GHS coaches present athletes with honors
Gothenburg High School coaches presented Swede athletes with awards and honored all letter winners during a banquet on May 16.
Highlighting the event was the announcement of the 2012 special award winners, including 12-sport honorees.
Kersten Nelson and Alec Foster received the Dutch Zorn Award. The honor is presented annually to the top three-sport senior girl and boy letter winner.
Nelson lettered in volleyball, basketball and track while Foster was a letter winner in cross country, basketball and track.
Levi Walker earned the Jack Logan Award for football excellence. The award is given to an outstanding senior two-year football letterman.
The 12-sport award is presented to high school athletes who have been involved in a sport during each season of their high school career.
Six seniors qualified: Kersten Nelson (volleyball, basketball, track), Payton Prall (softball, basketball, track), Brett Dockweiler (cross country, basketball, track), Bryce Eggleston (cross country, wrestling, track), Jeramie VanAcker (football, basketball, golf) and Alec Foster (cross country, football, basketball, track).
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—2011, Tanner Schwanz; 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—2011, Ali Clark; 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—Alec Foster
Most Improved—Alix Meisinger
Best Teammate—Brett Dockweiler, Logan Sheets
Southwest Conferece first team—Logan Koehler
Southwest Conferece second team—Korey Ahlenstorf
Southwest Conference third team—Brett Dockweiler
Lincoln Journal Star and Associated Press honorable mention all-state—Logan Koehler, Korey Ahlenstorf
Omaha World-Herald honorable mention all-state—Logan Koehler
North Platte Telegraph all-area first team—Logan Koehler
North Platte Telegraph all-area honorable mention—Korey Ahlenstorf, Brett Dockweiler
Academic All-State—Alix Meisinger, Blake Ristine
Letter Winners—Korey Ahlenstorf, Brett Dockweiler, Alec Foster, Jackson Graham, Trey Kolbo, Dillon Linegar, Alix Meisinger, Jeramie VanAcker, Aaron Collins, Logan Koehler, Logan Sheets, Trent Long, Blake Ristine, Tanner Borchardt, Chase Ostergard
Most Valuable Player—Brittyn Munster
Swede Hustle Award—Payton Prall
Most Improved—Hanna Wolf
Southwest Conference second team—Brittyn Munster
Southwest Conference third team—Jacey Wiggins
Academic All-State—Brittyn Munster, Hanna Wolf
Letter Winners—Kersten Nelson, Payton Prall, Jacey Wiggins, Brittyn Munster, Hanna Wolf, Taylor Wolf, Regan Geiken, Emily Franzen, Aryn Meisinger, Rebecca Anderson, MaKaela Franzen
Freshman of the year—Tyler Alvarez
Sophomore of the year—Skyler Kottwitz
Junior of the year—Dalton Goodwin
Most Valuable Wrestler JV—Tyler Block
Most Improved—Tyson Miller
Teammate Award—Dillon Larson
Most Valuable Varsity—Justin Larson
Career Award—Mitch Spiegel
Thor Award—Bryce Eggleston
State Medalists—Dane Ehlers, third; Mitch Spiegel, fourth
Letter Winners—Dane Ehlers, Dillon Larson. Tyler Alvarez, Dirk Earll, Skyler Kottwitz, Tyler Block, Tyson Miller, Dalton Goodwin, Justin Larson, Mitch Spiegel, Bryce Eggleston, Levi Walker
Most Valuable—Alec Foster
Outstanding Performance—Brett Dockweiler
Most Versatile—Brandon Wlasiuk
Most Improved—Blake Ristine
Chris Metzger Award—Tanner Borchardt
Rookie of the Year—Seth Eggleston
Academic All-State—Blake Ristine, Logan Sheets
Letter Winners—Brett Dockweiler, Bryce Eggleston, Alec Foster, Ernie Galvin, Paxton Gruber, Brandon Wlasiuk, Eric Cole, Aaron Collins, Preston Franzen, Dillon Gartner, Logan Koehler, Jake Matthies, Logan Sheets, Alex Spencer, Skyler Kottwitz, Ross Ostendorf, Blake Ristine, Roy Slack, Mason Ackerman, Tanner Borchardt, Jacob Clark, Seth Eggleston, Jacob Franzen
Most Valuable—Tiani Reeves
Outstanding Performance—Erica Houchin
Most Versatile—Aryn Meisinger
Chris Metzger Award—Emily Franzen
Rookie of the Year—MaKaela Franzen
Most Improved—Payton Prall
Academic All-State—Payton Prall, Morgan Kowalewski
Letter Winners—Erica Houchin, Kersten Nelson, Payton Prall, Kelsey Wahlgren, Kenzie Hiebner, Morgan Kowalewski, Brittyn Munster, Siera Schwanz, Taylor Wolf, Emily Franzen, Regan Geiken, Kyndal Holmes, Shelby Mannel, Abbie Mazour, Aryn Meisinger, Taylor Mroczek, Kennedy Wahlgren, Joslyn Baker, Bailey Baxter, Haley Cline, Alayna Collins, Ashley Eskew, MaKaela Franzen, McKinley Harm, Amanda Kowalewski, Shelby Loostrom, Tiani Reeves, Madison Costello, Carlie Stevens
Most Valuable Player—Jackson Graham
Most Improved Player—Dillon Linegar
Southwest Conference First Team—Jackson Graham, Jeramie VanAcker
Southwest Conference Third Team—Dillon Linegar
Academic All-State—Jeramie VanAcker, Alix Meisinger
Letter Winners—Jackson Graham, Jeramie VanAcker, Alix Meisinger, Trenton Long, Dillon Linegar, Cale Moore