West Delaware High School Activities Director Matt Weis and the Athletic Department
hosted the annual Football and Cheerleading Awards Banquet last night.
Cheerleading Sponsor Rachel Tucker recognized her six cheerleaders who supported the teams throughout the season.
Those ladies were Ethan Glick, Malena Grummitt, Amber Hettinger, Austyn Isaacs, Addy Rieken and Chloe Wilson.
Glick and Grummitt were honored with being most improved and Rieken was named most valuable.
The group was awarded with the Excellence in Academic Achievement by the Iowa High School Athletic Association with a Grade Point Average of 3.05.
Rieken received an All-WaMaC Academic Award for her high GPA.
The freshmen, sophomore and varsity football teams also earned an Distinguished Academic Achievement Award with a combined GPA of 3.49. Twenty-three members of the varsity team were honored for being on the All-District Academic team by earning a GPA of 3.50 or higher.
The Heartbeat of the Hawk Award in Memory of former freshman coach Craig Wilson presented by freshman coach Bob Morris went to Alias Underwood.
Sophomore coach Mark Becker gave Kale Rempe with a Leadership Award.
The Strongest Player Awards went to-
Freshman Cale Meyer
Sophomore Kale Rempe
Junior Jordan Bries
Senior Jared Helle
Varsity awards given by 14th-year head coach Doug Winkowitsch who was awarded with the Class 3A District 4 coach of the year honor:
Iron Man- Jared Helle
Hawk Pride- Dylan Linderwell
Coaches- Drew Wubbena
1st team all-district:
Nick Casey, Kabryn Cook, Harrison Goebel, Caleb Kehrli, Tyler Kelley, Mitchel Mangold, Grant Morris and Drew Wubbena.
2nd team all-district:
Jordan Bries, Ben Ridenour, Logan Winn and Isaiah Heims.
Seventeen seniors were recognized for giving years of time and dedication to the sport. It was a senior group who worked extremely hard and improved since going 2-7 as freshmen. Coach Wink talked about the valuable attributes that each of the seniors provided:
The program had another fantastic season on the field totaling an overall record of 23-5 as the freshmen went 8-0, sophomores 7-2 and varsity 8-3. In the past five seasons, the varsity has won 47 games and have only lost 1 home game on Brown Field. This season saw the Hawks win their 13th district title and qualify for the playoffs for the 23rd time, the 10th in a row since 2008. This years squad set a program record for gaining the most yards in a game with 655 and accumulating the most first downs of 19 in 1 one game against Central DeWitt in week 5. With the success the future looks promising on paper but Coach Wink knows a lot of work has to be done in the off-season:
Coach Wink recognized coach Morris for completing his 25th season coaching middle school or high school at WD. Coach Wink also comments on the amount of support it takes to run a successful program: