May 8, 2013 // Local

Marian sports teams ready for spring action

MISHAWAKA — Spring weather, including lots of rain, is finally upon the Michiana area and the Marian High School Knights spring sports teams are ready for action.

“We have had to reschedule many of the events due to bad weather but that is normal during the spring,” said Marian High School athletic director Reggie Glon. “We haven’t had a season like this in a while.”

Boys’ lacrosse

The boys’ lacrosse team is new to Marian High School and the team is holding their own with a 4-2 record.

“The number one strength of this team is the willingness to pick up the required skills to play lacrosse and the team chemistry that this team has shown,” said lacrosse Head Coach Brian Welch. “The one weakness of this lacrosse team is that we are a new program. In fact, this is the first year Marian has a lacrosse team. Out of the 20 young men on the team, 16 of them have never played the game of lacrosse before. So getting them prepared and picking up the stick skills to compete at the high school level was the biggest obstacle to overcome.”

Welch said he has received tremendous support and backing from Principal Carl Loesch and Athletic Director Reggie Glon. Welch feels the newly formed ICCL lacrosse league will help create a field full of squads in years to come.

“The number goal for this season was to get the boys’ lacrosse program up and running,” said Welch.


The Marian softball team, coached by George Grenert since 1989, had a record of 29-2 last year and is hoping for great success this season. The goal is to concentrate on the next practice and/or the next game and get better at something each day.

“Our strength at times is our hitting and consistency in our defense,” said Grenert. “I believe our biggest strength is playing together and helping each other.”

“Our goal for this year is try to get better each day and to become a better all-around team,” said Grenert.

Boys’ golf

“Our goal is to play better each and every time as we go along,” said Brian Horvath, first-year head golf coach. He has a mostly senior dominated team with junior Michael Makris as his best player.

The team is working hard to finish better in the Northern Indiana Conference tournament play this year than they did last season.

“I expect our seniors to step up to be better this year and start playing better midway through the season so that we can make it down to state,” said Horvath who is a longtime golfer and enjoys coaching the kids.

Although this is a senior dominated year, Horvath said he has a strong freshman class with kids who have a lot of good experience with golf that will create a strong team in the future.

Girls’ tennis

First-year Coach Tom Snelson feels he has a great group of girls with great attitudes, who are willing to work. The biggest problem has been the weather this season. They had a few practices on the courts because of the rain and cold.

“Tennis is a year around sport for some schools with their players playing indoors in the winter and outside during summer. It is hard to compete with schools that have players that are only playing one sport. We have several players that play multiple sports and even though this sounds good, they suffer because their opponents have been playing for months when the season rolls around,” noted Snelson.

“My goals for the girls are to have a good record. We have Penn in our sectional and they currently are a powerhouse ranked fifth in the state. Penn has seven players that only play tennis and play year round. If more of our girls played year round we would start to compete against bigger schools,” said Snelson.

He would like the chance to work with a couple of girls during the summer and get a few more to play during the winter to strengthen the team and improve their competitive chances in the future.

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