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2011 Class 1A Boys' Basketball State Champions
2008 Class 1A Girls' Basketball State Runner-Up
2009 Class 1A Girls' Volleyball Sectional Champions

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Lady Norsemen Basketball

The Lady Norsemen basketball team was ecstatic to begin their season on November 15th. The girls on the varsity team have very high hopes for this season. The freshmen are fitting in well with the older girls, but the biggest change is going to be how fast and physical the games become compared to junior high. Mr. Holman, the assistant coach, said it will get easier as they play more. Obviously, everyone is wondering if the girls are after a state title like the boys last year. Of course they want one, and they’re going to work as hard as possible to get one. When Mr. Holman was asked if he is a good enough coach to win state he had a good reply. He said, “Coaches do not win state, the team who plays wins the games. I think I’m a good enough coach to put the players in the best spots for them to succeed, which is all I can ask.” All there is left to do is wait and see. We’re looking forward to find out if there really is a championship again in Newark’s future.

By Megan Kaufman & Ashleigh Colyer

Friday, November 18, 2011


Congratulations to Wyatt Williamson for making the All-Conference Soccer Team this year. His hard work and sacrifice were a key part of the team this year and we look forward to having him back in the net next year.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Norsemen Basketball Season Begins!

Here in NCHS in the recent years the most exciting part of the year has been the basketball season. In the past seasons the team and community have had high aspirations of winning the state championship title last year’s Norsemen accomplished. But there’s only one problem in that, four out of our five starters graduated.

This year it is going to take more than talent to win; many of the players believe that the skies is the limit if the Norsemen play as a team and are in great shape along with demonstrating a great work ethic. When asked about this season Taylor Wright stated, “We can win the regional if we set our minds on it.” The Norsemen have won the regional for the past 3 years, and just because the team’s base is young, doesn’t mean that the winning ways have to stop. Taylor Wright said, “The keys to victory this season are, defense and proper execution on offense.” Here in Newark players pride themselves on their work ethic and showing the community that they can play and that they can win. When Taylor was asked about the goals for the season he responded confidently by saying, “I would love to make the All-Conference team, along with helping the Norsemen make a second appearance at the state finals this season.”

By Jake Ramey

Girls' Basketball

Swish! There was a meeting on October 26 from 6 to 7 to sign up for girls basketball. Practices start on October 31; see Coaches Skelton or Holman for more details. Mr. Skelton became a coach for the fun of it, and he likes strategy and the completion of the sport. He has set up some goals this year; they are to win as much as possible, and develop the team as much as possible. He wants to make it to the state finals this year. Mr. Skelton says that he thinks the team can be competitive throughout the year. He says he thinks that they can win if they shoot the ball well. The fans are eager to see how well the girls team will do this year. Come out and support the team.

By Daniel Wells

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Boy's Basketball and Cheerleading: CHANGE!!!

The Boy's Basketball and cheerleading meeting format has changed. All boy's basketball players and cheerleaders may turn in athletic fees, and all paperwork to Mrs. Navarro during SRT, before or after school this week. All required forms are in Mrs. Navarro's room and athletes can pick them up from her. Physicals can be dropped off to Mrs. Navarro. Game and practice schedules are also available from Mrs. Navarro. Mrs. Navarro will be here at the school from 5:30-6:15pm on Thursday night to collect forms if anyone cannot get them in during the day. REMINDER: All paperwork and fees must be in by Friday November 4 in order to practice on Monday. Any questions please see Mrs. Navarro.

Monday, October 31, 2011


Congratulations, Coach Nagel, Coach McKinney and the Lady Norsemen on an outstanding volleyball season. We are proud of the way you represented NCHS on and off the court the entire season.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Congratulations to the Newark Lady Norsemen on a Successful Season

The Lady Norsemen Volleyball team's season came to a close on Thursday, Oct 27, in the Woodland Class 1A Volleyball Regional Championship match. Second seed Woodland Warriors defeated the Lady Norsemen with a score of 22-25, 25-23 and 16-25.

Season highlights included the 2011 Regular Season LTC Title and 4th Place at both the IMSA and Stillman Valley Invitationals. The Lady Norsemen put a perfect 8-0 conference record and 25-10 overall into the record book.

