Graduation leaves a big gap for Whitko

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s boys track team comes off a successful campaign last year looking to continue a string of Three Rivers Conference championships that stretches back to 2008.The Wildcats will need to replace a backbone of seniors from last year’s team that finished with a 9-1 record.“We lost a large, successful senior class and they will be difficult to replace,” said Wildcat Head Coach Ron Cherry. “Alec Wilkinson was a pole vaulter who qualified for the state meet. Trapper Mize, Brody Wilson, Dallas Asher, Dylan Cozad and Jude Stieglitz were extremely successful and record-setting distance runners who all qualified for the regional.”“Brandon Nettrouer was a great 400 runner and regional qualifier, while Jordan Sims was a regional qualifier,” said Cherry. “Derek Snep was a regional qualifier in the shot put. All of these guys will be difficult to replace.”The Wildcats will look for help in the sprint races from Connor Stouder, who was Whitko’s top sprinter last year. To read the rest of this story, see the March 14 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.