Sports Achievements: Crimson Awards Banquet

Tyler Worthen wears the Shocker letter sweater of his grandfather Phil Rock during the Crimson Awards. (Jacque Clements photo)

Tyler Worthen wears the Shocker letter sweater of his grandfather Phil Rock during the Crimson Awards. (Jacque Clements photo)

| By Joel Harding |

On Thursday evening, May 30, Waterville citizens gathered in the Community Hall at the North Central Washington District Fairgrounds. The purpose of the event, complete with a spaghetti dinner and silent auction, was to honor student athletes.

Oly Archibald, a radio broadcaster from Forks, was the master of ceremonies. Archibald was the author of the article on Facebook about the outstanding quality of the Waterville team, cheerleaders and crowd at the February regional basketball game played in Lynnwood.

Before the awards began, the pep band played, followed later in the program by a rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” by the coaches and the choir. Seniors Jessica Day and Peter Horn were congratulated on their post-graduation enlistments in the Marine Corps and Navy, respectively.

The awards began with the cheerleaders. Coach Ruth Toomey gave separate awards for fall and winter cheer groups. In the fall, Kim Parcells was the most improved, Julia and Andrea Toomey were most inspirational and Kendra Toomey was most valuable. In the winter, Jessica Day was most improved, Andrea Toomey was most inspirational and Kendra Toomey was again most valuable.

Football coach Mike Gray followed Toomey to the podium. He thanked assistant Chris Hill for his work during the season along with ticket-taker Lucy Zychek and scorebook maven Terry Connors. Andy Caballero was named most improved player. Mitchell Clements was both most inspirational and most valuable. Jamie Abrahamse, Jabe Murphy and Clements were congratulated for their recognition by the league in which the Shockers played.

CJ Morley presented the volleyball awards in the absence of coach Rachel Beardslee. Kelsey Browning was named most improved. McKaylin Gormley was most inspirational and Kathleen Schmitz was the most valuable player. League recognition was given to Hanna Clements and Diana Davila.

Girl’s basketball coach Chris Hill spoke next. He named Kalah Toomey as the most improved player, Hanna Clements as the most inspirational. Browning was the most valuable. Hill also noted that Browning and Elaina Thomsen were second team all-league selections.

Heath Jordan waxed eloquently about the boy’s basketball season this year. He thanked assistant Todd Besel. Archibald reminded Jordan and the team that they were among the best 16 teams in the state in their classification. Lakin Thomsen was named most improved and Clements most inspirational. Abrahamse was the most valuable. Later in the evening, Jordan was named coach of the year. Abrahamse was a first team all-league selection and Walter Edgar received honorable mention.

Coach Linda Burke was up next with the awards for fast pitch softball. She thanked her assistant Val Loebsack, and Terry Connors, who handled the scorebook for the team but was a strong support for players and coaches alike. The most improved was Kaionne Burke. Kendra Toomey was both most inspirational and most valuable. Gifts were  given to Toomey as the only senior and Veronika Babic, who as an exchange student, will not return next year.

Steve Tidd gave a great keynote speech. His colleague and fellow graduate Steve Dorsey hoped to join him but was unable to do so. Some of the crowd got a bit nervous as Tidd kept removing clothes as the speech went on. But he only peeled down to his running jersey (with jeans on, of course).

During Tidd‘s presentation, a new approach was tried for the selection of team of the year. Using cell phones, audience members cast their votes, which were counted on the large screen at the front as the event continued. It was a close race, but the track team edged out boy’s basketball as the winner for 2012-2013. Track coach Justin Grillo named his outstanding athletes next. He applauded Murphy for training hard and serving as an example. Christian Morales was named most improved. Robert Parcells was most inspirational. Browning was most valuable. He recognized the 10 Waterville tracksters who placed at state, particularly Thomsen who was the state champion in the girl’s high jump.

Baseball coach Damian Smith thanked assistant Chris Hill and volunteer assistant Todd Besel. Kolten Shafer, base-stealer extraordinaire, was named most improved. Marco Caballero was most inspirational and no-hit pitcher Tate Newcomb was most valuable.

The 1999 boy’s basketball team was given the Legacy Team Award. Kelsey Browning and Kendra Toomey were the female athlete of the year co-winners and Mitchell Clements was the male athlete of the year.

The Crimson Awards were a great conclusion to Waterville School’s first Leadership Day.

Coach Justin Grillo presents track awards to state placers Jaime Cuellar, Allen Laney, Elizabeth Bourton, Mitchell Clements, Robert Parcells, Rafi Capi and Kelsey Browning. (Jacque Clements photo)

Coach Justin Grillo presents track awards to state placers Jaime Cuellar, Allen Laney, Elizabeth Bourton, Mitchell Clements, Robert Parcells, Rafi Capi and Kelsey Browning. (Jacque Clements photo)

 

Basketball awards are presented to Kelsey Browning, Kalah Toomey, Hanna Clements and Elaina Thomsen. (Jacque Clements photo)

Basketball awards are presented to Kelsey Browning, Kalah Toomey, Hanna Clements and Elaina Thomsen. (Jacque Clements photo)

Basketball awards are presented to Lakin Thomsen, Jamie Abrahamse and Mitchell Clements. (Jacque Clements photo)

Basketball awards are presented to Lakin Thomsen, Jamie Abrahamse and Mitchell Clements. (Jacque Clements photo)

 

Kaionne Burke is congratulated on her fastpitch award by coaches Linda Burke and Val Loebsack and statistician Terry Connors. (Jacque Clements photo)

Kaionne Burke is congratulated on her fastpitch award by coaches Linda Burke and Val Loebsack and statistician Terry Connors. (Jacque Clements photo)

Coach Mike Gray and assistant coach Chris Hill present football awards to Jabe Murphy, Jamie Abrahamse, Andy Caballero and Mitchell Clements. (Jacque Clements photo)

Coach Mike Gray and assistant coach Chris Hill present football awards to Jabe Murphy, Jamie Abrahamse, Andy Caballero and Mitchell Clements. (Jacque Clements photo)

 

Coach Ruth Toomey presents cheerleading awards to Kendra Toomey, Kim Parcells, Julia Toomey and Andrea Toomey. (Jacque Clements photo)

Coach Ruth Toomey presents cheerleading awards to Kendra Toomey, Kim Parcells, Julia Toomey and Andrea Toomey. (Jacque Clements photo)