DCHS honors spring sports athletes at banquet (Slideshow 3)
By Anthony Varriano
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The Dawson County High School 2016 spring sports awards banquet was held at the DCHS cafeteria on Tuesday, and 14 student-athletes received All-State honors.
DCHS head track and field coach Mike Dryden presented 15 boys and 15 girls with varsity letters. Seniors Carson Oakland and Ashton Jones, junior Tristan Hilgart and sophomore Jaley Wyse also received All-State honors.
All-Conference recognition went to Jones, Oakland, Hilgart, Dalton Larsen, sophomore Tyler Clapp, Kendra Zander, Emily Kuehn, freshman Kendra Kaufman, Taya Torres and Wyse.
Oakland was named most valuable field athlete, and Hilgart was named most valuable on the track for the boys. The most valuable player award went to Jones.
For the girls, senior Amanda Mittlestadt was named the most valuable field athlete, Zander was most valuable track athlete and Wyse was named most valuable player.
Softball coach Todd Naasz also handed out 15 varsity letters, and senior Lexi Pettersen and juniors Wyniah Mintz and Carrie Nagle received All-State honors. Pettersen was first team All-Conference along with juniors Mintz, Nagle and Kenna Begger, and was also named most inspirational and most valuable player.
Senior Samantha Egan and junior Syrell Dufner made the All-Conference Second Team. Egan was also named the most valuable offensive player, and Begger was most improved. Mintz was named the most valuable defensive player.
No one handed out more All-State honors than tennis coach Rich Lindgren. Seniors Josh Hoffer, Jarod Asche, Bret Vester, Marenah Crockett and Alyssa Kessel, and juniors Jory Opp and Ceeara Staiger all received All-State honors.
Lindgren also gave 15 boys and 12 girls varsity letters, with Opp, Hoffer, Asche, Vester, junior Michael Hopfauf, Matthis Rivard, Staiger, Crockett and Kessel being named All-Conference athletes.
Hopfauf was named most improved player, and Opp and Hoffer took home most valuable player awards for the boys. Kessel was named most improved for the girls, and Staiger and Crockett were named most valuable players.
The DCHS Booster Club also awarded athletes who played three sports this season. Kaufman ran cross country, track and played varsity basketball as a freshman. Thea Robson was another freshman that played basketball, track and volleyball. Wyse and Savanna Keiser also participated in basketball, volleyball and track and field.
Sophomores Clapp, and Cade Dockter were wrestlers, football players and track athletes this year. Jayden Holley played football, basketball and track. Vester and Asche played football, basketball and tennis. Lane Walker ran track and cross country and also played basketball as a sophomore. Oakland was also a three-sport participant in football, basketball and track and field as a senior.
Girls receiving seven-letter awards were seniors Crockett, Mittlestadt, Keiser, and Pettersen. Crockett lettered four times in volleyball and thrice in tennis. Mittlestadt lettered four times in golf, twice in softball and twice in track and field. Keiser had two letters in volleyball, two in basketball and three in track and field. Pettersen lettered four times in softball and three times in basketball.
Boys collecting seven letters throughout their high school careers were Kolte Copp, Jones, Kacen French, Vester, Oakland and Asche. Copp lettered all four years in cross country and three times in track and field. Jones was also a four-time letterer in cross country and lettered all four years he participated in track.
French has three football letters, three track letters and one wrestling letter. Vester finished with two football letters, three basketball letters and three tennis letters.
Oakland and Asche both complete their DCHS athletic careers with nine letters each. Both had three letters each in both football and basketball. Oakland got his last three in track, and Asche got his in tennis.
Oakland and Asche also received Kenny McGovern Memorial Awards for senior athletes of the year. Pettersen took the award for the girls. Jeanne Seifert was named booster of the year.
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