GHS coaches present Swede athletes with honors
Gothenburg High School coaches presented Swede athletes with awards and honored all letter winners during a banquet on May 18.
Highlighting the event was the announcement of the 2011 special award winners, including 12-sport honorees.
Ali Clark and Tannor Schwanz received the Dutch Zorn Award. The honor is presented annually to the top three-sport senior girl and boy letter winner.
Clark lettered in volleyball, basketball and track while Schwanz is a letter winner in football, wrestling and track.
Tannor Mroczek earned the Jack Logan award for football excellence. The award is given to an outstanding senior two-year football letterman.
Mroczek was a running back and defensive back for the 2011 Swede football team as well as Gothenburg’s key kick returner. He rushed for 1,817 yards in his career averaging 7.33 yards per carry as a senior.
Mroczek holds the school record for kick return and punt return season average.
The 12-sport award is presented to any high school athlete who has been involved in a sport during each season of his or her high school career.
Eight seniors qualified: Brennan Costello, Branndon McMichael, Dillon McMichael, Tanner Schwanz, Ali Clark, Karen Franzen, McKenzie Geiken and Janae Wiggins.
Following are past winners of the Dutch Zorn Award and awards for the various sports. Fall athletes were recognized earlier this year.
Zorn award history
BOYS—2010, Mark Hilderbrand; 2009, Aaron Demoret; 2008, Alex Paul; 2007, Justin Wilson; 2006, Levi Fickenscher; 2005, Dustin Walker; 2004, Jordon Folkers and Matt Hilderbrand; 2003, Jeff Neujahr; 2002, Nathan Cheetsos; 2001, Brandon Koch and Blake Lambert; 2000, Pat Clark; 1999, Ross Hicken and Joe Johnson; 1998, Jeff Ellis; 1997, J.P. Thomalla; 1996, Shane Butterfield; 1995, Jeff Pramberg; 1994, Danny Kreis; 1993, Tony Brass; 1992, Heath Haynes; 1991, Willie Leahy; 1990, Adam Plank; 1989, Wade Fleischer; 1988, Joe Hudson and David Stevens; 1987, Shane Geiken; 1986, Rod Lohse and Travis Brock; 1985, Bump Novacek; 1984, Yancey Keiser; 1983, Terry Pramberg; 1982, Bob Edson; 1981, Jay Novacek; 1980, Lennie Ambler; 1979, Steve Dudley.
GIRLS—2010, Emily Max; 2009, Brooke Ballmer, 2008, Katie Keiser; 2007, no qualifying recipient; 2006, Kaitlyn Peterson; 2005, Kiley Peterson; 2004, Jamie Gonzalez; 2003, Cara Fisher; 2002, Jamie Jorgensen; 2001, Cassie Holmes; 2000,no qualifying recipient; 1999, Rachel Neujahr; 1998, Michelle Sitorius and Lindsey Stevens; 1997, Alison Bryant and Crystal Jareske; 1996, no qualifying recipient; 1995, Trina Franzen, Hallie Stevens and Stacy Hicken; 1994, Amber Schlichenmaier; 1993, Kim Ritola; 1992, Kara Fecht; 1991, Tina Peterson; 1990, Mary Karol Raymond and Rebecca Hecox; 1989, Elizabeth Healey; 1988, Cassie Janssen; 1987, Kristi Wahlgren; 1986, no qualifying recipient; 1985, Tricia Dudley; 1984, Brenda Peterson; 1983, Shelly Block; 1982, Michelle Wiggins; 1981, Lisa Franzen; 1980, Lori Miller.
