Fall Sports Awards Night: The Goshen High School Fall Sports Awards night will be Monday, November 9th. This will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Main gym including all fall athletic teams with individual team break-out sessions to follow. There will be cookies and juice available in the commons area after the individual team sessions.
Congratulations to Luke Rush who will be playing the Indiana Senior All-Star Tennis event this Saturday, October 31st! This event will take place at the indoor tennis center at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. The first round of play will begin at 10:30 AM with the final round at 2:30 PM. For directions to the facility, please click here.
Goshen High School’s Luke Rush and Logan Troyer will play the doubles team from Penn HS at 2 PM this Friday at Park Tudor HS in the IHSAA individual state tennis finals. Luke and Logan are one of nine doubles teams still remaining. They are currently 25-1 on the season and if they win their first round match they will play again on Saturday. For a complete list of pairings, visit ihsaa.org.
Presale tickets will be available for the Goshen varsity football Sectional game vs. Fort Wayne Snider, scheduled for Friday, October 30th. This game will be held at Fort Wayne Northrop High School with kickoff at 7:30 PM.
To purchase pre-sale tickets, please enter through Door M at Goshen High School and go to the GHS Athletic Department. The price of the tickets is $6.00 for Kindergarten – Adult and Athletic Department hours for ticket sales are Monday, October 26th through Wednesday, October 28th from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the game. Please be advised that there is increased traffic flow at GHS in the morning for our 8:25 AM school start time and 3:35 school ending time. Travel to GHS would be more efficient in late morning or early afternoon.
The Goshen Redskins end regular season play this Friday, 10/16 at home as we host NLC rival Wawasee Warriors. This date is different than the 10/26 date that was mistakenly listed on GHS pocket calendars. It is Senior Night and all football, cheer, & trainer seniors and parents will be introduced at 6:30 PM.
Anyone with season passes, all-sport passes, NLC passes should enter at the soccer gate. Goshen HS ticket manager Mrs. Janet Johns will be present at the soccer gate to check passes.
All Varsity football games will begin at 7:00 PM this year with gates opening at 6:00 PM. Ticket prices are $6.00 for Kindergarten through Adult. Three ticket gates will be available: one by the visiting bleachers off of Reynolds & 12th St., one off the alley east of Goshen High School behind the home bleachers, and the main gate between Goshen High School and the public service building. In addition to normal parking spaces, parking is also available across the street from the high school in the bus compound and in the grass lot east of Foreman Field.
The GHS athletic office is open from 7:30 AM – 4 PM daily for sale of season & all-sport tickets and you can find order forms on the web at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call 533-0652 with any questions.
The girls’ Soccer Regional game will be held at Goshen High School on Wednesday, October 14th with the first game of Penn vs. Culver Academy beginning at 5:30 p.m. The second game of Northridge vs. South Bend St. Joseph is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and admission will be $6.00 (single game) or $9.00 (all tournament) for kindergarten through adult.
There is sufficient parking available with no charge in the GHS main parking lot and in the band lot off of Purl St. The parking between the field and the school will be for team personnel, handicap, and senior citizens only. The championship game will be played on Saturday, October 17th beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Row 1: Carrie Bechtel (mom), Brady Bechtel, Brian Bechtel (dad/GHS coach)
Row 2: Bethel Coach Mike Lightfoot
Brady Bechtel will be attending Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana where he was recruited to play for the Men’s Basketball team. Brady is the son of Brian & Carrie Bechtel and has 2 siblings (Brooke & Quinn). The GHS senior will be playing at the same college and for the same coach (Mike Lightfoot) as his father did. In addition to playing basketball, Brady plans to pursue a major in Secondary Education (Math or Social Studies) while at Bethel. After his college career, he plans on becoming a teacher and a coach. Brady is also on the football team, a 10-year swine club 4-H member, a part of Stay in Bounds Ambassadors, and is involved with the Apache Youth Ministry in Whiteriver, Arizona. Bechtel has received many honors throughout his high school career including Kiwanis Scholar Athlete, All-Conference Honorable Mention (2013-14), All-Conference (2014-15), Most Valuable Player (2013-14), and Captain Award (2014-15).