The team will greatly miss our seniors- Ashley Edwards, Sammi Eddy, Kaitlin Zitt, Alexis Waters and Hannah Riehle-Moeller during the 2012 Volleyball Season. Congratulations girls and good luck in your future!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Girl's Basketball

Attention Girl's Basketball players: Meeting for all parents and players will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the student center. At this time physicals, athletic codes, steroid form, and fees will be collected. Any questions please see Mr. Skelton, Mr. Holman or Mrs. Navarro.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Little 10 Conference Champions

Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball team for winning the Little 10 Conference Tournament on Friday night! The team beat Hinkley-Big Rock in the championship match. Come out this Thursday night to the LAST HOME GAME and Senior Night as the varsity team will again take on H-BR for the regular season conference championship!

Thursday, October 6, 2011


As Newark Norsemen start the 2011-2012 soccer season, they are looking forward to a successful year. Even though they have lost eight games and won only one game, they beat Serena on September 7th with the score of 3-2. At the end of the game, Wyatt Williamson helped us with the game during the shoot-out with his outstanding goal keeping skills.

I took some time to interview some of the players on the team. According to Kenny Kratzer the rest of the season will be “interesting.” He also stated that this season has been a learning experience. He feels that to improve himself, he needs to “work on his ball handling skills.” His favorite thing about soccer is playing a scrimmage in practice. I also interviewed Bailey Andersen, who said he has been playing soccer for six years. Bailey’s favorite thing is to run during games.

During my interview with Coach Grubb, I learned he has been coaching soccer for two years now. Coach explained that this year has been good. “We have a lot of potential on improving our games; unfortunately we have only won one game so far. He expresses that the team is doing something different this year. “They are focusing more on technical skills such as passing, ball handling, positioning, and communication.” The last question I asked him which was his favorite team to play against? He pointed out that Serena has been Newark’s equal. He also said another good challenge was Paw Paw.

By Kaylee Pehlke


The golf team played their first match on August 25th where they encountered Aurora Christian’s Crusaders. The golf team has been reinstated this year at Newark, and 15 people have joined the team. The team consists of four seniors: Max Bisallion, Colton Brummel, Casey Jeka and Taylor Wright. Juniors did not choose this team, but six sophmores did: Kara Brummel, Dakota Boon, Nick Gerken, Nick Minarich, Conner Rennick and Jayson Shirley. Five freshmen complete the golf team; they include Noah Boon, Austin Dike, Cole Krug, Karter Kunkel and Zach Ward. Senior Maxwell Bisallion considers himself an average golfer, and his favorite thing about the sport is the serenity of it. When Maxwell was asked, “What was the main reason you joined this team?” he responded, “I joined because golf is an amazing sport. It is both relaxing and thrilling at the same time!” Even though they haven’t won a match yet, the team still has spirit, and its members are working hard to change that and having fun doing it with Coach Hissong encouraging them.

By Brendon Schmidt

Lady Norsemen Volleyball

Fall not only brings a new school year, but a new volleyball season. This year started very similarly to other recent years with high aspirations of going deep into the playoffs. Even though in the last two years the team hasn’t gotten as far as they had expected, we are hoping for a different outcome this season.

The players and coaches aren’t the only ones excited for this season, so are the community and the student body. The students can show their school spirit, NCHS has a “kill club;” it’s a very fun way to show off school spirit, be able to watch the volleyball game at the same time and encourage the players of the Newark Lady Norsemen!

By Jake Ramey

Monday, September 12, 2011

Kill Club

Last chance to sign up for KILL CLUB! First home game is tomorrow (9/13)! You can still sign up today and tomorrow...see Coach Nagel to sign up.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Softball Team

Coach Meier would like to thank the softball team for a fun season. He is very proud of all your hard work and long practices that paid off with a winning record and two championships to be added to the softball banner. The post season awards and get together will be this Friday, June 3rd. at 4:00 p.m. Remember to turn in your old and new uniforms to Mrs. Navarro.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Congratulations on an Outstanding Season!

Congratulations to the Newark Lady Norsemen on an outstanding 2011 season! Newark’s softball team’s season came to a close on Saturday, May 28, in the Serena Class 1A Sectional Championship match. Dwight defeated Newark with a score of 10-4.

The 2011 Lady Norsemen (16-11) had many season accomplishments including Little Ten Conference Champions (13-1), Regional Champions, and advancing through the sectional semifinal to play in the sectional championship game.

