Experience

January and February 2019 Athletes of the Month

January

Abbey Marohn, Junior, Harbor

During January, Abbey had a stellar month both in terms of her play on the ice, as well as her development as a leader on the team. Her consistent hard work, preparation, and powerful slap shot help her to be a major factor on the ice both defensively and offensively. As a very analytical player, she sees the ice well and makes quick decisions, often allowing her to force turnovers. She then distributes the puck quickly and smoothly to her teammates to put them in a good offensive position. “Her speed and strength allow her additional time to make smart plays, and her work ethic in her off ice training is an excellent example to her teammates,” said head coach Brian Idalski.  Further, she has taken on a mentoring role as a returning player working with younger defenders.  She is consistently supportive of her teammates, and often offers advice and encouragement in between shifts, despite playing major minutes in even-handed, penalty kill, and power play situations. Abby is an invaluable member of the CGA Prep hockey team.

Spencer Watson, Third Classmen, Battery C

Spencer led the CMA Varsity B Hockey team in scoring with 19 goals and 12 assists on the year, including 4 goals and 1 assist during the month of January.  As an assistant captain he demonstrated quality leadership both on and off the ice, often pulling his line together after practice and drills to review and discuss improvements.  “Spencer has demonstrated an increase in his hockey IQ this season, and constantly strives to better understand the game.  As part of the captain staff, Spence keeps meticulous order by sending out the itineraries and game plans for every contest. He makes sure every player knows where and when to be, while setting the mindset for the team,” said head coach Kevin Bowman. There is no better example of being the “glue” for the Varsity B hockey team than Spence Watson.

February

 

Autumn Baumgartner, Sophomore, Linden

In the month of February during IHSAA sectional competition, Autumn took first-place in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events, as well as competed on the first-place finishing 400 yard relay team, earning her a trip to the state-finals in two individual events and one team event. At the state championships, she place 10th overall in the 50 yard freestyle and 13th overall in the 100 yard freestyle, and helped the 400 yard freestyle relay team improve three places this year, finishing 26th overall. She currently holds eight Culver Swim records, including the record in the 200 yard individual medley, an event she competed in for this first time in her high school career this year. “Autumn is a swimmer that leaves it all in the pool every times she swims. She exemplifies what an athlete should be.  She works hard in and out of the pool, she encourages her team, and she is driven to always give her best,” said head coach Sarah Youvan. 

Brennen Cernus, Fourth Classmen, Troop A

In the month of February, Brennen took part in representing Culver Wrestling at the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. He was one of four wrestlers who advanced, and ultimately was named the 106 lbs state champion, the first Culver Wrestler to do so since 2009. Making his performance more impressive, however, is that during the entire state-finals meet over the course of four matches, Brennen managed to remain perfect on the scoresheet for a combined total of 50 points to zero. “To dominate post-season competition the way he did is a remarkable accomplishment,” said head coach Matt Behling. “He has a remarkable work-ethic and mind for his craft, and his future in the sport is very bright.”