Mr. Hustle—Branndon McMichael
All-Around—Cody Ostergard and Korey Ahlenstorf
Most Improved—Logan Koehler
Best Teammate—Logan Sheets
Southwest Conferece second team—Korey Ahlenstorf, Logan Koehler
Southwest Conferece third team—Cody Ostergard
Lincoln Journal Star and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-State—Cody Ostergard
Academic All-State—Alix Meisinger and Jeramie VanAcker
Letter Winners—Brennan Costello, Jack Dudley, Dillon McMichael, Branndon McMichael, Cody Ostergard, Josh Williams, Dane Wilson, Korey Ahlenstorf, Brett Dockweiler, Alix Meisinger, Jeramie VanAcker, Aaron Collins, Logan Koehler, Logan Sheets
Most Valuable Player—Shelby Eggleston
Swede Hustle Award—Shelby Eggleston
Most Improved—Payton Prall
Swede Spirit—Taylor Wolf
Leadership Awards—Janae Wiggins and Karen Franzen
Southwest Conference third team—Shelby Eggleston, Karen Franzen
Academic All-State—Shelby Eggleston, Payton Prall
Letter Winners—Janae Wiggins, Shelby Eggleston, Karen Franzen, Jordyn Haake, McKenzie Geiken, Ali Clark, Payton Prall, Brittyn Munster, Taylor Wolf, Jacey Wiggins, Regan Geiken, Emily Franzen, Taylor Mroczek, Rebecca Anderson
Most Improved Wrestler Varsity—Dalton Goodwin
Most Improved Wrestler JV—Preston Franzen
Outstanding Wrestler—Mitch Spiegel
Thor Award—Kyle Demoret
Academic All-State—Tanner Schwanz, Tre Ostergard
Letter Winners—Mitch Speigel, Tanner Schwanz, Bryce Eggleston, Justin Larson, Kyle Kleinknecht, Trent Good, Skyler Kottwitz, Tyler Block, Kyle Demoret, Dalton Goodwin, Cameron Frazho, Tre Ostergard, Dane Ehlers, Dillon Gartner, Ernie Galvin
Most Valuable—Tannor Mroczek
Outstanding Performance—Tanner Schwanz
Most Versatile—Cody Ostergard, Brandon Wlasiuk
Most Improved—Brett Dockweiler
Chris Metzger Award—Dillon Gartner
Rookie of the Year—Blake Ristine, Preston Franzen
Academic All-State—Tanner Schwanz, Logan Sheets
Letter Winners—Jonathon Clark, Branndon McMichael, Dillon McMichael, Tannor Mroczek, Tracy Nelson, Cody Ostergard, Luke Rehmert, Tanner Schwanz, Brett Dockweiler, Bryce Eggleston, Dane Ehlers, Ernie Galvin, Paxton Gruber, Brandon Wlasiuk, Aaron Collins, Preston Franzen, Dillon Gartner, Logan Koehler, Jake Matthies, Logan Sheets, Alex Spencer, Skyler Kottwitz, Blake Ristine
Most Valuable—Abby Ambler
Outstanding Performance—Ali Clark, Joslyn Oliver
Most Versatile—Abby Ambler
Chris Metzger Award—Emily Franzen
Rookie of the Year—Regan Geiken
Most Improved—Kersten Nelson
Academic All-State—Payton Prall, Janae Wiggins
Letter Winners—Abby Ambler, Amanda Bodfield, Ali Clark, Karen Franzen, McKenzie Geiken, Abie Jensen, Joslyn Oliver, Janae Wiggins, Erica Houchin, Kersten Nelson, Payton Prall, Kelsey Wahlgren, Kenzie Hiebner, Morgan Kowalewsk, Siera Schwanz, Shay Wear, Emily Franzen, Regan Geiken, Kyndal Holmes, Shelby Mannel, Abbie Mazour, Aryn Meisinger, Taylor Mroczek, Rachel Stubbs, Kennedy Wahlgren
Most Valuable Player—Matthew Marshall
Most Improved Player—Levi Siemering
Southwest Conference First Team—Jackson Graham
Southwest Conference Third Team—Matthew Marshall, Jeramie VanAcker
Academic All-State—Jeramie VanAcker, Matthew Marshall
Letter Winners—Jeramie VanAcker, Jackson Graham, Matt Marshall, Coltin Bebensee, Trenton Long, Nathan Graham, Taylor Walker, Dillon Linegar, Brennan Costello, Levi Siemering, Alix Meisinger