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By Amber Hayden
ELK MOUND – For Mounder fans it has never come as a surprise that the Elk Mound high school is the home to some of the best in the Dunn-St. Croix conference.
This year Elk Mound finds pride in three of their athletes who have earned the “Player of the Year” honors in the D-SC, with seniors Morgan Radtke named the D-SC player of the year in volleyball, Brett Lew named the defensive player of the year and Brady Redwine named the offensive player of the year for football.
The trio of players are the latest to earn the honor for Elk Mound after last year when Redwine and Radtke were named Players of the Year for football and volleyball.
Radtke, Lew and Redwine shared their thoughts about the honor via e-mail.
For Morgan Radtke, Mounders’ middle hitter, earning her second Player of the Year honor has been “cool” and very rewarding, she said.
Her time spent playing volleyball the last four years has paid off for the senior, as this year she eclipsed her 1000th career kill and ended her high school career with 1,424 kills over-all.
“There is something special about Morgan, it isn’t just her athletic ability but the way she carries herself,” said coach Samantha Stelter. Stelter has coached Morgan through all four years of high school and mentioned she was bummed to see the senior player go.
“This award has shown me how I’ve grown over my four years of high school and that there is still room to increase my potential,” commented Radtke.
She also credits her teammates with playing a huge roll in her being able to play the way she can. Morgan’s belief is the game of volleyball is a team sport and that each player is essential in making it happen.
“I’m very excited to continue playing volleyball in college,” Morgan explained. “I have verbally committed to play volleyball starting in the Fall of 2019 at Michigan Tech.”
Brett Lew is this year’s defensive player of the year for Dunn-St. Croix and for the senior it is an honor to be named for the award.
“I felt a lot of gratitude to my teammates and coaches for making it possible,” he said.
Lew played all 10 games in the 2018-19 season for the Mounders, accumulating 79 solo tackles and 109 over-all.
Out of the over-all tackles, Lew set his opponents back 12 separate times causing a loss in yards and forcing a fumble during Elk Mound’s game against Altoona.
“Brady and Brett earned these awards because they are voted on by the DSC coaches and both of these young men have given a lot of credit to their teammates because they know without them these individual awards are not possible,” Mounders coach Dave Lew explained.
Currently Lew has yet to decide on where he will attend college after graduating in the spring.
Brady Redwine found himself as offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
“Receiving the offensive Player of the Year award for my senior season made it so much more special than the year prior,” he said.
Redwine feels it not only recognizes the time and hard work he has put in but also the team surrounding him that helped him to receive the award.
During his senior season Redwine put up over 2,000 yards rushing with 359 of the yards coming during the Mounders game against the Altoona Railroaders.
“The Elk Mound football program is very proud of our entire team and very honored to have Brady and Brett represent us and the D-SC as offense and defense Players of the Year,” coach Dave Lew commented.
Redwine took to the field for three catches accumulating in 158 yards against his opponents as well.
“I couldn’t of done it without the support of my family who has always been there for me,” he commented. “The support I received from my friends, teammates, coaches, and community was unbelievable and can’t thank them enough.”
Redwine is still undecided at which college he will attend in the Fall of 2019.