthoff represents House District 19, which includes a portion of Lake and Porter counties.
Below: (From right to left) State Reps. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) and Mike Aylesworth (R-Hebron) present a resolution to Boone Grove softball Head Coach Ron Saunders, Superintendent Dr. Stacey Schmidt and Principal Clay Corman recognizing the Wolves for their successful season. The presentation was held in Valparaiso at the Porter Township school board meeting, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.
Below: State Reps. Julie Olthoff (second from right, second row) and Mike Aylesworth (center, third row) honor the Boone Grove High School softball team, who were the IHSAA Class 2A state runners-up for the second consecutive year. The presentation was held in Valparaiso at the Porter Township school board meeting, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.