A number of track athletes received Don Maucher Track Scholarships during Saturday’s athletic banquet. Recipients include, front from left, Rose Sullivan, Destiny Reinke, Katelyn Wheeler, back from left, Taylin McNair, Kadyn Milner, Cody Williams, Tagan Mays and Josie Peterson. Williams and Wheeler were also named winners of the Kelli Silvester Memorial Track Awards. (Johnson Publications photo)
Unsung Heroes named in the various sports included, from left, Kayla Schilke, Kadyn Milner, Dawn Castle, Jade Allen, Sarah Allen, Cody Williams, Logan Mendenhall, Evan Fisher and Nike Smith. Other winners not pictured include Jayden German and Hannah Meeske. (Johnson Publications photo)
Winners of the Ray Magsamen Award for the top athlete based on their efforts while in high school included Destiny Reinke and Bryson Fisher. Fisher also received the Bill Goddard Football Award. (Johnson Publications photo)
Athletes recognized at annual award ceremony
Coaches recognized Chase County High School’s athletes Saturday night during the Longhorn Boosters’ annual athletic awards banquet.
The event was held at the expo hall at the fairgrounds and featured a desert bar and refreshments.
Programs listed all participants in each sport, letter winners and other academic and athletic honors earned during the respective seasons.
One of the annual highlights of the event includes the naming of the Ray Magsamen Award given to the top boy and girl athlete.
This year’s recipients were Bryson Fisher and Destiny Reinke.
Activities Director Troy Hauxwell noted selection is based on grade point average, sports participation, post-season honors and years lettered in each sport, for which points are awarded.
Coaches of all 10 varsity sports receive a list of the point totals for all senior athletes for making their selection, also taking into account the athletes’ character, service and leadership to the school and to their sports.
Coaches from each sport recognized their athletes and announced special recognition awards.
The Unsung Hero award is presented in each sport to an athlete who may not make all the headlines but displays great work ethic, character, potential and serves as an example to their team.
This year’s Unsung Heroes included Kayla Schilke, girls’ cross country; Jayden German, boys’ cross country, Jade Allen, softball; Dawn Castle, volleyball; Cody Williams, football; Logan Mendenhall, wrestling; Sarah Allen, girls’ basketball; Landis Beverly, boys’ basketball; Nike Smith, golf; Kadyn Milner, girls’ track; Evan Fisher, boys’ track; and Hannah Meeske, cheer.
In cross country, Coach Carl Zuege noted they had two state qualifiers, Kaley Hauxwell and Will Kuenne. The girls won four meets this year, including SPVA.
In softball, Coach Denise Smith noted Josie Peterson set a new record for triples in a season with five and tied the record for most hits in a career with 106.
Katelyn Wheeler set a record with 35 RBIs in a season and finished with 86 in her career.
Destiny Reinke recorded 72 steals and was hit by a pitch 28 times in her career.
In volleyball, this year’s class of seven seniors finished with a record of 94 wins and 23 losses.
This year the team went 23-7, won the SPVA and made the district finals.
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