Goshen High School and Edward Jones are proud to announce the student-athlete of the month award to recognize athletic and academic excellence. A senior male and female student-athlete will be selected from August – May each school year. At the end of the year, a $500 scholarship will be awarded to one male and one female student athlete of the month, as selected by the GHS head coaching staff.
The winners of the Edward Jones Student-Athlete of the Month Award for September are:
Row 1: Luke Rush, Alyssa Hershberger, & Matt Szynal
Alyssa Hershberger: Alyssa is the daughter of Tanya & Barry Fast and Brad & Becky Hershberger. Alyssa is a senior on the girls’ soccer team and maintains a GPA of 4.0. She is also involved in girls’ basketball, travel soccer, National Honor Society, and Stay in Bounds Ambassadors. Alyssa has received many honors including Kiwanis Scholar Athlete (soccer 2012-2014, basketball 2012-2014), NLC Honorable Mention (soccer, 2013), NLC All-Conference (soccer, 2014), All-District 1st Team (soccer, 2014), All-State Honorable Mention (soccer, 2014), & the Barb Zook Mental Attitude Award (basketball, 2014). She is a team captain and goalie for the girls’ soccer team and led her team to a 4-4-2 record in Septemeber, playing against several state-ranked teams. During this month, she had 51 saves and 4 shutouts. In 10 games, she gave up only 6 goals. Alyssa plans on playing soccer in college and pursuing a pre-med degree. She would then like to continue her education to become an anesthesiologist.
Luke Rush: Luke is the son of Phil & Karen Rush. Luke is a senior on the boys’ tennis team and maintains a GPA of 4.082. He is also involved in Choir, National Honor Society, and Stay in Bounds Ambassadors. He has received many awards while at GHS including 2-time NLC All-Conference, Most Valuable Player, Kiwanis Scholar Athlete, and Regional Champion. He is a team captain for the 18-2 Varsity team that won Goshen’s first Sectional title since 2002 and became Regional Champions last night. Luke was 12-1 in September at 1 Doubles. Their only loss was in a 3rd set tiebreaker to South Bend St. Joe, ranked 10th in the state at the time. Luke was on the conference champion 1 Doubles team and named to the All-Conference team. After high school, Luke plans on attending a 4-year college to major in economics.
Recent community input regarding the district mascot change process and timeline at the Goshen Community School Board meeting on Tuesday, September 29, has sparked some community conversation regarding a possible change in the timeline for the mascot transition.
Cathie Cripe, school board president noted, “We recognize the decision to change the mascot has been difficult. We continue to appreciate the community’s engagement with the issue. The plans and the timeline defined in the July decision remain the same. The change will be effective January 1, 2016.”
A student-led steering committee of 25 student members is leading the process in defining a new mascot. A “submissions of ideas” window is currently open on the GCS website as a means of community involvement and input. Guidelines for the submission of ideas are available on the site. Five administrative and teaching staff members are working with the committee.
Cripe went on to note, “As a board we are proud of our students, their academic and co-curricular accomplishments, and how they conduct themselves. They are working diligently with our school leaders to create a broad and inclusive mascot identification process.”
District officials have noted that there will be changes in various facilities over the course of the next several months as the transition begins. The sequence and timing of these changes will follow a process of prioritization given the nature of the work, and the opportunities allowed through our academic and co-curricular calendar. Critical to this process is our effort not to disrupt athletic practices and competition dates.
When asked about uniforms, officials confirmed that multiple teams, currently and in the past, do not have reference or images to the “Redskins” mascot on their uniforms. For those programs, a change in uniforms is not an issue. For other programs, the athletic director and head coaches have worked together in defining a plan to either order new uniforms now, or wait until a new mascot is named.
Diane Woodworth, superintendent stated, “The mascot issue is difficult because people care about this school system and the work that is done. Regardless of where people stand, we all are proud of the hard work our students and staff are putting in to continue a tradition of excellence, while still moving our schools forward to a new era for Goshen. We take great pride in the many accomplishments of our students, musicians, and athletes, and we appreciate the quality educators in our district.”