By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The West Delaware Athletics Department held their annual end of the season awards banquet for Football and Cheerleading Sunday night inside West Delaware high school.
Cheerleading sponsor Rachel Tucker presented her awards for; most valuable to Cidny Clark/most improved to Anna Noggle and leadership to Sammiie Vaske.
Along with the three mentioned above; Hayley Hildebrand, Aaliyah Meyers and Maranda Mastin all were a part of the squad who earned the IHSAA “Excellence in Academic Achievement” award by combining for a grade point average of 3.06.
Tucker also recognized Maranda Mastin for being chosen as one of the select members on the state football cheerleading honor squad who will perform at halftime of the class 1A and 2A football championships Friday afternoon at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
Freshmen Football coach Bob Morris presented the 5th annual Heartbeat of the Hawk award to Casey Wenger. The award is in memory of former Freshmen volunteer assistant coach Craig Wilson who was killed in an automobile accident in late April of 2009. Morris said Wenger was the classic example of the type of player coach Wilson loved to be around and help teach the game to. The Freshmen squad had a difficult season, finishing with a 2-7 record as they worked hard to find the right formula of replacing players who were moved up to the higher levels of the program.
First-year Sophomore head coach Matt Finn gave a coaches award to Max Ridenour and the leadership award to Kyle McGrane. The Sophomore group had a great season which included winning district 5 with a perfect 6-0, overall they had an 8-1 mark after suffering their loss in week number two. It was their only loss in organized school football in a span of four seasons.
The Freshmen, Sophomore and Varsity teams were also recipients of the IHSAA “Excellence in Academic Achievement” award by earning a combined GPA of 3.18.
The Varsity team had 20 student-athletes who achieved a 3.45 GPA or higher and made the All-District Academic Team. One of those scholars is senior Nathan Wegmann who was the only one to reach the 4.0 status on the team. Wegmann says the balance of school and sports is simple for him:
All-District Honors for Varsity include:
1st team- Austin Bishop, MitchDemmer, Richard Heveron, Brent Lammers, Coy Roussell, Ryan Soloman, Timmy Tutton and Jake Voss.
2nd team- Carter Frick, Austin Monaghan, Colin Weber and Nathan Wegmann.
Varsity 10th-year head coach Doug Winkowitsch gave several awards and listed a number of accomplishments for this year’s squad. The Hawks broke ten team season records with six individuals breaking career and season records.
The awards handed out from the entire coaching staff included:
Strongest Players Pound For Pound:
Freshmen- Kench Roussell
Sophomore- Coy Roussell
Junior- Dallyn Putz
Senior- Bailey Ostrander
Iron Man- Tyler Miller
Hawk Pride- Justin Helle
Coaches- Jake Voss
Spirit- Cameron Macrow
The expectations for this year’s team from some people may not have been as high as other seasons but coach Wink says that didn’t stop this group from working hard to be the best team they could all season long:
The Hawks finished with a 9-2 record and a 5-1 district mark. Senior Jake Voss remembers the struggles his class had in football, he describes how finishing out his football career at WD like this makes him and his classmates feel:
The 19 seniors move on having 16 total wins as varsity players and were a part of two playoff squads.
Coach Winkowitsch gives credit to the seniors for being a great group of young men to be around with their positive attitudes:
Wegmann’s key word to explain what it meant to him was fun and he credits the coaching staff for their leadership and guidance:
The outstanding tradition continues for Hawk Football and the rewards have been reaped at the varsity level.
The Hawks have won 36 games in the past 4 seasons and are 23-3 against district opponents in that timeframe with 5 consecutive years of 1st or 2nd place district finishes.
This season was the 6th playoff appearance in a row and 19th overall dating back to 1986.
Coach Winkowitsch adds that the continuation of that winning foundation is a part of the process that it takes to being successful and all the small things factor in starting with the off-season that technically starts today: