Warsaw Community Schools unified track team recently celebrated first place at the third annual unified track and field state finals. Ten points separated the top four teams in an extremely competitive meet at this year’s state final event. Warsaw Tigers tallied a total of 107 points during the event, followed closely by Millers with 103 and Crown Point and Fishers, which both tied with 97 points each.

According to the IHSAA website, this is the second consecutive year additional sectional sites were added to the tournament to accommodate increasing participant numbers. Over 175 athletes from across Indiana competed in this year’s meet.

In the first event, the mixed 100-meter dash, three Tigers participated in the event. Jacob Green placed first in section 2 scoring 10 points for WCS; Abria Federico scored 8-points with a second place in section 4. Joshua Jarrett scored 5 points with fifth place in the same section.

The next event was the 400-meter dash, which four WCS students participated in. In section four, Meredith Phipps scored third place for 6 points and Thomas Boyer scored one point with eighth place. In section 5, Jeremy McCartney scored 8 points with a second place, and in Section 6, Chandler Paul scored first place awarding WCS with another 10 points.

The mixed 4x100 meter relay took place next, with Cole Hoskins and Abria Federico pulling in a fourth place victory in section two, awarding their team with 5 points.

Following three running based events, participants took to the field to prepare for their next event, the mixed long jump. Emily Gilbertson placed fourth in flight 3; Thomas Boyer placed first in flight 4; Joshua Jarrett placed second in flight 6; and Alexa Balestri placed third in flight 7. The Tigers scored a total of 28 points during the fourth event.
Just because it is summer does not mean your student can't do a little excercising of their "noodle."

Warsaw Community Schools has created a series of summer activity calendars for your student to enjoy everyday. Activities include all aspects of education; utilization of math games fun for student engagement; as well as activities that take place outdoors. 

Download your free copy and enjoy a summer of continued learning and fun with your student! 

WCS encourages parents to register online prior to the building registration dates to expedite the process in the buildings.

In-building Registration Dates and Times:

July 28, 2016        1:00 p.m. -   7:00 p.m.
July 29, 2016        8:00 a.m.  -  3:00 p.m.
Aug. 1, 2016        11:00 a.m.  -  6:00 p.m.

Article by Dale Hubler,

Times-Union Sports Editor

I have no idea what size of a shoe Ben Barkey wears.

I do know, however, Barkey is leaving big shoes to fill.

Barkey just completed his 14th season as the boys golf coach at Warsaw Community High School, with the 2016 campaign ending Friday with a fifth-place finish in the sectional at Rozella Ford. As it's already been reported, he's stepping down to focus on his new role as assistant principal at WCHS.
During Barkey's tenure, the Tigers won eight Northern Lakes Conference championships, eight sectional titles, four regional titles and, in just Barkey's third year as coach, the 2005 state championship.

Barkey was named the NLC coach of the year seven times. Four times he was named the region coach of the year.

He coached eight all-state players, including 2010 individual state champion Tyler Ostrom, and three academic all-state players.

Seven of Barkey's former players went on to play NCAA Divison I golf.

During his 14 seasons, the Tigers put together an incredible record of 158-32, a mark that doesn't include the 24 tournament wins his teams posted.
Those are pretty impressive numbers.

Like I said, Barkey is leaving some pretty big shoes to fill.

“I had the opportunity to play for Ben for four years, and then immediately after graduating I coached with him for another six years,” said Tad Nieter, a member of the 2005 state championship team and currently the girls golf coach at WCHS.

“I don't think I've ever seen a coach work as relentlessly as he does. What makes Ben unique is his desire to see the kids succeed. I've never seen him get upset with a player for not playing well, but if they didn't give it their all, he would let them know. All of the players that came through the program had the utmost respect for his work ethic. We all knew he had our best interest in mind and he always had our backs. His home was always open to any of his players if they needed to talk, vent or just hang out and discuss life.

“Not many people saw the work Ben put into the program to make it elite, and that's one of the things I'm most proud of him for.”

I've known Barkey for nearly a quarter-century. We were classmates at WCHS, and it was an absolute joy having a working relationship with him. We talked golf. We talked fishing. We talked about his kids growing up. We talked about his brother Curt and his dad Phil, both of whom had roles with the Warsaw program during Barkey’s tenure.

