Pandy Long (2013)

Pandy Long Sinish
2013 Inductee

Mrs. Pandy (Long) Sinish attended West Vigo from 1993-1997 where she participated for four years in volleyball, basketball, softball and track. While here she compiled 16 varsity letters and was awarded the McMillan Award as the top female athlete in Vigo County in 1997.
She was a four year starter and letter winner in volleyball and broke records in kills per game, digs per game, assists per game, kills per season, aces per season, assists per season and digs per season. She still holds many of these records. She was named to the All-County Team in 1994, 1995, and 1996, as well as All-County Honorable Mention in 1993. She was also invited to the Indiana South All-Star Team tryouts. Pandy was a four year letter winner in basketball and was named to the All-County Team in 1997 while leading the county in rebounds her senior year.
Pandy was a four year varsity starter as a catcher for the softball team where she consistently led the team in stolen bases, sacrifices and hitting percentage, and was named to the All-County Team in 1996 and 1997. The 1997 softball team also won its first Sectional title beating Terre Haute South in the finals. Further, Pandy was a four year letter winner in track where she broke the school record of 5’4” in high jump during her senior year. She was Sectional high jump champion in 1997, qualified for Regionals in high jump in 1995, 1996, and 1997 and qualified for Regionals in the 400×1 relay in 1995 and 1996.
After high school Pandy attended Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis on a volleyball scholarship. While there she helped lead her team to its first ever Division 1 Conference Championship. She was named to Second Team All-Conference her junior and senior years and was voted as Conference Player of the Week five times over her career. She broke records in hitting percentage per game, kills per game, and career digs. Pandy graduated with a degree in Biology and has worked for Eli Lilly, IU Medical School and James Medical.
While at IUPUI, Pandy met her husband Mike who was a tennis player. They were married in May 2003 and have two children, Andrew (8) and Bailey (6). They live in Fort Wayne where they stay busy with many kid’s activities. Pandy is now in her 9th year as an assistant volleyball coach at Carroll High School. She has helped guide her team to 6 Sectional titles, 3 Regional titles and the team has finished in the Top 8 of the State five different times.
“Some of my fondest memories of high school athletics include: going to Rax before games for roast beef sandwiches, volleyball two a days in the steaming hot gym, doing basketball sprints over winter break when it was so cold your lungs throbbed, and always trying to have the fastest stair lap. I will never forget all the rivalries and hoping to always take out North and South in post season. Winning softball Sectionals my senior year is still a moment I can recall with clarity. I will always remember the wonderful guidance I received from Coach Hatcher, Coach Brackall and Coach Barrett. They helped to push and develop me to be my best in sports and in life. Further, the friends I made through athletics while at West are lifetime friends. Most importantly, I am so thankful for my family. My parents were there to support and guide me through every life event while growing up and sacrificed so much so that I could participate in the activities I loved. My sister, Cherish, was also a huge blessing (even though we didn’t always get along during high school). She always pushed me to be a better athlete, teammate and role model. I will never forget the opportunities and blessings I was given because of the wonderful environment of athletics at West Vigo.”