The Penn High School varsity baseball team (ranked #10 in state) conquered another ferocious win against Andrean High School (Merrillville, IN) on Saturday, June 3rd. The Kingsmen team worked together as their coach, Greg Dikos, lead them in their last game of the school year.

Varsity player, Chase McKenzie (class of 2018), talks about his teammates and their improvements performed during this season, “…it’s been iffy, on and off, but I think we all came together and became a good team…I just want to continue what we are doing now,” said McKenzie. “We’ve gotten a lot better…[in] just about everything.”

According to MaxPreps, the team’s next match is up against Zionsville High School (ranked #4), Saturday, June 10th. Chase showed his devoted optimism for their upcoming game, “…we are ready,” said McKenzie. “They beat us last year in semi-state. I think we’re ready to get revenge on them.”

As their diligent year comes to a disappearance, so do their senior players. The prodigious role seniors play in any situation is almost a mentor one and when it leaves it admits a certain “what now?” sort of feeling. But not for the varsity baseball team. McKenzie believes the team will adapt to the loss of their past members but at the same time become even better.

“[The loss of the class of 2017 players] will honestly play a big difference because they are seniors and leaders but we have other people who can step up…”

By Kevin McNulty

Kevin McNulty teaches English and Mass Media Studies at Penn High School. He advises the Penn News Network and manages the PNN Studio and news room. For more information, navigate your browser to