If you've never had the pleasure of talking to Ben Barkey, here's what you need to know – he's passionate about whatever he's doing, he's professional, and he has a positive approach to it all.

That combination has allowed him to be a success as both a coach and an educator.

Barkey was recently named the state’s teacher of the year by the Air Force Association.

Nieter isn't shy about why he chose teaching and coaching as his career path.

“For me personally, Ben has always been a big influence on my life,” said Nieter. “I wouldn't be where I'm at today without the help and support he showed me over the last decade. A lot of the skills and strategies he fed to me, I use them for our girls program today.

“Some of my fondest memories in life have been when I was with the boys golf program with Ben. I know whenever I'm in need, I can pick up the phone and call Ben and he will be there in a heartbeat, and that's what means the most to me.

“He's going to be a fantastic administrator for Warsaw Community Schools. His contagious, fun and laid-back personality, while also letting the kids know that he cares about them, is just what they need.”

This much I know, the administration team at WCHS is getting a winner, and it goes far beyond his coaching record.

Ben, thanks for everything, and good luck in this new journey, my friend.


The Warsaw-area high school girls’ rugby team finished their season on a high note, winning the Indiana High School Girls’ Division I state title on Memorial Day.

The Warsaw girls had a busy, rugby-filled weekend. The team played and beat local rivals Penn with a score of 31 points scored to Penn’s 17. The match took place Saturday in the semi-state game.

Warsaw took the lead early in the final match against a determined and physical Arsenal Tech team with try by Hannah Garcia. Katiana Rodriguez scored a conversion kick, giving the team a 7-point lead early on.

Minutes later, Garcia struck again, scoring another try which was again converted by Katiana Rodriguez giving Warsaw a 14-point to nil lead. Arsenal Tech hit back minutes later scoring an unconverted try to pull the score back to 14 points to five.

The Warsaw girls tackled and attacked hard. Just before halftime, Hannah Garcia crossed the line again to make the halftime score 19 to five.

The Arsenal Tech girls came storming back into the game immediately after halftime, scoring a converted try to narrow the score to 19-12.

Warsaw regained their focus and finally started to play their usual fast paced game. As Warsaw revved up to their usual full-speed approach, the Arsenal Tech team was visibly growing tired. The game went on, with Warsaw's superior speed and fitness continuing to shine. Abby Overmeyer scored an unconverted try in the left corner, which was followed in quick succession by two tries by Hannah Garcia and Estefani Ramirez to bring the final score to Warsaw 34 Arsenal Tech 12. The Warsaw girls played hard all game against an aggressive and undefeated Arsenal Tech Team.

“Since joining rugby I've gained a group of friends who became family to me,” noted Garcia following the state victory. “They've helped me come out of my shell. I wasn't a very talkative person before rugby, I was a pretty shy girl. They helped me grow into the person I am today. “

The tournament most valuable player award went to Whitney Boren, who had worked tirelessly during the game and had dominated in the line out all afternoon.

“I started playing rugby my sophomore year. That year we barely had enough girls to play, but we made it to state and unfortunately fell,” stated Boren. “Since then, we have been working our butts off for the state title, but this year we got even more than that. Our team experienced a couple trips that really brought us together this year. 

“I know my job on the field and it felt so good to end my high school career by being recognized for that. I am so blessed with amazing teammates and great coaches. Trevor Cracknell is our head coach and is the most encouraging and loving coach you will ever meet. We definitely would not have made it this far without him. I love this game so much and plan to continue playing in college if I succeed in getting a women's rugby team started at IPFW next year,” concluded Boren.”

"I am especially happy for my seniors all of which played in our last state final appearance in 2014,” said Coach Trevor Cracknell. “The girls have achieved much this spring winning the Carolina's Ruggerfest Tournament, coming seventh in Division I Nationals and being ranked in the top 25 nationally. However, from day one of practice they all had one goal and that was to win the state championship and it was great to see them achieve that goal today. I count myself very lucky to be able to work with such an awesome group of young ladies."

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