Several fans packed the high school gymnasium last Saturday night to pay tribute to the 10th Anniversary of the 2003-2004 Van-Far Indians’ boys basketball team that won the district’s only state championship.
Players from the team attending the event were Chris Bahr, Chad Reading, Garon Suddarth, Ryan Schuckenbrock, Mike Smith, Shane Brookshier, Joe Basinger, Tanner Fennewald, Richie Schlueter, and Jeffery Johnston. Tyler Hawkins and Chris Nation were unable to attend the event.
Several players shared stories and expressed their gratitude to the parents for organizing the event. They also expressed their gratefulness for the fan support from the time of the Indians’ run to a title.
They also updated those in attendance on some of their personal accomplishments during the past 10 years.
Also scheduled to attend were coaches Brian Meny, Todd Cripe, and ball boy Trevor Meny.
Among the guest speakers were Larry Beashears, Connie Hesse, and April Fronick along with Mark Fronick. Kelly Smith and Nick Lower also made a few comments.
A history of the team was presented by Ron Stallcup.
The program also recognized cheerleaders Jessica Johnson, Ashley Ray, Tiffany Lennox, Amanda Krajewski, Amanda Grimmett, Scarlett Ellis, Kailyn Straube, Santana Davis, Alicia Otis, and Kaitlyn Hardy. The Couch Potatoes were Nick Lower, Logan Strother, Matt Hopke, Sam Sutton, and Tyler Winders.
Managers included Bethany Hoyt, Kendra Rogers, and Ciarria Thomas. Stats were done by Matt Jungers and Erica Hopke.
The National Anthem was performed by Marilyn Schlueter and Louis Clark. The emcee of the event was KHQA’s Chris Duerr.