Additional highlights included Miranda Schmidt's first career
no-hitter, striking out 13 against Liberty Christian Academy in the sectional semifinal game, Kirstie Anderson's grand slam homerun vs LaMoille as Newark tied a state record for eighth place with six home runs in one game, Teresa DiClementi's squeeze bunt in bottom of the seventh to score Lauren Tollefson and beat Serena 1-0, beating Serena's "fourth in state team" three times this year, Taylor Rehberg going 6 for 7 in the regional, Melissa Schmidt belting two home runs over the fence this year, and hitting water balloons for batting practice on one of our rare warm days in May.

Seniors Kirstie Anderson, Miranda Schmidt, and Teresa DiClementi will all be missed by the team next year! We wish them luck in the future!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Lady Norsemen Advance to Sectional Championship

Congratulations to the Newark Lady Norsemen softball team for your 10-0 Sectional Semifinal victory against Liberty Christian Academy! The Lady Norsemen have now advanced to the Sectional Championship game to be held on Saturday, May 28th, 11:00 a.m. at Serena.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Regional Champions!

Congratulations to the Lady Norsemen softball team for your 9-3 Regional Championship victory against Serena on Saturday! The Lady Norsemen have now advanced to Sectionals to be held at Serena on Wednesday, May 25th vs. Liberty Christian Academy from Arlington Heights. Good luck Lady Norsemen!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Summer Baseball

Summer Baseball: Players interested in summer baseball need to have their $30 fee turned into Coach Hacker by Friday, May 20th if they want to participate. Checks should be made out to J.R.Veliz, with a memo of "Summer Baseball" on the check. See Coach Hacker if you have any questions.

Friday, May 13, 2011


Congratulations to our softball team for winning the Conference Championship last night with the final 13-1 record!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

First Annual Sports Bash

Friday, May 20th, is the first annual end of the year bash for all athletic teams. Dinner will be served from 6:00-7:00 p.m. An award ceremony will immediately follow from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Each team will be responsible for bringing a dish to pass. Teams will be informed of the dish to bring at a later date. The Booster Club/School will provide hamburgers and hot dogs.

Poster by Chris Murawski & Cori Elizalde

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Championship T-Shirts & Bumper Stickers

This is your last chance to order a boys' basketball state championship t-shirt. Thursday afternoon (May 12) is the cut off date. They are $10.00 and you can give your order to Mrs. Wernsman in the office.

Also, there are boys basketball state championship bumper stickers for sale in the office for $5.00. Stop by and see Mrs. Wernsman today.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Back to Baseball

The baseball season is underway! The Newark Norsemen Baseball team has a new coach. This year, Gabriel Veliz, Jr. coaches the Norsemen. The new coach and the Norsemen are expecting a promising season.

Two seniors, Brandon Mattison and Ryan Mulligan are leading the way this year. Brandon Mattison said, “It’s going to be a fun season, no doubt. We won’t do too bad this year.” We also talked to senior Ryan Mulligan. He says, “It will be interesting this season; we have a young team. We’ll probably win around 12 games this season, I think. I like the new coach; he’s cool. He has experience, and he knows what he’s doing. The season has been rough so far; we need to work a little more. The season has been interesting but hard.”

Coach Veliz Jr. played two years at Waubonsee Community College (1999 – 2001) and two years of baseball at Aurora University (2002 – 2004). He was the starting shortstop and 2nd baseman. He also played semi – professional baseball for Oswego Cats until 2007. He has also coached a travel baseball team for the last seven years.

Good luck Newark Norsemen!

By Chris Murawski & Cori Elizalde

A Rough Start

The Lady Norsemen Softball team had a rough start this season. They started off with five losses. Two losses were against Sycamore, one each against Rosary, Coal City, and Marquette. All of the girls’ losses were against 2A and 3A schools. The girls then got their first two wins against LaMoille and split with Somonauk. They then had four more wins, two against Earlville and two against Serena. The team tied for the 8th all time in IHSA history for the number of homeruns in a game when they played LaMoille and hit six homeruns. The Lady Norsemen are starting to get into their more important conference games. “When we have all the players there, we have a powerful hitting lineup, and our pitchers are getting better every game,” Coach Meier said.

