by Marlys Kruger
COLFAX — Coaches of all sports along with athletic director Wes Grambo handed out letters, pins, plaques and certificates to athletes for various achievements at the 2015 Colfax High School Athletic banquet sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club. Before athletes received any awards, Ron “Toby” Horn was honored with a plaque for his many years of service to the athletic department.
Horn, a former math teacher and wrestling coach for the district, has run the clock at the football games for 50 years, starting at the old stadium and timer and now in the luxury of the new box and updated clock. Horn can also be seen guarding one of the doors at all the varsity basketball home games, making sure fans do not enter the gym at an inappropriate time that would disrupt the game.
Spring sports coaches then gave updates on this year’s teams and announced winners of awards from last year. Golf coach Vince Ross presented Trevor Seston with the Most Valuable Player award and Trey Gullickson with the Most Improved. Baseball awards for 2014 went to Ethin Kiekahfer as MVP and Leading Hitter, while coach Tim Wilson announced letter winners and handed out plaques to the seniors from the Colfax Summer Recreation program. Softball coach Rich Meredith, in his first year, told the audience although most of their games this year were played in nice weather, they did have one delayed for 15 minutes in Mondovi due to snow flurries. His softball awards from last year under then coach Joe Doucette went to Lakken Meredith for MVP and Kori Buchanan and Equality Wilson for co-Most Improved. Ryan Krall, representing both boys’ and girls’ track and field, reported the tornado last summer had taken a toll on the shed that stored a lot of the team’s equipment. He thanked the school administrators for making sure everything they needed was replaced. His 2014 awards for the girls went to Dempsey Fogarty, MVP running events, Heidi Leiffort, MVP field events, Courtney Dressel, Most Improved Running and Marianne Scharlau, Most Improved field. For the boys, Noah Pretasky, MVP running, Ben Kragness, MVP field, Andrew Adix, Most Improved running and Hunter Leiffort, Most Improved field.
Moving on to fall sports, head volleyball coach Pam Meredith and her coaching staff gave the Most Improved award to Scharlau, Top Digger was Katie Christoffel, Top Spiker, Buchanan and co-Most Valuable Player to Chey Olson and Buchanan. It was noted Buchanan is the first girl in Colfax history to score 1,000 kills in her career. (For those of you who are a little older, kills is the term used now instead of spikes).
Girls’ golf coach Kim Myers presented Hannah DeMoe with the MVP award and Abby Greenwell with the Most Improved award.
Football awards from coach Mark Maloney and his staff went to Kragness for Lineman of the Year, Jon Hayton, Best Defensive Player, Jeremiah Wait, Back of the Year and co-MVP to Kragness and Wait.
Cross country coach Doucette evidently heard David Letterman is retiring from his talk show next month and made an attempt to audition for the job by doing a little stand up comedy. Rest assured, he won’t be giving up his day job or his night coaching jobs for a while. Cross country awards for the girls went to Abbagail Schotter for Most Improved and Courtney Dressel for MVP, and for the boys, Zac Arvold, Most Improved and Tucker Hovde, MVP.
Colfax-Bloomer wrestling coach Jim Poirier announced Brady Simonson was the team MVP this season.
Cheerleading advisor Missy Prince presented Kassie Jackson with the football MVP cheer award and Haley Flug with the basketball MVP cheer award. Dance team coach Vicki Seston presented Natalie Dworak with Best Choreographer, Caroline Dworak with Most Improved, Hannah Yingst, Best Showmanship and Ashley Sault, MVP.
Garrett Maas along with his assistant coach Krall handed out awards for boys’ basketball which included Best Defensive player, Jarrod Rudi, Top Rebounder, Ben Kragness, Most Improved, Kedar Davis and MVP Sawyer Demoe who ended his career as the fifth all time leading scorer for the school.
Doucette returned to the podium for the girls’ basketball awards which went to Fogarty for Best Defensive player, Olson for Top Rebounder, Alexis Rudi and Karina Wait, co-Most Improved and Dannielle Dachel for MVP.
Grambo presented Gust Fehr with the Loyal Fan award, citing Fehr has spent many hours watching his son, daughter and grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews compete in various activities throughout the years.
The Most Coachable Athlete award, which is voted on by all the coaches, went to Dannielle Dachel for the girls and Ben Kragness for the boys. Dachel ends her high school career earning 14 varsity letters, four each in volleyball, basketball and track and two in cross country, which is a school record from all the research I have done. Kragness, who will play football at the collegiate level next year, also won the Male Athlete of the Year while Kori Buchanan was the Female Athlete of the Year, as voted by members of the Lettermans Club. Buchanan will play volleyball at the college level in the fall.