Park honors its student-athletes at 2012-13 Athletic Award ceremony
Park High School handed out the hardware on Wednesday, May 29, at its 15th-annual Athletic Awards Ceremony.
After an introduction by Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel, coaches and other community leaders distributed athletic awards to Park student-athletes, with many winning multiple awards.
To start the night, three Park coaches were honored for their leadership.
Park girls soccer coach Greg Juba was honored for winning his 400th soccer game this past fall, Park girls basketball coach Stephanie Tolkien received the Section 3 Coach of the Year award and Mark Sikich was honored for retiring after 21 years as the Wolfpack gymnastics coach.
Special awards were presented to Marit Christianson, Michael Harrison, Mary Turitto, Cody Newton, Kasondra Tulloch, Jacob Garr, Courtney Waldo, Erik Black, Larissa Lurken, Dylan Smallidge, Nikki Schnegelberger, McKay Zurn, J.T. Bickel and Mitchell Zurn.Waldo and Black earned the U.S. Army Honor Athlete Award; Tulloch and Garr were honored with the Earl Gustafson Award; Turrito and Newton won the U.S. Marine Corps Award; Schnegelberger, McKay Zurn, Mitch Zurn and Bickel were presented with the Pride in the Pack Award; and Lurken, Smallidge, Christianson and Harrison were officially presented with previously bestowed awards — Smallidge won the school’s Appolo Award and Lurken won the school’s Athena Award, which are given annually to the school’s top senior male and female athletes, and Christianson and Harrison were Park’s Triple-A Award winners.Also highlighting the event was an allotment of community scholarships to Park student-athletes.Waldo was also honored with the South Washington County Scholarship, presented by Al Wilkie, a South Washington County Scholarship Committee member and a former longtime Cottage Grove resident. The South Washington County Scholarship was worth $6000 toward college. Mary Turrito and Katie Lebeis were awarded the CGAA Softball Scholarship worth $500. The CGAA Softball Scholarships were presented by Mike Snyder, who the CGAA Softball Traveling Director. CGAA Baseball President Dan Harrison presented Bickel and Harrison with CGAA Baseball Scholarships worth $500 a piece. Bickel also earned the Brad Swanson Memorial Scholarship, presented by Kathy Swanson.In addition, 48 Park athletes won the three-sport athlete award for participating in three sports and 24 more earned the three-sport letter award for lettering in three different varsity sports.The guest speaker at the event was Park 1986 graduate Steve DuVal. A star wrester at Park, DuVal competed as an individual in the state wrestling tournament three times, and was a state champion in 1986. He received all-state and all-American honors and finished high school with a 4.0 GPA, before going on to wrestle at the University of Minnesota. He continues to give back to his sport today as a volunteer coach and was inducted into Park’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.
Recognition earned by Park student-athletes included:
Cross Country runningIndividual awards:Cameron Anderson – All-Conference honorable mention
FootballIndividual awards:Erick BlackAll-ConferenceAlex SchoerAll-ConferenceDylan SmallidgeAll-Conference honorable mentionCody LinssenAll-Conference honorable mentionMitchell ZurnAll-Conference honorable mention
Boys soccerIndividual awards:Cody NewtonAll-Conference, All-State honorable mentionJacob GarrAll-ConferenceJordan GollnerAll-Conference honorable mentionMatt GoeckeAll-Conference honorable mention
Girls soccerIndividual awards:Temi OgunrindeAll-Conference, All-StateAnnie WilliamsAll-ConferenceNikki SchnegelbergerAll-ConferenceKristen BoeseAll-Conference honorable mentionKatelyn FloysandAll-Conference honorable mentionCarlie WilliamsAll-Conference honorable mention
Girls swimming & divingIndividual awards:Sarah SchankAll-ConferenceMaddy McNearneyAll-Conference honorable mention
Boys basketballIndividual awards:Ryan KlikaAll-Conference honorable mention
Girls basketballIndividual awards:Larissa LurkenAll-Conference, All-state honorable mentionSydney LambertyAll-Conference, All-state honorable mentionTemi OgunrindeAll-ConferenceAnnie WilliamsAll-Conference honorable mentionCarlie WilliamsAll-Conference honorable mentionCourtney WaldoAll-Conference honorable mention
GymnasticsIndividual awards:Kasondra TullochAll-Conference, All-State (all-around)Sarah Schank – All-Conference, All-State (beam)McKay Zurn – All-ConferenceRachel DeephouseState participant (floor exercise)
Boys hockeyIndividual awards:Chris PetersonAll-ConferenceNick MoserAll-Conference honorable mentionEric StoffelAll-Conference honorable mentionDylan RadkeAll-Conference honorable mention
Girls hockeyIndividual awards:Anna KeysAll-ConferenceMary TurittoAll-Conference
Nordic skiingIndividual awards:Evan BonnesonAll-Conference honorable mention, State participant
Boys swimming & divingIndividual awards:Michele PauAll-ConferenceAdam RaymondAll-ConferenceNick GermscheidAll-ConferenceEric SolemAll-Conference honorable mentionKevin RoettgerAll-Conference honorable mentionJarrett ManserghAll-Conference honorable mentionMatt HenryAll-Conference honorable mentionAaron LewisAll-Conference honorable mentionMack ChristiansonAll-Conference honorable mention
WrestlingIndividual awards:Collin LaBrosseAll-Conference, State participantDavid GiadyuAll-Conference, State participantCody LinssenAll-ConferenceCory FlaataAll-ConferenceZach WillsAll-ConferenceDaniel DuValAll-Conference honorable mentionJake LanikAll-Conference honorable mention
BaseballIndividual awards:Max StedtAll-ConferenceJ.T. BickelAll-Conference honorable mentionChandler MulvihillAll-Conference honorable mention
Girls golfIndividual awards:Anna KeysAll-ConferenceLexi HofstetterAll-Conference honorable mention
SoftballIndividual awards:Mary TurittoAll-Conference, All-State, Ms. Softball finalistSamantha FlackAll-ConferenceRachel SuterAll-ConferenceAmber GallowayAll-Conference honorable mentionMichaela ThiefoldtAll-Conference honorable mentionPaige HillAll-Conference honorable mentionGwen WarlingAll-Conference honorable mention
Boys trackIndividual awards:Dylan SmallidgeAll-Conference honorable mentionIrving GutierrezAll-Conference honorable mentionEthan BerubeAll-Conference honorable mention
Girls trackIndividual awards:Ally GorresAll-Conference (100, 200, long jump, 4x200), All-State (long jump)Temi OgunrindeAll-Conference (400, 4x200)Ciara GregoryAll-Conference (4x200), All-Conference honorable mention (200)Sharmaine TurnerAll-Conference (4x200)Katelyn FloysandAll-Conference honorable mention (300 hurdles)Hannah SchwartzAll-Conference honorable mention (discus)McKenzie GreederAll-Conference honorable mention (pole vault)
Boys tennisIndividual awards:Mekdim DejeneAll-ConferencePele LeAll-Conference
Girls lacrosseIndividual awards:Bailey AasenAll-StateAll-Conference TBD
Boys lacrosseIndividual awards:TBD
Dance teamIndividual awards:Hannah Jones – All-State