By Melissa Schmidt and Melissa McNanna

Monday, May 2, 2011

One for the Record Books

As most of Newark already knows, the boy’s varsity basketball team won the Class 1A State Championship this past March. In addition, they set many new standards and broke a couple records along the way.
The Norsemen basketball team broke the single season wins record tallying thirty-three wins on the season with just one loss. The previous record was twenty-nine wins, so this year’s team passed up that win total in dominating fashion. Also, the state championship was the first in school history for any sport. The team feels truly honored to have been able to compete in the state tournament and return home with a state championship trophy. “We are truly blessed to have had this experience. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I thank God for it,” said junior player David Hillard.

Some of the players also set some new individual records during the season. Senior Kyle Anderson set the all time scoring record for the school, tallying 2,280 points over his four-year varsity career. He also set a record for most steals in the state championship game, grabbing nine steals during the contest. Senior John Avery finished in fifth place on the all-time school scoring list, tallying 1,449 total points over his career. He also set a record for most blocked shots in the state championship game, totaling four shots blocked en route to helping the team to a 57-35 victory.

This past season was one the boys will never forget. They made history and were very fortunate to have been a part of the entire experience. Good luck to the future varsity basketball teams!

By John Avery and David Hillard

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bumper Stickers

State Champ Bumper Stickers are on sale. Don't miss out. They are $5.00 a piece and available from Mrs. Navarro. Get yours today!

Sportsmanship Banner Awarded

Congratulations to NCHS, fans, and community for earning the "Do What's Right" State Finals Sportsmanship Banner awarded at the Class 1A/2A Basketball State Finals by the IHSA Board of Directors and the Sportsmanship Advisory Committee. This is a great honor and accomplishment for our community, and the banner will be permanently displayed in our gymnasium.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Congratulatory Reception Information:
There will be a congratulatory reception held at the Newark High School gymnasium on Sunday, March 13 as the team arrives back to Newark at 2:00 p.m. The entire community is invited to attend!

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Newark Norsemen (31-1) continued to make school history on Friday afternoon outscoring Mackinaw (Deer Creek-M.) 52-32.
Newark will face off against Winchester (West Central Coop) for a shot at the state title at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Congratulations to the Newark Norsemen for making it to the Final Four downstate! The Norsemen jumped out to a big lead early in the game and cruised to their first ever Super Sectional victory. Newark (31-1) outscored Forreston 60-47. Now the team is headed to Peoria to face Mackinaw (Deer Creek-M.) on Friday, March 11th at 2:00 p.m. No School on Friday, March 11th due to State appearance
Best of Luck Norsemen as you continue to make history!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Congratulations to the Newark Norsemen basketball team for your 65-40 Sectional Championship Victory against Chicago Hope Academy! The Norsemen (30-1) will now advance to the Super-Sectional game to be held on Tuesday, March 8th, 6:00 p.m. at DeKalb (NIU) vs. Forreston. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Norsemen Advance to Sectional Championship

Congratulations to the Newark Norsemen basketball team for your 63-42 Sectional Semifinal Victory against Dwight! The Norsemen (29-1) have now advanced to the Sectional Championship to be held on Friday, March 4th, 7:30 p.m. at Mooseheart against Chicago Hope Academy. Tickets for the Sectional Championship game will only be available at Mooseheart on Friday night.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Regional Champions!

Congratulations to the Newark Norsemen basketball team for your 61-34 Regional Victory against HBR! The Norsemen have now advanced to Sectional Semifinals to be held on Wednesday, March 2nd, 7:30 p.m. at Mooseheart vs. Dwight. Tickets for the Sectional game will only be available at Mooseheart on Wednesday night. Doors open at 6:30PM.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Little Ten Tournament Champions!
Congratulations to the Newark Norsemen for winning the 2011 Little Ten Conference Tournament Saturday night! The Norsemen defeated Indian Creek 62-57 on Saturday, February 5th to earn the title . Read about the game in the Ottawa Times.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Anderson Surpasses Milestone
Congratulations to Kyle Anderson on surpassing a 2000 point scoring
milestone at Friday's game against Paw Paw. Read about his accomplishment in the Ottawa Times.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Waubonsee Community College is offering a hitting clinic and also a conditioning program for Softball Players. For more information, see the posters in the student center or See Coach Meier.